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By James Hutson, DDS, PC
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The practice of dentistry has been around for thousands of years, and many of the earliest dental treatments and practices are still in use cosmetic dentistryin some form today, due to their enduring effectiveness. Dental crowns are an example of an early staple of dentistry that still works today (although they have evolved significantly in terms of materials and quality). Whether you need to completely replace a missing tooth or repair a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. James Hutson, a dentist in Marietta, GA, recommends crowns and bridgework for an affordable and lasting option to fix your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Marietta, GA

A crown (also known as a cap because it literally covers the tooth) can fix virtually every cosmetic problem including:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Replace missing teeth as part of a bridge
  • Fortify a severely decayed tooth when a cavity is too large to treat with a standard dental filling
  • Fix the shape or size of a damaged tooth
  • Cover stained or discolored teeth

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

A dental bridge consists of three crowns that are designed to "bridge" the gap created in your smile by a missing tooth. The middle crown fills in the space of the missing tooth, and the crowns on either side of it are placed over the teeth (also known as abutment teeth) to secure the bridge in place. Crowns are custom designed to match the texture, shape and color of natural teeth, so your smile will look just as good (or better!) as it did before the damage or tooth loss.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Marietta, GA

Don't settle for a damaged or mediocre smile. For more information about crowns and other cosmetic dentistry options to improve your smile, contact our office by calling (770) 424-7525 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hutson today.

YourNewImplantsNeedProperHygieneJustasMuchasyourOtherTeeth

So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.

Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).

Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.

Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.

That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.

Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.

To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.

While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.

If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
LasersPoisedtoTransformCurrentTreatmentforGumDisease

While lasers still seem like science fiction, they’ve been used commercially (and medically) for decades. But there’s still room for growth in practical applications with this developing technology. One promising area is in the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection triggered by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles caused by inadequate oral hygiene. The disease is highly destructive and can eventually lead to both tooth and bone loss. Treatment procedures vary widely, but they all have the same goal: remove the offending plaque and calculus (tartar) from tooth and gum surfaces. Without plaque the infection subsides and the gums can heal.

For decades now, dentists have removed plaque and calculus manually with special hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment. If the disease has advanced below the gum line or formed deep voids filled with infection called periodontal pockets, the dentist may also employ surgical techniques to access the infected areas.

While all these techniques have a long track record for effectiveness, they can cause the inadvertent destruction of healthy tissue, as well as create discomfort for some patients afterward. This is where a new protocol called Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) may be able to make a difference in the future.

With the LANAP® protocol, surgeons direct a laser beam of light through a fiber optic the width of three human hairs onto diseased tissue. The particular color of light interacts with the tissue, which contains the darkly-pigmented bacteria causing the disease, and “vaporizes” it. The beam, however, passes harmlessly through lighter-pigmented healthy tissue; as a result diseased tissue is eradicated with little to no harm to adjacent healthy tissue.

With these capabilities, trained dentists using LANAP® for gum disease treatment might be able to achieve conventional results with less tissue removal and bleeding, less discomfort for patients, and less tissue shrinkage than traditional procedures — and without scalpels or sutures. And some post-surgical studies have indicated LANAP® might also encourage gum tissue regeneration in the months following.

LANAP®, however, is still developing and requires further research. Thus far, though, the results have been encouraging. As laser technology advances, it’s quite possible tomorrow’s patient may experience less discomfort and more effective healing with their gum disease treatment.

If you would like more information on gum disease treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Gum Disease with Lasers.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Dr. James Hutson offers cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, Georgia and can help patients of all ages to create a better-looking smile. There cosmetic dentistryare a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can improve one’s smile. Dr. Hutson can give patients a thorough examination and offer suggestions for procedures that will benefit each patient the most. This initial oral examination may include x-rays, which allows Dr. Hutson to properly diagnose decay on your teeth.

About Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Some examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures in Marietta, Georgia include:

  1. Crowns and bridges
  2. Bonding
  3. Cosmetic contouring
  4. Cosmetic Fillings
  5. Dental implants
  6. Veneers
  7. Whitening
  8. Sealants
  9. Invisalign

Dental implants are synthetic structures placed where a tooth once occupied. They are anchored directly to the jawbone and serve as a foundation for that tooth. They can even be used to help attach dentures effectively. Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that applied an enamel-like material to polish a smile. It is used to fix minor imperfections such as wear or chips in the teeth. This can be achieved in just one dental visit typically.

Crowns are caps or coverings that are placed on top of a tooth. They can restore the appearance and/or function of a tooth. When decay in a tooth becomes so bad, large portions of the tooth must be removed and a crown is used to restore it. Teeth whitening is another popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Marietta, Georgia. It restores the smile of those with dull, discolored or stained teeth.

To straighten the teeth, Invisalign is used. These are removable and invisible aligners that give patients straight teeth. They are popular because they are undetectable in the mouth, making them popular for teenagers and adults alike.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, call Dr. Hutson’s office to schedule an appointment at 770-424-7525 today.



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707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
Suite B22 Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 424-7525

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