Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
SuccesswithDentalImplantsDependsonAttentiontoDetail

Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.

Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.

But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.

It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.

The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.

The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.

We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.

Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.

If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, 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 Implants: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know whether or not your smile could benefit from dental crowns or bridges?

Yes, we definitely understand that it can feel a bit daunting to sift through article after article talking about different dental treatments. Of dental crownscourse, you won’t be able to make a decision about which dental treatment is right for you until you talk to our Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson. Crowns and bridges are one of the most popular restorative treatments we offer and here’s what they can do for your smile:

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap often made from porcelain that is hollow and designed to fit over a damaged tooth to improve the look, strength and function of a natural tooth. Each dental crown is custom made to fit over a prepared tooth and to blend right in with the rest of your smile so people won’t even know that you have a dental crown.

While dental crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, porcelain is often the most popular choice because this material looks most like real teeth.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth or a row of missing teeth. Once you lose a tooth the rest of your teeth will start to shift out of place to fill the gap. The purpose of a dental bridge is to not only prevent these teeth from shifting around but also to replace your missing tooth with a reliable restoration.

A dental bridge uses two dental crowns, which are bonded over healthy neighboring tooth and used to support the bridge and stabilize it. Between the two crowns is an artificial tooth, which is meant to replace your missing tooth.

Are dental crowns and bridges right for me?

There are many people who can benefit from getting dental crowns or bridges in Marietta. We may recommend that you get a crown if you have a weak, fractured, decaying or damaged tooth that will need a restoration to protect it to prevent the tooth from further damage. Think of a dental crown as a protective shell for your tooth.

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is meant for patients who are looking to replace their missing teeth and have healthy natural teeth that are able to support the bridge.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges in Marietta, GA? Want to turn to the dental expert that will ensure that you get a new restoration that you are satisfied with? Then call Dr. Hutson today!

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
August 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia can enhance your smile

Would you like to change your smile; maybe you wish your teeth were whiter, or that your teeth weren’t worn down from aging and cosmetic dentistryoveruse? Now, thanks to modern dental technology, materials, and techniques, your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia can change your smile for the better. Dr. James Hutson wants to show you how a minor procedure can have a big effect on your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry requires the skills of a dental artist, like your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia. He can change your smile into something you will be proud to show to the world.

Whatever your bothersome dental issue might be, your cosmetic dentist in Marietta has a procedure to correct it and make your smile beautiful again. Consider:

Teeth whitening, if you want your smile to be whiter; teeth whitening treatments from your cosmetic dentist in Marietta can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, with results that can last an astounding 5 years! Dr. Hutson offers a speedy in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit that allows you to whiten your teeth whenever you want.

Composite bonding, if you want to repair the small chips, cracks and uneven wear on your teeth; composite bonding is a very versatile procedure that can cosmetically change the look of a rotated tooth or fill in small gaps and spaces in your smile.

Porcelain veneers, if you want a more dramatic enhancement to your front teeth; your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia wants you to know porcelain veneers can correct many bothersome issues with your front teeth, including:

  • Broken or poorly shaped teeth
  • Cracked, chipped or unevenly worn teeth
  • Badly stained or discolored teeth
  • Slightly overlapped or poorly aligned teeth
  • Gapped apart or unevenly spaced teeth

Cosmetic fillings, if you want to replace the metal in your mouth with fillings that are natural-looking and blend with your smile; your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia can have your friends noticing your smile, and not your fillings.

Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. A minor dental procedure can have a big impact on your smile and your confidence! Call Dr. James Hutson, your cosmetic dentist in Marietta, Georgia. Discover the world of cosmetic dentistry by calling today!



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