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By James Hutson, DDS, PC
July 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Protect your smile investment by knowing how to properly care for your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to boost your appearance and give you a smile you can be proud of. But getting cosmetic dentistry veneersrequires time and money, so if you do decide that your smile could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, isn’t it worth it to then protect that investment? Dr. James Hutson, our Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist, offers up some helpful tips for how to keep your new smile looking its best.

Keep Veneers Looking Great

These thin porcelain shells are a brilliant way to transform your smile with just one procedure. Even though veneers are strong and offer lasting results, if you don’t care for them properly you may find yourself with broken or discolored veneers. So how do you care for your dental veneers once you get them?

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly. When brushing be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste (as abrasive ingredients can wear down your veneers)
  • Don’t use your veneers as tools. Your teeth are only meant for speaking and eating. Don’t try to pull open packaging or bite your nails, as this can put added pressure on your veneers and cause them to chip or break.
  • Try to limit the number of stain-producing foods and drinks you incorporate into your diet. Berries, wine, coffee, tea and tomato-based products can even cause dental veneers to stain over time. When you do consume it, try to minimize how much contact your veneers have with your food and use a straw to drink.

Boost Your Dental Implant’s Longevity

One of the major pros of choosing dental implants is that they are designed to last significantly longer than other restorations. In fact, they can easily last a few decades if you treat them well.

  • To care for your implant properly it’s recommended that you brush your teeth three times a day and floss before bed. Each time you brush it should be for at least two minutes.
  • Ask your Marietta dentist about the best toothpaste, mouthwashes and other products that ensure that your mouth stays in tip-top shape.
  • Visit us at least every six months for routine exams and cleanings. The only way to catch a problem before it gets too severe is to come in regularly.

Keep Your Whiter Smile Bright

Similar to dental veneers, there are some useful tips for keeping those newly whitened teeth radiant:

  • Avoid and/or limit stain-producing foods and drinks
  • Opt for whitening toothpastes and at-home kits that can help maintain your brilliant smile
  • Avoid or quit smoking
  • Brush and floss routinely and make sure to really spend time doing both effectively and thoroughly

Is it time to schedule your six-month checkup? If so, then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Hutson in Marietta, GA today to schedule your appointment right away!

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
June 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Cosmetic dental technology has come a long way since dentures were the only tooth replacement game in town. In fact, dentures themselves have also been modernized and improved to offer natural looking, effective alternatives for patients of all ages, at any stage of tooth loss. And while the ability to eat and speak clearly, along with the cosmetic and social concerns attached to the appearance of Dental Implantsour teeth can all be addressed with a quality set of dentures or crowns and bridges, they have been limited to addressing tooth loss above the gum line. This leaves an empty space, where the root of the natural tooth once maintained order and structure in the invisible but important world inside the gums.

Smile Restoration with Dental Implants in Marietta

Dental implants are revolutionary in that they address the full scope of tooth loss by replacing the root of the missing tooth, to which the replacement crown is later attached. Our teeth are supported by a network of bone tissue inside the gums. When we lose one or several teeth, the bone tissue around the empty space where the roots used to be begins to erode.

Dr. James Hutson, a restorative and cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA, recommends implants as a long-term, permanent solution to tooth loss. Once the implant, a titanium, biocompatible cone-shaped screw is in place, it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the jaw, locking it in place to form an anchor for the cosmetic crown. Patients with full or partial dentures can also benefit from implants for added stability and support. Candidates for the procedure are in good overall health, with sufficient healthy bone tissue in the jaw.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist in Marietta, GA

Whether you have been considering dental implants for some time, or would like more information on how they work and whether they are right for you, it is never too late or too early to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more, contact Dr. James Hutson at (770) 424-7525 to schedule an appointment today.

JawSurgerymaybeNecessarytoCorrectSomeTypesofPoorBites

In a normal bite, the upper and lower teeth line up and fit together when you close your jaws. When they don’t, you have a poor bite or “malocclusion.” The most common cause is teeth out of position, which can be corrected by moving them with braces.

Sometimes, though, the size and position of the jaws is the primary cause for the malocclusion and not the teeth. If the discrepancy is minor, tooth movement alone might be sufficient; but if there’s a wide discrepancy in the symmetry of the face or the size of one jaw over the other then a surgical solution may be necessary. One common procedure is orthognathic surgery, which literally means to “straighten the jaw.”

A wide range of irregularities — both minor and major — can be corrected by adjusting and realigning the bone in the jaw. While orthognathic surgery can certainly improve your facial profile and smile, its main purpose is to restore function that’s been lost due to poor jaw alignment. Candidates for the surgery have difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing food, chronic pain or headaches related to the jaw joints, chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth, or sleep apnea.

In many cases, treatment involving orthognathic surgery requires a team approach between orthodontist, oral surgeon and general dentist. While the surgeon surgically alters and repairs the jaw or facial structure, the services of an orthodontist may still be needed to move teeth misaligned due to the underlying problem with the jaw structure. The general dentist ensures teeth and gums remain healthy during all the other treatment phases.

Orthognathic surgery can benefit both oral and general health, as well as improve the appearance of the entire face. The process, however, can be complicated: you or your family member will need to undergo a thorough examination to determine if you or they are a good candidate for the surgery. If so, the end result can be life-changing.

If you would like more information on the treatment of jaw development disorders, 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 “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”



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