Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn more about what cosmetic dentistry services in Marietta could give you your dream smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular because it allows so many patients of Marietta cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hutson, to get the smile they’ve always wanted but weren’t fortunate to be born with. Find out which cosmetic dental treatment is ideal Cosmetic Dentistryfor your smile goals.

Q. Do you want to brighten your smile? If so then you may want….

Teeth whitening: This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get a whiter smile. Throw away those at-home whitening kits and toothpastes and opt for in-office teeth whitening in Marietta, GA. In about 45 minutes we can get some smiles up to eight shades whiter. Whitening works best on those with external stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking, and aging.

Dental veneers: If you are dealing with discolorations that aren’t internal then you won’t get the results you want with teeth whitening. But you can still get a whiter smile with veneers, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to give you an instantly whiter smile. Besides getting a whiter smile, veneers are also great for those looking to cover cracks, chips, gaps between teeth, minor overlapping or misshapen teeth.

Q. Do you want to shave down excessively pointy canines or buff out tiny chips? Then you may want…

Dental bonding and recontouring: While those with larger cracks or chips in their teeth will want to get veneers, those with minor stains, cracks, gaps or unevenness in their smile can often get the look they want with this tooth-colored resin that is sculpted over problem areas to help reshape the tooth and improve its appearance. This is completely non-invasive and doesn’t even require anesthesia to complete.

Q. Need to replace one or more missing teeth? You have options!

Dentures: Need a fast and inexpensive way to replace all or some of your teeth? Then you may want to consider partial or full dentures. These dental prosthetics replace the teeth and gums and are held in place either by attachments or suction.

Dental bridges: This restoration replaces a missing tooth by using healthy neighboring teeth to hold the bridge into place. The two teeth are shaved down to accommodate dental crowns, which will be cemented over the teeth to support the bridge.

Dental implants: Implants are the only lifelong solution to tooth loss. These metal screws become your artificial tooth’s new roots and can hold anything from a single dental crown to a full set of dentures. Implants can take up to a year or more to achieve.

Want to find out which cosmetic dentistry would be the ideal fit for you and your needs? Then schedule an appointment at our Marietta, GA dental office today.

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While pediatric dentistry has made great strides in making young patients’ dental visit experiences more relaxing, some children and teenagers still have difficulty with anxiety. Their anxiety in turn can make necessary care much harder to provide.

For difficult cases, many dental providers for children now incorporate a technique known as conscious sedation to help ease anxiety. With this technique, they’re able to perform procedures like cavity-filling or tooth-extraction that are more difficult with an anxiety-prone patient.

While general anesthesia creates a total loss of consciousness, conscious sedation uses precise medications to suppress consciousness at different levels ranging from light to deep suppression, and create a relaxed state for the patient. A child under sedation can still breathe normally and respond to certain stimuli, including touch and verbal commands. For only a light or minimal effect, a dentist normally administers the sedation drug as a pill the child takes orally. For deeper sedation, the medication is most likely delivered through a vein (intravenously).

Sedation reduces fear and anxiety but not necessarily pain, so it’s often accompanied by some type of anesthesia, either a local anesthetic delivered by injection to the procedure site or with a nitrous oxide/oxygen gas combination that’s inhaled through a mask worn by the patient.

Even though the child isn’t completely unconscious, one of the dentist’s staff will monitor vital signs (heart and respiration rates, blood pressure and blood oxygen level) throughout the procedure. This continues even after the treatment is over until the child’s vital signs return to pre-sedation levels. Once released, they will need a ride home and should rest for the remainder of the day. They can then return to school and resume other normal activities the next day.

With the advent of newer and safer drugs, conscious sedation is becoming a more widespread technique in both medicine and dentistry. Using it to ease a child’s anxiety increases the chances they’ll receive all the dental care they need without unpleasant memories of their visit that could follow them into later life.

If you would like more information on the role of conscious sedation for children, 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 “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out more about the teeth whitening procedure and whether it’s safe for your smile.

You’ve probably seen tons of ads regarding commercial whitening products for your smile, but how much do you know about teeth whiteningprofessional whitening? Yes, it may be more expensive than at-home treatments, but the results are instant and will get smiles significantly whiter. Before you decide to get in-office whitening, your Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hutson, wants you to know a bit more about whitening and your smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad for My Smile?

You may have heard stories stating that teeth whitening isn’t safe, but research has proved otherwise. In fact, when used properly by your Marietta cosmetic dentistry expert, teeth whitening is completely safe. In-office teeth whitening will not damage tooth enamel.

There are concerns with at-home whitening and being able to protect soft tissue from the harsh chemicals found in whitening gels, which is why it’s always a good idea to opt for dentist-supervised whitening. And, of course, there are certain things you’ll need to consider before determining whether teeth whitening is right for you.

If you have tooth sensitivity, teeth whitening can temporarily increase that sensitivity. We can work with you to determine what type of whitening gel we should use on your teeth if you have such sensitivity. It is also advised that pregnant or nursing mothers not get teeth whitening.

What Should I Expect from Teeth Whitening?

When you get dentist-supervised whitening, you can expect to walk out the door with an instantly brighter smile. Some patients can even get smiles that are eight times brighter than before. How much whiter your smile gets depends on the severity of your dental stains.

Teeth whitening is only used for those with external stains caused by consuming certain foods and drinks, or from smoking. When you come in for treatment, we will place a separator over your teeth to expose them while also protecting your gums from the bleaching gel. Then we will apply a layer of the whitener over your teeth that will be activated for about 15 minutes with a dental laser. The laser helps to speed up the whitening process.

Most whitening sessions consist of three, 15-minutes whitening applications. In just 45 minutes you too could have a more vibrant smile.

If teeth whitening is exactly what you think your smile needs, it’s time to call your dentist in Marietta, GA today. Let Dr. James Hutson give you a vibrant new smile this year.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
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Restoring missing or unattractive teeth can often be a lengthy process. Months may elapse between initial teeth preparation and final placement to allow time for tissue healing and permanent crown manufacturing. During that period you will likely wear temporary (provisional) crowns to protect the teeth while improving function and appearance.

In the past, provisional crowns were fairly uniform. Today, though, there are provisional crowns available that conform exactly to a patient’s individual mouth. These crowns not only enhance function and appearance, they’re an excellent way to “try out” your new smile before the permanent restoration.

Customized provisional crowns are part of a concept known as “smile analysis.” A new smile involves more than restoring affected teeth: we also consider the overall health of your mouth, the shape of your face, and your own desires and expectations. Your final smile design is a joint collaboration between you, our office and the dental laboratory that will fashion the final restoration.

There are a number of techniques for creating customized provisional crowns. Some techniques involve bonding tooth-colored materials like composite resin directly to the teeth. Others use impression models of your teeth to create an outline or shell that’s filled with an acrylic material and then affixed to your teeth. The aim with any of these techniques is to produce a provisional crown that accurately reflects the final crown’s appearance.

With these types of provisional crowns, we can see how the new teeth will look (their color, shading, shapes and proportions) against the gums, and if they appear to be in balance and harmony with the entire face, including your lips, jaws and facial contour. We can also evaluate how well the new teeth function as you chew, speak or smile.

It takes some extra effort to prepare customized provisional crowns rather than the more uniform version. But this effort is well worth it: by helping us anticipate more accurately how your new restorations will appear and function, customized crowns help ensure your new smile is an attractive and satisfying one.

If you would like more information on temporary restorations, 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 “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”



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