Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
August 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   fluoride  
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Protecting a child's primary (“baby”) teeth from tooth decay should be a top priority. If one is lost prematurely due to decay, it could cause the permanent tooth to misalign when it comes in.

The basic prevention strategy for every child is daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits. But children at higher risk for decay may need more:  additional fluoride applied to teeth enamel during office visits.

This natural mineral has been shown to strengthen enamel, teeth's protective layer against decay, especially during its early development. Enamel is composed of calcium and phosphate minerals interwoven to form a crystalline structure called hydroxyapatite. Fluoride joins with this structure and changes it to fluorapatite, which is more resistant to mouth acid than the original structure.

We mostly receive fluoride through fluoridated drinking water and dental care products like toothpaste. Topical fluoride takes it a step further with a stronger dose than found in either of these sources. It can be applied with a foam, varnish or gel using an isolation tray (foam or gel) or painted onto the enamel (varnish or gel).

But does topical fluoride effectively reduce the occurrence of decay? Research indicates yes: a recent review of 28 studies involving over 9,000 children found an average 28% reduction in decayed teeth in children who underwent topical fluoride treatments.

There is, though, one potential side effect: children who swallow the fluoride substance can become sick and experience headache, stomach pain or vomiting. This can be avoided with proper precautions when applying it; the American Dental Association also recommends using only varnish for children younger than 6 years. It's also recommended that children receiving gel or foam not eat or drink at least thirty minutes after the treatment (those who receive the varnish aren't restricted in this way).

Topical fluoride is most effective as part of an overall prevention strategy. Besides daily hygiene and regular dental visits, you can also help reduce your child's decay risk by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet. Sealants, which are applied to the nooks and grooves of teeth where plaque can build up, may also help.

If you would like more information on fluoride gels and other clinical treatments to prevent tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
July 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser on TV? No, as it turns out, the 41-year-old actor’s most treasured possession is… his wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. “Oddly, I still have my four wisdom teeth,” Harris said. “I refuse to let them go or I’ll lose my wise parts.”

How odd is it for a 41-year-old to have wisdom teeth? Actually, not that odd at all. While it is true that wisdom teeth are often removed, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this. It all depends on whether they are causing problems now, or are likely to cause problems in the future.

The trouble wisdom teeth cause is related to the fact that they are the last molars to come in, and that molars are large in size. By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw. Sometimes it’s because you may have inherited a jaw size that’s too small for your tooth size; and generally speaking, the size of the human jaw has evolved to become smaller over time.

If room is lacking, the adjacent molar (that came in earlier) can interfere with the path of eruption — causing the wisdom tooth to come in at an odd angle. The wisdom tooth can hit up against that other tooth, possibly causing pain or damaging the adjacent tooth. This is known as “impaction.” Sometimes the wisdom tooth breaks only partway through the gum tissue, leaving a space beneath the gum line that’s almost impossible to clean, causing infection. A serious oral infection can jeopardize the survival of teeth, and even spread to other parts of the body.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, will you know it? Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But we can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. If removal is the best course of action, rest assured that this procedure is completely routine and that your comfort and safety is our highest priority. If there is no great risk to keeping them, as Neil Patrick Harris has done, we can simply continue to monitor their condition at your regular dental checkups. It will be particularly important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep to your schedule of regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are indeed worth treasuring.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

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!



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