Posts for tag: dental implants

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
May 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out why so many adults are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles.

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that doesn’t just replace the visible portion of your tooth, but also the tooth roots. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone by our Marietta, GA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hutson, to restore both appearance and functionality.

Here are some of the top benefits related to this treatment option:

Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth

When you lose a tooth, you want to ensure that the artificial tooth you get feels as close to the real thing as possible, and nothing comes as close as a dental implant. In fact, an implant is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the roots of the tooth, meaning that it will look, feel, and even function just like a real tooth will.

Eat What You Love Without Worry

People with tooth loss know just how frustrating it is to chew certain foods. In fact, you may find yourself having trouble with digestion or having to avoid some foods altogether. Instead of fearing mealtimes, dental implants can fully restore chewing so you can eat what you want without worry. Since implants naturally fuse together with the jawbone they won’t shift or move around in your mouth. You’ll have a false tooth that is as strong and capable of chewing food as the rest of your natural teeth. In fact, you may see a vast improvement in your digestion after receiving your dental implant.

Implants Preserve the Jawbone

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants, and one of the main reasons people here in Marietta, GA, choose to receive dental implants, is that these artificial tooth roots provide the jawbone with the same stimulation that real tooth roots provide. This means that if implants are placed not long after losing your teeth, you can prevent bone loss from occurring at all!

Implants Fill Gaps and Prevent Drifting Teeth

Untreated tooth loss also means that the rest of your natural teeth will eventually begin to drift into open gaps. To prevent this from happening, you need to fill those spaces with a false tooth. Since significant jawbone loss and structural changes can occur in just the first year after tooth loss, it’s a good idea to speak with our dental team about receiving dental implants.

To find out if you’re a candidate for this tooth replacement treatment, contact our Marietta office at (770) 424-7525 to schedule a consultation.


Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Discover why so many people are treating their tooth loss with dental implants.

Implants offer our patients the ability to replace missing teeth with a false tooth that both looks and functions like a real tooth. Implants replace the roots of the teeth, providing a long-term foundation from which to support one or more false teeth. If you are wondering whether you should turn to our Marietta, GA, dentist Dr. James Hutson for implants you may be wondering what unique benefits it can offer.

Here are some of the advantages of getting dental implants,

Enjoy your new tooth for life

With proper oral care, it’s possible to keep your dental implant for several decades. Better yet, implants don’t require special care. All you have to do is treat them like real teeth, making sure you brush and floss them daily to ensure that your implant stays healthy and problem-free.

Prevent bone loss

This is a major advantage to choosing dental implants. Implants act just like tooth roots, which means that they stimulate the jawbone in the exact same way as real roots. Why is this important? The jawbone needs constant stimulation from the roots of your teeth in order to remain strong.

When one or more teeth fall out this reduces the amount of stimulation the jawbone receives, which causes the bone to deteriorate. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that can actually provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs.

Keep teeth where they are

The last thing you want is for the rest of your natural teeth to start to move and shift around, which is something that will happen if you don’t fill the gap in your smile. By placing a dental implant as soon as possible after tooth loss, our Marietta, GA, restorative dentist can also prevent teeth from shifting and moving around, which in turn can prevent more gaps between teeth, crowding or crookedness from occurring.

Restore your bite

When you have a gap in your smile it throws your bite off, causing your jaws to put more force and pressure on some teeth rather than distributing the weight and force evenly. By getting a dental implant that is anchored into your jawbone, this will allow you to bite and chew with about the same force as you would if you still had all of your teeth. A dental implant also makes it possible to still enjoy all the foods you love without any of the challenges that come with having gaps in your smile.

Treating your tooth loss doesn’t have to be difficult. Let our dental team in Marietta, GA, make the process easier on you. Call our office today at (770) 424-7525 to schedule your consultation.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.

For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.

Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by  at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.

That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.

If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.

With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.

Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.

If you would like more information on 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 Implants after Previous Tooth Loss.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantsCould this tooth replacement give you back the smile you once loved?

Tooth loss is a serious problem and one that afflicts millions of Americans. Luckily there is hope when you turn to our Marietta, GA, dentist Dr. James Hutson for restorative care. We are pleased to offer dental implants to our patients missing one, several, or all of their teeth. This metal restoration is surgically placed into the jawbone where it will take the place of your missing tooth roots. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you choose to get dental implants:


The Next Best Thing

While no restoration is as good as maintaining your own natural teeth, when this is no longer an option, our patients can rest assured that dental implants are the next best thing. This is because implants truly function just like real teeth. They are even made from a biocompatible metal, which then fuses together with the bone and tissue in the mouth to become one. No other restoration functions as closely to a real tooth as implants.


A Long-Lasting Restoration

While most dental restorations will need to be replaced or repaired every few years, what makes dental implants different is that rarely will the implant ever need to be replaced. Plus, since it’s made from a durable metal like titanium it is designed to last several decades. This means that with the proper oral care, your implant could last the rest of your life. Of course, the dental crown placed over the implant will need to be replaced every few years, depending on how well you care for it.


Fully Restore Chewing

Whether you are missing one or many of your permanent teeth, we understand how difficult it can be to enjoy some of your favorite foods and chew food thoroughly enough. Not only does this mean avoiding certain foods that you might love, but also that you may be less likely to get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Furthermore, difficulty chewing often leads to issues with digestion. By restoring your smile with dental implants, you will get a restoration that will stay in place and make chewing a whole lot easier again. Don’t just dream about that steak; enjoy it!


Are you interested in finding out whether dental implants are the ideal way to replace your missing teeth? If so, call our Marietta dental office today at (770) 424-7525 to schedule a consultation with us.

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