General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Along with hygiene and oral care, dental fillings can be a conservative treatment for a dentist to remove dental decay or superficial fractures from teeth. Resin fillings are bonded to teeth, allowing for more conservative tooth structure removal, and also achieve a seal to minimize microleakage.
Crowns are more comprehensive dental restorations made from full porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or zirconia, or full gold which provide greater support for a fractured tooth, or in those situations where a filling would be too large for long-term predictability.
There is nothing like your own teeth, but when faced with losing a tooth due to non-restorable fracture or decay, trauma, bone loss or aging - dental implants are a proven and predictable replacement.
Dental implants are made of bio-compatible titanium and are integrated with your bone to act as a root to support the appropriate restoration. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, adjacent missing teeth, or even an entire arch and often - indistinguishable from your real teeth.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
Your temporomandibular joint is one of the most important joints in your body and allows you to speak, chew, and breathe. Problems with your jaw joint and/or the muscles in your face which control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), but you may hear it called “TMJ” after the joint. TMD often causes severe pain or limitation in function which can last many years, affect one or both sides of your face and is most common between the ages of 20 and 40.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Snoring are caused by a collapse of the upper airway when the muscles relax during sleep, causing patients to stop breathing during the night or have reduced airways. Dr. Hutchinson has obtained specialty dentist training in oral appliance therapy, allowing us to fit custom FDA-approved oral devices which help patients to stop snoring and breath easier throughout the night but supporting the airway.