Excellent Family Dental Care for Columbia Communities
Are you looking for comprehensive dental solutions for you and your loved ones? Hutton Family Dentistry has you covered. Dr. Emalie Hutton and our team provide general and specialized treatment for various oral health conditions. Our services include regular cleanings, cavity checks, fluoride treatments, gum disease treatment, and orthodontics. We also offer cosmetic procedures and restorations.
Our specialists have years of experience performing various dental procedures. We have a fun and friendly atmosphere to keep you and your children comfortable throughout your treatment. Our team's expertise and commitment contribute to our status as Maury County's premier dental practice. Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive consultation.
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Why Choose a Family Dentist
While similar to a general dentist, a family dentist has the experience and expertise that allow them to work with all members of your family. As family dentists, we can provide age-appropriate customized dental care. Our team knows that your children have separate dental needs from adults and seniors in your family. At Hutton Family Dentistry, we work hard to give you the proper care you need to meet your goals. When we treat all family members under one roof, we get to know more about your medical history. Thus, proactively help you avoid potential diseases. Besides, scheduling appointments for all your family members in one place saves you time in your busy schedule.
Expert Children's Dentistry
We see children starting at the age of one and up. We identify the gradual changes to children's oral structures as they grow older and provide unique treatment plans. Bi-annual dental appointments help us track your child's oral health and overall development. While sports and adventures are necessary childhood activities, they might result in chipped or cracked teeth requiring immediate attention. We want you to feel at ease knowing that you can call us anytime you have a dental emergency.
We help you instill lifelong oral healthcare habits in your children by educating them on proper hygiene routines in a fun and friendly language.
Preventive Care for All Ages
Regular appointments at Hutton Family Dentistry are beneficial to you and your loved ones. These visits save you a lot of money and discomfort in the long term. Although flossing and brushing your teeth are suitable for oral health, it can't solve all dental issues. Our specialists are best equipped to identify and treat potential problems long before they cause you discomfort. They also provide accurate information on medically approved dental care products, proper cleaning procedures, and the best diet to follow. These appointments can identify and prevent potentially damaging conditions.
Hutton Family Dentistry has a range of preventive procedures to ensure your family gets the best oral care. Our x-ray services incorporate 3D CAT scans that help in the accurate diagnosis of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Other procedures include oral cancer screenings with every exam, salivary diagnostics, dental sealants, and fluoride treatment.
Effective Methods to Protect Your Oral Health
Your oral health affects your overall health and well-being. For that, we recommend you always follow a good dental routine. You can do so by:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Remember to floss at least once daily.
- After cleaning your teeth, remove leftover food particles with mouthwash.
- Follow a healthy diet plan that's free of sugary foods.
- Buy a new toothbrush after three months, or immediately when its bristles wear out. Our specialists can guide you on the best brands to buy.
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco because this can weaken your teeth and affect your gums.
- Schedule a visit to Hutton Family Dentistry at least twice a year for an expert assessment of your oral health.
The Importance of Fluoride & Sealants
Fluoride is a mineral that's present in water, soil, and some foods. Both adults and children benefit from the fluoride's teeth strengthening qualities. Your teeth need a balanced fluoride intake. While too little contributes to weak teeth, too much of the mineral could cause fluorosis. Since Maury County doesn't add fluoride to its water, we can help you receive this vital mineral. Our specialists can provide fluoride treatments, and we will recommend the best ADA approved toothpaste and fluoride supplements.
Fissure sealants are protective coatings that reduce damage to teeth surfaces by up to 80%. Their most significant benefit is the ability to protect the nooks and crannies of your mouth that are hard to get to by brushing alone. They're especially helpful in protecting molars and premolars from decay since you use them for chewing. Sealant application doesn't require any anesthetic. Before performing this procedure, Dr. Hutton will remove any stains in your teeth. Sealants are a convenient and long-lasting preventive measure.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal treats an infected or damaged tooth by removing its diseased pulp. First, our team takes x-rays to determine the extent of tooth decay or damage, then we administer local anesthetic, and remove the pulp and other debris. After cleaning the inside of the infected tooth, we'll seal it with a crown.
Pulpotomies for Children
It's more beneficial to your child's well-being to have a pulpotomy than extract baby teeth. Keeping the natural tooth structure helps maintain the functionality of a child's dental structure, and prevent eating and speech difficulties that arise from losing teeth. This procedure is faster and less invasive than an adult root canal because we perform limited nerve treatment. Before the process, we do our very best to ensure your child is comfortable. We also refer complicated cases to trusted specialists.
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Temporomandibular joints are hinges that connect your jaw to the skull. They allow you to move your jaw sideways and up and down. These movements enable basic tasks such as eating, yawning, and talking. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) occurs when the functionality of your jaw muscles or joints is compromised.
Dr. Hudson provides you with mouthguards, splints, and other appliances that help treat TMD. Mouthpieces prevent your upper and lower teeth from touching, which stops the clenching and grinding that causes jaw pain. They also guarantee a good night's sleep by reducing or eliminating snoring.
What are the Symptoms of TMD?
This condition is usually a result of injuries to the jaw, head and neck muscles, stress, arthritis, or teeth grinding. TMD symptoms include:
- Tenderness or pain in and around your jaw joint when you eat, speak, or yawn
- Popping, clicking, and other unusual sounds when you move your jaw
- Jaws getting stuck or locked when open or closed
- Noticeable swelling around the jaw joints
- Persistent ear, neck, and shoulder pains
- Sudden discomfort when chewing food
However, it is important to realize that these symptoms might be indicative of various conditions, not only TMD. We'll need to perform a physical exam before confirming it's TMD. During the consultation, Dr. Hutton will examine your jaw and facial muscles, test your bite, and might ask for an MRI scan. Hutton Family Dentistry handles mild to moderate cases of TMD. For complex situations, we'll refer you to a specialist.
Exceptional Family Dental Care in Columbia
At Hutton Family Dentistry, we put your needs first. We work hard to ensure your dental experience is as comfortable as possible. Our staff is aware that some patients might experience dental anxiety. Our well-trained specialists are welcoming atmosphere will immediately help you and your loved ones overcome these fears.
Having served the Columbia, Mount Pleasant, and Santa Fe communities for over a century, we have the skills to provide you and your loved ones with the highest quality dental services. Our friendly, passionate, and dedicated team has vast experience handling kids and their oral health needs, from childhood into adulthood.
To better serve you, our specialists are always improving their skills by taking courses at The Pankey Institute. This advanced dental education helps us achieve personal and professional fulfillment, which enhances our service to you. It also focuses on delivering comprehensive and patient-centered healthcare to families of all ages and backgrounds. Get in touch with us and make an appointment today for a consistently exceptional dental experience.
CALL US: (931) 388-1935 REQUEST APPOINTMENT