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By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
July 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Night Guards  

Jaw pain or frequent headaches could be a result of grinding your teeth while you sleep. Luckily, nightguards offered by your dentists in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom of Dr. Susan A. Hockaday Family Dental Practice, can help you protect your teeth and gums with nightguards.

How to tell if you might need a nightguard

Teeth grinding increases your risk of several types of oral health problems. A nightguard, a device worn over your teeth while you sleep, absorbs pressure generated by grinding, preventing damage to your teeth and gums.

Unfortunately, many people who grind their teeth aren't aware that they have a problem. If you've noticed any of these signs or symptoms, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep:

  • Cracks in Teeth or Restorations: Grinding places tremendous pressure on your teeth and can crack teeth, fillings, crowns and veneers. If you've experienced more than your share of cracks, grinding may be to blame.
  • Receding Gums: Grinding may also be a factor in receding gums and could increase your risk of gum disease.
  • Headaches: Do you wake up most mornings with a nagging headache? The muscles in your face and head tense when you grind, which can lead to headaches. Nightguards offered by the Charlotte, NC, dental office decrease pressure and stop headaches.
  • Facial Pain: Grinding may also inflame muscles and tissues in your face leading to facial pain or earaches.
  • Clicking and Popping: You may notice clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth if you grind your teeth.
  • Toothaches: In addition to cracking teeth, grinding may wear away the protective enamel layer, exposing the sensitive dentin layer. When the dentin is exposed, eating hot or cold foods and drinks can lead to tooth pain.
  • Jaw Stiffness: Grinding can cause your jaw to stiffen painfully and may also trigger muscle spasms in your jaw muscles. If you don't begin wearing a mouthguard, you may be more likely to develop temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). The painful disorder affects the hinge joints in your jaw.

Keep your smile healthy with nightguards! Call your Charlotte, NC, dentists, Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom of Dr. Susan A. Hockaday Family Dental Practice, at (704) 553-2348 to schedule your appointment.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
July 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dr. Susan A. Hockaday Family Dental Practice is here to offer you crowns that are built to protect your teeth for a lifetime. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom design dental crowns in Charlotte, NC, in just two to three easy visits.

Protecting vulnerable damaged teeth

Disease, decay, and injuries weaken your teeth on top of making them less attractive. If one of your teeth loses its shape or structure to any kind of damage, a durable dental crown can cover it and restore your ability to bite and chew.

Crowns can cover teeth with a variety of specific defects that put them at risk, including:

  • Decay
  • Cracks
  • Wear and tear from bruxism
  • Large fillings

You can also get a crown for cosmetic purposes if a veneer will not suffice. A color-matched crown can go over a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen, even if it isn't weak or broken.

Options for crowns

Crowns come in a variety of different materials that are all strong enough to withstand normal bite forces. However, some of the materials are stronger or more durable than others. Some materials have more cosmetic value since they look much closer to the way your natural teeth look.

At your consultation, your dentist discusses each of these crown material options with you:

  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Nickel
  • Gold
  • Ceramic
  • Resin

Metal crowns are generally tougher than porcelain, ceramic, and resin and are often the better choice for molars that need a lot of strength for your bite. If you go with a color-matchable option, your dentist takes note of the natural shade of your teeth and might recommend teeth whitening beforehand.

Durable dental crowns in Charlotte, NC.

A single dental crown can strengthen a damaged tooth for years or decades to come. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom for dental crowns in Charlotte, NC, call Dr. Susan A. Hockaday Family Dental Practice at (704) 553-2348.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
April 02, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Bridges  

Dental bridgework from your family dentists in Charlotte, NC, can restore your smile.

If you are missing teeth, dental bridges can improve your smile! Bridges improve the look and function of your smile, giving your self-esteem a boost too. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including dental bridgework in Charlotte, NC, to restore your smile.

So, what can dental bridges do for you? They can improve:

  • Chewing ability by giving you more surface area to chew your food
  • Digestion by improving your chewing ability
  • Overall health by improving your digestion
  • Your appearance by giving you back your smile
  • Your self-confidence and self-esteem because you know you look your best

Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures because they are cemented in place. You never have to remove them. They are a combination of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, and crowns, which are cemented onto the adjacent teeth to secure the bridge. The pontics are suspended down over the space where you are missing teeth.

Dental bridges are made of strong, durable materials so they are made to last. They can provide you with decades of dependable service. Dental bridge materials are also lifelike, to provide you with a beautiful addition to your smile.

Dental bridges offer several important advantages, including:

  • A natural appearance, so you will know you are showing off your best smile
  • Complete stability, so you can be sure they will never move around
  • Great strength, so you can chew the foods you love, without worrying about breakage

Dental bridges can give you back your smile. To find out more about how dental bridges can improve your smile and the dental bridgework process, call Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 553-2348 now!

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Night Guard   teeth grinding  

Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? Nightguards offered by your family dentists in Charlotte, NC, Drs. Susan Hockaday and Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom can prevent tooth damage and pain caused by the habits.

The dangers of grinding or clenching

Grinding or clenching increases your risk of these issues:

  • Tooth Damage: Grinding can wear down tooth enamel, crack or break teeth and fillings, and even loosen dental implants and teeth. If broken, cracked, or loose teeth can't be repaired or saved, you'll need to restore it with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
  • Receding Gums: Over time, grinding or clenching can cause your gum tissue to recede.
  • Headaches: Do you often wake up with a headache? Grinding or clenching can stress and tighten the muscles in your head and neck, causing pain.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ): Grinding or clenching stresses your jaw and can cause or worsen TMJ. The condition affects the hinge joints on either side of your jaw, causing jaw stiffness, clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth, temporary jaw locking, and jaw, neck, or ear pain.

How can a nightguard help you?

Nightguards are simple oral appliances that offer a simple, effective solution if you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep. The guards are placed over the teeth in your upper and lower jaw and look a little like the mouthguards you use to play sports.

Nightguards absorb the strong forces produced when you grind or clench your teeth. The guards protect your teeth and restorations, reduce stress on your jaw, and help prevent or reduce headaches and TMJ symptoms.

During your visit to the Charlotte dental office, your dentist will make an impression on your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory that creates your guard. In just a week or two, your brand new nightguard will be ready. Once you receive your nightguard, it's important to wear it every night, or your symptoms could return.

Protect your smile with a nightguard! Call your Charlotte, NC, family dentists, Drs. Susan Hockaday and Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom at (704) 553-2348 to schedule your appointment.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
August 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

How a dental crown from your dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina can strengthen your smile.

How much do you know about dental crowns? You may already know that a crown provides the strongest protection available for a damaged tooth. What you may not know is that a dental crown can also make your smile more beautiful.

Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, North Carolina offer comprehensive family dental care, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.

These are just a few of the reasons why you might need a dental crown:

  • If you have a tooth that is severely decayed
  • Your tooth is badly damaged, broken, or fractured from an accident or injury
  • Your tooth is missing large amounts of tooth structure
  • If you have a tooth that is weakened
  • Your tooth is worn down or eroded due to aging or bad habits

A dental crown can protect your tooth because it covers the entire surface of your tooth, above the gumline. This overall protection means that when you bite down on a crown, the pressure and stress of biting is spread out over the entire tooth surface, to prevent breakage.

All crowns are strong, and when you choose a porcelain crown, the crown is beautiful too! Porcelain looks just like tooth enamel, and it is light-reflective just like tooth enamel. In fact, once a full porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.

If you need a porcelain crown for a back tooth, it is often advisable to have a metal underlay, known as a porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM crown. Your dentist can recommend which crown material is best for you and your tooth.

If you have a smile full of damaged, broken teeth, you deserve to enjoy the benefits of dental crowns. Find out how dental crowns can help your smile by calling Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, North Carolina at (704) 553-2348. Call today.

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