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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
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.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
August 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentists in Charlotte want you to knowroot canal

How do you know if you need a root canal? That’s an important question. The only way to know for sure if a root canal is necessary is to visit your dentist for testing and an x-ray. You may notice a few signs and symptoms, which should prompt you to seek out your dentist. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, NC, want to share the facts about when you might need root canal treatment.

The truth is you may need a root canal and not even know it. That’s because sometimes teeth can begin to die without any painful symptoms. The only sign you might see is the tooth becoming darker compared to the teeth next to it.

Other times you may experience acute symptoms like these:

  • Chronic pain even after a filling is placed
  • Continuous throbbing, aching, or pressure
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you chew
  • Throbbing pain after you drink or eat hot or cold beverages or foods

You may also notice an elevated bump on your gums which appears red or white near a tooth root. The bump may have blood or pus draining from it. This is an obvious sign of a dental abscess or infection.

So, what causes you to need a root canal? Your tooth has several layers, enamel, dentin, and pulp. Each layer is softer than the one above it, with pulp being the softest layer. The pulp also contains the blood and nerve supply to your tooth.

When the pulp becomes damaged from trauma, decay, or other causes, your tooth begins to die. You may experience painful symptoms, or you may not. Your dentist will take x-rays of the roots of your tooth and do pulp and temperature testing to determine if you need a root canal.

A dental exam and x-rays are vitally important in finding out if you need a root canal, which is why you should visit your dentist at the first sign of trouble. Don’t wait until your dental pain gets worse.

To find out more about root canal therapy and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive services, call Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom in Charlotte, NC. If you are experiencing dental pain, pick up your phone and call today!

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
April 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile missing teeth? When people have missing teeth, smiling can leave them feeling embarrassed and self-conscious. Dental dental bridgesbridges provide an instant fix, creating a beautiful, confident smile. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, NC, offer state-of-the-art bridges to their patients. Read on to find out how bridges can help your smile.

Beautify Your Smile- A dental bridge will restore your smile and improve your appearance. A bridge is a dental restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth are missing. A crown is made for the teeth on either side of the empty space with a fabricated tooth in between them. Bridges look great and match natural teeth exceptionally well. 

Help You Chew Food- When you are missing one or more teeth, you lose your ability to chew food properly. Many people who are missing teeth opt for eating less nutritious foods because they are easier to chew. Dental bridges will help restore your ability to chew food. With dental bridges, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods in comfort and with confidence. 

Improve Your Speech- Some people take their teeth for granted — until they start losing them. Our teeth play an important role in speech and allow for the proper pronunciation of words. Losing your teeth can make it difficult for you to pronounce certain words. Dental bridges can improve your clarity of speech. 

Prevent Teeth Shifting- Having missing teeth is a serious matter. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth begin to shift at an accelerated rate. A dental bridge can prevent your permanent teeth from drifting out of place. When a bridge fills in your smile's gaps, your natural teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift. Consult with a dentist in Charlotte to find out if dental bridges are right for you. 

Want to live your best life? Start with your smile. Call our dental office at 704-553-2348 today to schedule a dental consultation in Charlotte, NC. Dental bridges will do you and your smile a world of good.