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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 03, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Establishing an effective dental hygiene routine when your kids are young pays off in the long run, both financially and health-wise. However, it can be difficult to know where to start or what works best for kids. Here are a few tips from your family dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, on how to make the most out of your child's dental care at home.

Brush up on their toothbrushing

As many parents know, convincing your child to brush their teeth twice daily can be a challenge. Your Charlotte family dentist suggests playing a favorite song for the two minutes it takes to brush to help the time go by more quickly. Allowing your child to pick out a new toothbrush, perhaps in their favorite color or featuring a cartoon character they like, also helps make the daily routine easier and more fun. Just make sure that the brush your child chooses has soft bristles and isn't too large for their mouth. A fluoride-based toothpaste in a child-friendly flavor is also a good way to encourage regular brushing.

Fine-tune their flossing

Flossing tends to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to taking care of your teeth at home - that's true for your Charlotte family dentist's patients of all ages! But like brushing, parents can make the process more fun by taking advantage of the variety of products available today. Flossing picks in bright colors with flavored thread puts a new twist on the tedious process of flossing between each tooth. Kids with orthodontic appliances can use flossing threaders or interdental brushes. You can also set a great example for your kids by making flossing a daily part of your dental hygiene routine as well.

To make an appointment for yourself or a member of your family, contact Dr. Susan Hockaday Family Practice for the very best in family dentistry in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We can be reached at (704) 553-2348.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
March 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

If you have questions about dentures our family dentists have the answers.

Our Charlotte, NC, family dentists, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, offer patients different ways to replace missing teeth no matter their age, lifestyle, health status, or budget. For centuries, dentures have provided those with significant tooth loss the ability to get full smiles again. Wondering if dentures are right for you but have questions first? Here are some answers to the most popular denture-related questions:

Do I need dentures?

If you are missing teeth, it’s important that you visit our family dentist as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options. Here at our Charlotte office, we offer dentures and other ways to replace missing teeth; however, if you are dealing with significant or even complete tooth loss, dentures may be the best way to replace your teeth.

What types of dentures are available?

There are dentures that are designed to replace all of your teeth (full or complete dentures) and dentures that are designed to replace some teeth (partial dentures). These are the two most common types of dentures. There are also immediate dentures, which are temporary dentures that are placed right after teeth have been extracted, and dental implant-supported dentures, which are dentures that are anchored by dental implants.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

While some people may choose to wear their dentures while they sleep it is highly recommended that you take them out every night before bedtime and put them in water to let them soak. Dentures can put pressure on the gums and bone; so taking them out every night gives your gum tissue time to relax.

Can I get implants at a later time if I choose?

Absolutely! Maybe you want to get your false teeth as soon as possible but then you realize after some wear that you would like a way to ensure that your false teeth will always stay in place. If this is the case, our dental team would be happy to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants. After implants are inserted into the jawbone, we can then attach your current dentures to the implants to anchor your teeth in place.

Need dental care? Give us a call

Hockaday & Baucom provide you with trustworthy, gentle, and caring family dentists. Whether you’re looking for a dentist who can provide your child with routine cleanings or you want to discuss your candidacy for dentures, call our Charlotte, NC, office today at (704) 553-2348 to schedule an appointment.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

Where does most tooth decay occur? In children's teeth, it happens on the intricate chewing surfaces of back teeth. At Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, your family dentists use plastic sealants to protect young smiles. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom see the value in these thin coatings; they really help ward off decay.

A chronic health problem

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children. Caused by oral bacteria living in food residues, or plaque, on and between teeth, cavities destroy enamel and when untreated, lead to tooth loss.

A low-sugar diet, good brushing and flossing habits and six-month check-ups at the family dentist's office in Charlotte, NC, minimize the risk of decay. Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom offer additional protection through thin plastic coatings called dental sealants. The American Dental Association (ADA) says dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay on back teeth by a full 80 percent.

How sealants work

After a careful oral examination and hygienic cleaning, your family dentist may recommend sealants for one of more of your child's molars. The process is simple and painless, taking only 10 minutes or so per tooth.

The dentist dries the tooth and applies a mild etching solution to the chewing surface. This preparation ensures the liquid sealant adheres well to the tooth. Then, the plastic sealant is painted on, with care taken to the tiny pits and fissures common to molars. Finally, a special UV light hardens the plastic.

Dental sealants are tooth-colored and virtually unnoticeable. However, they are very effective and long-lasting, staying in place about 10 years. At each oral examination thereafter, Dr. Hockaday or Dr. Baucom will check the sealants to look for any chips or excessive wear. Small repairs can be made if needed.

A stable physical barrier against decay

Dental sealants are the extra-protection your child may need to stay cavity-free on those all important molars. At your next routine visit at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, ask your family dentist about plastic sealants for your child. Phone for an appointment at (704) 553-2348.