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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 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.