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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.