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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.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your family dentists in Charlotte want you to knowdentures

If you’ve been thinking about getting dentures to complete your smile, or if you’ve been wearing dentures for a long time, it’s time for you to discover what new dentures can do for your smile and your life. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, NC want to help you discover how a new denture can change your life.

Today’s dentures are created out of state-of-the-art materials and are designed to give you a custom-made smile that is as individual as you are. Dentures also can help you look younger by giving you back youthful fullness in your face and a firm jawline.

If you’ve been living without teeth, wouldn’t it be nice to have a fully-functioning set of teeth? If you are not smiling because of missing teeth, wouldn’t it be great to have a smile you can be proud of? If you are wearing an old, ill-fitting denture, wouldn’t it be fantastic not to worry about your teeth moving around? A new denture is the right choice for you!

Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom offer several denture and partial options to choose from. Consider:

A full denture if you want to replace an entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. You can choose from:

  • An immediate denture, which is placed immediately after tooth extraction; a more permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed. Immediate dentures are beneficial because you don’t have to live without teeth.
  • A conventional denture, which is placed after your tissue has healed completely; conventional dentures are beneficial because you only have to get used to wearing one denture.
  • An overdenture, which is snapped in place over existing tooth roots or dental implants; overdentures are beneficial because they help conserve the supporting bone in your jaws.

A partial denture is a perfect choice if you want to replace just a few teeth and not an entire arch. Consider:

  • A transitional partial denture if you are planning on dental implants later on; transitional partial dentures are often less expensive, because they are meant to be a temporary option.
  • A removable partial denture if you are not going to have implants; removable partials are strong and meant to last.

Give yourself a new smile, you deserve it! For more information about dentures, partials and other restorative and cosmetic services, call Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom in Charlotte, NC today!

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
November 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? Dental crowns are dental restorations that completely cover the outside of the teeth and can correct many different types dental crownsof cosmetic dental issues including broken, weakened, cracked, and badly decayed teeth. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, NC, offer a full range of dental services, including crowns. Here's everything you need to know about dental crowns.

Crowns Overview

Dental crowns are 'caps' that are designed to fit over teeth so that they appear to be natural teeth. When the dental crowns are cemented, they completely encase the visible portion of the teeth. Crowns restore the teeth to their normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a dental crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.

Types of Dental Crowns

Crowns can be made out of porcelain-fused-to-metal, and porcelain. All-metal crowns make an excellent choice for back teeth. All-metal crowns are the strongest, most durable type of crown. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are strong and can produce pleasing aesthetics. Porcelain crowns are made from a glass-like substance, which is attractive to look at.

Benefits of Crowns

Dental crowns will do you and your smile a world of good. Dental crowns can improve the appearance of your smile. They can instantly correct discoloration, chips, crookedness, cracks, fractures, and more. Dental crowns can also improve tooth function. They can withstand biting and chewing forces well.

If you need a dental crown, why wait? We can help you today. Call our dental office at 704-553-2348 now to schedule an appointment in Charlotte, NC. With dental crowns, you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
November 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental bridges and who could benefit from this dental restoration.

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Do you want to restoration that you know will be able to replace your tooth for many years? Then it’s dental bridgetime you found out how our Charlotte, NC family dentists Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom might be able to treat your tooth loss effectively with dental bridges.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge may be a restoration that our Charlotte dentist recommends if you are looking to replace a missing tooth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns, which are placed over teeth that surround where the missing tooth once was.

A pontic, or false tooth, is sandwiched between the two crowns. A pontic can be made from different materials such as porcelain or a combination of different materials. The type of material used will depend on the type of tooth you need to replace, as well as other factors that we will discuss during your consultation.

What are the benefits of getting this restoration?

If you choose to get a dental bridge in Charlotte there are many smile advantages to enjoy:

  • You’ll have a full, healthy smile again
  • You’ll be able to eat your favorite foods again without difficulty
  • Speech will be restored
  • You’ll maintain your facial structure (tooth loss affects the shape of your face over time if left untreated)
  • Improve chewing pressure and forces so that it’s more even and not putting more wear and tear on other teeth
  • You’ll prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of position

How long do bridges last?

Dental bridges are pretty durable, but nothing lasts forever. With the proper oral care, you can maintain your bridge for up to 15 years (or possibly even longer). By coming in every six months for routine checkups and by keeping your teeth clean and free of cavities you may maintain your new restoration for many years before needing to have it replaced.

Do dental bridges sound like an amazing option for you and your needs? If so, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Hockaday & Baucom DDS in Charlotte, NC. Book an appointment with us today!