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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
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!

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
July 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bridges  

Find out the best ways to maintain strong, functional dental bridges for years.

You finally decided to say goodbye to your tooth loss and choose to get a dental bridge. Having a healthy new smile can be quite the dental bridgesconfidence booster for anyone. Your Charlotte family dentists Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom hope you are happy with your new look and in order to keep your smile healthy it’s important to properly care for your dental bridges so they last.

Don’t chew ice: Dental crowns and bridges are usually made from ceramic, which is durable and strong, but just like regular teeth, if there is enough pressure or force placed on the dental work it will fracture. Avoid activities like chewing ice or opening bottles with your teeth, which can greatly increase your chances of damaging your dental bridge.

Brush your dental bridge every day: Just because your crowns and bridges are artificial doesn’t mean they don’t require the proper oral care. You need to brush your dental work every day to prevent plaque and tartar buildup from forming. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is soft on your dental work but tough on build-up.

Floss meticulous: Flossing is a vitally important component to any oral care routine, and it’s just as important that you clean between teeth and into the gums so that decay or gum disease doesn’t develop between your natural teeth and your dental work. Floss every day and preferably before you brush to really get your mouth sufficiently clean.

Use a fluoride rinse: While the main purpose of the dental crown is to restore strength and function back into the crown of the tooth that lies above the gum line, special care should also be taken to care for the actual gum line to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup in this region. While brushing and flossing is imperative, opting for a fluoride rinse or toothpaste with a high fluoride content will give your smile a little extra boost against decay. This step is particularly important for those who are at risk for developing high amounts of dental decay or those who have gum disease.

In the beginning, you may notice a slight sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures once you get your bridge. Talk to your Charlotte dentists about which sensitivity toothpaste could help reduce this symptom.

Besides caring for your smile at home, you still need to keep up with six-month dental cleanings and exams with your Charlotte family dentists. We can check that your dental bridge is fitting properly and that everything is healthy. Call Hockaday & Baucom to schedule your next visit.