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By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
June 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
January 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   crowns  

With its life-like color and texture, dental porcelain can restore a smile marred by decayed or damaged teeth. This durable ceramic material not only matches the varieties of individual tooth colors and hues, its translucence mimics the appearance of natural teeth. But perhaps its greatest benefit is its adaptability for use in a number of different applications, particularly veneers and crowns.

Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain laminated together and permanently bonded to cover the visible outer side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” of dental porcelain designed to completely cover a defective tooth.

Veneers and crowns share a number of similarities. Both can alter the color and shape of teeth, although crowns are used when more extensive tooth structure has been damaged. They’re also “irreversible,” meaning the tooth must be altered in such a way that it will always require a veneer or crown, though on some occasions a veneer can require no removal of tooth structure and can be reversible.

They do, however, have some differences as to the type of situation they address. Veneers are generally used where the affected teeth have a poor appearance (chipped, malformed or stained, for example) but are still structurally healthy. And although they do generally require some removal of tooth enamel to accommodate them (to minimize a “bulky” appearance), the reduction is much less than for a crown.

Crowns, on the other hand, restore teeth that have lost significant structure from disease, injury, stress-related grinding habits or the wearing effects of aging. Since they must contain enough mass to stand up to the normal biting forces a tooth must endure, a significant amount of the original tooth structure must be removed to accommodate them.

Which application we use will depend upon a thorough examination of your teeth. Once we’ve determined their condition and what you need, we can then recommend the best application for your situation. But regardless of whether we install a veneer or crown, using dental porcelain can help achieve an end result that’s truly life-changing — a new, younger-looking smile.

If you would like more information on dental porcelain restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Find out the purpose of dental crowns and how they could improve your smile.

Dealing with a broken, chipped or decaying tooth? This can cause both aesthetic and functional issues for your smile. Luckily, your CrownsCharlotte family dentists Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom can place a dental crown to prevent further problems from befalling your teeth. Find out the reason for dental crowns and the benefits you’ll gain when you get one.

What is a dental crown?

Teeth that have been damaged or weakened in some way can often benefit from dental crowns, tooth-shaped caps that are custom-made to cover the entire tooth and are cemented into place after the tooth has been filed down.

In essence, crowns are designed to provide an additional layer of resilience and strength. While dental crowns can be placed for purely aesthetic reasons, your family dentists in Charlotte will most likely recommend a crown to restore full function back into the tooth.

What is a dental crown made from?

One of the factors you’ll have to consider before getting a dental crown is what material you want for your crown. Here are the most common materials used:

  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Metal
  • Ceramic

All porcelain or all ceramic most resemble the shade of a natural tooth, which makes this a more popular material for dental crowns. These are also a great option for those who have an allergy to metal. While they are durable they don’t always last as long as metal crowns. Metal crowns also tend to be less expensive.

In what cases can a dental crown help?

A dental crown is very versatile and can be used to treat multiple issues including,

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Teeth that either have severe decay or that have been treated multiple times with fillings that have failed
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To anchor a dental bridge into place

If you are dealing with any of these issues and think that dental crowns could be the dental restoration you’ve been looking for then turn to Hockaday & Baucom, DDS for all your dental needs.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
November 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
Crowns Could be the Smile Solution for Some Unattractive Teeth

While dental implants have become the most popular restoration among both dentists and patients, it’s primarily a tooth replacement — either for a missing tooth or a tooth beyond repair that must be extracted. But what if your tooth is still viable beneath its unattractive exterior? From an oral health standpoint, it’s usually wise to preserve it.

Even so, you still have options for making a tooth that’s spoiling your smile more attractive. One of the most effective solutions happens to be one of the oldest in dentistry: a crown. In effect, a crown is a life-like replica made of metal or dental porcelain that’s bonded over a tooth. And with today’s advanced materials and methods a crown can not only enhance the appearance of the tooth it covers, it can also be made to blend with the color and symmetry of adjacent teeth.

Here are a few dental situations where a crown could provide both protection for a tooth and a more attractive appearance.

Chipped, Damaged or Abnormally Developed Teeth. Teeth often take the brunt of mouth injuries, resulting in chips or even fractures. Also, teeth sometimes don’t erupt fully or develop a normal shape. A crown can effectively cover these missing or abnormal parts of a tooth and restore a more natural appearance.

Following Root Canal Treatment. Trauma or deep decay can damage the interior of a tooth - the pulp and root canals - and endanger its survival. A root canal treatment cleans out and repairs these areas, filling them with a special filling to prevent further infection. A crown is usually necessary to both protect the tooth and restore its appearance.

Discoloration. There’s a difference between outward staining of the enamel, which can usually be brightened with whitening solutions, and staining deep within the tooth from various causes. While there are techniques to bleach “intrinsic” staining, a crown provides another option for covering a heavily discolored tooth for a more attractive appearance.

Excessive Wear. We all experience some teeth wearing as we age; but grinding or clenching habits can accelerate that wear and shorten teeth, resulting in a prematurely aged look. Crowns restore worn teeth to a more normal length that can take “years” off your smile.

If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
February 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Do you have missing, damaged, or discolored teeth that are compromising the integrity of your pearly whites? Fear not; there are several cosmetic procedures that can restore your smile in no time.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Crowns “cap” damaged teeth, strengthening them and allowing them to function normally again. If you have a weak, cracked, or Dental Crownsfractured tooth, you may want to consider crowns as a treatment option. There are a few benefits of dental crowns, particularly if your teeth are too small to support a large filling. They can be used to replace one single tooth or many. Crowns are specially designed and shaped by to fit the rest of your teeth and come in many materials:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Metal alloys
  • Gold
  • Acrylic

Your dentist can help you decide which material is best for you. Depending on what qualities are most important to you, your preferences may shift. If you have a discolored or misshapen tooth, you may want to go with porcelain or ceramic, as these can be tinted to match the natural color of your teeth. However, if durability is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with gold.

Restore Your Quality of Life

At Hockaday & Baucom, we believe that having a healthy smile can open many doors. Our two lead dentists are committed to providing the best quality care to their patients. If you have been unhappy with or embarrassed by your discolored or unhealthy teeth, you don’t have to be dissatisfied with your smile any longer. Let the highly qualified staff at Hockaday & Baucom restore your smile and your confidence with their cosmetic dentistry procedures.

To learn more about dental crowns or other cosmetic dentistry procedures in the Charlotte, NC area, call (704) 553-2348.