By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
January 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns. Your dentist in Gulfport, MS, Dr. Johndental crowns Hopkins, is more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your Gulfport dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. However, make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown. It's important to avoid plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
  • In addition to brushing and flossing, your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.
  • Bruxism, when someone grinds their teeth, can reduce how long your crowns last as well. So make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard or splints.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS, as soon as possible at (228) 284-0087.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Don't be discouraged by the appearance of your teeth and gums. You can enhance your smile with aesthetic dentistry services from Dr. cosmetic dentistryJohn Hopkins, your Gulfport, MS, cosmetic dentist. Whether it's metal fillings, enamel flaws, smile gaps or other problems, Dr. Hopkins can give you a smile you'll be proud of.

First, take a look

Realistically decide how you want your teeth and gums to change. Are chips and dark stains detracting from your smile? What about excess gum tissue or uneven tooth length--would you like those to go away? With goals in mind, come to John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs where our cosmetic dentist in Gulfport will examine your health needs and aesthetic goals. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan perfect for your age, facial features, and oral health.

Possible cosmetic dental treatments

There are many. You may need just one or perhaps more to create the look you desire. Whatever you and Dr. Hopkins decide, your mouth will be healthy and you'll get a boost in your self-confidence. After all, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, studies show that your teeth and gums say a lot about the person you really are.

So here's what Dr. Hopkins offers to change your smile.

Professional teeth whitening It's safe, economical and wow, does it create a big change in tooth color! Applied either at home via customized trays or in the office by your cosmetic dentist, powerful hydrogen peroxide gel lifts out stains from smoking, darkly pigmented foods, prescription medications and more. The gel penetrates your tooth enamel and oxidizes organic matter, leaving teeth many shades lighter. Touch-ups and routine oral hygiene keep that whitened smile bright indefinitely.

Composite resin bonding Dr. Hopkins uses a tooth-colored blend of acrylic and glass to remake chips, hairline cracks, gaps and more. Applied, hardened and polished to achieve a very natural look, composite resin repairs take one short dental appointment. This material also creates tooth-colored fillings, a safe, seamless and durable alternative to amalgam cavity repairs.

Porcelain veneers Veneers are thin pieces of dental grade ceramic bonded to the front of teeth with chips, deep stains and small gaps. They even tooth length, strengthen misshapen teeth and look absolutely natural. Veneers require minimal enamel reduction, and so they are a permanent refurbishment lasting ten years or more with routine oral hygiene at home and at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs.

Do you want to know more?

These are just some of the services Dr. Hopkins offers. Your needs are uniquely your own. Contact John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs today for your personal consultation with our dental team. Call (228) 284-0087.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How cosmetic dentistry from your Gulfport, Mississippi dentist can improve your smilecosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and your life. An unattractive smile can ruin your self-esteem and self-confidence. You may hide your smile or stop smiling entirely, all because you don’t have a smile you are proud of. The good news is there are many dental services which can enhance and rejuvenate your smile. John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, Mississippi, wants to help you discover some common dental services you may want to consider.

If you are embarrassed by crooked, rotated teeth or a poorly-aligned jaw, you may want to think about Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably in as little as 9 to 15 months. The Invisalign system uses clear plastic trays known as aligners which you can be removed when you eat, making Invisalign the convenient, quick way to a straight smile.

If you are embarrassed by dull, yellow, aging teeth, you may want to think about a professional whitening treatment. Unlike generic grocery-store whitening products, professional teeth whitening results are dramatic, quick, and long lasting. You can whiten your teeth up to 5 shades whiter. Dr. Hopkins offers a rapid in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home kit that lets you whiten when you want.

If you are embarrassed by chipped or cracked teeth, you might want to think about porcelain veneers which are thin sheaths of translucent porcelain. The veneers are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Because veneers are translucent, they reflect light, just like your natural teeth do. The result is a completely natural-looking, beautiful smile.

If you are embarrassed by gaps in your smile from missing teeth, you might want to think about dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural-looking, stable tooth replacement available. They are also a healthy choice because you can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.

These are just a few dental services you might want to consider. To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Hopkins’ patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at

You owe it to yourself to discover what cosmetic and restorative dental services can do for you and your smile. It’s time to achieve a smile you can be proud of. It’s time for you to call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, Mississippi. Call today and start on the road to a beautiful smile!

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Is it time to find out how these tooth-colored restorations could enhance your smile?Veneers

Do you hide your smile because you hate that your smile has chips, cracks, stains or other defects? If you said “yes”, you certainly aren’t alone. There are countless individuals who feel self-conscious about their smiles. Just know that you don’t have to feel this way. Our Gulfport, MS, dentist, Dr. John Hopkins, makes it easy to get the cosmetic enhancements you are looking for through dental veneers.

Dental veneers have become a popular cosmetic treatment because there are so many ways in which it can alter the color, shape or size of your smile in just a couple visits and without the need for invasive dentistry. Veneers can be made either from porcelain or composite bonding. However, porcelain tends to be the most popular choice because it can mimic the look of real tooth enamel.

Why might our Gulfport cosmetic dentist recommend dental veneers?

There are many reasons why we may talk to you about dental veneers if you are a good candidate. This simple restoration offers both aesthetic and functional purposes. It can be used to cover gaps between teeth, improve the shape of a chipped, cracked or misshapen tooth, or even hide severe or unsightly cigarette stains.

Do you want to get a straighter smile but have minor crookedness, crowding or gaps between teeth? If you are an adult dealing with this issue you may not want to get braces to fix theses issues. Of course, you still want to be able to get a straighter smile. This is where dental veneers can come in and cover these crooked or crowded teeth to improve the look and alignment of your smile without having to wear a mouth full of metal for several months.

Plus, it’s pretty easy to get dental veneers, which is why so many people turn to this cosmetic service. Most people worry that they will need to undergo anesthesia, needles or other intimidating procedures to get a more beautiful smile; however, this simply isn’t true. Veneers can provide you with a brand new smile painlessly and in often just two separate visits.

Do you have questions about dental veneers? Want to find out if this is the right cosmetic treatment for you? If so, your next step is to call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS, to book your next visit with us. We would be happy to determine if your smile and goals are a match for veneers.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You may be wondering why dental implants are important and why they’re considered a good long-term treatment option for replacing dental implantsmissing teeth. The answers can be found at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS. Dr. John Hopkins specializes in providing aesthetic and functional dental solutions for patients, including tooth implants and crowns.

What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny metal apparatus that looks a lot like a screw with ridges. When installed under the gumline, it serves the same purpose as the root of a tooth. The bone tissue naturally attaches itself to the ridges around the implant until they become one—a process called “osseointegration.” Once that step is complete, your Gulfport dentist can install a crown that looks exactly like your other teeth.‚Äč

Why Are Dental Implants Important?
Dentures are an aesthetic solution for missing teeth, but they aren’t the healthiest choice for your long-term gum health. Dentures sit on top of the gumline, so the bone tissue is no longer used—eventually the bone will absorb into the body. Implants help keep your gums and the bone tissue in your jaw healthy and useful. 

Other Details You Should Know About Implants
In advance of your appointment with Dr. Hopkins, there are a few things you should understand about dental implants:

- You must have ample existing healthy bone tissue for an implant to “take.” If the bone density is low, a grafting treatment may be necessary.
- You must care for your implant just as you would a natural tooth to keep it healthy (both flossing and brushing regularly).
- Every patient’s healing process is different—it usually takes between two to nine months for the implant to osseointegrate.

See if Implants Will Help Your Smile
All it takes is one simple consultation and exam to tell if you’ll be a viable candidate for implants. Call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS today at (228) 284-0087 to schedule a visit with Dr. Hopkins.

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