By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When you lose a tooth, you lose more than a complete smile. You lose self-confidence, good oral function, and strong jaw bone and gumdental implants tissue. Plus, your adjacent teeth migrate to fill that empty space. Avoid all these problems by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Placed by Dr. John Hopkins of John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS, standard implants and their smaller counterparts, mini-dental implants (MDIs), look, act, and feel like real teeth and give people just like you lasting smiles.

What is a dental implant?

It's today's premiere tooth replacement option. Made of three distinct parts (a titanium implant screw, a metal extension post, and porcelain crown), the single-tooth implant may be inserted into the jaw anywhere in the mouth as long as the supporting bone is sufficiently strong. In addition, dental implants and fast-healing MDIs support prosthetics such as bridgework and full dentures.

Can you get an implant?

Many adults and teens qualify for dental implant placement. Fortunately, every step of the treatment can be done right at the Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport. From oral exam, and X-rays to oral impressions, surgical placement (a one-hour appointment) and implant restoration, you'll experience a comfortable, patient-centered procedure and get your questions and concerns addressed every step of the way.

Why are dental implants so desirable?

While traditional tooth replacements are appropriate in some cases, dental implants are more often recommended because of their:

  • Natural appearance
  • Versatility
  • Bone-preserving properties
  • Longevity

Behind these advantages is an extraordinary natural process called osseointegration. When your dentist inserts a titanium metal implant into your jaw, the bone immediately starts to adhere to the metal. Over the subsequent weeks to months (MDIs integrate more quickly), the bone becomes exceptionally strong and supports the artificial tooth. In fact, once the dentist adds the extension post and porcelain crown, the physical forces of biting and chewing further exercise and strengthen the jaw. Conventional prosthetics cannot deliver this kind of stability because they simply set on top of the gums: there is no osseointegration.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

If you can brush and floss and see Dr. Hopkins every six months for you regular exams and cleanings, your implants should last for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. However, it is advisable to stop all tobacco usage because smoking can lead to peri-implantitis, a serious and destructive infection affecting the gums and bone around an implant.

Learn more

Look good and feel good once again by getting state-of-the-art tooth replacement with dental implants and innovative MDIs. Contact Dr. Hopkins of John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS, today for a personal consultation with this expert dentist. Call (228) 284-0087.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Do you wish your smile was more attractive? Most of us have a few issues that keep our smiles from looking picture perfect. Fortunately, veneersmany types of imperfections are easy to conceal with dental veneers. Our Gulfport, MS, dentist, Dr. John Hopkins of John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs, explains how veneers can improve your smile.

What are veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain restorations that are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Although veneers are only about as thick as a fingernail or a contact lens, they're exceptionally strong and can handle normal biting and chewing with ease.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Veneers are an excellent option if you have minor imperfections that only affect the front surfaces of your teeth. Cracks and chips, even if they're small, can detract from the appearance of your smile. Adding veneers to the teeth hides these issues and instantly transforms your smile.

Porcelain veneers are also a good way to conceal other common tooth flaws. Do you have a bumpy or pitted tooth or one that twists and turns? Veneers keep those cosmetic problems hidden from view. Although veneers are a good choice if you have one or two crooked or twisted teeth, orthodontic treatment may be a better option if many of your teeth are crooked or your crooked teeth affect your bite.

Do you have a discolored tooth? Discolorations that occur due to dental procedures or tetracycline usage can't be lightened with teeth whitening. Luckily, we can provide you with a veneer that matches the color of your other teeth. If all of your teeth are dull, veneers offer an excellent long-term whitening solution. You'll choose the exact shade of white you'll want and enjoy a bright white smile, thanks to your stain-resistant veneers.

Gaps between teeth may not affect your ability to chew, but they can make you want to hide your smile. With the addition of a few veneers, slight gaps between your teeth disappear. Veneers are also a good choice if a few of your teeth have become shorter due to grinding or clenching at night.

In addition to adding veneers to your teeth, we can also provide you with a custom-made nightguard when you visit our Gulfport office. The nightguard will prevent you from damaging your veneers or your teeth with your grinding or clenching habit.

Makeover your smile with veneers! Call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS, at (228) 284-0087 to schedule your appointment.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
April 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: MTM Clear Aligners  

It’s time to discover the benefits of clear orthodontic aligners and how they can improve your smile.mtm clear aligners

If you want a straighter smile then naturally you might like the idea of wearing a clear, more discreet aligner system to get the results you want. Our Gulfport, MS, dentist Dr. John Hopkins at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs is here to tell you more about MTM Clear Aligners.

What are MTM Clear Aligners?

MTM stands for “minor tooth movement”, and this clear aligner system is used to align upper and lower teeth. As the name suggests, this treatment is most often used when teeth require very little movement in order to get a straighter smile. MTM uses a set of clear, removable custom-fitted plastic aligners to help shift your teeth into the proper position.

What should I expect from this treatment?

Since MTM aligners are removable this means that this orthodontic system won’t alter your daily routine and will easily fit into any older teen or adult’s active lifestyle. You can easily remove these aligners prior to eating or brushing and flossing your teeth. Your diet and oral routine do not have to change at all with MTM Clear Aligners.

How often should I keep my aligners in?

We know how tempting it can be to remove your aligners whenever you want to but if you want to get a straighter smile then you’ll want to wear your aligners as much as possible. If you are eating, drinking hot liquids, or brushing or flossing your teeth then you should be wearing your aligners. This equates to wearing your aligners 20 to 22 hours out of the day.

How long will my treatment take?

Since this orthodontic system is only ideal for those with more minor misalignments, many teens and adults can see results in about three to six months. When you come in for your consultation, our Gulfport, MS, general dentist will be able to provide you with a more exact treatment timeline.

If you are interested in finding out if you are the ideal candidate for MTM Clear Aligners, then the next step is to call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS and to schedule a consultation. Let’s get you that beautifully straight smile!

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.

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