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.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
February 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners   orthodontics   braces  

Find out more about MTM Clear Aligner and whether it could help straighten your smile.clear aligners

So you are tired of having a crooked or misaligned smile and you are finally ready to change all that. Congratulations! Of course, as we get older the idea of wearing braces may sound anything but ideal. While you may have heard about clear aligners that look like whitening trays but are used to straighten smiles, you may not understand much about how MTM aligners work. John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS is here to give you more information on this orthodontic treatment.

What is MTM Clear Aligner?

This orthodontic treatment stands for minor tooth movement (MTM) and is used to help make small adjustments to your upper or lower teeth through a set of clear, removable aligners. Each aligner is clear, custom-made and removable so that you can enjoy eating your favorite foods and cleaning your teeth as you normally would while still getting the treatment you need for a straighter smile.

What problems can MTM Clear Aligner fix?

The name alone lets you know that this treatment option probably won’t work best for those with more severe or complicated tooth movements. Of course, MTM Clear Aligner is amazing for making small, minimal changes.

Who is right for MTM Clear Aligner?

This treatment is a great option for teens and adults who have all of their permanent teeth and are ready to fully dedicate themselves to getting braces. While MTM Clear Aligner makes it easy to get the results you want without metal braces, you’ll still need to be disciplined enough to wear your aligners. Of course, talking to our Gulfport, MS, general dentist will help you better determine if MTM Clear Aligner is a good fit for you.

How long will treatment take?

Everyone’s length of treatment will be different based on the issue or issues they want to fix with MTM aligners. Since ideal candidates will only have minor dental issues, to begin with, some patients can get the results they want in as little as three to six months.

If you are ready to find out more about MTM Clear Aligner and whether they are right for you then it’s time you scheduled a consultation at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS. We are happy to help you meet all of your smile needs.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
January 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Whether you have a cavity or a damaged tooth, or simply want to improve the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry procedures cosmetic dentistrycan restore and transform your smile. Learn more about several common cosmetic dentistry procedures available at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS.

Dental Fillings

Cavities aren't just painful but can destroy your tooth if they aren't treated promptly. Once the decayed area is removed, a filling is used to fill and seal the opening in your tooth. The most common type of filling is made of a tooth-colored composite resin.


Your dentist uses bonding material to restore and repair teeth. This putty-like composite resin is used to build up damaged areas or cover chips, discolorations and other imperfections. It's also a good choice if you want to lengthen or change the appearance of a tooth. Exposing the bonding material to a special curing light hardens it, making it tough enough to withstand years of wear and tear.

Teeth whitening

It's not unusual for your teeth to become dull or stained as the years go by. Whitening treatments erase the stains that penetrate your tooth enamel and can lighten your teeth an average of three to eight shades. If you avoid brightly colored foods and beverages, your smile will stay whiter for several years.


Sealants fill and seal the nooks and crannies in molars that you can't reach with your toothbrush bristles. Because sealants decrease the risk of tooth decay, they're routinely recommended for children and teenagers.

Professional cleanings in Gulfport

Regular professional cleanings are still important even if you have excellent oral hygiene. Cleanings remove surface stains, plaque and tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease.

Dental crowns

Crowns look just like hollow teeth and are designed to fit over your teeth. They're used to restore or protect a damaged or fragile tooth and are also a good choice if you need to lengthen a tooth or hide imperfections.

Dental implants

Dental implants permanently replace the roots of lost teeth by fusing to your jawbone. A crown added to the top of the implant functions as the visible part of the tooth.

Would you like to improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Call John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS at (228) 284-0087 to schedule an appointment.

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
November 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a broken or damaged tooth, a dental crown can help repair your tooth and restore your smile. Learn about some common dental crownsconditions helped by dental crowns at John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS.

Do I need a dental crown? 
Dental crowns are usually reserved for patients with broken, damaged, or weakened teeth. However, crowns can also help change the appearance of a severely misshapen or discolored tooth when other procedures like contouring or teeth whitening will not help. If you have experienced trauma to your tooth, have undergone a root canal, have a broken tooth, or have a tooth which has lost its biting surface, you can benefit from a dental crown.

Caring For Your Dental Crown
If you have a committed, strong at-home oral care routine, caring for your crown is easy. However, if you only brush your teeth once a day and avoid flossing, you may need to step up your oral hygiene game to keep your restoration and natural teeth alike healthy and clean. Be sure to brush at least twice daily for two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once a day to remove any plaque, bacteria, and stray food particles caught between the teeth and under the gums. Finally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings.

Dental Crowns in Gulfport, MS 
To create a dental crown, your dentist will use an impression of your mouth, made by biting down on dental molding clay. The mold helps the dental laboratory which creates the restoration design each crown especially for your tooth to fit seamlessly into your mouth. This ensures a snug fit over your tooth and a natural appearance. Since the laboratory needs about two weeks in between receiving your mold and customizing your crown, two dental appointments are usually necessary to complete a crown procedure.

For more information on dental crowns please contact John Hopkins DDS, Centre for Smile Designs in Gulfport, MS. Call (228) 284-0087 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hopkins today!

By John Hopkins, DDS Centre for Smile Design
August 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentist  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Gulfport dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Gulfport Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Gulfport dentist to schedule an appointment.

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