Pain. Embarrassment. Disability.

These are scary words, but they may describe you if you suffer from dental injuries or disease. You don’t have to live with a damaged smile any longer! Dr. Christine Hopkins is a prosthodontist-this means that she is a dentist who specialized in restorative dentistry. Her many extra years of study and experience make her the perfect doctor to coordinate your care, especially when it requires the services of several dental specialists, such as maxillofacial surgeons or lab technicians. Rest assured you are coming to the right dentist and dental team that will restore both form and function to your smile!

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge allows you to bridge a gap in your smile-usually due to a missing tooth-by placing a porcelain restoration in the gap that uses the neighboring teeth as its supportive structure. After a little tooth preparation, Dr. Hopkins will place custom-milled, porcelain crowns over each of the neighboring teeth. Between these teeth, she will suspend a natural-looking, durable porcelain tooth. The three elements act as one and restore both form and function to the damaged part of your smile. More importantly, filling the gap in your smile prevents your other teeth from moving or your bite pressure from changing. These can result in dramatically, positive consequences for your smile. A fixed bridge is a key solution!

Partials

Partial dentures are a vital restoration for a patient who has experienced the loss of several teeth in one area. With the loss of teeth, comes a loss of gum and bone tissue in the jaw. It is imperative that we limit this tissue loss with a partial denture. Partials by Dr. Hopkins look fantastic and feel great, allowing you to eat and speak as usual. Because of Dr. Hopkins’s artistic touch, it will be virtually impossible for others to see the partial, and it will fit so comfortably that you may forget it is in place!

Porcelain Crowns

When a tooth is significantly damaged due to injury, disease, and decay, and when a filling is not an option for restoring structure to the tooth, a porcelain crown is a restoration that can be a great-looking, perfectly functioning solution. Your porcelain crown from Dr. Hopkins will be artistically milled just for you. Dr. Hopkins will determine the perfect size, shape, and color of your porcelain crown. When the time comes to place your crown, Dr. Hopkins will prepare the remaining natural structure of your tooth, allowing your natural tooth to serve as the foundation for the crown. Dr. Hopkins will position the crown so that your bite looks and feels completely natural. You will be amazed at how your new crown seems indistinguishable from your natural teeth in your smile.

Dental Appliances

A dental appliance is a device that you place into your mouth, mostly while you are sleeping, to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. It is commonly referred to as a bite splint. There are two different types of bite splints: a conventional one and an NTI (see description below).

A bite splint is custom crafted to fit snuggly to each tooth in your mouth. It fits much the same way as a dental whitening tray. However, the material is much thicker and very hard. Once the splint is secured in your mouth, your teeth come together in a position that relaxes the muscles in your jaw. This reduces the clenching and grinding that can occur while you sleep. With what little grinding does occur, the thick material between your upper and lower teeth will protect them from chipping and cracking. Another common benefit of wearing a properly adjusted splint is the reduction of headaches.

Should you and Dr. Hopkins agree that a splint would benefit you, she will schedule a time to take impressions of your teeth or she will take impressions during your existing appointment, time permitting. From the impressions, the dental lab will create a splint that fits your smile. It will be tailored especially for you and cannot be worn by anyone else. Once the splint is ready, an appointment will be scheduled to allow Dr. Hopkins to make any necessary adjustments. Such adjustments are critical to ensure a proper fit and maximum function.

NTIs

You don’t have to live with chronic head and neck pain! An NTI is a specialized tension suppression system that involves the creation of a customized mouthpiece that is worn at night. The mouthpiece prevents jaw clenching and grinding associated with overstimulation of the Trigeminal Nerve, which causes temporomandibular disorders (TMD), chronic tension headaches, and migraines.

Sports Mouthguards

It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. Properly diagnosed, designed, and custom fitted mouthguards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral and facial injuries. If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouthguards are a great way to protect them from concussions and their teeth from potential injury. Advanced Dental Center offers your child custom-made mouthguards which are comfortable, resilient, and tasteless and which cause minimal interference with speaking and breathing. They are easy to clean and come in many color combinations.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

In years past, virtually all dental fillings were created from a silver-amalgam material. Although durable, these fillings were unattractive in color and easy to spot as they cast a shadow upon the wearer’s smile. Now, with advances in dentistry, you can have a tooth-colored filling. These fillings are made from a durable, porcelain-based resin that can be shaded to match the natural color of your teeth. The resin is placed over the prepared area of your tooth, creating a seal that protects it from future decay. Dr. Hopkins then shapes the filling, much like a sculptor, to give it the perfect shape. Even you may not be able to see the difference between your natural tooth structure and the tooth-colored filling!

Tooth Replacement

There are many options for replacing one or several teeth, such as a traditional, porcelain bridge or through a dental implant.