Securing Your Smile of a Lifetime with dental implants

State-of-the-Art Technology In Your Mouth Dental implants can save your smile. They are commonly used to replace broken or missing teeth. Sometimes these issues are the result of accidents or sporting injuries. Other times medical conditions can drastically reduce the ...
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Perfecting Your Smile

Patients of all ages may require dental implants for a variety of reasons. If you need to replace any missing, broken or damaged teeth, implants are by far the best solution. The following outline from provides an accurate description ...
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Securing Your Smile of a Lifetime with dental implants

State-of-the-Art Technology In Your Mouth

Dental implants can save your smile. They are commonly used to replace broken or missing teeth. Sometimes these issues are the result of accidents or sporting injuries. Other times medical conditions can drastically reduce the integrity of your smile. Regardless of the reasons, you require an aesthetic upgrade. Dr. Harrell will have you safely in and out of the dentist chair in no time thanks to his high-level expertise and years of experience.

Dental implants are modern dentistry’s best option for replacing missing teeth. They offer a highly successful, long-lasting, and totally natural-looking substitute that actually becomes part of the jawbone and helps maintain its health. The reason is that the titanium of which dental implants are made has the unique ability to fuse or “osseo-inegrate” with living bone. This osteophilic (“osseo” – bone; “philic” – loving) property was discovered accidentally by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon in 1952. Much research and testing of potential medical uses followed, until the first dental implants became available for clinical use in the 1970s. Many improvements have been made since. There are now more than 40 different types of dental implants, and millions of people worldwide have a better quality of life because of them. More details at Dear Doctor

Don’t Avoid Your Favorite Foods Any Longer

Dental implants are a superior choice in comparison to traditional dentures. Don’t let price be your ultimate determining factor when it comes to overhauling your smile. The longevity of dental implants is unmatched. Most patients enjoy a 98% success rate and never need to have their implants replaced. Traditional dentures do not carry such a long lifespan and can significantly damage your jaw and your gums in the process of daily wear.

Besides the constant pain and friction that comes hand-in-hand with traditional dentures, you will have to learn to eat all over again and become more picky when it comes to food preparation and enjoyment. Save yourself the hassle and opt for dental implants, or you can upgrade your traditional dentures to become implant supported (“snap-in”) dentures.


Single Implants or Full Arches:

Some patients only require a single dental implant to fix that embarrassing gap left by one missing tooth. Meanwhile, others are looking to totally overhaul their smile and enjoy eating and speaking with confidence again with a full implant arch known as an All-on-4. Our comprehensive oral assessment will determine the integrity of your jawbone and what options are best for your needs. We are happy to provide you with a treatment outline and price estimate before any work is done so that you understand every facet of your restoration from the outset.

Why Dental Implants Are Better than Traditional Bridges

You may be aware that dental implants have surpassed traditional dentures in terms of success and patient satisfaction. However, even patients who require replacing one tooth are finding dental implants much better in comparison to traditional bridges of yesterday.

I believe dental implants are often more economical than bridges. They are more conservative, have a high success rate, preserve bone and don’t decay. In my experience, patients choose bridges over implants not because a successful implant isn’t possible, but only because of higher up front cost. Implants are not only the standard of care, but a better value as well. — Paul D. Kantor, DDS, Cleveland

Deciding whether to do a dental implant versus a cemented bridge involves answering several questions. The first questions to answer are, why is the tooth missing and what is the condition of the rest of the mouth?

If you happen to be cavity prone, then dental implants can be a godsend because a dental implant has zero chance of getting a cavity. Likewise, if the neighboring teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are healthy, then it doesn’t make sense to drill them down to make a cemented bridge. Another factor to keep in mind is that any time you make a cemented bridge for a patient you slightly increase the risk of getting a cavity because it becomes more difficult to clean around the bridge than when you have separate teeth. Read more at Real Self

Don’t Trust Your Smile To Anyone But The Best

If you have missing teeth and want to restore your smile, we understand that you probably have questions about dental implants and treatment methods. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Simply contact our office and schedule a free consultation. We will make sure you have all of the pertinent info you need to make an informed decision.

Perfecting Your Smile

Patients of all ages may require dental implants for a variety of reasons. If you need to replace any missing, broken or damaged teeth, implants are by far the best solution. The following outline from provides an accurate description of dental implants:

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. See more from Colgate

What Makes a Good Candidate?

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also keep these structures healthy, so good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, but they are a permanent solution where other methods are not. Since you won’t have to re-do your implants in the future, they are actually the better long-term investment.

Certain patients require their jaw bone to be surgically built up with bone grafting procedures prior to dental implant surgery. Patients undergo a comprehensive dental exam and X-rays in order to determine if any underlying issues need to be addressed.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture. This is the type of implant that Harrell Dental Implant Center places.
  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Customized Solution

The superior strength, durability and overall comfort associated with dental implants makes them the ideal solution for almost all individuals. No one will be able to tell if you have replaced one tooth or an entire arch because your dental implants will perfectly match your remaining teeth. Chew and enjoy all the foods you love easily once again.

Denture Stabilization Upgrades

If you have dentures, an excellent way to help your jawbone stay healthy and strong is to utilize dental implants to secure them. This is an excellent way to regain the stability you crave and miss every time your dentures slide across your gum line. You’ll have a lot to smile about once your dentures are secure and no longer aggravating your gums or wearing away jaw bone.

What Happens If I Require Bone Grafting for My Dental Implants?

For the majority of clients, bone grafting is not typically required. Dr. Harrell and his highly qualified team will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and conduct a full pre-operative exam to determine if you are a candidate. When individuals do not have enough jawbone to handle a dental implant, their bone structure needs to be augmented through a process called grafting. The following info from the Mayo Clinic paints a picture of the process to provide clearer understanding:

Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages:

  • Your damaged tooth is removed.
  • Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting.
  • After your jawbone heals, your oral surgeon places the dental implant metal post in your jawbone.
  • You go through a healing period that may last several months.
  • Your oral surgeon places the abutment — an extension of the implant metal post — followed by your new artificial tooth (crown).

The entire process can take many months from start to finish — three to nine months and sometimes longer. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.

When bone grafting is required

If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.

With bone grafting, a piece of bone is removed from another part of your jaw or your body — your hip, for example — and transplanted to your jawbone. It may take up to nine months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant. In some cases, you may need only minor bone grafting, which can be done at the same time as the implant surgery. The condition of your jawbone determines how you proceed. See more at the Mayo Clinic website

Bone Grafting: Specialized Surgery Simplified

While it can sound extremely invasive and scary, bone grafting procedures have been perfected over recent years thanks to a variety of improvements with dental and surgical technology. Dr. Robert Harrell and his exceptional team at Harrell Dental Implant Center have years of experience working with patients who require advanced treatment prior to placing their dental implants.

Typical Bone-Augmentation Procedure

In a typical situation, a patient has lost a single tooth and wants to have it replaced with a crown supported by a dental implant. However, the tooth has been missing for several years and there is not enough bone to support the implant.

In this case, bone taken from the patient’s chin or from a cadaver can be used to “rebuild” the lost bone so that it can support an implant. This type of procedure is done in the surgeon’s office under intravenous (IV) sedation. Before the procedure, you will need to have a cone-beam computed tomography (CT) scan. This provides a 3-D image of your bone.

Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the bone augmentation is needed (recipient site) as well as the area from where bone will be removed (donor site). An incision (cut) in the gum where the implant will be placed is made to determine how much and what type of bone is needed.

If the bone is taken from the chin, then the surgeon will make a cut in the gum below the lower front teeth to expose the chin bone. A block of bone will be removed from the chin along with any bone marrow. Many dentists fill the spot where the bone was removed with another type of bone-graft material. They may cover this with a thin film of tissue to keep gum tissue from filling the space as it heals. The incision is then closed with stitches.

The block of bone that was removed from the chin will be anchored in place with small titanium screws. A mixture of your bone marrow and some other bone-graft material may then be placed around the edges of bone block. Finally, the surgeon may place a membrane over the graft and close the incision.

After a bone augmentation procedure, you will be given antibiotics, pain medicine and an antibacterial mouthwash. You will be asked to avoid certain foods. You also will be told how to avoid putting pressure on the area while it heals. If you wear a denture, you may not be able to wear it for a month or longer while the area heals. If you have natural teeth near the bone graft, your dentist may make a temporary removable bridge or denture to help protect the area.

The bone graft will take about six to nine months to heal before dental implants can be placed. At that time, the titanium screws used to anchor the bone block in place will be removed before the implant is placed. Info via Colgate

Dr. Harrell is the Charlotte’s best dental implant dentist. He utilizes the very latest, state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to ensure ideal implant outcomes.

To learn more about dental implants and bone grafting, contact Harrell Dental Implant Center today. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to reach us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dental Implants: Superior Stability

Implant Bridges

Occasionally, one or more teeth need to be revitalized in order to maintain function and aesthetics. Traditional bridges include a mouth full of metal and the old bands of yesterday often make regular brushing and flossing impossible.

Sadly, many patients need extensive restoration work once their initial bridge is removed due to the secondary damage caused by the original appliance. The bands that used to be relied on for placing bridges subsequently deteriorated healthy anchor teeth; often leading to much more work in the future. Implant bridges avoid all of the damage to nearby teeth while providing superior stability.

Single Dental Implants

Sometimes, the majority of the teeth are in excellent shape; however, a seamless solution needs to be found. Single dental implants are an ideal option for maintaining jawbone integrity. The restoration will be made to match your existing teeth and no one will be able to tell which tooth is artificial. Front teeth, canines or even molars can all be successfully replaced with a single dental implant.

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Via Mouth Healthy

All-On-Four Dental Implants

Dr. Harrell and his phenomenal team can help you replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch. The All-on-4 dental implant is a less invasive way to attach an entire upper or lower arch. Only four strategically placed implants are required to secure your new set of teeth. Simple and effective, this option will enable you to chew your favorite foods and scream on your favorite roller coasters without any embarrassing or expensive side effects!

Because your new restorations are permanently anchored into your mouth, you can enjoy speaking and eating without worrying about your teeth slipping out of place. In addition to helping you maintain the healthy structure of your remaining teeth, they look and feel just like your natural teeth and stimulate your jawbone to help preserve a youthful facial appearance. Via Bright Now! Dental

Your smile is a gateway to glowing self-confidence, healthy digestion and the home of your voice. Take care of your mouth to ensure that you can enjoy eating, communicating and laughing in public. A healthy mouth will allow you to sleep better at night and feel your very best. The warm and inviting team at Harrell Dental Implant Center looks forward to helping you achieve your greatest smile.

Book a free consultation and discover which implant options will best address your needs. Call Harrell Dental Implant Center at 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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