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Dental Implants: Building a Better Bridge

Dr. Robert Harrell understands the importance of a great smile. As founder of Harrell Dental Implant Center, he can address the entirety of your dental needs. Chewing functionality directly impacts your digestive health, not to mention your overall self-confidence. Misaligned, broken, or missing teeth dramatically affect one’s oral, physical and psychological health on numerous levels.

Smile Potential: Are You Maximizing Yours?

If you are continually hiding your mouth, refusing to smile freely or feeling embarrassed due to your current dental situation, it is time to take charge. Poor dental health can lead to hygiene issues and subsequent decay. Depriving yourself from your favorite foods can be devastating and even depressing. Isn’t it time to see for yourself why Harrell Dental Implant Center is so widely recommended?

Dental Implant Bridge Benefits

You can see from the following image how unobtrusive dental implants are to your surrounding teeth. As the implant is surgically anchored into your jawbone, there is no need for damaging neighboring teeth with a traditional bridge mechanism. Many patients opt for the less expensive traditional bridge only to find that it needs to be replaced much earlier than anticipated. Because this method is not as long-lasting, dental implant bridges are clearly the more cost-effective choice in the long run.

The following outline from WebMd.com illustrates the numerous reasons why dental implants of any type and implant supported bridges offer the most bang for your buck:

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime. Read more at WebMD

Maintaining Easy Hygiene

One of the best things about choosing an implant supported bridge is that your neighboring teeth remain strong and healthy. You can brush and floss as usual without worrying about wires and bands. Unfortunately, traditional bridges cause a lot of issues later on as perfectly healthy teeth are ground down significantly to attach the apparatus. Dental implant bridges facilitate a natural and stronger smile, even helping to maintain the integrity of your jaw.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Forevermore

Nothing resembles your natural teeth closer than dental implants. Your implant supported bridge will be much more resilient and comfortable in comparison to a partial bridge that simply sits above your gum line. The overall success rate of dental implant bridges means that they are designed to effectively last virtually problem free once osseointegration is established and healing is complete.

Harrell Dental Implant Center is the Charlotte area leader for dental implant procedures of all varieties. Book your free consultation with us today to learn more about reclaiming your smile with dental implants. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. We look forward to meeting you for a consultation soon.

Increase your confidence with a great smile

The quality of a person’s smile has the ability to make or break self-confidence. Even though we are in control of our thoughts and actions, so many of us allow our lack of self esteem to take over. Healthy self-esteem gives us confidence to meet life’s challenges head-on and enables us to accept and offer mutual respect. It is the lifeblood of a healthy relationship with the reflection in the mirror and as well as everyone we interact with. Sadly, many individuals spend their lives perfecting the art of a closed mouth smile because they are ashamed of their less than perfect teeth.

Social acceptance matters to us

Sociologists have known for years that individuals who constantly face rejection from their peers or who perceive they are rejected will often internalize these emotions in a negative manner. Many studies have shown that lack of acceptance is the core issue among disaffected groups within our society. At the end of the day, all of us desire to be liked for who we are and accepted as is. But when studies show that the quality of a person’s smile is the first thing people notice about one another when they meet, it’s a challenge to feel good about yourself when you know your teeth have issues.

The pressure of perfection

You’ve probably noticed that there aren’t many celebrities with crooked teeth anymore. The Hollywood perfect smile has become a hallmark of the successful and famous. More people than ever before in history of varying age groups are undergoing orthodontic work, veneers and numerous aesthetic procedures to give them that desired grin. But what happens if your dental work is more extensive? How do we factor in missing, chipped or damaged teeth? The good news is dental technology has advanced so much that today nearly everyone can have the smile of his or her dreams through cosmetic dentistry.

Have a great smile

It’s time to get over the notion that if you didn’t address your dental concerns in your teenage years, it’s too late. This is simply not the case. Regardless of your age, you have the option to realize your perfect, functional and healthy smile. The options are varied, although dental implants are an ideal way to boost one’s confidence and self-esteem.

The miracle of dental implants

If you yearn for a smile that is solid and resembles your natural teeth as closely as possible, dental implants are the best option. Titanium prosthetic posts are surgically implanted into your jaw bone, providing stability and integrity to your entire jaw. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant and you will able to chew, talk and laugh just like before.

Replace one tooth or an entire arch

Whether you have suffered some unfortunate dental trauma from a sporting injury and need one tooth or are require a full upper and lower arch in place of dentures, dental implants can offer you a customized solution. No one will ever be able to tell that you have implants. You will be secure knowing you don’t have to give up your favorite foods as your chewing will be fully restored. Plus, there’s no need for special care. Brush and floss like normal once the healing is complete.

If you are finally ready to boost your self-esteem and have the smile you deserve, call Harrell Dental Implant Center and schedule your free consultation appointment. Discuss the procedure options and get answers to your questions or concerns. We will be happy to show you how dental implants are your best option.

Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.

Personal Tooth Care 101

In the time between your regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings at your local dentist, the proper care for your teeth falls to you. It is important that you establish and maintain a good, daily regimen to keep your teeth and gums in great shape between visits.

The trouble for many people — and maybe for you, as well — is knowing what constitutes an effective dental care routine. To ensure that you are armed with the information you need to keep your mouth in great shape, we offer this basic guide. Follow it daily to keep the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve gained through your visits to Dentistry.

Brush your teeth after each meal and before going to bed. This is the cornerstone of your personal dental care routine and will do the most good of any single activity. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a fluoride-enhanced toothpaste. On the outer and inner surfaces, brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle using short strokes. On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth. On the inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with the topmost edge of the brush. Lastly, brush your tongue with a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth. Remember that it takes two minutes of brushing to effectively clean your teeth.

Use dental floss to remove food particles from between your teeth every day. If you have tight contacts between your teeth that cause the floss to snag or break, a wax covered floss will make things easier. To clean, slide the floss up and down along the edge of every tooth, going slightly below the gumline. Start with your upper left back tooth and work your way across and back around to your lower left back tooth. (If you find that wrapping the floss around your fingertips creates an uncomfortable amount of pressure or you have limited mobility in your hands, there are many brands of disposable flossers you may want to try.) After flossing, you should always brush your teeth.

Replace your toothbrush or brush head (for electrics) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray.

Regain Smile Stability With Dental Implant Supported Dentures

If ill-fitting dentures are slipping and sliding around in your mouth, you are not alone. Dr. Robert Harrell and his experienced, caring team at Harrell Dental Implant Center have been securing patients’ smiles with dental implants for years. Imagine having no more fears of embarrassment. Imagine no more sore gums from the constant rubbing. Imagine laughing, smiling and eating as if you have your natural teeth. Dental implants make all this possible. Discover more about this life-changing procedure below:

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

Detail of the bar of a dental implant for removable prosthesis with hooks pressure of the prosthesis.

First surgery 
Month 1 (if no denture needs to be made)
Month 2 (if denture needs to be made)

The first surgery involves placing the implants in the jawbone. During the first surgery, an incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole, and the incision is stitched closed.

After this surgery, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. The temporary denture can be made so that direct pressure is placed on other areas, not on the implants. It may also be given a soft reline (new lining next to your gums) to help to reduce the pressure on your gums.

After the first surgery, the dentist will wait three or four months if implants were placed in the lower jaw, and five or six months if they were placed in the upper jaw, before scheduling the second surgery. During this time, the bone and the implants integrate (attach and fuse). Learn more from Colgate

Avoid A Sunken Facial Profile

Your traditional dentures are affixed to a denture plate that continually grinds against your jawbones. Even the best-fitting dentures become loose over time due to their reliance on suction and adhesion. The continuous friction of traditional dentures eventually wears away healthy bone tissue. Dental implant therapy protects the integrity of your jaw and helps to maintain your facial profile, minimizing the risk of the traditional denture hallmark of a sunken appearance.

Senior couple in love, still make each other laugh.

Taste Your Food Again

While the lack of chewing capacity with dentures gets all of the attention, it’s important to note that traditional dentures also dramatically influence taste. Having a hard, plastic denture plate masks your palate and a variety of taste receptors. The pasty adhesives required also affect your ability to enjoy foods and beverages. Implant supported dentures are a better option for all facets of eating and drinking.

There is a much wider distribution of taste buds in the fetus, infant, and children than in the adult. Our sense of taste diminishes, therefore, as we grow older.

The sense of taste may be interfered with or even interrupted by the interjection of an outside stimulus such as a denture or dentures.

Pressure or pain acting as a counterirritant may interrupt the sense of taste.

Mastication of food on the anterior teeth or undermastication of food may preclude the actual penetration of the material or food in solution into the taste pore.

Book Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!

Oftentimes, Dr. Harrell can adapt a client’s current denture into an implant supported appliance. Once we look at the state of your existing dentures and your oral health, we will be able to determine your custom solution.

Schedule a free consultation with Harrell Dental Implant Center to discuss denture stabilization with dental implants. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Personal Tooth Care 101 in Charlotte NC

In the time between your regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, the proper care for your teeth falls to you. It is important that you establish and maintain a good, daily regimen to keep your teeth and gums in great shape between visits.

The trouble for many people — and maybe for you, as well — is knowing what constitutes an effective dental care routine. To ensure that you are armed with the information you need to keep your mouth in great shape, we offer this basic guide. Follow it daily to keep the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve gained through your visits to  Adult Dentistry.

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