Missing teeth can negatively impact your confidence, compromise your oral health, and complicate normal tasks like speaking or chewing.
Dental implants can improve the function and appearance of your smile with natural-looking restorations that won't slip or move around.
Discover how Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt in Charlotte, NC, can restore your smile using dental implants.
See the Difference Treatment Can Make
"The whole practice is just fantastic."
I have been seeing Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt and their team for 15 years now. The whole practice is just fantastic. From the front office staff to all the hygienists and those that assist him in dental procedures. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a top-quality dental practice. Kate Weaver, 2022
Take a Look at How Implants Work
Implants Are Recommended for Patients With:
Sufficient Jawbone Density
Dental implants must be placed in healthy bone tissue, so if you have experienced atrophy in your jaw, you may need to undergo a dental bone graft or sinus lift. Those who have suffered a small degree of atrophy may still qualify for All-on-4® implants without undergoing preparatory treatment.
No Unhealthy Habits Like Smoking
Smoking interferes with your body's ability to heal after surgery and can increase your risk of implant failure. Smokers must quit several months before the procedure to reduce their chance of complications.
Your gums play an essential role in the success of your implants. If you have periodontal disease, we will recommend treatment at our Charlotte office before placing your implants.
Good Overall Health
Uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune diseases, bleeding disorders, and other conditions can all affect your eligibility for dental implants. Make sure to discuss your full medical and dental history with our doctors during your initial consultation.
Ready to Rebuild Your Smile? Request an Implant Consultation Today
Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of your natural teeth, the dental team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney has the solution for you.
Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt have undergone advanced training in the placement and restoration of dental implants. Since 2005, our practice has served patients from Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding communities of Ballantyne and Gastonia. We offer a range of dental implant treatments to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Additionally, we prioritize your comfort by using the latest dental technology and safety standards at our office.
If you are ready to start your journey towards a stunning smile, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at:
Implant Treatment Customized to Your Needs Types of Dental Implants
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth at a time using implant-supported restorations. This treatment requires two surgical procedures—the first to place titanium implant posts, and the second to attach abutments. Once your jaw and gums have healed, our dentists will secure a custom implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture to complete your smile.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
The All-on-4 implant technique strategically places four titanium posts at calculated angles to support an entire denture. The procedure requires a single surgery to complete, and patients can receive a temporary set of dentures on the same day of surgery. Furthermore, All-on-4 implants do not need as much jawbone for placement as traditional implants, allowing patients who do not qualify for traditional treatment to experience the benefits of dental implants.
While titanium implants work well for most patients, we offer a metal-free alternative for those with metal allergies or extremely thin soft tissue. NobelPearl™ implants consist of a solid white zirconia post and a metal-free abutment. They are an ideal option for patients with aesthetic concerns who do not want any potential grayness or darkness to compromise the look of their smile around the gumline. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can determine whether NobelPearl dental implants are a good option during your consultation.
Immediate Load Implants
Our Charlotte practice is equipped with state-of-the-art CEREC® technology that allows us to offer immediate load dental implants. The in-office CEREC milling machine crafts a lifelike ceramic restoration with maximum speed and precision. Our team can extract a damaged tooth, place an implant, and restore it with a custom crown in a single day. These immediate load implants are typically best for replacing the upper and lower front teeth and are not recommended for molars.
"I trust them with my health."
"Have been a patient at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney for 12 years and can't say enough about the team. They put a high emphasis on staying current with the latest technology and procedures. Whether it is repairing a broken tooth or administering anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction, I trust them with my own and my family's health." Rob Hussey, 2022
What Happens During Dental Implant Treatment?
For the qualifying patients, our dentists can perform same-day implant placement and restoration, which can save you time and money in the long run. However, there are some situations where the traditional timeline will be more appropriate.
Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Our Experienced Team Offers Sedation Dentistry
In addition to local anesthetic to prevent pain, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt also offer multiple sedation options to our patients in the Charlotte, Ballantyne, and Gastonia, NC, communities. If you suffer from anxiety in the dentist's chair, have a particularly sensitive gag reflex, or struggle with tooth or gum sensitivity, sedation can help you stay relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
While you can expect some discomfort and sensitivity in the days immediately following dental implant surgery, it is generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
"The most comfortable I've ever felt at a dentist."
"Hands down, the most comfortable I've ever felt at a dentist office. They immediately made me feel safe, comfortable, and did not shame me for how my teeth looked! We quickly came up with a plan and I left feeling super confident and excited to come back and get started! Everyone in the office is super kind and friendly!" Whitney Meacham - 2022
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Maintaining Your New Smile Simple and Convenient Aftercare
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Brush twice and floss your teeth at least once each day with a non-abrasive toothpaste. You can use an oral irrigator (water flosser) to remove plaque and debris from hard-to-reach areas.
Attend Regular Dental Exams
Make sure to schedule and attend your biannual visits to our Charlotte practice for a professional check-up and cleaning.
Avoid Excessive Pressure
While implant-supported restorations are extremely sturdy, they can become damaged just like natural teeth. Refrain from chewing ice or opening packages with your teeth to avoid accidental damage.