dental implants

Dental Implants

Missing teeth leave behind gaps, negatively impact your confidence, and compromise your oral health.

Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt place and restore dental implants to improve the function and appearance of your smile.

Discover the benefits of dental implant treatment at our Charlotte, NC, practice…

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Before & After Dental Implants

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Before
complete smile
After

Ready to Rebuild Your Smile? Schedule an Implant Consultation Today

Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of your 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 in 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 and safety by using the latest dental tools and technology to maximize the efficiency and success of your treatment.  

If you are ready to start your journey towards a full, stunning smile, contact our Charlotte office online, or call us at:

(704) 543-1102

Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt
Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt have been helping patients rebuild their smiles since 2005.

"Quality Care with Amazing Results"

"I have had an amazing experience at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney! Dr. Pinnix and his team have gone above and beyond to give me my most confident smile. They give quality care with amazing results, and all of the staff are very personable and will put you at ease! I definitely recommend this team!" Allison Armstrong

Let's Take a Look at How Implants Work

Together, a titanium post, abutment, and implant-supported crown are an excellent solution for a single missing tooth.

Wondering whether you qualify for dental implants?

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. Those who have suffered a small degree of atrophy may still qualify for All-on-4® implants without undergoing a bone graft.

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.

Healthy Gums

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.

We Can Prepare Your Smile for Dental Implants

Even if you have insufficient jawbone, gum disease, or other health issues, our dentists can provide the preparatory treatment you need to improve your candidacy for implants right here in our office.

Implant Treatment Customized to Your Needs Types of Dental Implants

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Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants are a good option for those who need to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of their teeth with implant-supported restorations. They require 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-made implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture to complete your smile. 

All-on-4 dental implants

All-on-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are designed for patients missing all of their teeth on their upper or lower dental arch. All-on-4 consists of just four strategically placed titanium posts, angled in such a way to stabilize 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 as traditional implants, allowing patients who do not qualify for traditional treatment to experience the benefits of dental implants.

NobelPearl implants

NobelPearl Implants

While titanium implants work perfectly fine 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 non-metal 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. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can determine whether NobelPearl dental implants are a good option during your appointment. 
 

CEREC

​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 the 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.

We Find A Solution For You...

"Wow!  Had an amazing smile transformation thanks to Doctors Betancourt and Pinnix. I had an issue with 2 older implants and didn't think much could be done.  I was a complicated case to say the least! They worked out a solution and my smile (and ability to chew properly) was fully restored! I'm very grateful and highly recommend them!" Johnna M.

What Happens during Dental Implant Treatment?
The Traditional Timeline 

For the right patients, our dentists can perform same-day implant placement and restoration, which can save you time and money in the long run. During immediate implant placement, we extract your tooth, place the implant, and restore it with a temporary crown all on the same day

However, there are some situations where the traditional timeline will be more appropriate. Here is what you can expect if you need traditional dental implant treatment...

Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

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Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Digital Smile Design

Our team performs all-digital scanning and treatment planning to create a digital model of your new smile. Digital smile design allows you to preview your results before you even begin your implant treatment.

Anesthesia & Sedation

After your initial consultation and any necessary preparatory procedures, we will schedule your surgery at our Charlotte practice. Before the surgery, we will numb your mouth with anesthesia and provide any necessary sedation to keep you comfortable.

Implant Placement

To place the implants, one of our dentists will make small incisions in your gums and create small holes in your jawbone. We carefully insert the titanium posts into the jaw and close the area with sutures.

Temporary Restoration

In many procedures, such as those involving All-on-4 implants, our dentists can attach a restoration right away. However, traditional implants will require a healing period of four to six months before they can support a permanent restoration. We will provide a temporary restoration for you to wear in the meantime. 

Healing Period

In the months following surgery, your jawbone will fuse around the implants in a process called osseointegration. The implants will essentially replace your tooth roots and become permanently embedded in your jaw. It is important to closely follow the dentist's post-surgical guidelines during this time to ensure successful osseointegration. 

Final Restoration

When you have made a full recovery, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will attach your permanent crown, bridge, or denture to the implants. All of our restorations are custom-designed and made from high-quality materials such as tooth-colored porcelain ceramic. 

Worried that your dental implant surgery will be painful?

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 a low pain threshold, 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.

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Sedation can help you relax during your surgery.

Sedation Dentistry

Drs. George Betancourt and John Pinnix offer sedation dentistry to help anxious patients relax. Many patients feel anxious in the dentist's chair, but Advanced Dentistry excels at helping patients feel comfortable. Dr. Betancourt is trained in IV sedation so that these patients can achieve deep relaxation under our care.

How much do dental implants cost?

Implants Are Well Worth the Investment Here's Why

Multiple factors affect the price of dental implants, such as the number of implants, sedation, and preparatory procedures. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, a single implant starts at approximately $2,500. While the price of dental implants can be intimidating, the benefits of this solution more than justify the amount of time and money they require.

Because implants are the only solution that can stop bone atrophy after tooth loss, you face a reduced risk of additional tooth loss and you can avoid spending money on additional restorative care in the future. Meanwhile, your dental implants can last for several decades as long as you take care of your smile and visit our dentists regularly.

Get Your Personalized Estimate

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can help you enhance your quality of life with restorative dentistry. Every tooth loss solution we provide is customized to fit the needs and budget of our patients. To find out how much it will cost to restore your smile, contact our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation. You can reach us online or by calling:

(704) 543-1102

So are dental implants really worth it?

See the Difference Treatment Can Make

before dental implants
Before This patient was missing a front tooth.
after dental implants
After An implant-supported crown helped restore their smile.

"I Am Able to Smile for That Picture Again..."

"After many years of neglecting the proper care of my teeth, I went to Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney.  They created a plan that took my budget, my schedule, and my personal comfort into account. After many months, I am able to smile for that picture again..." Ross Tricebock

Maintaining Your New Smile Simple and Convenient Aftercare

Maintaining your newly restored smile is easy. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt recommend you follow these simple tips...

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.

If you are still unsure about dental implants, you have options...

What Patients Are Saying

"As a long-time patient, I have experienced excellent care from Advanced Center for Dentistry. I originally became a patient to fix issues from a previous dentist, which Dr. Pinnix did very effectively. In addition to routine care, he has also done some cosmetic work with which I have been very pleased. Consistent and friendly staff makes going to the dentist easy." Anne-Marie D.
Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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