Dental Implants

Missing teeth leave gaps that can affect both your confidence and your overall oral health.

Dental implants offer an unparalleled level of support for a range of restorations, allowing you to restore the function, comfort, and appearance of your smile.

So why should you consider dental implants?

Implant-Supported Restorations Provide an Improved Look, Feel, and Function

Long-Lasting Results

When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last 40 years or more. Our doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can precisely place your implants to provide lifelong benefits.

Protect Your Jaw Health

Tissue loss in the jaw, a common side effect of missing teeth, can affect the stability of remaining teeth and cause a sunken, aged look. Implants are the only tooth replacement treatment which can halt jawbone atrophy.

Restored Function and Stability

Dental implants provide an unrivaled level of stability for your dental crown, bridge, or denture, so you can feel confident speaking, eating, and smiling.

Let's take a look at how implants work...

Implant-Supported Restorations Have a Track Record of Impressive Results

Wondering whether you qualify for dental implants?

There Are Several Basic Requirements

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 bone graft. However, some patients who have suffered a small degree of atrophy may still qualify for All-on-4® implants, which maximize available bone tissue and, in some cases, eliminate the need for grafting.

Non-Smoker

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, you will need to undergo treatment to control this issue before our doctors can place your implants.

Overall Good 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 history with our doctors during your initial consultation.

So why should you choose Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney?

Benefit from Advanced Technology and a Highly Trained Team

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we use state-of-the-art materials and the latest surgical techniques to provide efficient implant placement with consistently high success rates.

Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt also offer multiple sedation options to make your implant placement as comfortable as possible.

Female dental patient with eyes closed

Let's take a closer look at an implant-supported restoration...

Illustration of jaw and dental implant

Modern Tools Allow Us to Restore Smiles in a Single Visit

In many cases, we can use state-of-the-art CEREC® technology to fabricate lifelike restorations here in the office. These restorations can include implant-supported crowns or bridges.

For qualified patients, one-day implants are available. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt can extract your damaged tooth, place the implant post, and attach the CEREC restoration in a single visit

So what steps are involved in dental implants treatment?

Fully Restoring Your Smile with ImplantsMay Take Several Months to Complete

Placing dental implants usually requires two surgeries, with about three to six months of healing time in betweenDr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will conduct a complete consultation before your implant surgery. Your dentist will evaluate your oral and physical health to determine whether you are a candidate for implants.

If you have suffered jaw recession, you may need a bone graft before you can receive implants. This can add about three months to your treatment timeline.

Your dentist will take x-rays to evaluate your jaw structure and recommend the right implants. With this information, he can also determine the best placement areas for the implants.  

Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry.

A Typical Treatment Timeline

Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry.

Anesthesia & Sedation

On the day of the surgery, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. He can also administer sedation at your request.

Implant Placement

To place the implants, your dentist will create small incisions in your gums. Then he will create pilot holes in your jawbone, into which he will insert the implant posts. Next, he will place tiny sutures (usually dissolvable) to close the incisions. 

Temporary Restoration

In many cases, such as those involving All-on-4® implants, your doctor 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. 

Healing Period

In the months following surgery, your jawbone will heal and fuse to the implants. The implants will essentially replace your tooth roots and become permanently anchored in your jaw. It is important to closely follow any post-surgical guidelines you receive during this time. 

Final Restoration

When you have made a full recovery, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will attach your restoration to the implants. All of our crowns, bridges, and dentures are custom-designed and made from high-quality materials. 

What happens after implant surgery?

Side Effects Typically Last a Few Days

Most patients experience minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort for the first few days after their surgery. Ice packs, pain medication, and sleeping with your head elevated can all help control these symptoms.

You should be able to return to work within two to three days. However, you should avoid strenuous activity until Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt clears you.

While you are healing, you should:

  • Be gentle while brushing
  • Stick to a soft food diet 
  • Avoid spitting forcefully
  • Keep your mouth clean

Take a look at what we can achieve...

Implants Can Provide a Lifetime of Oral Health

Dental implant-supported restorations function almost exactly like natural teeth, meaning this type of denture will never slip out of place while you eat or speak.

Unlike traditional treatments, implants can also preserve the integrity of the jaw bone. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw can begin to atrophy, or shrink. Implants can halt this process.

Meanwhile, with proper care, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.

I Was a Complicated Case...

"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

Additional Benefits  of Dental Implants

Implants and Their Functions

Dental implants replace your tooth roots, not just the crowns of your teeth. During a precisely planned oral surgery, your dentist will insert these posts into your jawbone. As you heal, they will fuse with the bone to create the ultimate foundation for your restorations. Your dentist can then attach a custom crownbridge or denture that will provide the stability of a natural tooth. Therefore, you can expect that your implant-supported restorations will allow you to chew any foods you like, smile with confidence, and speak with total clarity. Solutions such as traditional dentures simply cannot provide this level of functionality.

Dental implants have helped many to once again experience the joys of eating their favorite foods, having long talks with friends, and smiling wide for photos.

Implants and Your Oral Health

One of the most important benefits of dental implants is that they will protect the health of your jaw. When teeth are lost, the jaw will naturally begin to recede as bone tissue is absorbed and distributed elsewhere in the body. This is why traditional dentures must be frequently refitted - the jaw is changing shape due to recession, and the denture eventually begins to shift and slip, causing discomfort and other problems. However, because implants are a direct replacement for tooth roots, the jaw continues to receive the proper stimulation needed to prevent jaw recession.

Meanwhile, implants require no alteration of otherwise healthy teeth. While a traditional bridge is often supported by adjacent crowns, requiring the removal of healthy dental tissue, implants can provide ample support, and no crowns are necessary.

Implants and Your Appearance

Dental implants also provide important cosmetic benefits. Since traditional dentures are prone to slip, even subtle movements can give your smile an artificial appearance. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place at all times for a thoroughly natural appearance. Meanwhile, because the implants halt bone atrophy, you can retain the natural shape of your jaw and other facial features. And since implants contribute to a natural-looking smile and boosted confidence, you may find that you are much more prone to smile, helping you exude a warm and friendly appearance that benefits your personal and professional life. 

Types of Implants

We offer two types of implants: traditional and All-on-4®Traditional dental implants are long-lasting and versatile. However, if you are receiving an implant-supported denture, or an implant-supported fixed-hybrid denture, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt may use the innovative All-on-4® method. This method places the implants at a special angle, allowing them to be restored right away, without having to wait for the implants to fuse to the bone. Our dentists can help determine if this method is right for you.

Curious about the benefits of All-on-4?

Enjoy the Benefits of Dental Implants Faster with All-on-4

Advanced Technique 

All-on-4 implants are used to support a full denture. Two small implants are placed in the front of the dental arch, while two anterior implants are placed at angles. In this way, your implants can derive excellent support from a jawbone that may have experienced some atrophy following tooth loss. 

Expedited Treatment Timeline

An additional benefit of the All-on-4® system is that it can usually support a full denture immediately following placement. The procedure can be completed in just one office visit.

Improved Oral Health

Patients who have severe tooth decay or compromised teeth due to gum disease can achieve significant improvements in the health, function, and appearance of their smile with All-on-4 treatment. As with any type of dental implant, your All-on-4 implants will prevent any further bone recession, meaning your jaw will maintain its strength.

Minimized Need for Bone Grafts

Tooth loss leads to jawbone atrophy, which can lead to further tooth loss and other complications. Additionally, the tissues of the face can begin to sag as you lose more teeth. In several cases, patients who want dental implants need to undergo bone grafting to rebuild the strength of the jawbone. The All-on-4 treatment does not require bone grafts in many cases.

Want to see how All-on-4 works? 

What patients have to say about their All-on-4 experience...

Can All-on-4 address your needs? 

Are You Missing  an Entire Arch of Teeth? 

If so, you are not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 40 million Americans are missing all of their adult teeth

Fortunately, All-on-4 treatment is designed to help patients who are missing an entire arch of teeth or both dental arches.

Even if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, are you a good candidate for All-on-4? 

Still have your doubts about All-on-4? 

This Approach Is Faster and Typically More Comfortable 

Because All-on-4 treatment can be completed in one office visit, you can experience faster results than traditional implants provide

If you feeling anxious about treatment, you might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Our doctors offer various options including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia so that you can relax during treatment. 

Take a look at how the implants are placed...

All-on-4 treatment
The posterior implants are placed at a 45-degree angle to achieve maximum surface contact with the bone tissue.

How do we ensure the success of All-on-4 treatment? 

Advanced Technology Throughout Every Step of Treatment 

Throughout every stage of your treatment, we will use our state-of-the-art technology to achieve the best possible outcomes. For example, we use digital x-rays to identify the ideal positions for your implants, ensuring the best stability and longest-lasting results. By carefully evaluating your candidacy, precisely planning your surgery, and placing your implants using cutting-edge methods, our doctors can help you experience the life-changing benefits of dental implants.

What can you expect on the day of All-on-4 treatment? 

Treatment Can Typically Be Completed In One Day 

Exam

Either Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will perform a thorough exam to determine your candidacy for the All-on-4 treatment. ​If your candidacy is confirmed, we will schedule your procedure. 

Sedation

Before treatment, you can choose to receive sedation to ensure optimal comfort and relaxation during the procedure.

Implant Placement

The All-on-4 approach is unique because it uses a fabricated metal guide to ensure precision when placing the implants. 

Denture Placement

Your temporary denture will be placed on the implant posts. You will receive a permanent denture once we confirm that the implants have fully integrated with the jaw.

What will life be like after All-on-4 treatment?

The Long-Term Benefits of All-on-4 Treatment 

The benefits of All-on-4 treatment include:

  • Immediately improved function
  • No clicking noise when eating and speaking
  • Results that can last a lifetime
  • A beautiful-looking smile
  • Easy maintenance
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved comfort

Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants are usually about 3.5 mm wide. They are multifunctional and can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Because traditional implants are larger, they do require a certain amount of jawbone tissue for support. Therefore, if your jaw has started to recede because of a prolonged absence of one or more teeth, you will require a bone grafting procedure before receiving a traditional implant. During this surgery, your dentist will augment your jaw with donor tissue. Though traditional implants may require preparatory surgery, and can require several months of healing time before they can support a restoration, they are considered the most durable dental implant option.

implant-supported crown

Fixed Hybrid Dentures: Combining the Benefits of Traditional Dentures and Implants

A fixed hybrid prosthesis is a detachable set of dentures anchored on strategically placed dental implants. A specialized abutment is attached to the dental implants so that the prosthesis can be removed with ease. Addressing tooth loss with implant-supported dentures can prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone. A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers not only this benefit, but also the convenience of a detachable restoration.

Image of fixed hybrid dental prosthesis
A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers the convenience of dentures with the stability that only dental implants can provide.

How a Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis Works

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a fixed hybrid prosthesis can restore form and function to your smile, fitting securely and comfortably while being worn, and detaching easily for oral maintenance and while sleeping. Dental implants are strategically placed to provide this comfortable fit, in addition to ensuring an even distribution of bone stimulation.

Unlike traditional removable dentures, a fixed hybrid prosthesis offers the convenience of a detachable restoration plus jawbone loss prevention. Some fixed dentures are ball-retained, which means that they will snap directly onto your implant posts. Others are bar-retained. These dentures will clip onto a metal bar that runs along the implants.

You will remove your fixed hybrid denture for cleaning, and you will not wear it when you sleep. Of course, a fixed hybrid denture will be much more secure than a traditional removable prosthetic. You can eat a wide range of foods without worrying that your dentures will shift out of place. This treatment is growing steadily in popularity as patients experience the benefits of this revolutionary restorative option.

Treatment Planning

While planning treatment, your doctor will thoroughly examine your smile to determine the placement and number of dental implants needed to support your fixed hybrid prosthesis. This course of treatment may also include tooth extraction, which is typically discussed during the initial consultation.

We are dedicated to providing our patients with all essential information regarding their treatment, and we present full treatment plans before any procedures or surgeries are performed.

Surgery for Fixed Hybrid Prostheses

After all extractions and restorative work have been completed, treatment will begin with dental implant placement surgery. Dental implants are placed in the jaw and then covered with gum tissue. After surgery, osseointegration will occur, the process in which the jawbone will fuse with implant posts.

Implant-supported dentures can prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone. A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers not only this benefit, but also the convenience of a detachable restoration.

Our doctors typically recommend a four to six month recovery period before the second surgery is performed. During the second surgery, the gums are reopened to expose the implants, and the abutments are attached. A much shorter recovery period will follow this surgery, during which the gums will heal.

Placement of Your Restoration

Your fixed hybrid prosthesis will be expertly crafted to provide an even and comfortable bite as well as natural aesthetic appeal. We involve our patients in the planning process to ensure that their restorations are made just the way they want. We can make minor adjustments to the final restoration upon request with our on-site CEREC® machine.

Once you have recovered from your second surgery, your fixed hybrid prosthesis will be placed, and you will be ready to immediately begin eating, drinking, and speaking normally, as you would with your own teeth.

Many agree that being able to eat any foods you like and never having to worry about unstable, uncomfortable dentures is priceless.

How much do dental implants cost? 

Understanding  the Cost of Implants

Restoring your smile with dental implants is a highly individualized process, and the cost can differ greatly from one patient to the next. Our doctors can help you understand dental implants cost during a consultation. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt can create a treatment plan based on your needs, and help determine a payment plan that places the cost of treatment within your budget. 

What factors will affect the cost of your implants? 

Factors That Can Influence Your Final Costs 

After evaluating your health needs, cosmetic goals, and personal preferences, your dentist can provide a more accurate estimate of your costs. Considerations include:

Number of Implants

Because implants are priced separately, the number you receive will be one of the most significant factors affecting the cost of your treatment. Typically, you will need one implant for a crown, two or more for a bridge, and four or more for a denture.

Type of Implants

We offer traditional and All-on-4 dental implants. If, for example, you are in need of a full-arch denture, All-on-4 can cost less than supporting your denture with traditional dentures. However, you may be a better candidate for traditional implants.

Type of Restoration

The type of implant-supported restoration you need will affect the cost of your treatment. Larger restorations like full dentures will usually carry a higher price than a single crown. Additionally, the restorative material you choose can affect the cost. For example, state-of-the-art zirconia will cost more than standard porcelain. 

Preparatory Procedures

If you have suffered jawbone recession, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift before implant placement. Additional procedures will add to the overall cost of rehabilitating your smile.

Choice of Sedation

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt offer several types of sedation to make your procedure calm and comfortable. These different options have varying prices. Intravenous (IV) sedation, which results in deep relaxation, costs more than nitrous oxide.

Why Invest in Implants?

Dental implants are not usually covered by insurance. However, they offer important advantages that many patients feel justify the added expense. First, if you practice proper dental hygiene, implants can last the rest of your life. Second, implants are the one and only restorative solution that can prevent jawbone recession. With implants, you face a reduced risk of additional tooth loss, and you can avoid needing to spend money on additional restorative care. You can also avoid the costs of denture adjustments since the implants will help you maintain the size and shape of your jaw. Of course, implants also provide the very best stability for dentures and other restorations. Many agree that being able to eat any foods you like and never having to worry about unstable, uncomfortable dentures is priceless.

before and after implants

Dental Implants provide the ultimate foundation for a beautifully restored smile.

Why Choose Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney?

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt provide a one-stop shop for all your implant needs. In addition to implant placement and restoration, Dr. Pinnix can also perform bone grafting and sinus lifts. If you have a compromised jawbone structure, your dentist can use these procedures to restore a strong foundation for your implants. Whether you receive traditional implants or same-day restorations, you will benefit from our dentists’ extensive experience and true concern for your oral health.

Investing in Experience

When it comes to your health and quality of life, it does not pay to go bargain hunting. While many providers advertise astoundingly low prices, the fact is that these practices often lack experience, and may not be available to help you if your implants fail. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt have years of experience serving Charlotte, and they have mastered the latest implant placement techniques. They provide flexible financing plans through CareCreditSM and Citi® Health to place excellent care within your budget.

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Dr. Pinnix (Left) and Dr. Betancourt (Right)

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 Implantoligists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

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

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