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 placed at our Charlotte, NC, practice?
Implant-Supported Restorations Provide an Improved Look, Feel, and Function
When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last 40 years or more. Our doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, serving Charlotte and Ballantyne, 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.
Ready to Rebuild Your Smile?
Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or have lost all of your teeth, our dental team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney has the solution for you. At our dental practice, serving Charlotte and Ballantyne, we offer a range of dental implants which can provide unrivaled function and stability. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt have undergone advanced training in the placement and restoration of dental implants.
If you are ready to start your journey to a complete smile, contact our practice online or call us at:
Implant-Supported Restorations Have a Track Record of Impressive Results
Our Patients Are Consistently Impressed
"As always, my experience at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney was excellent. This is going on 10 years of being a customer, and I can honestly say that I have had nothing but the very best care from everyone involved... Couldn't be happier as a client - thank you!"
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 dental 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.
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, you will need to undergo treatment to control this issue before our doctors in Charlotte can place 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.
Tired of Living with Tooth Loss?
There is no need to suffer with gaps in your smile. Our skilled doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney have the training and expertise to completely replace everything from a single missing tooth to an entire arch of teeth. Contact our practice serving Charlotte and Ballantyne online or call us at:
Benefit from Advanced Technology and a Highly Trained Team
At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, 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. Patients throughout Ballantyne and surrounding communities choose our practice because of our high level of service.
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.
Quality Care with Amazing Results
"I have had an amazing experience at Advanced Dentristry 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!"
Fully Restoring Your Smile with Implants May Take Several Months to Complete
Placing dental implants usually requires two surgeries, with about three to six months of healing time in between. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will conduct a complete consultation at our Charlotte practice 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.
A Typical Treatment Timeline
Both of our doctors have advanced training in sedation dentistry.
Get a Personalized Treatment Timeline
Every patient is different and requires a unique treatment timeline. A single missing tooth typically takes less time to treat than widespread tooth loss. The best way to find out how long it will take to rebuild your smile is to schedule an appointment at our NC office serving Ballantyne and surrounding communities. During your consultation, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt can explain your options to you and determine the best course for your unique needs.
Start rebuilding your smile by contacting our office online or calling:
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.
While you are healing, you should:
- Be gentle while brushing
- Stick to a soft food diet
- Avoid spitting forcefully
- Keep your mouth clean
Caring for Dental Implants Is Simple
In addition to the many important benefits, you can experience by restoring your smile with dental implants, maintaining your new smile is easy. Simply brush twice and floss at least once each day, and make your six-month checkups a priority. By committing to outstanding oral hygiene and regular exams with your dentist, you can expect that your dental implants will last 40 years or longer.
We Completely Rebuild Smiles with Dental Implants
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. Dental 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
Enjoy a Complete Smile Faster with All-on-4
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 posts are placed at angles. In this way, your dental 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 posts 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.
All-on-4 Treatment Is Highly Recommended
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.
I am able to smile for that picture again...
"After many years of neglicting 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..."
Treatment Can Typically Be Completed In One Day
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
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:
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 posts.
Type of Restoration
The type of implant-supported restoration you need will affect the cost of your treatment. Larger restorations 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.
If you have suffered bone 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 SedationDrs. 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.
Implants are an Investment with Invaluable Returns
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 dental implants fail. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt have years of experience serving Charlotte, Ballantyne, and surrounding communities. They have mastered the latest placement techniques.
You Can Finance Your Treatment
Third-Party FinancingAdvanced Dentistry of Blakeney can coordinate CareCredit® and Citi® Health Card financing to help you afford dental implants.
Credit CardsIf your personal line of credit offers the best interest rate, or if third-party financing is not an option, our Charlotte practice accepts most major credit cards.
Receive a Customized Cost Estimate
Every tooth loss solution we provide is personalized to the needs and budget of our patients. Find out how much it will cost to restore your smile by contacting our Charlotte office online or calling us at:
"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.
Dental Implants FAQs
How much downtime can I expect?
After placement surgery at our Charlotte practice, most patients need only about 24 to 48 hours away from work. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt will determine when it is safe to resume strenuous activity.
Why won't my insurance cover this treatment?
In spite of the many practical advantages of dental implants, the vast majority of insurance providers consider it an elective procedure. We can help arrange financing, and you can count on our staff to secure as much insurance coverage as possible for your dentures or other aspects of restoring your smile.
What happens during the healing period that follows placement surgery?
Your titanium implants will become permanently fused to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Bone tissue will actually generate and conform to the contours of your implants to keep them securely in place, which will give your restorations superior stability.