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 placed at our Charlotte, NC, practice?

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, 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.

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.

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:

(704) 543-1102

Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt

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

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!"
Larry Lee

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 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.

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 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:

(704) 543-1102

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.

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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

CEREC

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!"
Allison Armstrong

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 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.  

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 restorations are custom-designed and made from high-quality materials. 

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: 

(704) 543-1102

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

How do I maintain my new smile?

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.

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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

Types of Implants

Traditional Implants

Traditional dental implants are long-lasting and versatile. The posts 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, you will require a bone grafting procedure which can add several months of healing time. However, they are considered the most durable dental implant option.

All-on-4® Dental Implants

If you are receiving an implant-supported 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.

Enjoy a Complete Smile 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 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.

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.

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..."
Ross Tricebock

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 dental 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. 

The angled posts take advantage of existing bone tissue...

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 

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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 dental 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 uses a custom metal guide to ensure precision when placing the implants. 

Denture Placement

Your temporary restoration will be placed on the 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
implant-supported crown

How Much Do  Dental Implants Cost?

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. 

woman in dentist's chair

What factors will affect the cost of treatment? 

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 dental 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 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. 

Preparatory Procedures

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 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.

So are dental implants really worth it?

Implants are an Investment  with Invaluable Returns

The price of dental implants can be intimidating, but the truth is that the benefits of this solution can 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 can expect that your jawbone and facial structure will maintain their shape. You also face a reduced risk of additional tooth loss, and you can avoid needing to spend money on additional restorative care. Meanwhile, most patients agree that being able to speak clearly, enjoy all the foods you love, and smile with complete confidence are virtually priceless benefits.
before and after implants
Dental Implants from our Charlotte practice provide the ultimate foundation for a beautifully restored smile.

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

What if I can't pay out of pocket?

You Can Finance Your Treatment

Third-Party Financing

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can coordinate CareCredit® and Citi® Health Card financing to help you afford dental implants.

Credit Cards

If 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:

(704) 543-1102

What are the alternatives?

Excellent Care

"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.

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