Dental Implants Charlotte NC
Do You Need Dental Implants in Charlotte NC?
If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a comfortable, long-lasting way to replace them. Dr. Charles Payet, one of Charlotte’s most experienced and highly trained implant dentists, can give you new teeth that look and feel totally natural. They’re the best tooth replacement option available and can last your whole life. You can eat your favorite foods and smile with confidence.
Do any of these apply to you? If so, then you’re probably a good candidate for implant dentistry.
- You’re missing one or more teeth
- You feel too embarrassed to smile because of holes in your smile
- Eating the foods you enjoy most is difficult
- You are tired of your loose dentures falling out at inconvenient times.
If you want to smile, eat, & talk with confidence, Call Now for a Free Dental Implant Consultation Today (includes a FREE 3D X-ray)!
Why Choose Dental Implants to Replace Teeth?
Dental implants have been the best choice for replacing missing teeth for many decades. Modern technology has recently made the procedure faster, easier, predictable, and more comfortable. There are many advantages to implant dentistry over alternatives, such as dental bridges and removable dentures. Permanent dental implants don’t require drilling on healthy neighboring teeth, can’t get cavities, and should last your whole life. Once the implant integrates into your bone, it acts just like a natural tooth root. Dental implant restorations today look and feel like completely natural, healthy teeth.
We know that eating healthy foods is important to your oral and total body health. Trying to eat with teeth damaged by cavities or gum disease is much more difficult. Since dental implants are so strong, you can eat all your favorite foods, from steak to corn-on-the-cob, and even raw vegetables. That means dental implants can help you live a healthier, happier lifestyle.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a small screw made of medical grade titanium, just like for joint implants . As it heals, it integrates into the bone. Once it’s solid and stable, a digital scan is taken and sent to the lab for the appropriate implant restoration.
What are the Steps to get Dental Implants?
Your Complimentary Consultation includes an initial exam by Dr. Payet and a 3D x-ray. He and his team review your goals, check the health of your teeth, gums, and bone, & review your medical health. You’ll learn all the tooth replacement options, from single dental implants & crowns, to dental implant bridges, implant overdentures and All-on-4 fixed hybrids.. You’re informed about time involved, fees, dental insurance, & payment options, including dental financing.
If you’re a candidate for one or more dental implants & are ready to go, step 2 is a complete exam. This includes photos and a digital scan of your mouth. We design & 3D print a custom surgical guide before your appointment. If the missing tooth being replaced is in your smile, we offer options to improve your smile while the dental implant integrates into your bone. One option is called a “flipper;” it’s a small removable denture for up to 3-4 teeth. If you have enough really strong, solid bone present, a temporary crown is placed the same day as the dental implant. Dental implants usually need 3-4 months before a restoration is placed. If you required a sinus lift or significant bone grafting, it may take longer for strong bone to form and stabilize the implant(s).
Dental Implant Restorations
There are several types of implant restorations:
- A custom titanium or zirconia abutment, or post, with the crown either screwed or cemented on top.
- For an implant bridge, each implant has an abutment, and then a conventional porcelain bridge is screwed or cemented on.
- Implant overdentures; with 2-4 implants, specialized abutments are placed, attachments are placed inside the denture, and the denture snaps onto the abutments for stability.
- All-on-4 or All-on-6 “Teeth in a Day” Fixed Hybrid Dentures to replace all the teeth in an arch.
Dr. Payet’s talented and artistic dental lab will make a custom abutment, or post, which screws onto the implant. The crown may be made in 1 piece with the abutment, or they may be separate. On the outside, a dental implant crown looks just like a crown for a real tooth. As with all crowns, bridges, and dentures, implant restorations are a form of cosmetic dentistry. Your crown should look natural, so we carefully match the color to your real teeth. You can do teeth whitening first, if you want a brighter smile. If all your teeth are being replaced, you will choose the customized look and brightness of your new smile with Dr. Payet. Many patients want a perfect smile, but you may choose a more subtle and natural look.
Feel Confident with Implant Dentures
If you wear dentures, you probably get frustrated keeping them in place, right? Dental implants are the best way to eliminate all the gooey pastes and pads. Just 2 dental implants to support a lower overdenture make a huge difference. If you want a full arch of permanent teeth, just like natural teeth, you want the full-arch “Teeth in a Day” fixed hybrid dentures. For that, we place 4-8 implants per jaw, and a temporary implant bridge is attached on the same day. That’s right – you will walk out with a brand new smile, the same day you walked in to have your unhealthy teeth removed.
Are Dental Implants Affordable?
It’s true that dental implants are a long-term investment in your oral health. Because they last much longer than other tooth replacement options, they’re actually very cost effective. Learn more about fees, dental financing, payment options, and how dental implants can be affordable on our implants cost page.
Dental Implants Look Natural
When Tim first came to us, he knew he had a problem front tooth. A 35yo crown broke below the gum line and couldn’t be fixed. As part of a team, Dr. Payet worked with an amazing periodontist and superb dental lab to place a dental implant, then custom-match new dental crowns to match his teeth. Now Tim can smile and eat with total confidence again!
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