Dental Implants in Charlotte, NC
Complete Your Smile
Dental implants are a long-term solution for patients with missing or failing teeth. As a permanent and secure tooth replacement option, patients can feel confident about having a complete, healthy, and beautiful smile.
Millions of patients have at least one dental implant. Their versatility and performance make them a leading option for patients and oral surgeons alike. With dental implants, patients with missing or failing teeth can have a smile that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. The doctors at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Charlotte, NC, perform a broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, such as full-arch restoration.
Your Smile Matters
Restoring your smile means more than restoring your oral health. Teeth that are missing or failing often affect a person’s self-esteem. Learn more on our What Are Dental Implants page.
Many patients become avoidant of certain social situations or opportunities because they are uncomfortable with their smile. After the placement of dental implants, patients find their confidence renewed and tell us how dental implants have changed their life. We love being able to make a difference for our patients!
Meet Our Specialists
Our renowned multidisciplinary team works together to deliver the wide scope of dental implant-supported tooth restorations. Whether you need a single dental implant or a complete full arch, we have a solution that’s right for you.
Dental Implants: The Benefits
Improve Your Oral Health
Replacing a missing or failing tooth or teeth is essential to maintain oral health. Dental implants can prevent issues that are common with missing teeth, such bone loss, dental shifting, bacteria buildup in the tooth socket, oral infection, and more.
Unlike traditional tooth restoration options, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. With regular brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist, patients can make their implants last for years to come. In addition, since the dental implant post is fused with the jaw bone, the prosthesis won't slip or fall out of place.
Eat Your Favorite Foods Again
Patients with other tooth replacement solutions may be advised to avoid certain foods to prevent damage to the appliance. However, once healed, patients with dental implants experience the freedom of being able to eat their favorite foods again. Foods such as steak, apples, nuts, and crusty breads are possible with dental implants!
Restore Facial Balance
Bone loss often accompanies tooth loss, which is a leading factor for facial sagging. While loss of facial volume is a natural part of aging, jaw bone loss due to missing teeth accelerates the process. With dental implants, facial esthetics and bone quantity can be preserved.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option. Many patients and oral surgeons favor dental implants because they are secure, permanent, attractive, and fully functional. Dental implants can be used for:
- Single Tooth Replacements. Dental implants are an ideal option for someone looking to replace one tooth or a few teeth. Most patients with dental implants are unable to tell the artificial tooth apart from their natural teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Implant-supported bridges work well to replace multiple teeth that are missing next to each other. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported bridges do not require the healthy supporting teeth to be ground down to fit the prosthetic. Learn more about replacing multiple teeth.
- Immediate Implants. For a quick restoration option, immediate implants are placed right after a tooth extraction. This allows the patient to experience the benefit of dental implants right away and reduces the number of procedures.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Full-arch restoration is a complete smile solution for patients with advanced tooth decay or who are missing all or nearly all of their teeth. With a full-arch restoration, an entire upper or lower arch of teeth are replaced using at least four dental implants for support. The results are natural-looking, secure, and fully functional.
The Dental Implant Procedure
When you come to Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Charlotte, NC, to discuss your options for replacement teeth, your doctor will design a treatment plan that's right for you.
In general, if you are healthy enough to undergo a simple dental procedure, you are healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Having healthy gums is very important to a successful implant. If you have periodontal disease, you may still qualify for dental implants, but it may delay or prolong treatment. Your oral surgeon will assess your gum health during your consultation.
Receiving a dental implant is a surgical procedure that can be performed in our Charlotte, NC, office. During the procedure, your oral surgeon will make an incision into the gum tissue and place the titanium implant post into the jaw bone. Over time, the post will fuse with the bone and will act as a stable foundation for the artificial teeth. Once the bone and post have fused together, the abutment is attached and the crown is placed.
For patients who do not have enough bone to support an implant, a bone graft may be performed prior to receiving an implant.
The Value & Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a highly desirable tooth replacement option. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, have a high success rate, and can even last a lifetime with proper oral care. Even still, some patients weighing their tooth replacement options may be hesitant to move forward with this revolutionary procedure.
Dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options, like removable dentures or bridges. However, they can last for years without replacing and allow the wearer to experience eating, speaking, and smiling with confidence. The ongoing value is worthwhile for millions of patients who have chosen dental implants as their preferred tooth replacement option. Learn more about the differences between dental implants and dentures.
When you come to Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery for treatment, our doctors will design a treatment plan to restore your oral health, function, and esthetics.
During your first visit, your oral surgeon will perform an oral exam, review or order X-rays or digital imaging, and explain your options for anesthesia. An estimated cost of treatment will also be provided. The final cost of treatment is based on the number and type of implants, type of anesthesia, if other procedures are included (such as bone graft), and more. Visit our Cost of Dental Implants page to learn more or our Dental Implant Financing page to learn about how to finance your oral surgery treatment.
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery specializes in dental implant-based tooth restorations. We work with many insurance companies and accept several forms of payment to make our services as accessible as possible. Contact us to receive a consultation and financial estimate today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that replaces the entire tooth, root and all. The dental implant post acts as an artificial tooth root, which keeps the prosthesis in place and allows the patient to eat the foods they love. The crown is the visible part of the implant and is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of the surrounding teeth. The cost of the dental implant procedure varies. Please consult your doctor.
How long can I expect the dental implant surgery to take?
Since every treatment plan is different, so is every procedure. In general, a single dental implant can be placed in about 30 minutes, while multiple dental implants will take longer. After the surgery, it will take several weeks for the implant post to fuse with the jaw bone to complete the rest of the treatment.
Is it painful to receive dental implants?
It is expected and normal to have some discomfort after surgery. At Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, our team is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable as possible. We offer several types of anesthesia during surgery and will provide post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to offer EXPAREL®, a safe, non-addictive option for pain management after surgery. Learn more about this revolutionary treatment on our EXPAREL page.
Please note: If you experience severe or extensive pain, swelling, or bleeding after surgery, please call our office for further instructions.
What can I expect after dental implant surgery?
Since your treatment is custom-designed, the recovery you experience may be different than that of another patient's. However, post-surgical complications are a risk to every patient who has recently undergone a surgical procedure. Therefore, it is essential to follow your post-operative instructions and call our office if you have any questions.