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Implant-anchored Dentures Provide a Secure Smile

For many denture wearers, however, indulging in these activities is more of a challenge than a pleasure. Their unstable dentures and partials lack strength for biting and chewing, which makes eating a source of frustration. If your dentures are diminishing ...
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What To Expect With Dental Implants

Harrell Dental Implant Center wants you to know that 2017 is the year to transform your dream of a beautiful smile into reality. It’s time for you to enjoy the personal and social benefits that come with a smile you are proud to show off. Dr. Robert Harrell, founder of Harrell Dental Implant Center, and his staff want you to feel confident and comfortable with every step of the dental implant process that will create your radiant new smile. Understanding what to expect ahead of time will allow you to remain in a relaxed state of mind before, during ...
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Dental Implant Bridges Save Surrounding Teeth

If missing or damaged teeth have left you with a compromised smile, they can help. Undergo a comprehensive oral consultation at the state-of-the-art HDIC facility and learn the best way to have your smile upgraded. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a dental implant bridge is your best restorative option — far better than the traditional crown and bridge method. Disadvantages of Traditional Bridges Requires enamel removal of adjacent teeth If adjacent teeth have crowns, they must be redone Tooth decay is potential problem Root ...
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Implant-anchored Dentures Provide a Secure Smile

For many denture wearers, however, indulging in these activities is more of a challenge than a pleasure. Their unstable dentures and partials lack strength for biting and chewing, which makes eating a source of frustration. If your dentures are diminishing your enjoyment of life, Harrell Dental Implant Center can help. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of denture stabilization with implants.

Unsecured dentures are an old fashioned solution for people who have lost all their teeth. Unfortunately, you may find that wearing unsecured dentures can be painful, inconvenient and awkward. Such dentures make it difficult to chew a variety of foods, which can stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. Wearing dentures may also affect how you pronounce words, and therefore the way you speak. A conventional denture has an acrylic palate that also hinders your ability to taste the foods that you once loved.

A variety of modern dental implant-based tooth replacement solutions are available. Any of these solutions can dramatically improve your quality of life; such as enabling proper chewing and speaking, increasing comfort and self-confidence, and encouraging the consumption of a wider variety of foods.

Benefits

People who have suffered with dental problems may ultimately have to consider getting dentures. While the traditional dentures that are removable have been the choice for many people, implant retained dentures are becoming the new choice.

Dentures are simply a restoration for missing teeth. You can have a partial set or full set of dentures. They are generally made from a plastic base, with artificial teeth positioned on the frame. This is a replacement for natural teeth, not just for cosmetic reasons. Missing teeth can impact ability to speak clearly, interfere with eating, and can ultimately have negative health consequences. Dentures are used to eliminate these problems.

Another problem with missing teeth is the impact it has on bone structure. Implant retained dentures not only look natural, but it will make your smile beautiful again. It will keep your facial structure younger looking, because the teeth help hold everything in place.

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It’s Time to Book Your Free Consultation

When you schedule your no-cost smile consultation with Dr. Harrell, you can feel total confidence in your decision. You are trusting your smile to the Queen City’s leading implant provider, a dental specialist with decades of experience restoring and replacing teeth with a full range of cosmetic procedures. When your treatment plan is set, every step will be carried out in the state-of-the-art Harrell Dental Implant Center. You won’t be referred out for any part of the process.

If you have any lingering doubts that implant-anchored dentures, which are also known as snap-in dentures, are the best option for wearers, the following article makes the case well:

Why Consider Overdentures

Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.

The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. In fact, it has been reported that dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.*

The Problems with Loose Dentures

Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.

Benefits of Denture Stabilization

  • Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
  • Improves speech and confidence
  • Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
  • Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
  • Often can utilize your existing dentur
  • Minimally invasive procedure More information at BioHorizons

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Harrell Dental Implant Center: Smile Solutions for Charlotte

Implant-supported dentures are just one of the implant-related services offered at HDIC. Whether you need to replace one missing tooth with a single dental implant, multiple teeth with an implant bridge, or a full arch of teeth with an All-on-4 implant, Harrell Dental Implant Center has the dental implant solutions you are seeking.

Book your free consultation with us today to learn more about the benefits of snap-in dentures. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment.

What To Expect Immediately After Dental Implantation

If you are thinking about replacing a missing or damaged tooth, you should know that Dr. Robert Harrell and his outstanding team at Harrell Dental Implant Center believe an educated patient is the best patient. That’s why preparing you with the knowledge of what to expect before, during and after your dental implant surgery is a crucial part of their practice.

Taking time to discuss the findings of your comprehensive oral exam will ensure that a complete treatment outline can be shared with you prior to surgery. Arming you with the knowledge to confidently handle your after care is another thing the Implant Center team is equally passionate about.

You may not realize that dental implants have been around in one form or another far longer than you think.

History

In 600 AD, Mayans replaced missing teeth by implanting stones, seashells, and jade into the jaw, and according to archaeologists, some of these primitive dental implants actually fused to the jaw. In more modern history, 1952, an orthopaedic surgeon named Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark tried to remove a titanium fixture he had installed into a patient’s jaw to study bone healing. The titanium had fused to the bone, and now we know this natural phenomenon as osseointegration. Branemark continued his work with osseointegration, implanting titanium implants into a patient who had severe jaw deformities and was, as a result, missing teeth. The patient, Gosta Larsson, was the first to receive titanium dental implants. Additional details at Doc Shop . com

Gauze Is a Vital Component of Your Aftercare

When patients are educated on leaving their gauze in place until adequate blood clotting occurs, they drastically minimize their risk of developing dry socket. The clotting blood forms a barrier to protect oral tissues from bacteria and facilitates the healing process. Many people are inclined to remove their post-procedure gauze as quickly as possible. However, as tempting as it may be, unpacking your mouth too soon is actually one of the worst things you can do. The gauze needs to remain in place long enough for a clot to securely form. When you arrive to your procedure with an understanding of the key details, it is much easier to cope with the aftermath and ensure a good outcome.

Bleeding

A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon, even for a few days after surgery. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first gently rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad directly over the site of surgery and biting firmly with constant pressure for thirty minutes. The gauze can be folded or two can be combined if needed. Repeat this if it doesn’t work the first thirty minutes. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for thirty minutes, again, being sure to place it directly over the surgery site (typically, the tooth socket) with firm, constant pressure. The tannic acid in the tea bag helps to form a clot by contracting bleeding vessels. Avoid hot liquids and foods. It is also important to sit upright, remain calm and limit your physical activity.

Swelling

The normal swelling that is expected is usually proportional to the surgery involved. A certain amount is almost always to be expected. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is the body’s normal reaction to surgery and eventual repair. The swelling may not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days post-operatively. However, the swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs, before it occurs. Two small, plastic bags filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be used on a schedule of 20 minutes on and 5 minutes off, continuously, as long as the patient is not sleeping or eating. After 24 hours, ice generally has no beneficial effect on the swelling, but many patients find it to be a helpful adjunct in reducing pain. If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days, there is no cause for alarm. This is a normal reaction to surgery. Thirty-six hours following surgery, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face can be beneficial in reducing the size of the swelling.

Dental Implant Bridges Save Surrounding Teeth

If missing or damaged teeth have left you with a compromised smile, they can help. Undergo a comprehensive oral consultation at the state-of-the-art HDIC facility and learn the best way to have your smile upgraded. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a dental implant bridge is your best restorative option — far better than the traditional crown and bridge method.

Disadvantages of Traditional Bridges

  • Requires enamel removal of adjacent teeth
  • If adjacent teeth have crowns, they must be redone
  • Tooth decay is potential problem
  • Root canal treatment may be required if nerves are affected
  • Greater tendency for gum disease
  • Less longevity than implants

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
  • Does not affect adjacent teeth
  • Does not decay
  • Less likely to develop gum disease

For purposes of this discussion, teeth basically have two main parts; the crown is the part you see in the mouth, and the root is the part that is encased in bone and keeps the tooth in place. A dental implant is actually a root replacement, and unlike the root of a tooth, it is actually fused to the bone of the jaw. A crown is attached to the implant and in effect it becomes a stand-alone tooth, functioning and appearing just like the natural tooth you have lost. The basic prerequisites for a successful implant include: a sufficient quantity and quality of bone to anchor or support the implant, the adjacent teeth and gums are healthy and the quality of the adjacent teeth will allow for a natural-looking cosmetic result.

By contrast, a fixed bridge is a restoration or prosthesis (replacement part), that is fixed in place by attaching to the natural adjacent teeth. The tooth to be replaced is called a “pontic” after the French “pont” for bridge. The adjacent teeth, called abutments, just like a bridge spanning a river or canyon, provide support on either side. The way that the bridge attaches is that the abutment teeth are “prepared” by removing the enamel layer and are replaced by crowns (caps) to which the false tooth (pontic) is attached. Read more at Dear Doctor

Grinding Down Healthy Teeth For A Crown

Yes, you read that right — a traditional bridge requires destroying neighboring teeth to provide anchor points for the appliance. Obviously, any treatment that requires breaking down perfectly healthy teeth to repair damaged teeth is less than optimal. Plus, the bands that secure traditional bridges to these ground down teeth become a magnet for food debris that promotes decay. Harrell Dental Implant Center can help you avoid all of these issues with a dental implant bridge.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place. Additional info at WebMD

 Have The Brilliant Smile You Deserve

There are several implant options that can used to replace missing or damaged teeth. If you are ready to boost your self-esteem and have the smile you deserve, call Harrell Dental Implant Center and schedule your free consultation appointment. Discuss the procedure options and get answers to your questions or concerns.

Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the site to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.

How To Keep Your Dental Implants Clean and Healthy

Taking care of your dental implants after they are placed is a vital component of maintaining optimum oral health. Biofilm and plaque bacteria are present in your mouth whether you have all your natural teeth, a mix of implants and natural teeth, or have full replacement with All-on-4 implants. At Harrell Dental Implant Center, we want every patient to understand proper mouth care to keep their smile healthy and brilliant.

The following article explains how patients with implants are at similar risk for oral disease as those with natural teeth. This means both groups must be diligent with their mouthcare.

The importance of plaque removal for the prevention of dental and systemic diseases has been well-documented in the literature. Dental hygiene maintenance programs tailored to the specific patient have become an important aspect of dental care, with approximately 50% of the adult population suffering from periodontal disease and the known increase in the prevalence of peri-implant disease. (1)

Disease progression from gingivitis to Periodontitis around natural teeth is very similar to the progression of peri-implant disease from peri-implant mucositis to peri-implantitis, since the etiologic pathogenic bacteria are the same. (2,3)

In addition, studies show a similar inflammatory cascade initiated during the disease process of both teeth and dental implants. Similar to Periodontitis, peri-implant disease is multifactorial and influenced greatly by individual patient factors. (4) One of the biggest determinants of disease progression is adherence to a proper home-care dental hygiene regimen. (3)

Interdental Brushes Make a Huge Difference

Dr. Robert Harrell believes in educating his patients to become active participants in their own oral health care. This means arming them with good information and recommending the right tools to get the job done. One handy weapon in the battle for a healthy smile is the interdental brush, which helps clean between teeth and in the crevices where problems begin. Protecting your teeth and gums from bacteria is essential for creating a healthy, happy smile that will last.

Here’s some good info about the benefits of cleaning with an interdental brush:

Interdental brushes serve as an alternative to flossing, can be used daily, and — as suggested by a number of studies — can be more effective for interproximal plaque removal than floss. Interdental brushes with plastic-coated wires, depending on their size and shape, can be effective tools for reducing interproximal plaque (figure 1). (5) Other considerations for recommending interdental brushes include an individual’s manual dexterity, how easy the product is to use, and the patient’s motivational level.

Make your implants last

Care for your dental implants just as well as you would care for your natural teeth. Thorough oral hygiene is necessary to prevent diseases around the implants. With proper home care and regular professional maintenance, you can keep your new teeth throughout life.

Cleaning different types of implants

There are various types of implants which may need different home care. TePe offers a range of products to make cleaning easier. Your dental professional will help you choose the products to suit your particular needs. TePe Compact Tuft is a single tufted brush, ideal for cleaning the critical area where implants meet the gums, and around attachments for overdentures. See more at TePe

Maintain Regular Dental Cleaning and Check Up Appointments

Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is still recommended with dental implants. It’s vital that your teeth (natural or implants), gums and the tissues along your tongue and jaw are inspected and cleaned to remove any plaque and tartar build up. If problems are developing, maintaining regular dental appointments will allow them to be caught early before significant damage is done to your smile.

If you have missing or damaged teeth and are ready to have the smile you deserve, call Harrell dental implant center and schedule your free consultation appointment. Discuss the procedure options and get answers to your questions or concerns. We will be happy to show you how dental implants are your best option.

Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.

What To Expect With Dental Implants

Harrell Dental Implant Center wants you to know that 2017 is the year to transform your dream of a beautiful smile into reality. It’s time for you to enjoy the personal and social benefits that come with a smile you are proud to show off. Dr. Robert Harrell, founder of Harrell Dental Implant Center, and his staff want you to feel confident and comfortable with every step of the dental implant process that will create your radiant new smile. Understanding what to expect ahead of time will allow you to remain in a relaxed state of mind before, during and after the procedure. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved with replacing your missing or damaged teeth with implants. The following post will cover some of the basics, starting from the very beginning.

Comprehensive dental exam. You may have dental X-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth.

Treatment plan. Tailored to your situation, this plan takes into account factors such as how many teeth you need to have replaced and the condition of your jawbone. The planning process may involve a variety of dental specialists, including a doctor who specializes in conditions of the mouth, jaw and face (oral and maxillofacial surgeon), a dentist who works with the structures that support teeth (periodontist) and a dentist who will restore the implants with crowns, bridges or dentures.

Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.

To control pain, anesthesia options during surgery include local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. Talk to your dental specialist about which option is best for you. Your dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. If you’re having general anesthesia, plan to have someone take you home after surgery and expect to rest for the remainder of the day. More details at Mayo Clinic . com

Things To Consider For Scheduling

It is a good idea to evaluate your schedule and book your dental implant procedure when it makes sense with your plans. For instance, space your dental implants away from out-of-town vacations and extended travel plans. If you are planning family photos or attending a family event such as a wedding, be sure you incorporate healing time into the equation. Having adequate time to rest and relax will help ensure that your mouth has the downtime it needs for ultimate success.

Here’s a more detailed examination of what you can expect after your implant procedure.

After surgery
Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:

  • Swelling of your gums and face
  • Bruising of your skin and gums
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

If swelling, discomfort or any other problem gets worse in the days after surgery, contact your oral surgeon. You may need pain medications or antibiotics.

After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals — as long as 10 to 14 days. Typically, your surgeon will use stitches that dissolve on their own. If your stitches aren’t self-dissolving, your doctor removes them in about 10 days. Continue reading at Colgate

Let’s Get Started

The Harrell Dental Implant Center team is ready to replace your missing and damaged teeth and give you the gleaming smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you need to have a single dental implant placed or require an entire arch of teeth, Dr. Harrell can give you a brilliant new smile.

Book your free consultation today and discover which implant options will best address your needs. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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