Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Benefits of Dental Implants

Replacing missing teeth is crucial to protect your smile and minimize your risk of developing additional, more serious effects. The benefits of dental implants are numerous, and the treatment is considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. Compared with other restoration options, implant-supported denturesbridges, and crowns provide superior comfort and stability. Dental implants also protect your oral health and remaining teeth by preventing bone tissue from deteriorating. While an implant-supported restoration can be more expensive and require a longer treatment timeline than traditional restorations, the resulting benefits can last a lifetime.

Superior Stability

After implants are surgically placed, their structure essentially becomes part of the body. The small titanium posts fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue during a process known as osseointegration. Then, the restoration is securely attached to the posts for a lifelike, stable, and comfortable result.

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Implants can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and engage in life freely.

Lifelike Function and Appearance

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, allowing your implant-supported restorations to anchor into the jaw in the same way as healthy, natural teeth. This ensures your dental prosthetic will not loosen, wobble, slip, or slide out of place during biting, chewing, or speaking. Denture patients especially often find this newfound confidence to be nothing short of life-changing.

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective investment in your oral health.

Additionally, when fabricated from high-quality dental materials such as zirconia and IPS e.max®, artificial teeth can imitate the reflective qualities of tooth enamel. This allows your implant-retained prosthesis to look natural and blend seamlessly into your smile.

Improved Bone Health

Natural tooth roots move when we bite and chew. This motion stimulates the jaw and instructs the body to send calcium and phosphorus as nourishment to maintain dense, healthy bone tissue. This phenomenon is called the piezoelectric effect.

Conventional crownsbridgespartials, and dentures only replace the crowns, or visible portions, of lost teeth, so the brain is not alerted to deliver essential nutrients to the jawbone. Over time, bone density decreases due to a lack of calcium and phosphorous and the jawbone deteriorates and shrinks in size. As the jaw atrophies, a sunken facial appearance known as facial collapse can occur and the reduced tissue can threaten the stability of surrounding teeth.

Since dental implants replace tooth roots, they are the only prosthetic option that creates the piezoelectric effect. For some patients, implants can not only halt bone degeneration but even encourage new tissue development in the area.

Preservation of Healthy Teeth

In addition to protecting your jawbone, implant-supported restorations also eliminate the need to remove healthy tissue from surrounding teeth. Traditional bridges require your dentist to alter the structure of supporting teeth in order to place crowns. With an implant-supported restoration, your appliance attaches to implant posts rather than dental crowns and your healthy teeth remain intact.

Experience the Advantages

Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of your own healthy, natural teeth. When placed by a dentist or oral surgeon skilled in implant dentistry, the treatment can improve your health and appearance, and enhance your overall quality of life. Talk to your dentist about whether this advanced treatment option is right for you.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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