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

Denture Alternatives

For decades, traditional dentures were the mainstay solution for full-arch teeth replacement. If you are a longtime denture-wearer, then you likely understand the drawbacks of conventional prostheses. While dentures are certainly better than having no teeth, they can still present a myriad of issues for many patients. For example, conventional dentures tend to shift around and slip out of place during routine tasks such as chewing, eating, and speaking. This can lead to dietary restrictions and trouble enunciating, not to mention a lack of confidence. Fortunately, advances in technology and techniques have provided denture alternatives that not only look natural but offer optimal function, as well. Securing your denture with dental implants can provide benefits that are nothing short of life-changing for the right patients

Comparing Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures

Fewer innovations have improved the field of dentistry as much as dental implants. These medical-grade titanium posts are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. 

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. 

Implants are a game-changer for denture patients. While traditional dentures rely on adhesive or simply rest on the dental arch, implant-supported dentures are connected to dental implants for increased stability. If you are seeking alternatives to dentures, this option offers a lifelike, functional smile that can preserve your oral health for years to come.

The Only Option Which Preserves Bone Health

The most significant advantage of an implant-supported restoration is bone preservation. Natural tooth roots actively simulate the jawbone. This action prevents jawbone recession, which is a common effect of tooth loss. If a tooth is not replaced after it is lost or extracted, it could lead to significant jawbone atrophy over the years. However, dental implants actually mimic the function of dental roots to preserve the jawbone in the same way. Patients who choose implant-supported restorations will typically enjoy enhanced oral health for many years. In fact, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Illustration of traditional vs. implant-supported denture
Implant-supported dentures remain firmly fixed in place, which provides several benefits over traditional restorations. 

Additional Treatment Benefits

There are several additional advantages to this type of treatment. Implant-supported restorations offer:

  • Increased stability: When compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations offer unparalleled security and stability.
  • More convenient: Traditional dentures must be removed and cleaned daily, and require messy adhesives. Fixed implant-supported options often require special cleaning tools but are much more convenient.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place and rest directly against the gums. This makes them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. 
  • More flexible diet: Denture wearers often find it difficult to eat their favorite foods, such as steak and apples. Securing your restoration with implants can allow you to confidently eat an unrestricted diet. 
  • Improved oral health: By placing dental implants into the jawbone, your bone density will be preserved, and further bone loss will be prevented.

Although implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional options, most patients consider them an invaluable investment in their health. Many dentists offer financing options to help manage out-of-pocket costs. 

Understanding Your Options

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. By choosing an implant-supported prosthesis, you are not only enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, but you are improving the function and overall health, as well. If you are considering dental implants as an alternative to traditional dentures, seek professional advice. A skilled and knowledgeable dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine which option will meet your unique needs. 

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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