Dental Implants Provide Superior Denture Support

Smiling middle-aged man with straight, white teethDr. Charles Porter places and restores dental implants at our Charlotte office. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots. They can be used to restore any number of missing teeth by anchoring a crown, partial denture, or full denture. Implants allow you to chew, speak, and smile without worrying that your restorations will slip out of place. Meanwhile, dental implants help you to preserve bone mass in your jaw. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how dental implants can benefit you. 

Planning for Your Implants

You will undergo a comprehensive oral evaluation and consultation with Dr. Porter that will allow him to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Because strategic planning is necessary to ensure the success of dental implants, he will also take photos and digital images of your mouth and jaws. Dr. Porter is committed to using the most up-to-date technology, and his cone beam imaging system allows him to carefully collect data and precisely plan where the implants should be placed. 

Patients who have waited a long time to address missing teeth may have lost bone mass in the jaw, compromising their candidacy for implants. To treat these patients, Dr. Porter works with an experienced oral surgeon, orthodontist, and periodontist who can perform a bone grafting procedure to increase bone density. After the bone has healed, a patient may be reevaluated for implant candidacy.  

Types of Implants

Dr. Porter offers several varieties of implants to fit a wide range of needs, including:

  • Traditional Implants – Traditional implants can be used to replace tooth roots and provide support for crowns and dentures. Traditional implants typically require three to six months of healing time as the implant and jawbone become permanently fused.
  • All-On-4® – The All-on-4® procedure allows Dr. Porter to replace an entire arch of your teeth on just four implant posts. The All-on-4® technique, combined with CEREC® technology, allows us to complete the entire procedure in just one day.
  • Mini Dental Implants – This type of implant uses much thinner titanium posts with a diameter of roughly 3 mm, and can be placed and restored in one appointment. Mini implants may be a good solution for those who do not have sufficient bone density to anchor traditional dental implants. 

Implants can provide a lifetime of excellent support for your restorations. Imagine being able to take a bite out of a juicy apple or corn on the cob without worrying that your dentures will slip out of place. It's possible with dental implants! 

How Implants Work

Once the initial planning phase of your treatment is complete, you will come in for the first step of the placement process. During this appointment, Dr. Porter will insert the implants into your jaw. To keep you comfortable during the surgery, Dr. Porter offers a variety of sedation options, including local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and oral conscious sedation. If he is placing mini implants or All-On-4®, the implants will likely be restored in the same appointment. Traditional implants, however, require a healing period of three to six months. During this time, implants will fuse to your jawbone during a process known as osseointegration. Once healing is complete, you will return to our office where Dr. Porter will attach abutments to the top of the implant posts. These abutments will connect directly to your restorations. The posts will act like healthy, natural teeth roots, and provide a sturdy base for a dental crown, bridge, partial, or denture. Depending on your needs, Dr. Porter may use an offsite lab or CEREC® technology to create your restoration in the office.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Porter today. He will be happy to explain the procedure in detail, determine your candidacy, and discuss the treatment options available to you.