Tooth loss can be painful and cause you to feel embarrassed. Without timely treatment, it can also lead to serious oral health issues.
Dr. Charles Porter is proud to offer the gold standard in tooth replacement, dental implants, at his practice in Charlotte, NC.
Why are dental implants highly recommended by our dentist?
An Implant Can Complete Your Smile & Protect Your Oral Health
Improve Your ConfidenceTooth loss can take a toll on your self-confidence. A stable, natural-looking implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture can restore your sense of pride in your smile. Our dentist has found improved self-esteem can also have a positive impact on your overall quality of life.
Prevent Bone Atrophy in the Jaw
While traditional dentistry can close the gaps in your smile, these dental restorations do not protect against jawbone recession (a natural effect of tooth loss) which can lead to more missing teeth. However, a dental implant acts similarly to tooth roots to stimulate and preserve the jaw.
With proper care and oral hygiene maintenance, your titanium dental implant or implants can last a lifetime. Additionally, dental implants provide unparalleled stability for dentures so they will never slip during eating and speaking.
Replace Missing Teeth
Delaying implant treatment can increase your need for bone grafting which can extend your treatment timeline. Do not wait to schedule a consultation. Call us today at:
Dr. Porter has undergone extensive dental implant training, including studying with Dr. Michael E. Pruett at the Georgia Regents University, College of Dental Medicine. He also continually pursues educational opportunities to provide precise placement and natural-looking restorations. With over 25 years of experience, our dentist can treat even the most complex cases. CareCredit® and in-office financing are available.
A Dental Implant May Be Recommended for:
Some injuries can cause damage that affects the entire tooth. If your tooth is broken past the point of treatment, Dr. Porter may recommend that it is extracted and replaced.
If a root canal is not successful, you may need an extraction. Instead of leaving a gap in your smile, our dentist highly recommends you receive a dental implant.
Most patients receive dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Tooth loss can occur due to a variety of issues including poor dental hygiene and untreated gum disease.
Ensuring Your Comfort with Sedation
A local anesthetic is applied to the treatment area during dental implant surgery. This will numb the tissue and prevent you from feeling pain. Dr. Porter also provides sedation dentistry at his Charlotte practice. Sedation is highly beneficial for more extensive procedures like dental implant surgery because it helps you feel relaxed and allows the doctor to work more efficiently.
Advanced Technology & High-Quality Dentistry Materials
Dr. Porter is passionate about providing exceptional dental implant care that yields lasting results to his patients in Charlotte, NC. To accomplish this goal, he prioritizes attention to detail throughout the entire dentistry treatment process from planning to crown, bridge, and denture restoration. He has invested in the latest technology and the finest restorative materials. His extensive training in implant dentistry has also allowed him to refine his treatment technique, placing patients' dental implant or implants in the ideal position to provide the greatest stability and reduce your risk of complications.
Unparalleled Patient Care
"Dr. Porter and his staff are top-notch! He has been my dentist for over 10 years and I am always satisfied with his work. He and his staff are unmatched in their skills, professionalism and care for their patients." Kerri G.
Placing & Restoring Dental Implants in Charlotte
From start to finish, your dental implant treatment in Charlotte will take place over the course of about six months. Depending on whether you need preparatory surgical procedures such as bone grafting, your treatment timeline can be longer because you will need to heal before your dental implant or implants can be placed.
First, you will need to attend a consultation with Dr. Porter to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. He will then plan the details of your implant treatment, including what type of restoration you will receive (such as a denture), based on your needs.
The titanium implant posts will be strategically placed into the jawbone through small incisions in the gums. After surgery, you will need to heal for about four to six months.
You will return to Dr. Porter's Charlotte office so that he can place the abutment which serves as a connector piece between your implant and restoration. Another short healing period will be required before placing your restoration.
Lastly, you will receive your crown, bridge, or denture which will be attached to the abutments. Dr. Porter will check the fit and comfort of your restoration at this time.
Aftercare & Recovery
It is normal to experience some swelling, discomfort, and bleeding after dental implant surgery. However, most patients can return to work the next day. To reduce your risk of complications, it essential that you follow recovery recommendations, including:
- Resting for the remainder of the day after your procedure
- Exercising caution when brushing your teeth around the surgical sites
- Applying ice packs to manage any swelling
- Eating a soft food diet for the first few days
- Avoiding exercise for three or four days
- Taking medication as prescribed
During the recovery process, you may need to attend a follow-up visit at our Charlotte office to monitor your progress. If you experience any concerning symptoms such as signs of infection, you should contact our office immediately.
Your Health Is Our Priority
"I'm so glad I found Dr. Porter and his whole staff. My son and I have been patients for 20 years or more. They have done so much to improve my dental health and they are like family to me." Kristi R.
Implant Treatment Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Once your restoration has been placed, you can immediately enjoy the gratification of a complete smile. By no longer feeling the need to hide their smiles, many patients also feel free to engage in more social interactions. Overcoming the difficulties of tooth loss with a solution that you can rely on can drastically improve your daily life.
It is important to note that there is a short adjustment period when trying to chew and enunciate with your new restoration. However, most patients adjust within a week or two. You will then be able to eat much more easily and speak clearly. Often, patients experience a significant boost in their confidence shortly after treatment that only continues to increase.