Are you wishing you could have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted this New Year? Maybe you’re even thinking that 2017 will definitely be the year you get your compromised smile corrected, but you just don’t know where to begin? If either of these scenarios fit, you will be happy to know that Dr. Robert Harrell and his exceptional team at Harrell Dental Implant Center offer the best tooth restoration solutions. Using a variety of dental implant procedures they can replace your missing or damaged teeth and give you the brilliant smile you’ve been hoping for.
To begin, let’s take a look at the benefits of dental implants.
- Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
- Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
- Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup. Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.
- Speak easy. Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.
- Eat your favorite foods! Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too. More details at AAID-Implant.org
Your Secret Is Safe With Us
Highly skilled, affordable and successful, our track record at Harrell Dental Implant Center speaks for itself. We are the #1 dental implant center in the metro Charlotte region for a reason. We offer the expert care and phenomenal customer service you deserve throughout the entire process. Regardless of whether you require a single dental implant, All-on-4 complete arches, a dental implant bridge or snap-in dentures, we are your best option for a sensational smile. And when we’re done, no one meeting you for the first time will be able to tell that you’ve had a smile makeover. And no one who knew you prior will believe how beautiful and natural your smile looks now.
Dentures Are No Longer Good Enough
As we are living longer and remaining active for more years, it is vital to protect our teeth and maintain a healthy smile. For generations, traditional dentures were the best choice for repairing a compromised smile, but their time has passed. Dental implants have completely revolutionized tooth replacement. There are many reasons to choose dental implants over traditional dentures; here’s a sampling:
Dentures are not the most natural-looking option for teeth replacement. If your looks are important, keep in mind that dentures could be identified more easily than other tooth replacement options.
Denture wearers may experience bone loss in their jawbone where teeth are missing. This can lead to changes in your appearance, as well as a need to purchase new dentures.
Dentures must be cleaned outside of the mouth by rinsing them and soaking them overnight. Dentures are not like natural teeth. They require special maintenance procedures. Continue reading at AAID-Implant.org
If you are missing multiple or all of your teeth or if they are damaged or diseased, Dr. Robert Harrell and his exceptional team at Harrell Dental Implant Center can give you the brilliant, strong and permanent smile you deserve with an All-on-4 implant. At HDIC, state-of-the-art dental technology combines with an outstanding patient experience to provide you with the highest level of care. As a full-service implant office, we ensure that every aspect of your dental implant procedure can be easily and conveniently handled under our roof.
Often used to replace dentures or missing teeth, the branded procedure All-on-4 uses four titanium dental implants to anchor the upper and lower jaw. This provides a strong foundation for prosthetic teeth, which are added afterwards to complete this permanent procedure. See more at Real Self
All-on-4: Your Best Implant Solution
Imagine a radiant smile free from bone loss or the sunken appearance that commonly accompanies traditional dentures. Dr. Harrell can provide you a comfortable and lasting solution thanks to the All-on-4 dental implant option. Four titanium screws are surgically inserted into your jawbone to support a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. This efficient dental implant solution minimizes the invasive procedure and enables patients to eat and drink normally once the healing process is complete.
The term All-on-4 refers to “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants, a prosthodontics procedure for total rehabilitation of the edentulous patient or for patients with badly broken down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease. It consists of the rehabilitation of either edentulous or dentate maxilla and/or mandible with fixed prosthesis by placing four implants in the anterior maxilla, where bone density is higher. The four implants support a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 14 teeth and it is placed immediately, typically within 24 hours of surgery.
Implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare were among the first to identify the evolution of All-on-4 technique as a potential valid and cost-effective alternative to conventional implant techniques, and funded studies by Portuguese dentist Paulo Maló to determine the efficacy of this approach. During this time this technique was also used by various other clinicians around the world.
Description of the procedure
The All-on-4 treatment concept is a prosthodontic procedure (i.e replacement of missing teeth) that provides a permanent, screw-retained, same-day replacement for the entire upper and / or lower set of teeth with a bridge or denture. The procedure is best for patients with significant tooth loss or decay and for people whose bone loss in the jaw area prevents them from getting conventionally oriented (vertical) dental implants. Often, tooth loss is accompanied by loss of the jaw bone which poses the problem of reconstruction of the jaw bone requiring bone grafting. The All-on-4 protocol is considered to be a graftless solution thereby avoiding the long and costly road of rebuilding bone when conventionally oriented implants are used. For the implementation to be successful a careful analysis of the bone structure needs to be made. The most ideal way to evaluate the bone is by a CBCT scan. The All-on-4 protocol is for at least 4 implants to be placed in a jaw. The back implants are typically angled approximately 30 to 45 degrees from the biting plane. The implant is placed in front of the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw (maxilla) and in front of the mental nerve in the lower jaw (mandible). The head of the implant emerges in approximately the second premolar position. This will allow a molar tooth to be cantilevered posterior resulting in a denture or bridge with approximately 12 teeth.
The All-on-4 treatment concept owes its name to the very nature of the method, which consists of applying a dental prosthesis with at least 12 teeth (bridge) fixed in the jaw, based only on four titanium implants. Continue reading at Wikipedia
Many people who have issues with their oral health and the appearance of their teeth struggle with their self-esteem. On the other hand, when you have a beautiful smile it can do wonders for your self-confidence. Harrell Dental Implant Center offers exceptional smile solutions to patients from all across the greater Charlotte area. If one or more of your teeth is cracked, damaged or missing due to disease or injury, the HDIC team can totally restore your smile with dental implants.
Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:
- First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
- Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.) More details at Mouth Healthy
Our warm and inviting dental clinic offers leading-edge technology designed to minimize your chair time and get you back doing the things you enjoy. We offer a complete array of dental implant therapy, including single dental implants, All-on-4 complete arches, denture stabilization and implant bridges. Our facility is able to help clients who need to address bone loss or other pre-requisite dental work ahead of their implant schedule. Dr. Robert Harrell and his skilled staff will thoroughly discuss your needs and options during your initial consultation. You will leave with a clear understanding of what will happen before, during and after your dental implant procedure. At HDIC, education is a vital component to patients’ healing and overall success rate.
The Science of Smiling
Flashing a gleaming smile does more than visually communicate to others that you are happy. It actually has a bio-chemical affect on the way you feel and how you interact with the world. You can learn more about this in a fascinating article from Psychology Today, that’s excerpted here:
How Smiling Affects Your Brain
Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
For starters, smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress (3). Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate. They facilitate messaging to the whole body when we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, excited. The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well (4). This not only relaxes your body, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever – 100% organically and without the potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions (4).
Finally, the serotonin release brought on by your smile serves as an anti-depressant/mood lifter (5). Many of today’s pharmaceutical anti-depressants also influence the levels of serotonin in your brain, but with a smile, you again don’t have to worry about negative side effects – and you don’t need a prescription from your doctor.
How Smiling Affects Your Body
You’re actually better looking when you smile – and I’m not just trying to butter you up. When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.
It also explains the 2011 findings by researchers at the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Subjects were asked to rate smiling and attractiveness. They found that both men and women were more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled than those who did not (6). Continue reading at Psychology Today
Having a cracked tooth is an issue that can be successfully addressed with an implant. But first, you have to determine that you’re dealing with one. Here’s some info that will help:
Some dental issues such as a knocked out tooth or a broken crown are pretty hard to miss. And while you may think that a cracked tooth would also be difficult to overlook, the truth is that many people have trouble spotting this dental problem. To give yourself a better chance at recognizing a tooth fracture, take a look at the common causes and symptoms behind cracked teeth.
What Causes a Tooth to Crack?
Several behaviors and incidents can lead to a crack, also known as a fracture, in one of your teeth. In some cases, simply chewing on a hard object or type of food such a candy or ice can cause a crack to develop. Habits that are sometimes related to stress, including tooth grinding or jaw clenching, can also make your teeth more susceptible to fractures. Occasionally, an accident or forceful trauma may lead to a cracked tooth.
What Are the Signs That Your Tooth is Cracked?
A crack in your tooth can be hard to detect simply because these fractures are often invisible to the human eye. In fact, hairline cracks may not even appear on X-rays. So how can you tell if your tooth is fractured? Look out for localized pain that flares up when you bite into food or when you expose your teeth to hot or cold temperatures. Read more at Colgate
Don’t Ignore Dental Pain
There are some common reasons people give for ignoring dental pain, but there’s really no good reason when you understand the risks. For instance, your discomfort might be due to a cracked tooth that has become infected. Bacteria leakage can lead to serious damage to your smile. Hoping that your discomfort will magically disappear often leads to more extensive dental issues down the road. Dr. Harrell wants you to enjoy a happy, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Replacing your cracked or damaged tooth with a single dental implant is a permanent solution that will completely restore the appearance and strength of your smile.
Book Your Consultation Today
If you are ready to address your missing or damaged tooth, boost your self-esteem and have the smile you deserve, call Harrell Dental Implant Center today and schedule your free consultation appointment. It’s your opportunity to 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.