At Harlow Dental, our number one priority has always been the health and safety of our patients. As a leading healthcare provided in our community, we wanted to reach out to all of our patients regarding the COVID-19 virus, and let you know the steps we are taking to alleviate any potential concerns. Effective immediately, Harlow Dental practices will limit our practice to EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE. So please call us right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency!

We are postponing all non-urgent dental care at this time in accordance with the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The preventative measure will be in effect until April 16, 2020. Again, thank you for being a valued member of the Harlow Dental family. We appreciate your continued trust and confidence. Together we can overcome these challenging circumstances and continue your path to greater oral health! We look forward to taking care of you at your next scheduled appointment.  
Harlow Dental at Steele Creek
A Great Dentist

What does the dental implant process involve?

Image of a dental implantReceiving a dental implant requires a number of steps that take place over a period of several months. Typically, the first step is a dental exam performed by Dr. Harlow at our Charlotte, NC dental practice. He will be able to assess whether or not your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants without further treatment such as bone grafting.

Once you are approved for dental implants, your dentist will start by placing the dental implant's titanium post directly into the jawbone during a routine surgical procedure. You should experience only mild discomfort during your recovery time. 

What will the recovery phase be like?

Your jawbone will need to heal for approximately three months, although the recovery period sometimes lasts as long as six months. During this time, the implant will permanently integrate into place. After the healing process is complete, your dentist will place the abutment onto the implant. This is where the replacement for the visible portion of the tooth — the dental crown — will be attached. At this point, if your jawbone is completely healed, the dental crown is attached to the abutment, and the surgical steps are completed.

Dental implants are considered the best replacement for missing teeth, and with proper care, you can expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime.

Be sure to contact us with any questions and to schedule an appointment!

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