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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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The entire team at Harlow Dental at Steele Creek believes firmly in the importance of patient education. We enjoy taking our time with every patient who sees us to ensure that questions are answered so you can enjoy the best oral health possible.

When you visit our dental office, we are always happy to answer your questions. Our goal is to teach you and your family members how to maintain optimal oral health and how to protect your smiles for life. After all, good oral health is a big part of staying in great overall health.

We hear a lot of the same questions repeated by our dental patients and have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions for your convenience. We, of course, welcome any other questions or concerns you may have. And we are always willing to discuss those with you over the phone or during your next dental appointment.

At Harlow Dental, we encourage you to take advantage of our many years of dental experience. Feel free to ask us questions at any time! 

Dental Implants

image of an animated dental implantMissing Teeth? You Might Need Implants!

If you are missing one or more teeth, you might have been researching dental implants as a replacement option. Many people who come to our Steele Creek, NC practice asking about dental implants want to know whether or not they qualify for them.

The best way to find out for sure if you qualify is to visit the dentist. Dr. Harlow can conduct a thorough examination to find out if your bone is strong enough to support dental implants.

Some of the reasons people may not be eligible for dental implants include:

  • Bone loss. If you have been missing teeth for a while, your bone may have already deteriorated to the point where it cannot support dental implants.
  • Smoking. Although this habit may not disqualify you from getting dental implants, it will significantly reduce the probability of success. Smoking impairs your body’s ability to heal properly, and this can impact the healing process of dental implants.
  • Chemotherapy. If you have ever undergone radiation treatment for cancer, this might impair the ability of your jawbone to bond with the implants. Depending on when you had the chemotherapy, your body might also have a more difficult time healing from the dental implant procedure.

Be sure to talk to your dentist about any of these conditions when seeking advice about dental implants. Often these can be overcome with specific treatment and proper planning. 

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dental implants in charlotte nc When you invest in anything, you want to protect that investment, so it lasts a good long time. This is true of an investment in your oral health when you opt for dental implants as a tooth replacement option. The good news is that caring for dental implants is easy, so if you do it right, your dental investment can last a long time—possibly for the rest of your life.

What actions do I need to consider?

If you practiced good oral hygiene at home before your dental implant, you simply need to continue that after your implant is in place. Brush twice a day—or after each meal—and floss once a day, preferably before bedtime. Although your dental implant cannot develop decay like your natural tooth, maintaining your gum health is crucial to maintaining your dental implant.

Be sure to visit your Charlotte, NC dentist Harlow Dental twice each year to have your dental implants checked over and to have your teeth cleaned. Dr. Harlow will also continue to monitor your gum health to ensure your implant is not compromised.

If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call to make an appointment for a consultation. Find out more about this life-changing tooth replacement option. Call us today!

dental implants graphic in charlotte nc Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime!

Dental implants are designed to last a long time—in fact, they can last a lifetime with proper care. For this reason, they are an investment well worth making for most people.

Dental implants are made up of three components:

  • The implant itself, which takes the place of the tooth root. This is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. After a period of three to six months, the post will integrate into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
  • The abutment, which is the attachment on the dental implant that holds the dental crown, or replacement tooth, in place.
  • The crown, which is the ceramic tooth that attaches to the abutment. It looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.

The abutment and crown, both of which are exposed because they are above the gumline, are at the most risk of becoming damaged. It’s crucial to maintain good oral health with proper home care and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings.

To find out more about dental implants, call our Steele Creek practice Harlow Dental. Dr. Justin Harlow can answer all your questions and determine whether you are a good candidate.

If you have a missing tooth, you may feel overwhelmed by all the tooth replacement options that are available. But with today’s modern dental technology, your dentist in Charlotte, NC has a solution for every lifestyle and budget.woman smiling with dental implants in charlotte nc

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a long-term treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth. Not only do implants look natural and last for many years, your artificial tooth will never move or shift because the implant has “roots” in your jawbone.

The most important benefit of dental implants in Charlotte, NC is that they prevent bone loss and actually stimulate bone growth in your jaw. After your dentist places a medical-grade post in your jaw where the tooth used to be, the post fuses with your existing bone. This process triggers your body to produce more bone rather than reabsorb it, which happens without a tooth present.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns complete the dental implant restoration, allowing your tooth to function normally when chewing and speaking and helping you feel confident about your smile.

Dental Bridges

Another option for tooth replacement is a dental bridge, which is an artificial tooth suspended between two natural teeth. Dental bridges are also very stable, because the two adjacent teeth anchor them firmly in place.

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Image of a dental implant in charlotte ncReceiving 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!

dental implants in charlotte ncNatural Looking Implants at Harlow Dental

The short answer to this question is that nothing comes as close to your natural teeth as a dental implant. Because the dental implant replaces the natural tooth root in the jawbone, these permanent tooth replacements look and function very much like the tooth it is replacing.

There are other benefits to dental implants:

  • Because the dental implant integrates with the jawbone, it protects you from bone loss. Without a dental implant to take the place of a missing tooth root, the jawbone will deteriorate because the body no longer sends nutrients to the area. This is why people who have their missing teeth replaced with dentures develop a “sunken-in” look to their face over time.
  • There are no eating restrictions with dental implants. You can chew all of your favorite crunchy vegetables and juicy steaks without worry. Unlike with dentures, which can move and shift, you will have no concerns about speaking and laughing either.
  • Dental implants are built to last a long time—a lifetime, for many people—with proper care. Caring for dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss, and see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Contact our Charlotte, NC dental practice to talk about improving your quality of life with dental implants.

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