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Harrell Dental Implant Center has and will continue to use universal precautions to protect our patients as well as our staff. But, we have changed a few things. All patients should call or text 980-585-9402 with a description of their vehicles upon arrival. A team member will meet everyone at their vehicle with a COVID-19 questionnaire and a thermometer to check for a fever. If you or anyone you have been around in the last 7-10 days have displayed the following symptoms, please call our office directly to reschedule.
• FEVER • SHORTNESS OF BREATH • LOSS OF SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL • DRY COUGH • RUNNY NOSE • SORE THROAT
If you need a full arch of teeth, the All-on-4 method is your best bet. This breakthrough treatment will totally make over your mouth and no one will even realize that you have prosthetic teeth.
Replace a missing tooth with a single dental implant, the most advanced treatment available. The result will be an artificial tooth that matches the look and function of your natural teeth.
If you have multiple missing teeth, an implant bridge is the optimal method for restoring your smile. Unlike a traditional crown and bridge, you won’t have to sacrifice your healthy teeth in the process.
Don’t put up with the frustration of a loose denture that diminishes your ability to speak clearly or eat certain foods. Anchor your denture with implants and enjoy total function and confidence.
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Before & After Gallery
From single implants to full-mouth makeovers, the patient transformations in our gallery are amazing.
“It is our divine mission to restore hope, to fulfill dreams, and to transform the lives and smiles of God’s good people who seek our care. Our team will treat every person with kindness, humility, and compassion and deliver excellence in everything we do.”
Dr. Robert L. Harrell, DDS
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are the best method available for replacing missing teeth. The treatment requires setting a titanium post directly into the jawbone, then using it to anchor an artificial tooth in place. Setting multiple implants allows for replacing multiple teeth or even a full upper or lower arch. Implants are a permanent solution that match the look and function of real teeth in a way that was never possible before. Because implants are inserted into the jaw, they protect against bone loss (resorption), a critical benefit that no other form of tooth replacement provides.
Anyone with healthy gums and enough bone to support an implant is considered a viable candidate for treatment. Even those who are lacking bone tissue can receive an implant after successful bone grafting. Long-term success with implants is tied to keeping the oral structures healthy, which means daily brushing, flossing and swishing with a germ-fighting mouthrinse. Maintaining regular dental visits is also important.
<li>Implants are the only tooth replacement method that can fully match the bite strength, stability and appearance of real teeth.</li>
<li>Implants are a permanent form of tooth restoration. With proper care they can last a lifetime.</li>
<li>Because implants are placed directly into the jawbone, they protect against bone loss. They are the only type of restoration with this game-changing advantage.</li>
<li>Implants won’t slip when you are speaking, laughing or eating.</li>
<li>There are no off-limits foods with implants. Hard or sticky items that must be avoided with dentures are no issue with implants.</li>
<li>Cleaning implants requires no special care beyond regular daily brushing, flossing and swishing with a germ-fighting mouthrinse.</li>
<li>implants have a 95 percent success rate after the first five years.</li>
As with any medical procedure there are a number of conditions that influence the cost. At Harrell Dental Implant Center we are dedicated to offering the best in dental services while remaining a competitively priced provider of implants. To get a more detailed idea of implant costs, click here.
Most dental insurance plans will not cover the full cost of dental implants so additional financing may need to be obtained. We have partnered with CareCredit, who offer some 0% financing plans as well as other options. To find out more, click here.
The crowns that are used to create artificial teeth for implants are milled from dental porcelain. This material is extremely strong, easily sculpted and can be adjusted to any shade. Once completed, your implants will fully match your existing natural teeth in size, shape and color. No one will be able to tell that you previously had missing teeth or that you replaced them with dental implants. Your smile will look completely natural.
The journey to receiving implants begins with a comprehensive oral exam that includes taking X-rays and capturing digital 3D scans.
At the next appointment, the implant(s) are surgically inserted into your jawbone where teeth are missing. Pain is managed with local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the scope of the procedure and your level of comfort. Post-implant discomfort is similar to any other dental surgery and can usually be managed with low-dose pain medication. Swelling and bruising may also be present.
Many patients are able to return to their normal activities the day after implantation with little to no discomfort. This includes returning to work.
Osseointegration, the process of the implant fusing with the jawbone, occurs over the next few months. During this time you will have follow-up visits as ordered by the dentist to monitor your healing.
The entire process can take 3 to 9 months, with a shorter timeline being more typical.
You may be surprised to learn that the age restrictions for implants are only applicable for individuals who are too young. The procedure requires a fully developed jaw, so patients must be around 17 or 18 years old to qualify. Looking at the question from the other direction, there is no upper age limit for receiving dental implants. They have proven to be successful for patients into their 90s. The only consideration is the general health of the individual. Since half of Americans over 65 have at least one missing tooth, this is actually a prime demographic for implant treatment.
There are several dental implant variations that can be beneficial in a full-mouth reconstruction. Several teeth can be replaced with only two posts, or an entire arch of teeth may be seated on only four posts, a method known as “All-on-4.”
The frequency of your dental visits after receiving implants will coincide with the scope of your treatment and the presence of any postoperative complications. The dentist will make this determination based on the best standard of care for your particular situation. In the absence of any issues, you may generally expect to see the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings.
Each patient’s experience is unique, but getting implants is often said to be less painful than a tooth extraction. Local anesthesia or IV sedation will keep you comfortable during the surgery. Afterward, you may need prescribed pain medication, although many patients can manage their discomfort with over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Patients typically feel well enough to return to work the day after treatment.
Most patients report experiencing less postoperative pain than they anticipated. Between the anesthesia that is administered during treatment and the prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers that can be taken afterward, patients typically feel well enough to return to work the day after surgery.
An All-on-4 implant is used to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. It is an extremely strong titanium-based appliance that is anchored in place by 4 (and sometimes more) implants, which is where it gets its name. It is arguably the greatest advance in dental treatment in recent decades. Patients without teeth (“edentulous”) can now have them replaced with an option that fully matches the function and appearance of natural teeth. This is a total game-changer. Before the arrival of the All-on-4, patients had to rely on dentures to have teeth. This was an unsatisfactory solution to a significant problem.
Traditional dentures are no match for the All-on-4 when it comes to bite strength, stability or appearance. Because they are supported by posts anchored directly into the jawbone, All-on-4 implants are perfectly suited for the rigors of daily use. This includes the freedom to enjoy hard or sticky foods that must be avoided with dentures.
Unlike dentures, an All-on-4 implant is permanently fixed in the mouth. Only your dentist can remove it. No one will know you have artificial teeth; and, no one will ever find them soaking in a cup.
The artificial teeth attached to an All-on-4 implant are much more lifelike than traditional dentures. The crowns of an All-on-4 are made of the highest grade of dental porcelain, a material that is extremely strong, easily sculpted and can be adjusted to any shade.
In general, implants are more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, including dentures. In the long-term, however, implants are the better value. When properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. Dentures will need to be replaced multiple times over the same period, increasing their total cost significantly. Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover dental implants. To assist with this, we are happy to connect you with multiple healthcare credit companies that offer low- or no-interest loans for implant treatment. Let us know if you are interested in this service.
Harrell Dental Implant Center is located at 7820 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy in Charlotte. From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Get on I-485 Outer in 2, Berryhill from Old Dowd Rd and US-29 S/US-74 W/Wilkinson Blvd then Follow I-485 Outer to Rea Rd in Charlotte. Take exit 59 from I-485 Outer then after about 17 miles Merge onto Rea Rd then turn left onto Piper Station Dr then make the first right by the Uwharrie bank and then the first left. Harrell Dental Implant Center will be on your right, lower level of the building. For additional questions, you can call us at (704) 206-1330 or you can find us on Yelp and Facebook