Dental Implants – Charlotte, NC

Replacement Teeth That Give You a Reason to Smile

Whether you’re missing one tooth, a few teeth, or an entire mouthful, you probably spend plenty of time wishing you had your natural teeth back. With dental implants, you can essentially do just that! Dental implants in Charlotte flawlessly recreate the way your original pearly whites looked, felt, and functioned – and they can potentially last a lifetime. And, with the advanced training that Dr. Sergei Shirman has completed, you can have the entire treatment done in one location. Contact our team at Dental Wellness of Charlotte to schedule your consultation!

Why Choose Dental Wellness of Charlotte for Dental Implants?

  • Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment In-Office
  • Ultraprecise Computer-Guided Dental Implant Surgery
  • In-House Dental Membership Plan Makes Saving Easy

What Are Dental Implants?

close up of a woman’s smile with dental implants in Charlotte

Dental implants are currently the only way to replace the roots of missing teeth. An implant itself is a small titanium post that resembles a screw. After it is placed in the jaw during oral surgery, its biocompatible properties encourage the surrounding bone and tissue to grow attached to it, forming a bond that can last for several decades. Then, we can secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture on top, which will complete the visual portion of your smile.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

dentist placing a crown onto a dental implant model

As a graduate of the Engel Implant Institute, Dr. Shirman can conveniently perform every step of the dental implant process right here in our office. Every patient is different, but most can expect to go through four basic phases:

  1. Consultation – During the initial visit, Dr. Shirman will closely examine your mouth and jaw, take X-rays, and draw up a treatment plan.
  2. Dental implant surgery – Thanks to Dr. Shirman’s expertise, you can have the implants surgically placed without needing to travel to a separate specialist’s office.
  3. Osseointegration & abutment placement – The next three to six months will be spent waiting for your jawbone to bond with the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. Then, Dr. Shirman can attach metal connectors called abutments on top of them.
  4. Attachment of final restoration – Finally, your customized prosthetic tooth or teeth will be secured atop your abutments.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Replacement teeth with a success rate of 95% or higher.
  • Potentially permanent replacement teeth.
  • Preserve the density and strength of your jawbone.
  • Prevent alteration of adjacent, healthy teeth.
  • Restore the natural smile once thought to be lost.
  • Offers security and confidence to chew and speak in social settings.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

dentist showing a dental implant to a patient

Countless patients have enjoyed complete smiles again thanks to dental implants. In fact, they can help most adults who are generally healthy and have enough strong jawbone tissue. If that’s not the case currently, we can work to make you an eligible candidate with certain preliminary treatments, such as bone grafting. At that point, Dr. Shirman can develop a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Missing One Tooth

single dental implant with a crown

Bringing back a single missing tooth is as simple as vertically positioning an implant post into the empty space and topping it with an abutment and natural-looking dental crown. Unlike a dental bridge, this option doesn’t require us to remove enamel from any of your remaining teeth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

two dental implants with a dental bridge

To replace several consecutive lost teeth, a dental bridge can be anchored onto two implants that are placed at each end of the gap. Compared to a traditional bridge, an implant bridge is sturdier, longer-lasting, and more conservative since it can support itself without relying on your natural teeth.

Missing All Teeth

four dental implants supporting a full denture

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth on one or both arches, we can recreate all of them by attaching a full denture onto just four to eight implants that are strategically placed along the jaw. With implant dentures, you’ll never need to worry about your prosthetic teeth shifting around.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

dentist discussing the cost of dental implants in Charlotte

Depending on the number of teeth you’re replacing and a host of other factors, the cost of dental implants in Charlotte can vary significantly from one patient to the next. After Dr. Shirman has had the chance to examine your situation, our team can outline your expected treatment costs. We can also go over your payment options, including CareCredit financing and our in-house dental membership plan, which offers a 15% discount on dental implants.

Dental Implant Technology

dentist looking at a patient’s dental X-rays

There are two types of dental implant surgery: freehand and computer-assisted guided surgery. At Dental Wellness of Charlotte, we use guided dental implant surgery, which offers many benefits over the traditional approach, including:

  • Precise placement, especially next to important anatomical structures such as nerves, blood vessels, teeth, and sinuses. Damage to these structures may result in prolonged healing and compromised outcomes.
  • Minimally invasive with less trauma and discomfort.
  • Have you ever been told you have thin bone in your jaw and implant placement cannot be done? Guided surgery allows the placement of implants in areas that weren’t possible before.
  • Better cosmetic outcome. Your new teeth will be placed in such precise ways that they’ll resemble the exact positioning of your old ones.

Dental Implant FAQs

an example of dental implants in Charlotte

If you’re struggling with moderate to severe tooth loss, then dental implants can offer the most complete restoration solution. By rebuilding your pearly whites from the roots up, you’ll be able to enjoy a more durable, stable, and longer-lasting replacement option. Even so, you may want to know as much as you can about the treatment before beginning any procedures. For this reason, our team has taken the time to gather and answer several of the most frequently asked questions about these titanium posts. Keep reading or give our office a call today if you want to learn more about dental implants in Charlotte or if you don’t see the information you’re looking for.  

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Like any other extensive dental procedure, our team will ensure that your mouth is completely numbed with a local anesthetic before beginning any work. This way you won’t feel much or any discomfort throughout your appointment. Additionally, your jawbone doesn’t have a lot of nerve endings, so you shouldn’t have to worry about experiencing pain during your treatment. That said, you may feel some minor soreness for several days after your surgery. Luckily, this should only be temporary and can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medications as well as using a cold compress to alleviate discomfort. If any pain persists or worsens over time, be sure to reach out to us right away for help!

Will I Have to Take Off Work for Dental Implant Surgery?

Most people will only need to take off two to three days of work to undergo their dental implant surgery. This is to ensure that they have plenty of time to rest and promote a smoother recovery process. But if your job is more physically demanding, you might consider taking three to four days off instead. Heavy exercise or strenuous activity will divert blood away from the implant site, which can delay healing and interfere with osseointegration. Dr. Shirman will discuss your situation during your consultation and provide more specific recommendations to ensure you have a comfortable treatment and recovery.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The exact amount of time dental implants can last will mostly depend on the patient’s lifestyle habits and overall health. However, on average, these titanium posts can go as far as several decades to a lifetime! The only way to make the most out of them is to practice proper dental care. This means you’ll want to stick to a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day. You’ll also want to avoid bad oral habits like chewing on ice, using your teeth as tools, and smoking (which can negatively affect your gum and jawbone health). Be sure to schedule routine checkups and cleanings with our team so that we can monitor your smile and address any developing issues we may detect.

Can I Get Dental Implants If I’m Diabetic?

Your chances of dental implant success will be much higher if you have your diabetes under control. Having high blood sugar can significantly slow down your healing process, making it more challenging for your metal posts to integrate with your bone tissue. For this reason, you’ll want to consult your primary care physician about getting your blood sugar levels in check before undergoing a dental implant procedure.