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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
November 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you missing teeth? Perhaps you have experienced dental trauma or injury and never had the tooth repaired, or maybe you're guilty of Dental Implantpoor oral hygiene, and they fell out because of dental disease and decay. Regardless of why your teeth are gone, dental implants are a permanent solution to restore your smile to its natural function and beautiful appearance. If you live near Shelby, NC, and are considering dental implants, your dentist, Joseph R. Hendrick Jr., DDS, PA, is ready to help you begin the process!

 

How Can Dental Implants Restore My Smile?

These small titanium posts are placed directly into your jawbone in order to functionally replace your missing tooth roots. Following installation, the implants are topped with a porcelain crown, thus producing a beautiful look as well as long-lasting stability. With dental implants, you can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth, depending on your case. You're also likely to notice a significant improvement in your chewing abilities, regain confidence while speaking, and display a refined facial appearance. Dental implants are durable and can last many years when properly maintained.

 

What Can I Expect from the Dental Implant Procedure?

Here at our Shelby office, your dentist will determine if you are eligible for implants during a consultation. To begin, you must have adequate bone in the mouth and healthy gums to entirely support the implant. There are two different types of dental implants that we offer at our Shelby, NC, office. Together we can decide which one will be best for you. You must maintain a rigorous oral care routine and schedule regular dental visits to ensure the health of the implant.

 

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If you're exhausted from struggling with missing teeth and live in the Shelby, NC, area, visit Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA, to discuss restoring your smile with dental implants. To learn more about general, cosmetic, and other restorative services, visit our website. For questions, concerns, or to schedule a consultation with your dentist, please call (704) 484-0077 or (704) 482-8336.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you're like most people in the United States, you've probably seen or heard advertisements for dental implants. These tooth restorations are quickly gaining in popularity everywhere, including Dr. Joseph Hendrick Jr.'s dental practice in Shelby, NC. Dr. Hendrick Jr. is here to explain two of the many reasons why dental implants have become so popular for both dentists and patients.

More stability

Dental implants from your Shelby dentist are an investment in the future of your dental health. That's because the structure of the dental implant mimics that of a natural tooth, allowing the rest of your teeth to continue functioning normally. When you have a gap from a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of it begin to gradually shift out of place in an effort to "find" the tooth that once resided next to them. In the same way, the tooth directly above the gap begins to move downward. This can cause a chain reaction of misalignment and further tooth loss. But because of the way the post is imbedded in your jawbone, the body treats dental implants as an authentic part of your dentition.

Less maintenance

One of the reasons that people hold off on replacing their missing teeth with restorations is because of the labor-intensity. Dentures require frequent removal for cleaning and need to be adjusted to compensate for the regression of the bone underneath the gum ridges. Crowns and bridges stay in place, but are only designed to last five to 15 years before needing replacement or repair. Dental implants, however, never need to be taken out or adjusted. The permanence of the post, as we've discussed, keeps the bones and teeth functioning properly for decades to come. As long as you care for your gums and remaining natural teeth, your dental implant from Dr. Hendrick Jr., your Shelby, NC, dentist, can last as long as 25 years before needing maintenance.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hendrick Jr. and learn more about dental implants, contact our dental office in Shelby, NC, today!

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
July 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
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Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.

Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.

The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.

Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.

Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.

Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.

These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.

If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsAre you in need of a dental implant?

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that helps restore missing teeth. Your dentist in Shelby, NC, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, is here to help and advise you!

What's a dental implant?

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following:

  • A local anesthetic is applied to the necessary area
  • Your doctor drills into the jawbone, then insert a titanium post (a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue).
  • The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course (the titanium post that acts as the new tooth root fuses with the rest of the bone).
  • When you return, your Shelby dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Joseph Hendrick can help you out. Call his office, located in Shelby, NC, at (704) 484-0077 to make an appoint today!

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
April 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
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Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.

That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.

The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.

While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.

We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.

We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.

There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”



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