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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you thinking about getting dental implants? Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr. specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry in Shelby, NC. Implants are a smart way to address some of the most common dental conditions. These include:

  • Periodontitis, which is an infection of the gums.
  • Low mineral levels in the jawbone and the teeth.
  • Cancers of the mouth and other oral diseases.

Now that we know some of the cases that might call for dental prosthetics, let’s discuss their benefits. Implants can help you with:

Maintaining proper tooth position

Tooth loss can create spaces between the teeth, allowing food particles to collect and cause further decay. Natural teeth that are still in the mouth can begin to shift from their normal position. Brush diligently and remember to floss as well.

Chewing properly

Activities like eating sandwiches, chewing gum, and talking will be normal again when you get your new dental implants. Not chewing well increases the risk of choking and other gastrointestinal problems. Take extra care as you chew foods until you can visit a dentist. Implants enable you to masticate your meals thoroughly before swallowing.

Easy to use

There is no need to remove and replace them. Implants stay in your mouth as you talk, chew, and sleep.

Changes in speech

The teeth and jawbone support the muscles of the face. A patient’s speech may become distorted due to the lack of teeth. Patients often cause injury to the inside of the mouth as the patient attempts to talk around the flesh of their mouths.

Dental implants can last up to 25 years with these simple techniques:

  • Brushing and flossing twice daily
  • Avoiding extreme temperatures when consuming foods
  • Wearing mouthguards during sports and other activities

For remarkable, considerate care, and dental implants installed by a board-certified dentist, contact Dr. Hendrick in Shelby, NC, at (704) 484-0077 to schedule an appointment.

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.

 

Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call

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!



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