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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make you self-conscious in your social, romantic, and professional life. It can also lead to other dental issues.

We can restore your smile with dental implants that hold a tooth, bridge, or full denture securely in place. 

Learn why implant-supported restorations are the optimal method for tooth replacement at ​South Point Family Dentistry in Belmont, NC...

Top Four Benefits of Dental Implants The Best Solution for Missing Teeth 

Strong and Durable 

Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium and are built to last for decades. Although the crowns, bridges, or dentures that are fastened to your implants will eventually need to be replaced, the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.

Support the Jawbone

When you lose a tooth, your jawbone loses stimulation from the tooth root, which is the signal your body relies on to grow replacement bone. Over time, this can cause oral health problems and eventually give your face a sunken or aged look. Implants act as artificial tooth roots, encouraging healthy bone tissue growth, and preventing jaw recession. 

Improve Your Quality of Life

Tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious, as well as impact your ability to eat foods you enjoy. Speaking clearly may also become a problem. Implant-supported restorations will function like the real teeth you were born with, restoring your ability to chew and speak clearly. 

Offer Natural-Looking Results

Dental implants can be used to restore a single tooth, a series of teeth, or even a full denture, filling in the gaps with restorations as beautiful as your natural teeth. Denture wearers will be especially pleased with an implant's ability to hold a denture securely in place, ending embarrassing mishaps caused when traditional dentures slip out of place.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium rods that are inserted in the jawbone in the gaps left by missing teeth. The titanium posts fuse with the bone tissue, serving as artificial tooth roots. Dental restorations are then attached to the implants to replace your natural teeth. 

A Closer Look at Dental Implant Treatment

We invite our Belmont patients to watch this video animation to see how this revolutionary procedure works.
 

Are You Ready to Get Started on Treatment? Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation Today

Dental implants can be a truly life-changing treatment for patients suffering from tooth loss. The immediate and long-term results are far superior to traditional prosthetics. If you are interested in finding out if implant treatment can work for you, then schedule a consultation with our dentist today. Please contact our Belmont, NC, practice by calling: 

(704) 825-5111

Reviewers Agree  Dr. McCord Is the "Best Dentist" 

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Charlesana Ashton

2018

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Dr. Gary McCord at South Point Family Dentistry is the best dentist I have ever gone to!  I have been going to him for over 10 years.  The staff is amazing!  I have had everything done from fillings to implants and there have never been any problems.  We just finished my second implant and I am so happy with the results!  Recommend this practice 100%!

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Douglas Banks

2020

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Dr. Gary McCord is nothing short of AWESOME! He is by far the BEST Dentist I have ever been to. He sets the tone for his office by always being upbeat, positive, happy, and outgoing! He always makes sure you are comfortable during a dental procedure and explains everything slowly and thoroughly. He takes his time with you and makes you feel like you are his only patient. He genuinely cares about your dental health...

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me? Issues That May Affect Your Candidacy

Most dental patients visiting South Point Family Dentistry from Belmont, Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding area are happy to discover that they can qualify for implants. Those who don't can improve their chances of qualifying by undergoing some additional dental treatments. If you think you may have problems that limit your candidacy for dental implants, we recommend requesting a consultation at our dentistry practice. Our dentists are happy to discuss possible solutions or recommend alternative methods for restoring your smile. 

Poor Bone Density

If you have been missing teeth for some time, the bone may have diminished due to a lack of stimulation from the tooth; this means it may be too weak to support implants. One solution is to undergo a bone grafting procedure to restore the lost bone.

Gum Infection

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, needs to be remedied before implant surgery. If you have gum disease, you will need to undergo treatment at our Belmont practice before implants can be placed. 

Smoking

Smoking can negatively impact your ability to heal after surgery, and it increases the risk of implant failure. At a minimum, you should stop smoking for a period of time before and after implant surgery and we highly recommend that you stop smoking entirely. 

Poor Health

If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or other autoimmune disorders, be sure to discuss your health problems with a dentist during a consultation. On the plus side, patients with their diabetes under control can have success rates equal to those who do not have diabetes

The Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

The dental implant procedure involves three primary steps that take place over a span of about six months. Here is what you can expect during treatment...
Using a blend of artistry and scientific technique, our dentists can design implant-supported restorations that look virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Using a blend of artistry and scientific technique, our dentists can design implant-supported restorations that look virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Implant Surgery

You will begin treatment with a surgical procedure to place the dental implant posts into the jaw. We will help you coordinate this step with a trusted oral surgeon to ensure the best possible results. Over the next several months the implants will fuse to your jaw tissue in a process known as osseointegration. 

Abutments

Once osseointegration is complete, you will undergo a second minor oral surgery to attach abutments. Abutments are small fixtures that connect your prosthetic to the implant posts. After this procedure, we allow a few weeks time for your gums to heal before moving on to the final steps. 

Restoration

Once you recover, you will schedule your final appointment at our Belmont dental office. At this time we can attach your permanent implant-supported restoration. Your restoration will come in the form of a crown, bridge, or denture, which is custom-made to resemble your natural teeth. 

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"Thanks so much to the entire team at South Point Family Dentistry. My mom's experience has been nothing short of amazing! The competence exhibited together with the compassion shown was wonderful. I will forever be grateful!" Karen Hatcher

Customizing Your Restoration

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Our Belmont team will customize every aspect of your implant-supported restoration based on your unique needs and preferences.

After determining if a crown, bridge, or denture is most suitable for your smile, we will discuss various materials for your prosthetic. Porcelain and ceramic are popular options that mimic the qualities of natural tooth enamel. Another option is a prosthetic that combines porcelain outer layers with a metal core for increased durability.

In addition to the materials, we also carefully customize the aesthetics of your restoration. Using a blend of artistry and scientific technique, your dentist will design the prosthetic to look virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. We are happy to hear your opinions and preferences during this process. Our goal is to use our skills to provide results that exceed your expectations. 

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Have you ever had a doctor or dentist make you feel rushed, or not heard? Unfortunately, this kind of experience is all too common. We assure you that things are done differently at South Point Family Dentistry...

We Put Patients First

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Personalized service is our utmost priority. We believe in building a trusting relationship with each patient based on honest communication and mutual respect. Please know that under our care you will be given the time and attention you deserve. 

If this sounds like the type of care you are looking for with your dental implant treatment, we encourage you to request a consultation at our Belmont practice. Contact our office today by calling:

(704) 825-5111

"They go above and beyond!"

Dr. McCord and his staff are very friendly and personable!  They take the time to get to know you and care about you as a person.  Not only do they go the extra mile to take care of your dental needs, but your overall well-being!
 
Tonya Bumgardner

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the main advantages of dental implants over traditional restorative methods is longevity. Implant-supported restorations can often be used for 15 years or longer before needing replacement. Meanwhile, the titanium implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper dental care and maintenance. 

It is important to take these factors into account when considering implants. While implants may be expensive up front, they come with much higher value and long-term savings opportunities. If you have any questions about what to expect from your treatment, please contact our Belmont, NC, office.

Do You Have Other Dental Concerns
Along With Missing Teeth?

Consider a Full Mouth Reconstruction

It is fairly common for patients to have additional oral health conditions along with missing teeth. In these cases, we may recommend a custom full mouth reconstruction. A full mouth reconstruction combines multiple restorative techniques into one streamlined treatment plan.  This allows you to take care of all your dental needs in the most efficient way possible.

If you are already considering treatment with dental implants, please read more about full mouth reconstruction to see if you are a good candidate. 

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South Point Family Dentistry

Drs. Gary McCord, Christopher Maino, Ashley Starr, and Dr. Matthew Rodda are highly trained dentists who combine advanced training and compassionate care to help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. They are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

We work with most insurance plans and offer financing. To visit our office, request an appointment online or call us at (704) 825-5111.

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