Replacing Missing Teeth with Mini Dental Implants with Louisburg, NC Dentist Dr. James G. Hardy

Replacing Missing Teeth with Mini Dental Implants  with Louisburg, NC Dentist Dr. James G. Hardy

– You’re watching the Wellness Hour, news that makes you healthier. I’m Randy Alvarez. Toady’s topic, replacing missing teeth with small diameter or
mini dental implants. With us we have an expert on the topic, Dr. James Hardy. Dr. Hardy, welcome to the program. – Thank you, Randy. I’m glad to be here, excited
about this opportunity. – Alright, great. Now I know you brought a lot of photos, so we’ll get to as many
of those as possible. Now for people that
don’t know your practice, ’cause I know you do more
than just implant dentistry. But who’s the typical mini
dental implant patient you see? – The typical patient is
a patient that comes in and he has had problems with bad breath, had problems with loose teeth, had problems with people telling him, his family, his wife might have said that, “I want you to get something done because at night your
gums have been bleeding and you have issues with breath.” That’s a typical patient. He’s heading for a denture. That patient don’t know
what his options are. He comes in to see us and he says, “what can you do for me?” – But they don’t want dentures. I mean the people that go to you are trying to avoid dentures. – They don’t want dentures. – Okay. – Those people don’t want dentures. They want something other than a denture because their parents had dentures, and they don’t wanna go there. They’ve see what they do to them. So they’re saying, “doc,
what can you do for us other than a denture? What can you do for me other
than wearing a denture?” So it’s hard to get the
people in, that second group. They are denture patients. They have dentures. They think they don’t
need to go to the dentist because I don’t have any teeth, so there’s nothing that
they can do for me. But those patients don’t
know what we have to offer. They have suffered and gotten
by with what they have, and they just say there’s no hope. That patient is the one
that we need to see. There are millions of those out there that have dentures in
Raleigh, Louisburg area. You have about ten times the
people that have dentures that could fill up RBC’s stadium. That’s who we have with dentures. – Really? So I mean there’s
like tens of thousands of people wearing an upper lower
denture where you are? – There are tens of thousands, absolutely. We see people every
day that have dentures. Their parents and their
grandparents have dentures. And some of them think
that that’s their only hope because that’s the way things happen. My parent has dentures and
my family has dentures, so I’m gonna have a denture. But they really don’t want it. They just think that that’s
the option that they have. For these denture wearers, we can do number of different things. We can put in two teeth, two implants that let their teeth
snap in with a denture, makes it more stable. Or we can move toward four or more teeth that makes it even more locked in, make teeth that stayed in more permanent. And those people have a excellent time enjoying their food and
a better quality of life. – So if it’s so good, if dental implants, mini
implants are so good, why aren’t they all doing it? Why aren’t all these
denture wearers coming in to get it done? – Well, Randy, they don’t come in because they have dentures. They don’t think they
need to go to the dentist. There’s no reason for them to come in, and they feel like that’s their last time they have to go to the dentist, ’cause they got dentures. – Okay, so they don’t know their options. – They don’t know their options. They have no idea what’s offered now or what the new things
that are out there for them to make them better. Another reason why these
people don’t come in, let’s look at their life before
they’re dentures wearers. They went through all this pain, they had a root canal that failed, they had loose teeth that had to come out, they did all these things. And then they ended up
with needing an denture. So why would they ever want
to come see me at this point? – They don’t wanna come
back to the dentist. – That’s right. – Do you ever hear that? Like, “no offense Dr. Hardy, but I just don’t like the dentist.” – I hear it all the time. Probably eight out of ten people wish they didn’t have
to go to the dentist. – How old can you be to get
a brand new set of teeth supported by dental implants? – You can be up to in
the 90s if you have to. We treat people from
teenagers and their 20s if they have to, up to 100 years old. One of my oldest patients was 95. – Why would a 95 year old wanna do this? – Because she wanted to be able to eat. She wanted to go out to the restaurant. She had a sister that was 92. they would go out together, and she would be embarrassed when she had lunch and dinner engagements and parties when they have the grandkids. They want to go out and each with them. They want to enjoy these
times of their lives. So they still need teeth,
and they want to eat. – Now, when you do this procedure, lot of pre-planning first. But on the day of the procedure, they can literally walk in,
this is what you told me. They can walk in without teeth and walk out with teeth. Really? – They absolutely can. They can walk in that day, and we do this on a
regular basis every week. They walk in without teeth, and they walk out with teeth that they can function, they can eat with, and they can smile. – How soon can they eat? That night?
– They can eat that night. Absolutely.
– Really? – They absolutely do. And they come back, we
see them in a day or two and they come back and
they are so excited. They are so excited that they ate a steak or they ate a salad, or they
even ate carrots or some nuts, ate an apple, that they
haven’t done in 30 years. – You like mini implants. You also do regular implants, but mini implants you say
are almost half the cost. They’re smaller. I’ve had experts on the program that say, “Randy, mini implants are too small.” What is your response to that? – Well. – They don’t work, they say. – You know, Randy, that’s
really not true anymore. That’s the past thinking. Dental mini implants are just as well, we’ve had studies done,
research done by Dr. Shatkin. There have been over
600 cases that he did, and the results were about 94% successful, just similar to the regular implants. So these have been proven
to be just as well, just as good as an opportunity. Also, less invasive, more affordable, the patient can eat,
less surgical procedures. It’s one of the options
that we offer our patients that they really enjoy. And we’ve got hundreds of them now that are enjoying their mini implants. – Now back to the denture
wearers for just a second. – Yes. – Isn’t it true if you’ve
been wearing a denture for like 20 years, you can’t do this because you don’t have enough bone. – Oh, no. That’s not true. People that have been wearing
dentures for 20 years, we can do a lot for them, because the mini implant is
smaller, smaller diameter. We’re able to fix that
into the gums and bone where they have it and make them have a happier time, be able to eat more what they want to eat. So no, we see a lot people
that have been wearing dentures 20, 30, 40 years, and we still do a service for them. I had this lady that came in. She asked me a lot of questions like, “Dr. Hardy, can you do this? Am I a candidate? Am I gonna really be able to eat with what you are gonna be doing for me? – She was a denture wearer? – She was a denture wearer. And I said, “yes, absolutely.” This lady, once we got started, once we finished her case, she came back and hugged me and cried. – Wow.
– This lady came back and said that, “I’m gonna
want you to see my sister because she’s got the same problem. My sister waited for me to finish. Now I’m finished.” She said, “look, I want
you to fix my family.” And it changed her life, because she was able to go out and do some public speaking that she had been trying to do for years. Now she’s able to go out
and get that job she wanted. Now she’s able to go
out and help the folks that she wanted to help
in the public speaking. And now she’s also going
to help her family. We were able to do that for her, but also that transcended to
other members of the family. That’s what we can do
for those kind of people. So with her, all we did was
had brand new set of teeth, upper and lower, they locked in. She had a beautiful smile. She wanted a white Hollywood smile. And then she’s excellent,
happy with what she has. – Now do they tell you
eating stories all the time? Like, do they say, “Doc,
are you sure I can eat this? Or are you sure I could eat that?” – Absolutely, they tell us they got things that they wanna eat. They wanna eat apples. They wanna be able to eat corn on the cob. They wanna eat peanuts or a steak. A steak is one of the top items. And they’re able to eat
all of those things. – At first they have
to take it easy though. – Yes, they take it easy. They take it slow. But as time go one, they’re able to eat. And they come back and they’re so excited. Life changing for them. – Okay you brought some photos. What are we looking at? – Randy, this gentleman right here. He came to see me, and he came because he had bleeding gums. He couldn’t eat, loose teeth. And he wanted to get this replaced, but he didn’t know what his options were. He said to me, “Doc, I
don’t want a denture.” He said, “I don’t wanna go there, ’cause my dad had that. What else can you do for me?” And so, what we did is that took the C.T. scan, we looked at his bone, ’cause he was worried that he
didn’t have enough bone left, ’cause he had a lot of gum disease. So for him, we were able
to get him a brand new set of teeth that don’t
come out, that locks in, and that’s what he wanted. Now he can smile. Now he can eat that corn on the cob. Now he can kiss his wife. But take a look at this after.
– Very nice. – You can see that he has a nice smile. He has a beautiful set of teeth that are there, that don’t
come out, that are locked in. And now he’s much more happier because he can eat and enjoy his life and go out to dinner with is wife. – Now when they look at that mirror, like they get their new teeth, and they look at their
mirror for the first time, you say it’s very emotional
for many of these people. – It is. When he looked at a mirror, he
almost broke down and cried. His wife, when she saw him the first time, she said, “is that my honey?” – She had a little name
that she would call him, but she was so excited. Both of them would come every time, and that was exciting to see how he was so emotional. He hugged us. He’s like, “my life has changed.” as a matter of fact, I run into this guy at a football game. He was at the homecoming of
St. Augustine University, where he met his wife, and he was enjoying his smile. He told his wife, actually
his sister was with him. He said, “that’s the dentist
that you need to see, because that’s who did my teeth.” And that’s what’s exciting. And me and him had a good time, but it was exciting to see somebody with that kind of attitude
once he’s changed his life and got a better teeth to work with. – Now you say it’s more than just teeth. I’m mean, look, you’re a dentist. Of course, it doesn’t surprise me to hear that you think it’s like one
of the most important things. How important is it? – Teeth are so important. You take Hollywood. When they wanna make a person look bad, they take out one of their teeth. – Yeah. – And when they want
somebody to look homeless, you might have one or two teeth missing. So people with bad teeth, they look like they economically – Like they’re poor.
– They’re poor. They look like they don’t, you know, they look like they’re dirty. They look like you don’t
wanna be with them, look like something is wrong. – Do you think, because we
talked in the green room, people with bad teeth are judged? – That’s right. – You say they’re not poor, the ones that come to your practice. – Absolutely they’re not. One of the things that happen is, these people, you don’t even know that their teeth are that bad, because they have a way that they have been hiding it for years. They don’t smile. I had a lady that come in, she said, “Dr. Hardy, I
haven’t smiled in 36 years.” And I was like, “are you kidding?” She said, “no, because
my teeth have been so bad and I haven’t enjoyed myself, I have no pictures where I was smiling. I didn’t wanna smile.” So that is the thing that we look at. People that change their life, teeth do that to them. They get better jobs. They have more – Because their self-confidence goes up. – Self confidence goes up. I had a lady last week she said, “I’m on a job, I see
public people every day. But my confidence is down
because my front tooth is broken off and I need some help. I want an implant.” She needs to be helped
because she needs a job, first of all, but she said, “look, I
have low self-confidence. I don’t wanna see anybody. I don’t wanna go out. My husband said I don’t
wanna go out any more.” So he actually brought her, which is the other way
around most of the time. He wanted her to come see us. He got tired of the
complaints that she had of being in pain, but she was afraid. The fear factor is
another big part of that. – Yeah. – People don’t wanna go to the dentist because they think dentist
gonna be painful and hurt. But we tell them that, first of all, we listen, we make sure there’s no pain, we make sure you’re comfortable. That’s part of our philosophy. – So a lot of these people
are sedation, right? – Absolutely.
– I mean, almost everybody gets sedation. – Almost everybody gets
sedation if they need to. Some people say, “I don’t need it.” But if they need any kind of sedation, you take that gentleman there. He had sedation. He woke up, it was all over,
he had beautiful teeth. – Well that seems like the only way to go. – Well it’s one of the only ways to go because most people don’t
wanna know what we’re doing. Like we said,
– Just go in there and relax. – Go in there, relax, we
have our music playing. I have oldies and goodies
playing, I have a good time. Yes, and believe it or not, the young folk that come to see us, they
like the oldie and goodies ’cause they say, “my
dad played this music, we need to stay with it.” I had classical playing
one time, which is okay. But, people like this, and they said, “look, you know what, I
enjoyed coming to the dentist.” Which is unbelievable,
but that’s the experience we give them. We want them to have a good time, but we also want them
to have a good result. That’s the number one. The good end product
is the number one thing that we want them to have. Go back to your question about
how important a smile is. Let me give you an example. You got two sisters, one with
a beautiful smile, nice teeth. The other one may have a gap in her mouth. And there’s one that like to smile, and it may be the one that has the gap, but the other one doesn’t. Who do you think might get the job? – I guess the one that
looks happier and confident. – Absolutely, one that’s
happier and confident. People want happy,
confident people around them as they work every day. They make the job go better. The relationship with
their clients go better, ’cause they want somebody that up tone. And that’s what I want
in my office as well, and that’s who we have a the office. People come to my office, they said, “I enjoy your staff because they listen to
me and they are happy, you feel like you got a happy office.” And that’s a requirement we have it’s show time, you gotta be
happy when you come there. And that’s the way we have,
we have fun every day. – Now, let’s talk about gum disease, you know the bleeding
gums, the bad breath, the loose teeth. If your gums are bad, you cannot do this? I mean, your gums won’t hold the implants? How’s that work? – Oh, Randy. We see patients all the
time that have gum disease, that have bone loss. But we have methods for that, because when we remove
these infected teeth, the gum disease go away,
we have healed gums, and then we put the implants in. And implants also help maintain bone, so we got bone that’s maintained, the infected gums are gone, and we have a nice, healthy
smile, nice healed gums. Going back to that guy, he could eat whatever he wants. His gums are in good shape. He can eat and smile. He’s enjoying life right now. Now let me show you this next patient. Now this guy represents a bunch of people. He came to see us, and
he didn’t want dentures. He told me when he first talked to me, he said, “I don’t want my
teeth to be able to come out.” But he’d had a lot of gum disease. He had a lot of bone loss. We were talking about bone
loss and the bleeding gums. This is a typical patient. – That’s gotta be unusual
though, when I see that. – Well it is unusual, but it’s not. Because we see that every day. We see people like this
all over the country. You know, you don’t see them smile, that’s why you don’t see it in public. They don’t smile, they’ve
learned how to hide it. This guy is a professional. He works with the public,
but they don’t know that it’s like this inside his mouth. – So they don’t smile, so people think like they’re grumpy or
bad mood or a tough guy. – That’s right.
– And this is men and women have the same situation. – Have the same situation. People might think he’s
grumpy, but he’s not. He wants to be able to smile. He wants to be able to do more at his job, to have a better performance, because he didn’t perform as well because people thought
he was a little grumpy. He see the public coming in every day. Now, what he asked me
is, “can you help me?” And my answer was, once
we saw the C.T. scan, is, “yes, we can help you.” Now he said this, “I don’t
want my teeth coming out. I want to be able to
put some teeth locked in that don’t come out. He thought he didn’t have enough bone. And again, we see this all the time. But you know what, once we
looked at it, he had enough bone. We were able to put in
upper and lower fixed teeth that don’t come out. He’s smiling now. He has a opportunity to see
his customers and clients. And if you look at that
smile and compare that to where he was, now he opens. Before, he didn’t ever open his mouth. And they, matter of fact, where he works, they said that he’s doing so much better And he offered to bring me
and take me to football games, give me season tickets because
of what we’ve done for him. That’s exciting. That’s why we do what we do. Now he’s like me and you. He doesn’t have to hide his teeth. He can just do what he normally do. He can just brush them. He don’t even have to
worry about them coming out because that was one
of his other problems. He had one or two was
just about to fall out, and he was worried about
losing it in his sleep. This patient now is so
excited that he doesn’t have to worry about teeth. He can wear them, he can
do whatever he wants to and eat what he wants to. – So for people that go to you, and you talked at the
beginning of the show, the two categories of the
mini implant patients. Those people that have teeth,
but you can’t save them and they have to be extracted, and they have an option, dentures or new teeth with mini implants. And then you have the denture wearer. So when they’re in your office, what are their options when
it comes to mini implants? Like what do you offer them? – So with mini implants, what we do is we give them four or six mini implants that we place. We get them a full set of teeth that can snap in and be firm, and they can eat what they want. And then we give them six at
the top so they can snap in. And they have a set that they can wear and they can eat what they
then want to eat all the time, the corn on the cob, that steak, or that carrot, that salad. These are the things that they can eat. And they are so excited about that. It’s one of the things
that make us excited to come to work. These people have changed their life because of what we can do for them. Now the next level up
is what everybody wants, the teeth that don’t come out, like this gentleman did. He wanted teeth that stayed in. What we do is we do four or six regular implants or
minis, and we put them in. They don’t come out, they are secure. You can eat anything you want. Same thing in the upper, six or eight. They are secure, they are
stable, they don’t come out. They are permanent, and
the patient love them. This is their third set of teeth actually. – Okay, third set of teeth.
– This is what it does. – That’s right, that’s
a way to look at it. You got a third set of teeth. Most people at this stage
of their life tell me, “Doc, I’ve got the chance now that I can have good set of teeth. I want to be able to be happy with eating. I don’t wanna worry about it. I’ve been waiting all my life to smile.” I had a lady say, “I’ve been waiting.” Can you imagine waiting
all your life to smile? You’ve lost some of the
time that you could’ve been. There are people now that,
if they come in to see us, they can change that right now. – A lot of these people are flying in or traveling great distances to see you. Is that right? – Absolutely. A matter of fact, I got
a lady that called me just this week, and I
had sorta forgot that she wanted so see us. She came a few months ago, and she said, “I saw somebody that you
fixed them with mini implants. And I liked what you did,
and I wanna see you.” As we talked, and I said, “okay, well you can come back next week.” She says, “no, I can’t
come back next week.” I said, “why?” “Because I live in Pennsylvania .” We’re in North Carolina. I said, “but you still
wanna come that far, are you gonna fly?” She said, “I wanna fly in from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see you guys. Well, it’s been some months
so I had forgot about her. She called me last week and said, “look, I’m ready.”
– Ready to do it. – She ready to do it, she wants to fly in. Matter of fact, she’s coming in to start next week to get started. We’ve already set it up,
my office told me today. So I had another guy,
he was three hours away. And actually when we
talked to him on the phone, I said, “where are you?” He said, “I’m in South Carolina.” I said, “you’re a way away.” He said, “yeah, but I’m still coming, I’ll be there in two
and half, three hours.” – What was his problem? – His was problem was he
had teeth that were loosed and dentures that he couldn’t wear. He’d had three sets of dentures. He couldn’t wear any of them, and he said, “can you help me, because I can’t eat, I can’t smile, I work with the public, I’m in a mess.” So with him, he comes in, in one day we give him a
brand new set of teeth, upper and lower, and he’s been having a ball ever since. He’s been enjoying himself. He’s actually got another
job, he got a contract with a larger company,
and he’s a mechanic. And he enjoys what he’s doing now. – All because of this teeth? Or self-confidence, I guess. – The confidence got
him this new contract. Because before, he was
just in his mechanic shop. He didn’t go out, but
once he got his teeth, can smile and can eat,
he feels better too. You think about it, when you can chew you can digest your food. He had issues with digestion. Now he can do it and chew and eat. It makes a big difference. Just with teeth has
changed his life that much. – Now we have to mention, Medicaid doesn’t cover this,
Medicare doesn’t cover this. Even the best dental insurance only covers like practically nothing
for mini implants. – Yes, but Randy, you know
most insurance don’t cover it, but we do financing every day. It’s part of what we do. Most patients that come in,
they asked us about how to, they’re worried about to
be able to pay for it, and we have third party companies that if they have decent
credit, they get it covered with financing. – So you don’t carry
it, but you have lenders that will lend for dental procedures. – Absolutely. – And really, people are doing this a lot. – Absolutely. Probably a large percentage of these folks are getting it covered with
lenders that lend just for that. They specialize in lending
for dental procedures. And it’s huge for people to
be able to afford to do that. They have monthly payments,
make it more affordable. And they don’t have to worry about that huge amount right up front. They can spread it out over
time with these lenders. And it works excellent. It’s one of the best things
we got going, actually. And these folks are able to come in and afford to get these
mini dental implants, to get new set of teeth, upper and lowers, be able to eat. And they’re able to do what
they thought they couldn’t, because they didn’t know. We invite them to come and see. – Now we have to mention, I guess the way you do it at your center, we have about two minutes left, is normally, implants
are done, mini implants. You go to one guy that does the surgery, another doctor that puts the teeth on top, maybe somewhere else for the imaging. I guess you guys do it all
right there, under one roof. – We do it all right there under one roof. We decided that that’s
what we wanted to do. We’ve been doing surgery for many years, the dental surgery part. We do the restorative part of it. We’ve got lots of experience in doing both all the procedures right
there in our office. And people like it because
they don’t have to go to one place to another
one to try to get it done. One roof. We got a guy, story. He called me this week, and I said look, he was in Charlotte and he said, “look, I’m coming to see you.” And I said, “well, who referred you?” He said, “we looked
online, we saw what you do. You are all in one shop.” And we hear that every day, “we are so glad that you do what you do, you and your daughter in one shop.” And they come out happy on the other side. And that’s been a plus for the patients. It’s a plus for the patients ’cause they don’t have to
go to more than one place. – You said that some people come in and they think they need
all their teeth removed. And you save teeth. – Absolutely. We have people that
come in, matter of fact, when they come in and call us, they say, “I need all my teeth
out, and I need implants.” And one of the things we tell them, “let’s see you first.” That’s why we offer a free
exam and x-ray consultation, because we want to see what they need and then decide whether or not they need all their teeth out,
’cause we save teeth too. There are a lot of teeth that we save, and they don’t have to
have all their teeth out, just some of them may need to be out. But we make that decision
with the patient. And one of the things
frustrating for me is that one of the brands, all they
do is take out all the teeth and replace them. But we offer the opportunity
to save some teeth, because if you take them all
out and you put them in fixed, that’s expensive. We have options that are not as expensive. And we have the opportunity
to choose for the patient. – Okay, we’re out of time. I wanna thank you for coming on the show. – Thank you. – So if they wanna come
in, they will see you, or one of your daughters,
or your daughter. – Yes. – To do the consult. – Absolutely. They’ll see one of us to do the consult. We sit down with them,
we go over everything. And from the beginning to the end, what they need, what they want, what’s best for them, we decide together with the patient, and we go all the way through
the financing as well. – Now public seminars. You do public, we’re out of time, but if they wanna know when
your next public seminar, they could meet you live,
they go to the website. – Go to the website. We do the public dental seminars so that we can educate
patients on what implants are, what the opportunities are, what they might need in their mouth. Most public is not sure. They go online, but we tell them directly in those seminars, good opportunity. – Okay. I like what you said in the greenroom. You said, “Randy, they come in like it’s too good to be true.” They still don’t believe it. – They still don’t
believe it, that’s right. – Like they’re really gonna
get a new set of teeth. – They still don’t believe it, but when we show them and
when it’s finished up, they still are surprised, but it’s like is it too good to be true. But it is true. We can do it. – No more dentures. – No more dentures. – Alright.
– Absolutely. – Alright Doctor. Wanna thank you for coming
on the show, great stuff. – Thank you. – You been watching the Wellness Hour news that makes you healthier. I’m Randy Alvarez. For now, I wish you good health. – [Narrator] Thanks for
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