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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can take a toll on your quality of life, but you don't want just any tooth replacement: you want a stable, permanent solution.

Dental implants can replace your teeth and provide excellent stability for bridges, crowns, and dentures, along with other benefits.

Learn how the team at the Center for Dentistry in Aiken, SC, can restore your smile and give you natural-looking results with implants.

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Dental Implants Restore Your Dental Health

A Lifetime of Benefits

Patients who choose dental implants can expect these titanium devices to last 40 years or longer with proper care. Restorations will need replacement periodically, but the implants themselves can provide lifelong benefits.

Maintain Jawbone Density

When you lose your natural teeth, the bone tissue in your jaw will begin to deteriorate over time. This can lead to further tooth loss and other health issues. Dental implants are the only dental treatment that can stop bone atrophy after losing a tooth. 

Restore Form and Function

Dental implants provide a solid foundation for dental restorations, allowing you to chew and speak without worrying that restorations like dentures will slip out of place. Your dentist can provide a bridge, crown, or denture that will blend seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth.

5-Star Reviews From Our Patients 

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Nick DeRoller

2022

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Melanie is my hygienist and I always look forward to my appointments with her. The best part is when I try to lie about flossing. I still give it a shot but she always knows the truth ☺️. Also, the Drs. Tal & Leah are the most thorough and focused docs I have ever had. Really, the whole staff is amazing!

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G. Patrick

2021

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The entire staff made me feel welcome and at ease, and my dentist was phenomenal. I had a tooth extraction done yesterday and it was painless and efficient. Oddly enough, I’ve experienced little to no pain since the removal! Beautiful waiting area, too, but you won’t be there long!

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Implants vs Traditional Restorations 

Traditional Restorations 

Other tooth replacements like dental bridges or dentures can be a good choice for some patients, but these restorations cannot stop jawbone atrophy. Changing jawbone and gum shape is why traditional restorations require adjustments, relining, and general maintenance to fit properly. While the upfront costs associated with bridges and dentures are lower than those associated with dental implants, the price of adjustments adds up over time.

Dental Implants 

Implant-supported restorations are solidly secured in place compared to traditional alternatives, which results in a more natural-feeling restoration that does not slip or shift position. And because they help maintain jawbone density, they require significantly fewer adjustments. In the long run, the cost of implants vs traditional restorations may be negligible, but implants provide a higher quality of life.

Ready For a Comfortable New Smile?  Request a Consultation Today 

If you want a tooth replacement that won’t slip, feels natural, and delivers long-lasting results, then you should consider dental implants. Our experienced dentists can evaluate your candidacy for implants during a visit to our Aiken, SC, dental practice. We will listen to your needs and discuss whether dental implants are right for you. 

You can submit a question to our staff or have a more in-depth discussion on implants during a consultation, which you can request by calling:  

(803) 648-9461

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We serve the larger Augusta area through our Aiken office on Silver Bluff Road.

"Great office, great staff, and great doctors"

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Lori Stevens

2020

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As a person who has struggled with dental phobia my whole adult life, I was immediately put to ease and reassured that I was in the best hands to see me through my journey.  I appreciate the time and concern that was provided to me and the excellent care I received. Great office, great staff and  great Doctors.

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Carol Sheldon

2019

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I love my dentist!  In fact, I love the dentist, the staff, the atmosphere.... they are the best!  Center for Dentistry provides as close to pain free dentistry as I have ever experienced and that means it’s also anxiety free. They really care about their patients and do their very best to ensure that you are comfortable at all times.  Highly recommend.

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How Dental Implants Work 

Dental implants are the only restoration that can prevent your jawbone from deteriorating due to missing teeth, because they provide stimulation to the bone. Normally, the body stops sending nutrients and resources to the site of a missing tooth, causing the bone to deteriorate over time.

Dental implants are made using biocompatible materials like titanium. Once your body accepts the implant, it will treat the implant like a natural tooth root and keep sending resources to that section of your jaw. 

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Titanium dental implants anchor restorations directly to the jaw, allowing you to chew and speak with confidence.

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Our patient was unhappy with his smile and underwent the Teeth In a Day® procedure, where his remaining teeth were removed and we placed dental implants and implant-supported dentures in a single office visit. After the recovery process, we permanently restored our patient's smile with fixed implant bridges for fabulous results.

Teeth in a Day Smile Again in a Single Visit

Teeth in a Day, also known as same-day implants, is a specific procedure that significantly streamlines implant surgeries by removing teeth beyond repair and placing the implants and a restoration in a single visit. Many patients choose to receive Teeth In a Day because the treatment can: 

Eliminate the recovery time between a prior procedure and implant surgery

Achieve the same great results of implants with fewer office visits

Replace one tooth or an entire set of teeth to suit your needs 

Use as few as four dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth  

Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

Using fully-guided surgery, we can strategically plan and place your implants through a minimally-invasive procedure. Dental implants traditionally require two surgeries, but our practice serving Aiken and Augusta can provide same-day implants for the right candidates. 

Each year, more than 500,000 Americans choose to get dental implants.  American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Each year, more than 500,000 Americans choose to get dental implants.  American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Consultation

The first step of any good treatment is to discuss your goals for the procedure. We will conduct an oral exam to gauge your health and identify any potential issues that need to be addressed first. If we determine that you're a good candidate for implants, your dentist will explain the procedure to ensure you understand the process.

Preparation Phase 

Some patients may need prior dental work before we can place dental implants. We can extract a damaged tooth that's beyond saving or perform a bone graft so there is enough tissue to hold the dental implant in place. For some preparatory procedures the surrounding tissue may need to recover before we proceed with the implants, but Teeth in a Day patients will not need to wait.

Implant Placement

On the day of the surgery, patients receive local anesthesia to numb the area. A small incision will be made in your gums, and some jaw tissue will be removed to make room for the implant. Our dentists will then place the implant and seal the incision with sutures. Teeth in a Day patients will receive a temporary restoration and leave our office with a new smile. 
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Bonding Phase 

This is a long but essential step that takes place over the following 2-6 months. As you recover from the placement procedure, your implants will integrate into the jawbone and should be accepted as a natural part of your body. Once you have fully recovered, we can attach the final restoration. 

Attaching Abutments

An abutment is a device that attaches a restoration to the implant. Teeth in a Day patients receive abutments during their implant placement surgery. For patients undergoing the traditional two-surgery implant procedure, abutments are placed after the implants have integrated with the jawbone. We will use local anesthesia to numb the area before making a small incision in the gum tissue that healed over top of the implant. Our dentists will then attach the abutment to your implant. 

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Placing Restorations

After healing is complete, we can finally place your permanent restoration, such as a denture, bridge, or crown. Once the restoration is finished, you can leave with a full set of teeth that allows you to eat your favorite foods and smile with pride.
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Have Any Questions?  We Would Love to Hear Them  

We want to make sure you understand implants before making a decision, so feel free to contact our staff with any questions or concerns about the treatment. Our dentists can also answer your questions during a consultation. We will only recommend implants if we truly believe it's the best option for your needs. 

Our practice serves Aiken, Augusta, and the surrounding communities. Contact us by calling: 

(803) 648-9461

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Our Premium Implant Selection 

While there are many implant manufacturers on the market, our dentistry practice only uses high-quality restorations made by BioHorizons® and Zimmer Biomet. We use these products due to their innovative designs with osseointegration (the process where your body accepts the implant), which is essential for any successful treatment.   

BioHorizons 

While most implants have textures to help them integrate with your jawbone, BioHorizons takes it a step further. These implants have surfaces that can bond with soft tissue as well, to help form a stable connection with your gums.  

Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet implants use textures and unique 3D designs that encourage tissue growth and integration with the jawbone. Early evidence suggests some of their implants can improve your recovery time.  

"Highly recommend"

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Janet Wilhite

2022

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Wonderful people in that office, friendly, Informative and very personable. Have all the latest equipment and tell you what to expect and what is going on now. Really appreciate them!

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Susan Parrish

2021

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Delighted with on-line process, close proximity if the office and then the staff from check-in, cleaning with Sage and Dr. Tal Wilkins was just delightful. Highly recommend.

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Dr. Talmadge D. Wilkins IV and Leah B. Wilkins

Center for Dentistry

At Center of Dentistry, our dentists favor a patient-friendly approach to cosmetic, implant, and comprehensive dentistry. Our highly-trained staff will go the extra mile to make you feel at ease. Our dentists are affiliated with professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pankey Institute for Florida

To schedule a visit at our Aiken, SC, dental office, contact us online, or call us at 803-648-9461 today!

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