Dear Patients, 

We are so excited to see your smiling faces! We have missed the conversations, the laughter, and everything about our relationship with you. In your absence, we have been busy! Like every other place you visit, our office will look a little different when you arrive for your next appointment. 

During the week of May 4, we will begin reaching out to those of you who had appointments in the last few weeks which were cancelled. We anticipate resuming patient visits beginning the week of May 11. 

In an effort to kept you and our staff safe, we have implemented some new screening protocols to include checking temperature. We have re-arranged the patient waiting area to allow for significant space between patients as well as staggered scheduling of appointments. We have added filtration systems to our operatories. Upon arrival, you will be given the opportunity to wash your hands and use a specific mouth rinse to reduce bacterial load. Our team will also be dressed a little differently. Behind our masks are the same smiling faces that you have always known. 

As we reach out to you to reschedule lost appointments, please feel free to ask questions or express concerns to our team members. As before we are and will continue to be here to provide the safest, most exceptional dental care. 

All the best, 


Doctors Tal and Leah Wilkins

Bone Grafting

Facial trauma, unchecked gum disease, and tooth loss can result in jawbone recession, making it difficult to qualify for dental implants.

Bone grafting is a procedure designed to add volume and density to the jawbone and reestablish your candidacy for implant placement.

Let's take a closer look at how bone grafting works...

Grafted Bone Can Function Like Natural Bone Tissue

Bone grafting can help replace missing teeth.
Using a biocompatible grafting material or tissue from another part of your body, bone grafting can repair a compromised smile and create a stable foundation for dental implants.

Bone grafting can protect your smile after tooth extraction.
After removing a tooth, the jawbone can deteriorate. By packing the tooth socket with grafting material, a bone graft can prevent tissue loss.

Treatment has a high success rate.
Studies have shown that dental implants placed in grafted tissue have similar success rates to implants placed in natural bone. 

Bone Grafting

Everyone Should Have Access to Dental Implants

*According to ORAL & Implantology.

Dental implants placed in grafted bone tissue have shown outstanding success rates, similar to those of implants placed in natural bone.

Restoring Bone Tissue Involves Surgery? That sounds painful...

Thanks to careful planning and minimally invasive techniques, bone grafting is predictable and results in minimal discomfort. In addition to local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area, your dentist may be able to provide sedation. Options such as nitrous oxide, oral medication, and intravenous sedation are safe and reliable.

Bone grafting replaces deficient jawbone areas with healthy bone tissue, creating a stable foundation for your new dental implants. 

The Bone Grafting Process

Your dentist will conduct imaging to assess the quality and quantity of your bone tissue and decide where the bone grafts are needed. 

On the day of surgery, your dentist will create an incision in your gums and carefully place the synthetic grafting material or autologous bone tissue in the recessed jawbone. 

Your dentist will close the surgery site with sutures. 

You will be sent home to recover and should be fully healed within approximately three months. 

When your bone tissue is healed, your dentist will schedule your implant surgery. 

Restore Your Health & Appearance

To qualify for a bone graft, you must be healthy enough for surgery. Your dentist can work with you to determine which type of grafting material will produce the best results. If you want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants without undergoing bone grafting, ask your dentist if they offer All-on-4® or mini implants. These treatments often do not require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting.

Bone grafting can renew your eligibility for dental implants and improve the structure of your jaw. If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment today and find out whether you need a bone graft.

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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