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

Dental Bridge

If you are missing teeth due to trauma, gum disease, or untreated cavities, you may struggle to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

A dental bridge is a completely customized set of prosthetic teeth that fills the gap in your smile and provides lasting comfort.

Curious what a dental bridge can do for you

A Dental Bridge Can Restore Balance and Function to Your Smile

A bridge renews your ability to chew and speak properly.
A bridge not only immediately improves your quality of life, but also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting. This lowers your risk of misalignment in the future.

Bridges are custom-made to blend with your natural teeth. 
Your dentist can create a stunning bridge that fits seamlessly into your smile and complements your unique facial features.

A bridge can be supported by dental implants.
If you choose an implant-supported restoration, your healthy teeth will not need to be altered to support a bridge. 

A Bridge Can Replace One to Three Consecutive Teeth in a Single Treatment

But Will My Dental Bridge Look and Feel Natural?

When carefully designed by a dentist and expertly manufactured by a laboratory, a dental bridge can provide natural-looking results for up to 15 years or more after placement

Prior to placing your bridge, your dentist will conduct a bite assessment to ensure that your new prosthetic fits comfortably in your smile. There are a variety of materials that can be used to craft bridges, including porcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Your dentist can help you choose the best type for you based on your budget and goals.

After reshaping your surrounding teeth to make room for your dental bridge, your dentist will cement the restoration in place. 

Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridge

For a Traditional Bridge

Your dentist will resize your surrounding teeth to make room for your dental bridge and the supporting dental crowns.

He or she will then take impressions of your smile to design a bridge that looks and feels very natural for years to come.

Your impressions will be sent to a lab, where a skilled technician will create your custom bridge.

Once your dental bridge is ready for placement, your dentist will secure it in place using dental cement.

For an Implant-Supported Bridge

Your dentist will perform dental implant surgery.

Four to six months later, your dentist will place your abutments and take impressions of your smile.

Your impressions will be sent to a trusted lab.

When your permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will secure it to your dental implants.

Understand Your Options

If you need to replace a single tooth, you may consider the benefits of an implant-supported crown. However, if you are missing several teeth or an entire arch, you may qualify for implant-supported dentures.

A bridge is a custom tooth replacement solution that can be tailored to your budget and long-term goals. If you are missing teeth, you should receive treatment as soon as possible to prevent more widespread damage. Schedule an appointment today to protect your smile.

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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