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Single Missing Tooth - Aiken, SC

Permanently Replace a Failing or Missing Tooth

The All-Natural Solution for Tooth Loss

Is tooth loss causing you to skip social events, cover your mouth when you smile, or avoid certain foods? Modern dentistry provides many options to replace a missing tooth. Now, instead of partial dentures or dental bridges, you can receive a permanent, natural-looking dental implant in Aiken, SC! Fixed in your jaw like real teeth, implants are not removable nor do they compromise adjacent natural teeth. Regardless of the location of your missing tooth, we’re able to replace it with a strong dental implant and esthetic dental crown—often in a single appointment!  The most ideal long-term solution, dental implants can restore your self-confidence, ability to eat comfortably, and the natural esthetics of your smile. Leading our treatment with your personal smile goals, our experienced dentists at Bela Family Dentistry will create a custom treatment plan. Then, at our modern Aiken, SC office, we’ll complete your procedures and return you to a life of function, confidence, and health with a permanent dental implant.

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Learn If You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

If you currently have a single missing tooth and are generally in good oral health, you probably qualify for a dental implant! Dental implants need good bone in your jaw to remain stable, so if you have poor bone mass, we may need to complete a bone grafting procedure beforehand. If you suffer from underlying medical conditions, we’ll carefully modify your treatment to provide a safe and successful surgery. We’ll review your medical and dental history before beginning treatment, so we know the best possible plan for restoring your smile.

The Steps to Replace a Missing Tooth

1. Personalized Consultation

Just as your oral and overall health is unique to you, so too should your dental implant treatment be customized to your needs. We have set protocols in place to provide the most personalized and effective process for your situation. During your first consultation, we’ll ask questions to get to know you, learn about your smile goals, and any concerns you have about dental implant treatment. We’ll also take high-quality 3D images of your mouth using low-radiation CBCT technology, which we’ll use to customize your surgery and restoration. From here, we can create a custom treatment plan that fits your health and esthetic goals.

2. Preparatory Treatment

Your smile goals are a driving force behind our treatment plans, but we also make sure your mouth is healthy before surgery. If you have gum disease or bone loss, we’ll first restore your mouth to a functional state. This way, you won’t have to stress about conditions that could affect the health of your dental implants in the future. We complete these procedures right in our Aiken, SC office, so you won’t need to visit a separate practice. Once your mouth is ready for surgery, you’ll be scheduled for surgery.

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3. Dental Implant Surgery

On your day of surgery, our primary concern is to get you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer custom levels of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. We’ll help you choose one or more options so you get the maximum level of relaxation and pain control during surgery. As you’re comfortably resting in our treatment suite, we’ll place your dental implant, a procedure that usually takes less than one hour. Depending on the level of sedation received, most patients can’t recall their surgical appointment and are pleased with how painless and easy their experience was! Better yet, you can go home the day of surgery.

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4. Healing and Restoration

You can expect to feel slight discomfort for a few days after surgery, but this can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. As your dental implant heals, it will slowly integrate with your jawbone, taking on the role of your other natural tooth roots. This process can take up to 4 months and is a necessary step to ensure your new tooth remains stable and healthy long-term. When your implant has fused completely, you’ll return to our office to receive your final restoration. This custom new tooth will look just like your other teeth and feel completely natural. With function and esthetics restored, your new dental implant in Aiken, SC will give you a healthy smile once again!

Dental Implant Care that’s Affordable

You may be concerned about what a functional new smile with dental implants will cost, especially since other solutions like partial dentures or dental bridges exist. Don’t forget that dental implants are the only permanent solution and the most advantageous option for most patients in your situation. Other teeth won’t need compromising adjustments or be subjected to additional wear and tear. Even an initially costlier option, a dental implant will outlast all other restorative choices and give you the greatest esthetic and functional benefits. We’re here to ensure this life-altering solution is affordable for everyone. We offer third-party financing and work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits. You can get a beautiful and functional smile back with us!

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