Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, typically a titanium screw, that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge or denture to restore multiple missing teeth. Contact Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery to help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

Dental implants are a valuable alternative to an uncomfortable prosthesis. The implants themselves are small screws produced from titanium that serve a similar purpose to the roots of natural teeth. They are fused to the jawbone and support crowns, over dentures or dental bridges, helping them to perform like our natural teeth would. Once the implants are put in place, you’ll be able to replace anything from one tooth to a whole set with ease.

Given the numerous benefits and aesthetic qualities dental implants offer, they have become the preferred method of tooth replacement today.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are widely regarded as the best treatment for loose dentures. Permanent dental implants are designed to make dentures much more secure and enable you to smile, eat and talk confidently. Dr. Shigley and the Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery team can assist you if you have been thinking about investing in implants. The implants act as a foundation for replacement teeth. They won’t decay and are designed to last for the rest of your life. Implants can be used in conjunction with various dental procedures to improve our oral health. Once they are installed, you’re much less likely to face problems with slippage and discomfort.

Dental Implants at Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery

What are the steps for getting Dental Implants?

The initial step is to meet with Dr. Shigley and the team at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery for a consultation. At this consultation, the doctor and you will determine your needs, assess your oral health, review your medical history, and discuss treatment options in order to create a customized treatment plan just for you. We’ll also discuss costs, financing options if necessary, and timing.

If you decide that dental implants are right for you and would like to proceed, next is a pre-procedure exam that same visit. This exam involves an X-ray or a 3D CT scan and may include taking models of your teeth to determine the ideal treatment for your condition. Fortunately, we have this technology in our office, so you won’t have to visit another dental office. This exam can usually be completed in less than an hour. Once completed, you are ready to schedule your surgery.

On the day of surgery, the procedure will be completed comfortably in a relaxed environment with sedation or with local anesthetic. Most of our procedures can be completed in less than an hour. While every one heals differently, many of our patients are able to recover and be back to work or school the following day.

Following your surgery, there is a recovery period where the implants will need to heal and fully integrate with your bone and tissue before permanent bridges or dentures can be connected. It will usually take between 3-6 months for the healing to be complete.

Who Typically Gets Dental Implants?

Those likely to benefit from dental implants include people who have been experiencing problems with conventional dentures or simply people who have lost as much as a single tooth. They make life easier for those that have been finding it difficult to chew and enjoy meals and can slow down the process of tissue and bone loss in the jaw. What’s more is that dental implants can even provide a more youthful appearance due to the way that they will give your facial structure a lift. Furthermore, they will help you to speak more clearly.

What happens during dental implant placement?

In many cases, patients have already lost the tooth that they will be replacing with an implant. If the tooth is failing, Dr. Shigley may need to remove the tooth, usually during the same procedure that the implant is placed. After an appropriate healing time, the dental implant will integrate with the jaw, creating a stable anchor for the abutment and crown. After your implant is tested, your dentist will attach the abutment and a crown, completing your new tooth.

On occasion, a bone grafting procedure will be performed before or along with implant placement to increase the height and width of the jaw. To learn more about bone grafting procedures, please click here.

If you need to restore a full upper or lower arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for All-on-4 Full Arch Replacement. To learn more about this procedure, please click here.

Where can I get dental implants placed in Greenville, SC?


Dr. Shigley and the team at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to serve Greenville, SC, and the upstate’s surrounding cities including Anderson, Seneca, Easley, Piedmont, Powdersville, Travelers Rest, Berea, Marietta, Taylors, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Laurens. We provide consultations and dental implant placement procedures in our state-of-art outpatient care facility. If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement choice for you or have questions regarding dental implant services available, please contact our office or schedule a consultation below. At our consultation visit we will speak you in depth about your dental history, your requirements and concerns and explain all your treatment options to you so can come to an informed decision. Call today to find out more about our dental implant services.

The All-On-4® procedure is a method to replace a full arch of missing teeth with dental implants supporting a fixed denture/bridge. Click below for more info.

Bone grafting is ideal for those seeking dental implants but are experiencing problems with low bone density. Click below to learn more.

We are proud to offer CT Scan-Guided Surgery at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery. Click below to learn more.