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Missing teeth can make it hard to smile with confidence. They also make your smile vulnerable to future health problems. Dr. John Rink, places world-class crowns, bridges, and dentures onto dental implants in Charleston, SC so you can experience a healthy and restored smile. Call us today and find out why so many patients have something to grin about!

What are dental implants?

If you are missing teeth, you can find the best means of support for restorations with dental implants. We can restore dental implants at our Charleston, SC, practice with custom dentures, crowns, and bridges so that you can once again enjoy a complete, balanced, and beautiful smile. 

Skilled doctor John F. Rink uses dental implants (titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw bone) to replace tooth roots, and can provide you with a lifetime of outstanding support while preserving the bone mass of your jaw. 

3-D model of dental implant, Charleston, SC.

What are the benefits?

  • Advancements in dentistry mean results are lasting longer than ever before. Your crown, bridge, or denture will eventually need to be replaced, but with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, implants can last decades.
  • Our professionals prefer implants because they are the only treatment that guards against bone recession, a natural consequence of missing teeth. This benefit results in better oral and overall health.
  • Conventional dentures rest on the gums, secured with a mild adhesive, but still prone to slipping while eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place through all everyday functions.
  • A dental implant can provide bridge support that is more secure, and requires no alteration to adjacent teeth, when compared to a traditional prosthetic.
John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Who is a good candidate for dental implants in Charleston?

Anyone interested in dental implants in Charleston, SC, should have adequate bone mass in their jaw. If you have been missing a tooth for a long period of time, you may need a bone graft in order to properly accommodate an implant. 

Because the ability of your bones to heal is crucial to this procedure, non-smokers make the best candidates. Smokers should refrain from smoking for a period to ensure proper healing.

A consultation with Dr. Rink at our practice is the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. The procedure is often an integral part of a full mouth reconstruction plan. He can review your medical history, explain the factors that affect the cost of dental implants treatment, and discuss your goals to help determine if the procedure is right for you.

Why choose Dr. Rink for dental implants in Charleston?

Patients of all ages and backgrounds enjoy going to Dr. Rink’s office in Charleston for dental implants, because of his easygoing, compassionate demeanor and the soothing environment he creates for anxious clients. Dr. Rink ensures that patients are treated to warm blankets, mittens and towels, noise cancelling headphones, 3D movies and calming essential oils. Our commitment to advanced, cutting-edge technology ensures faster treatment times and less discomfort. We offer same-day CEREC restorations, cosmetic digital imaging, and sedation dentistry.

Dr. Rink is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an elite fellowship in implant dentistry at The Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. He is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

What can I expect from my procedure?

Dental implants in Charleston, SC require two surgeries. During the first surgery, a local anesthetic is applied before a small incision is made in the gums, exposing the jawbone. A pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded dental implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the implant.

Over the next three to six months, the dental implant and bone will become fused in a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. Once again, your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic before placing a small incision in the gums to expose the implant. A special abutment is placed on the implant, which will serve as the connection point to your restoration. 

The gums are stitched closed around the abutment to facilitate proper healing. Once the gums have healed, we will schedule an appointment to begin creating your custom implant-supported crown, bridge, or set of dentures. The timeline for dental implants varies from patient to patient. If you wish to learn more, contact us for a consultation to receive some of the best dental implants Charleston has to offer. 

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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