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Dental Implants

If you are missing natural teeth, only dental implants can fully restore your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.

At Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Brett Helton partners with top oral surgeons to offer patients complete implant treatment.

If you are considering dental implants, read on to discover how our practice in Columbus, GA, can serve you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Over time, the titanium fuses with the bone, and the implants are able to function as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have securely integrated with the jawbone, Dr. Helton can use an abutment to attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the post, restoring your smile.
Dental implants provide a wealth of amazing benefits because they replace tooth roots and fuse permanently to the jawbone tissue.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Unmatched Stability

Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations will never move out of place. Dental implants can help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Exceptional Comfort

Your restoration will be custom-fabricated based on impressions of your unique features taken at our Columbus, GA, dental office. This helps prevent soft tissue irritation and ensures a balanced bite.

Improved Oral Health

Because dental implants fuse directly to the jawbone, they help prevent bone recession. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment in dentistry that can provide this benefit. Implants also prevent neighboring teeth from shifting.

More Attractive Smile

Implant-supported restorations designed at our office in Columbus, GA, are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They can also fill gaps in your smile that result from a missing tooth or several missing teeth.

Impressive Durability

If properly taken care of, dental implants can last a lifetime. The lifespan of your prosthetic will depend on the type of restoration and the material used to craft it.

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Request a Consultation Today

Are you tired of living with missing teeth? It's time to discuss dental implants with an experienced, trustworthy dentist. Contact Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA, to schedule a dental implant consultation.

When you meet with Dr. Helton for an initial consultation, he will examine your bite and determine your candidacy for implant treatment. Then, he will design a unique treatment plan just for you and answer any questions you have about dentistry.

To request your consultation, contact us online or give our dental office a call:

Call Us: (706) 563-3225

Smiling elderly couple with dental implants

"Very kind and understanding staff!"

Elizabeth Moon

The Hybrid Prosthesis The Best Solution for Full-Arch Restoration

Denture Hybrid Prosthesis

Traditional dentures that look artificial and slip out of place are not the only option for patients who have lost a full arch of teeth. Dr. Helton can combine his artistic capabilities with sophisticated dental technology to produce a hybrid prosthesis, a custom-designed restoration that replicates the appearance and function of a natural dental arch. In certain cases, a hybrid prosthesis can be attached to as few as four dental implants.

Prerequisite Procedures

Those who do not initially qualify for dental implants may be able to restore their candidacy through preliminary procedures with our practice. Patients who feel anxious or nervous about undergoing dental treatment can request nitrous oxide sedation.

Bone Grafting

If we find that jawbone recession is precluding you from treatment, we may recommend a bone grafting procedure. During a bone graft, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums and place grafting material to replace recessed tissue. Recovery usually takes around three months.

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift can help address inadequate bone tissue in the upper jaw, and restore your candidacy for implants. The procedure is similar to a bone graft. Bone tissue or grafting material is used to lift the sinus membrane to ensure that dental implants will not disturb these soft tissues.

Periodontal Care

If you have advanced gum disease, our Columbus practice offers cleanings as well as root planing and scaling to treat your condition. Scaling removes tartar and plaque below the gumline using special tools. Root planing smooths the root surface to prevent bacteria from attaching to the tooth in the future.

Not Sure if You Qualify for Implants? Request a Consultation Today

If you suffer from tooth loss and other oral health issues, your treatment options may seem overwhelming. We are here to help. During your initial consultation at our Columbus dental practice, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your goals to determine the best course of treatment. He will also explain your options so you can make an educated decision regarding your oral health. 

Get started on your smile restoration journey. Find out if you are a candidate for implants by requesting a consultation at our dental practice in Columbus, GA. You can fill out our online form and a team member will contact you to schedule an appointment. You can also give us a call at:

(706) 563-3225

"I feel so happy and lucky to have found Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry. Dr. Helton and the entire staff are genuinely warm and welcoming. They embraced me as if I was a long-time patient and honestly, I do feel like part of their family. If you're looking for the right place to provide professional work and at the same time, make you feel like family, then I highly recommend you try Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry--you will not be disappointed!" nyqban21

Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

We work with some of the best oral surgeons near our practice, ensuring our patients receive high-quality care.
We work with some of the best oral surgeons near our practice, ensuring our patients receive high-quality care.


Once our dentist determines you are a good candidate, we will refer you to an oral surgeon in the area for implant placement. We maintain relationships with some of the best specialists near our practice, so you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care.

Implant Surgery

Once you are comfortable, and after local anesthesia and sedation (if needed) have been administered, your doctor will make a small incision in your gums. A titanium post will then be inserted into the jawbone and your incision will be sutured closed.


Following surgery, the implants will become fused to the bone tissue over the next four to six months. Bruising and swelling are to be expected in the days after surgery. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications. Patients should rest as much as possible for the first few days after implant placement. 


Once your implant has fused to the surrounding jawbone tissue, a second surgery will be scheduled. Your doctor will make an incision to access the implant. Then, your doctor will attach an abutment (a small metal device that connects your artificial tooth to the implant). 


After the tissue around your abutment has healed, leaving the abutment exposed above the gumline, we will take impressions of the abutment and any surrounding teeth. In about two weeks, you will return to our Columbus, GA, practice to have your custom crown, bridge, or denture secured firmly in place. In some instances, we are able to provide restorations in a single visit using advanced in-house technology.

Implant-Supported Restorations

The restoration you receive will depend on the number of teeth being replaced. At Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry, we can provide you with an implant-supported:

  • Crown: To replace a single missing tooth, we offer implant-supported crowns made of porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, and all-zirconia.
  • Bridge: These restorations are used to replace up to three consecutive teeth in a row. We offer implant-supported bridges made from a variety of materials.
  • Denture: Implant-supported dentures are used to replace several teeth or an entire arch.
  • In addition to working with high-quality dental labs in the area, we also have a CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine that allows us to quickly craft crowns and bridges right in our office.
Dental Implant Bridge

Ready for a Healthier Smile? Request a Consultation

Dr. Brett Helton and his team strive to make your experience at Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry comfortable, efficient, and effective. Our staff uses the best technology in the industry to accurately plan treatment and we work with the best oral surgeons in the area to perform your implant placement surgery.

For a safe and comfortable experience, call to request a consultation at our Columbus office:

(706) 563-3225

"I have never had such an pleasant experience at an dentist office before. The staff is courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, and saw to my every need. Dr Helton is extremely skilled and finished my crown with the least amount of discomfort. I highly recommend him and his services."
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Nervous About Treatment? We Offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dental procedures can be nerve-wracking, and though many treatments are virtually painless, patients often feel anxious going into their dentistry procedures. If you need preparatory treatment for your implants, we offer nitrous oxide to help you relax. Nitrous oxide has many benefits:

Fast Acting

Some forms of sedation take time until a patient can feel their relaxing effects. The effects of nitrous oxide occur within two to three minutes so you can feel relaxed and get started on your treatment quickly.

Wears Off Quickly

Nitrous oxide works quickly and wears off quickly. Our dentist may ask patients to remain at the office for about 15 minutes, so any potential side effects have time to wear off, but many patients can drive themselves home.

No Needles Involved

Intravenous (IV) sedation may seem intimidating if you don't like needles. With nitrous oxide, your dentist places a mask over your nose so you can comfortably breathe in the nitrous oxide gas. The process is safe and effective without being invasive.

Financing Is Available

The cost of dental implants isn't covered by insurance, but your insurance plan may cover or contribute to the cost of your crown, bridge, or denture. Our staff feels strongly about the positive benefits that dental implants can have and the long-term stability they provide, so we accept CareCredit® financing, which allows patients who qualify to make monthly payments at low to no interest.

"If I could give them a thousands stars I would. .. Great Service!! Anitra Brown

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Q. Does implant placement hurt?

A. No. Your oral surgeon will numb the area using local anesthetic. They might also recommend sedation options to ensure you are completely relaxed during treatment. Some discomfort is expected after your surgery. It can usually be easily managed at home with pain medications, a soft diet, and applying cold compresses.

Q. How long will my dental implants last?

A. Dental implants are made of durable titanium. These titanium posts are designed to last a lifetime. However, it is important to remember that your denture, dental crown, or dental bridge will wear over time and eventually need replacing. With proper care and maintenance, your restoration can last for 15 years or more. 

Q. How much do dental implants cost?

A. The cost of your dental implant and restoration will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the number of implants needed, the type of restoration, whether you use sedation, and the type of material your restoration is made of. In order to receive an accurate estimate, it's important to request a consultation with our team.

Q. I have some natural teeth. Will my implant-supported restoration match?

A. We will take special care to precisely shade-match your restoration so that it blends with the surrounding teeth. This is particularly important for front teeth or a single-tooth restoration. We can also perform cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening to enhance any remaining teeth and further enhance the appearance of your smile.  

Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry is the area's premier destination for high-tech, personalized dental care. Led by Dr. Brett Helton, our team looks forward to providing you and your family with the treatment you need to maintain and improve your oral health. We are affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Western District Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • SPEAR Study Club

To schedule an appointment at our modern Columbus, GA, practice, contact us online or call: (706) 563-3225

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