News 12 First at Five, January 9, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Thelma Clark wore dentures for about ten years. Now she can't wait to get new teeth, and this time they'll be permanent.
"I know I'll smile more. I won't be keeping my hands in front of my mouth like I normally do," she said.
She didn't have any teeth, but thanks to a new procedure, she went home with a brand new smile today. The procedure only takes a few hours.
Dr. Solon Kao of MCG was the first person to perform this surgery in Augusta. He says it takes less time and isn't as invasive as the traditional way of doing it.
"Minimum bleeding, no suturing, it's wonderful. Less swelling for the patient, less pain, and ready to go," he said.
He takes a CT scan of the patient about a month before the surgery. It tells him exactly where he can place the implants. Then a set of teeth are attached.
"This is kinda like the fast food of the industry. We can give you the result you want it, in a very short time," Dr. Kao said.
Just before the surgery, Clark was very hesitant to smile. Now, she says she has no problem flashing her pearly whites.
"I'm very happy about it, very much," she said.