New tooth implant procedure faster, less invasive

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

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.

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  • by LAura Location: Augusta on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    the implants cost about 1600 just for one implant well one tooth and that not includeing other charges
  • by Samantha Andre Location: Augusta on Jan 16, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    Anyone wanting more information can contact Dr. Solon Kao at MCG. His phone number is 706-721-2411 and his e-mail is
  • by doris Location: aiken on Jan 13, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    iwould like to know the costs because i i would like to have it done i have denture and you know what they are like
  • by GiGi Location: Augusta on Jan 10, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    Dr. Kao is a wounderful Oral Surgeon and I am glad the public got a chance to see what MCG/Oral Surgery has to offer.
  • by karen Location: fitzgerald, ga on Jan 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    i'm glad thelma has finally gotten finished with her surgery. i'm sure she will be very happy.
  • by someone Location: aiken on Jan 10, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    Exactly how much does something like this cost? Is it affordable for low income people? My mother could benefit from this procedure but has no insurance or income. What would it take for someone like her to get this procedure?
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