Welcome To Our Practice
We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. It is one of our top priorities to protect the well-being of our valued patients. For this reason, our office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.
We are always welcoming new patients and we would love to have you as part of our dental family. You can find information about our staff, our office, and the procedures and services that we offer. If you have any questions please call us. We love hearing from our patients and anyone who may be interested in becoming one.
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC restorations are made of compressed porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CEREC restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.
The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over an hour.
A panorex is a very impressive piece of imaging machinery in that it is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray is not. Initially you will sit in a chair with your chin on a small ledge. Once positioned in the machine, it will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses and bones.
The ability to view the full structure of your head as a whole is very informative to the dentist. It will allow us to see any potential problems and make sure that everything is functioning as it should be. The panorex is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections or asymmetry among many others.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Meet The Doctor & Staff
Alice D. Hale
Alice D. Hale is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. She moved to Aiken in 1983 when her father was transferred here with DuPont Corporation. Dr. Hale attended Aiken Elementary, Schofield Middle School and graduated from Aiken High School in 1991. She then attended Georgia Southern University from 1991-1993, majoring in Chemistry. In 1994 she enrolled in the School of Allied Health at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. In 1996 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Georgia.
After working as a full-time, registered dental hygienist for seven years she attended the Medical College of Georgia, College of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2007 with her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hale is licensed in Georgia and South Carolina. Upon graduation, Dr. Hale practiced in North Augusta, South Carolina as an associate dentist. In November 2013 she purchased the practice of a retiring dentist in her home town of Aiken, South Carolina. She lives in Aiken with her husband, Russell and their two children.
Aside from the private practice of dentistry, Dr. Hale remains very involved with her family, hobbies and the community. Her, Russell and the kids love the outdoors which include bike riding, mountain biking, hiking and camping. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and served as President of the Aiken County Dental Society 2014-2015 term. She is also a liason member for the School of Allied Health, Department of Dental Hygiene, and also serves on the Admissions Committee for the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University.
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823 Hayne Avenue SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 4:30pm (Lunch 12:30pm -1pm)