We provide the following services:

Mini Dental Implants


Attention Denture Sufferers



Are you tired of loose fitting dentures that are unstable and seem to move at just the wrong time?  Tired of messy denture adhesives that don’t really work?  Sore spots because your dentures move around excessively on your gums? Chewing or biting difficulties? 


Mini Dental Implants may be your solution.  They can be used to anchor your teeth to keep them from moving and give you more confidence when eating and speaking.


Mini Dental Implants are significantly less expensive than traditional implants and treatment time and healing time are greatly reduced.  Many times the procedure can take place in one appointment.


  Why Mini Dental Implants?



Even the best denture adhesives can’t compare to the denture stability achieved with Mini Dental Implants.  These implants are designed to help denture wearers laugh, talk and live with improved comfort and confidence.


These smaller diameter implants were developed to provide greater denture stability for those who:


  • Can’t withstand the rigors of full sized implant surgery
  • Don’t have enough bone to allow for full sized implants to be placed
  • Are seeking a more affordable dental implant option



The Mini Dental Implant denture stabilization system consists of:


  • A metal housing that is incorporated into the base of your denture
  • A rubber O-ring, housed in the metal housing, to provide the seal that locks the pieces into place
  • Mini titanium alloy dental implants, rooted into the jawbone, that act as anchors to stabilize a lower denture


The Mini Dental Implant procedure takes place in our office with local anesthesia—sedation is also an option.  Typically, the procedure takes only one appointment and can be completed within 2 hours!  A precise and controlled technique is used to insert the small diameter implants (around 2 millimeters wide) into your jawbone.


  • With heads that are shaped like a ball, the implants protrude from the gum tissue where they will provide a secure anchor for your dentures.
  • Metal housings that carry a rubber O-ring will be inserted into the bottom of your dentures.
  • When the denture is seated on the Mini Dental Implants, the O-ring snaps over the ball like a socket and locks the dentures firmly into place as they gently rest on the gun tissue


Implants are designed to help your dentures work more like natural teeth, allowing easy and comfortable mobility for functions such as eating, talking and laughing.


The Results



Because of the minimally invasive nature of the Mini Dental Implant procedure, the MDI placement won’t require you to go through a lengthy healing period.  Within a few days, you’ll be out and about, enjoying a lunch of your favorite foods, talking with ease, laughing and smiling freely.  All that time, you’re feeling a new stability in your dentures—secure that they have the staying power you need without messy denture adhesives or creams.  Many times we can use your existing dentures.  We are offering a free consultation and x-ray to see if you are a candidate for this new, more affordable implant option.

 If you respond before May 30, 2013 to schedule your free consultation you will receive a $250.00 gift certificate to be used toward the cost of your mini implant treatment!

 To schedule a free consultation appointment, please call 1-740-592-1483 or 1-800-923-7329.


Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Snoring could be hazardous to your health.  While we once thought of snoring as only a problem to those who were kept awake by the sound, we now know that snoring and sleep apnea are problematic and can be extremely detrimental to an individual’s health if not addressed. The consequences involved in not treating these issues are becoming more harmful, as we learn more about the related health issues.

To explain the cause of sleep apnea/snoring you must realize that when you sleep, the muscles in the back of your mouth, tongue and throat relax.  If they relax too much, your jaw and tongue collapse and block your airway thus restricting the flow of oxygen to your lungs, heart and brain. As you breathe, the muscles and uvula vibrate and knock against the back of your throat— causing the sounds you hear during snoring.

To resume breathing, the person must awaken (although rarely remembers the awakening) and create tension in the tongue and throat tissue. This process opens the airway and causes a distinctive snorting sound. Within a short pe riod of time, this process often repeats itself. A person may wake up several hundred times during an 8-hour sleep period. This often results in chronic fatigue and other major health problems. In fact, research shows a relationship to heart disease, diabetes and premature death.

Please call our office or email info@riverwalk.com for a free consultation appointment to learn how you can achieve better health through a good night's sleep. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our patients for optimal health. As always, we are happy to answer your questions.


Porcelain laminate veneers are among the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement. Porcelain veneers resist staining and present a natural tooth appearance. Dr. Mathews routinely uses porcelain veneers as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped or misaligned. Because they require a minimal amount of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are a more conservative restoration than a crown. Tooth position, shape, size and color can be altered with the application of porcelain veneers. As one of the many esthetic restoration choices, veneers are a really quite remarkable solution to be used for correcting abnormalities.


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root—typically titanium-- that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, and they are permanent and stable. Because they look and feel like natural teeth, implants are a good solution to tooth loss. Dr. Mathews has practiced implantology in the Athens area for nearly 20 years, providing dozens of patients with enhanced functionality, better oral health and improved appearance. Call the office for a no charge consultation to learn how dental implants could make a difference in your life.


A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is a covering permanently cemented over an existing tooth, that has been specially prepared, and an impression taken, by your dentist. If your tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, crowning the tooth is the appropriate and long-lasting solution.

A tooth that has been crowned will restore and maintain your bite and improve your smile and the ability to chew. From an esthetic standpoint, crown placement can repair chipped or fractured teeth, and be exactly matched to your natural teeth, or made in a lighter shade.

We are pleased to offer our patients the latest in quality dental technology in the form of CEREC restorations—this is the one appointment crown you may have heard about on TV or read about in your favorite magazine! Using CAD/CAM technology, CEREC restorations give our office the ability to provide a superior method of creating precisely-designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations with our on-site milling equipment. The computer-aided design software allows us to very precisely design your crown (or similar restoration) with great accuracy to fit your clinical needs.

Soft Tissue Management

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums which will also affect the bones holding your teeth in place and cause tooth loss, if the infection is untreated.

Periodontal disease is very common and affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States. Based on materials published by the Journal of Periodontology online, research shows a connection between the bacteria present in periodontal disease and other serious health issues, including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure used by the hygienist to remove plaque buildup and bacteria from the infected area around the teeth. An antibiotic is then placed in the infected gum tissue to treat the disease and promote healing of the inflammation.  We offer Perio Protect as an effective, non-surgical treatment for gum disease, periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Regular check-ups are essential to maintaining good periodontal health and remaining free of inflammation. This is especially important considering the new research regarding complications with serious illnesses.

Teeth Whitening

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is here! Dr. Mathews has recently started providing his patients with the ZOOM! whitening system. Take a first step in feeling good and looking great with brighter, whiter teeth in less than an hour. ZOOM! is safe, effective and very fast-- performed only by a dental professional. For an in-depth look at the ZOOM! Technique, including frequently asked questions, please visit www.zoomnow.com, then call our office to schedule your appointment!

Digital X-Rays

The digital x-ray is far superior to conventional radiography in the dental office setting. When x-rays are necessary during your dental visit, you will be pleased to learn that Dr. Mathews’ office has the latest technology for performing digital radiography. Some of the advantages the patient will realize are less x-radiation—this is due to the sensor used being more sensitive to x-rays than conventional film; increased speed of image viewing, saving the patient chair time; greatly enhanced diagnostic image available in seconds on the computer screen for the patient and doctor to view. Dr. Mathews and staff will be pleased to answer questions about digital x-rays and their effectiveness in your treatment.

Before and After Photos