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Dental Implants

No one likes living with missing teeth, but old-fashioned dentures and bridges can be uncomfortable and conspicuous.

Fortunately, dental implants have revolutionized the way that dentists address tooth loss.

At his offices in Walterboro and Charleston, SC, Dr. Matt Dillard can change your life with dental implant surgery...

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small devices that replace lost tooth roots. They are usually made of titanium. Implants support dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures by anchoring them directly to the jawbone. Because implants fuse with your bone tissue, implant-supported restorations never slip or slide out of place.

At Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry, Dr. Dillard uses advanced technology and the latest techniques to place implants. Additionally, he practices sedation dentistry at his offices in Walterboro and Charleston, SC, so anxious patients can relax during this life-changing procedure.

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Dental implants replace lost tooth roots to provide the ultimate support to replacement teeth.

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace a single tooth or an entire dental arch of missing teeth. This restorative option offers unmatched stability and aesthetics. Dr. Matt Dillard can perform every stage of dental implant treatment from the convenience of our dental offices in Charleston and Walterboro, SC.

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Stephanie Cruz

2020

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They were amazing from the start. I needed to get my both bottom wisdom teeth extracted. The whole staff was very kind to me from the front desk ladies to the nurses and doctor. The day of my procedure I was a nervous wreck, I honestly have a big fear of dental work. But the nurses were comforting me and one gave me a hug. I just felt more at ease in their care.

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Aimar McQueeney

2018

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Dr. Dillard and staff are really great! I have had headaches that caused more discomfort than this tooth extraction. I needed a baby tooth that was fused to the bone jawbone removed for a dental implant. I have had no bruising, discomfort or complications. I recommend Dr. Dillard to anyone who needs major or extensive dental surgery...

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Meet with an Implant Expert Schedule a Consultation Today

If you live in greater Charleston, SC, and you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dillard and the team at Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry. Dr. Dillard is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has performed hundreds of dental implant surgeries during his career. He is more than qualified to place your implants and help you overcome tooth loss.

We are happy to accept new patients with or without a referral from a general dentist. You can request an appointment at either our Charleston or Walterboro office by contacting us online or by giving us a call.

Call Us: (843) 782-6725

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The Dental Implant Process

From beginning to end, replacing teeth with dental implants can take several months. While this is a longer treatment timeline than other dental procedures, the durable, long-lasting, natural-looking results are well worth the wait.

Day of Procedure

Consultation

During a consultation at one of our offices in Charleston or Walterboro, SC, Dr. Dillard will examine your bite and take x-rays of your jaw to determine your candidacy for implants. Using the information from this examination, he will begin to design your unique treatment plan.

Bone Grafting (If Necessary)

Many patients with missing teeth require dental bone grafting before they can receive implants. If your jawbone has atrophied, Dr. Dillard can make small incisions in your gums and place grafting material alongside your natural bone to restore a suitable foundation for dental implants.

Implant Surgery

Once your bone has sufficient density, we can schedule your dental implant surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Dillard will apply local anesthesia before making small incisions in your gums. Then, he will place the titanium implants through the incisions and into your jawbone. Finally, he will close the incisions with sutures. In many instances, we can provide a temporary restoration as your jaw heals.

Healing

Once your implants are in place, you will require a healing period of three to six months. During this time, the implants will integrate with the bone tissue through a process known as "osseointegration." Once osseointegration is complete, the implants will be as secure as natural tooth roots and a permanent part of your anatomy.

Restoration

Finally, Dr. Dillard and your dentist will work together to attach a lifelike crown, bridge, or denture to your implants. Once your final dental restoration is in place, you will once again enjoy the benefits of having all of your teeth.

Dental Implant Surgery Recovery

The recovery period after dental implant surgery is similar to that of other oral surgeries. During the first few days after your procedure, you may experience soreness, swelling, and minor bleeding near the implant site. This is totally normal, and discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain killers and ice packs.

As your incision heals, you should stick to a soft food diet. You should also be sure to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated so that your healing can proceed as quickly as possible.

Most patients can return to business as usual after one or two days. We will provide you with thorough recovery instructions after your surgery, and we will always be available to answer your questions throughout the duration of your treatment.

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MissShoRight Shosho

2018

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Excellent customer service! I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed here at once. They explained the entire procedure to me before I decided to go ahead and have the surgery. The staff was extremely professional and made sure that I was comfortable the entire time. I would recommend this office to anyone! I was also impressed with how clean the office and operating room was!

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Kasi Edwards (Kasi)

2017

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THANK YOU DR DILLARD!! I had wisdom teeth removal and the experience with him and his staff was awesome!! They made me comfortable and I felt well taken care of!! I had to revisit the office today as a follow up. Again the service was consistently at a level of excellence! HIS ASSISTANT was amazing as well and I am appreciative!!

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Paying for Dental Implants

The cost of your implant treatment will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth you are missing, your sedation preferences, and whether you require preparatory extractions or bone grafting. We will provide a quote for your surgery at the end of your consultation, so there won't be any surprises when you receive your bill.

It's important to understand that most insurance plans don't cover implants, but they will usually contribute to the cost of the restorations (crowns, bridges, or dentures) and preparatory procedures. We accept many insurance plans, and our staff will help you to secure the most coverage possible. In order to help as many patients as possible afford implant dentistry, we offer flexible financing through CareCredit®. CareCredit is a third-party lender that allows qualifying patients to pay for dentistry through low-interest or no-interest payment plans. 

Dental Implants and Smoking

If you are a smoker with missing teeth, you must quit the habit before your dental implant treatment.

Because nicotine reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and bone tissue, it can inhibit your jawbone's ability to fuse with the implant, causing osseointegration to either take longer than expected or fail altogether.

Dr. Dillard will ask about your tobacco use during your consultation in Charleston or Walterboro, SC. If you are unwilling to quit smoking, he can recommend an alternative form of tooth replacement.

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Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry

Dr. Matt Dillard is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon dedicated to your health and well being. He is highly trained in the diagnosing and treating oral health issues of the jaw, mouth, teeth, and face and performs procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, and bone grafting at his state-of-the-art practices in Charleston and Walterboro, SC.  He also offers emergency dentistry and affordable financing through CareCredit.

Affiliations include:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Dental Association

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dillard use our simple online form or call us anytime at (843) 782-6725. We look forward to meeting your smile.

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