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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.

Dr. Matt Dillard can change your life with discreet dental implants and prosthetics at his Walterboro, SC, or Charleston, SC, offices.

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. Implants prevent bone loss associated with a missing tooth and help maintain the integrity of your jawbone.

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace a single tooth or an entire row of missing teeth. This restorative dentistry option offers remarkable stability and natural-looking results. Dr. Matt Dillard performs all stages of dental implant treatment at his dental offices in Charleston and Walterboro, SC.

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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..." Aimar McQueeney, 2018

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. Matt 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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Protect Your Teeth With Implants A tried and true dentistry procedure that can improve your bite

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Before Poor dental hygiene and decay have left the patient with some weaker teeth that may need to be extracted. But, the teeth surrounding the weaker teeth are healthy and do not need dental work.
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After With implants, teeth surrounding gaps left by an extracted tooth do not have to be reshaped. The patient's smile no longer has tooth gaps, and appears whiter and brighter. 

"THANK YOU DR. DILLARD!"

"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!!" Kasi Edwards (Kasi), 2017

Implants Can Support a Variety of Prosthetics  They Also Have Advantages Over Traditional Options 

Whether you're missing one tooth, several teeth, or even a whole arch of teeth, dental implants can improve your life. Prosthetics that are anchored by implants are maintained like natural teeth. Traditional bridges or dentures have to be removed for cleaning, an unnecessary step with prosthetics supported by implants.

Here are some options that our Walterboro and Charleston, SC, offices can offer you:

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Missing a Single Tooth

An implant-supported crown is often the best restoration option for a patient who is missing a single tooth. An implant-supported crown leaves the neighboring healthy teeth untouched. By contrast, to replace a missing tooth with a bridge, the surrounding healthy teeth have to be reshaped to support the appliance, which can weaken tooth structure. A traditional bridge also has to be replaced every five to seven years on average, compared to a dental implant which can last 15 years or longer.

Multiple Missing Teeth

Multiple Missing Teeth

Patients who are missing a few adjacent teeth may want to talk to their dentist about implant-supported bridges. Generally, two implants are used to support the bridge. Artificial teeth are placed on top of the implants and fill in the gap left by a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Traditional bridges are removable, making them susceptible to more wear and tear, and are exposed to possible damage from being dropped. This is not the case with implant-supported bridges.

Missing a Full Arch of Teeth

Missing a Full Arch of Teeth

Patients who are missing all of their upper or lower arch of teeth may be a good fit for implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures lock in place, providing better stability. They're cared for like natural teeth. A full denture can be anchored by as few as four implants, eliminating the need for dental adhesives. This is often preferable to traditional dentures, which can slip out of place at any time. Traditional dentures also have to be moist to retain their shape, requiring patients to soak them at night when they're sleeping.

With traditional crowns, bridges, or dentures, the prosthetics need consistent adjustments from dentists. But with consistent cleaning and following your dentist's advice, implant-supported prosthetics may require significantly fewer adjustments.

Save Your Jawbone, Replace Missing Teeth

Implants are the only dental treatment known to stop bone loss associated with missing teeth. Delaying implant treatment can lead to the need for bone grafting, which can extend your overall treatment timeline. Dr. Matt Dillard has performed hundreds of dental implant surgeries that have helped patients retain their jawbone. Save your jawbone. Request an appointment to our Charleston or Walterboro office online or by calling:

(843) 782-6725

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.

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.

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 Implant Surgery Recovery

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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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"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." Stephanie Cruz, 2020

Ensuring Your Comfort and Safety With Sedation

Your safety and comfort are two of our top priorities, whether you're at our Charleston, SC, office or Walterboro, SC, office. In most cases, dental implant surgery causes only minor discomfort. Patients have expressed surprise at how little pain they experience during treatment.

However, some patients may be more anxious than others when it comes to dental treatments. Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry offers sedation for those who are nervous about dental implant surgery. Sedation also greatly minimizes any feelings of pain.

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Technology and Expertise You Can Trust

If you have missing teeth but remain unsure which implant options are right for your needs, Dr. Matt Dillard and the team at Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry can help you decide. After performing hundreds of dental implant surgeries in his career, he is an expert in determining which prosthetics can meet your specific needs. Our ultra-modern technology and dedicated staff will provide you with quality results.

Don’t let indecision keep you from the benefits of dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us in Charleston or Walterboro, SC. You can contact us directly through our website or by calling:

(843) 782-6725

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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!" MissShoRight Shosho, 2018

Dental Implants and Smoking

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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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Other Factors to Consider Before Treatment

In addition to smoking, other health factors can determine the success of your dental implants. During an initial consultation, our dentist will review your medical history, potential concerns, and your final goals.

It is important to be honest with your dentist about your health history, as specific health issues can increase the risk of implant failure. Your dentist may recommend other dental treatments to increase the success of your implant treatment. Here are some other health factors to consider before receiving dental implants:

Jawbone Recession

If your jaw lacks the necessary bone tissue to support a dental implant. Without the required bone strength in your jaw, the titanium implants will not fuse to the jawbone properly. Your dentist may suggest bone grafting treatment to build more density in your jaw.

Periodontal Disease

Dental implants will not take hold in gums that are not healthy enough. If your gums are too weak or inflamed for dental implants, our dentist may recommend periodontal treatment.

Diabetes and Other Health Issues

Diabetes and other diseases can increase your risks during surgery and the healing process. Be sure to disclose any health conditions to your dentist that you believe may interfere with your dental treatment.

Teeth Damaged by Trauma

Some injuries can affect an entire tooth's function and aesthetics. For a natural tooth that is broken beyond the point of treatment, we may recommend that it be extracted and replaced with an implant.

Severely Decayed Teeth

If a root canal is not successful, you may need to have the tooth extracted. Instead of leaving a gap in your natural teeth, an implant with a false tooth can complete your smile.

Gaps From Missing Teeth

Patients with a missing tooth or several missing teeth often choose dental implants due to their stability over traditional bridges and partial dentures.

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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) 410-5766. We look forward to meeting your smile.

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