Some dental issues are complex and require oral surgery and the care of a specialist.
Our board-certified oral surgeon has the advanced training to perform implant placement, facial reconstruction, tooth extraction, and more.
Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry is here to meet complex needs. We have offices in Walterboro and Charleston, SC to serve you.
Issues Requiring Oral Surgery
A missing tooth leaves a gap in your smile and causes the surrounding teeth to shift. Our oral surgeon can restore your smile and oral health with a dental implant.
If a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it can shift your other teeth and cause many other serious oral health issues. Dr. Dillard can remove the wisdom tooth before it becomes an issue, protecting surrounding teeth.
Teeth can become infected due to advanced decay or trauma, and eventually compromise the health of other tissues of your mouth. While our oral surgeon will do everything he can to preserve your natural teeth, an infected tooth must be extracted. He can replace the tooth with an implant-supported restoration.
Without teeth roots, your jawbone will lose tissue and shrink over time. Dr. Dillard can perform bone grafting to improve your jawbone density and create a viable foundation for a titanium dental implant.
This birth defect can affect your child's ability to eat and speak. Our oral surgeon can correct the issue in a way that creates a normal appearance and restores function.
If you have been injured in a way that resulted in facial trauma, our oral surgeon can perform reconstructive surgery to restore both function and appearance.
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Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry in Charleston and Walterboro, SC, has state-of-the-art offices and offers top-level oral surgery. Dr. Dillard has extensive training in extracting wisdom teeth, placing dental implants, and performing maxillofacial surgery. Our offices are often referred by other dentists in the Lowcountry region for oral surgery.
If you have complex needs requiring advanced training and skill, we are here for you. Contact our offices today using our simple form or by calling:
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Why Choose an Oral Surgeon?
While general dentists can meet many needs, some cases require the attention of a specialist. A board-certified oral surgeon like Dr. Dillard has undergone education and specialized training in surgical techniques that general dentists don't undertake. Therefore, if you have an especially complex case, consulting an oral surgeon is often the surest way to achieve a resolution to your oral health issue.
Types of Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery Available at our Charleston and Walterboro, SC, offices
Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common dental surgeries performed at Oral & Implant Surgery of the Lowcountry. By using today's most sophisticated techniques and providing amenities like sedation as needed, Dr. Dillard can remove the wisdom tooth with minimal discomfort. We can use this treatment to address active problems, or it can be performed as soon as wisdom teeth start developing in order to avoid complications altogether.
If a tooth is infected or too damaged to repair with a solution like dental caps, the best option is to remove it. Dr. Dillard can handle even the most complex extraction cases and provide surgical solutions to replace the tooth. This will only be recommended if there are no viable means of retaining the tooth.
Bone grafting is a maxillofacial surgery that encourages new bone growth in receded areas of the jaw. The existing jawbone is exposed during the surgery and then a safe, sterile bone grafting material is placed. Within about three to six months, the graft will integrate with the jaw. This procedure is frequently performed in preparation for dental implants.
A dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone to replace a lost tooth root and support a natural-looking, fully functional replacement tooth (restoration). Once the restoration is in place, you can experience a renewed ability to chew and speak clearly. A dental implant can last a lifetime with the proper care, though the crown, bridge, or denture will require eventual replacement.
Motor vehicle accidents and sports accidents can cause significant oral and facial trauma. Oral and maxillofacial surgery can repair and reconstruct damaged tissue. Dr. Dillard can also perform surgery to correct a cleft lip and palate. In both cases, Dr. Dillard will use refined techniques to keep visible scarring to an absolute minimum, achieve natural-looking results, and restore function.
Oral biopsies can detect oral cancers and other serious health conditions. Dr. Dillard will take a small tissue sample for analysis in order to determine if a serious health issue is affecting your smile.
What Is Maxillofacial Surgery?
While oral surgery treats conditions affecting your teeth and gums to improve your dental health, maxillofacial surgery can treat conditions and problems that affect your lower face, such as the tongue, roof of the mouth, neck, and jawbone.
Your CPAP Machine May Not Eliminate OSA
While CPAP machines can help treat OSA, it is sometimes ineffective or a patient may desire a permanent solution that's not noisy or uncomfortable. Maxillofacial surgery is just as effective as CPAP machines for correcting obstruction in OSA patients. National Library of Medicine
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We hire the best of the best so you can receive dental care that accurately addresses your needs. We combine our experienced staff with advanced technology to diagnose and treat conditions quickly and effectively. We work to help you achieve your goals and get you a smile that's healthy and aesthetically appealing.
To request a consultation at our Charleston or Walterboro office and hear how we can help you by using oral and maxillofacial surgery, call us today:
Types of Sedation
Before surgery, the patient will take a sedative in pill form. Patients remain conscious during the procedure, but probably won't remember anything about it afterward.
Intravenous sedation medication is administered through a needle in the back of your hand through an IV drip. Patients remain in a deep state of near-sleep, and the strength of the effects can be instantly adjusted to meet your needs.
Before recommending either of these treatments, we will check your health history and the medications you are currently taking in order to make certain you can safely undergo sedation. During sedation, we will monitor your vital signs to further ensure your safety.
No matter which sedation option you choose, you will need a designated driver to and from the office. Patients who receive oral and IV sedatives should not drive 24 to 48 hours after leaving our offices. They should also plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day after their treatment.
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Paying For Your Surgical Treatment
We accept major insurances like Cigna, Blue Cross, and SC Medicaid. We are happy to file claims on your behalf and ensure you get the most out of your insurance.
Cash, Checks, & Credit Cards
We accept checks, cash, and most credit cards at our Charleston and Walterboro, SC, offices. For patients who can't pay all costs upfront, we also offer a flexible in-house payment plan so they can get the treatment they need now.
For patients who don't have insurance or have substantial out-of-pocket costs for their treatment, we offer affordable financing through CareCredit®. This third-party lender allows you to make budget-friendly low interest payments each month.