Northeast Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Columbia and Orangeburg, South Carolina
803-699-5900, 803-695-1118, and 803-534-5444
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Dootson, Clary and Strider manage an extensive range of problems and complications regarding the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Drs. Dootson, Clary and Strider practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. As the directors of the South Carolina Academy of Advanced Implant Studies we work in unison with many general practitioners and other specialists on complicated implant cases. As members of the Richland Hospital Facial Trauma Team they also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Click here to find out more about dental implants.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. Click here to find out more about wisdom teeth.
A wisdom tooth is referred to as any of the usual four third molars. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 14 - 25 and are usually the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When wisdom teeth fully erupt, align properly in the dental arch and gum tissue is healthy around them, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. In most cases this does not happen; usually because there is insufficient room in the dental arch for them to erupt properly. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
There is a great amount of scientific literature, the most extensive being the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, “White Paper”, suggesting wisdom teeth should be removed to prevent damage of the existing tooth, periodontal disease, infection, cystic formation in the jaw bone and pain.
Dental Implants are root-form titanium implants that are surgically placed into the maxilla or mandible where teeth are missing. The dental implant acts as tooth root substitutes and on top of the implant some type of tooth substitute is placed on the implant. When an implant is placed in the jawbone our bone actually grows and attaches to the implant making it stable and allowing the dentist to fabricate artificial teeth that appear to be coming out of the gum tissue identical to normal teeth.
A major function of dental implants is the preserve facial structure and bone, preventing bone deterioration that occurs once a tooth is extracted. Once a tooth is extracted the bone on the facial and lingual aspects of the dental arch collapse very quickly, up to 50% in the first year. When an implant is placed it provides function to the bone and our bodies recognize that this bone is needed and it does not deteriorate or resorb.