Introduction to Oral Surgery

In nearly all cases, our patients have been referred to us by a general dentist or other specialist who has determined that an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is the best specialist to meet the patient’s current needs. The care provided by oral surgeons differs from the care provided by general dentists in a number of ways, and there are many reasons why dentists may recommend that a patient be treated by an oral surgeon for a particular procedure.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have completed rigorous, hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training residencies after graduating from dental school. This highly specialized additional training includes techniques in emergency medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology, in addition to years of surgical experience dedicated to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws. Not only does this advanced training lead to better and more predictable surgical outcomes, but patients can be assured that the oral surgeons’ specialty training has equipped them to handle complications that may arise during the course of treatment.

why Would you choose An oral SURGEON?

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have achieved the highest standards in the profession. Board certification is attained through years of dental school, surgical residency, board examination and continuing education. Being treated by a Board Certified surgeon ensures that you are under the care of a provider with the credentials, surgical skills, education, and judgment necessary to perform a safe and successful procedure.

Dr. Dooston, Dr. Clary, Dr. Tucker, and Dr. Strider’s expertise includes a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal, to corrective jaw surgery and hard or soft tissue biopsies. They are also highly skilled in cutting edge grafting techniques designed to rebuild bone structure using minimal surgical intervention for optimal patient comfort, and they can diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures. They are supported in their clinical practice by dedicated and caring auxiliary team members who are trained and certified in assisting with Intravenous (IV) sedation and outpatient general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. Also, every member of our team (both clinical and administrative employees) is CPR certified, and they all participate in regular training and continuing education in order to provide the best possible care to our patients.

In addition to achieving the highest standards in their profession, our surgeons are committed to achieving the highest standards of patient care in their community. We think of our practice as a “family,” and we hope you will too. Our surgeons have the privilege of caring each day for the wonderful men, women, and children who make South Carolina’s Midlands such a special place to live and work. We believe that our community deserves the best oral surgery care available, and it is our goal to deliver that to our patients each day.