Sewee Dental Care
Welcome to Sewee Dental Care
At Sewee Dental Care, our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.
When you have cosmetic dentistry needs, you want to turn to a professional who listens and responds ... an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs ... a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our staff meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.
Sewee Dental Care believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with enhancing the appearance of your teeth.
Comfortable, Convenient Setting
The best care in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't access it. At Sewee Dental Care, we strive to make our Mount Pleasant office as efficient and convenient as possible.
All our professionals at Sewee Dental Care maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Eddie White, JR., DMD
Dr. Edward White, Jr. (Eddie), followed in his fathers footsteps (Dr. Edward White, DDS), graduating from Wando High School in 1978, then Furman University in 1982. He completed his Degree at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dentistry in 1986. Dr. White practiced with Restorative Dentistry Associates in West Ashley for 11 years before opening Sewee Dental Care in 1998. He enjoys all phases of dentistry especially patient education, and meeting new people.
Dr. David Oyster, DMD, MS
Dr. David Oyster, DMD, MS is the only Board-Certified Periodontist East of the Cooper. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1974. After 5 years as a Line Officer (Supply ship and PT Boats!), he left the Navy for Dental School at the University of Florida, graduating in 1985. He then rejoined the Navy serving as a General Dentist for 7 years before going to Bethesda Naval Hospital to complete his Peridontics Residency and Master's in Oral Biology at George Washington University. He retired from the Navy in 2002. He specializes in the treatment of gum disease, dental implants, cosmetic gum enhancements and oral medicine/biopsy services. Dr. Oyster is an assistant clinical professor at MUSC Periodontics Residency Training Program.
For more information on Dr. Oyster, go to www.perio.org/periodontist/DavidKOysterDMD
Dr. Kristi Dillard, DMD
Dr. Dillard graduated from the College of Charleston in 1993 and then went on to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 1997. She then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at MUSC in 1998. Dr. Dillard taught at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry for four years before returning to private practice. She spent time in Japan with her husband while he was serving in the military as an Oral Surgeon. He now works with an established group of oral surgeons locally, in the Mt. Pleasant area. She enjoys all aspects of restorative dentistry.
We are happy to file insurance for you as a courtesy. However, we do not participate in any insurance network. Therefore, the patient is responsible for any expenses not covered by the insurance.
We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. Payment arrangements can be made according to treatment plans.
Although we file your dental insurance, payment is due at the time of treatment for your expected portion.
Sewee Dental Care offers a full array of cosmetic dentistry services to help you create a satisfying smile. You can read more on this page about specific services.
Crowns and Bridges
Excessive or Uneven Gums
Scaling and Root Planing
What makes us special?
At Sewee Dental Care we strive to make your dental visits as pleasurable as possible.
We can provide for you and your regular dentist solutions for a variety of periodontal and oral medicine problems in a conservative and efficient atmosphere.
We provide most dental services, both non-surgical & surgical in one office. This limits your travel to other specialists unless we deem it necessary.
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Implants are so well-designed, they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. Diabetics and people with chronic bruxism (teeth clenching) are generally not favorable candidates. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene. In general, good candidates who have dental implants can expect high success rates with the procedure.
Types of implants
Full upper replacements: The upper set of teeth is replaced with implants.
Anterior replacement: Implants are used to replace the front teeth (also called incisors and cupids).
Full lower replacement: The lower set of teeth is replaced with implants. Full lower replacement usually only uses six implants (near the front), which are used to anchor a denture. This obviates the need for denture adhesive.
Posterior replacement: Implants are used to replace the bicuspids and molars (the back teeth).
Single tooth replacement
Steps for these procedures include:
Missing tooth roots are replaced with implants, which are covered under the gum line.
A healing period of six months allows implants to take.
The implants are uncovered and extensions attached.
Replacement teeth are affixed to the implants and extensions.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve a cosmetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
People choose aesthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons-to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.
For these and many other reasons, aesthetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession.
Common aesthetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. They also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth-from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.
Some of the more common procedures involve:
Bonding - A procedure in which tooth-colored material is used to close gaps or change tooth color.
Contouring and reshaping - A procedure that straightens crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
Veneers - A procedure in which ultra-thin coatings are placed over the front teeth. Veneers can change the color or shape of your teeth. For example, veneers have been used to correct unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped, oddly shaped or discolored teeth.
Whitening and bleaching - As the term implies, whitening and bleaching, a rapidly increasing procedure, are used to make teeth whiter.
Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? A dental exam will take many factors into consideration, including your overall oral health.
Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases, and in the placement of implants. Periodontists receive extensive training for at least two years beyond the four of dental school. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. In addition, they can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire. General dentists often refer their patients when the periodontal disease is beyond their scope of expertise, but you don't need a referral to see a periodontist. There are occasions when you may choose to go direct, or refer a family member or friend!
What services are provided by a Periodontist?
Diagnose and treat gum disease
Periodontal plastic surgery to improve your smile
Extractions and restoratively-driven surgical procedures
Oral Medicine and Biopsy services
What's a Diplomate?
Only about 35% of periodontists are Diplomates (i.e. Board Certified). A Diplomate has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, Board certification reqires comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants and oral medicine.
For more information on Periodontal disease and treatment, go to www.perio.org