James Island Dental Associates
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
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Our Technology
At James Island Dental Associates, we are excited to offer a new way of imaging for our patients. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Weir now have the ability to perform CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) of our patients’ jaws with our new low radiation Planmeca ProMax 3D.
What Our Patients Say
  • You are a top-notch dental practice! I have been to several in my lifetime and yours tops the list of professional services, timeliness of appointments and a wonderful staff! I have found your business runs like a well-oiled machine which I do appreciate. Many thanks to Dr. Weir, Dr. Thomas and your kind and caring staff.
    Ginni P.
    No issues, just accolades! Everything went very well and was particularly impressed at your attention to customer service. Both dentist and DA explained what they were doing at every step of the way, I got full answers to all of my questions. You seem to have the needs of the patient at the heart of everything you do!
    Phil W.
  • The staff was great during the procedure. Having wisdom teeth extracted was a bit distressing but confidence of staff helped me get through the process and have had very little pain afterwards. Great job team Thomas!!!
    Brett K.
    As with previous visits, this one was smooth and efficient. The technician answered my questions about whitening my teeth and was very thoughtful and friendly. I would, and have, recommended your practice to friends and co-workers.
  • We usually see Dr. Weir and this was our first time seeing Dr. Thomas, but he was great as well. Ms. Holly is the greatest, especially with kids. I used to have a major fear of going to the dentist and now it's kind of a nice thing to do. Thank you all!
    Very professional and courteous staff. Clean office, thorough work, and wonderful patient care. I feel very confident with the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Weir and would highly recommend his services. Top notch support staff.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Do You Know the Connection between Alcohol and Oral Cancer?

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Because April is alcohol awareness month, we want to take some time to discuss some of the devastating effects alcohol can have not only your overall health but also your oral health. Did you know that alcohol abuse (more than 21 drinks during the week) is the second largest risk factor for developing oral cancer? And when you combine its effects with tobacco use the risk of developing oral cancer increases exponentially. Here's what you should know.

How Alcohol Affects Your Mouth

When you drink alcohol, it dehydrates your mouth. This can contribute to "dry mouth," which is an oral condition that causes issues such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. When you combine smoking with drinking alcohol, the drying effect also allows the carcinogens in tobacco to permeate the tissues in your mouth, which contributes to the formation of oral cancer.

Heavy drinking also causes nutritional deficiencies that weaken the immune system and lowers the body's ability to utilize antioxidants to prevent cancer cells from forming.

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

While it is a form of cancer that doesn't usually draw much focus, oral cancer is actually responsible for one death every hour in America, 24 hours per day. Sadly, these numbers haven't really improved over the years mostly due to the fact that oral cancer is often not detected until it has reached more advanced stages, leaving a poor prognosis for the patient. 

Visiting your dentist in Charleston every six months for cleanings and checkups is truly your best defense against oral cancer. You are also your own best advocate; closely monitor your oral health and report any changes in your mouth to your dentist right away such as white or red patches, or wounds that don't heal within a couple of weeks.

If you have further questions about alcohol or oral cancer, we encourage you to contact your team at James Island Dental Associates.

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