James Island Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

ICOI: International Congress of Oral Implantologist 2016 Meeting

ICOI Summer SymposiumDr. Beall maintains continuing education in implant placement through the American Academy of Implant Dentists (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI). This year Dr. Beall is attending the ICOI’s summer symposium in San Diego, CA in order to learn about industry and clinical improvements and techniques. Unfortunately this means Dr. Beall will have to be out of the office for a few days but we hope you understand the importance of continued education to improve your health.

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MUSC Interim Dean: Dr. Patricia Blanton

Dean John Sanders has announced his retirement from the Medical University of South Carolina’s James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine (MUSC’s CDM), effective June 30th, 2016.

After consultation with the faculty, staff, students, President David Cole and Interim Provost Designate Lisa Saladin, the CDM has appointed Dr. Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, PhD, MS, as interim dean, contingent upon MUSC Board of Trustees approval at their August 2016 meeting.

Dr. Blanton has been a professor in the Department of Stomatology since she joined our practice in 2014. Dr. Blanton will assume her tenure beginning July 1, 2016 and continue until a successful recruitment for a permanent dean is named; the search and screen process for a new dean will begin in the weeks ahead. Please congratulate Dr. Blanton on this honorable appointment.

2016 Washington Leadership Conference

Dr. Beall strives to be politically involved in dental legislation and is participating this year in the ADA’s Washington Leadership Conference as a patient advocate. Please feel free to share your concerns or opinions on policies you may like changed or would like to be involved in before May 2-4.

ADA Washington Leadership Conference Norman Podium

Every spring hundreds of dentists gather together in the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice. At the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC), you will hear from political analysts, subject matter experts, members of Congress and politically involved dentists on issues that affect oral health in the United States. Join your colleagues and the American Dental Association in helping our current efforts on the Hill to ensure your voice is heard by lawmakers.

2015 WLC Advocacy Accomplishments

April 27th-29th, the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) and Council on Government Affairs (CGA) recently hosted our annual Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington, D.C. This year, over 470 dentists from all 50 states descended on Washington to advocate on behalf of your patients, your practice, and your profession. ADPAC would like to share with all of you the impact that your colleagues made on Capitol Hill during the WLC.

ADA member dentists met with over 300 Congressional offices to discuss the important issues to dentistry. Below you will find a summary of those issues

Action for Dental Health Act 2015 (H.R. 539)

The bill would allow organizations to qualify for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) oral health grants to support activities that improve oral health education and dental disease prevention. The grants would also be used to develop and expand outreach programs establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled. H.R. 539 is picking up steam, it has added 44 co-sponsors since the WLC, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 56 (click on the above link to see the whole list).

Student Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 649)

This bill will assist in easing the burden of student loan debt by allowing individuals to refinance their federal student loans more than once. H.R. 649 would allow new dentists to refinance their federal Direct Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, and Direct Consolidation Loans at any time during the life of the loans, enabling them to take advantage of lower interest rates during more favorable economic conditions. Moreover, refinanced rates would be fixed, protecting them from interest rate hikes when economic conditions worsen. Since WLC, 15 new co-sponsors have signed on to this bill bringing the total to 33 (click on the above to see a full list).

RAISE Act of 2015 (H.R. 1185)

This legislation makes three common sense changes to the current Health Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) structure to give families a greater degree of control of their out-of-pocket health care expenses. First, it allows families to carry over all unused funds from year to year, providing the ability to plan and save for major expenditures. Second, the bill raises the savings cap from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. Lastly, it allows for an additional $500 to be added to the cap for each dependent beyond two. After WLC, the bill picked up another 24 co-sponsors, bringing the total to 48 (click on the above link to see the whole list).

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Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Hinman LogoThis year our Dr. Patrica Blanton will be speaking at three lectures at The Hinman Dental Society’s annual Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA from March 17-19. Here’s a description of her lectures this year.



Clinical Anatomy and Local Anesthesia – The Head Has a Body

Review once-familiar anatomical concepts. This course covers anatomical structures that are continuous  between the head and neck and of clinical concern. The fascial layers relative to spread of infection and the anatomy of the airway compromise will be covered. This program is designed to provide you with a visual concept of the continuity of anatomical structures between the head and neck with regard to concerns such as spread of infection. Renew your understanding of the anatomical basis of airway obstruction and foreign body enlodgment and learn how to apply this knowledge to avoid and/or manage such complications.

Date/Time: 3/17/2016   1:00 – 4:00 PM


Clinical Anatomy and Local Anesthesia – Your Patient’s Face

Take a new look at the structures that make up the face. Clinical situations such as retrograde venous flow, hematoma formation, sensory and motor nerve deficits, facial paralysis, and spread of infection will be discussed relative to facial structure. Gain an updated understanding of the trigeminal nerves and the facial nerves, which are the major sensory and motor nerves of the face. Improve your visual concept of the highly vascular nature of the human face and explore the anatomical relationships of the “face” to the depths of the head as well as the rest of the body.

Date/Time: 3/18/2016   8:30 – 11:30 AM


Clinical Anatomy and Local Anesthesia – The Key to Profound Anesthesia: Anatomy

To be sure that your anesthesia is profound, you must thoroughly master the complexities of the relevant anatomy. Enhance your safe and effective use of the maxillary and mandibular local anesthesia. Block injections, “inadequate anesthesia”, supplemental innervation” and “alternative routes” such as the Gow-Gates, Akinosi, intraosseous and intraligamentary routes will be detailed. Become thoroughly familiar with the anatomical complications of local anesthetic injections and how to avoid and manage them.

Date/Time: 3/18/2016   1:00 – 4:00 PM



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Dentistry Today

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Dr. Blanton has been distinguished as a 2016 CE (continued education) leader by Dentistry Today, “the nations clinical news magazine for dentists,” in their 18th annual review. You can check out the article using the link above for the December 2015 edition.


Dr. Blanton has led a distinguished career in dentistry dating back to her first faculty appointment in 1967. She received her MS and PhD degrees in anatomy from Baylor University; the DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry, and her certificate in periodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Blanton is currently Professor Emeritus in Baylor’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and practices periodontics and implantology and is visiting clinical professor in the department of stomatology at the Medical University of South Carolina. The first female president of the Texas Dental Association, she recently served as president of the American College of Dentists and vice president of the ADA. Dr. Blanton is a consultant, American College of Dentists Foundation; a commissioner, the Commission on Dental Accreditation; and a member, Baylor Oral Health Foundation Board. Her awards include the Baylor College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dallas County Dental Society Dentist of the Year Award, Dallas County Dental Society Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association of Women Dentists 2008 Woman Dentist of the Year/Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, and Commanders Award from the Europe Regional Dental Command. Dr. Blanton is the honored recipient of the Hall of Fame Award at Baylor College of Dentistry/TAMHSC, and received the highest honor given by the Texas Dental Association, the Gold Medal of Distinguished Service Award.

Dentistry Today 18th Annual CE Leaders

Dr. Blanton is featured as a top CE leader for 2016.

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Our Lady of Mercy – Wellness Center

Dr. Beall and Marvil volunteer their time working with the MUSC dental students several times a year at “Our Lady of Mercy – Wellness Center” located on John’s Island, SC. Dr. Beall and some of our staff will be volunteering our time this Tuesday afternoon.

Dental Services are offered Monday through Thursday by appointment and Tuesday evenings on an emergency basis. The Dentists provide comprehensive care and education to all patients. The services are offered for residents who lack insurance or the means to pay.

If you are a resident in need please contact their office at (843) 559-4109 for assistance.

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Keeper of the Wild

We’re animal lovers here at James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry and a few of our staff are attending an event on Sunday, February 7th, hosted by Keeper of the Wild.

Come Join Keeper of the Wild Wildlife Rescue At Magnolia Plantation for all the Basic Attractions, roasted oysters, chili, veggies, desserts, beverages and Silent Auction and still get back home in plenty of time before the Super Bowl at 6:30 PM. Adults $30. Under 12 FREE! Benefits orphaned and injured wildlife rescued and rehabilitated by 501c3 nonprofit Keeper of the Wild, and toward completion of our new Center. Help make a difference for Wildlife!

Call 843 761-3400 or [email protected] for tickets. 

Tickets may also be purchased at these three vets:

Pet Vet
307 Mill Street
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
M-Th 8 – 6 F 8 – 5 Sat 9 – 12
(843) 884-7387

Also at
Maybank Animal Hospital
1917 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(James Island)
M T Th F 8-6 W & Sat 8 – 1
(843) 795-3131

Dorchester Veterinary Hospital
5617 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418
M-F 8 – 6 Sat 8 – 12
(843) 552-0259

Please feel free to join us or learn more about the event here.

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Wando Soccer Banner

Dr. Beall’s daughter, Grace, attends Wando High School and we have purchased a banner that is now hanging in Mount Pleasant, SC, in support of their soccer team. Let us know what you think!


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Pet Helpers: Unchain Charleston

Unchain Charleston LogoWith a slogan prompting “Fences Give Freedom,” Unchain Charleston is breaking the chains and improving the lives of dogs in the lowcountry  by building fences one at a time. Every month, groups of volunteers gather to prepare the sites and construct the fences in underdeveloped communities, offering security and shelter to formerly chained dogs.

Several of our office staff are volunteering this Saturday, November 14th, 2015, from 9 am to approximately 1:30 pm and would like to invite anyone in our community to join, donate, or apply for a fence they know is of need. Please contact Pet Helpers at [email protected] or visit their website here for more information.

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