October 2014

A Doctor Worth Waiting For

Author: Kitty Bartell | Photographer: Photography by Anne

There are more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States. Compare that to the tens of thousands of other types of surgeons, and it becomes apparent that this is a rather elite group of dentists who are trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. According to myoms.org, they train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other areas of specialty. Their training focuses primarily on the bone, skin and muscle of the face, mouth and jaw. Oral and facial surgeons have knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and esthetic conditions in this area.

Since 2008 when he purchased the practice from Dr. Sidney Jones, Dr. Brian Low, D.M.D., and his team at Hilton Head Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (HHOMS), have been treating face, mouth, and jaw related issues. A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Low went on to Wake Forest University, the University of Miami (Florida), and the University of Florida (Jacksonville) for his various residencies. HHOMS has grown into a busy practice, with two state-of-the-art offices located on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. “We offer every piece of equipment needed to get things done,” Low said.

Providing a serene yet professional environment where patients are offered the highest level of care and hygienic safety, the staff maintains strict sterilization and cross-contamination processes and follows the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Further, the HHOMS team participates in a sterilization monitoring program that meets the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

The features of the face and the treatment of their conditions, illnesses, and injuries can significantly impact an individual’s way of life and outlook. According to Low, “HHOMS is one of the few practices in the area that uses 3-D CT scan technology within the office. We have the ability to get imaging on a patient during a consultation and pretty much do their whole surgery on the computer software before doing anything on them. It eliminates all the guess work. Traditional x-rays are two-dimensional, and there are some other magnification factors that aren’t totally accurate; but with CT scan technology, it’s an exact representation of the patient. It gives significantly more information than a routine x-ray.”

According to Low, dental implants are currently one of the most cutting edge advancements in dentistry. The accuracy and efficiency of the implant process helps make their “Teeth in a Day” program a great success. “I have had multiple patients that have come in and they have had their hands over their mouths. They have been afraid to smile for years,” he said. “In one day, we will remove all their bad teeth, put in multiple implants, and then set them up with their restorative dentist. They get a new set of teeth that are fixated into place and that are permanent, all in the same day. Patients go from a not so great smile, to a new set of teeth all within 24 hours. They have a complete change to their demeanor and how they go about their day.

They are looking at people and smiling. That’s probably the biggest everyday change that we see.”
The implant process involves three components: a tiny titanium screw that is inserted into the bone, a post-type abutment that attaches to the implant, and a crown that is fitted over the abutment, resulting in a natural looking tooth. Most patients are excellent candidates for this procedure; and with a 97 percent success rate of implant integration, Teeth in a Day is changing lives.

HHOMS also treats a wide variety of conditions and provides dental services including, the administration of anesthesia, bone and soft tissue grafting, cleft lip and palate, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma, oral and facial pathology and biopsies, oral and facial reconstruction, sleep apnea, TMJ surgery, and wisdom teeth extraction. Low consults with his patients and performs surgery at his two office locations. In addition, he is on staff and on-call, treating primarily facial trauma, at Hilton Head Island Regional Medical Center and Coastal Carolina Hospital, where he is currently serving as chief of staff.

Having spent a lot of time in Charleston growing up, Low was drawn to the Lowcountry to set up practice and to raise his family “This was kind of a natural place to settle,” he said. He and his wife of nearly 14 years have three children who occupy any free time he may find in his schedule when he is not running HHOMS and treating patients, fulfilling his duties at Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, or fulfilling the rigorous continuing education requirements of his profession. He is also one of the team doctors for University of South Carolina Beaufort, addressing the facial and oral trauma needs of the school’s student-athletes.

Low is one of the elite medical experts in face, mouth, and jaw surgery, who are changing lives, easing pain, treating injuries, and serving the local community. Making the Lowcountry home has proven to be a most fortunate decision, both personally and professionally. 

For more information, visit hiltonheadoralsurgery.com. To make an appointment, please call (843) 689-6338 for the Hilton Head Island office or (843) 815-3055 for the Bluffton office.

Dr. Brian X. Low’s credentials: - Board Certified Diplomate American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - Fellow American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Fellow International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Certified instructor for CPR

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