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Camden Dental Care

Your top choice for friendly, comfortable dental care in the St. Mary's area

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Comfortable, Relaxing Patient Rooms

If you've experienced anxiety around dental visits in the past, you're not alone.

Our patient rooms and treatment options provide the highest quality experience that will change the way you think about dental appointments!

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Meet Our Team

Our team is dedicated to bringing you the most comfortable, highest-quality dental experience. Click below to meet our dentists, hygienists, and staff!

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Monday - Thursday8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed For Lunch Daily1 pm - 2 pm

Restorative & Cosmetic

We offer a wide-range of restorative and cosmetic dental services. Click below to read more about our services




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About Camden Dental Care

If you’re looking for a dental office where you can feel comfortable and confident in your dental health, you’re in the right place. We offer top-quality dental services for the Camden / St. Mary’s area…

Schedule your appointment with us today, or contact us if you have any questions.


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Dr. Philip L. Hooton

Dr. Philip L. Hooton

DMD / Owner

Dr. Hooton graduated from the University of Georgia in 1978, and finished his graduate degree at DMD Medical College of Georgia in 1981. Dr. Hooton and his wife have been married for 30 years, and when he’s not at the office, you can find him boating, cycling or fishing around St. Mary’s.

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Dr. Susan P. Prater


Dr. Prater graduated in 2009 from Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. She is a member of AADP, ADA, and GDA. She enjoys exercising, skiing, and spending time with family and friends, including her golden retriever Jackson.

Latest News

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Our Specialties


Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist, to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.


A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.


Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.

Tray whitening is a treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home. We will first take an impression of your mouth to create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear. Within a few days your trays will be ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special bleaching material to the trays. The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day. At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.


A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.


Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the pulp. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth.Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth.


    I have been going to Camden Dental Care for many, many years and absolutely love them!  Each and every individual that works there is professional and personable.  I feel as though I am part of the Camden Dental Care family.  I recently had multiple crowns placed in to make my smile whiter and brighter…  am constantly getting compliments on my new smile – even from people I don’t know.  Something I’ve wanted for so many years and Dr. Phil Hooton, along with BJ Justice, made that dream become a reality.  Thank you Camden Dental Care for improving my quality of life!!

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    My name is Laura Williams and I have been a patient of Camden Dental Care since 1997.  I have to say that I am one person that gets excited to go to the dentist office.  I truly love the entire staff and you will not find a better hygienist then Donna Hooton nor a better doctor then Dr. Hooton.  I feel I am family when I go there. I get many compliments on my smile and its due in large part to the quality of care I receive from "Camden Dental Care." I recommend them to everyone I know.

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    Laura Williams,