Meet Our Dentists

Our team of dentists is proud to serve all of the surrounding communities in South Carolina with high-quality dental care in Downtown Charleston, Camden and Summerville. We always tailor the care we provide to each patient’s specific needs, so you can rest assured that you’re going to leave with a happy, healthy smile you love.
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Dr. Michael Ammons, DMD

Education

Dr. Ammons graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering. He then went on to attend the prestigious Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. After graduation, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, where he focused on surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. Prior to opening his current practice, Dental by Design, Dr. Ammons was the owner and operator of a traveling dental implant service in the Charleston area.

Memberships & Associations

As part of his commitment to providing the best care possible to his patients, Dr. Ammons completes an average of 200 hours of continuing education each year. He is also a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Academy of Osseointegration

About Dr. Ammons

His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful family. Dr. Ammons and his wife, Melisse, have four boys – twins, Jeremiah and Elliot, Gideon, and Jude Sawyer.

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Dr. Jay W. Hustead, DMD

Education

Dr. Jay Hustead brings to the James Island office over 25 years of experience in cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry. As a third generation dentist, he followed both his father and grandfather to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University.

While owning and operating large group practices in Maryland, Dr. Hustead also served as Dental Director for a regional dental insurance company. He found time to be one of the original founders of the Stanton Dental Center in Annapolis which was a free clinic for those less fortunate in need of dental care. Dr. Hustead participated with the Mission of Mercy in Maryland as well.

Awards and Associatons

While practicing in Maryland, the Mayor of Annapolis awarded him the Mayor’s Citation for outstanding contribution in the field of dentistry and he was voted one of the Top 20 Dentists in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Dr. Hustead has always provided top quality care to his patients with the most current up-to-date dental technology including digital radiographs and digital impressions for scanning directly to the dental laboratories. His advanced training includes implants, endodontics (root canal therapy), and cosmetic crown and bridge.

He can also be found watching Nittany Lions Football. “We Are” – Penn State! Dr. Hustead is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Annapolis Implant Study Group
  • Severna Park Implant Study Group

About Dr. Hustead

When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Hustead and his wife Susan, enjoy their community in I’on with their two golden retrievers.

Dr. Inesha Baker

Dr. Inesha Baker

Education

  • Attended Winthrop University, 2008
  • Completed her Dental Residency at Medical University of South Carolina, 2019

About Dr. Baker

Dr. Baker grew up in the West Ashley area of Charleston. She knew before even graduating high school that dentistry would be the best career path for her. She has a passion for making people smile and enjoys the artistry side of dentistry. She is compassionate and understanding with her patients, which really goes a long way for patients that have any dental phobias.

When Dr. Baker is enjoying her free time, she likes to travel and has a goal to visit all of the wonders of the world!

Dr. Carlos Restrepo at Ammons Dental By Design

Dr. Carlos Restrepo

About Carlos Restrepo

Dr. Carlos Restrepo grew up in Greenville, SC and attended college at the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. He then went on to complete his dental education at the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Restrepo continues to progress his knowledge and skill set in the field of dentistry. Dr. Restrepo is a member of the American Dental Association.
 

Hobbies and Interests

In his free time, his hobbies include soccer, volleyball, kickball, and fishing. He loves to spend time with his family and his border collie, Cooper.

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Dr. Matt Thomas

Dr. Matthew Thomas was born in Royal Oak, Michigan and raised in Ortonville. He graduated from Brandon High School before completing his undergraduate studies at Adrian College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. While at Adrian College, Dr. Thomas played on the Varsity soccer team and was an active member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2017 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Since graduation, Dr. Thomas has invested time in continuing education with a focus on occlusion, oral surgery, and dental implants. He remains firmly committed to expanding his knowledge of dentistry and is currently taking classes at the Kois Center, the only continuing education program in the country conducting and publishing independent research.

Dr. Thomas was recognized as a 2019 and 2020 Top Dentist in Hour Detroit Magazine. He’s an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Oakland County Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. He enjoys working with all age groups and is committed to building a lasting relationship with his patients that emphasizes trust and communication.

Dr. Thomas currently resides in Charleston, SC and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

Our doctors can’t wait to meet you and see your smile!

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See What Our Patients Are Saying

  • "I don't think I've ever been to a dental office that has been this friendly and happy and it just makes you feel at home. It's been a wonderful experience and I certainly wouldn't want to go anywhere else."
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  • "Great experience here. Been here for about a year and a half or something. My name is John Murphy. They do a terrific job in here and I'm very very pleased with their performance and trust what they do for me. Thank you."
    ~ John Murphy ~
  • "I came in today as a new patient and was surprisingly cared for. Everyone was very patient with me, as somebody who has a fear of the dentist and they took me through everything so I knew exactly what's going on and they put together an awesome treatment plan. I would recommend to anybody."
    ~ Happy Patient ~
  • "I love coming to Ammons Dental By Design. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and they make coming to the dentists office fun again."
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  • "Hi there. Very pleased with my care at Dr. Ammons. He has a modern facility with friendly people and happy faces and it's always a pleasing experience."
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  • "I had a great experience getting my implant done here. The staff and Dr. Ammons have been great and everything was virtually painless. I definitely recommend them for all your dental needs."
    ~ Implant Patient ~

Multiple Convenient Dental Locations Near Charleston

Ammons Dental By Design has four locations so you can find the most convenient office for your family.
Camden
1015 Fair St.
Camden, SC 29020

Monday – Thursday:
8am – 5pm

(803) 969-0365
F: (803) 432-2625
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Downtown Charleston
14 Lockwood Dr,
Charleston, SC 29401
(Suite A on the exterior of the Ashley House Building, across from the marina)

Monday – Thursday:
7am - 4pm

(843) 380-2734
F: (843) 577-4464
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James Island
1739-B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412

Tuesday – Friday:
7am - 4pm

(843) 380-8889
F: (843) 990-9504
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Summerville
1710 Old Trolley RD., Ste. B
Summerville, SC 29485
*Rotating schedule
Tuesday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Monday & Friday*: 8am – 5pm
(843) 380-8904
F: (843) 871-0617
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CAMDEN
1015 Fair St.
Camden, SC 29020
Monday – Thursday:
8am – 5pm
P: (803) 969-0365
F: (803) 432-2625
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DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON
14 Lockwood Dr,
Charleston, SC 29401
(Suite A on the exterior of the Ashley House Building, across from the marina)
Monday – Thursday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-2734
F: (843) 577-4464
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JAMES ISLAND
1739-B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
Tuesday – Friday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-8889
F: (843) 990-9504
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SUMMERVILLE
1710 Old Trolley., Ste.B
Summerville, SC 29485
Tuesday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Monday & Friday*: 8am – 5pm
*Rotating schedule
P: (843) 380-8904
F: (843) 871-0617
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