Our Doctors

Meet Our Doctors

Led by Dr. Craig Horton and Dr. Jim Howell, the Carolinas Center for Dental Implants team is here to help you create winning, healthy, and beautiful smile. Backed by years in the field, advanced degrees, and years of surgical expertise and training our doctors are uniquely equipped with the training and technical ability to provide you a shining, healthy smile.


Doctor Craig A. Horton (Prosthodontist)

D.M.D, MS in Dental Sciences
A native of Oconee County, South Carolina, Dr. Horton graduated from Walhalla High School and enrolled at Presbyterian College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then went on to attend the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he received a D.M.D. degree in 2005. Dr. Horton began his career as a general dentist in Walhalla and Pendleton, South Carolina, where he practiced for two years before returning to a residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Florida where he earned a Masters of Science in Dental Sciences, as well as a certificate in Prosthodontics. While in Florida, he served as Chief Resident, and is still a recognized, visiting faculty member of the Prosthodontics Department at the University of Florida. Dr. Horton has received additional advanced training around the country and abroad in Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. His course of study included time spent at renowned institutions including: Pikos Implant Institute, Arun Garg’s Implant Seminars, Misch Institute, Dawson Academy, Melker Seminars, Frankfurt University and the University of Zurich among others. Today, Dr. Horton is happy to have returned home to the Upstate and to have joined his wife, Dr. Camille Horton, a Pediatric Dentist, in their state-of-the-art facility where he serves as a leader of a collaborative team involving general dentists, dental specialists, and lab technicians. Dr. Horton is currently a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, Piedmont Dental Society, and Tri-County Dental Society.

Doctor Jim Howell (Oral Maxilofacial Surgeon)

D.M.D
Moving from Anchorage, Alaska, to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, board certified oral surgeon Dr. Jim W. Howell has seen patients in new and familiar frontiers. Dr. Howell earned his Business degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University in 2002. And, in 2007, he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. After two years of general dentistry and service as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dental Medicine, he decided to return to continue his specialization. In 2009, he returned to MUSC for his oral and maxillofacial residency. From there, Dr. Howell’s career took him to Anchorage, Alaska, where he held various teaching appointments as an oral surgeon appointment with the NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s partnership with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau, AK. However, a passion for his hometown brought him back to Greenville as head of Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery’s Greenville office. Today, he focuses on orthognathic surgery, treatment of maxillofacial trauma, facial trauma repair, dental implant reconstruction, cleft lip/palate surgery and wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Howell loves working in his hometown, where he lives with his wife and two (yes, two) sets of twins.

Doctor Hunter Dawson

DMD, MSD

Dr. Dawson is from central North Carolina, growing up in a small farm town. He attended NC State University where he earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010.

After graduating from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, he continued his education by completing a full-time Advanced Education Residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dawson has multiple publications in areas of complex implant rehabilitations using digital workflows and guided implant surgery. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Dr. Dawson has been practicing in central North Carolina since 2017. Some of the most complex oral health situations are referred to Dr. Dawson for reconstructive dental treatment. Dr. Dawson practices full time and regularly lectures both nationally and internationally. Lecture topics for continuing education courses include comprehensive diagnostics and treatment planning, implant prosthodontics, digital dental workflows, intraoral scanning, dental occlusion, airway prosthodontics, and guided implant surgery.

Dr. Dawson and his wife, Melissa, call Lewisville, NC home. They have been married for 10 years and have 4 children, Brooks, Brie, Braylynn, and Blake. When Dr. Dawson is not practicing dentistry or providing dental education you will find them traveling throughout NC spending time with family.