About East Brainerd Oral Surgery
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Bill Childress, DDS, MD, Karl Meyer, DDS, MD, and Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD, practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implants and bone grafting procedures to single or full-mouth extractions. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and perform corrective jaw surgery.
East Brainerd Oral Surgery‘s (in Chattanooga) team is trained in assisting with I.V. Sedation and I.V. General Anesthesia within our 7,200 square foot state of the art office setting. We are members of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), Tennessee Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (TSOMS), American Dental Association (ADA), Tennessee Dental Association (TDA), and Chattanooga Area Dental Society (CADS).
One of our most common procedures is dental implant surgery. Our oral surgeons in Chattanooga provide dental implants that allow patients to chew normally – and wear a million-dollar smile. Because dental implants protect jaw structure and restore confidence, we recommend this oral surgery procedure for anyone who has lost a tooth. Even multiple lost teeth can be restored by our oral surgeons using dental implants. Our central location gives patients from all over the region access to life-changing dental implant surgery. We’re within an easy drive of Calhoun, Dalton, Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe, and many other cities in North Georgia – though most of our oral surgery patients come from Chattanooga, Cleveland, Ooltewah, and Hixson, TN.
All our surgeries are furnished with state of the art equipment and maintained at the highest standards.
With over 60 years of dental practice and experience with implants, we are experts in all facets of dentistry.
Our Happy Clients
“I had my wisdom teeth out at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. Great experience! The staff really cares and made me feel completely at ease. I would definitely recommend!!”
“Dr. Meyer and Staff, I want to thank you for taking great care of me throughout my visit and procedure. I felt as if I were the only patient in the office – you were all so attentive. I had experienced the attention you give when you took care of my father-in-law, J.J. That’s why it was and is so easy to refer family, friends and Dr. P’s patients to your office. Thank you again and blessings to each and every one of you!”
“I freely confess that I’m a dental coward, so when I found myself needing a tooth removed and a bone-graft for an implant, I was not a happy girl! I’m so glad that I found EBOS. Dr. Meyer was wonderful and every single person there went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and confident. My surgery was a breeze and my recovery has been perfectly uneventful. It’s so totally out of character for me that I actually look forward to my visits there! Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would go anywhere other than to Dr. Meyer and Dr. Childress. They and their amazing staff have my very highest recommendation.”
“Dr. Childress did an amazing job extracting my wisdom teeth today! 8 hours later…and I’m doing great! What a friendly staff & a great environment!”
Bill Childress was born and raised in Tennessee. He grew up in La Follette, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree there, he went west to Memphis and received his DDS from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1989. Dr. Childress joined the United States Air Force and completed a General Practice Residency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Captain Childress served as a general dentist for four years at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. He transferred to Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas, and entered a six-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the USAF’s Wilford Hall Medical Center. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Childress graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.
Major Childress moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and served as a staff Oral Surgeon at the Air Force hospital there. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. In 2003, he moved back to San Antonio, Texas and Wilford Hall Medical Center, and served as a staff oral surgeon, Training Officer for the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, was promoted to Colonel in 2008, and retired in 2010 as Program Director of the Air Force’s largest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency.
Dr. Childress has looked forward to coming home to Tennessee for 21 years, as he served his country in the Air Force. His wife, Betsy, grew up in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and graduated from Carson-Newman College. They have two children, Justin and Meredith.
Dr. Karl Meyer received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983. Upon graduation in 1987 from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Illinois, he received a direct commission into the Air Force. He completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. Dr. Meyer served as a general dentist at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas for four years before entering residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Meyer graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.
Lieutenant Colonel Meyer was assigned to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea for one year, then moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Dr. Meyer was promoted to Colonel while at Eglin AFB. His 23-year miltary career included two tours in Korea and a voluntary humanitarian mission in Suriname, to treat an under-served population. His military career culminated in 2010 as the Director of Education in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for General Dentistry, and senior teaching staff at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Meyer is married to Francesca Hsin, from Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Pharmacy. The Meyers have one daughter.