Meet our team of providers

  • James W. Curtis, DMD

    James Curtis Jr., DMD, serves as Chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Dentistry. He received his medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also completed a general practice residency. He formerly served as the program director for the general practice dental residency at Palmetto Health, and holds faculty appointments at both the MUSC College of Dental Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. Curtis is board certified and also served as chief of the medical staff at Palmetto Health Richland.

  • David M. Hicklin, DMD

  • Cynthia B. Nichols, DMD

About our practice

Palmetto Health-USC Dentistry is a comprehensive dental facility that offers preventive, specialty and esthetic dentistry for our community in Columbia and across the Midlands of South Carolina. We are dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care and are committed to serving all of your dental needs for a lifetime of comfort, function and health.

We are accepting new patients and are able to provide many convenient appointment options to better serve you. A new smile is only a visit away.

Our services

  • Complete general dentistry – cleanings, fillings, etc.
  • Specialty dentistry – root canals, porcelain crowns, bridges, etc.
  • Esthetic dentistry – tooth whitening (including laser whitening), porcelain veneers, etc.
  • Dental implant restorations
  • Full and partial dentures
  • Digital radiology
  • Oral surgery (including wisdom teeth)
  • Lasers for soft tissue surgery (reduced post-operative pain and reduced healing time)
  • Implant restoration – bone graft
  • CT scanning for precise placement of implant
  • IV and oral sedation dentistry
  • Nitrous Oxide for anxious patients

Member of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.



Palmetto Health Dental Center

10 Richland Medical Park Drive, Suite A, Columbia, 29203
Phone: (803) 434-6567


    • 10 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite A
    • Columbia, SC 29203
    • Phone: 803-434-6567
    • Fax: 803-434-6299
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Schedule an appointment

To make an appointment at Palmetto Health-USC Dentistry, please call 803-434-6567. Remember to:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete a few forms

  • Bring insurance card and photo ID (such as a driver's license)

  • Bring all medications you are currently taking

  • If you must cancel your appointment, please notify us 48 business hours in advance

Save time. Print and bring the completed forms below to your scheduled appointment.

MyHealth portal
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Fees and insurance
Patients are responsible for understanding insurance coverage benefits. Please verify that we are listed as approved providers prior to scheduling your appointment with us.

  • We accept most insurance plans

  • Payment is due at time of service

  • We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards

For fees or billing questions, call the Dentistry office at 803-434-6567.