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Dentist in Columbia South Carolina

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Dentist in Columbia South Carolina

Payment Methods

We will work with your insurance and plan treatments in a way that is most affordable for you. Our accepted methods of payment include:

  • Cash
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
 
Dentist in Columbia South Carolina

Third-Party Financing

Convenient third-party financing is also available to those who qualify, so your new smile can begin being crafted without any upfront costs or heavy interest charges.

For more information about CareCredit, please visit their informative website or speak with one of our friendly staff members today.

 

‘‘I've been a patient of Dr. Griffin for many years. A very caring dentist and staff! Whether a regular checkup or another dental issue, my experiences have always been great. Thank you to a wonderful group of people!’’

– Joyce C., Actual Patient

Common FAQs From Patients Like You

Hi, thanks for asking. I am a “D.M.D.” — a Doctor of Dental Medicine. The abbreviation “D.D.S.” stands for “Doctor of Dental Surgery.” As for the difference, it’s in name only: across the United States, as with Columbia and Lexington, SC, DDS and DMD degrees are equivalent.
You can expect an experience completely different than you’ve ever experienced before — NOT cookie cutter. We put your mind at ease from the moment you walk in the door. Dr. Griffin will greet you with a short personal “get-to-know-each-other” interview. Our practice is not built on treating teeth, but on building relationships. We discuss your concerns, address your questions, and develop a plan to help you achieve your unique dental goals. Or, as Dr. Griffin puts it, “I want you to get out of dentistry everything you hope to achieve.”
We offer convenient, flexible payment options. Depending on the exact nature of your insurance plan, we’ll work with you to make sure that you maximize all of your benefits. Our fees reflect the value of our quality, education, and service. As Dr. Griffin likes to offer a slightly different perspective, “Often it is more expensive to get something done cheaply only to have to re-do it sooner than necessary. I only have time and money to do things properly… once. Also, typically the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be.” We accept all major credit cards, and can help arrange interest-free payments, up to 18 months, through Care Credit.
We promise you that nothing scary will happen during your first visit — it’s just a “look see.” If you do need dental work, but don’t like the noises, the needles or the equipment, we use virtually painless injection techniques and offer several sedation options along with nitrous oxide that are fully capable of removing your anxiety and reducing — if not eliminating — any pain or discomfort.
It really, REALLY does work! We have many satisfied patients that agree with us. Through the use of our in-office ZOOM!® AP system and our custom, take-home whitening trays, you can achieve and maintain the tooth color and shade level you prefer indefinitely. We can even whiten crowns and restorations!
It is BEST to use a high-quality electric toothbrush. High-end products by Oral B® or Sonicare® are very dependable and effective; they are proven to make a statistical difference in the reduction of plaque. Remember, you get what you pay for. Also, proper brushing technique is important. You can even use water alone if your technique is right.
When we are redesigning your smile, you not only can see how things will turn out — we craft your smile together to achieve just the right results. For other treatments, we can offer a glimpse into what your teeth will look like; and we do everything we can to empower you with as much information as possible so that you understand what to expect from your treatment.
Every dentist is a “general” or “restorative” dentist. From there on, it’s about specialization. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic” dentists, but the key to discovering the reality of that statement is their credentials. Look for a membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and ask to see “before-and-after” pictures during your initial consultation.
Absolutely. A periodontal (gum) infection is just that — an infection. Just like the flu or the cold, it’s a foreign invasion of bacteria. And it’s literally 2-3 inches away from your brain. These infections affect your blood supply, entering your bloodstream and causing fairly significant issues. In fact, numerous studies suggest an increased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung infection, low-weight, pre-term babies, and respiratory diseases when periodontal disease is present in your mouth.
Never. Always in the USA. Without exception.
Yes, you should. A missing tooth is not merely an aesthetic issue. Your teeth maintain their health by “occlusal force” — the natural, very healthy tension between each of your teeth. In the short-term, a missing tooth looks bad, but in the long-term it can negatively affect adjacent teeth and create bite problems that can lead to TMJ and chronic headaches.

In Dr. Griffin’s opinion, they are unequivocally not safe. Think of it this way: There are only two locations, by law, where mercury fillings can exist: In a specially-approved plastic-shielded bag that is capable of holding biohazardous material and inside a human tooth.

Amalgam fillings don’t bond to your teeth. Over time, structurally and functionally, they expand and contract, fracturing your teeth and allowing micro-cracks where harmful bacteria can enter and produce recurrent decay.