Oral Surgeon in Greenwood SC
Often, when adults hear the words “oral surgery” they immediately think of tooth extraction, pain, and fear. While it’s true that wisdom teeth or other teeth that are decayed are often one of the most frequent reasons for oral surgery, surgical treatments provided by a dentist or oral surgeon are designed to bring the patient relief from pain or cosmetic issues.
Hearing that they need oral surgery can cause many patients to feel unsure or anxious about the procedure, the preparation, and the recovery. Especially if they are being referred to a new doctor that they don’t know. However, patients of Dr. Christopher Griffin in Greenwood, SC, can feel confident knowing that their oral surgery needs can be addressed in the same office, by the same team that they trust with their dental care. Dr. Griffin also offers sedation to keep patients calm and comfortable during their treatment.
Common oral surgery procedures
Extraction: If a tooth is impacted or is severely decayed, it may need to be extracted. This damage can be caused by cavities that are untreated or from trauma to the tooth. Additionally, wisdom teeth commonly need to be removed because they develop after the other teeth and jawbone are already grown, leaving little room for them in the back of the mouth.
Implants: Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone is given time to heal and fuse to the implant, and then a crown is placed. This procedure gives patients a permanent solution to a missing tooth, or teeth.
Gum Disease: Gum disease can commonly be treated without invasive surgery. However, if it’s not treated, it can cause deep infection below the gum line. To remove the infection and prevent oral health problems, the gums are lifted away, the infection is removed and then the gums are secured tightly to the teeth.
For more information about oral surgery or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Christopher Griffin at (864) 229-2610.Back to Oral Surgery/Extractions Page Page