Dr. Griffin was born and raised in Knoxville. Even as a young child, he knew that dentistry would be in his future!
A product of Bearden High School, Dr. Griffin completed his undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UT-Memphis, graduating with honors. He has subsequently received extensive specialized training in dentistry, including: Implant fixture placement and advanced bone grafting procedures from the Midwest Implant Institute One-year externship program on implant placement Training at the Medical University of South Carolina in advanced soft-tissue and bone grafting Residency in conscious sedation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; ACLS certification; oral and IV sedation certification from Tennessee State Board of Dentistry.
Dr. Griffin and his wife, Lexie, married in 2000. They now have four children: Bay, twins Addie and Asher, and Isabella.
Interests and Hobbies
A very active family, you may find the Griffins on the baseball field, at a cheerleading event, a guitar recital, or just playing on the lake. The Griffin’s are involved with Two Rivers Church and help support GO Ministries in the Dominican Republic. Using dentistry or baseball as a way to love on the people in the DR has brough a lot of joy to the Griffins. With the addition of Izzie in 2014, the Griffins are now involved with Down Syndrome Awareness Group hoping to help make Knoxville a great home for those individuals.
IV Sedation, dental implants, pinhole surgical technique and soft-tissue and bone grafting are Dr. Griffin’s areas of focus at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Dr Griffin focuses on making implant therapy a pleasant experience for every patient. When not treating patients at Cornerstone, Dr.Griffin teaches other dentists implant dentistry as a faculty member of the Midwest Implant Institute and director of MII Tennessee.
Dental Implant Placement
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is used to replace the root structure of a lost tooth. This will not only provide your new teeth with unrivaled stability, but it will also support your jaw from within just like your natural teeth. This will help your jaw remain full and strong, which will maintain the shape and appearance of your face for years to come. No other restorative treatment can accomplish this!
To begin getting dental implants, you’ll first need to undergo a minor surgical procedure where the post/posts are placed directly into your jawbone. Unlike many other local practices, we are able to handle this part of the procedure right here at Cornerstone, which will help you save time and guarantee a fantastic result. We’ll be able to formulate a precise surgical plan using our CT scanner, which will enable us to complete the procedure quickly and in the least invasive way possible.
After it has been completed, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, during which time the posts will actually bond directly to the surrounding bone, giving your replacement teeth even more security. Once you are healed, you’ll return to our office to receive your prosthetic teeth.
Dental Implant Crowns & Bridges
To restore a single missing tooth, we will attach an all-porcelain crown to one implant post. Dental porcelain is one of the most advanced materials we use in all of dentistry, so this crown will resemble your other teeth so much that you probably won’t be able to distinguish it from the natural ones after just a few days.
For a row of missing teeth, we can give you something called an implant-retained bridge. For this, we’ll apply two implant-retained crowns to either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth that fill in the space between them.
Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
If you’re sick of dealing with your uncomfortable dentures that never stay in place, dental implants could be the solution you need. Using just a few strategically placed posts, we can give you a set of dentures that:
- Never slip, slide, pop, or click.
- Will maintain their fit for much longer while keeping your jaw full and healthy
- Provide you with a bite force more similar to your natural teeth
Also, implant-retained dentures are often much smaller and thinner than traditional ones, meaning that they’ll fit much more comfortably into your mouth and allow you to taste your food better.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
With All-on-4 dental implants, we can restore an entire arch of missing teeth in just one day. It works by using just 4 implant posts to support a full denture, and this treatment is ideal for patients whose jawbone may be too thin or brittle to support traditional implant-retained dentures. Thanks to this treatment, a patient can wake up in the morning with a row of missing teeth and go to bed with a complete smile that night.