Patients suffering from tooth loss may not only struggle with eating or speaking but are also at risk for significant oral health issues. We highly recommend that patients replace missing teeth as soon as possible and invest in dental implants. In combination with custom restorations, implant posts can restore full form and function to your smile and promote your dental health. During treatment, we can embed dental implants in the jawbone, where they will become a permanent foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. As a board-certified periodontist in Meridian, MS, J. Eric Herrington can place dental implants safely and precisely to ensure long-lasting results. We offer both traditional and All-on-4® implants, which can restore patients' smiles in as little as one appointment.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and fuse with surrounding tissue, providing a strong foundation for custom restorations.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. These posts serve as an anchor for restorations designed by your dentist, including dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. Each dental implant acts as a surrogate tooth root which, when paired with a custom restoration, restores the entire natural tooth structure. In addition, dental implants stimulate the jawbone with each bite you take, preserving your facial structure and preventing bone degeneration.
Determining Your Candidacy
Prior to your procedure, you will attend a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Herrington. He can first review your medical history to verify whether you are eligible for surgery. Conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune disorders can interfere with the healing process and diminish the likelihood of a successful treatment.
Not only can Dr. Herrington place your implants, but he can also perform the surgical procedures you may require to improve your candidacy.
Dr. Herrington can then evaluate the structure of your smile to ensure you have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implant posts. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift before receiving dental implants. He can also take the time to answer any questions and provide you with in-depth information about the treatment process. If you decide to proceed, Dr. Herrington can conduct a radiographic exam which will provide him with a 3-D view of the implant site. This picture will help him plan your treatment appropriately.
Dental Implant Surgery
For your benefit, Dr. Herrington can perform any preliminary procedures prior to dental implant placement to ensure the highest quality care from start to finish. Typically, patients will require a four-month healing period between prerequisite surgery and their implant procedure.
Once you have healed, you can return to our office for implant placement. To begin, Dr. Herrington can make incisions at the placement sites. He can then insert your implant posts into the jawbone, before applying platelet-rich growth factors to promote healing. Finally, he can close the incision with sutures.
Why Choose a Periodontist?
While many dentists can place dental implants, periodontists often have more extensive training and experience performing oral surgery. Additionally, their in-depth understanding of the gums, periodontal ligaments, and surrounding bone and teeth provide them with a unique insight into this procedure. This knowledge can often help your periodontist better plan implant placement, so as to avoid complications.
Dr. Herrington's status as a board-certified periodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology attests to his pursuit of excellence. Not only can he place your implants, but he can also perform the surgical procedures you may require to improve your candidacy.
Achieve Long-Term Tooth Replacement
Dr. Herrington is proud to provide patients with a high-quality solution that will help them restore full dental function. He is dedicated to personalized care, and will do everything he can to accommodate your needs. To schedule your consultation today, contact us online or at (601) 482-6938.