Patients who wear traditional dentures often struggle with appliances that slip out of place, irritating the gums making chewing and speaking difficult. In contrast, implant-supported dentures are stable and secure. By attaching your restoration to small titanium posts rooted in the jaw, you can experience better fit, superior function, and boosted confidence. At our practice in Meridian, MS, Dr. J. Eric Herrington places dental implants to support partial and complete dentures. His advanced training and experience with dental implants can help you take advantage of the many incredible benefits of this life-changing treatment.
Why Choose an Implant-Supported Denture?
For the right candidates, implant-supported dentures offer many advantages over traditional tooth replacement options:
- Excellent fit
- Improved ability to eat and speak
- Enhanced comfort
- A natural look and feel
- A secure fit requiring no dental adhesives
In addition, dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that can stop the jaw from shrinking and changing shape after tooth loss. When teeth are in place, the roots stimulate the jaw bone. Without that stimulation, the jawbone tissue will begin to recede. Dental implants can provide the needed stimulation, preventing tissue recession and protecting your oral health.
Determining Your Candidacy
Implant-supported dentures are typically recommended to patients missing most or all of their teeth. However, you must be in good oral health to qualify for dental implants. In addition, you need sufficient jawbone tissue to support the implant posts. Dr. Herrington can conduct a comprehensive examination at our office to determine if you qualify for dental implants. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Herrington can perform bone grafting to replace any recessed tissue. He can also treat oral health concerns such as gum disease to restore your candidacy for implants.
Placing the Implants
Restoring your smile with an implant-supported denture requires multiple treatment phases spanning several months. Dr. Herrington will first develop a precise plan for your treatment.
For patients missing most or all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures offer a secure, comfortable, natural-looking way to restore proper form and function.
Once your jaw is ready, he will place your implants. Some patients require as few as four implant posts, while others may need up to eight. For qualifying patients, Dr. Herrington can also place a temporary restoration immediately following implant surgery.
Receiving Your Permanent Dentures
It typically takes three to six months for implants to fully integrate with the jaw after placement surgery. Once this fusion is complete, your denture is attached to the implants. The final result is a stable restoration that looks and feels like natural teeth.
Rebuild your Smile
For patients missing most or all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures offer a secure, comfortable, natural-looking way to restore proper form and function. For more information about implant-supported dentures and the other dental implant services we offer, contact our office online or call (601) 482-6938 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Herrington.