Even a single missing tooth can cause an embarrassing gap in your smile, leading to difficulty eating and speaking as well as serious oral health issues.
Dental implants provided by the specialists at Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., serving Clinton and Ridgeland, can restore your smile's full function and aesthetics.
Why are dental implants the best method for replacing missing teeth?
How are dental implants placed?
Missing teeth is a very common problem in the U.S...
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Why do patients throughout Jackson, Clinton, and Ridgeland choose us for dental implant treatment?
Dental implants can provide you with a permanent, stable foundation for lifelike restorations. Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart have the skill and experience to offer complete dental implant surgery services. They use advanced imaging technology to determine your candidacy and plan precise procedures. They can place and restore dental implants, and they also perform advanced preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting and sinus lifts. The doctors at Periodontal Associates of Jackson offer personalized treatment, and they will carefully plan your procedure in advance. With their comprehensive care, you can enjoy reliable support for restorations that can last the rest of your life.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4® dental implants are an excellent option for patients with significant tooth loss and diminished bone density. During treatment, our team can place four implants at strategic angles to make the best possible use of your jawbone tissue. We can then attach dentures to restore your smile.
We are pleased to offer Teeth-in-a-Day. This option provides the same benefits as traditional implants and implant-supported restorations, without the wait. With Teeth-in-a-Day, implants and restorations are placed in the same visit, restoring immediate function and aesthetics to your smile.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants provide a firm and secure base for implant-supported restorations including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. This restorative procedure is the only solution to stop jawbone atrophy following tooth loss. Patients with dental implants can enjoy long-term stability and comfort.
Attaching the Restoration
An implant-supported restoration can be made of porcelain or zirconia for natural-looking results. After taking impressions of your smile, a trusted dental lab can fabricate your dental crown, bridge, or denture. The restoration will be carefully designed to ensure proper fit and color.
For patients with multiple missing teeth, we may recommend implant-supported dentures. During treatment, implants are embedded into the jawbone, creating a stable base for your custom restoration. Then, partial or full dentures are affixed, helping you speak, chew, and smile with ease.
Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dentures
Patients with extensive tooth loss can choose traditional or implant-supported dentures. For patients who are worried about their restoration slipping out of place, implant-supported dentures offer superior stability and comfort. They are also the only solution to stop bone atrophy after tooth loss.
Single Missing Tooth
For patients missing a single tooth, we recommend an implant-supported dental crown. Dental implants can not only prevent bone loss, but they also provide the most support. Your crown can be customized to complement your smile, and it will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Multiple Missing Teeth
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, we can provide an implant-supported bridge, sometimes called a partial denture. Your custom-designed bridge can blend seamlessly with your smile, restoring your ability to chew and speak with confidence and preserving the integrity of the jawbone.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants depends on several factors, including the number and type of implants you receive, the material of your restorations, and any preliminary treatments performed. To make this vital care more affordable for our patients, we offer financing plans such as CareCredit®.
Types of Dental Implants
Our team can provide patients with a range of treatments, including traditional implants, and immediate-load implants. During your personalized consultation, we can evaluate the structure of your smile and your oral health to determine the best option for your dental needs.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. It is important to practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular checkups to minimize your risk of developing complications like gum disease. Our team can provide advanced periodontal care to help protect the longevity of your smile.
Choosing an Implant Dentist
When choosing the right implant dentist for you, there are a variety of factors to consider. Our team at Periodontal Associates of Jackson is has extensive experience in the field of dental implants. With their expert care, you can feel confident that you will receive the highest quality care.
We can perform your entire dental implant treatment in our Jackson office, serving Clinton and Ridgeland. Before your procedure, we will numb your gums and jawbone. We can also provide deeper sedation if desired. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will make small incisions in your gums. Through these tiny openings, your dentist will create a space for your implants, and will then place them in your jaw. Our doctors use the precise, accurate images taken at your consultation to position the posts in the strongest, healthiest portions of bone. When finished, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will close your incisions.
After your recovery, you will come back into the office so we can attach abutment pieces to your dental implants. These specialized pieces are made of highly durable materials and will connect your restoration to your implants. During this second procedure, we will once again provide all necessary anesthesia and sedation for your comfort. Once you are numb, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will carefully and gently create another small incision in your gums to access the implant and attach the abutment. You will then spend about two weeks recovering, allowing your gums to heal before receiving your customized dental crown, bridge, or denture.
We can often provide Teeth-in-a-day. With this dental implants treatment, your dentist will attach a restoration immediately after your implant surgery.
Mini Implants & Teeth-in-a-Day
In addition to performing traditional implant surgery, we can also customize your procedure to meet your particular needs. Our Jackson office (serving Clinton and Ridgeland) offers several types of dental implants, including mini implants and immediate load implants. These smaller posts will impact less of your jawbone, meaning we can often provide Teeth-in-a-Day. With this treatment, your dentist will attach a restoration immediately after your implant surgery. You will not need to spend months healing before undergoing a second procedure to receive abutment pieces.
We also offer the All-on-4® method. During this procedure, you will receive four dental implants. The front two will be placed vertically, while the back two implants will be placed at an angle. This placement makes the most of your current jawbone tissue and can also provide same-day dentures with mini implants.
Immediately After Your Procedure
Your dental implants surgery should take one to two hours, depending on the number and type of posts you receive. Due to the anesthesia involved, you will need to have someone available to drive you to and from our office. It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort for the first 24 hours, but Drs. Parkes or Stewart will send you home with detailed postoperative instructions to follow to help promote quick healing. Most patients are able to return to work and full activity within a couple of days of their procedure.
For traditional dental implants, your complete recovery will take approximately four to six months in order to give the posts adequate time to fuse with your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This healing period helps create a strong foundation for your restoration. If you need to undergo a ridge augmentation or sinus lift prior to receiving implants, an additional three to four months will typically be added to your overall recovery time.
Our doctors have been trained in the latest technology and methods to help patients achieve quick recovery and optimal results after dental implant surgery.
During this time, it is important to get adequate rest and attend your follow-up visits so the doctor can ensure your jaw is healing correctly.
How to Achieve Optimal Results
Your doctor will give you postoperative instructions that will include what to expect during the weeks and months following surgery. Some tips to help optimize your healing and recovery for the first week are:
- Take medication and care for the surgical site as prescribed by the doctor.
- Avoid drinking alcohol to excess or smoking throughout the entire healing period. Smoking can slow recovery and cause dental implant failure.
- Follow your doctor's instructions on the types of foods to eat. Eating tough and chewy foods immediately following surgery can cause implants to shift before they have fused with the bone.
- Attend follow-up appointments regularly.
It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness for the first few days after surgery. But by the third day, you should start to see and feel an improvement. If you do not see improvement or develop any signs of infection such as a high fever, intense pain, uncontrollable bleeding, nausea, or vomiting, call our office right away.
With a Team of Dedicated Specialists
Drs. Parkes and Stewart are highly qualified to provide exceptional periodontal care, including:
- Over 35 years in practice
- Access to the latest tools and technology
- Extensive training in periodontics and related treatments
- Membership in prestigious organizations in the field
Our doctors take immense pride in helping patients maintain a healthy, functional smile. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants or to schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (601) 956-1230.
“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.