Dr. Herring has been providing excellent dental care to patients from North Monterey County and beyond for 31 years. As a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and as the son of a dentist, he has always been a part of the dental world.
He takes pride in the fact that he knows how to create beautiful smiles, comfortably. “Dentistry today is more than fillings and cleanings – it is a big part of a person’s total health. An unhealthy mouth leads to poor nutrition, an unbalanced diet, weight gain, heart disease and social isolation. There is a huge link between a healthy, beautiful smile and a person’s energy level and self-esteem,” says Dr. Herring, “And with the advances in dental materials and techniques, smiles have never looked better.”
To bring the latest advances in dental health to the Monterey/Salinas area, Dr. Herring has taken advanced training in orthodontics (braces for children, teens, adults), dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and smile design. He has lectured internationally for Progressive Orthodontic Seminars – a cutting-edge training program for dentists. He participates in Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry study groups on a continuing basis.
Most of all, he wants you to have the greatest dental experience ever, in a friendly office where your questions will be answered by helpful people with a can-do attitude
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, of course, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are half the diameter of traditional implants, and are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants. Call for a free consult.