Restore your Smile with Dental Implants in Fairfield, CT!
Whether from an old sports injury or a highly decayed tooth that required extraction, a missing tooth keeps your smile and you from looking your best. If you desire a permanent, highly secure tooth replacement option, you may wish to consider a dental implant. Fairfield dentist Dr. Joseph Worthington has performed implant dentistry for over 30 years, helping restore his patients' smiles.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants aim to re-create your tooth's natural structures. They consist of three parts:
- an artificial titanium tooth root
- an abutment that is fitted to the top of the tooth root so the permanent crown can be attached
- a crown that fits over the abutment and looks exactly like your teeth
Dr. Worthington offers dental implants in a variety of sizes and can replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even a full upper and/or lower set of teeth.
How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
The overall success rate nationwide for dental implants is 95 percent, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Patient selection is vital to ensuring that a dental implant procedure will be a success. When Dr. Worthington evaluates you at his Fairfield dental practice, he will look at where the tooth is that needs replacing as well as imaging scans to determine how much jawbone you have to successfully place the implant.
Imagine a dental implant like putting in a screw on a wall to hang a picture. You must be able to have enough wall support -- such as finding a wall stud -- for the screw to be properly anchored.
However, if you have been told you were not a candidate for a dental implant in the past, it may be time to visit Worthington Dentistry. Dr. Worthington offers a variety of dental implant sizes, including implants that have a narrow platform for inserting into the jawbone. Because of our extensive experience placing and restoring dental implants, contact us if you’ve ever been told you weren’t a good candidate for dental implants.
How Long Does It Take to Place a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are often a multi-step process. When the actual implant is placed into your jawbone using conventional techniques, you must have time to heal. This will take anywhere from three to six months to fully heal.
At Worthington Dentistry, we also offer dental implants placed by guided surgery. Guided surgery involves using a computerized tomography (CT) scan to view the jawbone. Dr. Worthington uses the scan to plan the surgery, angle of approach, and exact location where the dental implant is placed. This approach is often associated with quicker healing times and less-invasive surgeries. If you contact us for a dental implant consultation, we would be happy to discuss positives and negatives of both approaches at our Fairfield implant dentistry office.
How Will a Dental Implant Benefit Me?
A dental implant is the only permanent, long-lasting solution to a missing tooth or teeth. Other options are removable dentures or a bridge that involves placing crowns on your surrounding healthy teeth. While these restorations may replace your tooth in appearance, they do not help to maintain your jawbone structure as dental implants do.
After an adjustment period, dental implants mean you can eat, and speak without having to make adjustments. The dental implant should look and feel as natural as your surrounding teeth and requires the same care as your teeth.
Ready to find out if a dental implant is for you? Call Worthington Advanced Dentistry at (203) 256-8073 to schedule a complimentary dental implant consultation.