You may never quite get used to having a wide gap in your smile after losing a tooth. You can feel it with your tongue when you talk and every time you eat solid foods you may have to floss immediately to remove large food particles from between your teeth. There’s an easy solution to this problem that will allow you to forget that you ever struggled with tooth loss: dental implants. Ask a dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT if you would benefit from dental implants.
What Caused Your Smile Gap?
A smile gap from tooth loss may happen after an injury (knocked out tooth), but in most cases tooth loss happens after a bout with a tooth or gum infection. The decayed matter eventually loosens the tooth from the socket and the bone tissue can no longer support it. If your issue is decay that cannot be treated with a root canal or periodontal treatment, it is important that you have the tooth properly extracted by a dentist. This will help ensure that your Fairfield, CT dentist can preserve as much bone tissue as possible for dental implants.
Close the Gap with a Dental Implant
Filling a gap with a denture is sufficient if all you're concerned about is looks, but dental implants offer a few additional benefits. With an implant, you are protecting the health of your jawbone and giving your smile more long-term stability. Also, you'll have a much more comfortable experience with a dental implant in your mouth compared to a partial denture. There is no need to worry about the device slipping out of place or losing its secure fit over time.
Dental Implantation: What Will Happen?
Getting a dental implant is a straightforward procedure that will require you to visit your dentist on at least three occasions. The first appointment will be to look at x-rays to ensure that your bone tissue is strong enough for dental implants. Your Fairfield, CT dentist may use a CT scan to plan out guided surgery to ensure faster healing. The second appointment will be to place the titanium implant in the open gap. The final appointment, which will be scheduled a few months later, will be to install your permanent crown. Rest assured that the crown will be designed to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Call for a Consultation About Dental Implants
The gap or gaps between your teeth don't have to permanently define your smile. Call (203) 256-8073 today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Joseph Worthington or Dr. Brijesh Chandwani at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT.