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Dental Implants in Pasadena, Texas:

Dental implants are the best answer to the problem of missing teeth. A dental implant serves as an entire tooth replacement option. The dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone and will replicate a tooth root. Once the bone fuses to the implant the dental implant is ready to be restored with a new tooth. Dental implants assimilate into the structure of your bone which will thwart the loss of bone and gum tissue that takes place with bridges and dentures. Furthermore, dental implants can be lower cost because you are replacing only one tooth and not three as required by a bridge. Dental implants are designed to replicate natural teeth. Thus, implants look, function and feel just like natural teeth. Regain your confidence in smiling and eating all the while restoring your mouth with the best dentistry possible.

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Dental Implants Benefits:

  • Future Proof: A dental implant will never get decay and will never need a root canal.
  • Cost effective: With a dental implant only one tooth is replaced rather than the three teeth of a bridge. Thus, a dental implant tooth replacement can actually cost less than old fashioned bridgework.
  • Tooth sparing: Dental implants do not damage neighboring teeth like a bridge. In order for a bridge to be placed teeth must be aggressively and irreversibly cut down in order to accept a bridge. With a dental implant adjacent teeth are left uninjured, which is a substantial long-term benefit to your dental health.
  • Comfort: Dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth. They look, function and feel like natural teeth. Regain your smile and self-confidence with permanent non-removable dental implants.
  • Consistent: The success rate of dental implants is very predictable. Dental implants are considered the gold standard when replacing missing teeth.

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The ideal dental implant candidate is in good general and oral health. A rule of thumb is if you are healthy enough for a tooth extraction you are ok for dental implants. Also, acceptable bone in your jaw is needed to receive the implant. Smoking is unfavorable to healing. However, smoking is not an absolute contraindication. Lastly, age is not a limiting factor to receive a dental implant.


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How do I take care of my dental implant tooth?

Simple. You brush and floss your new dental implant tooth just like you would a natural tooth.

Single Missing Tooth:

If you are missing a single tooth a dental implant can fully restore your lost tooth. The dental implant mimics the entire tooth. The dental implant will replace the root in the jawbone. Then the abutment and crown replace the part of the tooth that comes out of the gum tissue. The dental implant will look, function and feel like a natural tooth. In addition to replicating a natural tooth, a dental implant does not damage adjacent teeth and is the only tooth replacement option that stimulates and preserves bone levels. Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option.

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But what about a dental bridge? A dental bridge entails irreversibly cutting down teeth adjacent to the lost tooth. The bridge merely bridges over the lost tooth. There is nothing in the bone tissue and thus bone and gum tissue will be lost. Furthermore, a bridge will have numerous problems in the future. Over half of all bridges fail within 10 to 15 years. This is because the bridge fuses three teeth together. The anchor teeth will get decay because it is hard to clean the fused teeth. The once healthy teeth that were so aggressively cut down can die and need root canals. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and strong. The chewing forces on the implant actually fortify the surrounding bone. Instead of bone atrophy, the bone becomes denser and does not resorb. Without stimulation of the bone, gum tissue will withdraw around a bridge, leaving a visible void between the tissue and the bridge. This void creates a black space underneath the bridge causing and unattractive smile. Lastly, the cement holding the bridge in place will wash out over time. This allows bacteria to get underneath the bridge and decay the anchor teeth.


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Several Missing Teeth:

For several missing teeth, Dr. Nugent can utilize a dental implant bridge to restore the teeth. The dental implants will replace the missing tooth roots. Then the bridge will be placed on the implants restoring the missing teeth. Patients experience increased confidence in their smile, chewing and speech. Dental implants provide several benefits over other teeth replacement options. For example, dental implant teeth look, function and fell just like natural teeth. Dental implant bridges replace teeth without support from neighboring natural teeth. Whereas, old fashioned treatment options like bridges that rest on natural teeth and partial dentures actually damage natural teeth. The implants utilized in a dental implant bridge will stimulate and preserve the bone levels around the implants.

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All Teeth Missing:

If you are missing all of your teeth, two great options are available: Implant Denture and All on Four.

  1. Implant dentures utilize implants as anchor points. The denture “snaps” onto the dental implants creating a stable and secure retentive denture. Throw away your denture adhesives as implant dentures do not move. Regain your confidence to laugh, smile, talk and eat without the fear of your dentures falling out.Dental Implant Dentures Deer Park Texas
  2. All on Four dental implant protocol utilizes as little as four implants to anchor a non-removable prosthesis. This revolutionary procedure that was invented in Europe allows Dr. Nugent to give patients fixed (non-removable) teeth in one day. The All on Four implant protocol utilizes the dense bone in the front of the jaw. The back implants are angled to engage more bone and to miss vital anatomical structures.

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Dr. Michael Nugent loves working with dental implants. His office is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504. He is a leader in dental implant therapy. In fact, Dr. Nugent is one of the few family dentists that both surgically places and then restores dental implants. Therefore, you can have ALL of your dental implant treatment done at one office under the supervision of one doctor. It makes a difference where you go for dental implants. Choose a recognized leader for you and your families dental implant needs.

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