When a single tooth is missing, the two most common treatment options are the old-fashioned tooth supported bridge and an implant supported crown.
When a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth, the neighboring teeth are ground down into small peg shapes in order to fit the cemented bridge in place. This method of tooth replacement is fast, cosmetic and functional for a period of time. However, an old-fashioned bridge does not replace the bone that previously surrounded the missing tooth root. Since there is no longer a root to hold the bone in place, the bone deteriorates or melts away. This can cause an ugly black void underneath the bridge. This is unsightly and a big food trap. Furthermore, the bulkiness of the bridge makes it difficult to clean. Often the support teeth that were ground down will die needing a root canal. Plus, the teeth often get decay because the bulky bridge is difficult to clean.
All the negative aspects of an old-fashioned bridge can be avoided with a dental implant. A dental implant replaces the entire missing tooth. Therefore, the jawbone and gum tissue will not shrink away because the implant stimulates the tissue. Adjacent teeth are not touched or damaged with a dental implant. Also, dental implants can never get decay and will never need a root canal. A dental implant is the longest lasting tooth replacement option there is in dentistry.
The many advantages to replacing a single missing tooth with an implant-supported crown include:
- It looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth
- It is much more cosmetic long term
- It will never decay
- The adjacent natural teeth are not damaged
- The jaw bone is preserved, preventing a visible bony defect
- It is easier to clean than a tooth-supported bridge
Dr. Nugent is a leader in dental implant therapy in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. He is one a a select few general dentists that can perform both the surgical and restorative aspect of implant dentistry. Dr. Nugent utilizes a 3D xray to examine your entire jaw structure.
He plans your implant surgery digitally in order to eliminate unexpected surprises at the surgery.
Once Dr. Nugent has completed your digital surgery, Dr. Nugent 3D prints a surgical guide so that he can replicate the exact positioning of computer planned implant.
Get the best in dental implant treatment for you and your family. Discover why Dr. Nugent is a regional leader in dental implant treatment. Patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, Friendswood and surrounding areas trust Dr. Nugent for their implant needs. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504.