Friendswood Texas Dental Implant Dentist:
Dental Implants: The best way to replace missing teeth.
Friendswood, Texas residents can lose teeth for many reasons. Teeth are lost due to cavities, trauma, gum disease, or failed root canals. Plus, Patients can have congenitally missing teeth (adult teeth that never formed).
By far the most common scenario for Pasadena Cosmetic Dentist Michael Nugent is replacing the single missing tooth. Old fashioned techniques like partial dentures and three unit bridges were used in the past. Those tooth replacement methods worked OK, and at the time were the best treatment options. However, now dental implants are now the BEST way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Nugent has used dental implants to replace missing teeth on his Father, Father-in-law, Mother-in-law, friend, two team members and a hygienist’s daughter. So basically, Dr. Nugent has used dental implants on his family and friends because dental implants are the greatest way to replace missing teeth.
Patients hate their removable partial denture. They hate taking their partial denture out after meals to get the trapped food out from underneath their partials. Patients dislike having to take their “teeth” out at night and place them in water. The partial denture is bulky, unaesthetic, and can be difficult to wear. Furthermore, patients dislike their bridges because off how difficult it is to clean and floss. Literally teeth are fused or bridged together to span the missing tooth space. Patients have to use special floss threaders to clean under the bridge. Dr. Nugent dislikes bridges because healthy teeth have to be needlessly cut on to create a bridge. Bridges have high failure rates because of decay and failed root canals on the support teeth. When a bridge fails it creates much larger dental and economic problems for the patient. Both partial dentures and bridges do nothing to preserve bone levels. The bone that once supported the missing tooth will rapidly disappear leaving a void in the gum tissue.
Failed Bridge showing Bone Loss and New Decay
The above X-rays show the unfortunate result of a dentist placing a bridge instead of using a dental implant. Dr. Nugent saw this patient and had to tell her the unfortunate news that her Four Unit Bridge (four dental crowns fused together) was failing. The Yellow Line represents where the bone levels should be. The Blue Line shows where the bone has resorbed too. The Green Circle shows where the patient has decay because the bridge is so difficult to clean.
Dental implants are the most advanced dental technology available. It is unfortunate that dental implants have been in use for over thirty years and a lot of dentists do not recommend dental implants for their patients. These dentists have not invested their time in learning and keeping up with advances in dental technology. Dental implants are a huge part of Dr. Nugent’s Cosmetic Dental Office. Dental implants are what Dr. Nugent uses on his family and friends. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants are anchored in the bone and come out of the gum tissue just like natural teeth. Patients brush and floss their dental implants just like natural teeth. Dental implants are conservative because adjacent teeth are not damaged. Dental implants are built and designed to last the patient’s lifetime. The dental implants can never get decay and will never need a root canal. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves bone levels.
Dr. Nugent is a family dentist that is located at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas.
He has been dedicated to implant dentistry for over 15 years.
Dr. Nugent is one of the few dentist that has a Conbeam 3-D Xray machine and can both surgically place and restore dental implants.
Get the best in dental implant care. Call us at 713-941-1812