Implant v. Bridge

Pasadena, Deer Park Dental Implant Dentistry:

For the longest time a dental bridge was the best dentistry could do to replace a missing tooth. Sadly, a lot of dentists still use dental bridges as their first option to replace missing teeth. These dentists have not kept current with the latest dental advancements.

“Unfortunately, tooth loss is still a major dental problem in the United States. Bridges are an antiquated treatment option that have many negative aspects. Dental implants represent the absolutely best way to replace missing teeth”

 – Michael Nugent DDS


Why dental implant are superior to old fashioned bridges:

Dental Bridge Pasadena TexasOld fashioned bridges damage healthy adjacent teeth. The most common use for a bridge is to replace a single missing tooth. However, to place the bridge a dentist has to aggressively cut on (and irreversibly damage) teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. The bridge is then is cemented into place. This makes it impossible to floss normally as the bridge is one solid piece.

Another huge problem of dental bridges is that they do not last. Almost half of all bridges have failed at ten years. Bridges most often fail due to decay on the support teeth or failed root canals. Decay is common on bridges because they are so hard to clean. Additionally, because the once healthy anchor teeth have to be so aggressively cut down they often need to have root canals. These root canals can fail dooming the tooth. When an old fashioned bridge fails it is a huge financial and dental problem for the patient.

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Dental implants do not damage adjacent teeth.  A dental implant does not rely on adjacent teeth. In other words, a dental implant is totally separate from natural teeth. The restored dental implant is cleaned just like natural teeth. A dental implant is made out of titanium and porcelain and can never get decay. Also, a dental implant will never need a root canal.

Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option available. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.

Bridges offer no jaw bone support. A bridge only “bridges” over the space of a missing tooth. There is nothing to help the gum tissue or jaw bone. The space where the tooth was lost will start to lose gum tissue and bone. This creates cosmetic problems and foundation problems for the surviving teeth.

Dental implants stimulate and preserve gum tissue and bone levels. Because the implant is anchored in the bone, chewing forces are transmitted down the implant and into the bone. This stimulation keeps the jaw bone and gum tissue healthy and happy.






A dental implant is a slightly greater financial investment than a dental bridge. However, when one considers the many advantageous of a dental implant over a bridge there really is not comparison. Dental implants are the longest lasting and most conservative treatment options when replacing missing teeth.

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Patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City and Friendswood come to Dr. Nugent for his dental knowledge and professionalism. Let the Dr. Nugent’s dental implant knowledge work for you. Call our office today at 713-941-1812 for an appointment. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena Texas 77504.

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Experience can make the difference between failure and successes. Choose a dental office that is dedicated to the art and science of dental implants.

This patient had an old fashioned bridge that was failing. There was decay on the front tooth that caused an infection. Also, note the bone loss. Decay on teeth supporting the bridge is very common as bridges are difficult to clean.

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Failing Old Fashioned Bridge
Dental Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth.
Green = Decay
Magenta = Infection
Yellow = Bone Loss
Restored teeth with dental implants
Restored teeth with dental implants

Patients trust the dental implant experience of Dr. Michael Nugent. Dr. Nugent has been voted Best Pasadena Texas Dentist Multiple times. Don’t let a dentist talk you into getting an old fashioned bridge. Demand the best dentistry has to offer.