Deer Park Texas, What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the superior way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement that is made out of titanium. The dental implant is placed in the jawbone where the bone fuses to the implant providing as extremely strong support for the replacement tooth. The abutment screws into the implant and serves as the base for the cosmetic porcelain crown. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are recommended for patients over 18 years old who are in good enough health to go through a minor outpatient surgery. There needs to be adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. In cases where bone is deficient, a bone graft to augment the jawbone can be performed.
Deer Park Texas residents choose dental implants when they:
- Have lost of one or more teeth
- Have a healthy and strong jawbone for placing the implants
- Want the most conservative and longest lasting tooth replacement option
- Do not have health problems that will impair bone healing
- Want the only tooth replacement option that preserves bone levels in the jaw
- Are unwilling to wear dentures and partial dentures
- Do not want a bridge that requires damaging healthy teeth
What are the steps in getting a Dental Implant?
Dr. Nugent will examine you and talk to you about dental implants. The you will have a 3d xray taken to examine you bone levels. You will then be scheduled for your dental implant surgery. The surgery can be with just local anesthesia or you can choose for more advanced sedation options such as I.V. sedation.
After the dental implant is inserted into the jawbone it is allowed to fuse with the bone in the area for several months. If the dental implant is in the “smile zone” then different provisions will be discussed about placing a temporary replacement tooth in the “smile zone” while the implant heals.
Once the implant is healed you will visit Dr. Nugent for dental impressions. The lab will use these impressions to create a custom abutment. Then a cosmetic porcelain crown will be created. The patient will return and Dr. Nugent will place the abutment and porcelain crown.
How do Deer Park Texas residents take care of their dental implants?
Dental implants do not come out. Patients brush and floss their dental implants just like natural teeth. The number one comment from Dr. Nugent’s dental implant patients is that they don’t even realize they have a dental implant because everything looks and feels like natural teeth.
Dr. Nugent is a leader in dental implant treatment. Dr. Nugents sees patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City, Clear Lake, Webster and Houston, Texas. Come see why Dr. Nugent was voted BEST DENTIST by the Pasadena Texas Citizen newspaper.