Dr Nugent why do you hate to grind down healthy teeth to replace a missing tooth with a bridge?
Dr. Nugent hates to grind on healthy teeth for bridge placement because dental implants are the best and most conservative tooth replacement option. In the early 1900’s the best treatment to replace a missing tooth was a bridge. However with the ushering in of modern dental implants, bridges are obsolete. A bridge is basically two crowns with a fake tooth fused to the crowns. The crowns are cemented onto the anchor teeth and the fake tooth rests in between the crowns to replace the missing tooth.
Bridges have many problems:
- Bridges cause unnecessary non-reversible damage to the anchor teeth.
- Bridges do not have a good long term survival rate.
- When bridges fail, the failure is most often catastrophic.
- A failing bridge creates huge technical challenges and large new costs for the patient
- The aggressive cutting necessary on the anchor teeth causes an increase risk for root canals.
- The cost of a dental implant is very similar to the cost of a bridge.
- Bridges are difficult to clean and floss because it is a large rigid fixture.
- Bridges do not stimulate and preserve bone levels.
- Anchor teeth on a bridge often get decay. This creates a new, larger, and more expensive problem.
Dental bridges hurt adjacent teeth. Dental implants protect and preserve adjacent teeth.
As you can see, dental bridges have an overwhelming number of problems and negative consequences. Dental implants to not suffer any of the problems associated with old fashioned bridges. Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace missing teeth. Therefore, Dr. Nugent hates to do bridges when he can do a dental implant. Dr. Nugent has done dental implants on his Father, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law. Dr. Nugent selected the best dental care possible for his family members. Let Dr. Nugent also give you the best in dental care with dental implants. Dr. Nugent has been selected BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Dr. Nugent sees patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City, Friendswood, Clearlake, Pearland and Houston Texas.
Dr. Nugent how long do dental implants last?
Dental implants were designed to mimic natural teeth and to last a lifetime. The answer to how long dental implants will last is unknown. The crude and initial dental implants placed in the 1960s are still functioning. Studies show that the success rate of dental implants at the thirty year mark 95 to 98%. Todays implants are more robust then the crude dental implants of the 1960s. Also, today better placement protocols are known thanks to increased knowledge of bone biology. With proper brushing and flossing today’s dental implants will last a lifetime. Whereas, old fashioned dental bridges have a 50% failure rate at the ten to fifteen year mark. (see: Dental Implant versus Bridges) Dental implants represent the longest lasting tooth replacement option.
Dr. Nugent do dental implants ever fail?
Yes, dental implants can fail. When working with the human body nothing is 100%. Dr. Nugent has been working with dental implant since 2005 and has only had one dental implant fail to bond to the bone. The implant was removed and a bone graft placed. The implant was later replaced and bone integration occurred. Dental implants are made out of a biocompatible titanium. This is the material that is used in knee and hip replacements. The body does not reject the titanium.
Dr. Nugent spends a great deal of time working with dental implants at his Pasadena Texas Dental Office. Dr. Nugent loves working with dental implants and has completed dental implants on his family members, friends, staff and children of staff members. You deserve that same quality dental implant care that Dr. Nugent give his family, friends and staff. Dr. Nugent has helped patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City, Clear Lake, Pearland, Webster, Friendswood and Houston Texas. Demand the best in dental implant care.