Dental implants are the most technologically advanced way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer the best long term solution to missing teeth. Essentially a dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is implanted into the jaw bone and acts like a tooth root. Then to complete the dental implant a beautiful porcelain crown is placed on the implant.
Dental implants are the best option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease (gum disease), trauma, extensive decay or failed root canal.
Although high-tech in nature, dental implants are truly more tooth-saving than outdated options like dental bridges or removable partial dentures. With bridgework teeth have to be aggressively cut down to support the bridge. Bridges have an average life span of 10 to 15 years. The main reasons bridges fail are because the teeth supporting the bridge get decay or have failed root canals. Dental implants do not require support teeth nor do they require cutting on adjacent teeth. Dental implants will never get decay or need a root canal. Dental implants are the longest lasting treatment option when replacing missing teeth. Removable partial dentures use metal clasps to grab teeth and use these teeth to support the bulky plastic appliance. The remaining natural teeth have excessive forces placed on them. Furthermore, the bulk of the plastic and metal clasps make cleaning your teeth very difficult. This leads to decay. With dental implants you clean and floss your teeth the same way you will clean your dental implant. Another huge advantage of dental implants is that the dental implant is fused with bone and stimulates the bone. Both dental bridges and partial dentures DO NOT stimulate bone. The bone around the missing tooth will rapidly diminish causing problems with adjacent teeth and causing changes in facial contour
Dental implants are restored with beautiful porcelain crowns. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. The most common that Dr. Nugent’s patients say is that they forget they even have a dental implant. Your self-confidence about your teeth and smile affects how you feel both personally and professionally. You no longer have to hide your smile because of missing teeth.
Dr. Nugent can use dental implants to secure loose dentures. With dental implant dentures you will have extremely secure dentures that will restore your ability to eat the foods you love.
Dental implants can be used for: 1. Replacing one or more teeth without negatively damaging adjacent teeth. 2. Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable. Dr. Nugent is a regional leader in dental implant treatment. We invite you to call 713-941-1812 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nugent. We welcome patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, Friendswood, Houston, Clear Lake and La Porte.