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Dr. Nugent is a general dentist located at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena TX 77504. Dr. Nugent has a special interest in dental implant therapy. Dental implants represent the most advanced treatment option to replace missing teeth. Furthermore, dental implants can be used to anchor implant dentures. If you are looking for solutions to missing teeth then you need to come talk to Dr. Nugent.

1) What is an implant?

An implant is a titanium cylinder that replaces the missing root of the tooth.  The bone grows up to and around the dental implant locking it into the jaw bone. Then the abutment is screwed into the dental implant. The abutment will server as the foundation in which to place a beautiful porcelain crown. A fully restored dental implant is basically a copy of natural tooth. The implant is locked into the bone and comes out of the gum tissue just like a natural tooth.Dental Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Pasadena Texas Dentist Dr. Michael Nugent is a leader in dental implant therapy. Come see why Dr. Nugent is known as THE PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST.

2) What are implants made of?

Dental implants are made from titanium, a biologically safe metal. Titanium is what is also used in hip and knee replacements. The body does not reject titanium.

3) How much do implants cost?

The fee for implants vary according to the patient’s needs. Also, there are variables like: how much bone is available?,  is a bone graft necessary? will the patient need a sinus graft?, and how many dental implants?  Dental implants from start to finish average 3,500 to 4,300 dollars. Dental implants are typically a larger financial investment in the beginning. However, the long term successes of dental implants  almost guarantees it is a one time cost. Nothing will last as long as a dental implant. Dental implants will never get decay or need root canals.  Dental implants are designed to last lifetime for some patients. Call our office at 713-941-1812 for a dental implant consultation.

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4) How will I benefit from dental implants?

Dr. Nugent will show you how dental implants can literally give you back your smile. No more missing teeth to cause you embarrassment or low self-esteem. Dental implants can eliminate the hassle, embarrassment and inconvenience associated with removable teeth. Teeth are supposed to stay in  your mouth, not get taken out at night and placed in a cup of water.

  • Dental implants are the most advanced and longest lasting tooth replacement option
  • Dental implants have 95 to 98% successes rates
  • Dental implants will never develop decay.
  • Dental implants will never need a root canals.
  • Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method to preserve the jawbone after tooth loss.
  • Age is not a limiting factor for dental implant therapy.
  • Restored dental implants look, function and feel like natural teeth.
  • Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures.

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5) Is Implant Surgery procedure painful?

Patients experience very little discomfort with the procedure. During the procedure you are completely numb. Most patients skip their prescription pain medication in favor of over the counter pain medication. Their are no nerves in the bone. Thus, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Advil) work amazing for pain control.






6) How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure varies according to the needs of the patient. They can be placed in less than 30 minutes for a single implant, or it could take several hours if the entire mouth is getting restored. Having a consultation about the length of your dental implant surgery will be presented to you by Dr. Nugent during your patient consultation.


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7) Will my insurance cover the implants?

Many dental  insurance carriers do not cover implant dentistry, but it all depends on your particular dental insurance policy. Sometimes we can file dental implant surgery under your medical coverage.

8) How long do dental implants last?

When your dental implant is placed, Dr. Nugent has every intention of it lasting you a lifetime. Dr. Nugent’s our success rate over the years has been amazing. Historically, one out of twenty implants will not integrate with the bone. The dental implant will have to be removed and replaced. Dental implants can never get decay and will never need a root canal. Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option in dentistry.

9) How long will this take?

The actual placement of the implant can sometimes take less than an hour. Depending on your dental healthy the completion of your treatment time can range from three months to a year. There are numerous factors involved and Dr. Nugent will talk with you about your specific needs. Patients usually go to work or school the next day.

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10) How long will I be without any teeth or my dentures?

You should never be without teeth. When Dr. Nugent is replacing a front tooth he will either make a temporary implant tooth or a temporary appliance (prosthesis) to replace that missing tooth. Often patients elect to not temporary replace a back tooth while the implant is healing in the bone.

11) How many visits will this take?

The number of visits will depend on the type of treatments you will need. Dr. Nugent will be able to provide the exact number once the initial consultation is complete.

12) Are dental implants safe?

Yes. Dental implants are extremely safe. The implant procedure is rarely more involved than having a tooth pulled. Most patients do great with over the counter pain medication. When Dr. Nugent’s parents lost teeth, Dr. Nugent replaced the missing teeth with dental implants. Dr. Nugent has also completed dental implants on his in-laws, staff and friends.

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13) Are dental implants right for me?

The best way to determine this is to have an evaluation. Call us today at 713-941-1812 to arrange a consultation with Pasadena, Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Nugent

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