Dental implants are titanium replacement roots used to permanently replace teeth that are missing or cannot be saved. Dental implants were developed in Europe in the 1960’s. Rapid scientific knowledge and manufacturing techniques have revolutionized implant dentistry. Dental implants are the standard of care for replacement of missing or soon to be missing teeth. Dr. Nugent has vast experience in the surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry. Dr. Nugent mentors younger dentists on dental implants. Come see why League City Texas uses Dr. Nugent for Dental Implants.
Dental Implants: Definition of Long Term Success
Today’s dental implants are highly reliable and exponentially stronger than the tooth roots they are replacing. With the development of stronger titanium alloys and implant-surface technology, dental implant successes rates are amazing. Today, dental implants are the single most successful implantable device in dentistry or medicine. When Dr. Nugent’s parents lost teeth, their teeth were replaced with dental implants. Extensive scientific reporting from around the world yields implant success in the 96 to 98 percent.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most cutting-edge tooth replacement option for patients. Dental implants are highly cosmetic and will look, function and feel like your own natural teeth. Equally important, dental implants are the ONLY tooth replacement option that maintains and preserves the jawbone. The jawbone is vital for facial esthetics. Following the loss of a tooth, the jawbone will naturally melt away (atrophy) unless replaced by a dental implant. Dental implants are the only treatment option to preserve bone levels. Loss of bone is what happens under bridges and dentures. When there is loss of bone patients have a premature elderly appearance and they have a “sunken-in” look.
Besides saving bone, dental implants also save teeth. Prior to dental implants, fixed (non-removable) bridges were the best dentistry could do. However, for old fashioned bridges to work it required the cutting down of adjacent teeth to serve as anchors. This aggressive cutting away of healthy tooth structure often resulted in the immediate or future need for root canal treatment of the anchor teeth. Capped and root canaled anchor teeth are more susceptible to cavities and fractures. With implants, missing teeth can be replaced without damaging adjacent teeth. This results in individual tooth restorations that are easier to clean. Next, implants help distribute biting forces and therefore protect, not weaken adjacent teeth. Furthermore, Dental implants cannot get cavities and will never require root canals. A properly placed, healed, and well-maintained dental implant can serve as a permanent (lifetime) tooth replacement.
Dr. Michael Nugent is passionate about dental implants. Dr. Nugent is proficient in the surgical and restorative aspect of implant dentistry. He is one of a few general dentists in the region that can complete the dental implant from start to finish. Because Dr. Nugent does so many dental implants he is one of a very select group of dentists that has an advanced Cone Beam X-ray machine at his office. Better technology and planning yields more predictable implant dentistry.
Cone Beam Technology
Call our office today to discover how implant dentistry can change your life. Our office is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504.