Dental implants are artificial tooth substitutes. The procedure is considered a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry. However, it also falls into the area of cosmetic dentistry.
Although patients have a number of restorative options when replacing missing teeth, none are as effective, cosmetic, conservative and durable as implants. In almost all instances, dental implants are the only logical choice for the restoration of missing teeth.
Strong, robust and life like in appearance, implants are the most successful long term dental procedures performed.
Teeth are lost due to:
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Gum disease
- Trauma Excessive wear and tear
- Congenital defects
- Defective dentistry
Texans who have lost teeth feel self-conscious and are embarrassed to laugh, smile or talk. Furthermore, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss have a negative effect on eating habits. This can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition, shifting teeth and Jaw Joint problems. Regardless of the nature of the problems related to tooth loss, dental implants are the perfect solution.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are stronger and more robust than their restorative counterparts (bridges and dentures). Implants offer a permanent and non-removable solution to tooth loss. Most often a single dental implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Additionally, implants can be used in combination with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, Dr. Nugent can utilize tow dental implants to create a dental implant bridge. Plus, he can use dental implants to stabilize dentures.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. They are cosmetic and blend in with the natural teeth. This appearance is supported in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. The implants are designed to mimic natural teeth. The dental implant is anchored in jaw bone and come out of the gum tissue just like a natural tooth.
Dr. Nugent will take a 3-D scan to visualize the dental implant site. Then he will “digitally” place the implant to evaluate for size, diameter and angulation. This allows Dr. Nugent to perform most implant surgeries without cutting tissue away from the bone and no sutures. The implant is allowed to fuse to the jawbone. This process can take three to six months depending on the quality of bone and the location of the dental implant. Once healed, Dr. Nugent will take impressions to begin the fabrication of the abutment and porcelain crown.
Success Rates of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most successful procedures in dentistry. However, there is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful. Based on all the overwhelming studies, a long term implant success is published at 95% to 98%. The lower jaw is slightly more favorable for dental implant because the bone is denser on the lower jaw.
Dental implants may fail for a number of reasons. The main cause is a failure in with the bone to fuse to the dental implant. Dental implants may break. The bone and gum tissue can become infected around a dental implant due to gum disease. Lastly, the screw that connects the abutment to the implant can become loose and need to be replaced. Smokers and diabetics have slightly lower successes rates.
Dr. Michael Nugent is a family dentist that focuses on dental implant rehabilitation. His office is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504. He is one of a few general dentist that can both surgically place and then restore your dental implant. He has become the go to “dental implant” dentist in the area. Experience matters….choose the best dentist for you and your families dental implant needs.