Dental Implant FAQ

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Q: What is a dental implant?

A: Dental implants are simply teeth root replacements. Dental implants are presented to patients as perfect or near perfect replacements for their missing teeth.


Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?

–Prevention of facial collapse: Dental implants aid in maintaining your facial appearance. When you install dental implants, you prevent facial collapse thus you look younger.
–Implants will boost your confidence by improving your appearance, making you want to smile more, and leading to more success in personal and business life
–Prevention of jawbone loss: When you lose many teeth your jawbone tends to dissolve and eventually you may lose your entire jawbone.
–They feel, look, and function like the natural teeth and they can last for a lifetime, too.
–Dental implants also enhance your ability to chew and enjoy your food and protect your teeth and jawbone, ensuring that you have better oral health overall.


Q: What is involved in getting dental implants?

A: Dental implants are a titanium cylinder that will serve as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. These cylinders will be placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Dr. Nugent will  insert the dental implant inside your jawbone under the gum tissue during the initial stage of the operation. The gum tissue will then be stitched back where it was. The jaw bone will begin to fuse to the dental implant locking it into place. The implant once fused to the bone will be a stable and secure anchor for the replacement tooth. Usually it can takes several months for the bone to bond to the implant.





After the tissue has completely healed Dr. Nugent attaches an abutment to the dental implant. The abutment is basically the foundation that the new porcelain crown will cover.  In particular cases, both stages of implant surgery can be done in just one appointment.


Q: How successful are dental implants?

A: Statistically, a success rate of between 95% and 98% is reported in most of the dental implant procedures.


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Q: Who are the ideal candidates for dental implants?

A: Although dental implants are among the perfect dental restorative solutions in the market, not every person is eligible for the entire procedure. Your eligibility for these dental process depends greatly on your general oral health at the moment and Dr. Nugent’s recommendation. Basically, if you are healthy enough for a tooth to be extracted you are eligible to receive a dental implant.


Q: Who places dental implants?

A: Dr. Nugent  qualified to both surgically place and restore your dental implant. However, for advanced technical cases, Dr. Nugent will refer you to his Oral Surgeon.

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Q: How do I care for my dental implants and replacement teeth?

A: Just as you would for your natural smile, you need to brush and floss each day. You should also make regular appointments with your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Remember, a dental implant tooth cannot get cavities. However, they are as well subject to wear and tear just as the natural teeth. That is what normally makes daily care and checkups so important.


Q: Is the dental implant procedure painful?

A: Normally, the procedure does not have to be a scary process for it has minimal pain. Dr. Michael Nugent DDS, who gives dental services in Pasadena, Texas, Oral Conscious Sedation, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and local anesthesia to alleviate the pain.

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Dental implants are a permanent solution to teeth loss. While many dentist claim to do dental implants the truth is that they just make the tooth to go on top of the dental implant. These dentist rely 100% on a oral surgeon to place the dental implant. Dr. Nugent is trained in both the surgical and restorative aspect of implant dentistry. Discover why Dr. Nugent is a regional leader in dental implant care. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504.

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