Dental Implant Questions

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If you have lost a tooth, the most advanced way to replace the lost tooth is with a dental implant. Old fashioned teeth replacement options like bridges and partial dentures have numerous disadvantages.


Dr. Nugent what is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a way to completely replicate a natural tooth. A titanium cylinder is placed in the jawbone. The bone will grow into and around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Basically, the bone locks the implant in place and the implant replicates a natural tooth root. Then the custom abutment is screwed into the implant and the abutment serves as a foundation for the beautiful porcelain crown. Dental implants are the most natural looking and conservative replacement option for a missing tooth.

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Dr. Nugent, does the implant always fuse to the bone?

Sometimes the implant fails to fuse with the bone. Dental implant success is (depending on what studies your read) in the 96 to 99 percent success rate. If a dental implant fails to fuse to the bone then the implant is simply removed. Usually a larger diameter implant is immediately put in, or a bone graft is placed and an implant is put in at a later date. In eight years of working with dental implants Dr. Nugent has only had one dental implant that did not fuse to bone on the first attempt.

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Dr. Nugent how many dental implants do I need?

Generally, for each tooth lost a dental implant is placed to restore the missing tooth. However, dental implants can be utilized to anchor a bridge. Old fashioned bridges often fail because the support teeth get decay. Because the implants are made out of metal they will never get decay. Old fashioned dentures can be converted into Dental Implant Dentures. Furthermore, dental implants and prosthetic teeth can be used to completely replace missing teeth with the All on Four Implant technique.



Dr. Nugent is a leader in dental implant therapy. Patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, League City, Friendswood, La Porte, Clear Lake, Webster and Houston Texas visit Dr. Nugent for implant care.

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It is truly amazing how implants have become the standard of care when replacing missing teeth. Dr. Nugent has used implants to replace missing teeth on family, friends and office team members. Experience the best in dentistry with modern dental implants.