Why are Dental Implants the superior way to restore missing teeth?
Dental implants are anchored in the jaw bone. They are the most advanced way to mimic natural teeth. By anchoring into the bone, dental implants prevent bone loss. Dental implants maintain lip and facial contours. Teeth adjacent to the dental implants are left alone. Thus, no cutting or grinding on nearby teeth. Dental implants allow people to eat the foods they want. Furthermore, dental implants have the highest success rate of any method of tooth replacement.
Are Dental Implants successful?
Dental Implants have the longest survival rate of any procedure in Dentistry. They are designed to be permanent. Dr. Nugent has done implants on his Mother, Father, Mother-in-law and Father-in-law because implants are the best long term treatment option in replacing missing teeth.
The Facts on Dental Implants:
- Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement technique
- Dental implants save bone and prevent the appearance of premature aging
- Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth
- Dental implants have success rates of 95% to 98%
- Dental implants can be used on patients of any age
- Dental implants are a very conservative treatment option
- With dental implants innocent adjacent teeth do not need to be cut on
- Dental implants allow you to eat, talk, smile and laugh with confidence
- Dental implants are made out of titanium and will never decay
- Dental implants will never require a root canal
- Dental implants can completely stabilize dentures
- Dental implants can be used to totally eliminate dentures
Older methods of replacing missing teeth include bridges, partial dentures and dentures. These three methods have disadvantages that implants overcome.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants over a fixed bridge?
Implants have the highest success rate of any procedure done in dentistry. With dental implants, adjacent teeth are not detrimentally affected. No cutting or drilling on teeth is required for dental implants. Fixed bridges generally need to be replaced every 13 years. The anchor teeth for bridges need root canals fifteen percent of the time. Root canals and cavities are the most common reason for fixed bridge failures. Dental implants never need root canals and will never get cavities. Bridges are difficult to floss because the crowns and fake teeth are all one piece. With dental implants you are able to floss between your implant and your natural teeth. Dental implants stimulate and preserve bone, bridges do not stimulate bone where teeth are missing.
For dental implants the five year success rate is 98% and the twenty three year success rate is 96%. Bridges have reported failure rate as high as 20% within three years. Furthermore, the average tooth supported bridge only lasts thirteen years. In other words, there is only a 50% chance that a bridge will still be healthy and functioning in thirteen years. When the bridge fails it is usually catastrophic and requires more expensive and complex dental work. Therefore, the cost of a dental implant gives patients long term success and value.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants over a Removable Partial Denture?
Dental implants are fixed and not taken out at night. Dental Implants preserve bone and mimic natural teeth. Removable partial dentures exhibit decreased biting force capacity. Therefore, the ability to chew with partial dentures is greatly compromised. The attachment teeth for the removable partial denture can have increased mobility, plaque, bleeding and cavities. Removable partial dentures can become loose and can make speaking difficult. Removable partial dentures have unattractive metal bars that can show when one smiles. Also, the partial dentures can rub the gum tissue and leave sore spots. All of these problems of removable partial dentures can be overcome with implants.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures?
Dental implants are fixed and are not taken out at night. Dentures must come out at night and also after meals for cleaning. Dentures rub the gum tissue and can cause sore spots on the gum tissue. Dental implants preserve bone. Dentures do not preserve bone. Thus the longer a set of dentures is worn, the more bone loss will occur. This bone loss leads to more complex problems and increased difficulty of fabricating dentures. Bone loss will affect facial contours. Dentures can be uncomfortable and difficult to keep in place. Messy dental adhesives are often used to try to keep the denture in place. Dentures can fall out during speech, eating or physical activities causing embarrassment. Implants are anchored securely into the bone and do not come out. Dentures have a greatly decreased chewing force so food choices are limited. Also, many people cannot tolerate the bulk of the denture.
Why replace missing teeth?
When a tooth is extracted there is significant bone loss in the area the tooth occupied. Furthermore, teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and those teeth opposing the missing tooth will shift and migrate. This can cause problems with chewing, speech, the gum tissue, the jaw joints and even lead to more tooth loss.
Dental implants offer the most advanced way to replace missing teeth. Call our office at 713-941-8261 to schedule a consultation or for more information, including dental implant cost.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
and Missing Teeth Options
Dental Implants are the very best way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Nugent is a Pasadena, Texas Dentist that has been actively involved in implant dentist for the past 15 years. In fact, Dr. Nugent is a regional leader in dental implant therapy. Dr. Nugent is one of the few general dentists that can both place and restore dental implants entirely at his dental office. The biggest concern and fear patients have is:
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Dr. Nugent is so invested in providing the best in dental implant care that he is an early adopter in Cone Beam Computer Topography 3-D X-rays. With this technology Dr. Nugent can see crucial patient anatomy that is not visible on old fashioned 2-D X-rays. Furthermore, with the Cone Beam data Dr. Nugent can “virtually” place the dental implant to evaluate for the best position. Thus prior to surgery, Dr. Nugent already knows the best placement for the dental implant.