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Dental Implant Dentist Pasadena Texas

Dental Implants in Pasadena Texas

Being a leader in dental implant treatment means a dedication to excellence. This past month I have taken six hours of continuing dental education on dental implants.  A commitment to learning is crucial in staying current with modern dental procedures. I am shocked when I see and hear about dentist that do not work with dental implants. These dentists are stuck in the past and not willing to learn and become better dentists. This leads to poor patient care.

There is a tremendous amount of dental research that is conducted daily all over the world. As a physician I must continue to learn so that I can offer my patients the most reliable and sound treatment possible.

When my Father, Mother, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law lost a tooth I replaced the missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace missing teeth.

Fun facts about dental implants:

  • Dental Implants completely replicate a natural tooth and stimulate bone.
  • Ancient Mayan Indians in 600 A.D. used crude dental implants. The first modern dental implants were done in 1905 by Scholl. However, in 1969 the published scientific work of Dr. Branemark ushered in the age of dental implants. Dr. Branemark developed the concept of “osteointegration” and outlined how bone forms and integrates with the implant.
  • Bone grafting at the time of tooth extraction takes advantage of the healing process that is induced from the trauma of tooth extraction and leads to a much shorter healing time.
  • The greater the bone, the larger diameter and length of dental implant can be used. This results in better aesthetics, prognosis and ease of oral hygiene.
  • Dental Implants are used to secure dentures. These implant dentures are extremely stable.
  • Dental Implants will never get a cavity. Also, dental implants do not damage adjacent teeth.
  • Recurrent decay is the number one cause of failure for fixed and removable prostheses.  The second leading cause of failure of prostheses is loss of one or more abutment teeth.
  • Implants will never need a root canal.
  • The greatest bone loss from tooth loss occurs from six months to two years after tooth extraction.
  • The goal of bone ridge preservation is to prevent jawbone atrophy and maintain adequate width and height of bone for successful future placement of dental implants.

Dental Implants in Pasadena Texas


Pasadena, Texas Dentist Michael Nugent is a leader in dental implant treatment. Patients from Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City, Friendswood and Houston seek out the experience and advice of Dr. Nugent. He has been voted BEST DENTIST in PASADENA multiple times.

Pasadena Texas Dental Implants

Call Dr. Nugent’s office today at 713-941-8261.

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Or visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.

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What exactly is an implant?

Dental implants are a form of tooth replacement designed to replace both the tooth’s root and crown. Implant restorations consist of a titanium implant post and an implant restoration. Implants are inserted surgically into the the jaw bone to replace the tooth root. After the implant post has fused to the bone, Dr Nugent will create a custom restoration (typically a crown, bridge, or denture) that will be affixed to the implant post to finish your treatment.

What is a denture supported by implants?

A denture supported by implants is one that is anchored in the mouth by implants. Typically, two to four implant are placed in order to secure the denture. Dentures supported by implants can be “snapped in” or fixed permanently in the mouth.

What are the advantages of implants?

In addition to restoring your smile and your ability to eat and speak normally, dental implants also improve your oral health and function over the long term. When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone tissue begins to resorb and deteriorate, compromising the health and stability of the adjacent teeth. Implants serve the same purpose as your natural tooth root, stimulating and maintaining the health of your jawbone to ensure the stability of your teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves bone.

What must be completed before my implant can be inserted?

Before providing you with a dental implant, Dr. Nugent will conduct a comprehensive oral examination. During this appointment, will take a 3D x-ray and digital impressions of the teeth and gum tissue. Dr. Nugent will then import that data into an implant planning program. There Dr. Nugent will “virtually” place your implants to determine if you are a candidate for implant therapy.

How long do implants typically last?

Implants for teeth are designed to last a lifetime. You can maintain the health of your dental implant by practicing excellent oral hygiene at home and receiving routine preventive care at our office. Please keep in mind that even if the implant itself remains firmly anchored in your mouth, you may need to replace the restoration in the future if it fractures or wears out. Furthermore, you can get gum disease around the implant that cause loss of gum tissue and bone.

Can any dentist fit me with an implant?

Most dentist’s don’t place dental implants. Dr. Nugent has taken advanced training in order to place dental implants. However, there are some cases where Dr. Nugent will refer to his Oral Surgeon to place the dental implant.

How should I best care for my implant?

You should care for your implant similarly to how you care for your natural teeth, by flossing daily, brushing at least twice daily, and visiting your dentist routinely for professional cleanings and other care.

How many visits are required to finish my implant treatment?

Each patient is different, and the number of appointments required will depend on the number of teeth being replaced, your oral health and medical history, the health of your supporting bone tissue, and the techniques and materials used for your procedure. Some implant procedures can be completed in just a few appointments over the course of a few months, while others can take up to a year. After your consultation, Dr. Nugent will provide you with an estimated timeline for your treatment.

What will the cost of my implants be?

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient, dependent on the condition of your mouth, the number of implants you are receiving, and the type of restoration that will be placed on your implant. After your initial consultation, our orrive will provide you with an estimate of the cost of your treatment. Your insurance provider may cover at least a portion of the cost of your implant; we recommend that you verify your coverage with your insurance provider.

What success rate do dental implants have?

The success of dental implants is contingent upon your oral hygiene and at-home care routine. If you maintain excellent oral hygiene and are in good health, your dental implant will likely be successful. Implant effectiveness rates are generally between 90 and 95 percent.