Dental Implants – Pasadena, TX
Tooth Replacements That Last For Life
Over the past two decades, dental implants have quickly become the gold standard of tooth replacement, loved by dentists and patients all around the world. What makes them so special? They actually restore the entire tooth both above and below the gum line, replacing the hidden root as well as the visible crown. This gives implants a stability traditional restorations simply can’t match, and when topped with custom-made crowns and bridges, they offer the most lifelike appearance as well. For patients with missing teeth, Dr. Nguyen is able to provide this state-of-the-art solution right here in Pasadena, and you can learn more and even schedule a consultation by giving us a call.
Why Choose Huy P. Nguyen, DDS of Pasadena for Dental Implants?
- Treatment 100% Personalized For Every Patient
- Entire Implant Procedure Provided Under One Roof
- We Treat Your Time Like It’s Our Own
What are Dental Implants
Dental implants themselves are small titanium posts that we place below the gum line and into the jawbone to restore the missing root structure of a tooth or teeth. Due to the fact that they’re made from a biocompatible material, they’re able to fuse with the jawbone to provide your restoration with a strong, stable foundation to be attached to. This also provides the bone structure with continued stimulation to prevent it from deteriorating over time.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
- Consultation: At your initial consultation, Dr. Nguyen will examine your mouth and help you determine whether dental implants are the right tooth replacement option to fit all of your needs. Our team will then walk you through a customized treatment plan so you know what to expect throughout the process.
- Implant Placement Surgery: We’re able to complete the dental implant placement surgery in our office, saving you from traveling and allowing you to work with the same, trusted team that you began your journey with.
- Osseointegration & Abutment Placement: Over the course of three to six months, osseointegration will occur, which is when your implants will fuse with your jawbone. Then, you’ll come back to our office to have your abutments placed.
- Attaching the Final Restoration: Once your final restoration has been crafted, we’ll call you back in to attach it to your dental implants and complete your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of unique benefits that help them stand head and shoulders above traditional bridges and dentures, such as the following:
- An implanted tooth is secured within the mouth using a small titanium post that is placed within the jawbone. This mimics a new tooth root and ensures the tooth won’t ever shift out of place whenever a patient is eating or speaking.
- Because implants sit within the gum line just like regular teeth, they look just like regular teeth as well, completely restoring a patient’s appearance as well as their oral health.
- Bone loss in the jaw is very common after tooth loss, but dental implants are the only treatment available today that can stop and even reverse this process, which protects the remaining teeth from falling out in the future.
- With minimal maintenance, dental implants have been shown to endure for decades, often outlasting the patients themselves!
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How Do Dental Implants Work?
Unlike any other form of tooth replacement, dental implants replicate the entire structure of the lost tooth from the root up. They consist of three parts: the titanium implant post, an abutment, and a custom-made restoration. The restoration, whether it’s a crown, bridge, or denture, provides a near-perfect replica of your original tooth. Although this process involves multiple phases, it’ll be well worth it for this sturdy, long-lasting solution to tooth loss.
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Who Can Dental Implants Help?
Dental implants can be used to help patients with any number of missing teeth-- a person just needs to have a mouth and a jawbone healthy enough to support the new roots. Once this has been confirmed (Dr. Nguyen can help a patient meet these requirements if needed), the following restorations can be paired with implants:
Missing One Tooth
Filling in a single space is relatively simple with implants. A titanium post is positioned between two healthy teeth and topped with a custom-made crown. This is much less invasive compared to a traditional bridge that requires the nearby teeth to be reshaped and shaved down.
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Missing Multiple Teeth
Bridges and partial dentures can actually be secured within the mouth using a small number of dental implants. This gives the new teeth a better hold compared to removable bridges and dentures; plus, these implant prosthetics tend to be smaller and leave more room in the mouth as well, making them more comfortable.
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Missing All Teeth
For an entire row of missing teeth, our team can strategically place just four to six implants along the jawbone, and these will serve as the base of a new full denture. Unlike removable ones, implant dentures are guaranteed to never slip or shift, enabling a patient to eat and speak with complete confidence.
Thanks to Dr. Nguyen’s experience and special training, he’s one of the very few dentists in the Pasadena area that can perform the surgical placement of implant roots as well as attach the restorations to them. This one-stop approach makes this treatment much more convenient for patients; plus, it enables them to work with the same dentist and team that they trust throughout the entire process, saving them from unnecessary stress.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant treatment provided by Huy P. Nguyen, DDS of Pasadena is personalized based on how many teeth a patient is missing, where they are located, and what type of restoration is needed. This means the cost can vary from person to person--we can let you know your estimated cost at an in-person consultation. In every situation, implants have been shown to last decades longer than more traditional tooth replacements, meaning they usually help patients save money on their new teeth overall despite costing more upfront.
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Dental Implant FAQs
Do you still have questions about what it will be like getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth? At Huy P. Nguyen, DDS of Pasadena, we provide each of our patients with individualized treatment and remain by their side along every step of the way. For your convenience, we answered some common questions we receive below.
Does dental implant surgery hurt?
At Huy P. Nguyen, DDS of Pasadena, Dr. Huy Nguyen completes the entire dental implant process under one roof. When he is preparing you for your dental implant placement, he’ll administer a local anesthesia and, if necessary, sedation to make sure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during your surgery.
After your implant placement is finished and the anesthesia begins to wear off, you’ll likely feel some tenderness and soreness as your gums begin to heal. This can typically be handled with over-the-counter pain medication or by taking any prescriptions administered to you by Dr. Nguyen. You can also help ease your discomfort by placing a cold compress on your mouth. If you have any questions about your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can address your questions and concerns so you feel more comfortable.
How long do implants last?
Research has shown that with the proper maintenance, dental implants can last for up to 35 years. Because your implant restorations are so similar to your natural teeth, you can take care of them in the same way. With regular checkups and cleanings, good at-home dental hygiene, and a nutritious diet, you should be able to get the most out of your new replacement teeth.
Am I too old to get dental implants?
No patient is ever too old to replace their missing teeth with dental implants in Pasadena. Countless patients who have been over 90 years old have successfully received implant restorations. Their only wish was that they got them sooner! The earlier you replace missing teeth, the better, because you’ll be able to prevent the development of oral health problems down the road.
What will I need to eat after my dental implant surgery?
For the few days following your surgery, we’ll likely recommend that you stay on a soft or liquid diet to give your gums a chance to heal and shorten your recovery time. Chewing hard or sticky foods may cause complications and pain, which is why we recommend staying away from them while you heal.
What will happen if I wait to replace missing teeth?
Even if you’re just missing a single tooth and it’s not drastically impacting your day-to-day life, it’s still important to replace. The natural roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone by providing blood flow to the area. When they go missing, that area of the bone is no longer being used, causing it to gradually erode and weaken. This can change your facial structure and result in additional issues such as TMD, additional tooth loss, and difficulty speaking.
Dental implants replace the entire structure of missing teeth, and because they bond with your jawbone, they’re able to provide it with stimulation and keep these issues from occurring.
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