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Dental Implants — San Antonio, TX

Turn Back the Clock on Tooth Loss

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If you’re currently missing one tooth or more, you’re definitely not alone, as it’s estimated over 120 million Americans are in your exact same position. Thankfully, Dr. Lorenzana is able to provide a solution that can make you look and feel like your teeth never went missing in the first place: dental implants. Using his decades of experience and the finest dental materials available today, he can rebuild your smile, your bite, and your confidence for a lifetime to come. To learn more about dental implants in San Antonio, T and what it could do for you,  give us a call today .

Why Choose Lorenzana Periodontics For Dental Implants?

  • Board-Certified Periodontist & Implant Specialist for 20+ Years
  • Sedation Dentistry Guarantees a Comfortable Visit Every Time
  • 100% Personalized Treatment Plans for Each Patient

What Are Dental Implants?

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A dental implant is actually a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium and zirconium. It is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space left by the missing tooth, and then it is topped with a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture. Once in place, the implant actually bonds directly to the adjacent bone much like a real root, ensuring it will provide trusted support for the new teeth, in most cases, for life.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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While some practices have to refer their patients out to other doctors just to have dental implants placed, Dr. Lorenzana has many years of experience in placing and restoring dental implants. That means he can handle all phases of your care in one location, making your tooth replacement process all the more easy and convenient. To learn more about the steps that go into placing dental implants ahead of your consultation, you can read about them below!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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Dr. Lorenzana will need to perform an in-depth exam and consultation to confirm if you are eligible to receive dental implants. He’ll examine your mouth and facial structures as well as your current gum and bone health. In some cases, patients need to complete preparatory procedures before they can undergo dental implant treatment. After these procedures (such as bone grafts, gum disease therapy, gum grafting, etc.) have been completed, he can schedule you for your implant surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Placing dental implants is a relatively straightforward process. After administering local anesthetic to numb the mouth (as well as any sedation, if requested), he’ll create a small incision in your gum tissue, then create a tiny hole in your jaw so the implant has room to integrate. Once the implant has been placed, the gums will be sutured shut so the post can begin to heal. A protective cap is also placed over the implant to maintain the shape of your gums and shield the implant as it heals.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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Over the next three to six months, the osseointegration process will occur. This step is essential to the longevity of your tooth replacement. Osseointegration is when the titanium post physically fuses with your bone tissue. After the post has fully integrated, you’ll come back to our office to have an abutment attached. This small metal connector acts as the foundation for your permanent restoration. Your gum tissue will need a few additional weeks to heal around the abutment before the crown, bridge, or denture can be placed.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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Your permanent restoration is designed based on the impressions we captured of your mouth ahead of your surgery. Whether you need to have a crown, bridge, or denture placed, you can expect it to fit exactly and feel incredibly natural once it is attached. We work with a trusted dental lab in the area to create your implant restoration, then send it to us once it has been fabricated. We’ll be happy to make any modifications to your restoration ahead of time if needed. Once your implant is covered, you can expect it to be indistinguishable from your natural teeth!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Stability:  Dental implants sit in your jawbone just like your real teeth, so whenever you take a bite of food, you can rely on them to always stay in place and never shift.
  • Lifelike Appearance:  Because they are completely self-supporting and topped with porcelain restorations, implants resemble natural teeth in every way you can imagine, easily blending into any smile.
  • Permanent Solution:  With just regular, routine brushing, flossing and professional cleaning visits, a dental implant can be trusted to last for 30 years, and they often endure for a lifetime.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

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Thanks to Dr. Lorenzana’s experience and expertise, basically anyone with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. All a patient really needs is good oral health and stable overall health. Once these have been confirmed, our team can help you choose from one of the following treatments to restore your smile.

Missing 1 Tooth

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Instead of using a bridge to replace a single tooth that puts pressure on the teeth around it, Dr. Lorenzana can simply position an implant between two healthy teeth and attach it to a crown. The crown itself will be shaded to match the rest of the smile, and it won’t affect the nearby dental structure at all.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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Whether you’re missing a few teeth in a row or throughout your mouth, just one to two implants can be used to replace them all at once. Prosthetics like bridges and partial dentures can be secured to the jawbone to give the new teeth much more strength compared to traditional removable ones.

Missing All Teeth

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Even patients with complete tooth loss can be good candidates for implants. A full denture can be anchored to the jawbone using just four to six strategically placed posts, creating a new row of teeth that looks natural, feels secure, and can be trusted to stay that way for decades to come.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Every dental implant treatment provided by Dr. Lorenzana is completely customized based on the needs of a particular patient, and because of this, the price will always vary from person to person. How many teeth are missing, where they are located, and the type of restoration needed are just a few of the factors that can influence the final cost. While it’s true that dental implants tend to be more expensive compared to regular bridges and dentures, they are an investment that is designed to last for decades, while other treatments typically need to be redone every five to ten years. Over time, implant patients tend to save thousands because they don’t have to replace their teeth as often.

Dental Implant Technology

We’re proud to use the latest dental technology here in our practice to ensure that every step of your dental implant treatment goes as smoothly as possible. In many cases, before a patient can undergo implant surgery, they need to be treated for ongoing dental issues like periodontal disease or failing teeth. Or, their jawbone may not be strong enough to support the new roots. With the help of our advanced dental implant technology, Dr. Lorenzana can provide all types of procedures to address these issues so that when a patient finally receives their implants, success is all but guaranteed.

3D Cone-Beam Imaging/ 3D CT Scanning

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As you can imagine, placing dental implants is a very delicate and complicated procedure. So, to ensure absolutely NO guesswork is involved when treating a patient, we first like to take a 3D scan of their entire mouth. This type of image shows much,  much  more detail than your typical X-ray, and it enables Dr. Lorenzana to completely understand a patient’s situation and plan every portion of their treatment based on their individual needs. This leads to better care, more success, and an easier recovery as well!

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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After a tooth goes missing, it’s normal for the jawbone in the area to start to deteriorate, gradually shrinking and changing shape. Over time, this can make the bone extremely brittle and unable to support dental implants. In the past, a patient in this situation would simply have to get a removable prosthetic if they wanted to replace their teeth, but at Lorenzana Periodontics, we can actually help someone build up and strengthen their jawbone so they can get the most reliable tooth replacement available today. If you’ve been told that you’re NOT a good candidate for dental implants in the past, we can change that, so  give us a call today  to learn more about advanced dental implant procedure in San Antonio, TX.

Bone Grafting

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Having a strong, healthy jawbone is a necessity before implant placement as well as certain other procedures. However, if the jaw has broken down due to bone loss, then it will need to be restored before moving on with the main treatment. A periodontal specialist such as Dr. Lorenzana can expertly perform a bone graft in-house while helping you stay comfortable throughout the process.

If the jawbone is weakened or damaged in any way, it can be repaired and strengthened by adding new material. Said material is usually taken from another part of your body, but it can also be provided by a donor. Artificial material is also sometimes used. Whatever the case, the goal of a bone graft is to have the jaw integrate the new material to make up for any tissue that has been lost. After the surgery, it takes the jaw a few months to heal; implant placement can be performed once the recovery is complete.

Different bone graft procedures might be performed depending on the extent of the damage. Particulate grafts are used for more minor cases; the material is applied to the jaw in a powdered form. For a more extensive treatment, block grafts – where an entire block of material is placed – are used instead.

Ridge Preservation

Animated smile after ridge preservation and dental implant placement

In many cases, a patient needs to have one or more failing teeth removed so they can be replaced with dental implants. To shorten the time needed between the extraction and implant placement, Dr. Lorenzana can perform ridge preservation right after a tooth is removed. This simply serves to strengthen and protect the bone that’s located right around a tooth and helps hold it in place. By keeping this bone strong, it will not only enable a patient to get their implants relatively quickly, but the bone can also be relied upon to support the implant and new tooth for many years to come.

Bone Regeneration

Man smiling after bone regeneration treatment

In addition to the gums, periodontal disease also breaks down the underlying jawbone that supports the teeth. This can lead to deformities developing in the bone that make it unable to hold a dental implant safely. Dr. Lorenzana can correct these kinds of problems using bone regeneration. After removing any weak or infected bone, he can place a grafting material in the area which will stimulate new tissue growth. After a few weeks, the bone will be like new, and a patient will be able to receive their new implant with confidence.

Dental Implant FAQs

Even though dental implants might already sound like the perfect solution for you, we’re sure you still have plenty of questions! We love educating patients about their treatment options so they can feel confident about every care decision they make. If you want to learn more about dental implants, follow the link below to find our responses to some of the most popular questions we receive every day.

Will I Need a Bone Graft to Get Dental Implants?

The reason bone grafting is usually performed before implant placement is that tooth loss can directly lead to jaw deterioration. Once the tooth is gone, the bone that supported is considered unnecessary, so it’s resorbed by the body in order to use the materials elsewhere. As a result, the volume of the jawbone will dramatically decrease to the point where it might not be able to support or join with a dental implant post. Thus, we may have to perform a graft in order for implant placement to be viable at all.

Even if bone loss hasn’t occurred yet, Dr. Lorenzana might still perform a bone graft in order to preserve the jaw so that it’s ready for implants in the future. This is called socket preservation, and it’s normally done immediately after tooth extraction.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Traditional Bridges & Dentures?

When it comes to aesthetics, durability, and longevity, dental implants leave every other kind of tooth replacement far behind. The materials used to make them are extremely high-quality and strong, and because they replace the whole tooth and sit within the jawbone, they are able to last multiple times longer than your typical bridge or denture as well. Basically, with implants, it doesn’t feel like you’ve replaced your teeth, but that you’ve gotten your natural teeth  back.

How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?

The timeline for implant treatment can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their particular needs. For example, a patient replacing just one tooth who has healthy, abundant bone may be able to complete the process in as little as 6 to 8 weeks. But, for someone who needs all of their teeth replaced and/or bone grafting and periodontal therapy, it may take 12 weeks to a year. Dr. Lorenzana can go over what your specific timeline will look like during a one-on-one consultation so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Not with Dr. Lorenzana! Thanks to his decades of experience as an implant specialist and use of the latest techniques, our patients report feeling a little pressure during the implant placement procedure, but nothing that resembles pain. Like with any type of oral surgery, a little bit of swelling and tenderness is common afterward, but these symptoms are usually minor and can be managed with an OTC medication.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of getting dental implants will be different for each patient depending on their situation. In general, the more implants a patient needs/wants, the more expensive the procedure. Thankfully, implants are widely considered one of the best investments in all of dentistry, as they have been shown to last for 30+ years on average (regular bridges/dentures typically have a lifespan of seven to ten years).

Why Should I Visit A Periodontist to Get Dental Implants?

A periodontist is a type of dental specialist who has completed at least 3 years of additional training after completing dental school. A big part of this training is focused on dental implant surgery and bone grafting techniques. Compared to a regular dentist, a periodontist will have much more experience and skill when it comes to placing dental implants, leading to a more comfortable procedure as well as a much higher rate of success. When placed by a board-certified periodontist like Dr. Lorenzana, implants have an impressive 98% success rate.

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3 D surgical guide for precise dental implant placement
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Smiling patient after dental implant tooth replacement
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Gorgeous smile after tooth replacement
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