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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 Is a Dental Implant?

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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 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

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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 Restoration(s)

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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 One 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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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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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. 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.

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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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.

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