Implant Dentistry

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What Do Rabbits Have to Do with Dental Implants?

The human body loves titanium. Bone accepts it like part of the family and quickly grows in and around titanium implants whether they are for knees, hips or teeth. We didn’t always know this though….

The scientists who discovered that bone loves titanium were actually working with rabbits. They used titanium screws during their experiment and quickly realized the screws had fused with the bone like a natural part of the body. This important process has a big name “osseointegration.” The titanium screws literally “integrate” or “become part of” the bone.

It didn’t take long for oral surgeons to see how these implantable screws could help people with loose dentures. A dental implant is basically a prosthetic tooth root that gets its strength and biocompatibility from specially surfaced titanium.

In the decades since those first implants, science has continued to advance and now provides a way not only to stabilize dentures, but to replace individual teeth or even whole arches of teeth using dental implants.

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Why Does Replacing Missing Teeth Matter?

Teeth do so much more than just fill our smiles.

  1. Teeth chew our food and form the beginning of our digestive system.
  2. Teeth give our faces shape.
  3. Teeth keep our bone levels healthy.
  4. Teeth also help us talk and communicate.

Research shows that when people lose their teeth, chewing gets harder and they starting eating more soft foods. Research also shows that softer diets have more unhealthy, processed foods and contribute to life-shortening health problems.

When we lose teeth, we also lose bone. The face collapses when the teeth aren’t there to keep the bone in place and support the cheeks. Bone loss is a health risk that makes us look older.

With bone loss, bone from the jaws and sinus floors thin out, leaving less protection for the face and head during accidents. Getting hit in the face by a grandchild’s elbow or in a car accident can cause facial collapse in a person with severe bone loss.

Losing teeth also impacts how people speak, smile and laugh. People with tooth loss often stop smiling and start avoiding social situations, especially if they involve food. All of this has a psychological price and contributes to depression, lack of confidence and loneliness.

Replacing missing teeth, and dental implants are the most modern and ideal option, is important because our teeth are a critical part of who we are and how we live.

Glendora was tired of not being able to look in the mirror, speak in front of groups, smile genuinely, and eat normally. As she mentions, she had previously seen other providers with unsatisfactory results. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much damage an unskilled dentist’s work can do to a person’s life.
Thankfully, after a lot of research, Glendora found our office! As Glendora gratefully mentions, Dr. Bec changed everything!Her treatment consisted of extractions, followed by implant placements, completed with delivery of upper and lower overdentures. The end result? A BEAUTIFUL smile that looks natural! Glendora’s testimonial is proof that implant dentures changed her quality of life… she’s “more outgoing and confident.”

Find out more about the all dental implant services that we offer. Click below to learn more.

All-on-4 Dental Implant

An entirely new kind of dentistry

Affordable solution for patients needing full arch replacement.

Bone Grafting

WHAT IS BONE GRAFTING?

Bone grafting is a special surgery that fixes bone problems .

COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

From a Single Implant to a Full Mouth Reconstruction

The simple answer is that the average cost of the surgery…

What’s the Ideal Way to Replace Missing Teeth?

Life-like and optimally functional, dental implants are revolutionizing how we replace teeth. And they’re also revolutionizing how we age!

Dental Implants are the only solution that replaces missing teeth and solves all the problems that missing teeth cause:

  1. Dental implants stop bone loss.
  2. They keep teeth from shifting.
  3. They look fantastic.
  4. They are stronger than natural teeth.
  5. They can’t ever get cavities.
  6. They leave adjacent teeth alone.

Dental Implants: Amazingly Adaptable

Unlike bridges or dentures that only solve one kind of missing tooth problem, dental implants can solve any missing tooth problem. Dental implants can replace individual missing teeth, several missing teeth or entire arches of missing teeth. They are also incredibly adaptable as people lose teeth. Individual implants can later be used to anchor bridges or dentures.

  • Single Tooth Implant Solutions:

Because dental implants are artificial tooth roots, it’s possible to replace one or many missing teeth with individual implants and crowns. These teeth will look and function like new teeth, creating a beautiful, natural smile.

  • Multiple Tooth Implant Solutions:

There are several options for replacing multiple missing teeth with implants. As we mentioned above, you can replace every missing tooth with an individual implant. Although this is an ideal solution, it can get costly if you’re missing lots of teeth.

A less expensive option is to place fewer implants and restore them with bridges. Implant bridges only stop bone loss where the implants are, but the overall benefit of implant bridges is still superior to partials or dentures. Implant bridges will be stronger, healthier, longer lasting, and more natural looking. Implant bridges are also a fixed solution for missing teeth that is very comfortable.

  • Full Arch Implant Solutions:

What if you’re missing all of your upper or lower teeth?
Depending on bone health and your budget, there are three main ways to replace all the teeth in an arch (an arch is what we call the upper or lower jaw).

  • You can replace all the teeth with individual dental implants. This is going to be the most ideal as well as the most expensive. Because of the cost, very few patients opt for a full arch of dental implants. Due to the high level of complexity, very few dentists will take on this kind of treatment.
  • A second option is what most people call “All-on-4.” With All-on-4, a full new set of teeth is placed on at least four dental implants. All-on-4 slows facial bone loss in the areas around the implants and is beautiful and strong. Our patients also love that it is fixed and not removable.
  • The least expensive dental implant solution for a complete arch of missing teeth is an overdenture, a denture that snaps onto two or four implants. Overdentures still have to be removed every night for cleaning, but they are far superior to regular dentures. The implants keep them VERY stable and absorb the pressure of chewing. They are more comfortable and more functional than traditional dentures.

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Dental Implants: When Technology Matters

Dental implants are an entirely new kind of dentistry that requires special equipment to be successful.

  • 3D CT Scans: Never get an implant without a 3D CT Scan. It’s easy to damage nerves or bone without a 3D CT Scan of your jaws and teeth. These scans, also called Conebeam CT’s, use powerful 3D imaging technology that reveals exactly what’s inside your gums. This scan allows a dentist to examine bone, nerves, and tooth roots before, during and after implant placement surgery. These scans also enable detailed surgery planning for the best outcome. Read more about our i-CAT Next Generation 3D Scanner.
Dr. Bec Review CT prior to Dental Implant Surgery
  • Surgical Guides: A surgical guide ensures implants are placed exactly where they need to go. Each guide is custom designed to match your teeth and bone using the 3D CT Scan during surgical planning. The guide holes make sure that each implant is placed at the precisely the right place and angle. The guide also stops the implants from going too deep into the jawbone. This kind of precision is not possible by placing implants “freehand.” Visit our Implant Concierge, our Surgical Guide Manufacturer’s site.
  • Ideal Implant Surface Structure: Bone is picky. It doesn’t love all titanium the same. Some implants have a specially engineered surface that is proven to speed healing and improve osseointegration. Other implants have a generic surface that works well in most clinical circumstances. Visit some of our  Implant Manufacturer’s websites: Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Zimmer, Implant Direct, Blue Sky Bio, MIS, and Neoss.

Aren’t Implants Too Expensive?

It’s true that single implants are more expensive than fillings, and many implants are more expensive than dentures. Implants and bridges are usually similar in price. Dental Implants vs dentures are much like a motorcycle (with an engine) to a bicycle (with no engine). One is more expensive and certainly more superior to the other. However, our office works hard to find solutions and financing options for every budget. Our goal is to see San Antonio healthier and we are committed to helping you too.

Check out this blog to find answers to the most common questions about dental implants!

Our Patient Reviews

  • Sylvia Rios
    Sylvia Rios
    1 month ago
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    Great word

  • Judy Howitt
    Judy Howitt
    1 month ago
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    My husband and I have been coming here for 25 years. We drive 20 miles to get here and there are many dentists we could use that are much closer, but we choose Dr. Bec.

  • Krystle Dimas
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    2 months ago
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  • Rosalba Martinez
    Rosalba Martinez
    2 months ago
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    Always a great job with Dr. Bec! His staff is very helpful and friendly. Great work on my crowns, tooth implant and cleanings!

  • Mario Hernandez
    Mario Hernandez
    2 months ago
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    I’ve been here a lot of times and they treated me with kindness. And they work with your schedule too.

  • Debbie Vasquez
    Debbie Vasquez
    2 months ago
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    This is a great place, if your looking definitely choose them. The staff is always helpful and everyone is so nice. Best place to have your dental work done 😁

  • Christina Lopez
    Christina Lopez
    2 months ago
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    Love Doctor Bec’s office and his whole staff! I had a cleaning yesterday which usually freaks me out, but his team was patient and understanding. I’m very happy with the level of service provided. Definitely recommend!

  • Michael Perez
    Michael Perez
    2 months ago
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    Just had two crowns removed, two cavities treated, and two temporary crowns installed. The next day I had the temporary crowns removed and permanent crowns installed. All materials and equipment used were first class, the work was minimally uncomfortable and most importantly the final product is as near perfect as humanly possible. Same results for his implants and cavity resolution. Dr. Bec is highly skilled, compassionate and his staff is likewise. I recommend Dr. Bec to anyone who values their teeth.

  • Anna Schertz
    Anna Schertz
    2 months ago
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    Excellent dentist and staff. Dr Bec and his staff have made me more comfortable having dental work performed. I really like and respect him and his staff for never pushing me to do any unnecessary procedures. Thank you Dr Bec and your amazing staff

  • Irma Tobias
    Irma Tobias
    2 months ago
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    I had a wonderful experience with my teeth cleaning today. Carina did a fabulous job. If I could give Dr Bec and staff 10 stars, I certainly would.

  • linda rose
    linda rose
    2 months ago
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    My cleaning was wonderful. As always.

  • Rocio Cortés luna
    Rocio Cortés luna
    2 months ago
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    Recomiendo esta oficina del Dr. Bec, muy profesional...igual que todo su equipo!!!!

  • Manu Bizau
    Manu Bizau
    2 months ago
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    I’ve been a patient of this dental practice since 2013 and I’ve never been disappointed! Every single time I come in I’m being welcomed by Yvonne and Stephanie with a big friendly smile. They call me by name and make the experience personal. I was generally afraid of dental appointments but Dr Bec, assistants Desire and Gill, Otilia(executive) and the entire team made the visits feel enjoyable, they made me feel part of the family and I would always leave the office with a smile. I can’t thank them enough for the care and support they offer during each visit. I greatly recommend this dental office, and specifically Dr Bec for the amazing work he does. I smile bigger and brighter because of the work he does! I recently finished my Invisalign treatment and the results are amazing. I’ve gotten many compliments on my new smile. Thank you so much for all you do! Maria Bizau

  • claudia costescu
    claudia costescu
    2 months ago
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    Amazing team. Going into their office I was very nervous because I knew how much work and how complicated my case was. But I can’t say enough good things about everyone. Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you everyone I am very happy and grateful for you all

  • Blake Erwin
    Blake Erwin
    2 months ago
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    Great work and some of the friendliest staff!

  • My experience at Precision Dentistry was very rewarding. I found Dr. BEC to be professional in his practice, with a dedication to finding a solution for whatever dental care needed. My decision in choosing a dental option was made quite easy with no pressure whatsoever. I am now enjoying the freedom to eat a variety of foods I had limited too before.Thanks to Dr. Bec for helping me regain my smile and looking forward to a more meaningful happy life along with my granddaughters and family. And to his wonderful staff, I also thank you. Your attentive caring ways in reaching out to the patients is heart felt and appreciated. 💕

  • Bruce Cauley
    Bruce Cauley
    2 months ago
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    Great dentist and excellent cleaning

  • Paula Bond
    Paula Bond
    2 months ago
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    The whole staff is friendly and professional. Dr Beck is honest and profoundly skilled!

  • Enrico Paoletti
    Enrico Paoletti
    2 months ago
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    This practice was professional and did a very good job with my dentures and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Andrew James
    Andrew James
    2 months ago
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    Excellent whitening experience! Very happy with results.

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