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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Alamo Dental Health

8647 Wurzbach Road, Building B
San Antonio Texas 78240

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Erika Lea Wishert
Erika Lea Wishert
2020-07-29T17:21:30+0000
Just had an awesome dental cleaning at Alamo Dental Health. What an awesome group of loving professionals! My teeth are... so happy!read more
Paul Wishert
Paul Wishert
2020-07-22T20:56:36+0000
not only did Alamo Dental give me a new smile. I met my wife there. I will marry her this Saturday at Alamo Dental.... Alamo Dental changed my life. thank God!read more
Laura RicheyBrock
Laura RicheyBrock
2020-03-11T17:24:58+0000
Great experience I wish I had the funds to start the process that day.
Michael Morales
Michael Morales
2020-01-09T22:17:06+0000
By the far the best dental office in town!
Everett Lewis
Everett Lewis
2020-01-05T20:33:21+0000
After experiencing Dental franchise establishments, where you would meet a new Dentist with every visit, I came away... disappointed & as a result I was absent from the dentist's chair for years.But no disappointments here! After extensive, necessary treatments, spread over several appointments, I have come away very satisfied. Dr. Bec & his staff have done great job for me...every time. Just good folks here. Check them out!read more
Gloria Romo
Gloria Romo
2019-12-23T21:41:50+0000
Great staffPatty & Carmen are the best:)
Mark Liggins
Mark Liggins
2019-12-11T17:09:26+0000
They are extremely nice explaining the visit in great detail answered any questions that I had and just put me at ease... with the whole process would definitely recommend this dentist.read more
Elva Millard
Elva Millard
2019-10-30T21:49:33+0000
awesome experience!!! Friendly Staff!!!
Susie Ramirez
Susie Ramirez
2019-10-29T18:24:16+0000
I’ve been truly satisfied I think the staff and the Dr is so amazing! I have no regrets and no complaints everything... has been excellent!!read more
Nicole Jackson Eslinger
Nicole Jackson Eslinger
2019-10-29T16:30:44+0000
I absolutely love this Dental Office. I ❤️ Dr. Bec! I ❤️ the entire staff! The entire experience is very... personable! This office is top notch! Everyone makes you feel comfortable! I refer everyone I know looking for excellent dental care! I give this office an A+++++! Everyone in the office is super knowledgeable and answers all questions! I appreciate how each individual, including Dr. Bec takes the time to listen to questions and concerns! I actually look forward to my appointments! I just cannot say enough about Dr. Bec and his team! Thank you Patty, Carmen, Rebekah (Best hygienist), Malicia, Alex, Erika, Linda, Kathy and Dr. Bec!!!read more
Tony Cardosa
Tony Cardosa
2019-10-29T13:57:34+0000
The Service is Great , Good And Excellence Services , The Whole Time I Was in The Office I Feel Great Like Hommie... Looking Forward For My Next Appointment 👍 .read more
Bonny Altamira
Bonny Altamira
2019-10-04T01:32:39+0000
staff very friendly and very educated in their jobs to explain everything
Dina Rose
Dina Rose
2019-10-03T17:22:27+0000
They took all my fears going to the dentist. Doctor and Staff are friendly and make u feel so comfortable
Amanda Duran
Amanda Duran
2019-09-18T20:57:36+0000
Great staff! Wonderful environment :)
Peewee Scott
Peewee Scott
2019-09-18T14:25:46+0000
Satisfied with the Dentist and Staff!!
Daniel Reyna Valerio
Daniel Reyna Valerio
2019-09-17T19:40:21+0000
they have very professional staff Patty n Carmen very nice persons glad we came here the staff really know what... they are doing we gave them a 10 on their review thanksread more
Melody W. Guinther
Melody W. Guinther
2019-09-05T17:37:09+0000
What a wonderful experience...courteous and sweet staff!! Dr. Bec is great!! Patty, Carmen, Rebekah,, Malicia, Kathy... and Alex make you feel so welcome and genuinely care. Highly recommend this wonderful office!!!read more
Bobby Fairrow
Bobby Fairrow
2019-09-04T21:26:33+0000
Everyone was really friendly and helpful and tried to guide me in all the right dierections of all different dental... surgeries!!read more
Costea Samuel
Costea Samuel
2019-02-16T20:35:31+0000
Nice people! And good doctor!
Sandra Robinson
Sandra Robinson
2019-01-20T19:01:03+0000
I need an appointment BAD. LIKE YESTERDAY I'M IN NEED OF NEW DENTURES
Anthony Felder
Anthony Felder
2018-12-21T19:29:02+0000
Had a Great 👍🏿 time Alamo Dental no PAIN Smooth as Ice they get all the Stars made you feel so good that you... forgot you were at the Dentist really Good Great customer Service Great bed side manner Can’t Say Enough if you need some Work done give them a Try don’t Think you’ll be Disappointedread more
Smilez Alvarado
Smilez Alvarado
2018-10-17T20:41:18+0000
They are caring an Awesome People.. They making My Girl Smile Again.. Luv you Guys..�
Alex De Hoyos Sr
Alex De Hoyos Sr
2018-08-24T01:00:56+0000
I was very impressed with the state of the art equipment they have. Today was my first experience and it was a great... one. Dr. Bec will be my new Dentist:) Patty and the rest of the staff made me feel like home.read more
Julian Y. Ludy Trevino
Julian Y. Ludy Trevino
2018-08-23T14:47:25+0000
Dr.Bec and staff very professional and make you feel welcomed and relaxed. Very rare to see this. Started the process... for an implant and is going great, no pain!read more
April Love
April Love
2018-05-09T18:22:54+0000
Lee Smith
Lee Smith
2018-03-30T01:11:01+0000
Everyone at the clinic was very professional. Dr. Bec was very informative about what he found from my exam of my... teeth. Everyone was relaxed and appeared to have all the time in the world for you.read more
Betty Ruiz
Betty Ruiz
2018-02-15T17:01:32+0000
My husband and I were looking for a dentist closer to home and we found Dr. Bec. He and his team are excellent... especially his hygienist Christine. Mr &Mrs Ruizread more
Jack Evans
Jack Evans
2018-01-19T17:48:43+0000
I think Dr. Bec is running a great clinic. I enjoyed the friendly staff, and the whole process was very smooth and on... time. There was no rushing, which I liked a lot. Dr. Bec and his people knew their stuff, and there were no awkward surprises. I say anyone and everyone should go to this clinic to make even a visit to the dentist better.read more
Cynthia Saks
Cynthia Saks
2018-01-11T18:58:53+0000
Dr Bec is amazing! A super kind and patient dentist with excellent service. Thanks Dr. Bec for my new smile......If... you're in need of a dentist, call Alamo Dental Health.read more
Emara Towns
Emara Towns
2017-12-11T16:09:48+0000
Great vibes good dr great front desk could not be happier
Amsterdam Amsty
Amsterdam Amsty
2017-12-05T17:17:07+0000
Christine did a phenomenal job! The whole Alamo Dental Health team is amazing, knowledgeable and very friendly! Highly... recommended!read more
Jason Lemkowitz
Jason Lemkowitz
2017-11-30T21:40:45+0000
They make me want to go to the dentist! Super friendly and worked hard to get me an appointment and Doctor Bec is very... personable and friendly.read more
Alexandria Rae Krisel
Alexandria Rae Krisel
2017-11-28T22:45:51+0000
So thorough and helpful. They are even willing to help set you up in the office with payment plans.
Michael Patrick
Michael Patrick
2017-11-22T18:09:05+0000
I had a crown replaced by Dr. Beck. I couldn’t be happier and Christine cleaned my teeth... many props to the staff... who have always been welcoming either the same great smile I can now proudly walk around with!read more
Krystal Flores
Krystal Flores
2017-11-21T22:52:00+0000
Ashlee, Sara and Ash are awesome! We appreciate the concern for the dental work needed.
Jacob De La Garza
Jacob De La Garza
2017-11-20T12:05:43+0000
Great staff and they cleaned my teeth very well :)
Joe Leos
Joe Leos
2017-11-17T19:03:28+0000
Fast and friendly service with a great staff would definitely recommend
Monica Fernandez Jimenez
Monica Fernandez Jimenez
2017-11-17T17:52:08+0000
Candace Romero
Candace Romero
2017-11-17T17:24:39+0000
Dr. Bec and his team are by far the best dentist office ever. Every visit is a pleasant experience (for both myself... and my son) and I never dread my appointments like I have with previous dentists. So thankful to have them as one of my healthcare providers!read more
Elina Derr
Elina Derr
2017-11-17T02:17:38+0000
AWESOME is what it was. Everyone was great, I was very at ease, no unexplained questions. I was more knowledgeable... about my situation than ever before, they were much more up front about all that needs to be done and in what order it should be done in to obtain a routine to keep a healthy smile. All Dentist's Offices should be so lucky to have a successful, vital, and happy staff. Keep it Fresh like SUBWAY!read more
Eileen Virginia Schaper
Eileen Virginia Schaper
2017-11-16T22:49:48+0000
My first appointment here was Amazing. Staff was very friendly, promp, and uplifting. Exam went smoothly and was... explained very well. Will recommend to anyone. Loved it.read more
Valentina Cekovski
Valentina Cekovski
2016-09-27T19:27:05+0000
Had such a good New Patient experience today- the hygenist, doctor and staff were all so kind and really walked me... through what I needed for my treatment, very thorough. I feel very positive and am happy that I made a switch to Alamo Dental!read more
Jorge Zavala
Jorge Zavala
2016-09-01T21:29:02+0000
Cristina and Dr Bec were amazing with my dental care. The rest of the staff was great in making me feel at ease before... my procedure. Thank you guys and i will recommend Alamo oral health to my friends and family.read more
Natalia Bobadilla
Natalia Bobadilla
2016-08-11T00:28:38+0000
My husband and I both schedule our first visit with Dr Bec today and we are extremely satisfied with the results Dr... Bec, Cristina and Sarah all exceeded our expectations and truly went above and beyond to make us comfortable. Best customer service ever the office was super clean and the best part Dr Bec actually took the time to talk to us, ask questions, listen and answer. We have found our new dental office.read more
Dawn Bearden
Dawn Bearden
2016-05-04T21:34:30+0000
Mason Joseph
Mason Joseph
2016-02-25T22:35:24+0000
Great folks! Very friendly and they make me forget I'm at the dentist. Check them out!
Lesey Love
Lesey Love
2016-02-12T13:53:10+0000
I'm not too comfortable with Dentists but everyone really helped me get over my slight fear and made me feel welcomed.... I'm definitely calling it my dental home for a very long timeread more
Jody LaCoss
Jody LaCoss
2016-02-03T12:54:22+0000
Cynthia A. Jones
Cynthia A. Jones
2016-02-02T03:40:39+0000
Had an awesome exam from Dr. Bec and Shivonne. Very thorough and complete. ThxsC. Jones
Manu Si Feli Bizau
Manu Si Feli Bizau
2016-01-19T23:42:38+0000
Doctor Bec Cristina and staff are great, very professional, caring and always looking for the best treatment plan. I'd... recommend him to any family member and friends. Best place to get your teeth taken care of.:) I feel blessed to have found this place where I always feel part of the family and able to walk out smiling! :)read more
Sandy Merrill
Sandy Merrill
2016-01-18T17:09:30+0000
Fantastic group, I had a great first visit. Shavonne and Dr Bec are knowledgeable and fun.
Amalia Martin
Amalia Martin
2015-06-11T20:30:03+0000
Andrew Bran
Andrew Bran
2014-10-19T22:00:05+0000
Tibby Bec
Tibby Bec
2014-10-07T04:30:19+0000
Gabriela Gheorghe
Gabriela Gheorghe
2014-10-07T03:24:43+0000
Amanda Adamitz
Amanda Adamitz
2014-02-07T02:44:12+0000
Dr Bec and team are amazing! Such a wonderful feeling to see a family environment, and a doctor who truly cares.
Jase Franklin
Jase Franklin
2014-02-06T21:20:14+0000
Best experience EVER!!!!!
Jase Franklin
Jase Franklin
2014-02-06T21:20:14+0000
Jase Franklin
Jase Franklin
2014-02-06T21:20:14+0000
Beck Cristian
Beck Cristian
2014-01-03T15:09:13+0000
Adelina Handolescu
Adelina Handolescu
2013-12-31T01:57:41+0000
Gabriel Stanciu
Gabriel Stanciu
2013-12-09T19:48:47+0000
Charline A. Duplessis
Charline A. Duplessis
2013-11-20T21:24:00+0000
Paul Mesaros
Paul Mesaros
2013-10-21T21:15:21+0000
Cristina Hammervold
Cristina Hammervold
2013-10-17T18:52:16+0000
Alecs Tudoroiu
Alecs Tudoroiu
2013-10-16T18:46:36+0000
Ady-Dana Geo
Ady-Dana Geo
2013-10-14T21:19:40+0000
Lidia Crisan Jurovschi
Lidia Crisan Jurovschi
2013-10-10T04:36:41+0000
Costea Alexe
Costea Alexe
2013-10-04T19:16:15+0000
Ioan Bec
Ioan Bec
2013-10-02T05:20:57+0000
Mihai Ileana
Mihai Ileana
2013-09-30T14:21:38+0000
Alex Andrea
Alex Andrea
2013-09-04T12:19:34+0000
Elisabeta John Cristurean
Elisabeta John Cristurean
2013-08-10T00:11:33+0000
George Beck
George Beck
2013-08-09T21:36:09+0000
Michelle Morar
Michelle Morar
2013-07-24T23:13:36+0000
Cristina Bec
Cristina Bec
2013-07-22T08:50:10+0000
Nico Pavel
Nico Pavel
2013-07-20T09:28:42+0000
JohnandKirstin Bec
JohnandKirstin Bec
2013-07-16T05:20:21+0000
Excellent Service. ... among other things.
Costea Irina
Costea Irina
2013-07-16T04:55:44+0000
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