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Dental Implants in Mexico clinics are more common than in the average US dental clinic.

ImplantsIn the US, when you need a dental implant, the average dentist refers you over to a specialist. The same thing is done when you need a root canal, or other specialty. At Samaritan Dental in Tijuana, we either have our own specialist, or have one who comes to the clinic. We currently have two dentists who have had specialized training dental implant surgery and rehabilitating dental implants. We also have a maxio-facial surgeon, who comes almost daily to the clinic for regenerative bone surgery, and complicated implant placements. Basically, we can do the work “in house”, and so we take an even greater interest in the patients progress and are able to do the work at a reduced cost. The patients feel better, since the dentist that starts their treatment is there for all their treatments, rather than sending them out to some other clinic and to a strange dentist. Most of our patients have been coming to us for years, and they feel like family to us. 

While dental Implants are more expensive than dentures or a bridge over natural teeth, they are they best method for teeth replacement. Their presence of an implant in the bone, stimulates regeneration,  holding the bone and preventing bone loss. The cost of dental implants in Mexico is affordable, compared to the prohibitive costs north of the border. Because so many Americans come to Tijuana for dentistry, that is the reason that so many dentists in Mexico have taken specialized training for dental implant treatments.

Dental Implants in Tijuana are a great solution to replace missing teeth

bigstock_Dental_Implant_Head_And_Bridge_13984499Samaritan Dental in Tijuana is a full service clinic. People come from all over the US to get dental implants. Whether your missing tooth is the result of periodontal, tooth decay or an injury, we can help restore your smile with a beautiful new dental implant and crown that looks and functions just like a real tooth.

Dental implants in Mexico are ultimately, a better solution in many cases, where there are missing teeth. If you have lost or missing teeth you may wish to consider Mexico dental implants from Samaritan Dental.

bigstock_Capped_Dental_Implant_Model_6941096Significantly stronger than bridges or dentures, dental implants offer a single and permanent solution to a lost tooth. Mexico Dental implants can also serve as anchor teeth, from one implant to another, to form bridges and thus replace the gap left by multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are integrated into your jaw with a small titanium screw and over the course of several months naturally bonds with your mouth. This procedure is relatively simple and is effective in almost all cases, so there’s no need to put off restoring that great smile.

The average price in the USA for dental implants, complete with the abutment and crown is from $3600 to $4600. At Samaritan Dental Tijuana dentist clinic, the price is only $1,700 per tooth, including implant, abutment placement, and zirconium crown.

As with all our dental services, you’ll be treated with the nurturing care and professionalism that embodies Samaritan Dental Tijuana practice. We’ll make sure that you’re kept comfortable and informed throughout the implant process and will always be available to address any questions or concerns.

Choosing a dentist for Dental Implants: One must be careful when selecting a doctor for dental implants. In Tijuana there are many dentists who are doing dental implants after just a short course on implant placement, and have no formal training. At Samaritan Dental, we have the top dental implant specialists. They have trained in the US and are board certified specialist in implants. They have a 97% success rate, and will give a lifetime guarantee on all implants.

Some misleading advertising. One thing to take note: Some US dentists are now advertising implants for under $1000. Beware! What they are doing is baiting the patients by giving a huge discount on phase one, but they mislead them into believing that is the whole cost. Then, when they return for the abutment and crown they find that they will have to pay and additional amount of up to three thousand dollars to get the final crown in place. Also, they are often are putting in implants that are off brands, manufactured in China, that no one else carries.You are forced to come back to them to finish the procedure. We have had many patients call us wanting to get the abutments and crowns placed by us. The problem is that many times the implants are of a brand that we can’t find, and thus we can’t always help. The local dentist has them held hostage.

Don’t wait to restore your perfect smile. Call Samaritan Dental Tijuana today and schedule an appointment.

About Mexico Dental Implants

Dental titanium ImplantLet me explain a little bit about the procedure of this dental work. Implants are more than cosmetic dentistry, this is restoring your mouth. It is not something that can be done in a day, because it takes months for the implant to heal and for the surrounding bone to grow and attach itself.

1. Dental implants Mexico: The Mexican dentist, has to do an oral examination, complete with x-rays to make sure you are a good candidate. You have to have good bone density and the jaw bone has to be in good shape. Some people will have to start with a bone graft in order to build up the surrounding bone. If you are needing to first have an extraction, especially if it is a molar tooth, you will probably have to have a bone graft, in which they surgically implant an artificial calcium material that the bone adheres to and grows around. The procedure takes about 1 hour per tooth, and will take about 45 days for the healing process to be done, and to be ready for an implant. If you have lost the tooth a long time ago, and the jaw bone is in good shape, you won’ need to have this step done. Our Tijuana dental clinic charges $495 for a bone graft, still much less than the $1200 it costs in San Diego.

2. After pre-drilling a hole into the jawbone, the dental implant, made of titanium, is screwed in. It is coated with hydroxylapatite, which is the main mineral of which dental enamel is comprised. This helps the bone to grow around and bond to the dental implant more thoroughly. The Tijuana dentists opens up the gum, and using a special machine, he removes the bone in the jaw to prepare it to receive the implant. After insertion of the implant, the gum is sutured closed with dissoluble sutures. The procedure only takes about 1 hour, but you will then have wait for 3 to 4 months for the bone to heal and grow to the implant. Mini implants do not have a very long life expectancy, and may need to be replaced in a couple of years. It is best to do the slower procedure, and have an implant that will last for the rest of your life.

3 & 4. When you come in to attach the abutment and crown, it will take 2 visits to the clinic, but they can be back to back. First, the dentist will drill into the titanium implant to attach the abutment. The Mexican dentist in Tijuana will then make an impression of this post and the surrounding teeth, and send the impressions out to the lab. Your Tijuana dentist normally takes a couple of days for the finished crown to be ready, but if arrangements are made with the lab, the crown can be ready to put on the very next day, and in some cases the same day.

Mexican dental work and in general, dentistry in Tijuana is inexpensive, and the cost of dental implants Mexico, with the abutment and crown, only runs around $1700. The same thing in San Diego or Los Angeles runs from $4,000 to $4,800. As you can see, the savings is significant, and it is worth getting cosmetic dentistry, or any dental work. So come on down to visit us at Samaritan Dental.

Today, implants are a common dental treatment.

Beginning in the 1950’s researchers observed that the metal titanium, and some other materials, formed a very strong bond to surrounding bone, a process termed “osseointegration”. After years of careful research and study, teeth implants (titanium cylinders placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth) were refined with high success rates. There are now patients who have had implant supported teeth for more than twenty-five years. Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile.

Dental Implants in Mexico.

dentista2Learning about this subject will help you more in the long run than you may realize, until the time comes when you really need it.

With the ever increasing outlay of dental costs in the US, more and more people are looking to Mexico for dental care, especially for Dental implants. It has increasingly become acceptable to go to Mexico for dental implants. This is because dentists in Mexico are very well taught, and do dental treatments for less than 35% the rate as in the US. Using a dentist in Tijuana can mean savings of up to $3000 on the cost of each implant.

When we get to be adults, we run to risk of eventually loosing some teeth. Dental implants can be the best solution for many people to replace their teeth. With a fixed dental bridge, the dentist has to grind down the teeth on either side of the missing teeth to form abutments to support the bridge. Bridges can work well, but they might last for 10 to 15 years. Eventually, you have the possibility of loosing the abutment teeth as well.

The choice of a removable denture, presents other difficulties because then you will have a piece of plastic and metal in your mouth all the time that you can constantly feel. A dental implant has the look and feel of your original tooth, and can last a lifetime.

Here are some of the advantages of Dental Implants:

Better appearance. Dental implants feel like and look like your original teeth. Because they are designed so that the bone bonds to them, they become permanent.

Greater self-esteem. Dental implants can return your smile to top shape, helping you feel better about yourself.

Better speech. With dentures that are poor-fitting, the teeth can slip within the mouth and cause slurred speech. Dental implants allow you to speak and not worry that your teeth might slip.

Easier eating and chewing. Dentures that slide around in your mouth, can make chewing frustrating. Since dental implants work like your natural teeth, it allows you to eat with confidence and pain free.

Greater comfort. Because they become a part of your mouth, implants eliminate the discomfort of dentures.

Better oral health. It is not necessary to reduce other teeth when you put in a dental implant. With a tooth-supported bridge, you have to grind down the teeth on either side to form an abutment to seat the crowns to. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your natural teeth are left unaffected, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier cleaning between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Dental implants are convenient. Like your natural teeth, you don’t take implants out. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants take away the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures. You also don’t have to use the messy adhesives needed to keep dentures in place.

Long lasting. Implants are very durable and will last many years. Because Dental Implants have a high success rate, up to 98%, they are a great choice. With good care and oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime.

Who can get Dental Implants? Usually, if someone is healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery or a dental extraction, they can be considered for a candidate for a dental implant. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone mass to hold the implant firm. They must also be willing to maintain good oral hygiene and keep regular dental visits. You would need to be evaluated on an individual basis if you are a patient who is a heavy smoker, someone that suffers from uncontrolled chronic diseases – like heart disease, or diabetes – or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area. If you are considering implants, let us give you a free evaluation here at Samaritan Dental to see if they are right for you.

What is a dental implant? Dental implant patient movie by DIO Implants

Details you may want to know about dental Implants:

Dental implant surgery in México has become very popular,as a lot of patients come to tijuana to search for dental treatments. The cost of dental implants in México is about 40% of what is charged in the US, and that means thousands of dollars of savings.  Dental Implants are the ideal method for replacing missing teeth, when the patient is a good candidate. Here are some of the advantages of dental implants:

Dental implants conserve your bone. When a tooth is extracted, the resulting hole in the jaw will start to fill back in as the site heals. However, it doesn’t fill in completely. The presence of the tooth roots, stimulates the jaw bone to regenerate. But after a tooth is extracted, there is nothing present to stimulate regeneration, and the area will start losing bone density. The hole begins to grow, the bone melting away. Although this process takes several years, eventually the bone loss will begin to compromise the jaw around the remaining teeth, causing them to start to get loose.It is like a domino effect. With one tooth being extracted, in a number of years, now three teeth are lost, the original one, and then the adjacent teeth. And then, the adjacent teeth to those will start suffering bone loss. If the missing tooth was replaced by a bridge, it will work fine, but over a period of years, the same thing happens, the bone loss will still happen. However, by replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, the post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone, acts the same way that a tooth root does, in that the bone in the jaw is stimulated by the presence of the implant. Thus the bone is conserved, the bone loss is prevented, and the jaw bone retains its integrity.

A dental implant is not that much more expensive than replacing a lost tooth with a bridge. A dental bridge is only possible when you have a gap between two existing teeth. So the bridge is exactly that, it spans the gap, using the two existing teeth as pillars. Therefore a bridge is made of three crowns, bonded together, two pillars, with a pontic crown suspended in between. A Tijuana dentist will charge the price of three crowns to make a bridge. So a three unit bridge will cost roughly 1500 dollars. But the price of a dental implant, plus abutment and crown is roughly $1650. The advantage of the dental implant is that it helps prevent bone loss, and the adjacent teeth don’t have to be ground down. For dental health, the implant is definitely much better. The disadvantage of a dental implant is that it has to be done in two stages. First the implant surgery, and after 4 months, the second stage of the abutment and crown. A dental bridge can be completed in 5 days.

Dental Implants save the integrity of the adjacent teeth to the missing one. The only alternative to a dental implant is a bridge, and that only works if the missing tooth is between other teeth. If your last molars are missing, a dental implant is the only alternative unless you want to use a partial denture. To make a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth have to be ground down to be able to fit a crown over the stump of the tooth. A dental crown should last for many years, but it doesn’t make sense to grind down a healthy tooth to crown it, when an implant can be placed, and leave the healthy tooth alone, until it has problems and needs crowning. That will give more longevity to the tooth, because crowns won’t last forever.  With good dental hygiene, an implant should outlast the patient. You can get cavities up under a crown on a tooth, but the implant tooth is impervious to cavities.

Multiple teeth can be replaced with a dental implant bridge. If you are missing 3 teeth in a row, with two dental implants, and a 3 unit bridge, you can replace all three teeth. You wouldn’t need three implants. However, you cannot bridge from a natural tooth to a dental implant. The reason is because a natural tooth is anchored by ligaments to the jaw. Ligaments allow movement, like shock absorbers. Because a dental implant is rigidly set into the bone, if it was connected to an natural tooth  with a bridge, the natural tooth movement would cause the implant to work loose, and cause the implant to fail.

Dental implants can secure dentures. The main complaint denture wearers have is that they tend to flop around in their mouth over time, and the need to use dental adhesive. It is messy and embarrassing if your dentures flop when you talk. Dental implants can secure your denture in place. Years ago, we would use a system of snap on dentures. This was superior to a regular denture. After the implants were placed, and healed, the dentist would place a locator top on the implant, and then use a connector with an “O” ring in the denture and it would snap into place. Although we can still use this system, people prefer a dental device that is permanently fixed, and doesn’t have to be removed to clean under it.

All on 4 or all on 6 dental implant systems. This system is what most patients prefer, who have had to have all their teeth removed. With the “all on 4” or 6, implants are placed in strategic locations in the jaw bone. A dental device is made that screws on to the top of the implants. It cannot be removed by the patient, but only by a dentist. This gives the patients total confidence when they smile, eat, or talk. There are two types of dental appliances used. One is called a hybrid denture.  It is a specially designed denture that screws onto the top of 4 implants. It is made of acrylic with resin teeth and has a nice aesthetic. The other is a zirconia bridge. It is much stronger and heavier than a hybrid denture. It does not overlap the gum ridge, and looks very natural and feels less bulky. If only 4 implants are used, it needs to be a little shorter, to not over stress the implants. But if 6 dental implants are used, a full arch of 14 teeth can be made. It is as close as you can get to feeling like you have a natural smile.

Tijuana dentists offer the best location for dental implant surgery. Because dental implants are a two stage process, and a return trip is needed, Tijuana is the best place to do the procedure, simply because of its proximity to the US. It is not very feasible to go to an overseas location, like Singapore or Manila, when you know you will have to return. The closest to the US border, the better. A dentist in Tijuana is the best. Besides,because this is literally the best location in the world for dental tourism, the dentists in Tijuana have a lot of practice, and do great work. 

Even with poor bone quality, implants are possible with zygomatic implants. Some patients have come to us with very poor bone quality on their upper jaw. Normally they would not qualify for dental implants or an all on 4 dental implant system. Regular implants could not hold. But It can be possible to place long dental implants, called zygomatic implants. These are implants that are about4 inches long. Rather than depending on the quality of the upper jaw bone, these implants anchor into the cheek bone around the orbit below the eye socket. Your cheekbone is very dense, and a full zirconia bridge can be anchored by just 4 zygomatic implants. This procedure is not something that a regular dentist or implant specialist can do. It requires a maxillofacial surgeon with specialized training. At Samaritan dental in Tijuana, we do have such a specialist. The surgery must be done in an operating room, under general anesthesia. We have had several patients go this route with very good success. The only other choice is massive bone grafting, or just use regular dentures. This way the patients have a fixed, permanent solution.

Water flossing for good dental health. Our dentists in Tijuana, who are the implant specialists, recommend that all implant patients get a water flosser, i.e. Waterpik. It is very important to get all debris cleaned out from between your teeth, and regular floss doesn’t do as good a job around the dental implants. The food particles not only cause decay on regular teeth, but they cause periodontal disease and bone loss. By not having good dental hygiene, you can get bone loss around your implants and cause them to fail.