Single Dental Implants in Tijuana, Mexico

Dental implants in Mexico

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    A dental implant is an artificial piece shaped like a small screw, designed to act as the root of the tooth. They are permanently fixed in the jaw, so they can support different types of dental restorations (crowns, bridges or special prostheses), which replace missing teeth.

    Unlike dentures, which rest on bone, implants are built into the jawbone so that gum tissue grows around the replacement tooth just like natural teeth. This is because the implants fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.

    Dental implants are the definitive solution to tooth loss due to trauma, injury or periodontal disease. In addition, they reduce the risk of bone loss in the upper or lower jaw, related to the loss of a tooth.

    Schedule your appointment for dental implant treatment in Mexico, get a perfect smile and save thousands of dollars.

    Types of Dental Implants in Mexico

    There are different types of implants to choose from depending on the degree of tooth loss:

    • Single tooth replacement
    If only one tooth is missing, an implant is placed and covered with a dental crown.

    • Replacement of several teeth
    If several teeth are missing, at least 2 implants will be placed in the bone and a dental bridge will be placed on them.

    • Complete rebuild
    Reconstruction treatments seek to replace all the missing teeth in the patient’s mouth. They are known as all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 implants, or as fixed dentures on dental implants.

    Dental Implants Cost in Tijuana Mexico

    Can you imagine saving up to almost 80% and obtaining the same high- quality dental treatments as in the United States? Here’s a price comparison:

    DENTAL IMPLANTS OTHER DENTISTS IN USA TDD SAVINGS
    Crown Over Implant (Metal-Porcelain) $1,600 $890 44%
    Crown Over Implant (Zirconia) $1,800 $890 51%
    Full Metal-Porcelain Dental Implant $3,000 $1,990 34%
    Full Zirconia Dental Implant $3,400 $1,991 41%

    FAQs

    How do I know if I am a good candidate for an individual dental implant in Mexico?

    To know exactly if this procedure is for you, it is best to see a specialist. But in general, the previous considerations are:

    • Healthy teeth: Yes, even in the absence of some teeth, as long as the gums and other teeth are in good condition.
    • Sufficient bone density: For optimal support of the replacement teeth, an adequate amount of supporting bone in the jaw is essential.
    • Good hygiene habits: Dental implants can last a lifetime if proper oral hygiene habits are maintained.
    • Abstain from smoking: Smoking represents the greatest threat to dental implants, since its consumption not only delays healing, but also negatively affects the healing process.

    What happens if I am not a good candidate?

    Patients who have suffered significant bone volume loss, either because of disease, trauma, or the long-term absence of the natural teeth, may need an adequate restoration through bone grafting before being able to get dental implant work done.

    Does an implant feel like a natural tooth?

    Yes. Dental implants feel and function just like natural teeth as they are embedded in the gums. On the other hand, with a prosthesis the patient has a foreign body to which he must get used.

    How long do dental implants take to heal?

    Dental implants can take three to several months to integrate into place. The bone around a new implant needs time to heal so it can secure the implant into place. Jaw augmentation procedures (or bone grafting) require additional healing time, too, meaning the whole process could take several months to be completed.

    How long will dental implants last?

    With proper hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime. That is, from 30 to 50 years. In addition to hygiene, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for check ups and professional cleaning.

    Does it hurt to get dental implants?

    For the implant´s placement, a local anesthetic is applied, so the patient feels minimal discomfort. During the postoperative period, analgesics and antibiotics are recommended to combat inflammation and pain, so that the discomfort will be tolerable.

    How is an implant better than a dental bridge?

    Dental bridges are a cheaper solution than implants, but they are usually removable so food debris can get underneath and cause bad breath and bacteria buildup. In addition, they can move when chewing and cause discomfort to the patient. The implants are fixed, they integrate with the maxillary bone and act in a similar way to the bone. The sensation when speaking and chewing is similar to that of natural teeth.

    What is the process of getting dental implants?

    It’s very important to consider that the process of placing dental implants depends on each patient’s characteristics, so the time for each stage varies. In general, the phases before and after implantation are as follows:

    Comprehensive examination of the patient’s mouth

    The first stage before the placement of dental implants consists of a comprehensive examination of the patient’s health status. For this, the dentist will assess the patient’s medical history through physical examination, X-rays, and in some cases, a 3D computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) to determine the bone anatomy and the amount of bone the patient has.

    During this stage, the type of implant, necessary anesthesia, and any required procedures prior to implantation, such as bone grafts for patients who need them, are determined.

    Preparation

    The second stage of the process involves preparing the patient. For this, the specialist may require deep dental cleaning and the restoration of other teeth to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Otherwise, there is a risk of implant rejection, infections, or discomfort during the recovery period.

    If the damaged tooth is still present, it must be extracted before the implant placement, but this is not common since implants are usually a solution for missing teeth cases.

    For the day of implantation, it is recommended that the patient arrive relaxed, wearing comfortable clothing, and not fasting to avoid hunger during the intervention and the time it takes for the anesthesia to wear off.

    In some cases, it is recommended for the patient to take antibiotics, but in general, the specialist should be informed about the medications the patient is taking, as some (such as aspirin) may interfere with healing.

    Implantation

    During the surgical placement of the implant, the following process is followed:

    • Local anesthesia is applied to the patient to prevent pain or discomfort during the procedure.
    • The surgeon makes an incision in the gum where the tooth is missing to expose the bone where the implant will be placed.
    • The surgeon works on the bone to create space for the implant post and places it in a way that mimics the natural tooth and allows it to osseointegrate during the healing process.
    • At the end of the procedure, the surgeon places a temporary tooth or temporary prosthesis to provide aesthetics, protection, and functionality while the implant heals.
    • After implantation, the patient must undergo a healing period during which the surrounding bone fuses with the implant in the osseointegration process.

    Suture removal

    Around seven days after implantation, the patient should return to the clinic for the specialist to check the progress and remove the suture.

    Healing

    The healing time after implantation is approximately three months until the gum surrounding the piece matures enough. During this period, around two months after the intervention, measurements can be taken to make the final crown and perform intermediate tests before its placement.

    Once the wound has healed, the specialist will place the titanium screw in the bone, leaving a metal plate visible at the gum level that will be covered with the provisional crown and then with the definitive one.

    Placement of the final teeth

    Once the implant has osseointegrated, the definitive crown can be placed, completing the implantation process. The patient must attend periodic check-ups to monitor the evolution of the implant, perform cleanings, and ensure the success of the implant.

    What are the benefits of dental implants?

    The benefits of dental implants are:

    Restored functionality

    Dental implants function similarly to natural teeth: they allow for normal speech and chewing without having to remove prostheses or bridges, restoring functionality to patients who have lost one or more teeth.

    Improved communication

    People who suffer from the loss of several teeth often have difficulty speaking correctly because they cannot properly support their tongue to pronounce letters. On the other hand, patients who use removable prostheses experience slipping of the prosthesis in their mouth, causing them to mumble or slur their words. Dental implants allow them to regain speech function and confidence to express themselves without worry.

    Prevention of bad breath

    Poor hygiene and lack of use of adhesive for removable prostheses can lead to the formation of plaque around the prosthesis, creating an unpleasant odor. Additionally, wearing the prosthesis all the time also leads to the development of bacteria that cause bad breath.

    Healthy smile

    Implants have the appearance of natural teeth, allowing them to restore the appearance of the smile, returning confidence and security to the patient when speaking.

    Bone Preservation

    Losing teeth causes the jawbone to resorb. This causes the lips and cheeks to sink in, changes the appearance of the face, and makes chewing difficult. Dental implants stimulate the bone and help maintain its density and volume, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.

    Comfort and extended lifespan

    Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. If the patient maintains proper care, they can last a lifetime. Additionally, unlike removable prostheses, implants are fixed and do not need to be removed for cleaning, providing comfort and security when eating.

    Overall improvement in oral health

    While the placement of dental implants does not require modifying other teeth, it does help preserve overall oral health. This is because the patient must restore damaged teeth before implantation and maintain good hygiene habits, as well as visit the dentist more frequently.

    What comes next after getting a dental implant?

    After implantation, it is very important to maintain good hygiene habits to avoid potential complications. This includes regular and proper tooth brushing, the use of dental floss, and periodic visits to the dentist for cleanings and dental exams. Certain specific oral care products may also be recommended, and quitting smoking is advised.

    Immediately after the intervention, it is recommended that the patient rest while the anesthesia wears off. The specialist provides the patient with medication to prevent infections and pain. Most patients return to work the day after the intervention, following the surgeon’s recommendations.

    Are there risks associated with using a dental implant?

    In general, dental implants are a safe alternative for patients with missing teeth. However, like other treatments, they carry some potential risks, the most common being:

    • Infection. Most infections are caused by bacteria that enter under the gum when extracting an infected tooth. In other cases, infection may result from inadequate postoperative care, where the patient does not take their antibiotic or does not follow hygiene recommendations.
    • Damage to blood vessels and nerves. During bone drilling to place the implant, blood vessels or the nerve passing through the jawbone can be damaged.
    • Sinusitis. During implant treatment in the upper jaw, the sinus cavities can be perforated, causing inflammation and infection in that area.

    Fortunately, the risks of perforation or damage to blood vessels, nerves, and sinus cavities are rare and can be avoided by consulting with an experienced specialist in implant placement. In addition, tomography and X-rays allow the specialist to have a better perspective of the patient’s internal anatomy to avoid causing damage during the procedure.

    Why choose The Dental District?

    The Dental District is a clinic in Tijuana, Baja California, strategically located just minutes from the US border. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced specialists in dental implants to ensure successful treatment.

    Additionally, we have bilingual staff, cutting edge facilities, transportation service from the border, and best of all: competitive prices lower than in the United States.

    How long do dental implants last?

    Dental implants are made of titanium, one of the most resistant metals that osseointegrates with the jawbone. Therefore, the implant itself is permanent and will last the patient’s lifetime.

    On the other hand, the crown has a shorter lifespan. Depending on the material, the crown can last up to 20 years as it undergoes natural wear from chewing. To extend its lifespan, it is recommended to maintain good dental hygiene to prevent bacteria from accumulating on the implant surface, causing it to lose attachment to the bone and loosen.

    Long-term recommendations include:

    • Brushing teeth three times a day or after each meal
    • Using fluoride toothpaste
    • Flossing at least once a day under the crown
    • Visiting the dentist every six months for check-ups and cleanings
    • Avoiding biting hard objects or sticky foods that may damage the crown
    • Avoiding or reducing tobacco consumption

    Are there any restrictions on food or activities after getting dental implants? Immediately after implantation, it is recommended that the patient avoid hard foods for the first few days to avoid interfering with healing. A soft diet is usually suggested, including broths, soups, yogurt, scrambled eggs, soft pastas, purees, cooked chicken, and finely chopped vegetables.

    After sutures are removed, patients usually return to their normal diet. While implants serve the same function as teeth, it is recommended to avoid very hard foods, such as whole apples, to avoid damaging the crown. Likewise, it is recommended not to bite hard objects such as pen caps.

    Are dental implants covered by insurance?

    Most dental insurances do not cover dental implant treatments. However, some necessary interventions may be fully or partially covered, such as fillings, resins, extractions, fillings, among others.

    Are there alternative treatments to dental implants?

    Yes. Patients who are not candidates for dental implants due to insufficient bone density or lack of financial resources can access the following alternatives:

    Removable prostheses

    Dental bridges are a type of prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth. The main requirement for a removable prosthesis is to have healthy teeth on both sides of the missing space.

    These prostheses consist of a pillar suspended in the space and attached to the adjacent teeth and a crown or pontic that replaces the missing tooth. The pros and cons of removable prostheses are as follows:

    Pros…

    ✅ Good aesthetics.

     ✅Long lifespan if properly cared for.

    ✅ Affordable option.

    ✅ Minimally invasive procedure.

    ✅ They can be adjusted and changed in case of changes in the patient’s mouth.

    Cons…

    ❌ Bridges are usually made of stainless steel or porcelain fused with metal, which can cause gum discoloration.

    ❌ Removable prostheses wear down adjacent teeth and can weaken them in the long run.

    ❌ They do not help prevent bone loss in the jaw.

    Fixed prostheses

    Fixed prostheses are an alternative to dental implants and removable prostheses when there are natural teeth that serve as support for the prosthesis. They are usually recommended for replacing a single piece, especially in teeth where there is not much chewing force, such as lateral incisors.

    What differences exist between the various types of dental implants offered in Mexico?

    There are two ways to classify dental implants: based on the placement mechanism and the manufacturing materials. They are classified according to their placement into:

    Endo-osseous implants

    Also known as osseointegrated implants, they are the most used type of implants. They are surgically placed in the jawbone or maxilla, where they osseointegrate to perform the same functions as the root of the natural tooth. These implants can be cylindrical or have a threaded screw, which is the most used and allows for the placement of removable crowns.

    The screw-shaped implant is the most used. It is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that osseointegrates in a short period and has a very long lifespan. Additionally, it can be used to support one or several teeth, with effective results and comfort for the patient.

    Cylindrical implants

    These implants slowly integrate into the bone as small perforations are made for internal osseointegration. Therefore, this technique is currently less utilized.

    Laminated dental implants

    These implants replace a central incisor of the upper jaw when the bone is very wide and deep. However, their use is not recommended in cases of significant bone loss.

    Subperiosteal or juxta-osseous implants

    These implants are formed by a metal frame placed in the bone below the gum tissue. They have the shape of the bone edge to fit properly and are recommended in cases of low bone height. However, their use is not highly recommended because the patient’s recovery is slower, and the risks of complications are higher.

    The types of implants according to the manufacturing material are:

    Zirconium

    Zirconium implants are long-lasting as this metal is resistant, osseointegrates, and remains intact over time. Additionally, they have low chances of infection due to bacterial accumulation in the sub-gingival line.

    This alternative is recommended for patients with titanium allergies or those seeking superior aesthetics since zirconium has a bright white color similar to natural teeth.

    Titanium

    Titanium is the most used material in dental implants. It is a metal similar in color to steel, lightweight, malleable, highly hard, and biocompatible, so the risk of organism rejection is very low.