Travelling to Mexico for dental implants is a choice made by hundreds of people each year, especially form the US and Canada. Los Algodones, Mexicali and Tijuana are just some of the Mexican cities which offer affordable prices for excellent dental work.
How is dental work done so fast in Mexico? Let’s take Los Algodones for example, the ‘Dental Capital of Mexico’. You can find here more than 350 dental clinics and half this number of dental labs. Most clinics also have their own labs with modern technology, so dental crowns and implants can be ready in one day.
Most people come here for major dental work such as dental implants and crowns, saving up to 75% from the cost of these procedures at home. Sometimes they stay on the dentist’s chair for more than 9 hours a day, but all this effort is totally worth it.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants can be really expensive in the US, going as high as $4,000 for a single one. Dental implants are the only lasting solution to replace missing teeth and they can even last for a life time. The difference between implants and dentures is that the first ones do not come loose.
An implant has three parts: the implant which is placed in the jawbone, the abutment, which is attached to the implant with a screw and the crown which will perfectly resemble the missing tooth. Prices for a dental implant can vary, depending on the materials used. If the implant is made of titanium, the crown can be made of porcelain, gold, precious or non-precious alloy, porcelain fused to metal, etc.
Two or three visits to Mexico are needed for an extensive dental work. It can take up to six months for a dental implant to be completed. It takes so long because the bone needs to grow and bond with the implant. If the bone is too think or missing and bone grafting is needed this will mean 6 more months until the implant can be placed. It is a time consuming procedure, but it is also the best choice to save the other teeth and to prevent the bone from receding.
For a single or two missing teeth individual implants can be used. But when the patient has lost more teeth, the dentist might recommend the all-on-4, all-on-6 or all-on-8 dental implants, which are more efficient than dentures and last for a long time.