Dental Implants in Tijuana – Mexico

Tijuana is a strategically located border city in Mexico that is a hub for medical and oral procedures. The city has some of the most experienced doctors and physicians that serve clients from the USA and Canada at much affordable prices as compared to that in their home country.

Price List

The following is a specimen of a price list (for an accurate quote, contact us through the quote-form on the right):

Type of Implant Price (in USD)
Single Implant

(Megagen and Nobel Biocare)

Starting from $699
All on 4 Implants (with fixed acrlyic bridge) $8,800 (prices slashed)
All on 6 Implants From $7,400
All on 8 Implants $10,000 (prices slashed)

Note: All packages include free cleaning

Rationale behind Price Difference*

In Tijuana dental implants cost much lower than in the United States because of the following reasons:

  • Cost of living in Mexico is much less than that in other countries
  • There is little to no need for the physician to buy malpractice insurance
  • Also there is insignificant or no student debt to be paid by the dentist

The above reasons make for cheaper dental procedures in Tijuana; however there is no compromise on quality of care provided by TJ Dental Center.

FREE Pick-up Facility

  • We offer free pick and drop facility from the San Diego International Airport
  • We also provide complimentary ground transfers between the hotel and the clinic

(Applicable on certain packages only. Contact for more details.)

 

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

Why Tijuana for Dental Implants?

Cost and General Factors

  • There is a huge price difference between Mexico and the United States, and you end up saving up to 70% in treatment costs
  • Tijuana is only 17 miles from San Diego which enables you to save on time and travel expenses
  • Being a border city, its culture is quite akin to that of the United States
  • Most of the locals are bilingual; hence, language barriers are low

Medical Factors

  • Our dental team is highly competent. Our leading Implantologists & Cosmetic Dental Surgeons in Tijuana have a combined experience of more than 50 years.
  • The clients do not have to compromise on the quality of dental services despite the reduced costs.
  • High end technology is available at TJ Dental Center to perform advanced Implantology and Cosmetic Dentistry. CAD (Computer Aided Designing)/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing), Panoramic CT scans or X-rays are instances of such high end technology which helps in correct diagnosis and treatment.

Planning a Dental Trip to Mexico - Documents Required

  • US and Canadian citizens do not require a visa; however, they need to have a valid passport to enter Mexico.
  • They need to obtain a permit or Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) which is available at Mexican consulates and border entry points for travel beyond the border zone (25 km from the US border) and a stay exceeding 72 hours.
  • Those entering Mexico by air will also have to obtain an FMM; the fee is usually included in the plane ticket price.
  • The FMM can be obtained from:
    • Mexican consulates
    • Border crossings
    • Mexican tourism offices
    • Airports within 20 to 30 kilometers from the border
    • Majority of the airlines connecting to Mexico
  • The FMM needs to be returned to authorities on leaving the country, and hence, should be preserved carefully; those who fail to return it may either be penalized, detained, deported or denied entry into Mexico in future.

Reaching the Mexico Border

Flying South

  • San Diego International Airport is the closest American airport to Tijuana
  • Public transport such as metro buses, taxis/cabs are available at airport terminals 1 and 2
  • The America Plaza Trolley Station is close to the airport and one can take a trolley to reach the border crossing

 

Easy Transportation in Tijuana

 

Trip to the Crossing and Beyond - What All You Need to Know

  • Many tourists prefer to travel to the border and/or enter Mexico by road
  • The most popular entry point to Mexico is the port of entry at San Ysidro (functional 24*7)
  • Individuals can drive up to the border and park their vehicle on the US side at one of the several parking facilities close to the border crossing for $6 to $14 a day as of December 2016
  • Those willing to enter Mexico in their own vehicle need to obtain Mexican auto insurance as the US policies do not apply across borders
  • When traveling beyond the border zone (up to 20 km south of the international border) in their own car, they will need to obtain a vehicle permit; an exception to the rule is the Baja Peninsula where no permit is required.

Now that you have acquainted yourself with getting dental implants right across the US border in Tijuana, Baja California, have a look at the following sections detailing on the procedure.

What are Dental Implants?

Also known as a dental or endosseous fixture / implant, it is a component (typically made of Titanium) that is surgically fixed into the bone of the patient’s jaw. An abutment is added to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, a denture or a bridge.

The final prosthesis imitates the function of the original tooth (or teeth) completely and is an ideal substitute for natural (damaged) oral anatomical structure(s).

 

Dental Implant Process

What Makes for Success of Dental Implants?

Osseo-integration

It is a biologic process where the dental implant forms a bond with the bone. It builds a strong foundation for a full functional dental prosthesis. As per Mayo Clinic "This process, which can take up to six months, helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth — just as roots do for your natural teeth."

Healing time

The time required for proper healing depends on the severity of the surgery, post-surgery care, age and overall health of the patient

Soft tissue support

Tests have to be conducted to ascertain the health of supporting gums or soft tissues in the mouth

Positioning

The ideal position and number of implants to be placed are useful to ensure long term oral health

Dental Implants-Before

Before

Dental Implants-After

After

Various Applications of Dental Implantology

  • Single dental implant (for single tooth replacement)

Single Dental Implants

 

  • Hybrid dental implants (For example all-on-four, all-on-six, all-on-eight for replacing more than one missing tooth)

All-on-six Dental Implants

 

  • Implant supported overdentures facilitate partial/complete oral rehabilitation (for partially or completely edentulous patients)

 Implant Secured Dentures

Comparative Analysis of Dental Implants, Types & Applications

 

Table 1

Dental Implants By Stage Traditional Dental Implants

 

Immediate Load Dental Implants

 

Stages 2 stages 1 stage
Survival Rate 1 94.90% 91.68%
Who qualifies 1, 2 ·         Clinical examination determines the required height and width of the bone suitable for traditional implants.
·         Dental CT Scan determines the required quality and quantity of bone.
·         Patients with 73.8 % or higher bone volume are ideal for immediate load·         Patients with overall general health are more suitable

·         There should be no detrimental habits that could hamper bone growth

Advantages 3, 4 ·         Long term health for patient
·         Facilitates normal function of jaw and teeth
·         Efficient/better mastication or chewing
·         Generally less invasive
·         Aesthetic look/enhanced appearance
·         Treatment time and number of surgery are reduced
·         Prevents post-surgical bone loss
·         Stability of implants can be determined
through maximum soft tissue support
·         Instant comfort can be achieved
·         Ideal implant location can be assessed quickly
·         Least invasive of the two procedures
·         Reduction in overall treatment expense
Disadvantages 4, 5 ·         Risk of failure in osseo-integration
·         Restoration of implant may be required
·         Inconvenience associated with edentulous/toothless waiting period
·         Increased risk of infection
·         Risk of failure in osseo-integration
·         Restoration of implant may be required
Trips Required 2 1
Returning to normal life 5, 6 10 to 14 days after final crown placement 1 day after final crown placement

 

Table 2

Dentures-A Comparative Study Implant Secured Dentures

 

Traditional Dentures

 

Alternative names · Overdentures
· Implant retained dentures
· Implant stabilized overdentures
· Snap on/in overdentures
· Partial dentures
· Clasp or bar retained dentures
· Adhesive based dentures
· Suction based dentures
Type1 Fixed and removable Removable only
Survival Rate1 95.00% 60.40%
Who Qualifies2 · Patients with minimum 73.8 % bone density
· Highly suitable for edentulous patients that require complete oral rehabilitation
· Patients that maintain good overall oral hygiene
· Periodontal examination is required to assess suitability for overdenture abutment teeth
· Individual should be motivated for hygiene and recall visits
Advantages 1, 3 · Greater comfort
· Higher stability and reduced pain while chewing
· Improved overall oral function
· Aesthetic look and patient satisfaction
· Low bone loss
· Better sensory perception
· Immediate load possible
· Improves psychological and social well being
· Quick results can be achieved
· Ideal for completely edentulous patients
· Economical
· Provides aesthetic look instantly
· Improved speech
· Non-invasive
Disadvantages4 · Additional surgery may be required to enhance the aesthetic appearance
· Regular after care required for success of overdentures
· Difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene
· Negative impact and/or pressure on the remaining or surrounding teeth
· Limited oral comfort
Trips Required · 1 (Immediate load)
· 2 (Delayed load)
1
Return to normal function5,6 Full functionality can be achieved in 1 to 7 days (Immediate load)
Up to 3 months (Delayed load)
1 day

 

Table 3

Hybrid Dental Implants with their alterative names Survival Rate 1
· All on four/six/eight dental Implants
· All on four/six/eight dentures
· Same day smile or Smile in a day
· One day teeth replacement
93.8 to 94.8%
Who Qualifies2 · Suitable for completely edentulous patients
· Routine x-rays are used to ascertain ideal bone anatomy which is - height (10 mm) and width (5mm) for best results
· Advanced examinations are performed to assess bone density and the anatomical structures to be avoided
· Patients with Bruxism are advised to be vigilant
Advantages2 · Anatomical structures of the mouth are unharmed
· No bone grafts required
· Well spaced and easier to clean
· Immediate function and aesthetics
· Sufficient stability can be achieved instantly
· Final restoration can be fixed or removable
· Immediate loading possible
Trips required2 1 (Immediate load)
2 (Delayed load)
Returning to normal function2 1 day (Immediate load)
2 to 4 months (Delayed load)

 

Table 4

Dental Implants - Comparative Study By Size Mini Implants Traditional Implants
Diameter 1.8mm to 2.4 mm 2.5mm to 4.5 mm
Success Rate1 97.40% 94.90%
Who qualifies1, 2 · Individuals looking for single dental implants
· Patients that have oral anatomical structures that allow little space for larger implants
· It is ideal for patients with bone density lower than 73.8%
· Clinical examination determines the required height and width of bone
· Dental CT Scan determines the required quality and quantity of bone
Advantages1 · Can easily integrate into the natural remaining bone of the patient so the need for bone graft is eliminated
· Minimally invasive procedure
· Reduced risk of oral infection due to smaller surgical site
· Prevents bone loss due to its smaller diameter
· Relatively affordable and provides excellent patient satisfaction
· Immediate loading is possible
· Long term oral health can be achieved
· Facilitates normal function of jaw and teeth
· Efficient/better mastication or chewing thus ensures better nutrition
· Generally less invasive
· Aesthetic look/enhanced appearancep>
Disadvantages3 · Different sites in the mouth may require mini implants of different sizes
· The screw of the mini implant can fracture if the neck is too narrow
· Loosening of the mini implant can occur in case patient has post surgery bone loss
· Individuals who suffer from a major disease or take heavy medication or smoke are generally not suitable for mini implants
· Risk of failure in osseo-integration
· Restoration of implant may be required
· Inconvenience associated with edentulous/ toothless waiting periodp>

  Min vs Traditional Dental Implants

We also offer a host of other procedures:

  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dental Bone Grafting
  • Clear dental retainers or aligners
  • Veneers, Crowns and Bridges
  • Other Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Contact us for more information and FREE Estimate through the quote-form on the right.

References

Table 1

1- Survival Rate of Immediately vs Delayed Loaded Implants: Analysis of the Current Literature. Georgios Romanos, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD

Stuart Froum, DDS, MS Cyril Hery, DDS Sang-Choon Cho, DDS Dennis Tarnow, DDS  2005 Jan-Feb;20 (1):39-47.

http://joionline.org/doi/pdf/10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-09-00060

2- Association of Dental Implantology http://www.adi.org.uk/public/implant/whois.htm

3- Comparison of Long-term Survival of Implants and Endodontically Treated Teeth. F.C. Setzer and S. Kim, J Dent Res. 2014 Jan; 93(1): 19–26.

4- American Academy of Implant Dentistry http://www.aaid.com/news_and_publications/66

Immediate placement of dental implants in the mandible. Gurkar Haraswarupa Puttaraju and Paranjyothi Magadi Visveswariah, J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2013 Jul; 5(Suppl 2): S147–S149.

Immediate-loading post extractive implants: indications, advantages and limits. G. MAMPIERI,* L. OTTRIA,* and A. BARLATTANI, Oral Implantol (Rome). 2008 Jul-Sep; 1(2): 71–77. Published online 2009 Feb 1.

5- Interventions for replacing missing teeth: Dental implants in fresh extraction sockets (immediate, immediate-delayed and delayed implants). Esposito M, Grusovin MG, Polyzos IP, Felice P, Worthington HV, Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Sep 8;(9):CD005968. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005968.pub3.

6- Tests and Procedures- Dental Implant Surgery, Mayo Clinic Staff.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20009052

Table 2

1- The implant-supported overdenture as an alternative to the complete mandibular denture. Doundoulakis JH1, Eckert SE, Lindquist CC, Jeffcoat MK,J Am Dent Assoc. 2003 Nov;134(11):1455-8.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14664262

Clinical evaluation of removable partial dentures 10 years after insertion: success rates, hygienic problems, and technical failures. Wagner B1, Kern M., Clin Oral Investig. 2000 Jun;4(2):74-80.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11218504

2- Periodontal considerations of the removable partial overdenture. Gomes BC, Renner RP. Dent Clin North Am. 1990 Oct;34(4):653-68.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2227039

Survival Rate of Immediately vs Delayed Loaded Implants: Analysis of the Current Literature. Georgios Romanos, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD Stuart Froum, DDS, MS Cyril Hery, DDS Sang-Choon Cho, DDS Dennis Tarnow, DDS

http://joionline.org/doi/pdf/10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-09-00060

Mandibular implant-supported overdentures and oral function. van der Bilt A1, Burgers M, van Kampen FM, Cune MS.Clin Oral Implants Res. 2010 Nov;21(11):1209-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2010.01915.x.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20572834

3- Implant overdentures: recommendations and analysis of the clinical benefits. Melilli D, Rallo A, Cassaro A. Minerva Stomatol. 2011 May;60(5):251-69.

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3- Mandibular implant-supported overdentures: attachment systems, and number and locations of implants--Part I. Warreth A, Alkadhimi AF, Sultan A, Byrne C, Woods E. J Ir Dent Assoc. 2015 Apr-May;61(2):93-7.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26281708

4- Implant-retained dentures for full-arch rehabilitation: a case report comparing fixed and removable restorations. Zafiropoulos GG, Hoffman O. Gen Dent. 2011 Jul-Aug;59(4):e137-43.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903551

Removable partial dentures. Oral functions and types. Creugers NH1, de Baat C. Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2009 Nov;116(11):587-90.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19999668

5- Immediate Functional Loading of the Edntulous Mandible. Dr. SuheilM. Boutros, USA

http://www.dental-tribune.com/htdocs/uploads/printarchive/editions/c4822f03393eeae6d5cab5215e6fcf0b_48-50.pdf

American Academy of Imlant Dentistry

http://www.aaid.com/news_and_publications/66

6- Early versus delayed loading of mandibular implant-supported overdentures: 5-year results. Turkyilmaz I1, Tözüm TF, Tumer C. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2010 May;12 Suppl 1:e39-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8208.2009.00218.x. Epub 2009 Aug 5.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19673922

Table 3

1- A longitudinal study of the survival of All-on-4 implants in the mandible with up to 10 years of follow-up. Malo P1, de Araújo Nobre M, Lopes A, Moss SM, Molina GJ. J Am Dent Assoc. 2011 Mar;142(3):310-20.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21357865

2- Prosthodontic Perspective to All-On-4® Concept for Dental Implants. M Taruna, corresponding author B Chittaranjan, N Sudheer, Suchita Tella  and Md. Abusaad. J Clin Diagn Res. 2014 Oct; 8(10): ZE16–ZE19.Published online 2014 Oct 20.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253293/

3- Immediate loading of 'All-on-4' maxillary prostheses using trans-sinus tilted implants without sinus bone grafting: a retrospective study reporting the 3-year outcome. Maló P, Nobre Md, Lopes A. Eur J Oral Implantol. 2013 Autumn;6(3):273-83.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24179981

Table 4

1- A Pilot Study of Mini Implants as a Treatment Option for Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Ridges with Sub-Optimal Bone Volume. Anitha Balaji, Jumshad B. Mohamed and R. Kathiresan. J Maxillofac Oral Surg. 2010 Dec; 9(4): 334–338. Published online 2011 Feb 25.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3177481/

Survival Rate of Immediately vs Delayed Loaded Implants: Analysis of the Current Literature. Georgios Romanos, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD Stuart Froum, DDS, MS Cyril Hery, DDS Sang-Choon Cho, DDS Dennis Tarnow, DDS

http://joionline.org/doi/pdf/10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-09-00060

2- Association of Dental Implantology

http://www.adi.org.uk/public/implant/whois.htm

3- Why are mini-implants lost: The value of the implantation technique! Fabio Lourenço Romano and Alberto Consolaro. Dental Press J Orthod. 2015 Jan-Feb; 20(1): 23–29.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4373012/

Temporary anchorage devices – Mini-implants. Kamlesh Singh, Deepak Kumar,1 Raj Kumar Jaiswal, and Amol Bansal. Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Jan-Jun; 1(1): 30–34.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3304189/

3- Comparison of Long-term Survival of Implants and Endodontically Treated Teeth. F.C. Setzer and S. Kim. J Dent Res. 2014 Jan; 93(1): 19–26.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872851/

4- American Academy of Implant Dentistry

http://www.aaid.com/news_and_publications/66