Your guide to dental implants in Mexico
Increasingly Americans are going across the border for dental implants in Mexico . With its low prices, moderate climate and many other attractions, it is easy to see why the country is a hot spot as a dental tourism destination.
Mexico as a dental tourism destination
Mexico has a long history of cheap labor and low cost housing when compared to its more affluent neighbor. Laws in this country are very different and so medical care, including dental care, is very cheap. Additionally the country has tapped into the growing dental tourism market, developed its infrastructure, improved its medical facilities and so attracts hordes of tourists for inexpensive dental work from countries like the U.S. and Canada.
Dentists in Mexico
are well trained and qualified. They have to undergo rigorous medical and dental education to get their licenses. Many have done advanced training in western countries and have received their certifications and affiliations from recognized associations and institutes. You may even find fully American trained dentists, some who are naturalized Americans, who live in the U.S. and practice in Mexico.
Why are dental implants in Mexico popular?
Dental implants in Mexico are popular for a number of reasons among them being:
Proximity of Mexico to America and Canada – some states are close enough to Mexico and within driving distance, so traveling is much easier. However, people from further states also take low cost flights into the country. As dental implants can require as many as three four visits, its location makes it an ideal dental tourism destination.
Visa free entry – from many western countries you get a visa free entry into Mexico making it easily accessible without travel formalities.
Affordable dental care – the low cost of living in the country makes everything cheaper ranging from land to salaries to food and utilities. This has an effect on dental care as well since doctors charge much less.
Lack of malpractice insurance in Mexico – dentists and other doctors don’t have malpractice insurance, which pushes up the cost of healthcare in America. Because of different laws in Mexico, dentists can afford to charge much less for similar procedures.
Insurance coverage for Mexico dental implants – if you do have dental insurance coverage in America, your insurance company may well cover the cost of dental procedures, including dental implants as many American insurance companies now offer this facility.
Low cost of dental implants in Mexico – dental implants in this country cost much less than in western countries and you can save as much as 60 to 70 percent of the cost of similar procedures in your home country.
High standard of dental facilities – dental clinics in Mexico are usually full service clinics offering a wide range of procedures in clean and hygienic surroundings. Clinics like Sani Dental use the latest equipment, the best of modern technology and often have in-house laboratories.
Experienced dentists – dentists in Mexico see a lot more patients than their counterparts in the U.S. So they are very hands-on and have a great deal of experience in dealing with patients with varied dental problems.
Types of dental implants
Dental implants are of several kinds and the one best for you will depend on your oral health and how many implants you require so that you can flaunt a mouth full of teeth and an attractive smile.
The single dental implant is used if you have problems with only one tooth. Your tooth may have decayed due to a variety of reasons and no other procedure can save it. A single tooth implant can replace the tooth and its color can be matched without your normal teeth color so that nobody can tell that you had any dental procedure done.
Implant supported bridge is used if you have lost two or three teeth adjacent to one another. In this case two implants can support three teeth using a bridge.
All on four is used if you need a full set of teeth to replace dentures. Four dental implants can support an entire arch of teeth.
All on six is used in cases that require six dental implants instead of four as these can support more teeth.
Implants and prostheses are made under different brand names and may be somewhat different in cost and composition.
Time taken for dental implants in Mexico
While you may see many sites offering one day treatment of dental implants, this may not be suitable for all people – it really depends on the kind of treatment you need. A single implant may be possible in one day and even four in one may be possible provided you maintain good oral health and you don’t suffer from any other dental problems. You also need good bone health.
However, you do need time for the bone to grow back and this can take between two and six months. During this time, the dentist will give you a temporary crown. The final crown will be put in after the abutment which is a socket shaped component that is fitted and acts as a shock absorber between the implant and the permanent crown. Finally the porcelain crown is cemented into place.
Dental implant procedure will entail a minimum of two visits. Sometimes three visits may be required if you need bone grafts before implants are put in. If three visits are required the whole process may take up to nine months otherwise it can be completed between three and six months.
Cost of dental implants in Mexico
The average price of dental implants in the U.S. is around US$3,913 (CAD5,026, £3,226, €3,680, AU$5,098, NZ$5,238). In Mexico you would pay an average of US$1,250 (CAD1,668, £998, €1,173, AU$1,644 NZD1,786) which is significantly less.
You can go to Mexico, with its moderate climate and stay in a good quality hotel if necessary and enjoy the tourist attractions there. Even when you add travel and other ancillary expenses, you will still save a great deal of money when you get dental implants in Mexico