Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth. Where previously the only option available for missing teeth was either dentures, or possibly a bridge, dental implants are now quite a common way of dealing with this problem. To all intents and purposes the implant will feel and look exactly like a real tooth and requires no additional care than your own teeth.
With no discernible difference between a dental implant and your own tooth you will be able to chew your food and speak properly, compared to having dentures. Unlike dentures which may slip, dental implants are immovable, giving you confidence to eat and smile knowing your tooth or teeth will remain in place.
From an esthetic point of view, an implant is much more attractive than a missing tooth, and no-one will ever know it is not your own tooth as they are color-matched to blend in with your existing teeth.
Dental implants reduce the load on remaining teeth and structures in the mouth as they are independently supported. They preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to pare down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. They have also been shown to reduce the need for subsequent restorative intervention of adjacent teeth.
Nothing is more ageing than missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth improves and controls facial contours that result in minimizing wrinkles – so they do actually help in preventing premature ageing as well as making you look younger.
Dental implants usually take two or three trips to be completed, and this is something to bear in mind when traveling abroad as you don’t want to occur additional air-travel expenses by going to another continent. Guadalajara is relatively near for most North Americans and with return flights costing around $350 you can make a few trips and still comfortably save around 50% - and you get the added bonus of a holiday.
Our dentists in Guadalajara are quality-checked and you will not be receiving an inferior service. Far from it, plenty of patients say that their experiences here surpass the care they get from their dentist at home. Dental clinics are used to treating international patients, and if they didn’t offer a good service then patients just wouldn’t come.
Facilities are of a high-standard, with the latest technology available, and the same branded materials used by dentists here as your dentist at home.
Our dentists all offer guarantees on the procedure they perform, and also on the materials they use –which is something that is not always offered by your dentist at home.
For dental implants to be successful you will need to be fully assessed to ensure the bone in your jaw is acceptable to hold the implant. A digital x-ray of the jaw will establish the condition of the bone. If the bone is healthy then you will probably need two trips to complete the procedure. If the bone is not healthy, for example, if you have bone loss, which is quite common, then all is not lost. You may still be able to have a dental implant, but you will need an additional procedure called a bone graft to make the bone viable. This will involve an extra trip.
The implant procedure requires around 5 days on the first trip. The procedure is fairly straightforward. Your dentist will first make a small incision in your gum to access the bone. A small hole is drilled into the bone and the implant inserted. The gum will be stitched back over the implant and left to heal for a period of between 3 and 12 months. There will be no visible signs of the implant and you will be given a healing denture to wear while the process of osseo-integration takes place. This is when the bone fuses with the implant, making a strong and stable anchor for the false tooth (crown) to be fitted.
On your next trip the dentist will re-open the gum and attach the abutment to the implant. This is a post which secures the crown to the implant. The abutment protrudes through the gum and the crown is fixed to this and the implant procedure is complete.
In Guadalajara dental implants are as little as $800, compared to $3,900 in the United States.
Dental implants in Guadalajara can be booked online or via our toll-free number. Find your dentist on our website and view clinic photos, take virtual tours and read real patient reviews to help you make your decision. At Dental Departures we guarantee the best prices and offer exclusive discounts to save you even more money – so book with us for the best prices and quality-checked dentists you can trust.