Dental Implant FAQ
Dental Implants are changing lives as they replace missing teeth and restore smiles. As strong as natural teeth because they are anchored into the jaw, implants allow you to eat anything you want without having to worry about your teeth slipping when you talk, eat, and laugh.
What exactly is a dental implant?
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat missing teeth. The 3-part artificial tooth has a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw. An abutment, or connector, protrudes from the implant and holds the crown, the visible part of the implant, in place.
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
If the implant site is near the front of your mouth, we have a variety of temporary options, such as bridges and transitional appliances, to get you through the healing phase. In some cases, the temporary tooth can even be placed (“unloaded”) on the implant at the same time as surgery.
Do dental implants hurt?
The surgical site is always kept numb during implant surgery, and a variety of anesthetic options are available. As the anesthesia wears off later in the day, any mild discomfort can be managed with over the counter or prescription medications.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes! Your dental implant will feel, look and operate just like your natural teeth. Before you know it, you will be eating all the foods that you used to enjoy!
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
If you are missing many teeth, implant-supported dentures can give you a full arch of prosthetic teeth attached to just a few implants. This option is a great solution for those who need the quantity of teeth provided by a denture, but don’t want the hassle associated with it.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and the procedure has been around for decades, with continual improvements and discoveries made all along the way. The risks are very low, and closely resemble those of other minor surgical procedures (infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc.).
How long do dental implants last?
Studies have shown that properly placed and well cared-for dental implants can last for long time. Advanced technology and experience enable us to give you the very best shot at keeping yours for life!
How do I care for my implants?
The same way you would take care of your natural teeth—brushing and flossing twice a day. You may also be instructed to use special brushes or mouth washes.
What makes the dental implant experience unique at your office?
Our highly skilled doctors are truly accomplished and strive to continually improve their skills and increase their knowledge. As the premier implant practice in the Tijuana, MX area, we pride ourselves on maintaining high quality standards while investing in further education and training so as to offer top-notch patient care. Our doctors have advanced training in administering anesthesia and are always able to make our patients with even the hardest, most complex cases comfortable. As the premier dental tourism destination in our area, we go out of our way to make your experience as smooth as possible, and we would be happy to assist you with transportation to/from the San Diego Airport.
How much do dental implants cost?
Since every case is unique, cost varies from patient to patient. We recommend you discuss your case with a member of our well-trained staff. Our financial coordinators check with your insurance and are able to give you the cost breakdown during your consultation. We will make every effort to accommodate your financial situation. For a detailed list of our prices, please reference our Price List. If you are looking for additional information on the cost of dental implants, check visit our Cost of Dental Implants page.