Dental Implant Specialists in Tijuana, Mexico
We recognize that having one or more missing teeth can make even the most confident individuals feel self-conscious or downright embarrassed about their smiles. For this reason, the caring, experienced dentists at VIDA Wellness and Beauty offer dental implant treatment to individuals in Tijuana, elsewhere in Mexico and across the border in San Diego.
If you have lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, gum (periodontal) disease or injury, dental implants can help. They are durable, comfortable and look natural. More importantly, dental implants are an effective way to improve the appearance of dental imperfections, so you can flash your smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants, Exactly?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is permanently placed in the jaw bone, in place of the patient’s natural tooth root. The synthetic root serves as the foundation for a porcelain crown, permanent tooth, dental bridge or dentures, which are affixed to the top of the implant.
During your initial appointment, your VIDA dental implant expert evaluates your oral health, listens to your aesthetic concerns and recommends a personalized treatment strategy to meet your needs. Dental implant treatment may involve replacing: one missing tooth with one implant and a porcelain crown; multiple missing teeth with several dental implants and bridges; or all the teeth with multiple implants and dentures.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Almost anyone who is bothered by missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. If you have an existing dental condition that may preclude you from undergoing dental implant treatment right away (e.g., current periodontal disease), your dentist will suggest treating your existing dental condition first, before proceeding with implant treatment.
Dental implants are an effective way to:
- Replace one or several missing teeth, without impacting the adjacent teeth
- Serve as a foundation for an affixed porcelain crown, dental bridge or denture
- Keep the existing teeth from migrating into the gaps left by missing teeth
- Restore some oral functions, such as speaking or chewing
- Improve the appearance of overlying facial tissues
- Restore the appearance of your smile, so you can be proud of it
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is an outpatient procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia. A mild oral sedative can be provided, as necessary.
For patients without an adequate amount of jawbone in the upper back region of the mouth to sustain an implant securely, your VIDA dentist may perform “sinus augmentation,” a technique in which he adds bone mass to the upper jaw to support the dental implant.
Patients with jawbone irregularities may require “ridge augmentation,” a technique in which the dentist lifts the gum off the ridge of the jawbone to reveal the underlying abnormalities. The dentist then uses synthetic bone material or grafted bone to fill in any deformities in the jawbone. This works to rebuild the ridge, so it can securely support the dental implant.
Dental Implant Care
Once the dental implants have been placed, they look and function like natural teeth. If you care for your implants properly, they should last a lifetime. To care for your implants, treat them like you would your natural teeth: Follow sound oral hygiene practices, including brushing them twice a day and flossing in between them once a day, and come in for all your regular dental cleaning appointments and exams.
Find out More About Dental Implant Treatment
If you are ready to find out more about undergoing dental implant treatment to improve the look of one or more missing teeth, contact us now. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dentists, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-955-2666 (toll free).