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How to Complete Your Dental Implants from Mexico

Dr. David Chiovelli can complete your dental implants from Mexico.

For patients missing one or more natural teeth, dental implants are much more than a cosmetic procedure. They improve oral and gum health, restore self-confidence, and give patients a reason to smile. These days, many people are choosing to get dental implants in foreign countries to save money. It’s known as “dental tourism.” In this article, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of dental tourism, and how to complete your dental implants from Mexico here in the U.S.

Can You Start Dental Implants in Mexico and Finish Them in the United States?

Increasing numbers of Americans have been going to Mexico for dental tourism. We’ve also been seeing more and more Americans go to Mexico for the first part of their dental implant treatment, only to come back wondering if they have to return to Mexico for the second part, or if a practitioner here in the U.S. can finish the work.

Here at Swiss Denture & Implant Center, yes, we can complete it, no matter where you had the initial implant done. This happens more often than you think and we’re very experienced with it. We can easily examine the work that’s been done and finish it.

How Does Dental Tourism Work?

In countries with higher costs of living like the United States, elective dental procedures can seem expensive. If you can get the same procedure for much less in a country with a lower cost of living, why not consider it? We get it. Dental tourism is flourishing for a reason. But is it worth it? You might save some money, sure, but are there risks?

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What Are the Pros of Dental Tourism in Mexico?

The best reason to get your dental implants in Mexico is saving money. It is very likely you will save some money compared to what you would spend for the same procedure here in the United States. 

What Are the Risks of Dental Tourism in Mexico?

Even when two people are speaking the same language, miscommunications happen. If you’re not fluent in the local language, communication could become a problem. This is not to suggest there will be a total language barrier or lack of understanding. It’s just important to remember that specific and precise communication is critical in a medical or dental setting.

Additionally, although dental implant surgery is fairly routine, it is still surgery. You might not feel well afterward, and a certain amount of recovery time may be needed even if it’s brief. Many people prefer to spend that time in comfortable, familiar surroundings. Many find it disorienting to recover from implant surgery in a foreign locale.

Finally, and crucially, we believe it’s important to visit your clinic before receiving implant surgery there, which you likely won’t have an opportunity to do if you’re a dental tourist. Yes, you can reference reviews, but it’s useful to visit the place in person, meet the professionals who will be caring for you, and decide if you’re comfortable there. It’s also valuable for the practitioner to have a chance to perform a preliminary exam on you, and for you to have some time to consider all of your options based on that consultation.

How Do You Know If You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Tourism in Mexico?

A dentist can examine you and tell you whether you’re an excellent candidate. If your case seems very routine, if you have good bone density, then perhaps dental tourism is a good option for you.

But if you do have bone density issues or if you have bone loss in your jaw, you might not be a good candidate for some common implant procedures, and that would be good to know before embarking on an excursion to a foreign country to get that surgery.

How Does It Work If You Start Dental Implants in Mexico and Finish Them in the U.S.?

If you received your dental implants from Mexico, rest assured that the prosthesis that is put on top of the implant can be made in the U.S.A.

We’ll check the implant to ensure it’s free of any problems and has been able to fully fuse with the bone. As long as that looks good, we’ll take impressions of the implant and create a crown, fixed bridge, or complete denture that will fit perfectly. We hope this gives you peace of mind that no matter where you got your initial implant, you can have it finished locally.

Can I Still Have a Dental Consultation in the U.S.A.?

Swiss Denture & Implant Center provides free dental implant consultations to people looking to have their dental implants completed in Mexico. During our no-cost consultation you’ll learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, how to save money if you’re getting your dental implants in Mexico, and the right questions to ask before booking your dental implant surgery in Mexico.

Since 1984, Portland OR area residents have trusted the experts at Swiss Denture & Implant Center to get questions like these answered.

Should I Get My Dental Implants Outside the U.S.A.? 

For the average American, we don’t think it’s worth the added risk. This is not to say complications are likely for the average American dental tourist. Rather, this is your mouth, and we simply believe that we can provide the best surgery, the best cosmetic result, and the best after-care, which gives you the greatest chance of success for your new implant — and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. 

No, we won’t be able to match the price you find in some other countries with lower costs of living, but there are expenses where it makes sense to try to save a few bucks, and this is not one of them. This is about your health, your smile, and you — and you’re worth it.