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Dental implant in Tijuana

Post by wsiddiqi » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:10 am

Hi folks,
Has anyone gotten dental implants done in. Tijuana, or ensenada? How does one go about doing this? Recommendations for dental surgeon?

Thanks

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Post by Momus » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:55 am

Yes, medical tourism is in. There are alot of people coming from SF, SD, LA for plastic surgery, Lasix, and dental treatment in TJ. Check online reviews, fb, Google, and Yelp and call them. Most medical offices caters to US patients, they even pick you up after you pass the gate sometimes.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:08 am

I am not opposed to medical tourism, per se, and it might be appropriate for a very simple implant (i.e,, no bone graft, no sinus lift, etc.). However, each of my implants has been complicated, and it would not dawn on me to schedule them beyond driving distance to the dentist.

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Post by DesertGator » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:34 am

Your primary concern should be the dentist performing the surgery; everything else is secondary including the cost and location. This is not something to buy on price - dental implants are not a commodity. You are in fact getting a custom-made replacement body part that requires surgery to install.

While we do hear about some good outcomes for getting work done in Mexico, we often hear horror stories because when people shop on price, not quality, for a surgical treatment, you may very well get what you pay for. While dental implants are generally safe and even routine, during the healing process there can be complications and you will need to be seen by the treating dentist. If you get this done in Mexico, later have a problem and decide to drop in to your neighborhood dentist or oral surgeon, they might not be willing to accept you as a patient due to the risks you present. This is not due to that fact that you got the work done in Mexico, but rather you are in mid-treatment with a foreign provider who may or may not meet US standards, have an emergent problem, and you are then asking the local dentist to assume liability for their work.

Another consideration is the implant fixture they place, which must be properly matched to the fixtures used to restore (i.e. in the crown). Most patients don't even know to ask which implant system is being placed; is it Nobel Biocare? Straumann? Implant Direct? or some off-brand that costs less?

Finally, no matter where you get it done, I would recommend you have the surgical placement done by a specialist, not a general dentist. There are many general dentists who have done the training and do a great job placing implants; however statistically general dentists do far worse than surgeons. We know a dental malpractice attorney, who only represents plaintiffs, and he tells use that Implant placement problems by general dentists is the #1 cause of malpractice suits against general dentists at this time.

If you have a missing tooth, it is medically necessary to put something in its' place. An implant is the closest thing to having a real tooth, and you will be happier with it than the alternatives. However, I would not have the surgery in a foreign country, and if that was the only way I could afford it, I'd consider a bridge instead.

I am not a dentist, but I own a dental practice; we refer out all of our implants to oral surgeons (who we send our friends and family to), and coordinate the case. After healing, our dentist restores the tooth with a crown.

In any case, I hope you find a great provider and have a great experience, wherever you go.

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Re: Dental implant in Tijuana

Post by Pajamas » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:48 am

wsiddiqi wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:10 am
Hi folks,
Has anyone gotten dental implants done in. Tijuana, or ensenada? How does one go about doing this? Recommendations for dental surgeon?

Thanks
Are you familiar with dental implants and the fact that they require several visits? You might look into dental schools for treatment if you don't live near Mexico.

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Post by daheld » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:26 am

I am not a medical doctor, but I am a healthcare professional and have worked in a surgical center. We occasionally had patients who went to Mexico for their surgery and would come to us for follow up care. Nearly every time, those patients encountered surgical complications or received VERY minimal post surgical instruction or care.

I personally would never recommend this. Seems like a REALLY unnecessary risk. If the entire selling point is getting a procedure for as cheaply as possible, you can rest assured that statistically you have a markedly increased risk for infection, complication, etc.

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Post by jebmke » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:40 am

Pajamas wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:48 am
wsiddiqi wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:10 am
Hi folks,
Has anyone gotten dental implants done in. Tijuana, or ensenada? How does one go about doing this? Recommendations for dental surgeon?

Thanks
Are you familiar with dental implants and the fact that they require several visits? You might look into dental schools for treatment if you don't live near Mexico.
If I recall correctly, mine took 4 visits to oral surgeon and three to dentist over an elapsed time of probably 9-10 months. One of each was probably a follow up that could technically be done locally with a local dentist assuming there were no problems but the locals won't have a lot of motivation.
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Re: Dental implant in Tijuana

Post by wsiddiqi » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:11 pm

Yes - Ia m familiar with the process. I have seen 2 dentist locally in the Bay area about this and gotten a treatment plan.
Best case scenario, it requires 2 trips , 3- 4 months apart
Its an hour flight away from SJ.
Reagrding other comments - I do want to get a good implant so looking for recommendations as well. I do understand going for the least cost dentist in Mexico is not a good decision. I am on the boglehead forum :) so do understand the basics



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Hi folks,
Has anyone gotten dental implants done in. Tijuana, or ensenada? How does one go about doing this? Recommendations for dental surgeon?

Thanks
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Post by LadyGeek » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:29 pm

As a reminder, medical advice is off-topic. Please don't go into any details regarding treatment (health claims or otherwise). Procedure risk assessment, travel, and financial aspects are fine.
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Post by bsteiner » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:53 pm

I long ago heard that you shouldn't look for the cheapest parachute or toilet paper. I think the same applies to professional services.

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Post by toofache32 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:05 pm

daheld wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:26 am
I am not a medical doctor, but I am a healthcare professional and have worked in a surgical center.
What does this even mean? Are you the front desk person who answers the phone?

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Post by toofache32 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:07 pm

I am an oral surgeon close enough to the border that I regularly see patients who have had dental work in Mexico. I support this because these re-do's are sending my kids to college. Please go to Mexico.

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Post by mega317 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 pm

DesertGator wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:34 am
If you get this done in Mexico, later have a problem and decide to drop in to your neighborhood dentist or oral surgeon, they might not be willing to accept you as a patient due to the risks you present. This is not due to that fact that you got the work done in Mexico, but rather you are in mid-treatment with a foreign provider who may or may not meet US standards, have an emergent problem, and you are then asking the local dentist to assume liability for their work.
I'm not saying this isn't true, but is this true? I'm a physician, which is obviously a different profession, but if someone comes to me with a problem it doesn't matter how that problem came to be, I will try my best to treat it. I wouldn't worry about liability for someone else's work, you're only on the hook for what you do.
It may be hard to get an appointment as a NEW patient--it is often the case with physicians that offices won't take a new patient for a sick visit and need to start with a healthy physical as the first visit--but that isn't because of possible liability for another provider's work.

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Post by gostars » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:43 am

+1 for a dental school. UCSF's dental school looks like it has the oral and maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics programs needed to handle that sort of thing at a high level. Probably save a good bit over a private US dentist, though it may require more visits.

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Post by Jags4186 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:51 am

I understand the cost savings, but in the event something goes wrong wouldn’t you rather be fighting with someone in the US rather than Mexico?

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Post by daheld » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:10 am

toofache32 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:05 pm
daheld wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:26 am
I am not a medical doctor, but I am a healthcare professional and have worked in a surgical center.
What does this even mean? Are you the front desk person who answers the phone?
Nurses, Physicians Assistants, Dietitians, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Sonographers, Radiology Technicians--these are all healthcare professionals. There are a lot more.

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Post by toofache32 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:32 am

mega317 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 pm
DesertGator wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:34 am
If you get this done in Mexico, later have a problem and decide to drop in to your neighborhood dentist or oral surgeon, they might not be willing to accept you as a patient due to the risks you present. This is not due to that fact that you got the work done in Mexico, but rather you are in mid-treatment with a foreign provider who may or may not meet US standards, have an emergent problem, and you are then asking the local dentist to assume liability for their work.
I'm not saying this isn't true, but is this true? I'm a physician, which is obviously a different profession, but if someone comes to me with a problem it doesn't matter how that problem came to be, I will try my best to treat it. I wouldn't worry about liability for someone else's work, you're only on the hook for what you do.
This is very true. Treating mechanical/implantable devices is much different that giving a Rx for hypertension. Once a new dentist touches it, that dentist "owns" the problem. Another difficulty is that there are dozens if implant brands and the patient's can never tell us what kind of implant they have. Sometimes we can narrow it down by looking at an xray but it's still not definitive. In other words, it's possible to remove a crown to troubleshoot a loose screw inside an abutment and only then realize we don't have the correct driver to torque the screw, and now we cannot put the crown back on and the patient is mad because the crown is now in their hand. Lastly, there are numerous implant brands in other countries that are not FDA approved in the USA which means US dentists may not be able to get parts and pieces to work with one of those implants.

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Post by burgrat » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:46 am

toofache32 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:07 pm
I am an oral surgeon close enough to the border that I regularly see patients who have had dental work in Mexico. I support this because these re-do's are sending my kids to college. Please go to Mexico.
I'm an orthodontist that used to practice in South Texas. Occasionally I'd have patients go across the border and have braces put on for $100, or some ridiculously low fee, then want me to finish the treatment. Sorry it doesn't work that way. It was always redo everything. In my small sample group, the quality of work they did was horrible and ended up costing more money to the patient in the end.

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Post by queso » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:00 am

I'm on the final stage of an implant and am just waiting on the actual tooth until next year since I blew through my max this year already. Personally, I wouldn't do it in MX. I went to one of the top rated local guys in oral and maxillofacial surgery (upenn dental and harvard MD) and couldn't be happier. I had a sinus lift followed by the implant and there were several visits for each procedure and checkups in between (including one unscheduled visit that was me ruling it out as a contributor to another problem that he didn't even charge me for). After the first procedure he called me at home that night to see how I was feeling and gave me his cell number and said I could call or text anytime if I had any questions or concerns. That's exactly the kind of care that I wanted and the experience I was looking for. If I ever need another implant I know exactly who I am going to.

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Post by TBillT » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:20 am

I went to a top notch implant guy in South Jersey when I knocked out my two front teeth.
We recently had a $2000 fender bender and some guy in Ca. said I could get it fixed for $250 in Mexico. too far though.

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Post by toofache32 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:31 am

To be fair, I have seen good work from outside the USA. And I have seen bad work from within the USA. The problem is that the general public does not know what good dentistry is. All they know is 1) did it hurt and 2) does it look good. I think this is why I see people coming back to the US so happy and proud of their new teeth while they have no idea how it's a ticking time bomb. For some reason, when problems develop and I suggest they go back to Mexico or Thailand or wherever, they don't want to.

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Post by AZAttorney11 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:16 pm

toofache32 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:32 am
mega317 wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 pm
DesertGator wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:34 am
If you get this done in Mexico, later have a problem and decide to drop in to your neighborhood dentist or oral surgeon, they might not be willing to accept you as a patient due to the risks you present. This is not due to that fact that you got the work done in Mexico, but rather you are in mid-treatment with a foreign provider who may or may not meet US standards, have an emergent problem, and you are then asking the local dentist to assume liability for their work.
I'm not saying this isn't true, but is this true? I'm a physician, which is obviously a different profession, but if someone comes to me with a problem it doesn't matter how that problem came to be, I will try my best to treat it. I wouldn't worry about liability for someone else's work, you're only on the hook for what you do.
This is very true. Treating mechanical/implantable devices is much different that giving a Rx for hypertension. Once a new dentist touches it, that dentist "owns" the problem. Another difficulty is that there are dozens if implant brands and the patient's can never tell us what kind of implant they have. Sometimes we can narrow it down by looking at an xray but it's still not definitive. In other words, it's possible to remove a crown to troubleshoot a loose screw inside an abutment and only then realize we don't have the correct driver to torque the screw, and now we cannot put the crown back on and the patient is mad because the crown is now in their hand. Lastly, there are numerous implant brands in other countries that are not FDA approved in the USA which means US dentists may not be able to get parts and pieces to work with one of those implants.
If a patient ends up with complications following dental work done in Mexico (or any foreign country) and sees a local dentist to correct the problem(s), and the patient is still suffering from complications after the second (or third or fourth) dentist has performed work, a PI lawyer is going to sue every dentist who touched the patient. Good luck getting the dentist from Mexico to appear in the U.S. for a negligence case. And good luck to the defendants who want to blame the dentist who is not in the courtroom.

I once took over a litigation matter for a client who was unhappy with their current representation. It took me a very long time going through each and every pleading and motion before I said yes. I hate picking up a file or fixing an issue midstream. I imagine dentists and surgeons feel the same way about high-risk procedures.

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Post by fandango » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:31 pm

My wife had two implants. It was a long tedious process because she had some bone loss that requires a bone graft. If I remember correctly, the whole process to it took almost 6 months.

The oral surgeon (a great one by the way) did the bone grafts and inserted the studs. Or GP formed the new teeth and attached them. The outcome was good.

My observation along the way was that there were plenty of opportunities for infection and other problems.

I will keep my implant business locally and in the US.

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Post by mega317 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:00 pm

toofache32 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:32 am
Once a new dentist touches it, that dentist "owns" the problem.
So are you saying if a patient has dental work and their dentist later retires, no dentist in this country will see them for future problems?

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Post by toofache32 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:36 pm

mega317 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:00 pm
toofache32 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:32 am
Once a new dentist touches it, that dentist "owns" the problem.
So are you saying if a patient has dental work and their dentist later retires, no dentist in this country will see them for future problems?
No but there might be some reluctance. Completely depends on the scenario. This is mainly an implant phenomenon.
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Post by Barefootgirl » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:53 pm

You are much better off, IMO, asking this question on forums for expats, particularly Thailand, where they have top notch healthcare.

First rate healthcare can be found in many nations outside the US. Maybe not the Mayo or Cleveland Clinics, but first rate, nonetheless.
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Post by deikel » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:13 pm

some of these comments are funny and relay on pure fear mongering: 'I have seen a couple of those who went to xyz for treatment and they needed lots of work done'....duh, yes, you only see the fraction of the population that had issues after the treatment, not a statistically representative sample since those with no issue would never show up again....

It is true that the higher standard of care in the US will reduce the probability of issues, however its a classical effort (money) and effect curve - you go towards saturation and every minuscule improvement costs an over proportional amount of money. That is little consolation for the individual where the treatment fails, but for the vast majority of folks you can save a lot of money by geographical arbitraging.

I would pick Thailand over Mexico
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Post by MotoTrojan » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:21 pm

Buddy of mine had his old car painted there. Even paid someone to drive it there/back (high theft risk). That’s where I’d draw the line. My teeth/body aren’t worth saving a few bucks.

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Post by Summit111 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:22 pm

I just completed my first dental implant procedure this week...the new crown is in and my DW is extremely happy, not seeing the gap that was apparent during the 9 months it took.

I had an upper canine tooth removed and replaced. My local dentist ushered me through the process, using a highly qualified oral surgeon. From extraction, to bone graft, to implant post insertion, and final fitting and installation if the crown, it all went well.

This isn’t an easy procedure with several steps taken over 9 months. My dentist and oral surgeon were local, and stayed in contact the whole time. Cost was $4K all in...Would not even consider having this done in a foreign country.

You get what you pay for... :D

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Post by SimonJester » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:44 pm

Summit111 wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Would not even consider having this done in a foreign country.
I agree, I am 3 days post-op on an implant, no way would I want to do this in a foreign country unless I was living there for several months.

Perhaps a crown, or other restorative work, but an implant is major dental work.
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MotoTrojan wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:21 pm
That’s where I’d draw the line. My teeth/body aren’t worth saving a few bucks.
Agreed! I think a lot of people don't realize what can go wrong with dentistry. I certainly didn't realize two decades ago when I got a root canal from a local general dentist. Nine years later, it nearly killed me, and it was the most costly decision I ever made. Insurance paid most of it, but that root canal has led to roughly $800,000 in medical care--so far. It hasn't been pleasant.

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Post by camden » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:13 pm

Physician here, who has dealt with many cases over many years of postop complications from patients who went to Mexico for surgery, especially bariatric surgery. And before anyone else raises the issue, I know my experience is my own and make no claim to statistical significance.....

Is it possible to find an excellent dentist (or medical specialist of any type) who does quality work that you will be happy with? Sure.

Would I go there for such a procedure? Not a chance in Hades.

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Re: Dental implant in Tijuana

Post by overpar » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:37 pm

If you really want cheap, try Los Algodones, a town across the river from Yuma, AZ.
Prices about 1/3 less than TJ.

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Where are you in the Bay Area?

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Post by 01spirit750 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:25 pm

I don't have anything specific to add but a comment.

Years ago my wife was looking at getting lasik (eye surgery), my father in law was totally pushing her to goto Mexico, and I immediately respond Heck no. (I used a bit more colorful language and shut down the conversation.)

I might goto Mexico to get my car painted but not for any medical issues.

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Post by DesertDiva » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:42 pm

overpar wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:37 pm
If you really want cheap, try Los Algodones, a town across the river from Yuma, AZ.
Prices about 1/3 less than TJ.
My Experience:
I had a procedure done in Algodones (a.k.a. "Molar City") and know of others who have gone and have been satisfied. However My experience was not good. They were supposed to do grafting - and said they did grafting - but they didn't. Was this a language issue? I'm not sure. At the time, I didn't know enough about the procedure was supposed to work to realize that time needs to pass between grafting and a post implant.

As a result, the implant went into my sinus cavity instead and I didn't realize it until some time later. I eventually had the post removed locally as it was crooked and no dentist in the US had the same tool to insert/remove the post done in Mexico. I had the grafting done here, and 5-6 months later, a new post was inserted.

Many people go to Los Algodones (and other areas in Mexico) without incident and are perfectly happy, but you need to be aware that there can be problems and you might end up paying more in the long run.
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Post by SimonJester » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:55 am

Another issue to consider, the number of appointments needed to complete the treatment. I will be making a total of 7 to 8 appointments spread out over 4-8 months for my implant. The actual implant surgery was only about 1/3 the cost of the total restoration.
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Post by queso » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:59 am

You can also offset some of your costs if you aren't worried about the interval between steps. I am into year 2 with no tooth now and that's fine by me. My dental insurance has a $1250 max per year so I did the extraction stuff at the end of one year and then the sinus lift after Jan 1 the following year. I waited a long time (both for healing as well as insurance) and did the implant and am now sitting around with a titanium post in my jaw waiting until next year to do the actual tooth. Granted, mine is #3 so you can't see it unless I pull back my cheek so that might not be an option if yours is readily visible, but this has been a great way to cut the cost a bit. I stopped noticing the missing tooth a few months after the extraction and don't realize it isn't there now. I figure by spacing it out I will have saved probably 3-4k.

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