I recently returned from the dentist where I had 1 Zirconia implant placed on my front upper tooth and the surgery lasted only for an hour. I had one titanium (metal) implant fitted over 10 years (2006) ago in US where I paid about US$7,000 including a bone graft; tooth extraction and crown. This time I noticed I needed another implant and since I heard some dental office in Tijuana perform professional work with decent cost I searched and found this site. At that time I did not know there was a choice for the Zirconia implant. I contacted 2 offices (one is Dr. Amy's and another is in Tijuana) who I felt good about. Dr. Amy responded immediately; but the other one took longer to respond. She asked me which implant I wanted and gave me a reference link for Zirconia implant to find out and search more information on this service. She has never pushed but guided me with her knowledge. She gave me the detailed prices to compare and the map to get there.
It took me one second to decide on the Zirconia implant. I had a consultation with a local implant surgeon for the Titanium implant placement, just to make sure what I needed to get done and to know my tooth condition more. It felt over priced and wrong. I felt I had no interest in placing the Titanium implant at that time feeling how much impact it would have on my long term health and the environment. I searched local Zirconia implant surgeons but I could not find any.
I set up my appointment and flied over from SFO airport. I took public transportation and traveled 70km from San Diego airport to the border and across. Even though I gave them the wrong date of my arrival, they happily changed their schedule to accommodate me without letting me change my flight schedule since my treatment was only one implant and my flight was the evening around 8 pm. They send a driver (Miguel) who picked me up from the border and took me for a Panoramic X-ray (cost US$216) which was necessary for the work Dr Amy was going to do.
They also provided me a place for stay overnight as the treatment was scheduled early the next day so they could monitor the healing progress continuously after the surgery. Before the surgery Dr. Army checked my bone structure and explained what work needed to be done by showing and explaining the 3D scan.
The local Titanium implant surgery told me I needed a bone graft which was quoted at US$ 800, but Dr. Amy told me I have a enough bone density so I do not need a bone graft. The surgery took about an hour and it has been one day since the treatment. Everything looks great, no pain, no swelling, no bleeding etc.
After the surgery while her staff were preparing the proctors (mouth-guards) which needs to be worn for 3 months until the next visit for the crown to be placed, she started working on my other teeth without asking. I felt washing in my mouth. She was shaping my upper teeth to look even. I have one upper front tooth naturally placed back that looks dark or missing all the time. She put a temporary ceramic veneer on the tooth. I was recommended to wear a braces by local dentist and did not know I had the the option of the veneer. She gave me a mirror to show me what she did and I shouted "my teeth looks different". She explained the veneer option and braces does not work for people over 18 years old as the teeth are placed and fixed and they could be difficult move.
She made me a another mouth-guard with a veneer to be more enjoyable and which gives me an option to choose. She called other staff members and requested me to wear the mouth-guard she made for me and to smile a few times for them. Each time the guard fits better and better after she adjusted it.
I looked like a totally different person at the end. I felt I could smile comfortably and I felt great! A smile is really very important. I have been wearing the mouth-guard all the time and slept with it. It has been the best guard so far, fits perfect and not too tight or loose. I feel truly comfortable. My partner said I look like a different person with my beautiful teeth straight teeth. Before I had the treatment done he said I looked super cute with my missing tooth.
Miguel kindly drove me back to the border where I crossed smoothly back home without changing my flight schedule, but having a great implant placement.
I met 3 other patients who already had work done with Dr Amy. (5-7 Zirconia implant, full mouth reconstruction etc) and all their first words to me were "She is just Amazing, "the most professional", "You made a right choice", "How did you find her?".
I feel Great and look forward to coming back for the Zirconia crown.
Thank you!!! Big hugs!!
The best clinic I've ever visited. The clinic was clean, the interior of the clinic was tastefully decorated, the staff were very responsive and communicated with me from my first enquiry. I received detailed explanations with regards to the treatment and the staff were very knowledgeable. They shared everything even their space and were very well mannered and respectful, I truly had a great experience there.