How often should I get a dental check up and cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends having a professional dental cleaning at least once every six months, but it changes when you are a patient who had periodontal disease and/or a systemic condition like diabetes.


When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check up?

It is recommended to take children to the dentist for the first time after the eruption of their first tooth, normally between the age of 6 months and one year.
Dental hygiene and oral care are important and essential to avoid and prevent cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, bone loss, tooth mobility and bad breath.

To anticipate and prevent these conditions we have different services.

  • Regular teeth cleaning
  • Dental brushing technique
  • Plaque control
  • Dental (fissure) sealants

Children in particular benefit with preventive dentistry because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy.


Do you offer tooth-colored fillings? Can they replace my old metal fillings?

Yes, they are called resin or composite fillings. They are performed in just one day!


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious inflammatory disorder that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.


What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to take good care of your teeth and gums at home. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing at least once each day, and seeing your dentist or periodontist for regular exams twice a year. Spending a few minutes a day on preventative measures may save you the time and money of treating periodontal disease!


What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

Dental implants are the best possible alternative for replacing a missing tooth. Dental implants are artificial roots for teeth, which are attached to the jawbone before adding crowns. The titanium implants merge biologically with the human body. Titanium is the metal that dentists rely on because of the compatibility with human bones and tissues. Dental implants fit in missing teeth positions and cause no grinding of neighboring teeth. They can be used as replacement of multiple teeth, and are not limited in life span. The implants are also fixed and feel just like normal teeth.


What is a dental implant?

Technically, a dental implant is a small but very strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth. Dental implant therapy is today’s long-term, state of the art restoration technique that can cover all indications. It has been scientifically tested and used in the last three decades by qualified dentists and surgeons worldwide.


Are dental implants expensive?

Contrary to what you might think, conventional dentures are not always cost-effective. The initial layout for dental implant treatment varies on how many implants are needed and if bone augmentation is required. Other factors include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. A cost plan will be developed only when all of these aspects have been addressed, and in some cases, dental implants may be more economical in the long term.


Are there any risks when placing dental implants?

Implant therapy is not an experimental approach; rather it is a well-proven, state-of-the-art medical dental technique that has been scientifically tested and used for decades by dentists and surgeons worldwide. Depending on the condition of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene or limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing medical conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, your dentist will evaluate whether dental implants are the option for you.


Is there any age limitation to dental implant therapy?

It is possible to insert implants as soon as the jaw has stopped growing. Therefore, in young patients, dental implants can only be placed once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors. This will be evaluated by the dentist.


How long do I have to wait for my final restoration after an implant placement?

After insertion of your implant, the bonding process (osseointegration) takes about 6-8 weeks. In this time, the implant reaches the stability needed for it to bear weight like a natural tooth. As always, healing times can vary depending on the individual condition and indication.


Are there any special aftercare measures required with implants?

Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results.


Why do I need a mouth guard?

Mouth guards are used to protect your teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding), and are a great way to protect your crowns and implants by avoiding extra pressure on them.


Should I tell my dentist I have diabetes or any other condition?

Yes, people with diabetes and other systemic diseases require special care when it comes to dental procedures. Even if you write it down on your file, it’s highly recommended to inform your doctor at every appointment about your condition and the medications you may be taking.


Can I pay in american dollars?

Yes, US dollars are the local currency in Tecate. You will not need any other type of currency during your visit.


Can I pay with credit card or check?

Bioral Dental Group wants to make it easy for you; we accept cash, checks, and credit cards. A 4% fee will apply in all credit & debit card payments.


Do you offer sedation?

Yes, you will not need to be sedated for any treatment, local anesthetic will be applied. However, if you prefer to be sedated we can arrange that for you. We have an anesthesiologist in our team. IV Sedation can be used at patient’s request. Please let our staff know if you choose to use this service at the moment of making your appointment.


I’m driving down to Tecate, where can I leave my car?

Bioral Dental Group has its own FREE parking to our patients.
If you prefer, you could park your car at the US parking and ask our staff to send someone to pick up you at the border for FREE.


Where can I spend the night?

We recommend this three Places to stay and relax over the night:


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Are there places close to town to visit?

Yes! Tecate is naimed the heart of Baja California because its located near Guadalupe Valley (winerys), Ensenada, rosarito, Tijuana and Mexicali

“Aesthetic is the final expression of the biological, functional, and structural integration of the different components of the masticatory apparatus.”

-Peter Dowson