Intraoral Laser Scanning in Tijuana, Mexico

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Dentists in Tijuana, Mexico are using the most advanced dental equipment, including intraoral laser scanning to provide less expensive dental care.

Photo of Facility in Tijuana, Mexico intraoral laser scanning

Facility in Tijuana, Mexico

Just minutes from the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico there is a dental practice, Mexico Dental Network in Tijuana, that has the world’s most advanced computerized dental equipment, plus and on-site lab. Since most Americans do not have dental insurance the fact that the Network can offer same day service at significantly reduced rates from those in the U.S. makes it a very attractive alternative.

How can they offer this service? One of the answers is intraoral laser scanning.

The process at Mexico Dental Network begins right in the exam chair using an intraoral laser scanner which is not only less uncomfortable and time consuming than doing traditional dental impressions but the margin of error is effectively zero. Crowns are digitally designed in minutes, with a skilled dental technician making minor adjustments as necessary.

A CAD/CAM file then controls the center’s in-house milling machine to precisely carve a crown using zirconia or porcelain, which is then heated in a kiln and glazed. The whole process for creating up to eight individual crowns in a single day takes between one and three hours.

Photo of Tijuana, Mexico intraoral laser scanning

Tijuana, Mexico


After manufacture, the crown is ready to be permanently cemented in place. No more waiting weeks with a temporary crown that is likely to break while an off-site lab converts a dental impression into a final crown. Even better, any imperfections or imprecise fitting can be fixed immediately, unlike traditional means which add even more days or weeks to the process.

According to the Mexico Dental Network, the lower cost of education, lower operating costs, lower salaries and an overall lower cost of living, dentists in Mexico are able to offer the same quality of U.S. dental services at a much lower price. For example, the average cost for a standard porcelain crown in the U.S. is $1,200 but in Mexico it’s $300. A full set of dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the U.S. but around $1,000 in Mexico.

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