Dr. Edgar Montano DDS first realised dentistry was his calling during a visit to his dentist when he was 12 years old. From that moment, the prospect of saving teeth ignited his love for dentistry.

In 2006 Dr. Montano graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, Autonomous University Baja California, where he developed his passion for biologic dentistry. Biologic Dentistry, also known as Holistic Dentistry, seeks the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment using only biocompatible materials that have the lowest possible impact on a patient’s overall health.

After graduation, Dr. Montano joined the Biodental Studios team working along side Dr. Javier Morales DDS, one of the pioneers of Holistic Dentistry.

In 2017, Dr. Montano founded Bio Implant Center, a dynamic holistic dental implant clinic which specialises in dental implant solutions and holistic dental care.

At the Forefront of Innovation

In an ever-changing field such as dentistry, Dr. Montano understands the importance of keeping up to speed on new technology, learning enhanced skills, and refining existing ones in order to provide care effectively. He has also completed the following education programs while maintaining a full-time career.

  • Graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, University Autonoma Baja California 2001-2006
  • Diploma in Implantology, Baja Dental Implant Institute 2008-2010
  • Diploma in BioCompact Implantology, Cera Root, Barcelona Spain 2011-2012
  • Diploma in Implantology, University Autonomous Baja California 2013-2014
  • Advanced Implantology Course in Biocompactic Implants, Cera Root taught by Dr Xavi Oliva, Hollywood, CA 2013
  • Advanced Implantology Course in Cera Root Biocompact Implants, Hawaii USA 2014
  • Advanced Diploma in Sinus Elevation taught by Implantium of Mexico, Tijuana Baja California 2015
  • Course and Participation in Hands Free Dental in International Congress, Iberian American Dental School, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Dr. Edgar Montano is a Certified CeraRoot dental implant dentist at Bio Implant Center. If you would like more information on all-ceramic dental implants or find out if you’re a candidate for a CeraRoot dental implant, please contact us. We’re here to help.

What are all-ceramic dental implants?

All-ceramic dental implants are a metal-free alternative to titanium, made from ceramic materials.

Why all-ceramic dental implants?

All-ceramic dental implants are biocompatible, zirconia tooth root replacements that act as functional foundations for crowns and bridges.

Unlike the traditional titanium implants, with all-ceramic implants you have a tooth-colored and metal-free alternative which acts and looks like a natural and healthy tooth.

All-ceramic implants are made of high-strength ceramic and designed to achieve the highest functional and aesthetic demands, as well as the reliability that enables for an excellent outcome.

Since the ceramic implant has the color of a natural tooth you don’t get the appearance of titanium implants showing through, specially in cases with thin or recessed gingiva.

Benefits of metal-free, zirconia dental implants

Zirconia dental implants are made of high-strength ceramic and designed to achieve highest functional and aesthetic demands, as well as the reliability that enables for an excellent outcome.

  • Biocompatibility and osseointegration
  • Allergies and sensitivities
  • Holistic friendly
  • Strength
  • Comfort
  • One-piece design
  • One-stage surgery
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Non-conductivity of zirconia
  • Aesthetics

Biocompatibility and optimal Osseointegration
Zirconia implants are made from Zirconia – a biocompatible ceramic material that fosters complete assimilation into the jawbone.

Zirconia implants are hypoallergenic. This is not the case with metal implants. Many cases of titanium implant sensitivity show up years after surgery when itchiness and inflammation develop around implant sites, potentially resulting in bone loss and possible failure of an implant. Today, there’s a growing number of people who have allergies, skin sensitivities and compromised immune systems; therefore implantation of metal devices should be seriously considered beforehand, especially since the removal of a titanium implant from a jaw bone is not a simple procedure.

One-stage surgery and overall comfort. Zirconia implants are designed for immediate placement after tooth extractions. This one-stage surgical approach minimizes implantation time and maximizes comfort. Moreover, a less invasive surgery (one without incisions or suturing) may be possible when there’s no infection and sufficient bone is present at the implant site. Overall Zirconia implant patients experience a shorter implant process along with the potential for a significant increase in comfort and function afterward due to biocompatibility and the strength of zirconia.

Zirconia implants are more natural looking than Titanium Implants. A problem that often occurs with titanium implants is an aesthetic one. Patients with thin, translucent gums or those who are prone to gum recession (as are many aging people) may end up with gray gums or titanium showing around the margin of the crown. Since zirconia is non-metallic and white, it is much more natural looking than titanium.

Zirconia is a biocompatible material that is resistant to chemical corrosion. Nor will it conduct electricity or heat. As a bioinert material, it will never trigger chemical reactions, migrate to other sites in the body or interfere with the maintenance of optimal oral health. This is not the case with Titanium. It’s been scientifically proven that a titanium implant will corrode in the wet environment of a mouth, especially if there is more than one metal in the vicinity (such as amalgam fillings, alloy metal crowns, bridges or gold onlays / inlays) to trigger reactions. Metal corrosion is even more active in the presence of fluoride that is free flowing in some water supplies, toothpastes and mouthwashes. It literally attacks the surface of the titanium implants. Many scientific articles have cited that titanium will not only migrate from the implant site into surrounding tissues but even into nearby lymph nodes.

They do not conduct an electrical charge. This is beneficial because bacterial growth on the surface of a zirconia implant is far less likely to adhere due to its non-conductivity, thus creating an oral environment that promotes much healthier gums.

Zirconia implants are holistic. These implants do not interfere with the movement of energy though the body’s meridians. And since zirconia implants are bioinert, they’re a perfect tooth replacement solution for patients who adhere to holistic health principles.

One-piece design that can withstand tremendous masticatory forces. Traditional titanium implant systems consist of two metal components (the implant that’s lodged into the jaw and the abutment that sits above the gumline) joined together with a fixation screw. Zirconia implants are available in a one-piece design made from biocompatible zirconia. Zirconia implants mimic the best of nature with a variety of tooth-like contours and bioinert composition. Zirconia is well known for its durability and inflexibility under pressure.

Q What is a dental implant?

Dental Implants are replacement tooth roots. Looking a little like a screw, an implant is surgically positioned in the jaw bone. A crown is then attached to the top of the implant to fill the gap of the missing tooth. Depending on where in the jaw implants are placed, implants have a success rate of up to 98% and with proper care they can last a lifetime.

Q Can anyone get a dental implant?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold an implant. They also have to be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Q Does dental insurance cover the costs?

In general dental implants are not covered by dental insurance which is why millions of people travel to Tijuana from all over the globe for affordable dental implant treatments. We accept the following US dental insurance and will work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date.

1. MetLife
2. Aetna
3. Delta Dental
4. Cigna
5. United Concordia

Q What are the benefits of dental implants?

1. Durable and stable
2. Built to last a lifetime
3. They look and act like your natural teeth
4. Implants protect your healthy teeth
5. No more painful chewing or slurred speech
6. No special glues needed to hold false teeth in place
7. They are convenient

Q Which dental implant treatments do you offer?

We offer traditional and holistic dental implant solutions based on your budget, preference and health requirements.
1. Single Tooth Dental Implants
2. Dental Bridge
3. Implant Supported Dentures
4. All on 4
5. All on 6
6. Full Mouth Restoration
7. Mini Implants

Q What type of implant materials can I choose from?

At Bio Implant Center we offer Titanium and CeraRoot Zirconia Dental Implants. Both Titanium and Zirconia ceramic implants have advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of before choosing your implant material. The question of which dental implant material is right for you requires an in depth conversation with our implant specialist Dr. Edgar Montano. Book a complimentary phone consultation to discuss what’s right for you.

Titanium dental implants
 are a traditional choice. Because of a unique property of Titanium, Titanium dental implants have a high biocompatibility and bonding ability with the bone. CeraRoot Zirconia dental implants
 are metal-free, 100% ceramic and ultra-biocompatible.

Q What is the process in getting a dental implant?

The first step in a dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. You will need to schedule a phone consultation at a time convenient for you so that we can address your specific needs and provide coordinated dental care on an implant option that’s best for you.

Next, the tooth root implant. This process depends on which type of implant you decide to go with. In the case of titanium implants, a small post made from titanium is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As your jawbone heals, it will grow around the implanted post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take 6-12 weeks.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to the post securely to hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth (or teeth), we will make impressions of your teeth and create a model of your bite, basing the new tooth (or teeth) on this model.

A replacement tooth, or crown, is then attached to the abutment. We will also match the color of the new tooth (or teeth) to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth will look, feel and work just like your own natural teeth.

Q How long is the overall treatment for dental implants?

With titanium implants the bone needs to grow and bond with the titanium implant (osseointegration) and could take up to two stages. In some cases if a patient is already suffering bone loss and is in need of bone grafting before implantation, treatment will take 3 stages with a much longer healing process (3-6 months). Once complete, the healing time will take 3 months for lower jaw implants, and 4 months for upper jaw implants. Only once the implants are healed and are solidly in place will we do the final stage of placing the abutment and crown.

With ceramic implants the overall treatment is determined on the day of surgery, and healing can take 3-6 months depending on the condition of the bone.

Q How much time should you allow for clinic visits?

Treatment time can vary depending on your situation. A disadvantage of dental implants is the time needed to finish the treatment. You need to be patient and be willing to come to Tijuana for two or three trips to finish dental implant treatments. If time is an issue for you, an alternative may be fixed bridges or partial dentures. Talk to us about your specific needs so we can help you achieve the best outcome for your dental health.

If you decide on titanium implants, for both bone grafting and implantation we will need you in our clinic for one visit. A second visit the next day may be needed if you are having temporary teeth made. The final stage can take 2 or 3 visits over 3-5 days, depending on the type of crowns, and number of crowns.

With ceramic implants we will need at least 2 days if we have already had a phone consultation and an x-ray. Otherwise, if we need to do an initial consultation, x-ray and order the implants, we will need at least 4 days.

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