Welcome to Santa Fe Smiles, a San Marcos affordable dentist

Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  Contact : (760) 471-6011

Why Choose Us

Dentist’s implant qualifications, experience and reputation
Qualified? A post graduate diploma or MSc in implant dentistry is generally recommended
Experience? Age is immaterial, mileage is not. How many implants do they place monthly?
Reputation? Do they receive lots of referrals from other dentists, including those who place implants?

Dentist’s bone augmentation experience and training
To ensure that implants are safely / securely placed, a bone augmentation is sometimes required.

Dentist’s experience in managing complications
Your implant dentist needs to be well-equipped to deal with any rare post-placement issues that may arise.

Technology and equipment
Placing implants accurately and ensuring there is sufficient bone is critical to long term treatment success, facilitated by the appropriate technology and equipment.

Dentist’s choice of implant and bone materials
For a predictable outcome and the best possible long term result, implants and bone materials need a good track record, with proper evidential support and research.

Cost doesn’t always equate to quality – most brands are comparable, though levels of marketing can over-inflate prices.

Sterilisation / Decontamination protocols
Sterilisation processes and procedures need to be in place and of a high standard.

Dentist’s restoration experience and training
After your implant and any bone augmentation have been completed, the next step is to place the ‘restoration’ – the bit you see in your mouth which includes the abutment, the crown, bridge or denture. The appearance of your restoration is as important as how well it functions.

Dental laboratory technician’s experience
Your new ‘tooth’ or bridge is made in a laboratory and must be aesthetically and functionally right. If is not made correctly, implants or restorations can fail.

Can dental implant treatment be done ‘on the cheap’?
Yes. Can it be done well, taking the above into account? No. The investment needed for training, high-quality resources and materials, the latest technology, using reputable technicians and strict sterilisation processes all need to be incorporated into the fee you pay.

Can dental implant treatment be done ‘on the cheap’?
Yes. Can it be done well, taking the above into account? No. The investment needed for training, high-quality resources and materials, the latest technology, using reputable technicians and strict sterilisation processes all need to be incorporated into the fee you pay.