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Old 09-09-2011, 10:30 PM
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Originally Posted by takeandput View Post
About a year ago, I saw a show on TV about dental tourism. Mexico was a very popular place to get high quality, low cost dental work done. Since I will be relocating to Ca. in July I will be closer to mexico, obviously. My question is, does anyone have first hand knowledge of specific facilities that make dentures (I really don't want to look like Mr. ED), if you know what I mean. Also, what about after care, potential ill fitting dentures that need work and follow-up visits. Also, I will be paying in cash. Thanks in advance.
If the tap water isn't safe for drinking, why would you seriously consider having dental or medical work in Mexico? Many dentists offer payment plans to assist you in paying for dental work so why would you risk your health to save a few bucks?
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Chatteress View Post
If the tap water isn't safe for drinking, why would you seriously consider having dental or medical work in Mexico? Many dentists offer payment plans to assist you in paying for dental work so why would you risk your health to save a few bucks?
(1) Why pay $2,000-$3,000 for one cap or crown, when you can get it for $185?
(2) I rate my USA-ADA certified Mexican Dentist superior to any of my US Dentists.
(3) Mexican Dentists are quicker (a few days instead of a couple months)
(4) Mexican Dentists techniques are LESS PAINFUL than any of my US Dentists
Chris Wilde (white-guy and proud American citizen)
My favorite Dentist is Dr Juan Bernal, Los Algodones, Mexico (5 min from Yuma AZ)

ps: Why drink tap water? Travelers use bottled water. Dentist uses filtered water.

Last edited by ChrisWilde; 09-21-2011 at 12:18 PM.. Reason: added my dentist's name
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:20 PM
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Check out Costa Rica. Great prices and quick. $40k for about 12k.

Google this one.Meza Dental Care‏
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:24 AM
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Default Great work in Bangkok Thailand

I had a bunch of work done in Bangkok Thailand at Thantakit Dental, 5 years ago. I don't have health insurance. I am self employed my whole life and was 59 at the time and I can not afford it.

The work was great, with no problems to this day. The offices and work rooms spotless, with all the latest equipment and technology. It took 2 weeks to get everything I needed done but I also had a great time in Bangkok... and probably saved $20,000 including the surgery I had done while I was there.

I mainly went to get a hip replacement at the well known and respected Bumrungrad hospital, however they said that I should wait as the xrays and MRI's did not show that my hip was bad enough to have surgery. I was impressed that they just did NOT say "..sure we'll do it... that will be $6,000" but instead took a more conservative recommendation, saying that major surgery should not be done unless it is needed, and that at that time it did not look to be necessary. (would that happen in the US? ... I think not)

This is the same hospital that was shown on a 60 minutes story on Medical Tourism. It is a VERY impressive hospital.

I decided during that time, while I was there to get a complete physical. During the abdominal ultra sound a gall stone was discovered. They said it may never be an issue but if it ever did pass it would need to be removed. Both my mother and my sister have had problems with gall stones and both have had theirs removed. I asked the price for having the elective surgery and it was 1/10 of what my sister's insurance was billed at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles for the same laparoscopic procedure. I had it done and I was in a private room with flowers and wonderful nurses - but only for 2 days total, after which I was back out shopping and walking the streets of Bangkok. Amazing!

American medical care may be the best in the world for the wealthy...who can afford the very best care... but for normal people I definitely believe that going outside of the US is the only way to get comparable care at a price we can afford.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:13 AM
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Most of the dental care organizations besides serving the patients also provide them with the information of making them aware of their oral health needs. Not only the dental facility, but all other aspects of health are equally taken care here. The hospitals show a high level of concern, compassion, care, and understanding for the patients. This is the reason the health care professionals get a good scope in California.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:29 AM
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We went to Los Algodones last week and my wife got 5 zirconium crowns at "Simply Dental" there for a total of $1840. (she has a metal allergy and is a "grinder" cannot have the fused metal crowns which are about half the price) It was supposed to be $400 each but we got a discount on two teeth that were not molars because they were supposed to be porcelain but the lab made them as zirconium as well.

She had been quoted almost $10,000 locally, and it was to include re-doing a root canal and some gum work. Dr. Gaspar could find no reason to re-do the root canal as the x-rays did not show any problems, and he said her gums were "beautiful" with no problems.

We drove down from Las Vegas in 5 hours, stayed four nights at the Quechan Casino/Hotel right next to the border. The office is hidden behind rows of street vendors and is not fancy but is clean and has up to date equipment. The waiting room is tiny and at first we had reservations. But after her xrays and exam my wife said she felt good about it. She has had a lot of expensive dental work done in the past, and she said that the dentist worked efficiently and that his injections were the most pain-free she had ever had. The crowns look beautiful and she is very pleased with the work.

I guess ultimately, time will tell, but for now anyhow... 5 days later... there have been no problems, no soreness or pain and she says they feel amazing.

Yuma is a sleepy little town, and appears to have taken a big hit with the economy, but we found some good restaurants and our hotel was good and could be great with a few little changes. We spent another $700 on food and our room but lived good and ate very well. Ran into lots of snow birds there. Snow birds are Senior citizens and retirees from the north that go south for the winter. The weather was beautiful! mid to high 70's during Thanksgiving week! We talked to quite a few that had work done in the past and had no problems. We did run into a waitress in Yuma who said her grandmother got a serious infection when she went and that she had problems with work she had done... but that stuff happens in the states as well.

Anyhow for those with not insurance and living on a budget I think having work done in Mexico is certainly an option to consider.
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