Americans heading to Mexico for discount dentistry

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Richard Wright

South Jordan, UT

#122 Feb 22, 2013
This is somewhat hard to believe. My dentist here in Langley is affordable, and I know that he does excellent work. I'm not sure why someone would hop borders to save a few bucks. http://www.ivorydentalcentre.ca
Dr Cervera

Mérida, Mexico

#123 Feb 26, 2013
Smile Specialists Dental Clinic, we are located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. We offer all the dental specialties under one roof. I am U.S. citizen, studied dentistry in Mexico and Posgraduate training in Prosthodontics from Loma Linda University. I speak English, which makes it easier to discuss your treatment options. We offer high quality dental care at affordable prices with 5 year guarantee on most of our dental crowns. We work with a dental lab that exports to dentist in the U.S. and we also use dental materials imported from the U.S. such as, Ivoclar, 3M, Dentsply. if you are interested in dental treatment in Mexico, email us at drcervera73@hotmail.com or smilespecialists@hotmail.com . We are located in the Yucatan Peninsula not to far from Cancun, Mexico.
bills8091

Tooele, UT

#124 Feb 27, 2013
Is it quality work? My friend knows a Calgary denture clinic ( http://www.mybite.ca/mybite_denture_solutions... ) with good prices. I guess which ever is closer would be best. However you can save money today you need to.
mary rainwater

Apple Valley, CA

#125 Feb 28, 2013
i had a great experiance at denticenter dr eng there are othere dentis they all speak enghlish i needed lot of work i hav gone to the dentist every 6 mo lucky to have insurnace when turned late 40 my teeth just started falling apart i chose a dmo hoping it would be lower like a hmo what a mistake i was quated after my insuranse just roung up 29,000 choke choke i switch back to my reg insurance metlife thwy pay 1500 per year this does not put a dent in the bill i said how about false teeth told iwill be miserable the rest of my life just o the 1 brdige4500 i live on med soc sec so i looked into dental tourism went to denticenter in tijuana clean nice dad all othe this wok under 5,000 oh i did not need 1 rood canal or 1 bridge after the american dentis$$$$ and no pay plan and getting no ware i think renting a room in tijuana and they gave me a big discount when i told them i was with denticent down from 150.00 to 79.00 they have a nice clean restaurant there soup was great i was picked up and dropped off every day there 3 nights as i said so much work my husband was told us 5,000 in dental work at denti center 1100 what a diffence so yes it is a way to go but i can't pay us prices and keeping your teeth is so important if u are missing front teeth people are so judgmental try and get a job working with the public I will continue going down there because of $$$ and they are very very nice!!! i was stressed out they put me at ease spent more time with me and that just does not happen in the us anymore

Since: Mar 13

Carlsbad, CA

#126 Mar 21, 2013
A Warning for anyone even considering having dental work done my Dr. Jorge Jimeneze at the Circle Dental Group – Algodones Mexico. I will refer to Dr. Jimeneze from this point onwards as Jimeneze, as opposed to Dr. Jimeneze due to my total lack of respect from him, his ethics and dental abilities.
I was informed by my regular American dentist that I was going to need five crowns, mostly as a result of excessive grinding over the years. As you can expect the quote for this work was really expensive, and more than I could afford. I had heard about the dentists at Algodones and had spoken to someone who had gone to Circle dental. As such on November 2nd 2012 I took a Friday off work and drove the 4hours to Yuma, crossed the border into Mexico.to have the five crowns done and a new mouth/bite guard made.
1) First of all do not be fooled by the professional westernized appearance of the Circle Dental website –the location, surroundings and the practice itself, is consistent of that of a third world country. Be prepared to run the gauntlet of aggressive street vendors and stray dogs from the border crossing to the practice.
2) Do not be fooled by the “Harvard “qualification touted by this dentist. The reality is that Jimeneze’s Harvard experience amounts to nothing more than a two day seminar he attended there,(a certificate which hangs on the wall in his practice). It is certainly not any official qualification, backed by an examination he needed to pass. I am sure he attended this dental conference merely as a ploy to lure unsuspecting Americans who have not thoroughly researched his true qualifications, by being able to advertise his services using a recognized and prestigious University’s name.
3) Do not expect to be able to be able to communicate with any sort of confidence with Jimeneze, as English is certainly not his first language. When needed the receptionist is brought in to translate/interpret. This certainly does give one any sort of comfort level that your dental needs have been clearly communicated and understood.
4) For having five crowns done one would at least have expected Jimeneze to have taken some x-rays to evaluate what was going with my teeth beyond what the eye could see – not so, within less than 5 minutes of sitting in the chair he had started grind down my teeth.
5) The practice itself looks old and has seen better days. The dental equipment is very basic and definitely outdated, reminiscent of where Western dentistry was 15 to 20 years ago.
6) I have a pretty high pain tolerance, however this dental procedure ranked up there with some of the worst pain I have experienced. I no choice but to be on a Advil regiment,(10 a day for the following 3 weeks) to curb the dull ache in my gums and jaw, many times awakening in the middle of the night unable to sleep and having to hold ice packs to my jaw to reduce the pain even up to two weeks after the work had been done.
7) The mouth/bite guard impression was taken by a “helper” in the office. The new mouth guard was meant to be ready in 45 minutes which it was not. They receptionist said that they would mail it to me, however after six weeks I had still not received it. After a few calls and having to give them my address for a second time it was sent. I already had a mouth guard, made my American dentist,(however it no longer fit with my new crowns) and was made out of a medium soft rubbery compound. The mouth guard that I received from Jimeneze was very thin, ridged, felt really brittle and was such a bad fit I could not get it to seat over my teeth.

Since: Mar 13

Carlsbad, CA

#127 Mar 21, 2013
8) After a few days of having the work done I was able to open my mouth wide enough to see my new crowns. Much to my dismay I realized that Jimeneze, when adjusting my bite had ground so much of the porcelain off of the crown that the bare metal beneath was now showing on two of my lower crowns. I now have two unsightly “black” sports on my teeth where he ground through. One must ask themselves how is it that a dentist of any conscience can let a patient leave his practice knowingly having ground through the porcelain covering.
9) After discovering this wrote a letter to Jimeneze, which I sent certified mail. Along with the letter I included the mouth guard and photo showing where he had ground through my crowns. For three and a half months I made numerous calls to his office requesting a refund for the mouth guard and two of the five crowns. The receptionist always ran interference and even though a multiple occasions I specifically asked to speak with Jimeneze. he never called me back; the reason given to me by the receptionist was that he was really busy.
10) I continued to persevere to get a refund for the substandard work I received. After providing my banking information,(bank, checking number and routing number) three times I was finally refunded only the cost of the mouth guard. I called back to find out why I had not been refunded for the two botched crowns as well. The answer I was given was that I could come back and he would fix them. Yea right!, Take another day off work, spend $200 plus in gas, pay for another hotel room,(they take a day/overnight to make the crowns), go through the agony and pain of having him fix what he messed up the first time - I think not.
11) When I next visited my American dentist he examined the work Jimeneze had done. His comment was that they,“had been wrapped pretty deep”, referring to the crowns, which in his opinion increases the possibility of gum disease down the road – great! Other than that two of the crowns are food traps! I now have no choice but floss after each and every meal which I never had to do before, as any food stuck below the gum line is going to accelerate decay at that point.
Hopefully reading this review will save you from an awful experience and the same shoddy dental work I experienced. Understand that there is a massive difference between the quality and level of dental work ones receives in the States and that which you receive across the border. The individuals who have posted positive reviews obviously do not know the difference.
Bite the bullet, save your money and have your dental work done in the USA, if you simply can’t afford the USA prices by all means do not go to Jimeneze at the Circle Dental Group. You have been warned.
Norm

Delray Beach, FL

#128 Mar 22, 2013
You get what you pay for wrote:
You know why dentistry is so cheap in Mexico is because they don't have to worry about malpractice insurance. You know why that is, because if they mess up there are no laws for you to be taken care of or reimbursed. So have fun on your Mexican vacation risking your health for a cheaper deal, that is typical of America today, always wanting a deal and something free. At least I know my dentistry here is guaranteed and I will keep my teeth. But I guess if you need cheap dentistry in another country especially Mexico you really don't care about what happens to your teeth! PS to the guy that actually had the nerve to ask his American dentist how the Mexican work was your dentist probably said good job done to get your rude self out of his office. Amazing the complete lack of respect for people these days.
Ha! you get what you pay for my ASS, you do your research you'll do just fine..there are THOUSANDS of people that will disagree with you ole buddy..wake up.
Norm

Delray Beach, FL

#129 Mar 22, 2013
seasoned patient wrote:
i have an uncle and a nephew dentist in my family. we've had many talks about the practice of dentistry in the USA. regarding american dentists criticizing dental work from other dentists-it is a silence but ubiquitous rule among the dental profession to never bad mouth another dentist's work simply because of the fact that you never know the circumstances the patient and dentist were when treatment was rendered. if an american dentist negatively criticizes another dentists work, either he or she is looking to gain for him or herself to redo the dental work, or the dental work is in fact so clinically incorrect that by not criticizing constitutes malpractice and violates ethical laws.
there are good and bad american dentists, and i'm sure mexican dentists are no different. the difference in these 2 countries is in the way the american dental education is structured. dentists study vigorously through 4 years of college, 4 years of dental school, and typically anywhere from 1 to 6 years of residency. along the way, they must pass 2 board exams and clinical live patient exams. they must meet continuing education classes every 2-3 years to keep up with current dental knowledge. in addition, american dental research produces more dental papers and literature than other countries. mexico plays a small part in research. the bottom line is this-it's all a matter of risk taking/management. an american dentist has undergone such rigorous training that by nature he or she is likely a competent dentist-hence your risk for bad dental care is minimal. a mexican dentist-training being less intense with lenient laws against poor dental care-the risks are higher for poor dental care. the key is to find a good dentist-no matter if in the US or in mexico. but like anything else in life, something good comes with a higher price. mexico is no different.
If you knew how stupid and overpriced american dentists are you'd be shocked..if you need an american dentist, you are in trouble..good luck.
Norm

Delray Beach, FL

#130 Mar 22, 2013
point330 wrote:
8) After a few days of having the work done I was able to open my mouth wide enough to see my new crowns. Much to my dismay I realized that Jimeneze, when adjusting my bite had ground so much of the porcelain off of the crown that the bare metal beneath was now showing on two of my lower crowns. I now have two unsightly “black” sports on my teeth where he ground through. One must ask themselves how is it that a dentist of any conscience can let a patient leave his practice knowingly having ground through the porcelain covering.
9) After discovering this wrote a letter to Jimeneze, which I sent certified mail. Along with the letter I included the mouth guard and photo showing where he had ground through my crowns. For three and a half months I made numerous calls to his office requesting a refund for the mouth guard and two of the five crowns. The receptionist always ran interference and even though a multiple occasions I specifically asked to speak with Jimeneze. he never called me back; the reason given to me by the receptionist was that he was really busy.
10) I continued to persevere to get a refund for the substandard work I received. After providing my banking information,(bank, checking number and routing number) three times I was finally refunded only the cost of the mouth guard. I called back to find out why I had not been refunded for the two botched crowns as well. The answer I was given was that I could come back and he would fix them. Yea right!, Take another day off work, spend $200 plus in gas, pay for another hotel room,(they take a day/overnight to make the crowns), go through the agony and pain of having him fix what he messed up the first time - I think not.
11) When I next visited my American dentist he examined the work Jimeneze had done. His comment was that they,“had been wrapped pretty deep”, referring to the crowns, which in his opinion increases the possibility of gum disease down the road – great! Other than that two of the crowns are food traps! I now have no choice but floss after each and every meal which I never had to do before, as any food stuck below the gum line is going to accelerate decay at that point.
Hopefully reading this review will save you from an awful experience and the same shoddy dental work I experienced. Understand that there is a massive difference between the quality and level of dental work ones receives in the States and that which you receive across the border. The individuals who have posted positive reviews obviously do not know the difference.
Bite the bullet, save your money and have your dental work done in the USA, if you simply can’t afford the USA prices by all means do not go to Jimeneze at the Circle Dental Group. You have been warned.
Folks, don't believe all the crap you hear on here against Mexico..the real butchers not only of your mouth but of your wallet also, live in the good ole US of A. AND they post on here..wouldn't you if you were one of THEM..they're ALL thieves.. avoid them at any cost if you can.
Norm

Delray Beach, FL

#131 Mar 22, 2013
Casual Observer wrote:
I had a "So-Called" Friend take me South of the Border to a "Great Dentist" that one of his "Friends" told him about.
She was a "Nice Lady" in fact she was such a nice lady that she took the time to wash her Dental Tools in the Sink Right in Front of me Before Looking in My Mouth !!! She Even Used Hot Water and Dishsoap to make sure they were Clean.
Needless to say, I Left. Suffered with my Pain until I got a Dentist to do the work in Los Angeles.
Advice People :
Anything You Do in Mexico Has Risks, Some Greater Than Others.
You Make The Choice.
Hey STUPID, so you picked the wrong one ..I bet you sat there thru the whole thing you dumbass.. shoulda got up and walk out..remember folks..lotsa Liars in this world.
crowns

Little Rock, AR

#133 May 3, 2013
dental traveler wrote:
Yes, but how about this, an American dentist working in Mexico at Mexican prices? That is what I found at Mexican Dental Vacation, and have been VERY happy with the results and the price.
This dentist has over 40 years of experience in the Seattle area, and wanted to live somewhere warm, so he chose Mazatlan.
I even had a dentist here in the US look at the work, and he said EXCELLENT work!
Oh, and yes, I did get a beachfront Mexican vacation out of it, in the beautiful resort city of Mazatlan.
I TOO WOULD LIKE THE DENTISTS NAME THAT YOU REFER TO PLEASE....2140@sbcglobal.net THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR RESPONSE. j
Scott B

Anchorage, AK

#135 Aug 20, 2013
You are not telling the truth, or maybe you are, but be fair. How much terrible dental work have you seen from an American Dentist? I am having a root canal later this month because an American Dentist hid the fact that I had an active cavity so that he could sell me the root canal at my next visit. I asked for my films and went for a second opinion and sure enough, the cavity was there at my last cleaning 7 months ago. In addition, this dentist tried to sell me new, somposite fillings to replace my old algumin fillings. That is just not smart. the fillings are solid and working. He just wants to be able to sell me another few root canals 5 years down the road. Now, I have been to several Mexican dentists and they don't lie, they don't brag about wanting to clear 1million dollars a year and they certainly don't recommend treatments that would be bad for my oral health. Ethics.....American dentists lost their's long ago.
ToothLady wrote:
Yes, I have seen a lot of cheap Mexican Dentistry in my 20+ years as a dental hygienist. The vast majority of it is poorly done, and eventually leads to periodontal problems and recurrent decay.
The average patient has no way of distiguishing an almost perfect crown from one that fits worse than a poorly made temporary, and thus harbors dangerous bacteria.Patients only know if the dentist is "nice", "gentle", etc.
ALL FILLINGS, CROWNS OR BRIDGES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL, AND MOST OF THE TIME YOU DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
I find it sad that some people who could afford better care are willing to risk tooth loss to save money. They would rather spend the difference in cost on that Mexican vacation, than on better quality care.
By the way, I now work in Public Health Dentistry, and will not even indirectly profit from promoting this message.
Joe

Salt Lake City, UT

#138 Oct 30, 2013
I don't think that I'll get my dental work done in Mexico. I like my dentist I have now in Oakville. http://ralhandentistry.ca/
BCT

Chatsworth, CA

#142 Saturday Jan 24
There good and bad dentist everywhere. The dentists in the USA can also be an piece of shit. I have had dentists both in Peru and in the USA. I root canal done in Peru lasted me for 30 years. My peruvian dentist took like 5 visits to make sure the work was done right. Another root canal done by a USA dentist lasted less than 5 years. He did the procedure and finished it the same day which a bad practice for root canals.

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