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I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
 

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I've lived and worked in many parts of the world and the very best dentist I have ever encountered happens to live right here on our street, where he has office hours twice a week. Otherwise, he is in Guadalajara, where he and his group do the more complex surgeries. It is not uncommon to find this situation in Mexico. So, if you come to Chapala, Jalisco, I can certainly help you with setting up appointments & finding lodging. You are correct in your assumption that it could actually pay for the trip.
 

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I recently got two gold crowns and two root canals done in Mazatlan. It cost me 12000 pesos for the crowns and 5200 pesos for the root canals (around $1400 cdn total). If I had gone with porcelain crowns the cost would have been 7000 pesos for two. I had been quoted $2200 cdn for two crowns by my dentist in Canada (same price for porcelain or gold) and that did not include the root canals. I don't know how much the root canals would have cost in Canada.

I read some reviews on Mazatlan Dentists on a site called Mazinfo and after calling 3 of the recommended dentists I chose one who had practised dentistry in California for several years he is a Dual US/Mexican citizen and speaks perfect English. I had the work done about two months ago and so far no problems. He was very professional and I am confident that the work is good. He did not do the root canals himself, he sent me to a specialist.
 

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Global t.v. warns dental tourists Cancun Mexico

Hi,
I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
Canadian Broadcasting company Global t.v. aired a three part segment after thirty three patients came forward to the Dental Association of Canada after receiving botched dental work. They profiled one of the clinic's identified as Dental Maya Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry located in Plaza Las Americas shopping mall Cancun Mexico. The clinic's website went down after the clinic representative called the Canadian physicians doing the corrective surgeries liars and realized patients had come forward with photo's and ex-rays. To watch news clips go to global tvbc com it aired Nov 29, 30, and again on December 1st, 2011 6pm local Vancouver B.C. time.

My advise would be to actually ask locals on the ground and not choose from internet reviews especially if they are glowing ones like" best dentist in Cancun or Mexico" and remember some reviews posted could possibly be spam. Better safe than sorry.
 

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In Canada, depending on the difficulty, a root canal is normally around the same as a crown. $1,150 - $1200 each.

If it is done by a specialist it could be more.

I had one done that was too difficult for my own dentist. The specialist that I was sent to softly sang opera back and forth with his assistant while they worked on me.

When it was finished and I received the bill I knew why they were singing!!
They sang! I cried!

I was impressed with work I had done in Ajijic. It was more professional than anything in Canada.
 

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bluenoser55 said:
Hi,
I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
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bluenoser55 said:
Hi,
I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
I just had a cleaning, root canal and crown in San Miguel de Allende for US$350 and couldn't be happier. Really First Class.

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Hi,
I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
I don't know about dentists in resort areas (that might not be the best place to get the best prices), but I love my dentist in Mexico City. He gets patients from the US and Canada, and he doesn't even speak English!
 

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As Donny Osmond once sang "One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch", and remember, NOB media will always report on the bad things about Mexico. One bad experience for every 1000 good ones is only news worthy in Canada and the US on a slow news day. :D
 

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As Donny Osmond once sang "One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch", and remember, NOB media will always report on the bad things about Mexico. One bad experience for every 1000 good ones is only news worthy in Canada and the US on a slow news day. :D
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Hi,
I have just been given a whopping estimate for dental work here in Canada.
I thought that since I travel to Mexico a fair bit maybe I can have a holiday and have some dental work done at the same time. Although it's an oxymoron dental work and a holiday, however it has to be done and I might as well be warm and happy.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I am not at all interested in going to a border town....I'm thinking a resort area would be nice.
Suggestions or experiences anyone?
I am a Dental Technician...... (retired)

There has just been a series of 'horror stories' on Globals BCTV about Dental tourism in Mexico.. This was in Cancun...

As a Dental Technician I can honestly say I have seen more than my fair share of home grown horror stories from here in Canada !!! My advice is Be informed....

I have always said that if a Dentist has a great chairside manner, doesn't cause any pain when giving a needle and his office 'looks nice' patients think he's wonderful.. It doesn't matter that he's actually a lawsuit waiting to happen !! Lets face it...(You don't know what kind of work he's done) or if indeed that work was in reality needed... A patient with a Dental plan is ... "A licence to drill & fill' imo the vast majority make sure that the plan is used to the limit..

What you need to do is find out first hand from people that have had work done.. Here when someone asks me to recommend a dentist I can't as they are my clients and basically I can't 'bad mouth' 'scuse pun' them.. The way around this would be to phone up Dental Labs.. and ask them.. Who is your Dentist.. or who would you have as your dentist if you were to have conservation (crown & bridge) work done.... But then again .. not all Dental labs are created equal and they are ones that ultimately do the work that will make you look like a million dollars... or not!!
 

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My wife cracked a tooth on our last visit. A crown, and overlay and a filling cost 10K pesos. At the time around $800. A crown in the US at our dentist using our insurance would have been $900. And she loved the work the dentist did.
 
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These are costs at my Queretaro, MX dentist, 25-30 years experience, and she is equal to or better than my two previous experienced dentists in the US. My daughter calls her "an angel".

I found her by asking an older MX friend (60 y.o.) who has great looking teeth for a recommendation, and he has gone to her for at least 20 years. She speaks Spanish, German and "teeth" :) :

No dental insurance, cash paid:

A visit with checkup, cleaning, and polishing, 600 pesos. (and she gives appointments 1-3 days in advance - family members in the US can't get or change a dental appointment within 2 months time! )

For my daughter, an extraction, a filling in another tooth, fluoride treatment and polishing cost 600 pesos.

A 14k gold crown: 4000 pesos. (10k gold or white crowns are more commonly used in MX and would have cost less). The MX dental lab that made the crown actually got it right the first time. This never happened with the US dental labs with several other previous crowns. It also took the MX lab only 3 days to return the crown for installation, and the US labs always needed 7 days to make a crown.

A Root canal by a nearby specialist cost 2000 pesos.

A dental implant is 15,000 - 20,000 pesos.

A full mouth panoramic x-ray before the implant work started cost 200 pesos.
 

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Carlos, that a great list and pretty consistent with we have seen here.
I do know that there are companies that put together dental tourism packages as had a friend from the US that seriously looked into a package, Mazatlan I believe.
Before I did such a thing, I would do a lot of online research.
As with you, our experience here more word of mouth or is that teeth.
 

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I recently got two gold crowns and two root canals done in Mazatlan. It cost me 12000 pesos for the crowns and 5200 pesos for the root canals (around $1400 cdn total). If I had gone with porcelain crowns the cost would have been 7000 pesos for two. I had been quoted $2200 cdn for two crowns by my dentist in Canada (same price for porcelain or gold) and that did not include the root canals. I don't know how much the root canals would have cost in Canada.

I read some reviews on Mazatlan Dentists on a site called Mazinfo and after calling 3 of the recommended dentists I chose one who had practised dentistry in California for several years he is a Dual US/Mexican citizen and speaks perfect English. I had the work done about two months ago and so far no problems. He was very professional and I am confident that the work is good. He did not do the root canals himself, he sent me to a specialist.
I'm looking into taking a medical vacation to mazatland this winter for a medical vacation. I want to get some teeth extracted and dentures can you please send me the info of where you went so I can contact them. Trying to do research on a few places but want where people have gone and had good experiences
 

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Lots of snowbirds from US and CA that come to the Melaque area in the winter wait till they are here to get dental work done. Very good local dentist that does implants, crowns, etc. He does send you to Manzanillo for root canals
 

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Isla Verde said:
I don't know about dentists in resort areas (that might not be the best place to get the best prices), but I love my dentist in Mexico City. He gets patients from the US and Canada, and he doesn't even speak English!
You couldn't tell me who he is could you? I am still catching up with my dentist back home when I go back but really need to find someone local. We live in Condesa, so not too far from you. Many thanks...
 
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