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Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dentist and assistant at Dr. Hector Haro's dental office, Riberas del Pilar, near Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingDental care in Mexico is good. In fact, I can say it’s like what we have in the United States. From the perspective of a Mexican, dental care is expensive, but from the perspective of an American, it’s not. For example, a treatment my brother had would cost him 25,000 – 30,000 pesos ($1,470) in the United States, but it only cost him 5,000 pesos ($245) here in Mexico, and that’s a big difference. He had several teeth that were falling that needed to be fixed. 
 
For paying 1/5th the amount that it would have cost in the United States, my brother got the same quality of service in Mexico that he would have gotten in the United States. If you go even cheaper than that, you take a risk. As an example, if we went to as low as 1,000 pesos ($50), we might not have gotten the best results. Sometimes paying for the cheapest alternative can cost you a lot of other expenses. 
 
Dental cleaning here in Mexico costs about 500 - 800 pesos ($25 - $40). In the old towns in Mexico, the dental clinics don’t have modern facilities, but in Guadalajara, they have much better facilities.
 
 
The Mexican government is working on improving the dental insurance we have in Mexico. It’s not the best coverage yet, but it does cover you for the basic things. They need to do a lot of paperwork so that they can reimburse you with dental insurance, and that’s one of the reasons it’s not a good coverage yet, but they are looking into making it better. Generally speaking, dental services are not that expensive, so it’s not worth the trouble to insure.  
 
(Dentist and assistant at Dr. Hector Haro's dental office, Riberas del Pilar, near Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Jeff Smith of DocTours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dentist working on a patient in Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingDental Care in Mexico--the Cost
 
Dental care in Mexico is quite satisfactory -- except for the price. The price is not cheap for many Mexicans, whose income is nothing to boast about.  But for medical tourists from the lands of developed economies, the price is a marvelous deal.
 
A lot of Americans and Canadians spend money on a vacation in Mexico, and while here, get needed dental work done. Even when spending money on both travel and dentistry, they still save big.
 
For North Americans, dental care in Mexico is a lot cheaper. Some dental procedures done in Mexico cost half of what it would cost in Canada. Americans can save much more, up to 90% the price that an American dentist charges.
 
Dental Care in Mexico--the Quality
 
The quality of the dental care is superb. For example, in Canada, many dentists still use silver fillings. In Mexico, on the other hand, they haven’t used silver fillings for over a dozen years.
 
Also, many dental offices and clinics in Mexico are new. Their equipment is state-of-the-art. You can watch your dentist work inside your mouth on a computer screen above your head.
 
The waiting time is short. Good to know, if your treatment requires multiple visits to the dentist. Some treatments can be completed in one vacation. But if one must return to Mexico, one can schedule well in advance to take advantage of when airfares are lower.
 
Dental Care in Mexico--the Opportunity
 
What do you need?
  • cleaning?
  • crowns?
  • a root canal?
  • plus cost control?
Mexico is a solution awaiting you.
 
Mexico is a big nation, so I can't speak for all Mexican dentists everywhere. I can only vouch for the ones on the Lake Chapala riviera we've vetted. These professionals in Ajijic are competent, gentle, and speak English.
 
Many people don't like to go to the dentist. Who likes pain? But after experiencing a happy outcome--also gentle on the wallet--you may look forward to dental visits, which we help to arrange.
Yvon Marier of Travel  Info Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
International dentist forum, Mazatlan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dental care in Mexico is a lot cheaper compared to the dental care in Canada. I have had several dental procedures done here in Mexico for a fraction of what it would cost in Canada. For example, I got several root canals done here in Mazatlán before Christmas. A root canal costs me 2,000 pesos (US $110), and the crown and other similar procedures cost 5,000 pesos ($276).
 
The quality of the dental care in Mexico is better than what I would expect in Canada because they use equipment that are from the US or Germany. For example, in Canada, the dentists I visited were still using silver fillings up to 2 - 3 years ago. In Mexico, on the other hand, they haven’t used silver fillings for 10-15 years.
 
In Canada, I was quoted at least CA $5,000 (US $3,700) for a root canal and to get my crown done. With my deductible, I would still be paying CA $1,000 (US $750). In Mexico, I got everything done for roughly CA $700 (US $530), which is cheaper than my deductible.
 
If someone has a dental problem but doesn’t want to spend the whole year in Mexico, they can just phone the dental clinic in Mexico and they’ll schedule their visits according to their free time. There’s a place in Mexico called the “Dental Vacation” where people book these visits in advance.
 
For example, if you want to get a lot of work done, you just have to phone Dental Vacation, and they’ll book your schedule for you. If you spend a week or two of vacation in Mazatlán, they will book those two weeks for you and do all of your dental work.
 
A lot of people who come to Mexico spend money on their vacation and dental work and still save more money left over than if they had gotten their dental work done in Canada.  
 
(International dentist forum, Mazatlan, Mexico, pictured.)
Richard Kemper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMy dentist speaks English and is really good and gentle. I don’t like going to the dentist. I don’t like the pain. I was surprised with the equipment that my dentist uses. I didn’t know what to expect the first time I came to see her, but she has very modern equipment. 
 
I live I Ajijic, which is an extremely popular destination for expats, close to Lake Chapala.  A dental cleaning costs $24 USD. I had three crowns put in at a total cost for all three of less than $100 USD, which of course, make the cost of dental work much cheaper here in Ajijic than in the United States
 
My dentist did a good job. She kept asking me if there were any problems. I don’t have problems with my teeth. She took good care of them. Going to the dentist is one of my favorite things to do now. I promised her I would go every six months but I haven’t been doing that. My medical doctor in Guadalajara who did my physical said that my teeth looked good, so I told my dentist. She felt good about that.
 
(Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)

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