The dental care in the Yucatan is 100% perfect. I have friends and relatives who come down to have their dental work done here all the time. I’m planning to get veneers on my teeth, which is going to cost me about $1,600, whereas in the States I would be looking at many thousands.
My aunt’s half sister came down a year ago to have 19 crowns done. The dentist here told her that she had good teeth that he didn’t want to work on, but my sister insisted. This tells me is that the dentist really knows what he’s doing, and he doesn’t want to do what he figures would be unnecessary work just to make money. In the end, the dentist did the work because of my sister’s insistence. The total bill was only about $2,300, for the entire work of 19 crowns. He did such a good job that when my sister smiled I didn’t recognize her.
When I visited back in the States, I went to have a dentist double check the work I had done down here in Mexico. He told me that the dentist here had done excellent work. Then, he just started picking my mouth apart and the next thing I know, he’s got this proposal for over $17,000 to reconstruct my mouth. I could not believe it. Instead of asking me what hurts or what bothered me or what were my concerns, he just went in and thought he would do a whole makeover. As a result, I don’t think he had my best interest at heart in comparison to the dentists down here.
Now, you have to bear in mind, each town or city has different dentists. I have two really good dentists down here. One dentist is for my 16 year old son who does orthodontic procedures. The other dentist I use is for adults where I send my friends and family. The dentists’ main concern is what your issues are, not what they can do to improve your lifestyle by charging a lot. They’re not interested in beautifying you; they just want to help you to feel better, to help you care for your teeth. They still, however, do a good job on the cosmetic procedures, but they’re not looking to get rich off of you. Also, they don’t charge you differently based on if you’re a native or an expat.
All my experiences with dental care are in Progresso, which is a small fishing village in the state of Yucatan. In Merida, which is a city of over a million people about half an hour from here, you will pay more, but still much less than US prices. For example, my aunt’s half sister may have had to pay slightly more than $3,000 for her 19 crowns, as opposed to the $2,300 she paid here in Progresso.
(Pictured: dentist and staff in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.)