Jan 24, 2010, 9:01 PM
Post #10 of 21
In short, dental work anywhere in México will be much cheaper than NOB. Finding a good Dentist will generally be no problem, especially if you can get some local references in the city or town where you will be staying. There are a few not so competent Dentists here like anywhere. I used one of them for a very short time a few years ago.
I don't live in an area with many tourists or English speaking ex-pats, so there are not too many dentists or Doctors here that speak fluent English. I lucked out last year and made an appointment with a great Dentist here. She is from and was educated in Canada, She speaks English, fluent Spanish, German and French. My Mexicana wife says she speaks Spanish like she was born here.
I am having quite a bit of dental work done. I lost several teeth in the military during the Korean war. (one at a time.) My Dentista is a specialist in dental implants. She has warned me that for safety reasons an implant is usually an 18 month process from start to finish, and the cost here is about $2,1000Pesos each (1,620 US Dollars). That's dirt cheap compared to NOB costs.
She made an estimate of the total cost of all the work I need to have done with the caveat that it might end up costing more, or less. After my first appointment I paid her for it. After my second appointment, when I asked her how much I owed, she told me that I can pay whatever I want after each appointment, and if I am short of money, I need pay nothing after each visit and we will settle the bill at the end of my treatments. Try that NOB. I usually pay her $2 to $4000 Pesos after each visit now.
I am sure that she would not make that accommodation for me if she didn't know I am a permanent resident of Cuernavaca, and not just a visitor.
My suegra (mother-in-law) Had her first appointment with my Dentista 2 days ago, she had a broken tooth repaired. My suegra is a retired dental technician, She knows when a dentist is good or not, she loves her new Dentista. She was very impressed with our Dentista, she particularly noted how gentile she is. She is noted for her painless drilling. She has replaced a couple of my fillings by drilling them out. No shots, and no pain. Zero, zip, no pain.
Anyway, you should have no problem finding a good, and reasonably priced Dentist in México. Do not expect to find a clinic like you will NOB, many of them are quite small and cramped here. My new super Dentista has a clinic that any Dentist NOB would envy, with all the latest equipment.
Good luck, Rex
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