Jan 2, 2012, 6:00 AM
Post #5 of 11
Below is a copy/paste of a post I made on this very subject back in November. As a follow up, we head down to Guadalajara next week to have the work completed:
Kathy recently visited a dentist here in Albuquerque. First of all, she didn't care for his personality and really didn't care for his radical treatment approach. Without going into all of the details, he wasn't interested in saving all the teeth that she has and was definitely interested in paying off his student loans.
I approached a number of members of this forum for suggestions and/or referrals. We contacted Dr. Barragan and sent him copies of the x-rays and proposed treatment plan from here. It turned out that, the required work was outside of Dr. Barragan's area of expertise. After emails going back and forth, he referred Kathy to two specialists in Guadalajara and he arranged an appointment with both for this past Monday. Kathy flew down last Sunday but was naturally apprehensive about what the treatment plan might be. This session was to be an examination and consultation by both specialists.
Prior to a thorough examination by each of them, she was given a complete cleaning and it was determined that she had some infection in her gums. Both specialists then performed examinations and these were followed by a joint consultation during which their treatment plan was laid out in detail. Both specialists were extremely nice and exhibited a real concern for retaining as many teeth as possible with the least patient stress. From a mental standpoint, this was a relief to Kathy and the really great news was that their treatment plan involved saving all but maybe one or two teeth.
Secondary to the above positives is the incredible difference in cost. The NOB dentist had estimated an approximate cost of $9KUSD including the initial charge for diagnosis and copies of x-rays. The cost of Monday's session was $800MXN and the estimate for the remaining work is $4000MXN. Even with plane fare and hotel costs, it isn't hard to figure out the cost justification for traveling this distance!
The information on these two specialists follows. By the way, they both speak English.
Dr. Edilberto Valdivia (Prostodontist, rehabilitation)
Dr. Yadira Macias (Periodontist)
Carlos F. Landeros 190
Colonia Ladrón de Guevara
In between México avenue and Reforma street. For reference, this address is located near the intersection of López Mateos Avenue and México Avenue.
01 333 616 0188
01 333 616 3062
Dr Valdivia is a gentleman probably in his 50's and speaks excellent English. Dr. Macias is a female probably in her 30's with lesser English skills but can certainly be understood. Great "chair side manners" and really caring people!