By Juana Nayarit
A patient from Canada saved $8,000 on dental implants in Mexico. He paid for his Cabo dental vacation and then some..
Mr. Dale Sanders was wriggling sand between his toes on Cabo's Medano beach while enjoying a cold margarita and dazzling fellow tourists with a new set of pearlies… purchased for a price way less than back home in freezing cold Alberta.
"I needed three to four implants and I was looking at $16,000-$20,000 for them, which just really killed me.," said Sanders, 57. So he began researching out-of-country alternatives, but did so with a lot of initial skepticism.
Searching Mexican dentists on the Internet, he'd become familiar with horror stories related by those unfortunates who landed in the chairs of dodgy general dentists, leaving them with a mouthful of trouble that needed expensive repair work once they'd returned home.
"I researched over the last 6 months about dentistry in Mexico and was determined to find a board certified dentist, but I was still somewhat nervous to go," said Sanders.
"There are incompetent dentists in Mexico as anywhere else, but the biggest problem is when general dentists in Mexico try (and often succeed) is passing themselves off as specialists." He adds: "One has to be careful to not end up in a clinic for major work that is run by a general dentist who hasn't the extra years of dental specialist training a board certified dentist has." After two enjoyable Cabo San Lucas jaunts, the Albertan said he received four perfect dental implants for just over $8,000.
Even with the cost of travel figured in, Sanders said he likely cut his dental expenses in half by seeing a Cabo dentist. "It was not even near to what it would have cost me in Canada," he said. "I'm extremely happy - I can smile and chew my food once again... and I had a lot of fun in Cabo."
Whale Watching Tours are a popular activity for dental tourists in Cabo
The Cabo dental vacation experience was great, he said, and more trips to the dentist in Cabo are in his plans for next year. "I think many more people are going to be seeing that dental work abroad is a good idea," and as long as the patient uses the services of a certified dentist in Mexico they will get the same quality work they are used to back home."
Dental Prices Mexico vs. Calgary Dental Prices
Dental Cleaning: Calgary -- $140; Mexico -- $40-60
Porcelain/metal crown: Calgary -- $1.500; Mexico -- $450
Single tooth X-ray: Calgary -- $31; Mexico – $10 or free with treatment
Laser whitening: Calgary -- $600-750; Mexico - $300
Implant: Calgary -- $5,000; Mexico -- $2,100
For a free online consultation with board certified dentists in Mexico - including dentists in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Los Algodones, Cancun, Guadalajara and other dental vacation destinations - visit the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association website.
The Mexico dental specialist organization is supported by its certified dentist members and does not charge patients for it's dental estimating and referral services.
They have English speaking staff who will assist you in locating the right specialist for your specific dental needs from root canals and crowns to cosmetic dental makeovers, oral surgery, dental implants, tmj disorders and more.
CONTACT: the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association
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