With the large numbers of Americans and Canadians choosing to retire in Mexico, a significant issue concerns the availability, quality and cost of DENTAL CARE. This article will assist those who are intending to retire in Mexico:
1. Misconceptions: I have listened to a few clients who have the impression that dental care is sub-standard in Mexico. In fact, our experience is quite the contrary;
2. Comparing: My wife had extensive dental procedures when we lived in Canada and she was quite reluctant to go to a Mexican Dentist. I then went to have some procedures done with good success so this leads into the following stories:
a. My Work:
i. When I was a young boy at about 10 or 11 years of age, my Canadian dentist suggested to my parents that I should have all my teeth drilled out as I had deep crevices and would simply be returning to have cavities filled time and time again. The procedure was done over about five appointments and all my back teeth were drilled out and filled with Alum.
ii. Every dentist I visited afterwards asked who butchered my teeth. Regardless, on my first visit to a dentist in Pittillel, just outside of Puerto Vallarta, I asked Raul what it would cost to get porcelain crowns on all those teeth, all eleven of them. The price came back at 11,000 pesos which is about $900 USD and this not only included the 11 crowns but also a root canal and another piece of work. I had this work done and outside of two incidents where a crown came off and I simply had to make an appointment to get it glued back on, the work has been marvelous. In Canada, this work would have been about ten times the price.
b. Another Short Story:
i. Back to my wife. She needed to have some work done so after my experience; she made an appointment to get a bridge done with three teeth. The appointment was made and within a week and one half, all was completed. The reason for the week and one half was the production of the bridge had to be done in Guadalajara so the impressions were sent there and completed while my wife lived with a temporary bridge;
ii. After completing this work, she was in Canada and had an appointment with the specialist that she was very comfortable with. He asked her where she had the bridge done and was quite amazed that it was with a small practitioner in a small town in Mexico. His comment was that Canada did not even have the technology used to make her bridge.
There are more stories but the fact is that you can receive dental care that is high quality at very reasonable prices. Hoping the information above is helpful, I will be writing many articles to assist Americans and Canadians on decisions regarding Living in Mexico.