Dental Tourism

posted 8 months ago in Finances
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I have not had the procedure or done dental tourism myself, but my Brother-In-Law has done it. The only reason he was willing to do (and continue to do…) dental work overseas is because his wife is from that country. She has a dentist she has used for years AND she speaks the language so there is no risk of miscommunication. Otherwise it feels a bit like a gamble. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

gardunobee23 :  OH bee. Hugs. I’m so sorry to hear about your dental troubles!! 

I’m very much of the “You get what you pay for” mindset especially with surgery and would not elect for surgery on the cheap. Are there any outside resources you can look to for assistance with paying?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

gardunobee23 :  Have you been going to the same dentist? The dental work should not be “falling apart” so soon, I would definitely go to another dentist and I would recommend not going to Mexico/Costa Rica for discounted procedures. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Have you been seeing the same dentist for all these procedures? 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s a sad commentary on our health care system that you would need to go overseas to be able to afford dental work. Your experience is very much going to come down to finding a high quality provider to do the work, and with the nature of the work you’re having done, you probably want a “concierge” type service to book everythign for you, including a few days recovery in a nice hotel (you won’t want to be flying home the day after getting dental implants).

Do you need bone grafts and, if so, have you had them done? You’ll need to be very aware of the timing of the grafts compared to the placement of the implants, so you may choose to get your grafts locally and travel for your implants.

I don’t have any recommendations for you other than do your research carefully, and get your implants. My husband had the lower jaw done a few months back and it was a life changer for him, and if you can get it done for cheaper outside the US then there’s no reason not to. You just have to do your due dilligene when selecting a provider, since it won’t be easy to go back for follow-ups.

 

ETA: if your husband is from Mexico, ask him to ask his friends/family who are still in Mexico to get some recommendations for you. No different than if you moved to a new home town… just ask people who they trust, and use those providers. It doesn’t have to be someone who specialies in dental tourism, just someone who is good at doing dental surgeries. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I don’t have any advice at all, but I just wanted to extend some empathy as someone who has gone through tons of dental surgeries. I’ve had 17 teeth pulled, root canals, bone grafts, implants, etc. It’s not fun, sorry you’re going through this.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

Is it possible to find someone in Mexico who has had this kind of work done and is pleased with it? I’d want to make sure I got the right oral surgeon.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Consider dental schools in the US, they often offer major discounts because it would be students. But could be a reputable place like UCLA. May be safer than other countries, so just a suggestion.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

FWIW depending on where you live, you may be able to find a happy medium by traveling to very low cost areas of the US.  We used to “commute” to central florida for my husband’s dental work, as everything from root canals to crowns was about 40% cheaper than where we live (Bo$ton). This could be a decent balance that would allow you to save some money but make it easier to get referrals and check reputations.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I personally haven’t done it, but I live in Southern California where loads of people go down to Tijuana for dental work. My hairdresser did it for some root canals and she said the offices were cleaner and treated her better than what her insurance provides in the states. It was also about a quarter of the cost. If I had the issues you have, I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

gardunobee23 :  My best friend goes to Mexico for her dental work and says it’s great and very cheap. If you know you’ll have to invest in this, I would definitely consider it. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

For all the bees saying it’s “safer” in the US and that “you get what you pay for” I really urge you to do some research on our healthcare system. Spoiler alert – it’s pretty shitty AND crazy expensive. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

gardunobee23 :  I would be very afraid to go to Mexico for a procedure. I know there are great doctors everywhere but I’ve heard some horror stories with nose and boob jobs performed on US citizens in Mexico. They make the news from time to time. I know the risks are small but just something to consider. Also, are you protected in the event something bad happens? Will your insurance cover your hospital stay if you get a crazy infection from your foreign dentist? Just consider all of your options. 

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