Paul checks out a pharmacy advertizing prescription drugs

Paul checks out a pharmacy advertizing prescription drugs in Los Algodones, Mexico

My last post dug up some great discussion, both good and bad, about experiences in Mexico. For those of you who are interested I highly recommend reading all the comments so you can get a feel of both sides. Dental work is not always black and white. There is a chance, even with a good dentist, that work will fail and there are people who have bad results with dentists that otherwise have good reviews. And then there are truly bad dentists and truly bad work. This is all part of the equation and one reason you always have to decide on what is the best care for YOU.

With that aside I figure it’s time to update you on our own personal experience in Los Algodones. Now I fully admit that this is going to be a somewhat limited review since there is no REAL way to know how good my dental work is until it stands the test of time, and that could mean a couple of years from now. So what I’ll try to do is give you an honest assessment of our impressions and go from there.

1/ Where/What Is Los Algodones?

Map of Los Algodones

General Location of Los Algodones

Los Algodones is a small 5-block square border town just south of Yuma, AZ (right next to CA/AZ split) that is pretty much dedicated to medical tourism. It has over 300 registered dentists, a slew of pharmacies (for cheap prescription drugs), multiple eyeglass doctors (cheap glasses), places to get inexpensive hearing aids…and probably a few more specialties I don’t know about. People come here mostly for dentistry and prescription drugs, and there are significant savings for both, compared to the US. Dentist work is ~1/3 of US prices, and prescription drugs are up to 50% off.

2/ How Do You Get To Los Algodones?

The parking lot right across the border

The parking lot right across the border

Take Interstate 8 just West of Yuma, AZ to the Andrade Mexico (Los Algodones or Rte 186 exit). Travel south on Route 186 for 7 miles to the Mexico border. At this point you could take your car into Mexico, but the vast majority of people just park on US side and walk over. There are large parking lots for both cars & RV’s run by the local Indian tribe right before the border on US side. It costs $5 to park for the day and takes ~5 mins to walk across to Los Algodones.

3/ What Should You Bring With You?

Two things you must bring are your passport and cash/checks. There are no customs checks going into Mexico (you simply walk in), but there are some limits to what you can bring with you (see HERE) and you will be required to pass customs coming back into the US. Most of the dentists in Mexico take either cash or check, so bring your money with you.

4/ How Did We Find Our Dentist?

Memberships don't necessarily mean better care, but I like to see them

Memberships don’t mean better care, but I like to see dentists who have them

When you enter Los Algodones you will be inundated by street “peddlers” asking you if you need a dentist or prescription drugs. Although they can be quite persuasive I recommend doing your research and making your choices beforehand. I spent alot of time asking around on forums, internet and doing searches. Some of the things I looked for were:

  • Certified in Mexico with continuing education in Mexico or US
  • Well-established (in-business for a long time)
  • Universally good reviews
  • Specialty training
  • Modern equipment
  • US memberships (American Dental Association, American Implant Association). These are not critical, but they’re nice to see.

A few resources you can use for your search:

There are *some* review websites online, although they're not comprehensive

There are *some* review websites online, although they’re not comprehensive

A few names popped up from this search. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a few of the ones I found and why I liked them:

  • Dr. Eva Urena – She is a one-woman show with 20 years experience and is a member of several US-based associations. Her reviews on WhatClinic were 100% as were any other reviews I could find on the forums.
  • Bernal Dental Group – This is a bigger dental group that seem to have very modern equipment. Not many “official” reviews, but they get many, many mentions and good reviews on the RV forums. Their name almost always comes up as a choice.
  • Sani Dental Group – Again a bigger group that looks like a modern outfit with good reviews. They often come up on the forums too.
  • Others I’ve Seen Mentioned – Dr.Rubio (more expensive than others, with many positive reviews online, although commenter Tina did not have a good experience here), Dr Marquez (recommended by some other RVers), Circle Dental (again, a larger group but the name comes up often)

5/ What Was Our Experience Like?

Yesh...I'm missshing a toosth

Yesh…I’m missshing a toosth

We decided to go to Dr. Eva Urena for all our care. I’m going to tell you up-front that despite all my bravado I am a dentist WIMP, so I always look for the worst in any dental situation. Paul, on the other hand has sensitive, but otherwise perfect teeth (always has, the bastard) and is rather more blasé about everything. Here’s what we thought:

Paul’s Experience -> Great. Loved Dr. Urena and the cleaning. I have sensitive teeth and told her up-front. She was careful and did not hurt me at all. Fabulous experience! Cost for cleaning: $30

Nina’s Experience -> Good, but with some reservations. My experience was 2-part since I got my crown removed & teeth cleaned at Dr.Urena, but was sent to a root-canal specialist for the root canal re-do.

  • At Dr. Urena: I felt Dr.Urena was careful and explained things well. She speaks decent English and was open about the risks I might have replacing my crown and what could happen once it was removed. Her office is sterile, all her equipment is sterile and her assistants were good. Another positive point is she has no street “peddlers” and does not overbook her office as many other Mexican dentists often do. Our appointment was on-time and ran smoothly. My cleaning was faster than I would like, but she did get all the stains off and my teeth looked good afterwards. My new crown will be installed on Monday so we’ll see how that goes. Overall I liked her and am happy with her so far. Cost for porcelain crown: $300
  • At Dr. Ivan Gaspar Cuevas: My root canal specialist was obviously in high demand and the entire experience felt a bit too rushed for my taste. He had a somewhat heavy reliance on X-rays (took 4 to re-do my root canal) and worked fast. My mouth is now free of metal (great! he installed fiberglass posts), seems fine and is healing well, but personally I prefer a slower approach so I know exactly what is going on. Probably all will be fine, but I should have researched this side of the procedure before I went (I did not, shame on me) and if I were to do this over I would probably go somewhere else for this portion. Cost for root canal: $160

Alex & Ellen’s Experience -> Alex & Ellen went to Dr.Urena the day after us and had a good experience (cleaning only). They met folks in the waiting room that had been going to her for many years with good results. Cost for cleaning: $30

5/ Other things to think about Before You Go

Although I researched my dentist thoroughly before our trip, one thing I did not look at properly was the root canal side of my procedure, even though I knew (beforehand) that I probably needed to have it re-done. The lesson learned here is to know exactly what procedures you’re planning to get, whether your chosen dentist offers all of them and to read up on the newest technology before you go. As an example one of our commenters in the last post, Tina mentioned the need for a torque test on any implants you get done -> an important step in the implant procedure that you want to make sure your dentist follows. Read, research and know what you’re getting into.

6/ Coming Back Into The US

Waiting in the line to re-enter the US from Los Algodones

Waiting in the line to re-enter the US from Los Algodones

You will be required to pass customs as you cross the border back into the US. This means a passport check plus a declaration of what you bought in Mexico. There are no hidden charges for purchases (legal prescription drugs, eyeglasses, tourist buys etc.) under a total of $800 , but if you buy alcohol or tobacco, or you exceed these $$ there may be taxes or duty at the border depending on how much you bring back (which often negates any savings). Certain items such as narcotics, food, plants, animals, and products made from endangered species are prohibited. Know the rules before you go. We left Los Algodones at ~1PM and it took ~20 mins to get through the border line.

Hope that gives everyone a good overview of our own experience. Feel free to comment or add questions I did not cover. We are by no means experts so this is continuing education for all of us :)

My great new smile!

My great new smile!

Update On My Los Algondones Dentist Appt Jan 22nd, 2013: I got my new crown installed yesterday morning and I am over the moon. This crown is 100% better fit than my old one (which always felt too big & awkward in my mouth), feels perfect and looks great. Dr. Urena did an outstanding job making sure the fit and look was just right. She even sent out the crown for some re-work in the AM to re-file the inner side and improve the fit. No-one can tell which tooth is the crown unless I point it out. We’ll see how this holds up, but for the moment I am very, very happy with the results!

Update On My Los Algondones Dentist Appt March 7th, 2013: It’s been several months since my new crown was installed and I’m still very happy with the results. The fit and look are great and my mouth & gums had no issues with recovery. I’ll update again next year, but for now I’m extremely happy w/ the entire experience.

156 Responses to Getting Dental Work In Mexico Part II – Our Los Algodones Experience

  1. Quite a smile despite missing a tooth temporarily. I cant add anything more in this great post except to say we were happy with our experience. Good luck on your next visit.
    Theres plenty of room at Dome Rock and the festive mood has began.

  2. Jen Gibson says:

    Not really dental related, but what did you do with Polly while you were gone?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well we have our buddies Alex&Ellen with us here in Yuma, so we left the pets w/ them for the day. We have left Polly alone in the RV for up to 4 hours, but prefer to take her with us, or stay closer. Since we were going across the border we wanted to make sure she wasn’t alone. Nice to have RV pet-sitting buddies :)
      Nina

  3. Tina says:

    We are heading to the purple pharmacy on Monday morning for my husband’s prescription–maybe we’ll see you and you can test that new crown on a delicious shrimp taco? :-)

    And if you ever need doggie-sitting, feel free to get in touch–we have four, including one border collie–we have a place out in the foothills. We also have a full hookup site and you are welcome to visit. It would be fun to talk RVing and DOGS!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hey Tina,
      We’re going to be in Los Algodones VERY early (around 8:30AM). Not sure if we’ll be hanging around after that, but let me know when you’re going to be there and perhaps we can meet-up.
      Nina

      • Tina says:

        Hi Nina,
        We had to take all four dogs to PetSmart for baths today (phew!) so after we dropped them off we just kept going and went to Los Algodones to get the prescription today. Very quick in and out! Actually it’s not our favorite place to hang out anyway, so we were wondering if you’d like to stop by our place in the Foothills on your way back for a visit?

        You are welcome to bring Polly too if she is with you–we are very easy to find and it’s pretty much on your way back to Q if you are heading back on Hwy 95. We’d really enjoy meeting you and you can check out our full hookup site in case you would like an ON the grid break in your routine. :-)

        • libertatemamo says:

          Tina,
          Sorry we missed ya this time around in Yuma! We ended up having a rather busy last day and then charged our way up to Q. We would love to meet w/ you next time we pass thro’ town. Thanks so much for the lovely offer on a site too!!
          Nina

      • Tina says:

        Oops, just saw your new post–you’re out by Ogilby Road? Not Q. OK, but you are still invited to visit–if not tomorrow than just let us know what works for you.

      • Tina says:

        No problem Nina, we understand–we’ve ended up with some unexpected business this week too. But we hope you’ll get in touch next time you are in Yuma–would love to meet you and the invitation remains open.

        Have fun!

  4. geogypsy2u says:

    Only 20 mins to get out of Mexico is good. I’ve waited in line for hours but that was later in the day.

    Glad your relatively happy with the work done so far.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Very true. I was actually quite surprised at how quickly the line progressed coming back into the US. I gather it can get longer later in the day, but early afternoon it was super fast.
      Nina

  5. When I left the dentist office there, they handed me a small piece of paper and told me to hand it to a police officer near the gate..so I did. That little piece of paper is well known to the officers and it sent me to the front of the line clearing customs instead of the very back. My understanding is the Dr.s and Dentists there do that quite often after medical/dental procedures. New full set of dentures and new glasses Under $300. Not bad.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences here. I really enjoy your blog.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Interesting. Didn’t happen to us, but I guess we didn’t get that much done either. Thanks for reporting back on it.
      Nina

    • Bill says:

      Hello Betty! My name is Bill Farr and my wife and I will be Los Algodones in March. I plan on getting a full set of dentures. You mentioned in the blog that you had the same services completed. Are you happy with the results? How long did it take? Who did your dentures? The note sounds like a winner.
      Thanks…

      • Denise says:

        Bill, did you get dentures in Algadones. We are looking to go in Jan,2014 and am looking for a dentist for dentures. Any suggestions?

    • Kathy Stokka says:

      I’m also looking into going to Mexico for Dentures, I’ve never had them, and would really like your advice, and your Mexico’s Dentist name? I’m very scared, but I really need something done with my teeth……I see that your from Washington State, I live in the Bonney lake area………

      • loa says:

        Kathy, did you go? I live just out of Tacoma and desperately need a LOT of dental work. I’m thinking of going to Mexico, but am scared! I’m seeking some specific names of good dentists down there. Thanks

    • Denise says:

      Hi Betty, can you recommend a denturist in Algadones. This is merely replacement dentures as mine are worn out. Thanks

  6. Sherry says:

    Great summary thanks for the details. We luckily have dental insurance but who knows. I’m filing this away because life is uncertain at best! :-)) You should know that we paid $500 even though we have insurance for what you paid $460 for so the bargain is very real.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yeah, the prices down here are *definitely* a bargain. I was quoted $900 as a special cash-only price for just the crown portion at a dentist in San Diego. That didn’t even include the possible root canal (which I knew I might need). So, Mexico is definitely at ~1/3 of US prices. For $460 total I got rid of ALL the metal in my mouth and a new crown. Not bad.
      Nina

  7. rwkrecklow says:

    You are too kind to go down there and come back with these on the spot references, after Donna’s request for information about Mexican dentists. You have given us one of the best and most comprehensive reviews of the entire process that I have seen anywhere. The only thing missing seems to be your tooth. Thanks for sharing.

    • libertatemamo says:

      I’m glad I could give you some extra info for your big trip down here next month. Sure hope you have a wonderful experience and I’ll be looking forward to your write-up too.
      Nina

  8. Joe Anderson says:

    Thanks Nina
    For all the good info, if we can get this house sold we’ll be on the road and the dentist is one of the first places we will go. I found some of my pictures of the big CNC lathe I designed when I was living in Sweden. Click on this link to see them. https://picasaweb.google.com/116619647935058571891/MachineDesigns?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLKU0IHYkMCXwgE&feat=directlink
    Regards Joe & Murlene

  9. Donna K says:

    Thanks for a very informative post. Appreciate all your research and candid comments. I’m wondering if you visited any of the pharmacies and if you have any recommendations. Good luck with the remainder of your work.

    • Tina says:

      Donna, I’m sure Nina will chime in, but we always use the purple pharmacies in Los Algodones. You can’t miss them because there are several of them and they are all…well…PURPLE! :-)

      We checked prices and availability in a lot of the pharmacies there, and consistently find the purple pharmacies (Liqui’s) to have the biggest selection. The prices are really comparable all over town so in our opinion it’s not really time effective to run around to all of them looking to save a dollar or two.

      If you are in one of the “purples” and they don’t have enough of a specific medication, they send a runner to one of their other stores to get them if they have them.

      Just be sure you always check the packaging for the expiration date–it’s stamped right on the end of the boxes–that the boxes are sealed, and that it is the dosage you want.

      You are allowed to carry 3 months supply of each med across the border–but if you want six months, just get a bag of 3 for each of you if you are with a companion, spouse, etc. We have done that many times to get six months of my husband’s prescription.

      They of course have different rules for controlled substances, and are also cracking down on antibiotic sales all across Mexico due to the over use of them among their population–so you may have to have a written prescription for them, I’m not sure how they are enforcing that in Los Algodones since the law changed in Mexico a short while back re: antibiotics.

      We use the big purple pharmacy a few blocks in on the left (you pass one immediately on the left when you cross the border, but we always go the NEXT one on the left, which is about one more block as the street curves to the left. You can’t miss it).

      I like this one because it is also attached to a small grocery store they own, which has some fun stuff including free samples of various liquors.

      You can use US dollars, pesos, or write a check in any of their pharmacies.

      Hope this helps. Have fun!

    • libertatemamo says:

      I think Tina answered better than I could! We have no prescriptions so didn’t look at any of the pharmacies, but I have heard the Purple pharmacy name come up several times (it’s actually the one Paul is standing next to in the 1st pic) so I think that’s a good tip.
      Nina

      • Tina says:

        Thanks Nina, appreciate your comment. But even if you live a “drug free life” you can go into the little market part and get your free shot of Tequila! ;-)

        Good way to stay healthy…LOL

      • Ellen says:

        I have bought antibiotics at Liqui’s twice in the past month without a prescription.

        • libertatemamo says:

          Interesting. I’ve heard you can do that (specifically for antibiotics), but this is the first real feedback I’ve gotten on it. Thanks for the info.
          Nina

  10. We have recently discovered your blog, and enjoy it very much! :-) I read you dental experience in Mexico with great interest, as I have JUST (last month!) retired from the dental field (34 years’ experience), and are also now fulltime RVers. Over the years, I have seen bad dentistry in the US, so I am not afraid to try Mexico for dental treatment. Thanks for the info!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Happy to have you along for the ride…and CONGRATS on going fulltime. I’m just like you. I have no qualms about going for care in another country. My next goal is to find a primary care doctor in Mexico…we’ll see.
      Nina

  11. Douglas Hinman says:

    Hi Nina, your comments about the number of xrays for your root canal, I just had a root canal done in Bend, OR, they took 3 xrays before hand to give them a clear picture of where the roots were I think. total cost$1200. I think I will go to mexico for root canals from now on!!! Now I need crowns! thanks for the good info about dentists down there, we are planning on seeing some next time we go south. Doug H

    • libertatemamo says:

      Douglas,
      Thanks for the feedback. Actually when I mentioned this to someone else they said exactly the same thing so I guess my dentist didn’t really use anymore X-rays than any other dentist. When it comes to dentistry I’m just overly analytical and critical, I know hehe :)
      Nina

  12. We will need a cleaning soon. Prior to your post I would have NEVER ventured into Mexico for treatment. Your post was very reassuring. We may give them a try. thank you!

  13. Delano says:

    DO NOT USE SANI!! I had work done there and had problems the next day. I paid several thousand dollars no had bridge work done on top. They rushed the job, forced me to extend trip by 2 days and still I left worried. In less than a year the bridge FELL OUT! They didn’t do the root canals they charged for, the posts were eroded when the bridge came out and I’ve been told by several American dentists they didn’t perform the bridge install right. They took too much tooth away and it didn’t make a seal. Which caused problems before the bridge came out like food underneath and more toothaches than before I went in. I just went back and checked tourism building. Its first building when crossing border, they show complaints on every business there. Sani had 3x more complaints than anyone else. I would not recommend anyone to use Sani at all!! If you can afford it, use Dr. Magaña. He is on left side next to purple pharmacy. He is more expensive but he “runs” the dental work down there. The street peddlers told me they would lose their job if he caught them stealing potential patients. My aunt had work done. He took his time, did the work himself(very important! Most use trainees or younger dentists after they collect the cash) and has been practicing in same location since 1969.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Good to know. Thanks for chiming in about your experience.
      Nina

    • Diane A. says:

      I am going to have to agree regarding Sani. My experience there was less than satisfactory :(. I had 8 crowns done including my four front upper teeth as well as several filling replacements.

      My experience is that:
      1. They will attempt to upsell you more crowns and/or fillings than you actually need.

      2. My dentist was (I found out too late) not only extremely young but poorly paid – so much so that he could not afford a car and had to bicycle to work. Much too late I suspected he was either a student or very recent graduate.

      3. One of the dentists working on me was paying FAR more attention to a soccer match on television than my mouth.

      4. Two years after the work had been done two of the rear molar crowns have cracked and I will be going back to have then redone – to a different dentist of course! I am considering the Bernal Clinic at this time.

      In addition to the above the front teeth crowns did not match my original teeth. They are significantly wider than my original teeth which gives me (in my opinion) a fake appearance. Several of the crowns were positioned poorly and took me many months to get used to – those were the ones which eventually cracked.

      I would not recommend Sani to anyone based upon my experience.

      • libertatemamo says:

        Thanks for sharing your experience on Sani.

        Nina

      • Diane says:

        Followup : I’m in bed this evening in Yuma after my first visit to Bernal. One of the crowns done by Sani Dental 20 months ago and one of the teeth which was filled by Sani had to be replaced. Both were infected. One crown required a root canal and the other filled tooth required extraction :( due to a full radial crack. Each tooth procedure was the result of bad dental work by Sani leading to eventual infection.

        I “saved” a little money up front by going there but in the end I lost a tooth and will now have to pay down the road for an implant. I am ending up paying more than what Sani charged me in repair work less than two years later. Sani Dental is DEFINITELY NOT worth it.

    • Raquel Garcia says:

      Thanks Delano, for alerting people about the bait and switch Sany Dental group operates. I also had a horrible experience. Your first stop with Mikel Estepan who gives you the diagnosis, and a string of unnecessary dental work, then you are referred to basically an intern who does not know what she is doing. I had two front upper teeth replaced which I did not want to do at the time, which according to the dentists here in the U.S. they did not have to be removed as there is another procedure anyway I ended up with two Burro front teeth. I wanted to have two porcelain crowns replaced well they grounded a third tooth which was not supposed to come off, the crowns they placed were so bad, my outer gum was practically folded and the inner gum totally exposed. I had pain day and night, could not go to work for one month because the pain was so severe, took 800 mg Ibuprofen every 8 hours for 30 days. I emailed Sany Dental one and a half week after the dental work, they did not respond, I emailed again a week later, they did not respond until one week later. We made an appointment to return, I asked for another Dentist. Well on the way there I began reading some reviews about all Los Algodones dentist which I should have done initially, I was terrified, to make a long story short what should have cost $480 is now $3000. My husband also was told by Estepan of needing 11 crowns, well our new dentist told him that he only needs 3 crowns. When I first went to Sany Dental before they did any work on me, I told at least 25 different families about this dental clinic, well I had to call all and notify them not to go because in my opinion they are the most dishonest dental place I have ever experienced. I would not recommend Sany dental to my worst enemy. In my opinion they shoot themselves on the foot, if they were honest, they would have people line up outside their door.

  14. Jessie says:

    I have recently been told I need three (3) root canals at a cost of over $4,000 so I really appreciate all your good reviews and recommendations on your blog. These three root canals that I will need are due to the sloppy work of an American dentist in April of 2006. So maybe I will have better luck with the dentists in Mexico. I will be sure to submit a review if I do get work done in Los Algodones.

  15. Traveltooth says:

    I have been going to Los Algodones for about 7 years now. I have always gone to Dr Gabriel Garcia (why do people hesitate to give the name of their dentist?) BUT NOT ANYMORE!! He was great in the beginning, but in the last couple of years his office has completely changed. He used to take great xrays, high tech pictures, explain everything he was doing….Now, he has another MAN, I don’t even know if he’s licensed, slip into the chair and start working on a root canal. No introduction, no explaining who he is. And all of a sudden it seems EVERYTHING is a needed root canal. I kept getting the feeling that something was shifty, like if he was going to keep a root canal guy there, then maybe he promised him so many root canals a day or something… Anyway. The X-ray machine is gone, the quality work is gone too. He actually took a picture of my molar with a hand held camera! So that he could show me what was wrong….I couldn’t see anything in that pic. Very sad since he used to be a trusted dentist. My new crown looks like it was made by a child.
    So! I need to return to get my next crown finished and am not sure who to go to. Some suggestions please??? I’m leaving in 4 days. :(
    Thanks for the forum!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Very sad to hear, but I really appreciate you sharing your feedback.

      I really liked our dentist Dr.Eva Urena. She was very personable. She will send you out for a root canal, but will do the crown in house. The Bernal Group also seems to get good reviews.

      Nina

  16. Lee says:

    I sent Dr Urena an e-mail 10 days ago but never heard back. Does her office use e-mail? Makes me hesitate when a Dr’s office doesn’t check their e-mail in this day and age. Thanks.
    Lee

  17. Traveltooth says:

    Thanks very much for the recommendation! I called her office and they set up an appt for me for Fri morning. I said I was hoping to leave for home on Sat, so the receptionist called the lab for me to see if they could do my crown in that time, called me back promptly to say yes. I’ll let you know how it goes. For anyone else reading these posts, it really helps sharing your experiences, good and bad, including the Dentist’s names, so that other’s feel a little less frightened about going. Not bashing a dentist, but giving an honest account of your experience is so helpful.
    Be careful when reading the posts tho, I have seen some forums where they have been compromised by either the dentist’s office or friend’s of the dentist portraying themselves as clients.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Excellent. DO let us know what you think of your experience with her. Like you said sharing is a good thing and helps others to make their decision.
      Nina

  18. Tea says:

    Does anybody know anything about Sani Dental Group?

  19. Kelly says:

    I was also wondering about Sani Dental Group. They’re the ones I’m leaning towards. I will most likely need a root canal and I’d like to know if they do it in the office.

    Also, did you need any pain medication after your procedure? I was wondering if they prescribe medication if the person has extensive dental work done, and needs the medicine.

  20. Tea says:

    Delano posted earlier not a good review about Sani. I have been trying to get a quote from Dental Americano but no reply

    • Tina says:

      I posted our Algodones experiences but wanted to update with information that is current as of July 2013–we have a friend in Yuma (a local business owner) who decided to use Sani for his dental implants. He was already in an upper denture and wanted something fixed. Long story short, it has been a complete nightmare for him. They convinced him to try their new procedure with 4 implants to hold an entire upper denture. After a very painful insertion of 4 implants (according to him) the temporary denture they made him (denture on top of new implants) looked like something out of a bad cartoon–he could not talk, eat, or chew normally, and was spitting when he tried to talk. We saw him with this in place and it was pretty bad. He went back after a week and told them he could to tolerate it, and when they went to adjust it, one of the new implants came out with it. Now he is in his old upper denture, with 3 implants trying to heal underneath it (not ideal), and still needs a new 4th implant redone. Truly a nightmare experience for him, plus he said it was very painful. Continue to do your homework before you decide what to do and where to do it.

      • libertatemamo says:

        Sorry to hear it. DO you know which (specific) dentist your friend used at Sani? My understanding is that it’s one of the larger clinics and so they have several different dentists in there?
        Nina

        • Diane A. says:

          Nina,
          This is the problem with Sani. They use MANY different dentists which vary from time to time, season to season. There is no consistency or reliability on whom you may get or the quality of their work.

          Once they have your money in hand – which they do up front prior to any work beginning – my experience was that their attitude towards me changed quite a bit in that they seemed less attentive to me – much less. I went to Sani in August of ’12 and will have to go back to a different dentist to get 2 (possibly 3 ) crowns redone.

      • Tina says:

        Nina, I went to see the person I wrote about here, and asked him if he remembered his dentist’s name so I could tell a friend who to avoid. He is literally so terrified of dental work he kind of goes on “automatic” when he is there, and he says he does not remember the name of the dentist. I kind of prodded a him a bit more (“Are you SURE you don’t remember?”) and he says he really does not, but that it was a woman dentist and he saw the same dentist each time. And it was definitely Sani Clinic. Sorry I can’t get more details than that.

  21. Tea says:

    Thank you very much. That helps a lot

  22. Jane Thompson says:

    I was actually in that same clinic (Sani Dental), and my experience wasn’t like that at all… I have several implants placed by Dr. Barragan and I loved it, well, as much as you can love going to the dentists , lol.

    Everyone in the clinic was very kind and understanding, there was one lady in front of us complaining for everything and they had to deal with her, I was afraid Dr. Barragan were upset but he was great, very professional.

    I’m not sure what happen with Delano’s treatment (and I’m not saying it’s not true) but I am very gratefull with Sani Dental and I don’t think is fair for them to have people thinking they are not a professional dental clinic.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks for the feedback. I find there’s very varying info out there and it’s always good to hear from folks who had a face-to-face experience. In “general” I’ve heard good things about Sani Dental, although you will certainly see negative comments too. My understanding is that they have several dentists there (is that right?) so it makes sense to ask for a specific person. In the larger clinics asking for specific dentists (by name) rather than just making a general appointment is definitely recommended. Seems your experience w/ Dr. Barragan went well.
      Nina

  23. Victoria says:

    Does anyone have information on where to get hearing aids, and I was also hoping to get my leather car upholstery repaired. I haven’t found any information on these things.

    Five months ago, I had an excellent experience in Algodones getting a deep cleaning and cavity filled. The dentist was extremely kind and competent. I will post her name soon–let’s see if this post goes through. Thank you so much for this blog and all the comments.

  24. Su Devan says:

    I came upon yr blog while looking for information on getting dental work in Mexico. I have an implant and after much looking into – I’ll need to be there for about 3 wks or so. Since I do not do RV – I’ll be paying for lodgings and if I factor that inot the cost – would it be wiser to have it sone in Seattle where I live? I could use some feedback.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Have not looked into local lodging, so can’t really answer you. My recommendation would be to check out local prices. You may find that some places offer weekly or monthly deals that still make the trip worthwhile. Do let us know what you find out.
      Nina

      • Diane A. says:

        A lot of people stay in the motel 6. Since I’m usually pretty miserable during dental work I decided to treat myself and stayed at the Yuma Hilton which (still) runs about $100 an evening and I have to tell you that the place is FANTASTIC! Comfy beds … incredible service and people, great restaurant so you don’t have to travel around for food and a fun bar in which to drown your toothy sorrows :) I highly recommend it if it fits within your budget – a great place to just squirrel away and heal up.

    • Martin says:

      You can check the adds, craigslist, newspaper for short term rentals. I remember getting a 2 bedroom 1 bath older (1970’s) mobile home for 3 weeks and I think it was about $300.00. Motel 6 is about $50 a night for a single. Look in the foothills area for a rental. If you go too far into the Snowbird season, you will pay more for rent. I think the Casino @ Algodones exit is about $100.00 a night. If you are going to fly, I recommend using another airport other than Yuma. Every flight to/from Yuma is about twice as much as a normal airport. Southwest fly’s into San Diego(about 2hr 45 min away) and Tucson (about 4 hrs). They do have some sort of a shuttle to and from Phoenix. I see em driving around town all the time.

  25. Su says:

    Thx! I’ll see what i can find. Su

  26. Luukcc says:

    Love to know the reason of picking “Los Algodones”, instead of Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana.”

    • libertatemamo says:

      For us quite simply because it’s on our usual winter route and has good RV boondocking on the US side. Many other places you can go in Mexico for good care
      Nina

  27. Wayne Randall says:

    My experience at Sani Dental Group was almost perfect. They have many specialists, all staff is very friendly and their lodging service at their hacienda hotel in Los Algadones was a wonderful experience, I could recommend this dentists and hotel to anyone, I had two all on four treatments done six months ago and I’m very happy, is nice to have a fixed teeth again :)

  28. Nicole Silverstein says:

    What a beautiful new smile! Congratulations! Looks like you had a great job in Mexico.
    I just want to share my experience, I didn’t have my dental implants done so close to home, I chose a Clinic a little further south in beautiful and sunny Cancun. My husband wanted to go somewhere for vacation and I really needed work done on my teeth, so we decided to go to Cancun.
    I can say I’m absolutely happy with my decision, Dr. German Arzate form Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry is A-MA-ZING. We called the clinic before we left for the US and we already knew how much we would be asked to pay and for how long I would have to stay there. There were no nasty surprises, no scams, nothing!
    Here’s their website: http://www.cancuncosmeticdentistry.com/dental-implants-mexico.html

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience! Have never been to Cancun, but heard many good things about the place. Looks like dentistry is good there too.
      Nina

  29. shonya1121 says:

    Those of you looking for feedback on specific providers, make sure to read the comments after Part 1, too. That’s where I posted since I hadn’t found Part II yet.

  30. Thomas says:

    Great write up. I would seriously consider Mexico for any dental work my insurance plan would not cover. A quick search with Google Maps Streetview shows there are dentist offices on every street corner.

  31. Barbara says:

    WOW ! What a great blog, just happened upon this page by chance as I was looking for Dentistry in Los Algodones. Had a friend who had crown work done there and had a great experience and thought I should go down. He was traveling in his RV and was staying in Yuma and needed work done and went without any reservations. He couldn’t remember the Dentist and did not do any research, scary especially after reading your part1 section. I would love to hear from anyone who could highly recommend a Dentist preferably a specialist with lots of implant experience. I saw the one comment about Dr. Mario Garibay and was wandering if any of your other readers have used him for implants and to hear about your experiences and if any of you have used other Dentists in the same area “Los Algodones” for implants and what your experiences have been and to mention their name.
    I am in need of 8 implants and 12 crowns.
    Thanks bundles
    Barbara

    • libertatemamo says:

      I have not personally had any implants done in Mexico, but maybe some of our other readers will chime in with their experiences.
      Nina

    • Denise says:

      Hello Barbara,
      not sure if I can be still helpful as your comment is from last year. I got my implants with Dr. Mario Garibay and he has done a great job. A friend recommended me this dentist. He also got implants with him and was satisfied.

  32. PlacerLode says:

    I just paid $3000 for a root canal, post and crown in Seattle WA today so I’m researching Los Algodones dentists (again) and I found this video featuring some of the local doctors and facilities http://www.smileagain.mx/ (granted it is a promo video) Many of my friends (perhaps coincidentally they tend to be wealthier individuals who could afford to have their work done stateside if they wanted to) go to Mexico for all their dental work and they all are very happy with the results but I have to admit I’m still chicken to go fearing I’ll be the one to get the bad dentist! I’m in AZ often and when I lived in Surprise AZ I remember buses leaving daily to take patients to Los Agodones. I think I’ll go down in person in December to look at the facilities myself and I’ll report back.

    • libertatemamo says:

      When you come to the area ask around for specific recommendations. That’s usually a good way to start. Many of the RVers we meet in Yuma are “regulars” to Mexico for dentistry and will happily give you a recommendation.
      NIna

  33. Linda says:

    We also went to Los Algodones to get our dental work there. We spend our winters in Yuma and friends from our RV park recommended us a dentist in Los Algodones and it was just GREAT. The work he did on both of us was PERFECT and we are very happy now with our new smile :D.
    His name is Dr. Mario Garibay and that’s his website: http://www.softdentalcare.com

  34. B0B says:

    I went to Dr. Eva Urena this week and was happy with the treatment I received. One extraction, bone graft, stitches, xray and meds plus two other fillings, cleaning and exam totaled four hundred something.

  35. Helen says:

    Just wanted to let you know that 4 xrays on a redo of a root canal indicates that the dentist is being careful, making sure that he’s got all the previous gutta percha out, making sure he’s cleaned and filled to the apex of the tooth, and making sure his final result is a well sealed tooth with no gutta percha extruding and that the seal is not short. The only way a dentist can see into a tooth is with xrays. Sounds like he was doing a good job.

  36. Caryl~Marie says:

    Oh my gosh! Nina….such a wonderful service you are providing here on your blog! I must admit that dental work in Mexico would not have been top on my list to do, but thanx to you and all your wonderful followers it WILL be as soon as we hit the road. At this point, we are still home bound but next year hope to join all of you on the road….can really hardly wait. In the meantime, hanging out on your blog with all the exceptional information you and others offer will be tucked away for future reference! THANK YOU ALL!

  37. RJ says:

    I’m about to start my dental trip. I did look at Los Algodones and other places in MX but I decided to head down to Costa Rica. I leave first week of January and will be there for a couple weeks. I started a very simple and amateurish looking blog to chronicle my journey in case anyone wants to follow. Nina I hope it’s ok to post my blog url but if not I understand and thus no hard feelings if you decided not to allow this post.

    http://thedentaltourist.blogspot.com

    Thank you.

  38. skk says:

    What a wonderful discussion. I need 6 implants done. Any discussions anywhere about getting dental treatment done in Tijuana ? I’m in Los Angeles and both Los Algodones and Tijuana are closeish but Tijuana is an hour closer. Also I thought a major city would be a better bet ? Again a great discussion.

    • libertatemamo says:

      I’ve heard of people going to Tijuana for dental work with good results. Don’t have any names to give you, unfortunately, but you I would recommend checking into it some more. There are possibilities there, for sure.
      Nina

  39. Carole says:

    Came across your blog looking to see if Mexico dentists are for real… les expensive and good dentists. Read all of the above…thank you for all the info. I swear, I have seen more dentists than I ever wanted to my whole life! Good and bad,! I NEED lots of work done, not even sure where to begin. My dentist in Montana lives in the big gorgeous house on the hill I swear, due to 40 years of my payments to him and 6 kids who have great teeth, but I am the one with problems! This is the first year of our new life in a motor home! Yup, sold our house and now wintering in mesa. Our new found friends here in the rv park told us about Los Algadones. I had no idea one could go to Mexico and get waaay less expensive good work done there. Just paid $400. For a redo on a filling in Montana…I think there is problems with it…had a root canal done on it years ago but couldn’t afford a crown..no ins. So had it refilled… needs an implant..We are newbies to this retirement thing, on a fixed income, soooooo…I am reading EVERYTHING I can on this subject, and really hesitant about Mexico. Our park neighbor did mention Dr. Gabriel Garcia as his trusted dentist down there, but I see a review here that is not so good…hmmm I’ll keep reading, but dental work is eminent:( dont know anyone much here in Az. Just hi and bye to the local rv rz. 2 dogs to worry about if we do go to Los Algadones. Thanks for listning!

  40. R says:

    Nina, thanks for sharing your experiences. I found your blog from searching for dental work in MX. First I was thinking of Tijuana, but now I have changed my mind to Los Algodones. The only problem is it does not sound like too many people cross the border for dental implants, which is what I need. I am 6 hrs away but will keep researching. Thanks for the blog.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Actually tons of people go for implants in Los Algodones and almost every dentist there (including ours) offer the procedure. We haven’t needed any ourselves, but have met many others who’ve had them done.
      Nina

  41. Bob says:

    Have read both part 1 and part 2 lots of good info. I sure do appreciate all the time you have put into this.
    I am looking for implant work but there seams to be little info about implants. I have 5 now (US dentist) but am a little sick of the $3000 each and $1600 for crown. I have looked but it seems that there is not very much info on what Dentist do the best work in Mexico. I want to stay in Los Algodones area because I am staying in Desert Hot Springs about 143 miles. Not RVing at this time but if needed will hotel over night. Any help will be very appreciated. Just interested in IMPLANTS…..

    • libertatemamo says:

      I would suggest starting your search with the same dentists I’ve listed in the post above. They all do implants and advertise them as part of their services. Have a look at their sites and google on the net for more feedback. Hope that gets you started.
      Nina

  42. KaCe says:

    Wow. What a loooong read. I read both I & II. As others have stated, this was an excellent review of dentistry in Mexico and is a great base for others to comment on. I need extensive work and the only reason I found you was I’m going to Mexico for the first time and was looking up “things to do in Mexico”. Medical procedures came up. As I have a permanent 7 tooth bridge that needs to be redone, this entire blog was wonderful. My sister wants to get a bridge, but depending upon the cost she may be able to have her molars replaced with implants rather than pulling her front teeth. I am sending her a link to this article. You have done a large number of people a great service. Thank you.

  43. John says:

    Was in Yuma today went to Mexico to find dentist to Makenzie bridge for same tooth you had. Only saw your post tonight. Are you still happy with the last doctor and her bridge work. Do you have recommendation for root canal

  44. Kathy says:

    Thank you for part one and two about dental work in Algodones. Based on your posts and the comments I decided to travel from Seattle. Dr Juan Bernal replaced two crowns and replaced a broken tooth with a crown. Time will tell, but so far, I am very happy with my care from Dr Bernal, his assistant, and Juan, who runs the office. Initially my appointment was to prep the three teeth on Friday and place the crowns on Monday or Tuesday. Dr Bernal let me know that he preferred to work on one side of my mouth at a time and I am so happy that is how we proceeded. Three crowns in a day might have been a little overwhelming for me. All the work was completed in three appointments, ending Tuesday. Plan on spending some time in the area. It was part of our vacation. Make an appointment http://www.dentalbernal.com , bring a deposit, have a street taco at Lupita’s corner stand, and a cheap pedicure. Know that the hotels in Yuma fill up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We followed one of your commentators advice and moved to LaFuente Inn for a change and we’re very happy. Also, Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to watch the playoffs. The cost of the dental work was 14% of what I would have paid in the US.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Excellent! Thanks so much for reporting back with your experience and results! Good extra tips on where to stay and food too.
      Nina

    • Gary says:

      Kathy, 14% is just relative…can you share the total cost?

      Also anyone find a bog/conversation pit about the activity/services in TJ….I Orange Co so closer could be better.

      Great site her….thanks.

      Gary

      • Kathy says:

        I recommend calling a few dentists for quotes. They are happy to do so in English and most have US phone numbers. Cost wasn’t the most important factor for me. Time played a factor as we were also paying for a hotel. It has been four months and I visited my US dentist for a cleaning. She recommended I take extra care cleaning near the crowns as the margins are rough. I continue to be satisfied with Dr. Bernal’s care. 3 crowns & 1 build up in MX = $680. US cleaning with 20% discount = $152.40

  45. Rory says:

    Thank you for all the valuable insight and for sharing your experience. My husband is needing to have his bridge repaired & I now feel confident about going to Los Algodones after reading your blog. We will try Dr. Urena based on your good experience with her.

  46. Melissa Y says:

    I want to go to Los Algondones to do dental work. Never been to Mexico. I live in San Diego. I need a recommendation as to what dental doctor I should see? I need to do one dental implant. And probably more. Also, should I travel with company? Is it necessary?

    • libertatemamo says:

      You can choose any of the dentists that have been recommended in the post or the comments. No need to travel with company. Getting in and out of Los Algodones is super easy and very safe. I would not hesitate to go there alone. You’ll meet thousands of other folks doing the same thing too. Just remember to bring your passport.

      Nina

  47. Carmisha Dean says:

    Thank you soooooo much for all if the informative details of what things may be like if going to Mexico for dental work. For people like me, who are afraid to travel because of the unknown and can’t afford the expensive dental work here in the US, your detailed explanation of everything is heaven sent and gives more a perspective on what direction I’d like to take.

  48. Georgina says:

    Hello,
    What a great resource. I wish I had thought to do research before I got a bridge done by the female dentist at Happy Smile. My sister in law got 20 caps done and both men in our group got full dentures. Within a day, the dentures chipped. They were redone and chipped again ( both). After 5 visits to the office, my husbands dentures were finally ok ( there went our holiday of a week!) . They are good to this day, almost a year later. My sister in laws caps started to come off and she has had to have them all redone! My bridge is ok, but it is not tight and I am thinking that I will need to have it redone. I should have followed my instinct the first time I sat down in their dentist chair and noticed how dirty everything seemed to be. Beware. In their defence, they did say the problem was with the lab, but I think after 2 chipped sets of dentures,you’d realize a problem, rather that waitiing for 4 chipped sets. We were not happy and will never return. I am very sesitive about dental work, and when I was tearing up and fussing, the female dentist called me “loco” under her breath, not realizing I understood her. So very unprofessional. The honey the father of the family sells outside is good though at 10 $ a jar.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Gosh, so sorry to hear about your horrible experience at Happy Smile. Thank you for reporting back on it.

      Nina

  49. clara says:

    I just got back from a trip to los algodones for dental work.I had a crown done, which seems okay, though the gm near it is very irritated. I also tried to have implants placed, and that was a nightmare. one of the implants broke as it was being placed, and the dentist didn’t know what to do about it for a bit. It didn’t help that the small office was busy, with patients waiting, and that he was hurrying. He drilled it out, removed the other one, placed bone grafting material, and sewed me up, very hastily. He said it was his error, and said he would refund the price, though not immediately, as my check to them was pending, but not yet clear. So i am home, and i hope they will refund me, but who knows. My mouth is a mess, and though I’d have paid a LOT more here, at this point it seems preferable. I did go to a young dentist, and i think he is very good, but implants are so technical and the procedure so delicate… others have had very good luck, but i did not.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Clara. Very sorry to hear of your bad experience. Can you share the name of the dentist you went to see?

      Nina

  50. Patty says:

    Hello,In Yuma heading to Algodonnes in the morning for dental work .. DR. GARATE. Have had good experiences with him in the past. Question if you read this tonight….Does Algodonnes run on Mountain Time like Yuma. I know they are in Pacific Time zone but seems to me last year we were an hour early thinking they were on Pacific time!
    Thanks!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      All the dentists in Algodones operate on Arizona time (i.e. Mountain time). It’s a good question actually because we didn’t know this first time we went and almost missed our appointments.

      Nina

  51. Kathy says:

    Dr Bernal in Algodones operates on Arizona time.

  52. Lulu Perez says:

    You have no idea how much all your info has help me I’d 2molars extracted last June, Dentist charged$975.00 his labs $1980.00 (i had a gum biopsy) the second lab $380.00 I have no dental insurance, paid ALL cash,imagine that! now I need to remove 2 more and a tooth crown my hubby also needs a cleaning and extraction, can you kindly povide me with Dra. Urena’s address and phone #, we reside in Casa Grande,AZ.we are planning to go there this upcoming weekeend.

    Thank You in advance for all your cooperation and all of the above info.
    Lulu Perez home #520-836-0624 cell 310-291-1435 if prefered.

  53. Cherylana says:

    Does anyone have experience going to Dental Garate in Los Algodones? Also, if we stay at a campground in Yuma in our motorhome (no car), is there a shuttle bus to Los Algodones from some of the campgrounds? Otherwise we will have to rent a car which we would prefer not to. Thanks for your input!

  54. Carol says:

    You mentioned that you had a crown done in march 2013 and there was an update a few months later. So it’s a year now, is it still ok.

    I need 3 crowns and a root canal. I’ve been warned and read bad reports on root canals there. Many have had to be redone. I’m tempted to have the root canal done in canada and crowns on Los Algondones.

    Curious to know if your crown is holding up.
    Thanks

  55. cmfjaeger says:

    I live in the San Diego area and was thinking about getting my crowns done in Tijuana. Can anybody suggest a dentist there?

  56. Anthony says:

    If anyone needs to know a good dentist, know that i chose castle dental, due to the fact that they are actually a Preferred provider of my american insurance (guardian dental). The entire staff at castle dental was just great. Roberto was the dentist that saw after me, and he was just magical. I had an extraction and bone graft, one crown, 3 fillings. After anesthetics wore off, i had zero pain. I go back in 1 month excited to receive their comfort and support once again, for an implant, another crown and extraction of 3 wisdom teeth.

    Castle Dental Website: http://dentistinalgodonesmexico.com/

  57. Laura says:

    Hi Nina ~ this blog is so awesome! Thank you for taking the time to do it. I had a question about your link on what to bring with us to Mexico, and in that link it said something about having to pay $200 for a non-immigrant status? I am planning to go down to have an implant placed. The one that my regular dentist in CO put in failed, which was about $6000, and now they want another $6000 to do it again! So I figure what have I got to lose?

    • libertatemamo says:

      The Non-Immigrant Right (DNI) only applies to folks who are staying longer-term in Mexico. The cost listed in the link is ~200 pesos (it may be more now), not US$. If you’re just going in for the day you do not need to pay anything.

      Nina

  58. Cherylana says:

    Last week we traveled to Los Algodones and I went to Dental Garate. Two crowns, and a lower permanent bridge replacing my partial were made. The first day was the prep work and the second day was to put them in. Overall the experience was a good one. No problem getting back into US as it was early enough in the day. We understand from talking to others if it is later in the day the lines can be quite long waiting an hour and a half to go through. The second day we left later than the fist at 1:30 and got right through. We drove our motorhome and stayed in Yuma, Arizona, at Shady Acres RV Park, rented a car to drive back and forth. Even with the price of gas, RV park fees, car rental, it was cheaper than having the work done in the US.

  59. Terry says:

    Just read your two posts regarding dental work in Los Algondones, posted in March, 2013. You mentioned you’d do an update. If you have, how do I best find it. If you’ve not, would you consider doing one or sending me a update? I have had two implant posts done at a cost of $5k and am a month or so from being cleared for the crowns. It’s crazy expensive, the crowns alone are another $2k each. Additionally, I have a tooth which likely needs a crown (it’s breaking apart slowly and being refilled) which I would also pursue. I came to you blog for the dental info but find myself loving the whole thing. Regards and happy trails. Tman

  60. Randy says:

    It’s June 2014, and Yuma is hotter than blazes. I have a couple of root canals and crowns that I need to have done this month. I will give your dentist a shot at having them done, and pray for good results. Crowns are outrageously expensive here in Los Angeles. I will get a room instead of trailering down the 21 foot travel trailer for a few days.

    BTW, is it worth filling up with ultra low sulfur diesel in Los Aldogones? Anyone have a current price per gallon?

  61. Randy says:

    I have faith in Dr. Urena… the crack in my molar is identical tooth, on the left side, in my mouth, crack almost appears identical too, in shape, outer side of tooth is gone, extending to the back of my jaw, to your symptoms.

  62. Tina Martin says:

    Loved your dental info. Will share it with a friend who needs dental work. I lived in Mexicali in Feb. – May 2014 with a family I know there. I wrote some thoughts about day-tripping and was wondering how I could start a blog about my travels? Also, I am searching for a low-cost place to stay on or near the coast in Baja, either a trailer, RV or rental house/condo. Do you have any suggestions on cheap rent? I don’t need Hilton style, just a clean little place to call home for 4 to 6 months. Thank you for any suggestions you may have. Tina M.

  63. Randy says:

    Xrays, and 2 root canals… $780, June 10th.

    endodontics root canal treatment by Dr. Armando Hernandez Mejia, referred by Eva Urena D.D.S. 619 866 6992. You can say Randy sent you. Bring cash, and know that Bank of America has closed up shop in Yuma, AZ, in May, so don’t count on getting cash out of them unless you like paying a banking fee for the convenience of using another banks teller. $2.50 here, $2.00 there, it all adds up. They sure like taking and storing your money, but like to charge you a fee to get it back from them… Just saying.

  64. Sara says:

    Can you please give me the contact information or website for Dr. Ivan Gaspar Cuevas?

    Thanks

  65. tracy says:

    I am based in Estevan Saskatchewan and would like to know if anyone can recommend dentist in Mexico for a full mouth restoration.I need 22 crowns and 4 implants.Very nervous as to who to trust

  66. Danielc21 says:

    Can anyone recommend a good dentist in Los Algodones that takes insurance (Denti-Cal). I know there’s some dentists that have their billing in California. Please advise

  67. Rodney Turner says:

    I went to los Algodones on 06/30/2014 to see Dr. Adolfo Cabrera. He was recommened by the father of a very good friend that has been going to see him for extensive work for the last 7 years. I would also recommend this dentist because of the great service I received so far. I would also recommend using the pharmacies while in town. I bought a bottle of 100 amoxicillin 400MG for just $4.19 without a prescription.
    http://www.dentalcabrera.com
    He was very professional and done a great job. His office staff were very nice and the dental offices were very clean. I had 1 cracked upper jaw tooth and 3 cavitys done. I also had a deep cleaning and all my silver fillings replaced with white enamel fillings.They took my dental insurance through Guardian and I paid nothing out of pocket. I am going back down to have another quadrant completed on Monday and will continue till all my teeth are complete. I will end up with nothing but white enamel filling and all the cavitys taken care of by my 4th visit. I really was very impressed with the service and he took lots of care to make sure I was not in pain. Good luck on your dental work in Mexico.

  68. lori says:

    What great information. So based on what I’ve read in the threads I’ve decided to book an appointment for a root canal with Dr. Javier Rochin who works in Dr. Bernal’s office. However when I called Dr. Bernal’s office I found out he is on vacation until August sometime. AND that he has another office now so he is not in Dr. Bernal’s office very often now. I’ve tried to locate his new office phone number but have had no luck online. Does anyone have any suggestions on when I might find Dr. Javier Rochlins office phone number? It’s great there are so many well informed people here… Thanks all!

  69. tracy says:

    Well after all information here I have decided to travel to sani dental in august for a full mouth make over.So far I have been given a price of 8000cad for roughly 15 crowns and 3 implants so thank you everyone and I will inform all how it goes

  70. Babsi says:

    Los Algodones expérience up-date. In April 2014 I had 2 implants , three crowns re-done and a root canal. The three dentists who did work on me were very nice and seemed quite well trained. Now it is 3 months later, I returned to my regular US Dentist because I keep getting food stuck around the new crowns, and the gingiva is so tender next to one that I can’t chew in that area. It turns out that the implants were placed well, but with an antiquated technique that will require cutting open the area for the next step. The current technique used at UCLA and in Los Angeles area is to put a cap on top of the implant so when it is time for the crown, the dentist just removes that cap. . .no more cutting and healing. The bigger problem is with my crowns. It turns out that my expensive gold crowns do NOT fit at the margins, and food is going UNDER the new crowns and getting stuck around them and causing my gums to be puffy, sore and to bleed easily. Since the dentists in Los Algodones offer “insurance” that they will “fix” any problems, now , do I trust them to “fix” these crowns? To re-do them? I await your comments and the advice of my US dentist. ALSO, I had a scan done before I went to Los Algodones. The implant dentist put an implant in one area and then removed it after x-raying it. He said that it wasn’t a “good location” for an implant, but come to find out, it went right into a sinus. If I had had that work done in the US they would have moved the sinus up, let it heal, and then do the implant.

  71. Doug says:

    Just found out I will need my first implant, same tooth as yours. So upon your glowing recommendation, and those of other RVers, I am going to give Dra. Ureña a try in October. Note the eñe (ñ) in her name…

  72. Kriya says:

    i have read both Parts I and II with interest and apprciation. Thank you! I have noticed that several people have asked for referrals from patients who have had veneers but I was unable to find any responses. I did read about one satisfied patient who had her work done while she and her husband were in Cancun. Although it is quite tempting to contemplate a holiday in this exotic resort area, it is not feasible for me at this time. Donsequently, I would greatly appreciate it if patients who have had veneers done in Los Algodones, Tijuana, or Nogales would please share their experiences, the cost, the name and location of their dentist, and how to reach her or him if they are satisfied with the results.

  73. Kriya Monaghan says:

    Has anyone had veneers done in Tijuana, Los Algodones, or Nogales, please?

  74. Luukcc says:

    I found a user whose dental work was done by “Gabriela Bastidas” left an eMail address on tripadvisor Sep 05, 2011, 2:48 PM.
    So I eMailed that address(fingers crossed) and ask “her experience years later.” I don’t have her permission to post the reply. So I just post the important part. I believe this is very valuable information to be shared.

    Quote on
    I would not recommend the dentist I saw, Dr. Gabriela Bastidas. One of my implants went in at an angle, which I didn’t find out about until later when I went for a cleaning with my local dentist. This does happen also in the U.S. so it isn’t unusual. The porcelain crown started chipping so she replaced the crown. The 2nd crown didn’t fit correctly, and it wasn’t smooth. Although lots of people in the waiting room seemed to be happy with her work. I personally would not go back to her.
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  75. Mike says:

    I went to Dr. Sergio Bernal in Rio Luis.

    Email familydental_dr.bernal@hotmail.com

    The following link provides info and pictures:

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/2010/12/21/a-visit-to-my-dentist-in-mexico/

    I had 11 teeth pulled, temporary denture, and a 4 tooth crown installed.

    First I must tell you that at no time did I have pain or feel any discomfort.

    He is very humorous. While he was doing an exam on my wife I asked the cost for her procedures he looks at me and says teeth are bad trade her off for a better women. While working on me I tensed up prior to getting shot he says relax your in Mexico now this will hurt like hell.

    He is very efficient. I just walked in within 2 hours had my lower prepped for crown and impression upper and lower. Next day he pulls 10 upper teeth installs lower bridge and places upper denture all done in 1.5 hrs. Wife had 3 implants done. Total cost $ 2400.00.

    I was quoted over $ 8000.00 for my work alone.

    I can recommend him highly. His English is excellent.

    He is located straight up the street as you enter 1 block on the left. Look for molar tooth on side walk.

    US dentists need to visit here to find a better way.

  76. david says:

    I took the chance and went to Sani Group, what a great way to go. I had Dr Paul who not only was very aware of my needs/fears he also explained everything before doing it and took a long time going slow for me to relax. He gave me a few choices that he recommend – pointing out the plus/minus of each and what would be $50k in USA is about $11k of 5 implants and 21 crowns.

  77. lala says:

    Has anyone had any work done in Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta?? Going on vacation soon and need a few implants and root canals done.

  78. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for the informative blog. I am in search of referrals for LANAP laser gum surgery. My dentist in Montana wants $6000 for four quads. I simply can’t afford it. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have made one inquiry with Circle Dental and was told to see Dr. Barron. Thank you for any help.

  79. Patti Stratford says:

    Awesome blog. Thanks so much for all the contributions!

    My husband and I finished treatment yesterday at Sani Dental. I have mixed emotions….

    My work: For the most part, I’m happy with what was done. I had 5 fillings on molars, which all appear to be just fine (thank you, Dr. Omar, a gentle man with easy touch and very reassuring).

    The following day, I had a single implant …. so far, so good. A slight swelling, which is to expected. But not sore at all and I’m 3-4 days out from surgery. I’ve had another implant (in the US) and the site was sore for days. Again, I don’t remember the surgeon’s name but I think he did a great job.

    Friday (yesterday) I had two additional fillings on both canine teeth and am pleased, for the most part. I’m sorry that I don’t remember the name of the female dentist who performed this work. What I’ll say is that she took her time, which I appreciated. That said, the first fill that she attempted to place was no where near the color of my teeth …. t’was a horrible yellow color so I asked for something lighter. She obliged and I’m pleased with the result. (Note: When I’ve had work done in the states, my dentists have ALWAYS taken careful measure to ensure that the fillings, crowns, etc., matched the teeth next to them, so I was surprised that she didn’t do this to start with). Still, all’s well that ends well.

    My husband: Wow. Wish he’d had my dentists. He had 12 crowns and the initial grinding into his gums was torture. Is this customary? He had crowns placed the next day and they are yellow…not at all like his other teeth. Thanks goodness they are all in the back of his mouth! What’s with the lack of color selection? Further, no gave him the option of solid porcelain crowns so he has metal with porcelain cover…again, is this the norm? His crowns were sent to another lab and that was a time-consuming process.

    My doc in the states has a CAD machine that makes all porcelain crowns on-site. Alas, it’s expensive, which is why we came to Mexico.

    Lessons learned:
    1. You’ll wait, even if you have an appointment. If you can avoid it, don’t come when the snow birds are in town (late October – February’ish); it’s a zoo because so many people are seeking treatment. Summer months are a bit less frenzied but still you’ll wait.
    2. ASK: Know what treatment you need ahead of time, if possible, so you can make intelligent choices. Ask what options are available; don’t assume that what you are told is the only option. Listen to the doctors advice, then use what you know, too, to get the best treatment.
    3. Prices are somewhat negotiable, though we didn’t have to ask for discounts — they were offered. 10% veterans, free laser treatment with an implant. Check Sani’s website for others.
    4. Purple pharmacy: We frequented the one right outside the border. Great service, low prices on most of what we needed.
    5. Best food: The restaurant just inside the border crossing. Ask at Purple for a coupon for a free margarita:-) We were there for lunch and couldn’t have been more pleased.
    6. Dental Departures: We used Dental Departures initially to handle reservations. I was pleased with the info they provided and will ask for their help if we decide to go to Cancun for treatment (and yes, I know….do my research ahead of time).

    Will we come back? I expect so. I will need an implant crown in March. Maybe Cancun instead so we can have a nice vacay, too? TBD.

    If you want to contact me directly, feel free to do so. ideamtn@yahoo.com.

    Here’s to a healthy smile,
    -Patti
    Virginia, USA

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks so very much for reporting back on your experiences. I have no doubt this will be immensely helpful to others.
      Nina

  80. Cina Nelson says:

    My comment is pretty well straight forward.
    I did a lot of research & decided on Dr. Urena.
    My experience was good & professional. Admittedly I was nervous as I have all crowns from the US , and was apprehensive that the work may not compare. I was told by a dentist in the us that I needed an extraction & an implant , the price for this would have been $5,800.00. Dr Urena did a crown in which my original tooth was drilled , a root canal done, a reinforcing post was installed, and the post was built up to hold the crown. So far so good the crown is a perfect match, it was minimally painless. Now if it can stand the test of time , we shall see.
    My total bill was $750.00
    Very pleased.
    Cina Nelson

  81. Dennis McGill says:

    I need four upper front teeth replaced. My bridge fell out in my hand. The two teeth which were holding it broke off. Planning to fly to Yuma in early November. Will check out some of the dentist talked about here, and get an appointment as soon as I get travel plans made. Concerned/confused about how to carry a lot of cash.
    Also, how long should I plan to stay the first time?
    I have about a 100 questions, but these are enough for now..

  82. jeanne says:

    Thank you so much for documenting your experience. I have horrid dental issues and am currently deciding what to sacrifice to be able to afford it..it’s to the point it has affected my health. It all started with bad dens work in my early 20’s..now I’m only 31 and need implants as my previous root canals need to be extracted and have already lost all my 2nd molars. The only way I could afford any of this would be going to Mexico…My family thinks I’m crazy…of course non of them are lining up to give me 30 k either.
    I found a lot of great tips in your article and will start the research process now. Thanks again for your input
    j

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