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  • #16
    The biggest cost is the appliances, I see crowns and bridges imported every day... 2-10$ from China, they then get horribly marked up by the doctors stateside and/or whoever they buy them from... so I'd suspect China will ultimately be the cheapest, being the source of the bulk of them anyway.
    Last edited by ryanmercer; 12-11-2013, 06:13 AM.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by ryanmercer View Post
      The biggest cost is the appliances, I see crowns and bridges imported every day... 2-10$ from China, they then get horribly marked up by the doctors stateside and/or whoever they buy them from... so I'd suspect China will ultimately be the cheapest, being the source of the bulk of them anyway.
      Crowns and such are manufactured and shaped in dental labs though. A friend of mine does this for a living. I think a large percentage of the cost is the materials and the labor of producing them.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by quikky View Post
        Crowns and such are manufactured and shaped in dental labs though. A friend of mine does this for a living. I think a large percentage of the cost is the materials and the labor of producing them.
        Not always. I know, I see dozens and dozens a day and I'm only one of a hundred or so people in my office. I clear international freight through customs, a lot of offices make the molds, fedex them to China and then get them made for a few bucks and fedexed back.
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        • #19
          I have not done dental tourism, but I have received medical treatment in Mexico. I got a really bad UTI while in Cancun, and I received some anti-biotics in the form of a shot and also pills, they gave me pain meds and pro-biotics, as well as a dosage for my partner in case the bacteria spread around 'down there.' Anyway the entire treatment (a doctor's visit, four scripts and a shot) were $200 USD (with no insurance). Now I have had UTIs before in the USA, and you might be able to get one prescription and a doctor's examination for $200 (if you have insurance, if not probably way more), but you would not get anything else. You have to pee in a cup, which costs money cause they do lab testing. Then you have to pay for the doctor's visit and so on, and also pay the prescription. In Mexico I got an anti-biotic shot because they wanted to make sure I didn't come back, I left with some prescriptions too, all for $200. A fair price indeed.

          I can tell you that the doctor I had in Mexico went to med school in the USA. Many of them do. But overhead costs are lower in Mexico, doctors don't get paid exuberant wages, pharmacy isn't jacked up to cover the cost of development--so medical costs a hell of a lot less for basically the same quality.

          My step dad went to Mexico to get cosmetic surgery on a scar, too.

          I can't imagine dental would be too much different from medical, but I wanted to share this information with you. I would go to a touristy area like Cancun or Tijuana, a lot of the resorts hire doctors and they hire the best for their customers.
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          • #20
            My boyfriend got dental work in Mexico just a couple weeks ago. It was such a resounding success that I will probably do the same thing myself.
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            • #21
              I live in Bogota, Colombia and they sell "dental vacations" here. It is very cheap and great quality! I'd suggest looking into that- wonderful city, lots of things to do and great dental work!
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              • #22
                Bump. Sorry for resurrecting the thread. I'm planning to have a dental treatment in Mexico this coming October.

                I have read good reviews in Mexico coming from this thread, and hoping that I will do the same. I was somewhat familiar with dental tourism, and knew that Costa Rica and Mexico had a good reputation in that field. I did a lot of research into different dentists and ask for an assistance from a medical tourism provider in CO (PlacidWay | Medical Tourism | Health Wellness Travel | Surgery Abroad). Because I know there are plenty of dental offices offering simple services in Mexico and you can walk in right off the street to get it. But I really want to be careful in this, I'm concerned about whether a dentist in Mexico would be regulated and have good qualifications that's why I consulted a company that can help me with my trip.

                Hopefully everything will go great. It would be interesting to hear from other people who have had this done.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                  I have dental insurance, but dental insurance really sucks and doesn't really cover anything useful. My partner is on my insurance and would like to get about $15,000 worth of cosmetic dentistry. Meanwhile, I had some crowns done a little more than a year ago for the price of a small car and since then I cannot chew my food or close my mouth properly. I'm hesitant to spend any more money to fix it. It suddenly popped into my head that lots of people travel to get elective surgeries, I wonder if they do it for dentistry. I think we could go to as close as Tijuana for decent dentistry, making this a fairly easy thing to do.

                  Has anyone here done any dental tourism? Was your experience good?


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                  • #24
                    Haven't done it but just spend a little time doing your research first. You can have the work done and get a nice vacation for the same amount you'd spend here. If I ever have a costly out of pocket procedure I need done I plan on going this route.

                    Edit-Nevermind,just noticed this was an old thread
                    Last edited by tallen; 09-10-2015, 11:08 AM.

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                    • #25
                      Thailand, huge over here. I have had crowns for $200.

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                      • #26
                        FWIW, when I faced major dental work AFTER spending $10,000 on my getting bridges just a few years earlier, I was so disgusted with the state of my teeth that I decided to go for dentures. Here in BC, wholesale removal of teeth in a hospital setting under anaesthetic is considered a medical service covered under our hospital plan. The false teeth, paid for by myself, were inserted before I came to. Wish I could state that everything went smoothly, but bone fragments tormented me for months while my gums shrank. Now I'm on my second set (and a half) in 6-7 years, and things are better now. The biggest factor in getting a hospital treatment is finding a dentist willing to pull out teeth all at once. (I can't afford Mexico!) ;-)

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                        • #27
                          While back, I had a year's worth of major dental work performed at the UCLA dental school in Socal. From implants, to root canals, extractions, bridge work, fillings, bone grafts, periodontal etc, etc. The work was done by a resident DDS (not a dental student) under the close supervision of various staff specialists. State of the art equipment and materials.

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                          • #28
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Michael S View Post
                              While back, I had a year's worth of major dental work performed at the UCLA dental school in Socal. From implants, to root canals, extractions, bridge work, fillings, bone grafts, periodontal etc, etc. The work was done by a resident DDS (not a dental student) under the close supervision of various staff specialists. State of the art equipment and materials.

                              Paid 50% of the going commercial rate.
                              We have a dental school and the wait list.... I've applied 3 or 4 times now, and never even made the wait list. I need so much dental work.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                                We have a dental school and the wait list.... I've applied 3 or 4 times now, and never even made the wait list. I need so much dental work.
                                My work was done at the UCLA extension in Venice beach, as opposed to the dental college on the main campus in Westwood. The waiting list in Venice was about 4 weeks, on the main campus the wait was 6 mo to a year depending on the work.

                                I had the advantages of being retired and having close family in SoCal. I live 3 states away and was able to spend just over a year at moms while the work progressed.

                                Very happy with the results. For example, my bone grafts and implant surgeries were performed by an implant specialist with a private practice. He comes in every Thursday to oversee all of the implant work. He actually performed the surgeries while my resident DDS assisted and observed.

                                If its a reputable school, magnolia, it may be worth the wait.
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