I received this advertisement that describes the most delightful vacation I can take all while getting my dental care done at a fraction of the cost I would pay in the United States. I have my choice of Baja California or Cancun. I have to be honest, I am tempted. Is it safe?
I am very glad you wrote before taking part in this. Dental tourism is heavily marketed and when it works out, it can be okay. But, when it does not work out, and that is more often than people think, it can be a disaster.
I actually know about the dental group you are referring to here, but won’t give their name here, so as not to give them any more advertisement. Here are my concerns with this particular group, which believe it or not are better than most.
First, there are quite a few reports of them trying to upsell. That means they are proposing procedures that may not even be necessary. There are also reports of patients receiving the wrong treatment. In many of these dental tourism countries, when things go wrong there is not much recourse (if any at all) for the patients. The dentists themselves have zero risk.
Here is one review I saw on Yelp! where a patient experienced both of these issues at the same time. You should know they went to this dental clinic I believe you received this advertisement from.
“My mom and I went to Mexico recently for her to have dental work done. I’m sure mom needed some dental work done but not 10 crowns and a root canal. The 2nd molar that had the crown and root canal fell out 2 months later due to bone loss.”
Doing a root canal treatment and putting a dental crown on a tooth that had the type bone loss described here shows a serious lack of integrity on the part of the dentist. He did two useless procedures on this woman simply to take her money, all while not giving her the treatment she actually needed.
You can probably guess by now that my advice will be NOT to go. If you want to go to Baja or Cancun, go to enjoy the sites, but get your dental work done here by dentists you can trust. You didn’t mention if you were going for general dental work or if you had cosmetic work in mind. If you are looking for cosmetic procedures, the best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. I would suggest that is the dentist you seek for your smile makeover.
If you are looking for a general dentist, be sure to check their Yelp! reviews. This will give you some idea of the experiences other patients have had with them.
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