How Can I Be Sure To Find A Good Dentist In Mexico?
Thousands of people cross the border each year to connect with quality, affordable dentists in Mexico. American patients have been getting dental work done in Mexico, and specifically in Palomas, for many years, and in some cases, decades. According to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-care issues, “About 90 percent [feel] the dental care they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent.” That is actually better than the results for care received in the US in the same survey.
It is important to know which dental clinics and Mexico dentists are safe to use. You should be informed, read testimonials of dentists in Mexico, and find a trustworthy cross-border dental tourism company that can direct you to reputable dentists in Mexico.
We focus our dental tourism programs on the dental clinics in Palomas, Mexico, because of the challenges of navigating travel to larger border communities such as Tijuana and Juárez. These cities, with populations of well over a million people in each area, have histories of drug problems and violence, are crowded and difficult to get across the border and back, and contrast sharply with Palomas, a town of only about 5,000 people.
Our Mexico Dental Clinic Evaluation Process
Each Mexico dental clinic in our program is carefully vetted through a four-step evaluation process to assure the quality of services. In addition the dentist in Mexico guarantee their services. Our assessment includes:
- Site visits to all Mexico dental clinics in our program
- Assessment of the credentials and interviews with our dentists in Mexico
- Periodic reviews of dental practices with our dental advisory board
- Careful monitoring of results from clients who use our dentist in Mexico to assure the continued high level of professionalism and quality of work being performed.
Can You Trust Our Dentists in Mexico? A Better Question: Can You Trust YOUR Dentist?
Better home care in the US, as well as changing profits for certain dental procedures, have both influenced a pattern of widely divergent diagnoses from dentist to dentist. Over the last two generations, the amount of cavities has decreased by 50%, while the number of dentists has greatly increased, with more dentists churned out from American dental schools every year. More and more, dentists are competing with each other, creating pressures to find new profit centers. This is evidenced by the sprouting of newsletters such as The Profitable Dentist and seminars and courses on how to generate more profits for the dentist.
According to William Ecenbarger, an award winning investigative journalist, “Dentistry is a stunningly inexact science.” In his article “How Dentists Rip Us Off”, he documents his experience in being diagnosed by fifty different dentists, with cost quotes on the dental work ranging from under $1000 to over $28,000. Almost a third of the dentists he consulted missed the actual confirmed problem he had (one crown on tooth No. 30).
This is further skewed by dental insurance, which rewards the dentist for some services much more lucratively than other services. So the type of insurance and coverage you have may impact the recommendations of the dentist. According to Dr. John Dodes, dental expert for the National Council for Health Fraud, treatment parameters that have been adapted by the American Dental Association are “mostly nebulous generalities that do little to guarantee patients adequate treatment.” Some dentists may take advantage of the opportunity to recommend costly, and for them, more lucrative treatment that is unnecessary.
We’ve selected the best clinics and dentists in Palomas, Mexico to be part of our program. With Beyond Borders you don’t have to sacrifice quality dental work to save money.
What Does This Mean For You If You Can Use Beyond Borders Recommended Dentist in Mexico?
Many US dentists are honest and well-trained, but many factors—as discussed above—affect the consistency of a treatment plan from dentist to dentist. Our dentists in Palomas have told us in no uncertain terms that their diagnosis, which is not driven by the same economic influences as US dentists, may differ from a dental treatment plan obtained by a US dentist. Ultimately, the care that our Mexico dentists do will be based on their review of your dental treatment plan, and their examination in person. So the dental treatment plan you submit, and the work that is ultimately done in Palomas, could differ. It could be less, and it could be more. So it is imperative to know that Beyond Borders has endeavored to carefully screen, through direct meetings and interviews, the Mexico dentists in our programs.
“The clinic doctor and his assistant are the best! Always friendly, explain everything they are doing and get it done as quick as possible.”
— Eddie T., Age 57
Is There A Guarantee?
Yes. The dentists in Mexico that are part of our program guarantee their dental work. If you are unhappy, or need any adjustment (which is not uncommon for dental work in the US as well), they will modify or redo the dental work as necessary. Further, if you are unhappy and need an adjustment, Beyond Borders will transport you back to your dentist in Palomas at no charge any time during the three months after your dental work in Mexico is complete.
Even though you may be saving thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars, with your treatment in Palomas, keep in mind that you may incur additional costs and time if there needs to be an adjustment. For instance, you could have additional hotel and meal costs. But considering the savings our clients enjoy, most people find that the modest costs of travel are inconsequential compared to the substantial savings on their dental work.
What About Testimonials?
As a final step in becoming completely at ease with having your dental work done by our referred dentists in Mexico, please see our testimonials from patients of the actual Palomas dental clinics and dentists in our program. Their consistently favorable experiences reflect the quality of work our Mexico dentists can provide.