Mexico is quickly expanding into the dental tourism industry. Proximity to the U.S., high quality of services, and affordable treatments are just a few of the many advantages. Mérida Mexico dentists will tell you their patients come from all over the hemisphere and sometimes from around the world.
Why? In Mérida, you’ll have a great dentist with excellent quality. Most importantly, the price is right. For those reasons, Mérida is considered a dental destination. Many people come to Mérida not only from the U.S. and Mexico but from neighboring countries like Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.
- Source: 5 Facebook expat groups based on others’ recommendations
- Frequency: dentists which had the MOST recommendations
- Information: the list is current according to the published date
- Language: all the dentists listed are fluent in English
- Communication: a phone call or message via Whatsapp is best
- 1 Mérida Mexico Dentists
- 1.1 Most highly recommended Mérida Mexico dentists by locals and expats
- 1.1.1 MY FAVORITE DENTIST! Dr. Guillermo Whiteline Dental
- 1.1.2 Dr. Jesus Sanchez and Dra. Claudia C. Flota Gallareta Yucatan Dental
- 1.1.3 Dra. Navarro and Dra. Rodriguez Mérida Dentist
- 1.1.4 Dra. Alfa Oliver Confort Dental
- 1.1.5 Dr. Javier Cámara Patrón Quality Dental
- 1.1.6 Dr. Ernesto Gomez Evolution Dental Care
- 1.1.7 Dr. Reyes Gonzales Periodoncia Merida
- 1.1.8 Dr. Roberto Sosa Milke Cirugia Dental Surgery – Maxilofacial
- 1.1 Most highly recommended Mérida Mexico dentists by locals and expats
- 2 Dental Tourism In Mexico
- 3 Popular Dental Services In Mérida
- 4 Dental Differences Between The U.S. And Mexico
- 5 15 Things To Know Before You Go To The Dentist In Mérida
- 6 Traveling To Mexico For Dental Work
Mérida Mexico Dentists
Most highly recommended Mérida Mexico dentists by locals and expats
MY FAVORITE DENTIST!
Location: Calle 17 #69 Local B y C x 12 y 14 – Col. México (97125)
Phone: 999 135 4778
NOTE: If you make an appointment with Dr. Guillermo, please tell him you found him via the Life in Mérida website!
Dr. Jesus Sanchez and Dra. Claudia C. Flota Gallareta
Location: Calle 53 #518B x 64 y 66 – Centro (97000)
Phone: 999 924 9895
Location: Calle 23 #341 x 34 y 36 – Fracc. Montecarlo (97130)
Phone: 999 429 1673
Dra. Alfa Oliver
Location: Calle 24 #97g – Itzimna (97100)
Phone: 999 289 4584
Website: Facebook Page
Dr. Javier Cámara Patrón
3 Locations in Mérida
Location: Calle 17 x 8 y 10 – Col. García Ginerés (97070)
Location: Calle 26 x 7 y 15 – Altabrisa Med Plaza (97130)
Location: Calle 50 x 51 y 53B – Fracc. Francisco de Montejo (97203)
Phone: 999 233 5331 (WhatsApp – same number for all locations)
Dr. Ernesto Gomez
Evolution Dental Care
Location: Av. Colon #201 x 22 y 24 (97070)
Phone: 999 240 9946
Website: Dental Directory Page
Dr. Reyes Gonzales
Location: Calle 4 #119 x 15 y 13 – Fracc. Montecristo (97133)
Phone: 999 142 7309
Dr. Roberto Sosa Milke Cirugia
Dental Surgery – Maxilofacial
Location: Avenida Itzaes #242 Interior 328 – Col. García Gineres (97070)
Phone Number: 999 925 1015
Website: Facebook Page
Dental Tourism In Mexico
Why Mérida is a dental tourism destination?
- Procedures are inexpensive: Savings average two-thirds less than in the U.S. from 60% to 70% on most procedures. Several factors will affect the price of the procedure. Type of treatment, quality of material used, and prosthesis brand will alter cost. Required pre-surgery procedures will increase the cost as well.
- Based on current information: The actual cost will vary per patient. Dental care is unique to each individual. It’s impossible to determine the exact price for all treatments. Dentists need X-rays and history to determine options. Many times more than one option is possible which affects the actual cost.
- Mexican dentists have lower overhead: The government subsidizes many dentists’ education. When the student graduates, they usually repay the government through one year of free service. High-priced mandatory malpractice insurance is not required. The cost of living is substantially less resulting in inexpensive labor and payment for assistants. But consider this, since real estate is cheaper so is overhead, operating costs and office rents.
- The equipment is new and modern: DOMS, a dental supply distribution company located in Mérida has been growing exponentially recently. The dentist chairs, trays, drills, and high-tech equipment on display in the DOMS office are found in the U.S. and Canada. The same equipment can be found in the local dentists’ offices as well.
- State of the art technology and hygiene standards: Most of the dental clinics use state of the art technology and follow OSHA regulations for hygiene standards. The Mexico Dental Association, the professional organization, is a member of the World Dental Federation. Thus ensuring a standard system of quality control and assessment.
Some approximate pricing examples*
- Full mouth restoration procedures: $8,900
- Full denture with acrylic teeth: $250 – $965
- Porcelain crowns: $350
*At the time this article was written.
Here’s the thing –
Many dentists are also trained in the U.S. and the UK resulting in highly experienced dentists.
- A wide range of dental procedures is offered: Due to the large number of highly skilled dentists aided by state of the art technology, a wide range of dental procedures are available in Mérida. These include everything from veneers, orthodontic treatment, dental implants, dental crowns and caps, dental bridges, dentures, full-mouth restoration, and much more.
- Personal Attention From Your Dentist: It all comes down to this: the level of care and attention you receive is incredible. It is not uncommon that the dentist will spend time with you in his office either before or after, sometimes both, your procedure.
Your dentist may be on-call after your procedure for any questions or concerns if required. I’ve heard that one dentist told a client that his number one rule is to treat every client as if they were a member of his family. Family in Mérida is the most important aspect of the culture so this speaks volumes!
The most important part: You will never be rushed out of the door so the dentist can see their next patient.
Popular Dental Services In Mérida
- All on 4 Dental Implants
- Full Mouth Restoration
- Dental Bridges
- Tooth Crown
- Dental Implants
- Bone Graft
- Porcelain Veneer
- Root Canals
- Teeth Whitening
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Sinus Lift
Dental Differences Between The U.S. And Mexico
- Nitrous oxide is not permitted in Mexico: Besides novocaine, dentists can also prescribe something to relax you, such as Valium or Xanax. You may also request a fast-acting sedative.
- Many dentists do not have offices in upscale buildings: Because people are cost-conscious, a simple office makes it possible for dentists to offer lower prices. Furniture typically is less modern, and the walls may be a bit bare. Dentists want everyone to be able to afford their services.
- Making an appointment: Typically you can also get an appointment within a week to ten days or sooner. More popular, English speaking dentists may take a bit longer. If you are coming for dental treatment and vacation, book at least a month in advance.
- Paying for your procedures: Cash is usually preferred however this will vary by the dentist. Ask what payment they prefer. If credit cards are accepted, also inquire if there is a processing fee (3%-4%) added.
- Consider the time of year: If you are coming as a dental tourist, the high season can be a busy time. A large number of Americans and Canadians also arrive from December to March.
- Insurance: You do not need dental insurance for procedures in Mexico. In most cases, insurance companies don’t cover much, if any, of the procedures.
- The dentist does all the procedures: In the U.S., dental assistants do most of the procedures while the dentist only does the drilling and building. In Mérida, all the procedures are done by trained, experienced dentists.
- Dental records: Dental records, including X-rays, belong to the patient. Only the patient can request their dental records. The records can also then be forwarded to the dentist of choice.
- Dental school is subsidized in Mexico: This contributes to lower costs. The point is dentists focus on school vs. working multiple jobs and taking classes at the same time.
15 Things To Know Before You Go To The Dentist In Mérida
- A general dentist WILL NEVER do an implant surgery or a root canal. Just like at home, you will have a general dentist that performs basic services like cleaning, x-rays, etc. You’ll also find specialists in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
- If you found a dental office with great prices their credentials should be available and visible. If not, walk away. This is where buyer beware comes to mind. Remember this, if a dental “deal” sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. It is also your right to know the dentist has the proper training and certifications.
- Ask if the procedure has a guarantee and how many years it covers. Many times your dental work has a guarantee. This is important to know upfront with all the details as well as if a future appointment will be included.
- Many Mérida Mexico dentists advertise membership with the American Dental Association. This means they also have a valid dental license and pay their ADA dues.
A word of caution: it doesn’t mean that the ADA pre-screened them or monitors their dental work. Anyone with a valid license can be a member.
- Mérida has water filtration systems. Don’t worry about the water. It is also filtered to keep it safe and potable. If you still have a concern about the water, check out this article.
- Mérida is a popular dental destination among seniors. Some seniors can save up to 80% on major dental procedures like dental crowns, implants, and root canals. The best part is you’ll find the lowest prices with the highest quality of dental work. Some professionals also offer a further discount to seniors. Ask. It won’t hurt and may save you a few more dollars.
- If you need to see a general dentist and a specialist, such as an orthodontist or endodontist, it should be possible to schedule all your appointments on the same trip. In truth, many dentists will also help you by scheduling the appointments for you. Notably, this culture is all about community, family, and service. They also want to help in whatever way they can.
- Mérida Mexico dentists use the same materials as U.S. dentists. From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, dentists use exactly the same materials in your mouth as you would if you received dental care in the U.S. If the material they are using is ever in question, they will also spend time with you to put your mind at ease. Don’t move forward with a procedure until you are 100% comfortable.
- The same procedures available in the U.S. are available in Mérida. If you’re traveling for dental procedures, it’s important to know that you can get the same treatment options. Remember, getting a quote over the phone will be next to impossible. Each patient is different; requiring unique and personal treatment. It’s unfair to attempt to get a price prior to the dentist knowing your present status.
- Cosmetic dental procedures are available for a lower cost such as veneers or whitening. Costs for simple procedures like whitening are usually quoted in a range. At times, your dentist may find another issue and will then need to inquire as to what kind of options you want to explore.
- If your dentist prescribes pain medications or other prescriptions, you can also fill your prescription at a reduced rate; saving even more money.
Pharmacies in Mérida are quite different than the U.S. and other countries.
When you take in your prescription, the pharmacist will look at it and will fill it on the spot, if available. You keep the actual prescription with you in case you need to fill it again.
- Explore travel insurance. Flights, hotels, and other items may be covered for a nominal cost. It’s also good to be prepared. You might inquire if any complications from medical procedures are covered. It’s better to know up front than to have to deal with it in case of an emergency.
- Ask if your procedure will require multiple trips. It might also be more cost-effective to remain in Mérida vs. traveling back and forth. You can find many options for accommodations from hotels to Airbnb locations. It is easy, safe, convenient, and inexpensive to stay in the city if need be.
- Thoroughly vet your dentist. Ensure they are trained and reputable. Do thorough research, read reviews, ask for recommendations, and testimonials from other patients.
- The Mérida Mexico dentists are fast, efficient, and concise but they don’t sacrifice care and customer service.
Keep this important fact in mind –
You will also be treated like family when you decide to have dental work done in Mérida!
Traveling To Mexico For Dental Work
Americans have been traveling to Mexico for dental work for over 20 years
“About 90 percent [feel] the dental care they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent,” according to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-care issues.
What exactly does this mean?
As a result, Americans are happy with their dental treatment in Mexico.
The best part –
You receive quality, highly-skilled treatment at a fraction of the price.
You’ll also find professional dental clinics in Mérida with state of the art technology and high-quality care. So, what are you waiting for? Choose the right dentist and enjoy your time in Mérida with a new healthy smile.
Either way, I hope this article provided just a bit of insight into finding a Mérida dentist.
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