Cheap Mexican Dentists Wooing Americans
How does a $50 filling sound?
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2014 12:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – How rough is America's dental state of affairs? Rough enough that US citizens are heading to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico—dogged by a reputation of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, though KVIA notes that violence is down—to get their teeth cared for. The station and the Atlantic both talked to Dr. Jessica Nitardy, who lives in El Paso, Texas, but commutes to her practice in Ciudad Juarez where she "can count my Mexican patients on my fingers. They all come from Austin, Houston, even Florida, Colorado, Alaska..." Look no further than her website to understand why they make the journey: A chart lines Rio Grande Dental's prices alongside common US prices for porcelain crowns ($249 versus $850) and fillings ($50 versus $250), along with significantly cheaper dental implants, root canals, and more.

The Atlantic offers a slew of dour stats: More than a third of the US didn't see a dentist last year; some 42% of us are estimated to have no dental insurance; and most of the newly insured under ObamaCare didn't opt for an additional dental plan. Nitardy explains why she can charge so little—and afford to collect patients from the airport in a complimentary car and run a shuttle van to and from El Paso hotels: Her rent is cheap, and so is labor (her assistant is paid what the Atlantic terms a "generous" $100 a week), and she doesn't have to have malpractice insurance. Says one patient in her waiting room quite simply, "I had some appraisals done in the States and then found out that they could do it here for about a third of the cost."

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John Pittman
Apr 19, 2015 10:58 PM CDT
When I had my implants, I had it done in Mexico because there are a lot of good dentist in there. Before the surgery, someone advised me to ask for help from a dental tourism company because they are the one who will made an arrangement for any dental problems you are experiencing and dental works to be done. I had asked for help from Placidway and I was amazed fo how they manage to do the arrangement. The surgery turns out very well and successful.
JERZJOE
May 7, 2014 9:57 PM CDT
I DON'T NEED A DENTIST. I JUST NEED A PAIR OF PLIERS!! the pliers have become the standard DENTAL equipment among NON-professionals like a lot of us for over 100 years PERIOD!!
FUBABY
May 7, 2014 5:52 AM CDT
Thanks to our medical system and lobbyists we are left to fend for ourselves. They cannot agree if the mouth is part of our body and also get paid well by the ADA. To hell with science, maybe they want us to pray for good dental care, they already have it. I've heard great reports on Mexican dentistry, imagine that Obama.