With its New On-Site Laboratory, Tijuana's Mexico Dental Network Surpasses 96% of U.S. Dentists
TIJUANA, Mexico, Oct. 3, 2018
TIJUANA, Mexico, Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The phrase "dental tourism" might sound at first like an oxymoron. One of the most dreaded experiences paired with recreation & relaxation… but the tens of thousands of people who travel south of the border every year for affordable, high quality dental work would disagree.
Many Americans (who still think "Mexican dentist" means just a cheap, low-quality alternative) will be shocked to learn that one group of dentists in Tijuana – the Mexico Dental Network - recently added their own on-site laboratory. Considering that only about 3.5% of U.S. dentist offices have an in-house lab – according to the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) – this is undeniably a game-changer for dental tourism in Mexico. Thanks to high-tech equipment like computer-controlled carving equipment and intraoral laser scanners, member clinics of the Mexico Dental Network can measure, manufacture and cement a dental prosthetic such as crown, veneer or crown over implant in just one day – a vast improvement over the several weeks and 2-3 visits traditionally needed for the same restoration.
Best of all, dental work in Mexico runs 400-500% les expensive than in the U.S. How? Because of an overall lower cost of living; government subsidies for higher education which leave dental graduates with much less debt than in the U.S.; lower costs for office space; lower salaries; and other economic factors that bring the price down without any impact to the quality of practice. The dramatic price difference makes any added cost for plane fare and lodging still more affordable for people living far from the southern border.
How do the prices compare? The average cost for a standard porcelain crown in the U.S. is $1,200 but in Mexico it's around $300. A full set of dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the U.S. but $1,000 in Mexico. Even a basic exam which costs around $120 in the U.S. is priced at $20 for Mexico.
According to Dr Elizabeth Orozco, head dentist at Dr Mexico in Zona Rio Tijuana, member of the Mexico Dental Network, "The prospects of having our own dental lab changes everything. We will now have our own, personal dental lab technician, and have much better communication to coordinate our dental work. The ability to make corrections will be greatly facilitated, and the need to repeat work will be virtually eliminated. The quality of the work is improved, and the speed in which the work is done has greatly improved. Everybody wins!"
SOURCE Mexico Dental Network