Thursday, January 1, 2015


The Best Mexico Dental Tourism, Dental Makeovers, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implant and Full-Mouth Oral Restoration in Mexico - Mexico dental prices, Mexico dentist reviews

Reposted by Dr. Nelson Henry DMD with permission from the Board Certified Mexico Dental Association                                                                                                             

Dental terminology can often be confusing to the patient – especially so when ad agencies, and consumer health protection laws in different countries are involved.

Dental Makeover is a general term which is often loosely used to describe either cosmetic dentistry or major work such as a full-mouth oral restoration.

Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses procedures such as crowns, veneers, gum contouring, bondings, inlays, onlays, bridges and plates and even implantology.

Note: Implants are surgery and should only be performed by an oral surgeon or prosthodontist. In the US this in normally the case. However, in Mexico, general dentists can attend an implant manufacturer’s quickie weekend course or worse – a 2 hour dental convention seminar and thereafter call themselves implant specialists. 

It takes years to learn surgery properly and implants are surgery. For your safety, find a dentist who is board certified for your implants when in Mexico. 

A Full-Mouth Oral Restoration can involve several dental specialty fields including prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery.  All these fields take an additional 2-6 years of advanced dental specialist school training.  In Mexico, some dentists have several specialties having spent much of their careers in continuing education.

In an oral restoration a patient may have need for oral surgery involving surgical extractions, a sinus lift, bone grafting, tooth socket rebuilding, gum contouring, periodontal disease treatment, traditional or mini implants, dentures, bridges, plates or partials. 

The dentist who performs an oral restoration should be (or have on his team) several specialties to cover the bases.

When contemplating a serious, expensive procedure such as an oral restoration or cosmetic dentistry – one should definitely see a board certified specialist(s) for the best results.

In the USA and most developed nations being sure to have a specialist perform your work is not a problem as consumer protection laws prohibit general dentists from even doing a root canal. But in many developing nations (Mexico included) general dentists still have legal latitude to attempt advance dental procedures without proper training on unsuspecting patients learning as they go at the patient’s expense.

Dental clinic magic marketing terms:  

Laser Whitening.  The laser part doesn’t exist.  A special blue light is used to activate and fuse a heat/light sensitive gel applied to the teeth by the dentist. The blue light is often mislabeled a laser.  Whitening by the dentist does work. Expect a 5-7x’s lighter shade of white when finished. Whitening strips, whitening toothpaste and mouthwash – save your money.

Dental Spa –  Another marketing gimmick used by dentists looking for a way to enhance their practice. If you want a massage, go to a real spa. If you are dental anxious - a certified dentist will have several options of sedation and sleep dentistry to make you feel comfortable.

Cosmetic Dentist - The American Dental Association doesn't recognize CD as a specialty.   Thus cosmetic dentistry is not taught as a specialty in US dental colleges. But CD is a 2 years specialist grad school program in Mexico. If you want a board certified cosmetic dentist you have to go to Mexico.

Dental Tourism, Dental Travel, Dental Vacation or Dental Holidays - The fastest growing facet of  tourism today wherein patients from developing nations go offshore (south of the border for Americans) saving $1,000’s on major dental work such as dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral restorations. But its really nothing new. US patients have been visiting dentists in Tijuana for over 60 years for affordable dentistry. 

Examples of dental tourism savings:  A dental implant by a specialist dentist in Puerto Vallarta or Cabo may cost $2,200 vs. $5,000 in Los Angeles California.  And only $1,900 by an implant specialist dentist in Manila. Crowns are $475 to 660 in Mexico and $800 to $3,000 in upscale clinics in the US. 

Always remember that if you want the best results - take the American and Mexican Dental Association’s advice and see a Board Certified Dentist when taking a Mexican dental vacation.  


Carla H. Sanchez
Board Certified Mexico Dental Association

The Board Certified Mexico Dental Association has member dentists in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Algodones, Mazatlan, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and other popular dental travel destinations in Mexico.

A certified dentist will be fully trained and accredited for the advanced dental procedures such as dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, dental makeover, oral surgery and more that most Mexico dental tourism patients from the US and Canada are searching for. 

Get Free Estimates and Referrals to Board Certified Dentists in Mexico and Asia Contact:  Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association   

Get a Free estimate and consultation with US dentist Dr. Nelson Henry DMD for a certified dentist in Mexico at: 

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