Answers to your questions, and facts about Mexico dental care.
1. Quality of the Tijuana dental work.
Many people are concerned about the quality of the dental care done in Mexico. They are afraid that the quality may be inferior to the dental care provided in the US. There are two things to consider, the Tijuana dentist that is working on you, and the materials used. A. As to materials used, all the materials we use at Dental Art International are purchased in the USA, and are the same materials being used by US dentists. That would include both the dental appliances being produced in our Tijuana dental lab, to the materials used in our Tijuana dental clinic. B. As to our dentists, all our Tijuana dentists are board certified here in Mexico by the National College of Dental Surgeons, the Mexican equivalent of the American Dental Association. They are very well trained, and in fact, the dental University here in Tijuana is ranked in the top 5 dental Universities in the country of Mexico.One last note, the main dentist at our Tijuana dental clinic, Dr. Oscar Rivera has over 25 years of experience as a Mexico dentist and is very competent as a skilled professional Tijuana dentist. He is very well trained, and can do general and cosmetic dentistry, root canals, oral surgery, and dental implants.
2. The price of Tijuana dental care.
First, as you have already seen as you entered our website, we post our Tijuana dentist prices up front. When you contact us for a quote, we may not be able to give you an exact price quote, due to the fact that until we can physically examine you, we don't know exactly what needs to be done. However, we won't play games with you, but will try to give you as accurate of an estimate as we can up front so that you at least have a ball park figure of what your Tijuana dental costs will be before you even get here. We want to try to avoid you having a lot of surprises, The prices at Dental art International are generally a fourth of what many US dental clinics will charge. 3. The Location of our Tijuana dental clinic. Often times people are reluctant to venture into Tijuana. For them, we can honestly say that you do not have far to go into town, as we are literally just a block to the exit gate from Mexican Customs. If you are coming from San Diego or Los Angeles, all you have to do is park at the border on the US side, and walk across. The building we are located in is visible from the gate, and is just across the plaza from the McDonalds. Our Tijuana dental office is right on the sidewalk level of the MEDAC building.
4. Transportation & Lodging while at your Tijuana dentists.
For those who are traveling in from out of state, and are needing to get to the border, there are two options. we can arrange for someone to pick you up at the airport, or you can take the Trolley from downtown to the border and walk across. If you want to stay in San Diego, you might want to rent a car, You can drive to the border and park in a secure pay to park lot, and just walk through Customs and cross the street to our clinic. We don’t recommend driving a car into Tijuana. All the traffic can make you nervous, and as our clinic is right at the border crossing, it is difficult to figure out how to get to us, and to find a parking spot. If you want to stay in Tijuana, it would be to your advantage, as you won't have to go through US Customs, which can be a hassle. If you stay in Tijuana, we have several nearby hotels we can recommend, and can help you to get back and forth.
5. Time frame needed to complete dental care.
We can get things done much faster than in the US. This is because we will do the work during longer sessions in the dental chair, and because our dental lab is close by. In fact, one advantage that we have over other clinics is that Dental Art is actually owned by the same person who operates the dental lab. This means that we have an automatic priority on the work we send in. Also, it guarantees that our work is done properly because our dentists can't take shortcuts, and just tell the lab to fix it. Generally, to do several crowns, it will take just two or three days. In some cases we can actually get the work back the next day. If you have a lot of dental work to do, like a full mouth rehabilitation, you should figure about 8 days. when you contact our patient coordinator, he can help you estimate the time needed inn your case.
6. Documents needed to enter Mexico.
Mexican officials only require a drivers license or similar official I.D., although in all honesty, the Mexican Custom officials are not likely to ask you for anything. Nevertheless, when you leave Mexico, it is the US Customs officials who are going to ask you for identification. For going back through US Customs, officially, you are supposed to have a US passport. However, in the actual practice at the Tijuana border crossing, they will still let you back into the USA with just a drivers license. If you have a birth certificate, it is much better. There are still many hundreds of US citizens who cross the border at Tijuana every day with nothing more than a drivers license and a birth certificate. Our advice is to first go ahead and get a passport book or passport card, or an enhanced drivers license. However, if you are too short on time, and especially if you are in pain, go ahead and come without a passport. You may have a little more hassle, but you will certainly be allowed to return back to the USA.
7. Paying for your dental work and stay in Mexico
To pay for your hotel, you can use a credit card. Everyone takes Visa, Master Card, and Discover. There are a few places that don't take American Express. For eating in restaurants, most of the time you will need to pay with cash, unless it is at a large restaurant. Don't worry about buying Mexican pesos, unless to get a better rate at your hotel. US Dollars are always accepted, and usually at a good exchange rate. For your dental work, we are not able to take payment with a credit card at this time. We prefer cash, but can also take American Express travelers checks, bank money orders, wand cashiers checks. Sorry, due to a few Americans who have been dishonest, we cannot accept a personal check.