Benefits of Dentistry in Mexico Back to Dr. Benitez the Dentist
The Mexican culture has a tradition of excellent craftsmanship. Whether it is working with clay, wool, stone, concrete, lumber or masonry. Dentistry is no different. There are several Dental Universities located in Mexico which graduate hundreds of dentists each year. Most of them are as good a craftsperson as you will find anywhere in the world.
Dentists study hygiene while in the University and once in practice they are inspected periodically to insure strict hygiene standards. Be sure to look for Certification of Sanitation in the office. Infection from the work done is very seldom an issue in Mexico.
Dental School Diploma Sanitation License
The History of Mexico Dentistry:
While there is no question that a visit to a Mexican border dentist is less costly than a visit to their American counterparts, there remains, for some, the question of whether the service is as professional, as sanitary or as safe.
The truth is, not many years ago there was a vast difference between the quality of dental services offered on opposing sides of the Rio Grande. To begin with, dentists in Mexico are required to have a federal license to practice their trade. In the U.S., states maintain rigid licensing requirements and exercise more control of uniform practices. And until recent years, technology was lagging in Mexican medical clinics.
Allegations of unsanitary dental clinics and less-than-qualified dental service providers and technicians were not always unfounded. In fact, in years past, qualified Mexican dentists aspired to open offices in Mexico City, Monterey, Veracruz, and other major metropolitan centers, while less qualified or less experienced dentists were relegated to border towns and rural communities where they could gain practical experience.
In recent years however, that trend has reversed, with many high-quality Mexican dentists opting to locate in border towns in order to cater to U.S. patients.
For the most part, some of the greatest advances in dental service and treatment have occurred on the Mexican side of the border in recent years. That may be because not long ago they were so far behind the standard, while their American counterparts were more likely to embrace newer technologies and find the financing needed to acquire state-of-the-art equipment.
But a visit to one of hundreds of dental clinics in communities like Nuevo Progreso, near McAllen/Pharr, reveals the gap is closing rapidly. It's no longer rare to find a dental clinic in a border town that offers quality, professional service, qualified technicians, and superior equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
But, just like in the United States, that doesn't mean you should trust just any clinic or dentist. Because of language and custom barriers, many North Americans simply don't know how to determine if a Mexican border clinic or dental professional is qualified and safe. But there are a handful of rules to follow to help you make that determination with a degree of confidence.
First and primary on your list should be talking to U.S. patients of a particular dentist or clinic. In other words, if you can get a good recommendation from someone who has patronized a particular dentist, then chances are good your experience is going to be a good one. But be aware, Mexican dentists have the option of renewing their federal license every five years. If you're visiting a border clinic cold turkey, then ask to see their license renewals and certifications. Most reputable border dentists post their licenses prominently in their offices, just like U.S. dentists.
If you're concerned about technology or sanitary conditions, ask for a tour of the dental clinic. Most Mexican dentists are more than happy to show their facilities. Most, in fact, take great pride in providing a clinic equivalent to U.S. standards.
Finally, inquire about U.S. insurance certification. Because of a large number of fraud cases in past years, some U.S. insurance companies will not honor work performed in a Mexican clinic. But many Mexican dentist do accept and are qualified to receive insurance support. Inquire before your first examination to be clear about what the dentist will and will not accept.
There's no simple rule for determining if a Mexican dental clinic is right for you. But if you visit the office and feel comfortable, then you will probably find visiting a Mexican dentist is a safe and cost effective alternative to spiraling dental costs in the United States.