Quartzsite, AZ High 70 Low 37
Just when I thought our internet connection couldn’t get any worse, it did. So we are sitting in the truck in Quartzsite so I can get this posted.
Saturday morning Jim and I headed back to Algodones to finish up our dental work.
Our dentist is Dr. Janira Rodarte Alcalde. You can find her website at www.dentpro.net.
Let me tell you, the second trip was definitely more painful than the first. I had a lot of work done on my first visit and my gums were still really sore. Putting crowns on means they have to push them up into the gum and hold them there until the glue sets. Also, my bridge didn’t want to fit correctly with my upper teeth. They had to do a lot of work on it to make it fit and it’s still not right. I plan to go back to Mexico and have a little more of it ground off. Jim’s four crowns went on easily with no problems.
Outside of the sore gums, I did not have any pain. The worst part (and it is no matter where you are) is the needle with the Novocain.
Differences that I noticed from my US dentist:
No x-rays were taken. I knew for sure that I had three broken teeth and she pointed out a couple of others that were cracked and would have broken before too long.
No assistant sitting on the other side with the water and air suction machines. The dentist used both of those herself.
We were not in separate rooms. Her three chairs were all in one large room.
I love the way my teeth look. I’m not self conscious about my broken and cracked front (upper) teeth. It’s so much easier to smile. The crowns fit beautifully and have not given me any trouble whatsoever. I am extremely happy and satisfied with the work I had done. Now I want to get my bottom teeth crowned so they look as good as the top.
Money: For my six crowns on top, and a bridge consisting of three crowns and a tooth, I paid $1,970. Jim’s four crowns, a tooth restoration, and a crown removal came to $908.
Tom and Diane were not real happy with the cleaning they had done. Tom said that they did a good job on the front teeth but really didn’t do much cleaning on the back teeth.
Bill was happy with the crown work that he had done.
Some of you already left comments about the work you’ve had done in Mexico. If anybody has any feedback, please post it because a lot of folks are interested.
Before picture – this was taken before I broke my left front tooth.
Jim said the difference isn’t as obvious in the pictures as it is in person.
Would I do it again? Definitely.