insider tips to dentistry in mexico

We want you to be Safe, Informed, Confident and above all satisfied with your Cancun dental vacation experience and choice.
Take our Advice, After nearly 10 years we know what we are talking about, and have put together some "Insider" advice to make sure you know what to look out for, what questions to ask and what to avoid to make your Cancun dental vacation a success.

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Reviews and positive feedback
Are a great resource for narrowing down a dental clinic in Cancun you want to visit, but it is always prudent to take into account the type of treatments and procedures the reviews are based on, a great 5 star review from a patient who has received a dental cleaning in Cancun is good, but does that mean the clinic is able to complete a dental implant? A complicated root canal therapy or a full mouth rehabilitation?

"Dental Destinations Cancun made what I thought was a long and arduous challenge to find a trusted dentist, get the treatments and logistics arranged In to literally a simple process, they helped make both my Dental experience and Vacation a huge success and completely stress free"

Cancun dentist Testimonials
In the same category as reviews, testimonials are a useful tool at your disposal to see what real people's experiences were at a given clinic.
However testimonials that are taken straight after a patient has received treatment are not the most reliable types. Imagine after various treatments and time in the chair they will be happy it is over, impressed with the look of new white crowns, and believe any discomfort or pain is normal straight after dental procedures, or even still numb from anesthesia.

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Look for testimonials that are taken months after the treatments, or ask to be put in contact with previous patients who have had months / Year elapsed from their visits so you can get a real feel for the standard of work and after care, quality of follow ups, problem handling and so on.

Cancun dentist Before and Afters
Dental Before and After photos look dramatic and very impressive, when comparing photos of badly decayed teeth, missing teeth to a new set of crowns, dentures and so on. But if you have not had any dental training you may not be aware of the details a trained specialist would easily note.

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If you are interested in a Cancun dental clinic and are impressed by their before and after galleries, ask your dentist for their professional opinion on the afters – they will be able to view them in a unbiased clinical and professional manner and point out if the work is good, or if in fact there are issues not noted by the untrained eye like poor occlusion, open margins, poorly fabricated pieces and any incorrect or anatomically below par prosthesis.

Costs of dental treatments in Cancun
You want to know the cost of a treatment, simple really? Often a list of treatments can be presented to a patient with prices, but each and every treatment comes with a set of variables and this can change the treatment plan, costs and visits.

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When traveling for dental work it is recommended (and part of our protocols) that you invest in having as much corroborating information about your case as possible such as treatment plans, X-rays, CT Scans and so forth. It is much better to prepare correctly and have your case presented as fully as possible so the clinic can present you with a much more accurate breakdown of treatments, timelines and costs. Many clinics will just give you the cost of a treatment but not go into the possibilities of other secondary treatments that can arise or risks involved. You do not have to be a dentist but getting yourself informed and aware of what needs to be done will eliminate many unwanted surprises and additional expense.

Your Cancun Dental Specialist
You have chosen a clinic based on the information and reviews of a specific dentist, You have researched their resume, confirmed their specialties and spoke to previous patients who have received the treatments you are in need of by the dentist presented.
You are excited and arrive to your appointment only to speak with the dentist you understood would be working on your case and have another dentist work on you.

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If your decision to use a Cancun dental clinic was based on the belief that the dentist presented would be working on you and your dental treatment needs then you have the option to cancel the planned treatments, ask why they are not performing the work and receive a satisfactory answer, ask for the dentist to perform your work, or seek an alternate dental clinic and specialist to work on you.
At no point should you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable about the dental specialist who is to perform your work. It is your health, appearance and at your discretion who treats you.


Quality of the Laboratory
A dental clinic in Cancun can invest tens of thousands of dollars into new laboratory equipment, milling machines, laser cutters, and 3d imaging. But at the end of the day a laboratory needs to have the cohesion of talented experienced technicians who work fluidly with experienced and talented dentists, for all of the expensive machines and gadgets are pointless without the right people to work them, A Qualified and well trained laboratory team is a must for any successful Cancun dental vacation experience.

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Any professional and experienced dentist will not put their patients and their name / reputation to substandard laboratory work. So, if you are comfortable with the dentist and would like to know more about the partnered laboratory they work with or have, ask to see different w machines, Ask to see the Ceramists and laboratory technicians credentials and qualifications courses taken.

Miracles happen on 34th street, not in a dental clinic
Thousands of patients who have traveled to Cancun and gone through life changing dentistry will attest to the “miracle” changes after suffering a lifetime or years worth of constant pain, having no teeth contributing to poor dietary intakes, feeling self conscious and unhappy with their appearance. In fact, the miracle was performed by many an unsung hero wearing a mask and waving a very small mirror. "Not all Heroes wear capes"

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Find a Dentist that Listens - Really listens to you and your needs and expectations, It is so important that you understand the outcomes of the work you are in need of.When you looking for dental work in Cancun, some clinics will say anything to get you to choose them and could be promising unrealistic outcomes and unreasonable expectations For example, a full mouth of new dental crowns and returning home in only 7 days smiling away, are a lot of the time not realistic and can leave dental tourists somewhat disappointed. Approach the reality of ensuring you do not unnecessarily rush through work and end up sitting in a dental chair for 8+ hours everyday. Plan longer than you are told to, ask to have a schedule of your appointments, ask what to expect each appointment, and for a estimation for time spent for each visit. A dentist who takes the time to listen, explain and show you what are the outcomes of your dental work will be, are worth their weight in gold, and will save you time money and disappointment.
There are many treatments that can be completed within much shorter waiting periods than those offered by your home town dentist, but certain treatments will have to be approached and performed in similar time constraint manners.

Fix my problem from afar
Dentistry is an ever evolving science, each persons case is unique and although treatments can be similar the health conditions of the patients vary, lifestyles, accidents, health problems etc. So while traveling for dental work to Cancun is a fantastic option for thousands of people, it is important to remind yourself that problems can and often do arise with all types of dental work no matter how well prepared and performed they are.
Crowns over implants can become loose due to the screw, dental crowns can fracture, implants can be rejected, root canals can fail. This is when you need to reminder yourself that the clinic you have chosen is not around the corner, on the contrary it is another Country. And this should be a major factor in your decision making when deciding on destination and location.

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As mentioned before, being aware that the clinic is in another country and understanding that the possibility of failed treatments can mean a return visit to the dentist. The likelihood of a tourism clinic paying to fix any common issues or problems (which have been explained prior) you may have back in your home country will be low to none.
Avoid such confusion and angst by asking the clinic before embarking on a treatment plan what actions are they willing to do if a problem arises, what would you need to do, and what specialist would you have to visit. The majority of clinics will have in place some kind of guarantee or warranty on their work, but this is usually based on the patient's acceptance and understanding they would need to return to that clinic to have the work redone or fixed.

Prothesis / Clinical Guarantees
Most clinics will be happy to provide clinical warranties and guarantees for certain treatments. Some even go as far as saying they will provide guarantees for 10 years on their work, which from a prospective patient's point of view is a very reassuring offer.

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We suggest that any patient who is being offered such guarantees checks the history and background of the dental clinic i.e. how long have they been operating. That is not to say newer clinics are not capable or wanting to honor such guarantees, but dental clinics like any business (and it is a competitive business) unfortunately come and go, owners change hands, relocate, change names or, worst case scenario, close for good.
If a clinic is offering a 10 year guarantee on their work and has only been operating for 1 or even 2 years and the dentist has only been graduated for 5 years, it is best taken into account in your decision making that the 10 year offer may not be a viable recourse years down the line. If this is a big part of your decision on choosing a dental clinic, we suggest look for established clinics with many years of operating as this suggests a continued commitment to patients which adds validity to such offers.

Cancun dentist Reputations
It is common that when you research clinics, You will read how they are the NumberOne, They are the Best etc etc. It can get repetitive, Most Clinics do it to some extent as this is what clinics think a patient wants to hear, and in most respects that is correct. No one is going to choose a healthcare provider that says they are average! They want them to be confident. But the internet is a source we all use and readily rely on on a day to day basis and with that, big marketing budgets, flashy websites, images can sometimes detract from the whole story It is also a common practice to employ reputation management companies to ensure any unflattering reviews or comments made about a company are removed or lowered down the search engine rankings.

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Well, we certainly cannot say do not use the internet, Then what would you do? We suggest taking everything you read or see to be taken with a little “pinch of salt” so to speak. The internet is a great place to be anonymous and if there seems to be thousands of glowing reviews (Check they are verified) if there are lots of negative reviews, again check they are verified. Also check if a clinic or doctors sites have review tabs activated (They should) remember 1 bad review of a clinic does not mean they are no good, the same as how 10 good reviews does not automatically make a clinic the best option. If you see similar patterns emerging that may indicate a positive or a negative trend for that clinic or doctor, use your judgement.
A good tip is to check how clinics handle negative reviews or testimonials, a Professional clinic will not ignore or argue and will try to rectify a situation, while not always possible a mature and open handling will give you an idea of how professional they are.

Due diligence and research will be your best tools, and of course our Help.

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