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Cancun Dental Treatment Translations

A little Spanish goes a long way 


Being in another country can be an amazing experience, but knowing a little bit of the language and being able to communicate can make this even better! not so much as being fluent, but knowing some useful Spanish phrases here in Cancun Mexico will certainly help enhance your vacation experience and your dental Vacation a lot.


Between your dental appointments here in Cancun this can help make you feel more involved when you are out and about,  Although English is spoken and understood largely around Cancun, not everybody does, and why not throw in a bit of Spanish you will never be laughed at for trying while you enjoy your dental Vacation, you will feel more like a local than a tourist.


Best Advice, Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of trying to speak Spanish, People will not care if its perfect, or even correct, they will however love the fact you have tried.


Here are some common and useful Spanish phrases that can help out day to day and while you are out and about or just relaxing around the pool or beach.

  • Hello: hola (oh-lah)

  • Good morning: Buenos días (bway-nos dee-ahs)

  • Good afternoon: Buenas tardes (bway-nahs tar-des)

  • Good evening: Buenas noches (bway-nahs noh-chess)

  • How are you?: ¿Cómo está? (coh-moh es-tah)

  • Good, thank you: Bien, gracias (bee-ehn, grah-see-ahs)

  • Can you speak English?: ¿Habla inglés? (hah-blah een-glays)?


  • Getting Around 

  • Where is...?: ¿Dónde está...? (DHOHN-dheh ehs-TAH)

  • Where is a restaurant?: ¿Dónde hay un restaurante? (Dhohn-dheh eye oon rest-ore-rahn-tay)?

  • Where is the restroom? ¿Dónde está el baño? (Dhohn-dheh ehs-tah el ban-yo)?

  • How far?: ¿A que distancia? (Ah kay dhees-Tan-syah)

  • Right: A la derecha (Ah lah dey-ray-chah) 

  • Left: A la izquierda (Ah lah eez-key-ayr-dah)

  • Ahead: Derecho (De-rey-choh)

  • Can you help me?: ¿Puede ayudarme? (PWEH-dhe ah-yoo-dh-AHR-meh)

  • Please: Por favor (por fav-ore)

  • Thank you: Gracias (gra-see-uhs)


Eating Out 

  • How much is it?: ¿Cuanto cuesta? (KWAHN-toh KWEH-stah)

  • The bill, please: La cuente, por favor (Lah KWEHN-tah, por-fav-ore)

  • That was delicious: Estuvo delicioso (est-ooh-vo del-ish-ee-oh-so)

  • I am vegetarian: Soy vegetariano/a (soy veg-et-air-ee-an-oh/ah)

  • A table: Una mesa (oona me-sah)

  • A menu: Un menú (oon mey-noo)

  • A drink: Una bebida (oon-ah beh-beed-ah)

  • Beer: Cerveza (ser-vay-sah)

  • Red or white wine: Vino tinto or blanco (vee-noh teen-toh or blahn-coh)

  • Water: Agua (ahg-wah)

  • A coffee: Un café (uhn cah-fey)

  • Sandwich: Torta (tore-tah)

  • Burger: Hamburguesa (ham-burg-ess-ah)

  • Chicken: Pollo (poy-oh)

  • Spicy: Picante (pick-ant-ay)

Now you are a Local!  get out there and enjoy this amazing destination   :) 


Obviously one of the benefits to using Dental Destinations Cancun services and those of the Cancun dentists that we are affiliated with means that there will be no problem with communication or understanding explanations given by the dentists or trying to tell them what you want or what dental issue you may have, as they all speak English as do the support teams, coordinators and receptionists.  


But what if you found yourself in a dental emergency in Cancun or not able to contact a dentist in English while in Mexico, Well Thanks to google translator we are all pretty much covered, but below are some good phrases and Direct translations to certain dental treatments and instructions so that you at least have an idea what is going on. If you are not too keen on winging it through a dental appointment or dental Emergency while on Vacation, Please feel free to contact us and we will have the best dental specialists in Cancun go through your dental needs and help make sure you have the best dental options and work performed here in Cancun.



Dental Treatments 


  • Examen Oral - Exam (Check up) 

  • Diagnosticar - To Diagnose

  • Anesthesia - 

  • Radiografias / rayos x - Xrays

  • Guarda Oclusal - Dental Guards - Bite guards 

  • Modelos de estudio - Study models - Plaster moulds taken from Impressions 

  • Prophylaxis - Cleaning

  • Prophylaxis Ultrasonido - Cleaning using Ultrasonic tool

  • Incision y Drenaje Absceso - Drainage of dental Abcess

  • Tomografia- CT Scan

  • Provisional - Temporary (Usually Crown, Veneer after preparation) 

  • Implante dental - Dental Implant

  • Abutment y Corona (Rehabilitation of dental Implant - 2nd stage) 

  • Cementación - Cementation (Permanent Placement of prosthesis using a dental cement )

  • Brackets / Frenos - Braces

  • Corona - Dental Crown 

  • Carilla - Veneer

  • Resina - Filling 

  • Endodoncia - Root Canal

  • Puente - Bridge

  • Impresion - Impression - Take molds of oooh / Teeth 

  • Incrustacion - Inlay

  • Blanqueamiento - Whitening 

  • Poste - Post (Placed after Root Canal)

  • Extraccion - Extraction

  • Dentadura - Dentures

  • Dentadura Hybrida - Hybrid denture 

  • Cirugía elevación de seno maxilar - Surgical Elevation of Sinus - Sinus Lift 

  • Sedacion - Sedation 




Making a dentist appointment

  • I want to make an appointment: Quiero hacer una cita.

  • I have a toothache:  Tengo dolor de muelas

  • The filling fell out: Se me cayó el relleno.

  • My gums are bleeding: Mis encías están sangrando.

  • It hurts to chew: Le duele al masticar.

  • Molar: la muela

  • Wisdom tooth: el diente de juicio

  • Gingivitis: El gingivitis

  • Inflammation: Inflamacion 

  • acute: agudo

  • to adjust: ajustar

  • to be admitted: ser recibido

  • a little: un poco

  • to alleviate: alleviar

  • a lot: mucho

  • as soon as possible: tan pronto como sea posible

At the dentist

  • Are you allergic to any medicines?: ¿Es alérgico a algún medicamento?

  • Where does it hurt? This tooth hurts: ¿Dónde le duele? Este diente me duele.

  • Dull / sharp pain: dolor leve / dolor punzante.

  • Does it hurt with pressure, sweets, or hot or cold food or drinks?: ¿Hay dolor cuándo hay presión, con dulces, con bebidas o comidas calientes o frías?

  • Open / close your mouth, please: Abra / cierre la boca, por favor.

  • The needle will cause a slight sting: La aguja le causará una picadura.

  • Signal me if you have pain: Dígame si le duele.

  • Bite down - Muerda

  •  Spit: - escupa.

  • Do not eat / drink / chew on this side / brush / rinse for X minutes/hours/tonight:  No coma / beba / mastique en este lado / se cepille / enjuage por X minutos/horas/esta noche.

  • You will need to return for another appointment: Tendrá que hacer otra cita para regresar

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