Another Great Dental Experience in Mexico!

Yesterday I was re-routed by traffic on my way home from an errand, and was forced to drive by my dentist’s office. I had coincidentally been thinking of my dental dilemma earlier in the day, so I impulsively stopped in to hopefully resolve a problem that I created, then allowed to “mature” for around 3 years!

Yesterday I was re-routed by traffic on my way home from an errand, and was forced to drive by my dentist’s office. I had coincidentally been thinking of my dental dilemma earlier in the day, so I impulsively stopped in to hopefully resolve a problem that I created, then allowed to “mature” for around 3 years!

Please allow me to digress – I had a 3-tooth bridge on lower left jaw that served me extremely well for 10 years or so, until I ate a Sugar Daddy – remember those hard caramel suckers that soften up and disappear with lots of sucking? Well, I can tell you that when you chew that sucker, it will take your bridge right out of your mouth!

My dentist, Dr. Arturo Yamamoto, whom I just love, and who installed the bridge for me, was out of town.  So I went instead to the office of highly-recommended Dr. Abraham Estrada, DDS where Dra. Leslie – female doctors in Mexico are addressed as “Doctora” – fitted me for a new bridge, and I paid $9,000 pesos, around $600 US dollars, for the porcelain-on-metal bridge, which was to be ready in 1 week.

Then I had a heart attack, and my teeth plummeted to the bottom of my list of priorities; I did not even respond when I was notified that the bridge was ready.  More life challenges ensued, including family deaths, a hip replacement, a residential move, the wedding of my grandson – you get it – life did not wait for me to regroup and reorganize, I got used to chewing on the right, and, other than an occasional passing thought, I did not even think about the bridge! Until yesterday.  I thought, “I wonder if, after 3 years…” and I dropped into the office of Estrada Family Dentistry without an appointment at 5:00 p.m.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that even though Dra. Leslie got married and is no longer working, the office has been remodeled and now has 3 dentists and 2 endodontists, plus an anesthesiologist, the receptionist remembered me, knew where my bridge was, and introduced me to Dra. Zaira G Medina, DDS.  Dr. Zaira tried her best to fit the bridge into my mouth, but of course teeth have moved around without a bridge to keep them in place, and she was unable to achieve a good fit. I liked Dr. Zaira and her “touch,” if you know what I mean – a dentist’s touch is very important – which was reassuring, while her demeanor was competent, as well as friendly. She does not speak English, but my Spanish worked well enough, and there are English-speaking people in the office to help, if needed.  The only solution was to start again from scratch.

I was offered 2 options for a new bridge, a temporary that will last 6-12 months, at a cost of $1500 pesos, about $100 US dollars, or a permanent porcelain-over-metal bridge for $5,500 pesos, or about $305.00. I will not have to pay for anything except the lab who makes the bridge this time around, which is lovely of them. I decided on the permanent porcelain bridge, and it will be ready in only 5 days.  Even though I was in the dental chair for an hour, there was no charge, and I will pay for my bridge when I get it on Saturday. What a great result!

For information about Estrada Family Dentistry:  http://estradafamilydentistry.com.  Good news is that Dr. Jesus Cota, DDS now works at Estrada Family Dentistry – about 20 years ago Dr. Cota did 3 root canals in one afternoon for me, and I felt not a shadow of pain, nor did I have any complications. He is who you want to do your root canals!

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