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10 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

 

For price tags like $60,000, it seems you could do your research, find a reputable dentist, take a month-long vacation in Mexico to get the work done and recover, and fly back multiple times for follow up work... for a fraction of the price it would cost in the USA.

 

If you know middle class or upper middle class people in a country, they'll probably know who does good work.   I'm suspicious of anyone setting up to do dental or medical tourism.  The head of medical tourism at a prestigious private hospital in Managua assured a couple that they could get specific lupus medicines in Nicaragua.  One was unavailable (perhaps not even on the list of medicines approved for import) and the other one was $700 a month, with no national insurance coverage for retirees.  They went back to the US. 

 

Dental schools have budget programs where you volunteer to have work done by a student who is being supervised by a professor. 

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13 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

 

For price tags like $60,000, it seems you could do your research, find a reputable dentist, take a month-long vacation in Mexico to get the work done and recover, and fly back multiple times for follow up work... for a fraction of the price it would cost in the USA.

 

Make sure to read my upcoming book: "Toothless in Mexico". 😜

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10 hours ago, MizBrown said:

 

If you know middle class or upper middle class people in a country, they'll probably know who does good work.   I'm suspicious of anyone setting up to do dental or medical tourism.  The head of medical tourism at a prestigious private hospital in Managua assured a couple that they could get specific lupus medicines in Nicaragua.  One was unavailable (perhaps not even on the list of medicines approved for import) and the other one was $700 a month, with no national insurance coverage for retirees.  They went back to the US. 

 

Dental schools have budget programs where you volunteer to have work done by a student who is being supervised by a professor. 

I had a crown on my front tooth done at a dental school once, and will not be repeating that experience. 🙂

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14 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

I had a crown on my front tooth done at a dental school once, and will not be repeating that experience. 🙂

 

Private dentists in the US can screw up, too.

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15 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

I had a crown on my front tooth done at a dental school once, and will not be repeating that experience. 🙂

 

I had an implant base put in at a local university dental school a while ago, and it worked out fine. They only charged me for materials. All I need now is the crown ($2K+) to put on top of it. 😬

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5 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

I had an implant base put in at a local university dental school a while ago, and it worked out fine. They only charged me for materials. All I need now is the crown ($2K+) to put on top of it. 😬

 

Sounds like a bargain! My crown was done well and looked perfect (hard for a front tooth!) but the assistants were super clumsy. I had to have the crown redone a couple years ago and paid my dentist the grand sum. Also with the dental school, I had to go back multiple times and it took hours and hours, which was almost impossible for me to handle because I had a job.

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17 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

 

Sounds like a bargain! My crown was done well and looked perfect (hard for a front tooth!) but the assistants were super clumsy. I had to have the crown redone a couple years ago and paid my dentist the grand sum. Also with the dental school, I had to go back multiple times and it took hours and hours, which was almost impossible for me to handle because I had a job.

 

Yes, it was a long haul. Not something I would do again. Sorry to hear that you had to have the work redone. Bummer. I'm hoping that in evil, "socialist" Canada, dental work will be covered one day. There has been talk of it, but I'm not holding my breath. 

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12 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Yes, it was a long haul. Not something I would do again. Sorry to hear that you had to have the work redone. Bummer. I'm hoping that in evil, "socialist" Canada, dental work will be covered one day. There has been talk of it, but I'm not holding my breath. 

 

Well, the crown lasted about thirty years, so it was a good run. It was getting discolored and my gum had receded so you could see the dark dead root of the tooth underneath and it was not attractive. Teeth talk. 🤪 Elizabeth Warren is the only politician I know who even MENTIONS dental. Prices are out of control.

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I have never understood why dental is separated from all other medical health issues, so most people have to buy stand alone dental insurance or pay out of pocket.  At least that is the case in the U.S.

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On 28/02/2021 at 19:22, John Mitchell said:

 

Make sure to read my upcoming book: "Toothless in Mexico". 😜

And never trust an Ivory Poacher.🙄

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1 minute ago, Michael Ventura said:

I have never understood why dental is separated from all other medical health issues, so most people have to buy stand alone dental insurance or pay out of pocket.  At least that is the case in the U.S.

It's separate in the NHS as well, one of the only things for which you may have to pay- although there is a cap of about £300 on any one course of treatment. Fillings or root canal work would be £65. The idea of spending thousands on teeth simply wouldn't occur to most people here.

In the few years after the NHS was founded, millions of people got dental work done to make up for decades of neglect The cost was very great, so charges were introduced and they remain, though the amount paid is a few percent of the total NHS budget. The low paid are exempt.

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7 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

I have never understood why dental is separated from all other medical health issues, so most people have to buy stand alone dental insurance or pay out of pocket.  At least that is the case in the U.S.

 

It's the same in Canada. We're not nearly as "socialist" as some people think. Fortunately, I have some extended private insurance through my wife's pension plan that helps with the cost of the basics. Root canals are partially included, but not the super expensive stuff like crowns and implants. I'm hoping that I'll live long enough to see better government dental coverage. Any political party that makes this a priority will get my vote.

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