I need to get a dental implant and the prices in America are way more as compared to Mexico. I’ve looked it up and I can get dental implants done in Mexico for a fraction of the costs. I’ve been really considering having my dental work done in Mexico and wrapping it all into a vacation. But before I do, I wanted to just get an expert opinion on how safe it is. Thanks.
Jackson T., from Atlanta, GA
I say if something looks too good to be true it’s because it usually is. If the prices are that low in Mexico compared to American prices, ask yourself why?
One reason could be that they don’t have to contend with the same government regulations that we do here. In American, we have strict laws about sterilizing the equipment and taking safety precautions that ensure clean water so as to not spread disease. They have no such regulations, this means you could end up getting an infection from that could cause some serious damage or even death.
And what about the quality of the material? You may be paying less because what’s being placed in your mouth isn’t worth much. If it’s low quality it won’t last and then you’ll wind up spending more money trying to fix shoddy dental work.
Lastly, in America dentists are required to do x-rays before doing an implant. Not so in Mexico. This means that he or she can place a dental implant and if something goes wrong, you’ll have no absolutely no record of what happened to back you up.
So to answer your question, I think the risks far outweigh the rewards here. If you’re worried about money, see if you can get a dentist to work out a payment plan with you or if dental insurance can cover some of the cost. I think you should spend the money to have a properly placed implant. But still go to Mexico — it’s a beautiful place for a vacation!
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