How do I get started…

If you are considering or have been considering having dental work in Mexico, what are some steps you should take to help you get the smile of your dreams?

1) Research. Research, research, research on the web. Look for dental clinics located in Mexico. Juarez, Mexico is a great place to start because it is literally fifteen minutes from the El Paso airport. El Paso is one of the safest cities in the US based on its population size. Enjoy the sites and cuisine of this far-west Texas town. The people are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back. Think Siesta…it doesn’t mean we’re lazy, we just don’t get too uptight

2) Dive into the website content and then make contact. Once you find a clinic, delve into the website content. Listen to patient testimonials, read about all the procedures offered, review the pricing. Look at the materials used for crowns, dentures, bridges, partials. Are they made in the US or Mexico? If the website does a good job of answering all your questions, then call the contact number. Are the people on the phones knowledgeable about the procedures? Are they willing to listen to your unique set of circumstances? Do they rush you or make promises they don’t keep? Are they good at returning your phone calls, getting estimates to you in a timely fashion etc.? What does your “gut” tell you about them? Yep…I said, “gut”.

3) Ask “Preguntas”…that’s Spanish for Questions. Ask questions about the doctors. Ask questions about the transportation. What will you need on your trip? If you were sent an estimate, are the prices still valid? Are there any hidden charges not discussed or listed on the website. What is the follow up care like? Is there a warranty, if so, on what, and what does it cover? What is the follow-up care like?

4) Read reviews. Keep in mind the internet is full of reviews. Most people will give balanced reviews about places. If you read something that sounds too good to be true or sounds absolutely dreadful…a red flag should go up. Either way, you want good, balanced reviews. No one wants to read a review that sounds more like a personal vendetta or something too perfect to be true.

5) Time is of the essence. How long will your procedures take? When you travel to a Mexican dental facility for treatment, they are ready to begin your work the same day. They know you are serious and want to get started right away. They are cognizant of the fact that you have spent money on airfare and have hotel expenses. That being said, most patients will need to stay anywhere from 3 to 8 days. Always include time for adjustments. The patient coordinator should be able to tell you the lab schedules for crowns, bridges, dentures, partials. They can even tell you how many appointments you will need to complete the work. In some cases, dental work can be expedited for a fee. Ask if that is an option if you are under a time crunch, but be willing to give the dentist a fair amount of time to complete the work. Dental work shouldn’t be rushed. It’s not comfortable for the patient or the doctor!

6) Travel Arrangements. Call the airlines and look for deals. Look at the website for hotel information. At Rio Dental, we provide free transportation from the airport or hotel when you are headed to the clinic. Be sure to bring your passport. If you don’t have one, get started on your paperwork. The faster you get it, the sooner you can get your smile back!

7) Congratulations or “Felicidades” as we say in Spanish. It is always difficult to take that first step, but look at it as one step closer to your perfect smile. We, at Rio Dental, will support your efforts in whatever way we can. We promise to provide the best quality dental care with honesty and integrity at a fraction of US prices. We promise. Buena Suerte or Good Luck! We look forward to serving you. Give us a call.


Dental clinic is located in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. - Only 15 minutes from El Paso, TX Intl. Airport
Toll Free 1-800­-886-8023      915­-760-8773