Dental Cost in Mexico… from an Expat



Hola (Oh-la) Everyone,

I received an email from Tony this week – this is his response, and my reply to the dental situation and living and working in Mexico:

Dear Barb,

I am writing in response to your e-mail about low dentist cost.

And you are right.  I am having my teeth done now as we speak.

(Okay, I am not in the chair, but I am under a dentist’s care)

I lost my four front teeth back in 2005, and had not wanted to do anything because the dentist wanted to charge me $4500, ABOVE AND BEYOND what the insurance was going to pay!

I am paying $9000 pesos ($900 USD) for the bridge.  I am thrilled to know I will have teeth again, especially since I now have a teaching job, teaching English to the people here.  The pay is low, but the experience is exhilarating.

I REPLIED:  Hi Tony – Good For You!!!  Would love to hear more about your teaching experiences – so many people ask about that – I’ve written many times about the pay in Mexico – some people just don’t get it.  But, if I can pass even more info along – well, we try.  Barbie

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3 Responses to Dental Cost in Mexico… from an Expat

  1. Brenda Rollison

    November 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Could you please give me the name and phone number of the dentist in Algodones that does a bridge for $900 USD. I had dental work done 6 yrs. ago in Bratislava and it the bridge broke this spring and I have 3 or 4 teeth that were just glued in by the dentist here in USA. The Dentist here tells me that to replace the permanent bridge I have would be over $8,000 USD. That is out of the question for a retiree. Any other dentist that would be near a border town, like San Diego would be helpful too. I have been in Algodones a few years ago. Isn’t it near Tuscon?

    Thanks for your help. Brenda

  2. Barbie


    November 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Check out Son’s last trip –
    and then, here’s Gator’s site: If you call them, make sure you say “English, Please” they will get someone who can understand you. And, you may be thinking of Nogales – that’s south of Tucson. Algodones is right in the Yuma area – possibly nearer to you if you’re in the San Diego area… And, Dick and I were just there – Algodones – and we felt totally safe there. Barbie

  3. The Real Tijuana

    May 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Advice on choosing a dentist in Tijuana — which can be generalized all across the border — can be found at

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