DENTAL VISIT In Algodones, Mexico


“Parking on the U.S. side of the border on the Reservation lot was as easy as I remembered – just take the last right prior to the border. There were maybe 75 cars with me in the lot that day.  Parking charge of $5 was paid upon exit. 

“Crossing the border on the way into Mexico, I heard the few pharmacy vendors’ calls and made a mental note to stop at the Purple Pharmacia/Liquor Store before I left the country as I walked the block and a half to one of the Gator Dental Group’s offices.  (Mom added:  This office, quite small, has two younger dentists than the Gator office in Alamo Alley.  As of this addition, 11/14/2012, The larger office is being refurbished and will have a different dentist than I had gone to – hopefully a bit younger :)  )    This group has two offices in town, about a block from each other, between A and B Avenues. Remember these are small “walking” blocks; it’s a tiny town, so they are both very conveniently located. 

Dental trip to Algodones

“I had to wait about an hour as two elderly brothers were given impressions for their upcoming denture installment.  But the dental office was air conditioned, very clean (although tiny) and they served complimentary bottled water and coffee as I chatted with one of the brothers’ wife in the waiting room who had also come for the same purpose from Phoenix that day.



“During my exam, Dr. Guzman found four little cavities in my teeth so he numbed me up and fixed them with white amalgam right then and there and also gave me a cleaning for $150 US.  Incredible.  I was very happy with the service at Gator Dental, the quality of the work and especially the price.  Before learning about Mexican dental care from your web site, I got an estimate at a dentist in L.A. who wanted $200 to fix ONE tooth and $65 for a cleaning.  Incredible.  I was finished and out the door before noon – none of this, “We’ll fix one today, then schedule appointments for the rest”, bull$#!& I would have gotten at a dental office in the states.


“I almost stopped at one of the many optical shops in town to buy a new pair of bifocals, but decided to wait until next time.  I’ll give you a report on that at a later date. 

“On the short walk back to my car, I stopped at the Purple Pharmacia for generic Retin-A ($2.16/40g) and then the connected liquor store for Kahlua ($8.50/L); two more excellent buys.  Remember, the U.S. allows a person to cross into the country with only one liter of liquor. 

“It is usually about a five hour drive from Yuma to Los Angeles.  My ride through the desert back home was hot and uneventful until I reached Cabazon on the 10 freeway where an accident held things up for a while. 

“As long as I have the time to get there, I’ll go back to Los Algodones and the Gator Dental Group in the future for all of my dental care needs and to save myself a lot of money!” 

Hope you’ve enjoyed his Algodones dental visit adventure  …Best to you all, Barbie



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9 Responses to DENTAL VISIT In Algodones, Mexico

  1. Marykathleen griffin

    September 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I recently went to Los Algodones during their slow season and recieved my estimate to be 2, 138.00 us dollars, which i told them I had an allergy to metals right up front and other medical problems as well, the estiment included: porcelin crowns for 4 molars on bottom – 3 molars on top – 1 extraction on top- and 6 bottom front crowned.
    After I recieved their estimate I said okay lets do it.
    I was given numbing shots and they proceeded to ready my mouth for the crowns. The tooth to be extracted was never pulled and I was shocked to see all my bottom teeth down to stubbs. I ended up with 3 upper on one side that I only asked for 2 and only one on the oppisite side with no tooth extracted. They said I didn’t need it extracted and left it. I paid them half up and other half when done.
    My porcilin crowns came in and looked good but they had metal on the inside and i fought with them for quite awhile. They swore up and down they wouldn’t bother me. I finally gave in and they put them in. I got a reaction within an hour of them putting them in. I complained the next day and they took off the metal crowns. after all they are guaranteed, they then asked for 2400.00 more in us dollars and that really upset me. They told me they would take the 1,000.00 more and the 1400.00 in a check. I was already 2,080.00 paid into this mess and now 2400.00 more.

  2. Barbie


    September 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Goodness – really have no idea what to say – I guess I would try to complain to someone at the entrance there – to a Mexican official – have no idea other than that. I agree that’s just terrible – all I can do is post this – I have had such wonderful luck with dentists in Algodones…

  3. Ron Rucshner

    November 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I just got back from Algodonnes 3 weeks ago and was completely satisfied. I had 2 root canals and 2 porcelain crowns done. It was only $380 per tooth.
    I have been told that 1/2 the dentists are good and half are not so good.
    Do not use anyone without a reliable referral. It is the same worldwide.
    Liqui’s is the name of the purple pharmacy store.
    I will go back . If anyone wants a referral just contact me @[email protected]

  4. Barbie


    November 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Ron – we probably passed on the streets of Algodones! We were just there too! And yes – referrals are an excellent judge – anytime – anywhere. And yep, Luigi’s – but so easy to just refer to it as the purple pharmacy :) hopefully they will never change the color! BArbie

  5. nancy

    November 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Does the Purple Pharmacy still sell their drugs online or by mail. I had their card, this was two years ago they said I could order by phone and use my credit card. I have since lost the card. Does anyone have the info. ?? I plan my usual trip down but need a small prescription now and don’t want to pay the online prices offered by the rip off artists! thanks. Nancy

  6. Barbie


    November 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Nancy – I honestly don’t know if they do mail order business – next time I’m through there, I certainly will find out – but, until then, hopefully someone will have a comment and some knowledge about that, here. Barbie

  7. Ron Rucshner

    November 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry, I do not have an answer for that.


  8. lourdes

    December 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

    my husband is thinking of getting some dental implant work done and he is looking for referrals for los algodones dentists…or any information on services rendered.

    thanks kindly.

  9. Barbie


    January 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Gator dental, or the Pink Dentist – it’s all on my site. Barbie

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