Dental Trip to Los Algodones - FAQ
How can I be sure of quality?
ADC is part of the largest dental group in the region. From a 2-chair dentist office, it has now flourished to a 30-plus strong dental group with multiple branches in Los Algodones, Baja California. Because of a surge in demand by new clients referred by past patients, the dental facility has developed an in-house laboratory to cut down dependence on third parties for quality material.
The clinic is not more than 2 blocks from the US-Mexico border. Its proximity to the United States has a huge role to play in its endeavor to maintain high quality standards. The clinic receives more than 2,500 clients every year, bulk of whom are from the US and Canada.
Its strong dental team comprises doctors from numerous specialties with varied experience. Many have also undergone refresher courses at renowned institutions such as the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the International Center for Laser Education (ICLE)
Other factors that ensure you receive good dental care are:
- Membership of American Dental Association (ADA)
- CAD/CAM technology at on site lab
- Advanced laser technology for dental whitening and cleaning, regenerating tissue with stimulation, and treating gum (periodontal) diseases
- Advanced digital imaging technology, including CT-scans, periapical and panoramic X-rays ensuring high degree of accuracy in diagnosis
- Room sterilization and water filtration systems
The latest dental fittings such as Prettau Zirconia Plate are also offered at the clinic.
The dental group has an up-scale Platinum branch which offers cutting edge treatments in a luxurious ambience.
Does ADC offer any warranty?
Yes, a two- to five-year warranty (terms and conditions apply).
*Warranty does not cover damage to teeth and prosthetics resulting from mishap, trauma, improper care, chewing on hard items such as ice and clenching teeth. For more details contact us through the website quote form.
Do you offer sleep/sedation dentistry?
- Replacement/reparation of full porcelain, zirconia and acrylic restorations fractured with routine usage within two years of placement at no extra cost.
- Replacement/reparation of full gold, metal prosthesis fractured with routine usage within five years of placement at no extra cost.
- Restoration of amalgam fillings fractured within four years of placement.
- Restoration of resin fillings fractured within two years of placement.
- Repair/replacement in case of rejection of dental implant by the body within two years of the surgery.
- The amount paid for an initial root canal treatment (RCT) will be utilized as a deposit for fresh RCT in case it fails within two years.
While we apply local anesthetics for treatments, we can also arrange for IV sedation or nitrous oxide for an extra price.
Why should I choose Los Algodones for dental work?
For quality care at just a fraction of US prices! A comparison of the cost of some of the dental procedures here vs. USA will give you a clearer picture:
*Prices may be changed without any prior notice. Get in touch with us for the latest price list.
|Procedure||Our Price*||Average Cost in USA**||Savings|
|Standard Single Titanium Implant||$750||$2,488||70%|
|All Porcelain Crown||$340||$1,430||75%|
|Removable Denture Supported with 2 Implants||$2,550||$3,500||40%|
**Source - CostHelper.com, as of April 2016
The border town is strategically located just a few miles west of Yuma, Arizona. Lower travel expenses translate to additional savings.
What explains the cost difference?
The substantial cost difference can be attributed to:
I am not Spanish-speaking. Will I still be able to communicate with the staff?
- Cheaper labor and real estate
- Student debt burden of Mexican dentists is not as much their American counterparts
- No compulsion regarding malpractice insurance as in the United States
Yes, the clinic ensures a bilingual person (English-Spanish) is always present in the OT when the treatment process is underway. So language barriers are bare minimum. And this is not just inside the clinic. When out on the street too you can be sure of finding someone who knows English. This is because of the huge influx of dental tourists from the US and Canada.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash (US dollars); major credit and debit cards (4% extra transaction fee applicable); personal, traveler's, and cashier's checks; and wire transfers.
What about safety?
The border town is quite safe. Unlike some of the notorious Mexican border cities, Algodones is insulated from the drug cartel fueled violence. The US Department of State website points out that the Mexican government has good systems in place for the protection of major tourist destinations and resorts of the country. The local economy is heavily dependent on thousands of seniors and snowbirds from the US and Canada who flock the town in winters for dental and medical treatments.
According to the Mexicali Tourism and Conventions Committee nearly 3,000 border crossings can be attributed to dental and medical tourists every day. Hence, its residents work on providing a secure environment to its visitors. However, as an added measure be aware of your surroundings and always stay mindful.
- The US State Department advises exercising caution at night in the Mexican state of Baja California.
- Keep a low profile by not flashing around expensive jewelry or cash.
- If driving to other Mexican cities, make sure you drive only in the daylight hours and never take deserted roads; also use toll roads (locally known as 'cuotas').
For Mexico travel alerts and warnings issued by the US State Department, click here
What is the best time to visit?
The town has a desert climate and hence, most of the North Americans descend on it during the winter months from December to March. The dental clinics are chock-a-block during this time of the year. The average day temperature in January is 69 °F and goes up to 79 °F in March.
Summers are usually less crowded as daytime temperature can exceed 100 °F from June to September.
Which documents do I need to enter Mexico?
A valid passport/passport card is required to enter Mexico. An entry permit or Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) for traveling beyond the border zone (25 kilometers farther from the border crossing) is required. This can be obtained from Mexican consulates, border crossing points, tourism offices, airports within the border zone, and most airlines serving Mexico. No visa or tourist card is required for a stay less than 72 hours within the border zone.
You will need to carry a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) travel document such as your passport, passport-card, a Trusted Traveler Program card, or an Enhanced Driver’s License to re-enter the United States from Mexico.
For more information, check the US Passports and International Travel website
What is the driving route to Algodones from Yuma, Arizona?
The border town can be reached from Yuma by traveling west on the Interstate 8 (I-8) to the Andrade exit. Travel south on Route 186 (SR-186) for over 7 miles to reach the Andrade Port of Entry. The Andrade Port of Entry is open from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM (Pacific) seven days a week.
I will be crossing over in my own car. Where can I park it?
We have our own parking lot (not more than two blocks from the border at Alamo Street) where you can park your car for FREE. Please note that Mexican laws require the owner to drive the vehicle or at least be inside the vehicle.
How can I reach the dental clinic from the border?
Once you cross the Andrade Port of Entry walk straight about two blocks without taking any turns. You will find the clinic on the left at Alamo Street. The clinic is in a neighborhood deemed safe for pedestrians crossing into Mexico.
Do I need to purchase Mexican auto insurance?
Yes, Mexican auto insurance is mandatory, even for rental vehicles. It can be easily purchased from both sides of the border.
Which is the nearest airport?
The closest airport is the Yuma International Airport (IATA: YUM).
Do you provide free pick-up?
Yes, we provide free airport-hotel-clinic shuttle services (terms and conditions apply).
Where can I spend the night in the border town?
Our clients get special discounts at Hacienda Hotel, the only hotel in the town. It is just four blocks from the border. Special tariffs begin from as low as $35 per night. For more information, contact us through the quote form on the website.
What are my lodging options in Yuma, AZ?
There are plenty of lodging options for those who do not wish to stay in the Mexican side of the border. Check out hotels for dental tourists in Yuma
What else can I do there?
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is also home to a number of pharmacies and optical stores offering massive discounts on prescription medication and glasses. When buying regulated /controlled medications make sure you carry the prescription.You will also find a number of curio stores selling pottery, belts, souvenirs, and iron work. Check out the video here on shopping and bargaining for dental tourists
. You could also sample some delicious Mexican cuisine before visiting the clinic. You will also find a number of eateries offering delicious tacos, tortillas, and tortas. Check out some of the recommended eating joints
Re-entering the United States
- You will be required to declare all items acquired in Mexico.
- Up to $800 is exempt on gifts and personal items (this also includes 1 liter of alcohol per person aged above 21 every month).
- There is a prohibition on Cuban cigars.
- Carrying illegal drugs can result in imposition of heavy fines, confiscation of vehicle, and/or even imprisonment.
- Non-declaration of agricultural items may invite a fine of $50 to $1,000.
Less than ten miles west of Yuma, the border town offers treatments at just 70% of the average American prices. And ADC gives access to quality dental care along with a host of other services to help you have a hassle-free trip, such as assistance in arranging for travel documents and a dedicated case manager to have all your queries answered promptly.