Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they continue to add to their book of service providers in their adopted home, Puerto Vallarta.
While sipping beers and munching on botanas at Toños with our friends Phil and Di, I encountered that all too familiar sensation. A sensitive molar had calved. So I worked that chunk of tooth out of my mouth for display to all. Everyone was fairly impressed. But now I have to see my dentista Guillermo and here I am in front of his office on Calle A. Serdan, entre Constitucion y I. Vallarta. Guillermo came to be our dentista by way of the use of one simple criterion. When we came to PV last summer, overdue for teeth cleaning, he was by far the cheapest in Old Town. And we discovered that there are a number of dentistas who charge “gringo prices” to gringos, here. But not Guillermo, he cleans teeth for only 400P and now it’s time to check in with him for some serious work.
Upon examination Guillermo tells me that I do not need a corona, crown, that an incrustación, onlay will solve the problem. My mouth contains a small yacht worth of crowns and this is the first busted tooth that has not resulted in the need for another one. Here, after a shot of Novocaine, Guillermo is etching my busted tooth, prepping it for the onlay.
Guillermo is mixing up a paste which has the distinct odor of cloves (I am reminded of Marathon Man). He applies it to my busted tooth as a pain preventative. Most of it falls out later but enough remains to keep the tooth from being overly sensitive.
About a week and a half later I’m back in Guillermo’s oficina and now he is cleaning the tooth, readying it for the onlay.
Guillermo is mixing the glue and a minute later the onlay is in place. After a few days, when my mouth has settled down, the onlay still feels un poco alto, a little high, so I stop back and after a little grinding, my mouth is totally back to normal.
And the total cost for all of this? 1000P, about $81USD. Gracias tan mucho, Dr. Guillermo! We quiz him a little more about his prices and he tells us that he would have done a metal crown for that same tooth for the same price. If I’d gone porcelain, it would have run 1500P, but you all know by now what a tacaño I am. Asking further about crowns, he says they range from 1000P to 3000P depending on metal or porcelain, which tooth and its condition. Loyal reader, maybe it’s time for a little dental tourism, eh?
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Bruce and Mary have lived in Mexico for over 5 years and they are still astounded regularly by the values of services down here. If you have any similar stories please share, comentarios are always most welcome. Hasta proximo Domingo!