One of my teeth broke in two. A big piece came out of my mouth, but another part stayed stuck in my gums. I immediately went to see my dentist, but he was unable to remove the part that was stuck, so he sent me to an endodontist here in Tucson.
For those that might not know, an endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canals, oral surgery, diseases of the dental pulp and nerve and other major dental procedures of that sort.
This endodontist told me that he would have to put me to sleep to remove the piece of tooth that was stuck in my gums. He said the cost for that would be $780.00. After the gum healed, he said I would need a dental implant, and this would cost me $4,500. So the total cost to make my face look normal again came to $5,280. And this endodontist demanded payment up front before he even started the work.
Over the years my wealthy friend, who can afford to go to any dentist he wants, has told me about a very affordable dentist he sees, a man he highly recommends. Problem was, his dentist is in Nogales, Mexico. But, thinking that $5,280 was a lot of money to replace just one tooth was absurd, I looked further into finding out more about this Mexican dentist.
I contacted the dentist, Dr. Jose Espinoza, (who speaks perfect English) and made an appointment to see him. Three days later, I was sitting in his examination chair two blocks south of the US-Mexican border. Dr. Espinoza said, “I can remove the broken tooth in five minutes if you’d like, and I certainly will not have to put you to sleep. A couple of weeks later we can begin the implant procedure. The total cost to you will be $1,750.” Being skeptical, I asked him how he could do this for such a good price. His response was, “why in the world do the American dentists charge so much?!”
Within a few short minutes, and with only one quick shot of Novocaine, the remnant of my broken tooth was removed. I was not put to sleep, and I was on my way back to the border in a flash.
I think I made a total of four visits over the next few months (the implant procedure requires screwing something into the bone, then waiting for that to heal. Then another step that requires another healing process, so the entire implant procedure takes a few months). My new tooth is now an integral part of me, looks just like my other teeth, and is quite permanent. I could not be happier, and I whole-heartedly recommend this dentist to everyone who asks.
His name is Dr. Jose Espinoza. His address is 171 Lopez Mateos Ave #1, Nogales Mexico. He has an Arizona telephone number, and can be reached there at (520) 980-5298. His Mexican phone number is 011-52-(631)-312-7710. Dr. Espinoza has a web site, too. You can see it here.