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Old Apr 28, 12, 9:30 pm   #1
 
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Colombia dental tourism

I'll be visiting Colombia for the next 2 weeks, Cali,Medellin,Bogota and am wondering if anyone can refer a dentist to install a new bridge and possibly put a crown on another tooth.I found a clinic in Cali (Sonrisas) but it was found from an ad and I'd rather have a referral from a person who had work done and could possibly give me an idea as to costs (3 unit front bridge) Thanks
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Old Apr 29, 12, 12:26 pm   #2
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Greetings thebug622

I had a similar question a couple of years ago (in Bogotá)
I had a dentist that I was really happy with but I felt they were sometimes "creative" and at best "inconsistent" with pricing and I eventually got the hump with them.

I asked for a referral and found a great dentist in Clinica Marly which is conveniently around the corner from where I live in Chapinero. It is a private clinic full of specialists, not just dentistry.

I have not required any major work since I went to him (previous dentist did root canal, onlay and a crown for me) but he specialises in implants and the friend that referred me has had some fairly major work done with him. (He is a Texan that comes to Colombia and also gets his teeth fixed up whilst he is here)

My only concern is that you are only here for 2 weeks and you are moving around a bit. Are you sure you will have time in Bogotá to get your new teeth back from the lab and fitted?

Your post serves as a timely reminder, I need to book a check-up and a scale and polish, I will gladly enquire re ballpark pricing for your bridge

Happy chewing

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Old Apr 29, 12, 12:30 pm   #3
 
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Anybody have rough price estimate for
crown done by quality provider in Bogota/Medellin??

I paid $1200+ recently here in Texas,
and shopping it around in USA did not lower the price.
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Old Apr 29, 12, 1:15 pm   #4
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Anybody have rough price estimate for
crown done by quality provider in Bogota/Medellin??

I paid $1200+ recently here in Texas,
and shopping it around in USA did not lower the price.
I don't have such a price. My root canal plus gold onlay was COP$900,000 and that's about 450 bucks if you want a price comparison. The onlay kept falling out so they chopped the rest out and gave me a crown no quibbles so I didn't pay for my crown. Had no probs with it since but this was with the previous dentist that I no longer use (mentioned above) That said it is an upmarket place with excellent facilities in a smart part of town.

I can ask about your crown too if you like
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Old Apr 29, 12, 2:59 pm   #5
 
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Thanks for your replies.The estimates I got here in Washington State might blow your mind. Estimate 1 was for 2 implants (as an anchor) then a crown over ,$7794 + another $2000 for an oral surgeon = $9794, Estimate 2 a 3 unit bridge was for $5901.I spoke with a Dr Antonio Escobar at Clinica Nueva Sonrisa in Cali and I sent him an x-ray of the area he quoted me about $1400 then after seeing the Xray told me the additional work would add about $500 =$1900.I believe his clinic has branches through out Colombia.Your correct about jumping around but my first 6 nts will be in Cali so that probably will be where I have the work done. I will only be staying in Bogota on a Sat and Sunday night and leaving on Monday night so work there would not be possible.I have one other dentist in Cali that I saw was recommended (from a old post 3 years ago on the net)and I called him but he has not yet replied.I guess I'll size up Sonrisa and if they seem like a professional organization have my work done there .One question, is it common to negotiate for a lower price for dental or MD services? Thanks again
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Old Apr 29, 12, 4:49 pm   #6
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I spoke with a Dr Antonio Escobar at Clinica Nueva Sonrisa in Cali
Name sounds familiar but I don't know it, in fact I don't know Cali

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One question, is it common to negotiate for a lower price for dental or MD services? Thanks again
Not really no. And why would you want to if you are already getting it about 80% cheaper?

Such people are proud professional people, many of which have ponied up the money to study dentistry in the USA, they run proper practices but just happen to be working in a more economical market.

My guess is that if you haggle you would come across as a bit cheap and cause a large slice of resentment
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Old Apr 30, 12, 7:44 am   #7
 
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Anybody have rough price estimate for
crown done by quality provider in Bogota/Medellin??

I paid $1200+ recently here in Texas,
and shopping it around in USA did not lower the price.
I saw a referral for Artica dental, on the LP forum, the Artica web site goves a price range of $250-$480. For a metal-ceramic crown $390
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Old Apr 30, 12, 7:45 am   #8
 
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Name sounds familiar but I don't know it, in fact I don't know Cali



Not really no. And why would you want to if you are already getting it about 80% cheaper?

Such people are proud professional people, many of which have ponied up the money to study dentistry in the USA, they run proper practices but just happen to be working in a more economical market.

My guess is that if you haggle you would come across as a bit cheap and cause a large slice of resentment
I agree ,thanks again Johnny
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I work at a dental office. Many of the patients we see who had work done in several of the South and Central American countries have work which would qualify as malpractice here in the US. Root canals that don't go all the way to the root end, crowns performed on teeth that are moving around and will come out, and other not so pretty outcomes.

Be careful. If it goes bad, you will not find many US dentists who will take over responsibility and you should wonder if you would want to return there to get it "fixed". Better find someone you personally know who had it done and came back with no problems as a reference rather than believe all you read, even in an FT forum. It can be a good thing, but the risk is ,frankly, high.
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I work at a dental office. Many of the patients we see who had work done in several of the South and Central American countries have work which would qualify as malpractice here in the US. Root canals that don't go all the way to the root end, crowns performed on teeth that are moving around and will come out, and other not so pretty outcomes.

Be careful. If it goes bad, you will not find many US dentists who will take over responsibility and you should wonder if you would want to return there to get it "fixed". Better find someone you personally know who had it done and came back with no problems as a reference rather than believe all you read, even in an FT forum. It can be a good thing, but the risk is ,frankly, high.
In my case I really have little choice,because as I stated in a earlier post the cost of having a bridge or implants is unaffordable to me and I have dental insurance but they will cover $2000 max.I have learned that medical/dental care can be spotty here in the USA as well as foreign lands.Best a consumer can do is ask questions check out the operation for a professional attitude and cross your fingers
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Not sure about the area you live in, but there is a dental college in Georgia (Augusta). We have referred people there, as the price is much cheaper. We also refer people to the local Atlanta dental hygiene school for cleanings if they cannot pay.

See if there is a local dental college and perhaps they can provide you with some inexpensive care. If you are willing to fly to Colombia with your fingers crossed to have significant dental work done by a dentist you have not met, best of luck.
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Old Apr 30, 12, 9:32 pm   #12
 
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Not sure about the area you live in, but there is a dental college in Georgia (Augusta). We have referred people there, as the price is much cheaper. We also refer people to the local Atlanta dental hygiene school for cleanings if they cannot pay.

See if there is a local dental college and perhaps they can provide you with some inexpensive care. If you are willing to fly to Colombia with your fingers crossed to have significant dental work done by a dentist you have not met, best of luck.
Thats a good suggestion and I did go on the internet to check U Washington dental school (I live an hour north of Seattle) they had 3 levels of students and 3 levels of prices. The lowest priced was still considerably more then what I'd get in Colombia.And there is a long wait for an appointment in the meantime I need to chew my food. I have had good luck in the past receiving dental care in Thailand and the Phillipines, my dentist in Thailand was a grad of NYU (and most of the Dentists in the clinic had degrees from US, Aus, or UK schools) and my Phillipine dentist had previously had a license in California.So I felt I was in good hands. Thanks for the suggestions
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Only do a dental school IF you have a lot of time...

Even though I graduated from dental school in 1983, not much has changed since then. Appointments are often scheduled for a half of a day, even for one simple filling. Just like a visit to a local dentist, there are many many steps to complete before you even get any work done. Since it is a learning environment for the student, he/she will need to get the treatment plan checked off by multiple departments, which may need more visits.

You pay for the dentistry with your time. The quality is usually pretty good because the instructors will not let shoddy work leave the clinic.

Good luck!

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Old May 1, 12, 12:55 pm   #14
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Not sure about the area you live in, but there is a dental college in Georgia (Augusta). We have referred people there, as the price is much cheaper. We also refer people to the local Atlanta dental hygiene school for cleanings if they cannot pay.

See if there is a local dental college and perhaps they can provide you with some inexpensive care. If you are willing to fly to Colombia with your fingers crossed to have significant dental work done by a dentist you have not met, best of luck.
You make some fair points, due diligence is key anywhere. That said if researched carefully you ought to be able to get a decent recommendation. Sadly I don't know Cali let alone its dentists so cannot really assist the OP
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Old May 15, 12, 11:03 pm   #15
 
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Just returned today from Colombia,I had a total of 4 root canals, a front 3 tooth bridge installed which involved installing 2 posts to anchor the bridge in place,and two large fillings.Total cost was about $2100 USD,I had the work done in Cali and Medellin and I'm pleased with the results.I really enjoyed Colombia and believe I saved about $5000 over US costs
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