My Snowbird Credentials Just Increased Substantially

16 04 2011

I didn’t do a great job of listening to my parents’ tooth-brushing instructions as a kid, and as a result had a lot of fillings placed when I was younger. The inevitable problem with having fillings is that they don’t last forever. My dental hygiene has come a long way since my younger years, but I’ve had occasional pain in a couple of teeth for a little while now.

So I did what any good fulltime RVer would do, and went to Los Algodones, Mexico to get my dental work taken care of.

US & Mexican Flags At The Border

US & Mexican Flags At The Border

Dr. Montoya's Office

Dr. Montoyas Office

Here’s my gushing review: I strongly recommend Dr. Montoya for Algodones dental work. I found her online through her many positive reviews, and that was all confirmed in my experience. Algodones is a very safe border town that almost exclusively deals in medical tourism, particularly dentistry. When you cross the border into Algodones you are met by dental hustlers, and in speaking with many of Dr. Montoya’s other patients there is good reason as to why her practice doesn’t solicit patients. The patients seek her out. Dr. Montoya lives in Yuma and practices in a lovely and clean office in Algodones. Dr. Montoya’s attention to quality is superb, her dentistry is nearly painless and though Adriana – her other dentist on staff – doesn’t speak much English, she performs wonderfully as well. Their office also charges between 25% and 40% of what you’d pay in the United States.

In The Chair

In The Chair

Jay And Dr. Montoya's Endodontist, Mid- Root Canal! (Painless, completely)

Jay And Dr. Montoyas Endodontist, Mid- Root Canal! (Painless, completely)

The damage was $2,200 and many hours in the dentist’s chair, but I took solace in knowing that I saw a high-quality dentist and at around 30% of what I’d pay in the States.

Gigi, Dr. Montoya's New Front Desk Person

Gigi, Dr. Montoyas New Front Desk Person

In-Your-Face Dental Practices

In-Your-Face Dental Practices

There were no baggage inspections or security checkpoints on the way into Mexico, so we crossed the border each day without so much as reaching for our passports. On the way back into the U.S., there were fairly long lines for vehicles and pedestrians, but bicycles are instructed to ride to the front of the line so we crossed without a wait on either side.

We Biked By This Sign on the Way to Algodones - First Time in Mexico for Both of Us

We Biked By This Sign on the Way to Algodones - First Time in Mexico for Both of Us

Reunion Point Inside Algodones - There's ACTUALLY a Circle, With Arrows Indicating Where to Stand

Reunion Point Inside Algodones - Theres ACTUALLY a Circle, With Arrows Indicating Where to Stand

Our dry camping spot during the Algodones trips had been Quechan Casino Resort, which has a huge RV lot and is just two miles from the border. We biked to Mexico nearly every day this week, explored Algodones’ culinary offerings and made sure to take a dip into the casino’s really nice pool and lazy river ride before pulling out of Yuma yesterday.

Border Patrol Checkpoint Outside of Yuma - We didn't want to deal with an onboard inspection, so Ayo waved at the officer and gave her sweetest, most high-pitched "Hi!" and we were waved forward

Border Patrol Checkpoint Outside of Yuma - We didnt want to deal with an onboard inspection, so Ayo waved at the officer and gave her sweetest, most high-pitched "Hi!" and we were waved forward

We are in Phoenix, heading to Atlanta for a Passover retreat.  Details to come!

posted by yair

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