Rating from 91 Reviews Hoping to be ecstaticMaria, Minneapolis, 20 May 15
I have always felt that my bad teeth appearance was simply something I had to live with because I could never afford a mouth makeover. A friend mentioned she went to Costa Rica for treatment and was very happy. I started looking online, and began to see all the countries that offer affordable dental care. I wanted to find the closest place to USA that I could find care. I looked on Dental Websites and discovered Los Algodones, which is on Arizona border. I began making inquiries to clinics there, and Frank was the first to call me back. I sent him my panoramic X-ray, which he sent to Dr. Jimenez, and we went from there.
He was so easy to talk to, answered questions, sent loads of travel information, prices and procedures ect. ect. He was very patient was my borderline neurotic fears about going to Mexico for dental work. He understood my wistful dream to have a new smile, and reassured me at Circle Dental Clinic it was very possible.
Friends and family advised me against it, citing every possible horrible scenario imaginable. I decided to trust Frank and read reviews of him and the clinic, and researched the procedure I was thinking of having. After researching many clinics, I decided on Circle Dental because Frank was by far the best PR man of them all. It is so important to have someone you can easily communicate with!
I set up my trip flying into Yuma to stay at a hotel there, and commuted by cab to border. Frank reassured me someone would meet me at border and walk me to clinic.
I haven't traveled much, and Los Algodones was very strange to me, but Dr. Jimenez was reassuring and his assistants as well. They actually suggested a better treatment option than I had originally decided would be best for me,that was slightly cheaper for me. Instead of removable overdentures with implants, they opted to save my existing teeth with crowns and fixed bridges and just two implants in lower jaw. This will be so much more comfortable and natural than a removable denture. I am also so grateful to the Dr. for discovering I needed a root canal that I didnt know I needed. While preparing me for crowns, they immediately gave me a root canal as if it was nothing at all. It all was so quick and efficient. I am going in today to get my permanent crowns and bridges placed, and then I will return in 4 months for my implant crowns. This treatment has only taken two days, and my smile will be basically finished with the exception of the 2 lower molar implant crowns.
I am so hopeful that when I leave clinic today I will be thrilled. My pain has been minimal, and after having surgery yesterday, today all I needed was 1 ibuprofen as well as the cheaply priced antibiotics I bought in Los Algodones. Hoping for the best.
My only criticism if you could even call it that, is that the female help was rather indifferent .Perhaps they have just seen too many snowbird Americans and Canadians to be too thrilled with us. I guess I'm just used to the USA where the staff is all bright smiles and hellos and goodbyes etc. (atleast at my regular dental office) No big deal though.
This is definitely different than the USA, and its a strange town with clinic after clinic. Some of their methods are less formal, but from the moment I stepped into the dentist chair, I felt trust for the competency of Dr. Jimenez and his Dr. assistants. They were very kind.
Frank made everything so much easier.He helps you figure out finances and payment plan and is prompt in his replies to any question you might have. He never once made me feel as if I was bothering him. .I am hoping to be ecstatic today when I go back and get my permanent crowns and fixed bridges. I am very glad I decided to take this huge risk with Circle Dental Clinic. I am hoping tonight I will have a beautiful new smile. I have met some wonderful people along the way. I recommend Vick's VIP Transportation in Yuma, and The Shilo Inn, for a very reasonable and restful hotel stay.