Samaritan Dental in Tijuana Mexico

Today, people can’t afford to spend a lot on their teeth. Quality care at a fraction of the cost makes sense. It is time to go to a dentist in Mexico. We offer quality dental work with honest prices. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns, dental implants and many more treatments.

The economic alternative to high costs in the US, is to come to choose Tijuana dentistry. For a new smile, or dental implants, or an all on 4 or 6 full arch replacement, Samaritan Dental in Tijuana is your most affordable choice, offering the best in dental care.

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Reasons to come to Samaritan Dental:

We are one of several dental clinics, which are united to share resources and expertise to offer the highest quality in dental treatment. Over the years, we have helped thousands of patients to find dental solutions, within their means, with a happy result.

1. Our dentists are qualified professionals. All our dental staff are board certified, and well trained. They will explain your treatment options, the treatments they recommend, but in the end, you make the choice. Before we start treatments, you will have the info on what the options are, and the benefits you can expect.

2. Samaritan Dental is easy to get to. We can pick you up at the border, or if you drive across, we will pick you up at a convenient parking building right by the border. Or if you are flying in, we can arrange for you to be picked up at the border, or help you get to the border with UBER. We will help you with all the arrangements.

3. Our Mexican dentists offer top treatments at an affordable rate. Why pay more, up to 3 times the amount in the US, for dental treatments that we can do equally as well here in Mexico. We have the reputation of excellent cosmetic dentistry. Our dental office is modern, with the best equipment and technology.

4. We guarantee our dental treatments. If your dental work fails because of materials or something we didn’t do properly, we will take care of it here in our clinic at no cost.

Samaritan is found in the best part of Tijuana, the Zona Rio. Some people have questioned the safety of going to Mexico, and as in any major city, there are areas that are not as nice. But we are near the border, and in a very clean and modern neighborhood. We are secure, being across the street from the government municipal offices.

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The number one place for dental tourism in Mexico is Tijuana!

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If you can’t afford to go to the dentist in the US, you have the great alternative of choosing a dentist in Tijuana. Dentistry in Tijuana is inexpensive, much cheaper than the US, and is of equal to or better than dentistry in other places. For example,  a root canal in the US can cost you up to $450 per conduit, and as molar teeth have 3 or 4 conduits, the cost would be up to $1200 dls., and that is just the root canal. The post and crown are an additional cost. At Samaritan Dental, we charge $295. For the core build up with post, in the US, it is $350, and a cheap pfm crown is $850 = 1200.  At Samaritan, the cost for core buildup is 120, and a pfm crown is 325 = $445. As you can see the savings by going to a dentist in Tijuana is substantial. We can place dental implants, and also specialize in smile make overs. Tijuana dentistry is high quality, and at a low cost. Please give us a call today and we can answer all your questions.

Our Tijuana dental staff has the best training, and our clinic is very modern and well equipped. See the photos above of some of our dental work in Mexico. You will be happy and leave with a smile on your face.

Are you interested in something better than a denture? Dental Implants are the solution!

The problem with dentures is that they are not secure in your mouth. They feel bulky and can “flop around” when the gun shrinks, and they get loose, so you have to apply adhesive, i.e. fixadent or polygrip.  But our Mexican dental staff are experts in giving you a fixed, solid zirconia bridge that mounts permanently onto dental implants. It is commonly called an “all on 6”. First 6 dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, and after 5 months of healing time, a dental appliance is made that screws onto the dental implants. This is something you can’t take our yourself. It in not moveable. Only the dentist can take it out, to clean under it at regular dental check-ups. This is something that feels like a part of your mouth, looks natural, and stays put.

If you are just missing some of your teeth, we can place a couple of dental implants, and place a permanent bridge. A dental implant stimulates the bone, and helps to hold the bone, avoiding bone loss and even more tooth loss. The cost of a single implant surgery is $795, while the average in the US is $2800. After that, the cost of second stage, here at Samaritan Dental in Tijuana, Is just $800. Compare that to $2200 in the US. Give us a call for more information. Our Patient coordinator can answer all your questions.

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At out Tijuana dental clinic, we do a lot of root canals. All patients have heard of root canals, and usually when they have pain in a tooth, they think that a root canal is needed. However, there can be other reasons tor tooth pain, such as inflamed gums caused by periodontal issue, like food getting packed under the gumline. Also, inflammation can happen when a tooth has recently been capped, or filled, and it is a little high, and needs adjusting. With the tooth a little high, it gets more pressure on it when you chew, resulting in the ligaments, that hold the tooth in, get inflamed. The resulting pain can make you feel like you need a root canal, even if that tooth has already had one.

But when the pain is due to decay getting close to the nerve, it is time for a root canal. Only the dentist can tell, both with physical examination, and an oral x-ray.

There are nerves and blood vessels that go from the jawbone to the central pulp of the tooth. These are called “conduits”. A front tooth usually has one conduit, the bicuspids have 2, and molars can have 3 or 4 conduits, even sometimes 5 conduits in the roots of the tooth. Only a couple of x-rays, from different angles will show the number of conduits, as every person can be different. During a root canal procedure, the top of the tooth is opened, the pulp removed, and then the specialist will have to clean out the nerve and blood vessel tissue from the conduits. The more conduits, the more work it is, and the longer it can take. In the US, a specialist will charge up to 400 dls per conduit.  At a dentist in Tijuana, we differentiate between “anterior” teeth, and molars, charging a flat fee for the molars, regardless of number of conduits.

A root canal specialist must go to the university for an additional 2 years of studies. There is a reason for this. It is important to properly diagnose when a tooth needs a root canal or is hurting or sensitive because of other factors. Also, there can be complications due to infection. Also, sometimes a tooth is calcified, and the conduit is blocked. Or a tooth root is curved and difficult to clean out. A specialist can also detect when a toot root is fractured and can’t be saved. Sometimes a tooth root has infection come back, and need a apicoectomy. The tooth conduit must be cleaned out within certain parameters, in order to be successful. All these reasons, and more, are what makes a ‘endodontist” or “root canal specialist” the appropriate person to perform this treatment rather than a general dentist. It takes specialized training and practice. At our Tijuana dentist office, we only use specialist, dentists trained in endodontics. At some clinics, the general dentist will try to do root canals, but the results are not always what we would hope for, with problems and reinfection a possibility down the road.

Once the tooth has had a root canal, it has been hollowed out, with a soft “guta-percha” filling in the conduits. But it is without the life-giving blood flow, so the tooth is basically dead. The result is that it will become brittle over time. Also, if it is not filled in, it will quickly become re-infected, will need extraction. What the dentist does, after the tooth has root canaled, is to place a fiberglass or metal post into one of the conduits, and then reconstruct the tooth with composite resin. The post reinforces the tooth, like rebar in concrete. The resin seals things in and give form to the tooth.

The resin alone can seal the tooth for a limited time, but it isn’t hard enough to hold up under constant chewing. It will crack, and then the bacteria get back into the tooth. A porcelain or zirconia cap. Seal the tooth completely, and will protect it, so that you can continue problem free for many years.

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At Samaritan Medical & Dental Group, we know that the biggest obstacle to good dental care is the high costs involved. Many people fail to get the dental services that they need because of lack of adequate funds to visit a dental clinic or pay for a particular dental procedure. Dental care costs are particularly high in advanced countries like the United States.

But you can get a solution to the high cost of dental services by opting for dental tourism. Dental tourism involves patients seeking dental services in countries that offer the services that they need at a lower price. At Samaritan Medical & Dental Group, we have embraced this model by providing high-quality dental care to all.

Our charges

Our charges are up to 75% lower than what you would pay for similar services in a comparable clinic in the United States. The low cost of dental services at our facility is due to the lower operating costs in Mexico compared to industrialized countries like the United States. In the United States, the high cost of training, labor and other factors like rent cause the cost of dental care to rise exponentially.

In Mexico, on the other hand, the costs of labor and other factors of production are lower. And because we are located in Tijuana, just across Mexico’s border with the United States, we benefit from the lower costs in Mexico and pass the benefits to our clients by pricing our services affordably. It definitely makes sense if you can get top-quality dental care at a fraction of what you would have paid in the United States.

The services we offer

We provide a wide range of dental services including dental implants, smile makeovers, All on 4, and many more.

Dental implants

A dental implant is recommended if your tooth and the tooth root have been damaged. During the procedure, our dentists will replace the damaged root with an implant that is made of a metal such as titanium. They will then allow the structure to bond with your jaw bone. The dental implant acts as your new tooth root, on which a crown (an artificial tooth) is mounted once the site has healed.

All in 4

If all your teeth are missing or damaged beyond repair, our dentists are likely to recommend the All in 4 procedure for you. Our dentists are also likely to recommend All in 4 if you have experienced bone loss. Bone loss occurs when teeth are lost but not replaced immediately. We perform All in 4 by focusing on achieving high functionality and comfort of your jaws once the procedure is completed.

Smile makeovers

We know the importance of a smile and are committed to helping our clients improve their smiles. If you have problems such as discolored teeth, jaw misalignment, crooked teeth, missing teeth or gaps in the teeth, we can help you. We perform all kinds of procedures to restore the normal functioning of your mouth and ensure that you can smile confidently.

History of Samaritan Dental

Originally the website was created for a clinic in a different location. The owner of the clinic worked there for about 5 years. But because of growth, the inclusion of plastic surgery and bariatric surgery options, and needs for alterations in the administration, it became prudent to relocate and reorganize. The new organization was named Samaritan Medical/Dental Network. Eventually, the medical part separated to become Better Body Bariatric, and Tijuana Dentist Center merged with Samaritan. The dental clinic also goes by the name Dr Mexico. All these changes evolved over the course of 13 years, but it is still the same owner of the dental clinic from day one. All this to explain that while there have been some changes in location, the overall experience of the ownership in the field of dentistry in Tijuana is 13 years. We have been serving American patients coming to Tijuana for dental tourism all this time and are very cognizant of the needs and concerns of Us patients.

Through the years, we have attended nearly 20,000 different patients. Most have come from California, but they have come from as far away as Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, New York, Chicago, and many cities in between. Many have come in just for general dentistry, root canals, and crowns, and dentures. But many have also come for full oral rehabilitations, smile makeovers, dental implants, implant supported dentures (all-on-4 or all-on-6), and hybrid dentures.

Samaritan has developed a lot of professional relationships. Besides our very capable base staff, we have some excellent dental specialists who come to the clinic regularly to do dental work. There are a number of endodontists or root canal specialists, dental implant specialists, periodontists and a maxillofacial surgeon, and access to operating rooms when called for. Whatever treatment a patient needs, we can take care of it. We also have a network of suppliers, and dental labs we can work with for the different types of prosthetics that are required.

Patient Testimonials

“One of the best decisions I ever made was to go to the dentist in Tijuana. I chose the clinic, i.e. Samaritan dental. The coordinator who took my call, Jim, answered all my questions, and helped me figure out my finances, and helped me arrange my lodging. It took 4 separate trips to tijuana, from Portland, Oregon, before I finished with my dental work, and the clinic always picked me up at the airport, and took care of my transportation. Because of my work schedule, they even opened up, just for me, on Sundays, so that I could get everything done in the time frame I had available. 

Aside from accommodating me, in every way possible, and being very attentive to my situation, the dental work done, literally changed my life. To start, let me explain my dental situation: When I got to Tijuana, most of my teeth were in very bad shape. I looked like I had been chewing on rocks! I looked like I was a crack addict, although I never used drugs. It is just that my tooth enamel was soft, and because the costs of going to a local dentist were so high, I had many years of neglect. Of the teeth I had remaining, 17 of them needed root canals. I also had to have 5 dental implants placed, to fill in lost molars. My first day in the chair, they had an amazing endodontist, who worked on me all day, to do root canals.  In my first trip, all teeth needing root canals were fixed, any remaining tooth roots were extracted, teeth were prepared for crowns, and temporary crowns were placed, I was there for 4 days. Two weeks later, I came back had the permanent crowns cemented on, and then had dental implants put in. I was there for 3 days that trip. 

After waiting about 5 months I came back to have healing caps placed on the implants, and after a couple weeks, the dentist took impressions for the permanent crowns to be placed over the implants. I looked very good, when the majority of my crowns were placed, but after the implant crowns were placed, I honestly had the smile I had always dreamed of. I could finally smile with confidence, and my social life took a big upturn.  I am so happy that I came to Samaritan, and have recommended this clinic to many people. The dentists took their time, did great work, and really made me feel well cared for. 

Just one other note, Tijuana has gotten a bad rap. I was a little fearful to go across that border, because of a lot of, I feel, very slanted reports. But honestly, I found Tijuana to be very modern, and clean and orderly, at least in the part of the city where my clinic is, and the hotel district. I never felt intimidated or in danger at any time, There are a lot of things to do and see. The police seem to keep things in order and safe. Maybe because they depend on tourism, so they keep the tourist sector very safe. All I know, I would like to go back sometime, just to go visit the beach, and hang out.”

Patient Testimonials

“I was living in Louisiana, and unfortunately, because of the lack of funds, as well as other neglect, I had let my teeth go. There was a lot of decay, stains, and chipped teeth. Some circumstances came about in my life, that I wanted to make a complete change in my life and to just start over, But I needed to start with my appearance, and my smile was my worst distraction. The prices of dental work back home was well beyond my means, and I knew that I could never afford any substantial work to be done, unless I looked for some alternative form of dentistry. I had heard of dental tourism in other countries, but it seemed to make more sense to go somewhere accessible, and Tijuana México seemed to be the right ticket. I had some vacation time coming up, and so after researching on the internet, I found The patient coordinator, Jim, was very helpful. He picked me up at the airport and helped me with hotel arrangements, I decided to stay at a hotel in Rosarito that was right on the beach. Had great views of the beach, and Rosarito was a great place for vacation. Great food was in plenty. I also had the opportunity to go to Valle de Guadalupe, wine country, by Ensenada.

My dental work took about 10 days. I had 10 upper crowns placed, as well as fillings on lower teeth. The dentists did an excellent job. Very gentle, and gave a lot of attention to detail. I was very pleased, and have planned to go back eventually to have all my lower teeth crowned as well. I would recommend Samaritan dental to anyone who wants quality dentistry at a discounted price.

Also, especially along the coast, Tijuana is a nice spot for tourism, A ton of great restaurants and wonderful scenery. The people are very friendly and warm. I honestly enjoyed the two weeks I was there very much.”

Patient Testimonials

“I was tired of my yellow teeth, as well as some of the gaps and chips. I wanted to get porcelain veneers, but was shocked to find out the price from the dentist near me. After searching for a dentist in Tijuana, I found it was something within my price range, and it was doable. For the price of 8 veneers in Tijuana, I could only get two or three veneers at home. Samaritan dental gave me a beautiful smile that was affordable. I plan to return for more dental work, as well as bring my family and friends. The dental staff was wonderful, and the patient coordinator, Jim, took the time with me that I needed to feel comfortable. The clinic is very modern, and has the best equipment, The dentists really seem knowledgeable as well. We stayed in The Hacienda de Rio hotel, and it was very comfortable, as well as affordable. We paid less than a comparable hotel in San Diego, and did not have the hassle of crossing back and forth across the border for dental appointments. The clinic has a shuttle that picks you up at the border, and takes you to your hotel. You can easily get to the border from San diego airport via Uber. All in all, we had a very positive experience at the dentist in Tijuana. Next, I have friends who need dental implants.