In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Dental Care in
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
I like to share our foreign country medical experiences with our
Readers because we feel it gives first hand insight into what goes
on. We have been proponents of
medical tourism for almost 3 decades
now, and these personal experiences allows you to hear how the
service went, if there were problems encountered and what pricing
Hopefully, it gives you a clear idea of what it’s like to
receive medical care in another country.
Regardless of how
good one’s health is, most people have had dental work. It’s not an unfamiliar
circumstance, and of all the categories of medical tourism, this one seems to have
the safest image.
Since we were going
to be in Chapala,
Mexico over the summer, we decided to have our teeth cleaned and
Because this isn’t
one of my favorite things to do and I have had trouble with my teeth all my
life, I can be a bit resistant to actually going to a dentist to begin with. I
keep meaning to do it, but, well… there are so many other things I would prefer
to do. And the dentist I had been using for cleaning was in a town a few bus
stops away… and the long and short of it I never got it together.
So, Billy spoke with
a friend of his who recently had excellent major work done right here in the
town of Chapala. Since I could just walk there in less than 10 minutes from
sit, Billy gave me the business card and encouraged me to go there.
Believe it or not,
because it was so convenient and I really did need to have my annual cleaning, I
promptly made an appointment for the next morning.
English was spoken by
both the receptionist and the dentist so I felt very comfortable plopping myself
down (can anyone really say that?) in the dental chair. What was so exceptional about Dr. Sandra, was that
before she did anything she explained what was going to happen next.
Isn’t that great?
“I’m going to check
out your teeth here with this tiny camera first,” she said. And into my mouth a
camera-on-a-stick was placed. On the video screen in front of me was an inside
look of my dental work. Mama mia!
“Ok, I see some
problems, but I’m going to clean your teeth first, then take a look with the
camera again to be sure,” the doctor explained while she showed me certain teeth on
the video screen. “Have you ever had your teeth cleaned with powder before? It’s
quick, efficient, and doesn’t disturb your enamel.”
In all my years of
cleaning I have had the scraping and poking, the high pressure water, and the
intense laser styles. Never the powder, so this would be a first.
Powder was puffed
into my mouth directly onto the teeth and literally within moments, my teeth
were cleaned without pain. It was so enjoyable that I was sitting in amazement.
Another look with the
camera and Dr. Sandra showed me my problem areas. There was no denying, several
of my aged fillings had expanded and were cracking my teeth. Not only that, but
Lordy, Lordy, my old bridge was a-crackin’ too.
I needed four new
inlays, one cavity filled and a new 4-tooth bridge.
Holy um... Moley! I could
see the dollar signs accumulating, but the picture was not pretty. Dr. Sandra
said I could wait for the work to be done, but eventually what would happen is
the tooth would crack then perhaps a root canal would be in order. I knew this was
true, because I had just had the exact same experience the year before. Better
to get it done and over with, right now. So I paid her the 150Pesos for the
cleaning (about $12USD) and went home to discuss my situation with Billy.
To make a very long
story short, over the next couple of weeks, my dentist drilled, filled and
inlayed my teeth. She cracked and replaced my bridge and adjusted my bite.
The total for four
gold inlays, one cavity and a 4-tooth porcelain bridge came to 12,850Pesos or about
Billy's broken tooth
Billy wants to have fun too!
Not wanting me
to have all the fun on my own, Billy broke a molar while we were out at lunch. He goes to a
different dentist (Doctora Lourdes) and she recommended a porcelain inlay for
1,450Pesos or $116USD, and scheduled an appointment for the prep work on the following
Monday. She drilled out the old filling, prepped the tooth and finished
up by taking a mold of his mouth. The inlay is produced in Guadalajara
and and one week later the work would be completed.
However, on Thursday evening (4
days later) Billy
call from his dentist letting him know that his inlay is already
finished and he can
come in the very next day to be fit. This is normally her day off, but Dra.
Lourdes knew we were leaving for
Guatemala next week and wanted to be
sure there were no
problems with the dental work.
When was the last time your
dentist worked on his day off to be sure it fit your schedule
instead of his?
Pricing we were
quoted for bridges and inlays in the States far exceeded what we paid for this
work to be done in Chapala, not to mention the prompt and professional service
Doctora Maria de Lourdes
Avenida Federico Madero #467, Centro
Tele: 01. 376. 765. 2800
Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm
Saturday, 10am to 2pm
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your
Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website
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