Going to the Dentist in Ecuador
You might think that dental work would not be a very interesting subject for a Chronicle. But the truth is we get a lot of questions about medical and dental services in Ecuador. Many people are considering having medical work done in countries where it is much less expensive than in the US - Medical tourism is booming. Chronicles that touch on medical subjects are quite popular. So, here I will go over my recent experience having dental work done in Ecuador.
First - Evaluation of the Problem
Dalynda went through an evaluation process to select a dentist for us a few months ago, so I knew who my dentist would be - Doctora Marielena Flores, who speaks good English. There is a previous Chronicle on this by Dalynda Hester Almand that you may want to check out - here is the link:
I had a couple of major problems. First, I had a tooth pulled a couple of years ago that I had not dealt with, and recently a piece of one of my teeth broke off. I could no longer neglect my teeth, so I made an appointment with Doctora Flores.
Doctora Marielena Flores - Our Dentist in Quito
It turned out that my broken tooth was actually an old crown that had broken. The crown would have to be completely removed and replaced. In looking at the x-ray, the Doctora also recommended a root canal on that tooth before replacing the crown.
I had thought a bridge would be the solution for my missing tooth, but the Doctora thought I should consider a dental implant. She explained that a bridge would require crowning over three good teeth - in effect destroying three good teeth to replace the missing tooth. She brought in Doctor Fernando Zurita who specializes in dental implants to do an evaluation. The missing tooth was a rear upper molar - I had read that for upper molar implants sometimes additional bone had to be grafted, so I was concerned about that. He looked at the x-ray (it is displayed on a computer screen in the office) and said it appeared that I had enough bone for the implant - but he would need a full panoramic x-ray to be sure.
Appointments to Get it Done
It took several appointments to get everything done. First Doctora Flores had to remove the old broken crown. Next came the root canal - which required a specialist. This was Doctora Maria Fernanda Mora.
Root Canal Team - Doctora Maria Fernanda Mora and Her Assistant
Guys - If You Need a Root Canal this is the Way to Go - If You Catch my Drift
The root canal went fine - no pain, but it took a while. Doctora Mora is very professional in her work - as you will note from her picture.
In the mean time I had the full panoramic x-ray done (cost $19.40) in the same medical building. After the root canal Doctora Flores took the imprint for the crown - the dental practice has their own lab for making teeth.
Next was the implant with Doctor Zurita. The panoramic x-ray showed that I had plenty of bone, no graft needed - the implant was a go.
Stay tuned next week for the full story on Doctor Zurita, the dental implant, crown installation and full pricing information on the work I had done - with a comparison to what it would cost in the US. At Live Well Ecuador the excitement never ends!
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