Dr. Daniel Fernández is a board certified periodontal specialist with full time practice focused on periodontal surgery and implant dentistry in the city of Monterrey, México. He graduated in 2001 from the dental school at the University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), and later obtained his Master’s Degree also by the UANL. He is a certified member of the Mexican Board of Certified Periodontics (Consejo Mexicano de Periodoncia) since 2006 and has an externship in dental implants by the University of Stony Brook in New York.
Dr. Fernández works with a team of highly qualified dentists and uses the latest techniques in:
Committed to offer a high end treatment, Dr. Fernández uses biomaterials and dental implants of outstanding quality in order to achieve the best possible results according to each patient´s condition.
The main reason why dental work is expensive in the United States is because studying dentistry implies an “astronomical” investment.
Most of the American dentists had a hard time paying their students loans. That combined with the costs of setting up a dental office makes it very expensive to become a dentist.
In Mexico, higher education is public. Many well prepared dentists in Mexico come from public universities, so they don’t need to spend a lot of money on their education.
Public universities in Mexico are as good, or even better that private ones, such as the Universidad Autónoma de México, the second best in Latin America.
Another important reason why going to the dentist is expensive in the United States is the paid labour. In general, labour is cheaper in Mexico. The fees salaries of dental technicians, laboratories and dental assistants are lower compared to the United States.
Also, the real estate cost is lower in Mexico. The large expenses of leasing in the U.S. will be part of the dental bills indirectly.
Finally, dental insurance in the United States covers only simple and routine procedures such as dental cleanings and dental fillings, which are relatively affordable. Complex dental replacement surgeries, as well as dentures, are not covered by dental insurance.
This is why paying for these types of procedures becomes very difficult, coupled with all the other factors that make dental work have a higher cost than in Mexico.
Monterrey is one of the most developed cities in Mexico and an important business center. According to a study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Monterrey is the city with the best quality of life in Mexico and the eighth in Latin America.
Being an industrial city and headquarter of many multinational companies, Monterrey has direct flights to most of the major cities in the United States such as Chicago, Houston, New York and Dallas.
In addition, Monterrey is recognized by its academic offer. The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), is the largest and most recognized public university in northen Mexico. The city is also home of important private universities such as the Tec de Monterrey, one of the 10 best universities in Latin America.
Dentists who graduate from these universities have the same level of knowledge and skills as in the United States. They even use the same techniques and protocols than the American dentists.
Monterrey is leader in medical tourism. Several renowned hospitals such as San José Tec Salud and Zambrano Hellion, are certified by the General Health Council and approved with the standards of the Joint Commission International.
This is why it is easier to have access to medical quality materials and first-world radiographic imaging centers.
No. In fact, internationally renowned brands such as Straumman and Nobel Biocare are very popular in Mexico.
The biomaterials and dental implants of recognized brands used in Mexico comply with the regulations of United States (approved by the Food and Drug Administration), so the patient should not have any concern about their origin or quality.
No, not all dental clinics in Mexico have acceptable quality standards.
If you wish to come to Mexico to have a dental procedure, you need to look up the dental clinic and the dentist that offers you the best service, not only in terms of cost. Some important things to consider are:
The dentist’s academic preparation – It is very important to search for a specialist that can provide you his professional certificates.
The dentist English skills – It is important that the dentist speaks English fluently to explain the procedure in a detailed manner, understand your needs and clarify your questions. Therefore, it is important to have a first approach by phone.
Ask for a final quote in advance – This should be possible if you send X-rays and/or Cone Beam CTScan to the dentist by email.
Dentist’s office location – Verify that the office is located in a commercial area, preferably in a medical area, to make sure it complies with sanitary regulations and permits.
Quality of materials used – It is important to ask what brands and materials the dentist uses in his office. Not all dentists in Mexico use the same brands.
Reviews – Search for satisfied patients reviews (like Facebook and Google). Don’t trust in dental tourism facilitators reviews, they are often paid.