economics, travel

my Buenos Aires dental vacation

I lost a dental bridge while hiking Aconcagua base camp.

Searching online one clinic looked best in Argentina. They cater to foreign visitors. Their English language page is welcoming.

Dental DAS Group Argentina 

On the other hand, DAS didn’t not reply to my online inquiry. In fact only 2 of about 10 dentists responded.

I walked in the door unexpected at 10am on a Monday morning. I walked out at 2pm Monday afternoon with a rush order for my replacement bridge to be installed same week.

How long would this have taken in Canada? How many appointments?

I returned Thursday to check the fit. And determine colour.

Friday it was to be installed … but the enamel was not thick enough to be carved down to the correct size.

Rats. 🤨

Rather than 5 days total the procedure would take 12 days. I’d been warned about this possibility at the start.

So … with 6 days free I decided to take the ferry over to Uruguay for Carnival.

In the States, Bridges cost $700 to $1,500 / tooth. They last between 10 – 20 years. I’m hoping this one will see me out.

This brother and sister team of dentists get rave reviews from foreigners. I’d recommend them, as well. Everyone in the office is good looking. I felt like I was on some Dental Reality TV program.

After 5 nights in Uruguay I returned for the final fitting. It worked!

Cost is higher than in Mexico. Lower than in Canada or the U.S.

  • Consultation $40
  • Cleaning $40
  • Root Canal $531
  • (long)  Bridge $2342

TOTAL U.S. $2953 (CAD $3726)

My guess is that a Canadian dentist would have strongly advised implants.

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