Friday, August 7, 2015

PANORAMIC X-RAY - What is it and how much? My dental implant dentist said I need one..

My dentist said to get a pano..  A what?   
(It's not some kind of Italian bread or pantyhose)

Article by Medical & Dental Tourism writer David Mandich 

Don’t panic over a pano. This strange new (since 1985) x-ray is commonly used by dental specialists for evaluating a patient’s oral condition before deciding on procedures. 
If you are thinking about having serious dentistry such as dental implants or a dental makeover – and you are want to go abroad to see a dentist in Mexico or someplace  exotic in Asia – your specialist dentist may request a panoramic x-ray. 

Panoramic radiograph x-rays show an ear to ear 180 degree view of the patient’s jaws and all the teeth as well as much of the head and neck anatomy.

The machine used is different than the standard x-ray unit as the patient generally stands while the x-ray unit travels on a semi-circular track around the patient’s head.

A pano will show in greater detail impacted wisdom teeth, bone loss, often sources of dental pain caused by tmj (temporomandibular) disorder, oral trauma and orthodontic assessments necessary for oral surgery.

The image quality is vastly superior to conventional film-based systems and of great importance to oral surgeons and maxillofacial specialists in assessing a patient’s suitability for conventional, mini dental implants, or other procedures. 

Cone 3D Technology is a new advancement to digital pano devices.

The panoramic apparatus slowly rotates 180 degrees around the patient's head taking the x-ray

Get a pano from a specialist at home in advance or have one made in your dental vacation destination (assuming you are not going to Timbuktu). The costs will range from $150us to $300 in the US, Canada or Australia vs. $30 to $65 by a dentist in Manila or Puerto Vallarta Mexico using the same pano x-ray units.

It doesn't matter whether you have your pano made in New York, Cabo or Manila. 
It's simply a matter of cost and convenience.

  • What does matter is having the assessment for implants or other surgeries and the eventual dentistry performed by a board certified dentist.
  • In many developing nations - (Mexico, Thailand etc.) General dentists untrained and un-certified for anything other than drilling and filling teeth are permitted to attempt advanced dentistry learning as they go at your expense (read that line again).
  • The pano will help the dentist to determine if you will be a suitable candidate for implants or not.

Dental Tourism: Your best option or a successful dental vacation is to have a consultation and pano made back home and sent to a board certified dentist in Mexico, Asia or elsewhere for their opinion and estimate. Then compare the two.

If  you have already decided to head for Puerto Vallarta or Tijuana/San Diego for your denture adventure and want to save $2-300 on the consultation and pano at home - just wing it to your preferred dental travel destination and  have the pano and consultation there.

All on 4 prosthesis - can use mini or conventional (longer) implants.

·  With a pano to study the dentist can often recommend several options for you including conventional dental implants, mini implants, One-Day, 4 in 1, implant secured dentures, traditional dentures and others. 

A complete exam for determining your suitability for maxillofacial or dental implant surgery includes includes the panoramic x-ray, an in-chair examination where the doctor will check your gum health, bone density, sinus capacity, movability of your teeth and a general health assessment.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants - advanced age, heavy smoking, diabetes and other issues are mitigating factors.  Your specialist dentist will be able to recommend the best solution to your needs reviewing the pano and completing a clinical (in-chair) exam. 

For Board Certified Dentists in Mexico and Asia for advanced dental procedures such as oral surgery, full-mouth oral restorations, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants visit Certified Dentists Internationale' for free estimates and referrals to dentists in the most popular dental vacation destinations.

Author David Mandich writes about dental tourism for Board Certified Dentists Internationale'
Contact him if you have any questions about dental tourism in Mexico or Asia. 

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Article by Cabo writer David Mandich 

If you are thinking about having serious dentistry like dental implants or a dental makeover – and you are thinking of going abroad to see a dentist in Mexico or someplace more  exotic like  Asia – your specialist at home or abroad may ask for a panoramic x-ray. Don’t panic over a pano.

This strange new (well, since 1985) x-ray is a normal x-ray used by specialists for evaluating a patient’s oral condition. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FIND THE BEST DENTIST IN MEXICO Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Tijuana, Los Algodones Review by Travel Writer David Mandich

The best dentists in Mexico - whether in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Cancun or Los Algodones will always be Board Certified Dentists. They cost the same a far-less skilled general dentists. You don't have to accept 2nd best dentists in Mexico.

By David Mandich,  Mexico Travel Writer

Photo - Cabo San Lucas Bay from Pedregal by David Mandich 

Lets talk about Mexican dentists. Quality can be problematic and here’s why. General dentists in Mexico untrained in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, root canals etc. can legally attempt advanced dental procedures by practicing on unsuspecting patients. Did that wake you up?  If not, read it again. 

This situation is not the result of any conspiracy, or criminality – just less consumer protection laws. It used to be the same situation in the US many decades ago.  But the Mexican government does not get in the way of any general dentists in Mexico who want to learn advanced dentistry the old-fashioned way – by trial and error on their patients (that’s you, me and Jose').

But it gets worse - especially in the smaller Mexican border towns. There you can find many clinics which prey on desperate US patients operated by illegal alien unlicensed dentists from Central America (and the USA), dental school drop-outs,  dental technicians and worse – clinics operated by businessmen and American Insurance companies stocked with dental school grads doing (attempting) specialist work at minimal wages.

May God protect you if you get one of those nice young dentists learning root canals at your expense.