sounds like an oxymoron right?
i cannot tell all of you just how pleased i am with my new dentist!
let me backtrack......
pual and i had dental insurance til we retired.
we both hated our dentist though in waltham and avoided him.
we should have had our work done while we had the good insurance.
that being said, went to the dentist in maine for cleaningns and exams.
the new maine dentist did our exams and eztimates for replacing old amalgam fillings, and crown and bridge repair for me.
the estimates were astronomical.......$4000+.
i heard that dentists outside the country are just as good and are less costly.
BINGO, i will find an aruban dentist!
so with the help of you, the community forum members, i found dr. ras. http://www.rasdental.com/
dr ras is a young woman that graduated from dental school a couple of yrs ago and has opened her own practice here in aruba.
example of her pricing
- she is incredibly competent
- has an amazing staff
- has the latest equipment
- i had no pain, gives a great local anesthetic (lidocaine)
(in maine and mass the cost for the same was over $190)
- a 4 surface composite filling/restoration costs less than $100
so i had (i think i have lost count) 6 amalgam fillings replaced with composite restorations. (NO MORE SILVER BULLETS IN MY MOUTH HOORAY)
- a nesbit appliance (a removable bridge for lower that replaces 1 or 2 missing teeth.....in my case a lower left 1st molar) cost approx $400-$475 (in maine and mass the cost was over $1000
1 nesbit appliance to replace a missing tooth that had been extracted yrs ago when a root canal went sour.
this morning is my last visit and my total bill was $ a few cents less than $750.
everyone in the office is great
dr ras employs a good hygienist, assistant, office manager and has a contract with a very good and fast dental lab.
is dental work in aruba something i would recommend?
and the caveat here is................
you have to be willing to give up some beach time.
i had 7 appointments
most of the appointments were either at 8 am or 11:30 am
those times were fine for me.
at no time was in in the office for more than an hr.
at no time was my "eating" (restaurant dining out) effected negatively.
it was well worth my time
high recommendations for dr ras!