Nicaraguans love to laugh and smile. So, it is a good thing that most of them have such beautiful teeth.
Being able to get great dental services at 1/3 the price of the United States or Europe is one of the things that I love about being here in Nicaragua.
Both dental and medical tourism have steadily increased in Nicaragua because of the quality, technology, and low costs. A tooth cleaning, for example, will only cost around $30-$50 US. You can also get a crown done in one day, which is a major time saver! I have 4 crowns in my mouth. Each one in the states cost over $1000.00 and took 3 or 4 appointments, costing me anxiety and time off of work.
I recently sat down with a well, trained dentist, Dr. Huguette Alejandra Cerna, who explained some of the training and regulations that dentists must comply with in Nicaragua. Dentists go through 5 years of schooling and then must do 2 years of volunteer work in either general dentistry or a specialization. Dr. Cerna did her volunteer time with a major non-governmental organization called Operation Smile.
Dr. Cerna also trained in Miami, Florida during a specialized implant fellowship. She had her own practice in Managua for five years, but now has moved into a larger practice at Dr. Mongalo and Associates. They focus on laser and cosmetic dentistry and cater to dental tourism. It is clear that she loves her work, and she is a professional through and through.
Dr. Cerna says that a funny thing about Americans is that they ask many questions about what the dentist is doing, probably due to nervousness. She went on to say that they are impressed with the quality, which is the same or better to what they receive in the States or Europe and delighted with the cost of it.
Dr. Mongalo and Associates, does “A Tooth in a Day.” For a porcelain tooth replacement, they take a CEREC 3D photo of your tooth and complete the prep work and x-rays in only 2 hours. This procedure generally only costs around $250.00. People usually go for a week, stay in a nice place, get some sun, get some dental work done, and do a little shopping." They fly back happy that it did not cost them a fortune," said Dr. Cerna.
Dentists in Nicaragua are very experienced. Many have trained or practiced in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Cuba. Some dentists have licenses in several countries. In addition to the well-qualified dentists, the Nicaraguan Health Department ensures that dental clinics are clean, equipment is well-maintained and up to date, licenses are in order and supplies are not expired. Most dentists who cater to dental tourism are fluent in English, and their websites are available in both English and Spanish, making it very easy for North Americans to take advantage of dental tourism.
Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua has a dental clinic and a dedicated dental tourism professional who can assist you in planning your visit. There are also a number of online directories including, the US Embassy and the Nica Nuggets Newsletter which are great resources for finding dentists, doctors, and other information about life in Nicaragua. My friends Becky, Dale, and Mark, all residents at Gran Pacifica Resort, have utilized several different dentists and were all happy with their experiences. See Mark's story; How I Got My Smile Back.
Dental work is a healthy necessity and many Nicaraguans find accessibility to dental care a problem. Gran Pacifica Resort has been happy to host Hearts, Hands and Smiles Foundation several times as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility program. The foundation provides quality dental work for free to Nicaraguans who otherwise would not be able to receive these services either due to the cost or availability of a dentist.
Below are a couple other dental resources in Nicaragua:
So why not take a vacation to beautiful Nicaragua and go back home with a beautiful and healthy new smile?
If you’d like to visit Gran Pacifica while getting your medical work done, you can book your reservations here.
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