RVers will find excellent dental care in many Mexican border towns. In this, the fourth installment of my series on dental tourism in Mexico I take you to New Progreso, Mexico located near Brownsville, Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley is home to thousands of “Winter Texans” who are mostly RVers seeking relief from colder climates. While here many of them take advantage of the huge savings available by using Mexican dentists.
If you haven’t read the previous articles and viewed the videos I suggest you take a look as I cover Mexican dental practice, education and professionalism. You may also want to read the comments section as some important clarifications are made available there.Clicking on the highlighted titles below will take you to my previous articles and videos:
RV dental tourism in Mexico - Part I
RV dental tourism in Mexico - Part II
RV dental tourism in Mexico - Part III
Taking Texas highway 1015 leads you to the border crossing over the International Bridge. If you plan on doing some serious shopping and bringing back heavy items like pottery planters then by all means take your car, just be sure you have proper Mexican insurance coverage when you cross.If you are just going to visit the dentist, then park on the U.S. side ($2.00) and walk across. There are clean public bathrooms available on the U.S. side prior to crossing the bridge. You will need a quarter to put into the turnstile to get across and to come back. Be sure to bring a passport and ID to get back across the border into the U.S.
Arturos Restaurant and Bar is a well known and respected eatery with linen and waiters in coat and tie. Established in 1956 the prices are reasonable and the food is top notch. The menu includes traditional Mexican, seafood, steaks and game. It is located one block past the bridge on the left. If you’re driving, then by all means eat at the restaurant and they will validate your parking and you’ll be able to park for free in their guarded lot while you shop and go to the dentist.
I had the opportunity to interview many dentists while here. They are friendly, professional and most take major credit cards as payment. Be sure to watch the video below for more details.
Dr. Ileana Sanchez Vega (young enough to be one of my daughters) works at the Monterrey Dental Clinic which is located in the mall immediately on the right after you cross the bridge. In her clinic I found Winter Texan Roger Peterson from Madison, South Dakota. He and his wife have been seeing Dr. Vega for three years. Last year had all his teeth pulled and new dentures made for a cost of $800.If you are interested in having dental implants you will want to see Dr. Manuela Guiterrez (In the green scrubs on the right). Dr. Patricia Mendez is a general dental practitioner who works in the same office. They are located downstairs in the dental plaza immediately on your left after crossing the bridge.
Dr. Fabio Durzzo is located on the second floor of the building located to the right of the first intersection after crossing the bridge. Speaking of bridges, if you need one he can fix you up.
Someone asked for the phone numbers of these dentists so I have included them in the comments section below.
There is also ample shopping available in the many shops along the main street.Stay tuned next week as I talk about other services available in Mexico like hearing aids, glasses, pharmacies and more. Taking a bite out of the high cost of dental work - Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing