Friday, August 26, 2011

Dental Care in Cuenca

Dental care in Cuenca is excellent, but you need to shop around, not only for the best dentist, but for prices.

Mark chipped his tooth last month which meant he needed a root canal and a crown! We did the Ecuadorian thing and got three “presupuestos” (estimates) regarding the cost. It was rather sobering to find out that the price tags varied considerably ($200 to $1,200).

August is not a month when you want to have something go wrong—especially in the dental department. Just like Europe, August is a month reserved for vacations and that means your regular dentist may not be around!

It’s comforting to know that dentistry is more modern than you might imagine. All the offices that Mark visited had ultra-modern equipment, including a flat screen TV that allowed you to watch your dental work being performed or you could switch “channels” and watch your favorite TV program, movie or just listen to music. In the States, I just got to listen to the sound of the drill, which wasn’t all that comforting.

After gaining information, getting recommendations from friends (Ecuadorian and American), we chose Dr. Richard Rodriguez who is located in the Monte Sinai Consultorio (Suite 611). Dr. Rodriguez specializes in dental aesthetics (cosmetic dentistry), but provides a full array of dental procedures, including root canals. He has an entire team, including an endodontist that performs root canals or more complicated procedures.

Today Mark received his permanent crown and the final result is absolutely perfect! And the cost was one-tenth of what we would have paid in the States. Dr. Rodriquez and his staff are friendly, personable and extremely competent.

If you’re looking for a dentist, we highly recommend Dr. Rodriguez.

Until next time…keep smiling!

Dr. Richard Rodriguez A.
Estetica Dental
Av. Solano y Miguel Cordero
Monte Sinai Consultorio, #611
Cuenca, Ecuador
Phone: 245-5483

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Jim said...


Does Dr. Rodriguez or any members of his staff speak English? Thanks. Jim Mola

Connie Pombo said...

Dr. Rodriguez speaks a little English, but if you have a beginning level of Spanish, you will do fine.

TravelPhotoWriter said...

We found him months ago and have had EXTENSIVE work done by him... We LOVE him and recommend him to all! He has done cosmetic dentistry on many of the Banco Pichincha managers, as proof of his skill spread like wild-fire there. If someone is worried about the language barrier, it's worth bringing a translator, many of whom will do it for free, lunch, or for a fee of $8-$10 an hour. You will save much more than that with Dr. R for sure!

Connie Pombo said...

Great idea about the translator; it's well worth the effort!

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Anonymous said...

Dr. Rodgiguez worked on my teeth and I was very pleased with his work. Does anybody know where he trained, the school or even the Country?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Rodriguez worked on my teeth and I was verry plased. Does anybody know where he trained? The school or even the Country?

Connie Pombo said...

Glad you found Dr. Rodriguez so helpful. He was trained at the University of El Bosque, Bogata, Columbia. My hubby is using him a lot; he just broke a tooth last week and needs a crown. In fact, he's seeing him this Tuesday!

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Mikki Duncan said...

Great information. I will be in Cuenca in a couple of weeks and am trying to decide on a dentist to contact. Needing a couple of bridges done. Where in the price range did this dentist fall?? I noticed you said the prices varied greatly. Thank you for any info you can give me!!

Connie Pombo said...

Mikki, The prices do vary greatly in Cuenca. I've noticed that Latina Clinica is the most expensive. We were quoted $1,200 for a crown and Dr. Rodriquez did it for $200. We also go to Dr. Alvarado and he's a little more expensive and recently a root canal, crown and post was $600. Hope this helps!

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