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I've mentioned this before, but Dr. Barragan's office. I had a bad root canal experience with another and didn't want to go through with that again. They were super, super gentle and made sure I never felt the actual numbing medication (used a gel and went OTT to ensure the actual needle wouldn't be felt). When you pay cheap, you usually get cheap. Dr. Barragan may not be the cheapest, but when it comes to root canals/crowns, he's definitely one of the best.

If it's just a crown (no root canal), Dra. Rocio does an excellent job and it'll be ready the same day since she has the 3D printer. I'm amazed at how natural they look. (FTR, she was NOT the one who did the bad root canal.)

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1 hour ago, Tingting said:

I've mentioned this before, but Dr. Barragan's office. I had a bad root canal experience with another and didn't want to go through with that again. They were super, super gentle and made sure I never felt the actual numbing medication (used a gel and went OTT to ensure the actual needle wouldn't be felt). When you pay cheap, you usually get cheap. Dr. Barragan may not be the cheapest, but when it comes to root canals/crowns, he's definitely one of the best.

If it's just a crown (no root canal), Dra. Rocio does an excellent job and it'll be ready the same day since she has the 3D printer. I'm amazed at how natural they look. (FTR, she was NOT the one who did the bad root canal.)

Where is Dr Barragan's office located ? I  had a root canal done by a dentist in Chapala and it is still causing me pain 😒

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... and you are right to say Dr. Barragan's "OFFICE", not just Barragan himself. Last year I had to have a root canal (prior to crowns). Dra. Cynthia Berny... who is BTW Dr. Barragan's wife..... did the work. I have NEVER had such gentle dentistry. When one has a root canal and doesn't have any associated pain (including like you said, the numbing procedure) one knows that one is in good hands.... pun intended!

The office is at Bugambilias #39. It 'fronts' the carretera.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Tingting said:

 

If it's just a crown (no root canal), Dra. Rocio does an excellent job and it'll be ready the same day since she has the 3D printer. I'm amazed at how natural they look. (FTR, she was NOT the one who did the bad root canal.)

Could you let me/us know where this Dentista practices?  I didn't know that there was anyone in Ajijic doing the 3D stuff other than Dental Express.

Gracias

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She's right above Panache in that little strip to the right of Bugambilias Plaza. If you cross the street on the same side, there's a parking area first  for Fedex, Dermika, Maria's, etc. The main  building to their right is where she's located on the 2nd floor. There should be a sign for Ajijic Dental. The 3D printer is just amazing (yes, I'm easily amused). Hope that helps!

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Yes, everyone will be doing 3D before long and labs will be like the caboose on a train.

I misspoke before saying that Dental Express was doing 3D printing. They ARE using CAD/CAM principles but instead of the 'additive' 3D printing procedure they are using a 'subtractive' milling machine process. The former builds up (prints) a tooth and the latter 'whittles' down a small block to become a tooth.   I'm still amazed that one, in little Ajijic Mexico, can have either of these technologies that produce a 'perfect' tooth (crown/bridge) while you wait. And with amazing margins for a great fit. No more 'wait for 10 days to 2 weeks' for a crown to come back from the lab... and maybe be sent back because it was not molded quite to perfection and won't fit properly.

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On 11/18/2021 at 8:19 PM, RickS said:

Crown..amazing margins for a great fit

I had this procedure about 20 months ago at Dental Express, and after about 10 months the molar crown became a bit loose.  I believe it can be glued down easily when I return in a few months, but the restoration is thus imperfect.  And please be aware that the subtractive shaping of the crown required (in my case, anyway) that it is composed of a tough polymer of some sort, not metal and/or porcelain.  At my age, I feel this approach represents good design thinking, so long as it actually works...

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18 minutes ago, utilitus said:

I had this procedure about 20 months ago at Dental Express, and after about 10 months the molar crown became a bit loose.  I believe it can be glued down easily when I return in a few months, but the restoration is thus imperfect.  And please be aware that the subtractive shaping of the crown required (in my case, anyway) that it is composed of a tough polymer of some sort, not metal and/or porcelain.  At my age, I feel this approach represents good design thinking, so long as it actually works...

OK, I should qualify the process at Ajijic Dental. I was told it was 3D, but after reading Rick's posting, I should add that it was the "subtractive" method. Either way, I'm pleased as punch. My teeth were always great for a very long time but age caught up with me and I started having problems. Yeah, it's vanity but I was really, really upset with that first crown (not the 3D) because it was so obvious when I opened my mouth. Long story short, when this new method was available, I had old crowns replaced because I was amazed at how much more natural they were. Not perfect, but it was no longer "in your face" whenever I smiled or laughed. We really do live in some amazing times!

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4 hours ago, utilitus said:

I had this procedure about 20 months ago at Dental Express, and after about 10 months the molar crown became a bit loose.  I believe it can be glued down easily when I return in a few months, but the restoration is thus imperfect.  And please be aware that the subtractive shaping of the crown required (in my case, anyway) that it is composed of a tough polymer of some sort, not metal and/or porcelain.  At my age, I feel this approach represents good design thinking, so long as it actually works...

Sorry to hear that you had a crown come loose.... that happened to me years ago and has more to do with the 'setting' of the crown than the crown itself.

My 3-tooth bridge was 'cut from a block' of Zirconia for strength.... MUCH harder than porcelain-on-metal. It is basically two crowns with a 'floating' pontic tooth between. So strength of the product is very important. 

When it came time last year to put in two new molar crowns on the other side, created by the CAD/CAM 'subtractive' milling machine, Dr. Edgar at Dental Express said to me that he would NOT use a Zirconia upper crown because 'it is so hard that it might crack the porcelain-on-metal crown down below'. So 'something' less hard was cut down. 

BTW, that bridge has such good margins still after 3 years that I cannot use floss on it... can't thread the floss through from outside to inside.... so must use a Water Pic device. I'm happy. 

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An excellent dentist (in either Thailand or Costa Rica - can't recall) once explained that restorations definitely should be floss-able.  I just did a little research, and that seems to be the case.   When I was in grad school, I had some work done at the UCSF dental clinic and they took great pains ;) to engineer what they considered 'ideal' contact margins.

Interestingly, my search just now found seemingly responsible articles (some from the UK!) discussing research questioning the value of flossing.  

 

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