Prices for Dental Work in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico

Dental Procedure Price List

95% of the time, these prices for dental work will be correct. Rarely, you will need a little more or less work on your teeth or gums. These dentists at Universal Dental are up-front and honest and will discuss any difference with you before doing the work. If your mouth needs extra work, they will tell you. American dentists put a caveat to their pricing too. It is hard to say exactly what a medical procedure will cost. All a professional can do is to give you his or her best guess based on experience until he or she actually sees you.

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Please read the prices or use the calculator link below before you write me and ask what a procedure will cost. Almost all procedures are listed here.

If you need a same-day or next-day appointment, I do not do that. Allow 2 business days lead time.

I send you a map, address, phone and directions when I confirm your appointment

No appointments are made on Sundays. Payment at the dentist's office is by cash or personal check. No credit cards accepted.

If you got to this page before seeing who the doctors are, please click for the dentist's page.

If you have to wait for a crown or other work to get back from the lab, you don't have to make two trips. Stay in the Rio Grande Valley for a few days. Go to the beach (S. Padre Island), go fishing (Gulf of Mexico), play golf, go birding or butterfly-watching at the national birding and butterfly centers, watch a rocket launch at the Space-X launch pad near Brownsville or visit a wind-farm near Raymondville. There's stuff to do down here.

Here are some representative my Mexican dentist charges. If your procedure is not here, write me. But please look before you write and ask, "What does X cost?" Please remember that some things are not cut and dried and the dentist can only tell you what you need after seeing you.

Some people get confused by the choices. I put them there in the spirit of full disclosure. The short version is: most people have their work done in Mexican labs, which takes less time and is still quality work. But some people prefer the work be done in a US lab and that is why there is a choice. Most people get porcelain crowns, bridges etc. But some want other materials, so both are there.

Crowns & Bridges Per Tooth Prices

Porcelain --- $200
Metal-free / Zirconia-- $400
Metal -------- $175

Plus - 90% of people need - metal post $100 each

Crowns and dentures take 5-6 business days to make in Winter (December - March), if you use the Mexican lab (lower price). It's 12 business days for the USA lab. So if you need work that requires a lab, please plan on staying a week. A Monday appointment means your work will be ready the following Monday afternoon. If you don't have time to wait, consider coming back. Otherwise choose a summer appointment. Summer (April - November) 4-5 business days.


Bridges are generally made in units of 3 (can be 4 depending on which teeth). The price depends on which teeth are missing and the doctor has to see you to give a firm quote. Allow 7 working days in Winter, 4 working days in Summer. Porcelain - Same as crowns. Cost is per tooth.

Multiply the # of teeth you need by the price of crowns above.


Dentures: (allow 5 working days to get back from lab).

To get dentures, there are two ways of doing this. The first requires 2 appointments. You come in, doctor takes impressions. Sends them to lab. You go home with your existing teeth. In 3-7 days (depends on how time of year), you come back, doctor makes extractions (all teeth necessary), puts in denture. You could go home at this point with your new teeth.

However, the doctor prefers that you wait a couple of days and come back for adjustments (free) that probably will be needed. That would make 3 appointments and a couple more days in a hotel.

Many people don’t wait, and their dentures may fit fine. However, it is more likely that you will have to come back in a few weeks or months for a “reline.” There is a small charge for that (see list below).

The other way is to have the doctor make the impressions, pull all your teeth and you go home toothless. Impressions are sent to lab. You wait 2-3 weeks for mouth to heal. You come back for denture. It should fit better, but if not, doctor will be able to tell right away and adjust it. The main drawback to this is you are without teeth for a long time.

Denture (porcelain)-------- $400 – upper or lower   ($800 the set)  
Denture (resin) ------------- $350 - $700 Set
Denture (acrylic)------------ $250 - $500 Set
Partial metal frame -------- $395 - $790 Set    
Partial metal frame--------- $520 -  (porcelain teeth)
Partial (flexible Valplast)-   $500      
Valplast Partial (flexible) - $450      
Reline------------------------- $50  

General Dentistry

Mouthguard ----------- $100
Partial plates --------- $270
Surgery ---------------- $120 & up - (per tooth)
Whitening (UV) ------ $200 
Bleaching -------------- $200
Cleaning --------------- $25-$40 (depends on tartar)
(heavy smokers should expect to pay $65-$80)            
Fillings White -------- $40- $60 and up for white amalgam - (depends on size of cavity)
Bonding ---------------- Same as fillings above (use resin)
Metal ------------------- Same price as white fillings. Takes 3 days for lab work to come back. They do not use mercury
X-Rays ------------------- $10
Panoramic X-Ray -------- $50
Checkup -------------- N/C - Looking is free. If X-Rays are suggested, then you pay for them and any work that needs to be done. If all is A-OK, no charge.

They do not do Zoom whitening, as he considers this to be too harsh. There are plenty of other dentists who will do that if that is your desire, just not my guys.

Extraction - (depends on difficulty) ------- $40-$60
Wisdom tooth extraction surgery (depending on the difficulty) --- $80 and up. If difficult, surgery prices of $120 and up.

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Root Canals

Root canals - start at $200, (plus - probably needed) metal post $100. The price above is for a "standard" root canal. If your procedure is more difficult, if the roots are tangled etc. your price will be more, depending on how much time the doctor has to spend with you. That said, most people only pay $200, but I thought I would give you full disclosure.


Price and time depends on the type that is correct for your mouth. Cost ranges from $350 -$475, depending on the type. Most people get them from the local Mexican lab (7 working days), but if you prefer they can send them to a USA Lab. (in 12 working days). The cost will be quite a bit more, but they will have to tell you when you are there.

Veneer Types metal free (often called 'Porcelain' but it is a different material as seen below).
Zirconia $475
Alumina $375
Empress $300

Most importantly, he won't do any work that does not need to be done. That can't be said of all Mexican dentists - or American dentists for that matter. Write for an appointment.


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