Saturday, March 15, 2014


My regular readers know that I'm on a years long quest to get all my teeth beautiful and in working order.  Two days ago I broke one and hurried to my favorite dentist in Algodones Mexico to get it fixed.  I'll show you what it's like---and tell you a terrific notion the experience inspired.

The main offices of RUBIO DENTAL GROUP---just a three block walk from the border.

Meet Dr Alejandra Rubio (no relation to the founder) who preps me for the specialist.

Dr. Fernando Dominguez says he can save the tooth and does a rather complicated procedure involving a bit of laser surgery.  He prepares the tooth for a strong post----Since it's late in the day--I will come back tomorrow for its installation.  Note the spanking new building and extreme cleanliness.  
He points to the problem tooth.  They have the new instant low-dosage x-rays that pop up on large screens like this.  (and they will give you a copy to take with you if you want it)

Thought you might like to see Dr Alejandra without the mask.
Front office for the Endodontics and laser building.
He sends me immediately across the street to this office.
Where Dr. Omar prepares the new post for a crown,
 takes several impressions and makes a temporary crown for me.  He carefully matches the color of my teeth.
Before I go home, I ask for a shot of Dr. Ernesto Montoya--whose specialty is  prosthodontics and implants.  Seated from right to left are the people you will speak to if you call: Edgar, Michelle, and Louis. everyone speaks English.
I'll go back very soon to get my new crown.  Your local dentist could hardly deliver the expert service I received nor in the short time frame it was delivered.  And he would be astounded at the price I paid:
Far less than half what he would charge is my best guess.

Meet the visionary and founder of this new, comprehensive system of Dental service:  Dr. Carlos Rubio.  Already it is the biggest in Algodnes and I predict great things for its future.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:   Oh sweet people, I came home so pleased with the service and so sad for my fellow citizens who need dental attention and cannot afford American prices that I suddenly envisioned a simple solution:


What's wrong with American Dental care is that it's waaaay too expensive! 

What you and I can do is take our business to Mexico.

A bright new dental care supermarket system has evolved in the past few years in Algodones----(just across the border from Yuma, Az.) that is the heart of my plan.

Most everyone I know needs dental work. Millions are suffering pain and cannot even afford to have bad teeth pulled.

It cost outrageously to get a root canal or a crown---or even dentures. God help you if you need an implant.

This morning I saw the solution----for you personally and for the nation. I remembered when American cars were second rate. Our auto makers were not properly motivated to produce quality at a fair price.

Then Honda introduced delightful, efficient. affordable little cars. Then Nissan, Toyota and others.
People bought and enjoyed them and very soon American cars dramatically improved. You and I are ultimately responsible for that improvement---BY SIMPLY VOTING WITH OUR DOLLARS.

We can do the same with shoddy, overpriced dental service. Just you and I---voting with our dollars can start a rock rolling downhill that can trigger an avalanche of change.

The strategy has 2 parts:
  1. Go to Mexico to get our dental work done.
  2. Focus our support on that bright new supermarket system---make it super successful--- so it can quickly expand to multiple locations. 
That new system is called RUBIO DENTAL GROUP ( phone 928-275-2816 and 928-257-4594 ) an association of expert dentist under the leadership of Dr Carlos Rubio. He was a solitary dentist like the hundreds currently located in Algodones but he did such excellent work that he could not meet the demand. Slowly he expanded his practice with associates till one day he (apparently) had a vision. He imagined a very large dental clinic with the very latest technology, staffed by a full spectrum of experts in each phase of dentistry. Collectively they could afford to own the best technology and labs and for each associate to focus on his or her specialty. Thus, for example, Dr Rubio specializes in Implants. (he has done more than 10,000 and is likely the world's best)

This Idea has worked so well that now they own a host of buildings, including their own labs, to facilitate their work. (runners will dash off to the lab with freshly done impressions—or hurry in with a just made crown post)

HERE IS THE GIST OF MY NOTION: I think RUBIO DENTAL GROUP is a breakthrough notion in dental care not unlike Sam Walton's notion of selling for the least profit possible instead of the most. His first store in the unlikely town of Bentonville, Arkansas expanded by a FEEDBACK LOOP (success building even more success) to the world leader that it is.

Rubio Dental Group may be an incipient Wal-Mart ---dentistry wise---developing a pattern of efficiency that could be replicated all along the Mexican border---making it easier and easier to get quality care at a reasonable price. Millions could then vote with their dental dollars in Mexico.


The sooner this bright new concept is discovered---the sooner---we can stimulate reform and price reduction in America. If my readers who need dental care will give this clinic a shot---and if they come away as satisfied as I am----and tell their friends---we can very quickly start a FEEDBACK LOOP that can catapult this new system to expansion just like the early customers of Sam Walton's first store.

Algodones, Mexico ---just like Bentonville Arkansas --is an unlikely birthplace for a dental empire---but there it is----go see for yourself.
And oh yes!--THE RUBIO GROUP guarantees their work for 3 years.

They have not asked me for this endorsement. I write it to hopefully set an avalanche in motion.  


Shadowmoss said...

Can you give walking directions to his office from where you cross the border. I've tried to find it on Google maps (they have street view for Algodones!) and it doesn't show up.

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

Thanks, Randy --

Algodones is on my travel itinerary for the near future, probably this fall. I hope to meet up with you when I'm down that way along with Glenn, Bob Wells and some of the other western and southwestern nomads and bloggers.


Anonymous said...

How can I make money from this? That is my question Randy!

Anonymous said...

In Quartzsite, AZ the "produce-store" directly west of the Quartzsite post office has a thick pad (pull-off at one end of page--with locations circled on back of Alg..Mex map) of many/all? dental, vision and medical doctors in Algodones, MEX.

Therefore, I'm assuming that many of the large RV pks or the Chamber of Commerce, truck stops or similar places in Yuma, AZ have these maps. cc

Daniel carter said...

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Randy said...

Shadowmoss: Here are directions to the main office: As you enter algodones---go straight in to the second in to the second intersection and turn left----go to the stop sign and turn left again. In a few steps you will be in front of it--on the right.

Ed: Look forward to meeting you.

bayrider said...

I'm in.

I paid 4K for a crown and bridge assembly that I started getting abscesses under after maybe 18 months. They claim the tooth is probably 'cracked' but they can't see it on xrays. I don't believe it's cracked it's just loose fitting and food gets stuck under there. No guarantee on that work so now they want me to get two implants instead for a total of over 12k. Right now I get by injecting an antibacterial solution under the crown with a blunt hypodermic every night that has so far prevented infections.

Gayle Maria said...

My solution to affordable dental care in So. Cal. is the UCLA (Student) Dental Clinic. Their rates are 50% of market rate, which is still expensive, this being So. Cal. But it is affordable to me, so far. My work is supervised by skillful, experienced professor-dentists. It takes a half-day due to need for checking the work by supervisors. Even though I'm 2 hours from the Tijuana, Mexico, border, I choose U.S. dental work unless clinic rates become unaffordable for me -- in which case, you have a viable solution.

Steve said...

The reform I see the American Dental Association making is to lobby congress to either tax or make it illegal to go to Mexico for dental work. I don't see them working to try to make dental care affordable in the US.

Shadowmoss said...

My appointment is for April 2. Google Maps street view still makes no sense, but I figure I can call them and ask where are they? Thanks for the recommendation. My previous dental work was done in Honduras, and I much prefer non-US dentists.

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