Thursday March 7, 2019 Los Algodones Mexico
Off to the dentist
Yesterday I drove down near Los Algodones Mexico to set up for a crown and possible root canal.
I was a day early so drove around looking for a good place to camp for the night not to far from the dentist on the US side of course.
Looking for a camp spot
The sand was soft and I almost got stuck even with four wheel drive. I tried the casino but they wanted 10 bucks and would be noisy. I stopped and asked them for a password for internet access as most of these places have access but not this one so I left and looked across the freeway for a camp spot. There were lots of places to camp here, but there was a freeway on one side and train tracks on the other and it was a place the trains passed each other going in different directions. I did try to go out into the desert more here, but I had to go under the train tracks to do it and there was only a place the four wheelers used. It wasn’t very high but I thought I could make it so I gave it a try. About three quarters of the way in the boat hit the top. I wasn’t sure I could back out but I made it with brown rust on the kayak but all looked ok.
This will do
What I found out about dark was quite a few mosquitoes had sneaked into my van earlier in the day and started after me. I had the doors closed but they kept coming until I killed them all. I shut off the lights and use a flashlight to attract them and play a smash game with them until all is quiet.
I had a nine o’clock appointment so since it was my first time I was a bit early so I had to wait a bit.
Shortly after nine we got to it. A root canal was suggested to go along with the crown that needed to be replaced so the doc arranged for that as soon as he prepped the tooth. A car came by to pick me up and take me to the root guys office several blocks away. That was nice, no stress trying to find the place.
Root gets done
They did the root and returned me back to Dr. Sam. I had to wait about a half hour then I was back with Dr. Sam and he finished building up the tooth and made all the molds for the new crown.
If he was doing porcelain I could of gotten the crown the same day but I wanted zirconium which costs more and has to be sent out to be made so I would need another day to get the crown fitted.
Dr. Sam fitted me with a temporary and said see you tomorrow for the fitting. The receptionist gave me a paper for some drugs I bought at a small druggist across the street and I headed for the US border crossing.
Border crossing goes well
The line was huge but I shot the bull with the lady in front of me which helped pass the time.
The first guard looked at my California license and I told him I left my birth certificate at home on the table and he let me pass. The second guard was real nice and didn’t give me any crap like the guy the other day so the crossing was almost pleasant.
I went back to my van and decided to head for Winterhaven to see about a library for internet access but had to go to Yuma’s Library as they didn’t have one and that’s where I am now.
The bill and the savings
So my bill was four hundred for the zirconium crown and three hundred for the root. Total 700 dollars. My US dentist was over 1900 dollars for the crown and about the same for the root. So 700 from 3800 is a 3100 dollars saving.
The whole experience was interesting and fairly painless even the paying. My US dentist is painless but the paying is not. :O)
So my plan is to go back around noon tomorrow for the crown fitting and then head back to Quartzsite and do some more playing.
Nice day today, not as hot as they thought it was going to get.