Dr. De la Cruz has been working together with his father at their well-known dental center in Antigua Guatemala since 1995, providing high-quality dental services from general check-ups to complete oral restorations. When his practice was growing and city residents requested his highly specialized skills, Dr. De la Cruz expanded, to open new clinics in the Carretera to El Salvador and Zona Pradera in zona 10 of Guatemala City.
Dr. Jorge E. De la Cruz, DDS graduated from Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, New York and is the only dentist in Guatemala certified by the Board of the America Dental Association. He is also an active member of the American Prosthodontic Society and he attends bi-annual meetings of the Society to keep up with the latest advances in dental technologies and methods.
Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance to keep the patient’s mouth and teeth healthy, functioning and beautiful. When patients arrive with missing teeth, deficient teeth, and/or compromised maxillofacial tissues, repairing them with biocompatible substitutes are areas where the specialized prosthodontist excels.
After more than 15 years in dental practice, he has developed the business and is dedicated to patients who suffer with severe dental pain from root deficiencies or fractures or structural deterioration. Dr. De la Cruz has the certification and the experience to treat complex cosmetic and full-mouth reconstruction cases, either fixed or removable, that are beyond the scope of general dental practitioners.
The high-tech interdisciplinary clinic of Dr. De la Cruz offers:
- Oral surgery with a fully equipped operating room
- Laboratory results for natural-looking crowns in only two days
- Superior VIP service for English-speaking foreign patients
- Preparation and design of restorative dental prosthetics to the highest global
- Emergency care via text or email with results in the same day
- Beautiful, long-lasting results, quickly and efficiently
Whether patients are from the U.S or the U.K, La Antigua or Guatemala City, they can be assured of the finest personal attention, precision dental work and dazzling results, under the careful guidance of Dr. Jorge De la Cruz.
American Dental Association – ADA. Asociacion Dental de los Estados Unidos
- Board certification since 2000. Certificado desde 2000.
American Prosthodontic Society, Chicago, USA. Promoting the advancement of prosthetic dentistry through clinical research and education.
- Active Member. Miembro Activo.
- Attendee of the annual mid-winter meeting. Asistente al Congreso del Invierno.
Colegio Dental de Guatemala, Dental College of Guatemala
- Meimbro Activo, Active Member
Universidad de Francisco Marroquín – UFM, Ciudad de Guatemala
- Profesor en el departamento posgrado de Protesis Oral. Clinical instructor for the undergraduate program.
- Profesor del Programa de Prosthodontics. Professor of the two-year prosthodontic program.
- Licenciatura en Odontología, 1993. Master’s Degree in Dentistry, 1993.
Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York
- Post-Graduate Doctorate Program in Prosthodontics, Programa Posgraduado en Prostodoncia, 2001.
Dr. De la Cruz takes a special interest in offering excellence and quality to foreign patients from the United States and Canada, delivering the best value for their money, and for their time. High-powered executives travel with limited time frames, and they demand the finest quality.
Dr. De la Cruz has the communication skills, medical expertise, and technological advances at his fingertips, to make your healthy and dazzling smile a reality, with no excuses and no delays.
Come back soon to read about the latest treatment methods that this doctor finds most interesting.
Please write to us about your experience with the doctor in the “Comments” section below. Other patients will be interested to know more about the doctor’s skill, experience, ethics and personal attention, as they resulted in your successful outcome.
I love my Antigua Guatemala dentist at Clinicas De la Cruz:
Over the last month I have written a few blogs about my experiences in Antigua Guatemala with my dentist. This is a story that has to be told for those thinking that Guatemala lacks advanced cosmetic dentistry. It does not. For those of you that missed the other posts, this is a short version of the story.
I live in Canada part of the year and the other part in Antigua Guatemala. I broke a crown just a few weeks before our planned winter departure to Antigua. We made a quick stop at my family dentist in Toronto and he says you have to go to a specialist, as this is a complicated dental situation. And, you can expect to spend close to $6,000 to have this repaired. My response, “No”.
I asked my local friends for a referral, and they suggested the best dentist in Antigua is Dr Jorge De La Cruz. I called the dentist’s office and we set up an appointment the next day. The first appointment determined that the dentist who placed the crown in Canada had not done a root canal, and I also had an impacted wisdom tooth, so I would need a root canal and new crown. Total cost was about $800, a fraction of what a US or Canadian dentist would charge.
Thus the process began: I hate dental visits and the anticipation of this event was not something I was looking forward with any interest. Dr. De la Cruz did all the prep work, the root canal, and preparation for an impression. He prefers not to use screws in the root canal like most dentists. He takes a mold of the root canal and sends this off to a lab in Guatemala City that makes the post, as they call it, that is glued into place. Then comes the making the mold for the crown.
You may be asking if you read this far did any this hurt. No, not at all. I have to say the way I was treated and handled by all the staff was with care for myself and care for making the perfect crown….
His work is outstanding and his dental assistant is very funny. A joy to work with all of them. You should consider the same.
Blog post in Frommer’s Travel Guide
Dr. De la Cruz fit me in for three appointments on short notice and did twice the work for half the cost of what I was quoted here in the States. It was a little painful at times and one of the appointments was three hours, a long time in the chair, but the work I required was extensive. Two crowns, a root canal and removal of a lot of decay for a very reasonable price. Thank you, Dr. De la Cruz.
Deborah, from Ithica, NY
Hello Dr. De la Cruz,
My name is Lester Giron and I live in Albany New York. I see that you did your post-graduate work at University of Rochester and I’m impressed by the way that your patients recommend you.
I have a very complicated problem with my teeth. I had a comprehensive examination of my teeth and I have lots of problems. Basically, my question is this: What is the cost of 11 crowns? According to my exam, I’m also going to need reconstruction of my front teeth, as they have a very pronounced space.
This whole problem has occurred because I have the problem of gnashing my teeth and have worn down until the back teeth do not touch and only the front ones are touching. The teeth of the lower jaw are pushing against each other, and at the same time they are pushing the front teeth in the jaw up and this is pushing the teeth forward creating a more pronounced space.
My quality of life is being affected because I do not sleep well at night because the jaw muscles are always stressed. Can you help me? I have a bridge that needs to be changed, and I have a molar that was extracted last year and I need an implant or a bridge there. Please let me know if you can help me, and how long you would need, and what is the treatment cost, more or less. I know this is complicated, but maybe you can get the help I need.
Thank you, Lester Giron
Dear Dr. Jorge,
I am the Overseas Adventure traveler who needed an emergency root canal on November 3. I just wanted you to know that I had no more trouble with that tooth after your work on it. No pain at all. My wife and I finished up the tour and missed absolutely nothing. So, thank you again for taking me on short notice and doing such a great job. I can tell you that I would never have guessed that I would find a dentist trained at the University of Rochester, N.Y., in Antigua, Guatemala.
Thanks again for your work.
Sincerely, Chuck Comfort, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, USA
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Charity, Public Service, Donations
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin culture.
From 1993 to 1998, Dr De la Cruz has contributed his dental skills to the charity work of Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro and to Faith in Practice, one of the most effective non-government (NGO) medical organizations in Guatemala.
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