Dental Tourism in Puerto Rico

Dental tourism in Puerto Rico is a new ray of hope for 74 million Americans (23%) who have 0 dental coverage.[1]University of Illinois Chicago
The Many Costs (Financial and Well-Being) of Poor Oral Health
“Yet, about 74 million Americans have no dental coverage – that’s almost one-quarter (23%) of the population.”
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The best part— you don’t have to step out of the US territory! 

Intriguing? Read on to find out how you can save ~80% of American costs by flying to this Caribbean island.

Watch Dr. Carlos Martinez talking about dental work on this buzzworthy island 

Cost of Dental Procedures in Puerto Rico

The cost of dental work in Puerto Rico ranges between $45 to $10,000, rendering you savings up to 80%! 

For instance, all-on-4 implants cost $10,000 in Puerto Rico, whereas the same is priced at $24,000 in the US.

This entails a saving of 58%. 

Similarly, snap-on-dentures cost $2,800 in Puerto Rico. However, in the US, they cost around $10,000.

This means you can save 72% on getting snap-on dentures in Puerto Rico.

Even dental crowns are almost 72% less expensive in Puerto Rico than in the US.

You can also get clear aligners in Puerto Rico at just 50% of the US cost!

This huge price difference can be seen in other dental procedures like veneers, root canals, extractions, etc.

Price of Dental Work in Puerto Rico vs. the US
Procedure Puerto Rico US Savings
All-on-4 Implant $10,000 $24,000 58%
Titanium Implant (including crown & abutment) $2,050 $5,000 59%
Bone Graft (per unit) $475 $1,200 60%
All Ceramic Bridge (3 crowns) $1,535 $4,500 66%
Zirconia Crown $512 $1,800 72%
Porcelain Emax Crown $512 $1,800 72%
Snap-on Dentures (4 implants; per arch) $2,800 $10,000 72%
Flexible Dentures (per arch) $650 $3,000 78%
Clear Aligner (per jaw) $1,600 $3,500 55%
Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $375 $1,700 78%
Root Canal $300 $1,000 70%
Teeth Whitening $300 $600 50%
Laser Cleaning $160 $600 73%
Extraction $45 $200 78%
*Prices are case-dependent and are subject to change.

Payment Options

Our partner clinic in Puerto Rico accepts many modes of payment, including:

💵 Cash/ Cheque
💳 Debit/Credit Card
🏦 Wire/ Paypal

Get rid of your insecurities and say hello to new confidence. Contact us, and our case managers will help you get started! 

Dental Work in Puerto Rico: What’s In for You?

After understanding the out-of-pocket expense, let’s now understand the benefits of getting your teeth done in Puerto Rico.

State-of-the-art Dental Care

Our partner clinic in Puerto Rico comes equipped with high-end technology and equipment. This includes:

✅ Digital impressions
✔️ X Rays
✅ CAD/CAM
✔️ Cone Beam
✅ 3D printers

Further, they also have telemedicine functionality. 

Qualified Dentists

Our partner clinic employs the best dentists in Puerto Rico. The 15 dentists have graduated from the US.

Further, you should note that they are national board certified and associated with the American Dental Association (ADA) and other dental bodies.

These dentists are committed to giving you the best dental care. 

Benefits of dental tourism in Puerto Rico

Part of the US Territory

You must be delighted to know that Puerto Rico is a part of the US territory.

And when you step into our partner clinic’s office, you won’t find anything less than high-end.

Interestingly, all the dental laws & regulations applicable in the US mainland are also applicable here.

This means you will get the same level of dental care as in the US! 

Accessibility

Puerto Rico is just a 2.5-hour flight away from Miami, US.

Further, US citizens and residents don’t need a passport or a visa to travel to Puerto Rico.

All you need is valid id proof and a travel declaration. Read more here.

While you are here, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation before or after your dental work.

And, of course…

You Get Huge Savings on Dental Work in Puerto Rico!

Dental work in Puerto Rico can be a huge lifesaver if you don’t have dental insurance.

The prices of dental procedures are 60%-80% cheaper as compared to the US.

This means that you can get rid of your dental woes without spending a fortune!

Good things don’t last forever. Contact us today to claim a FREE quote! 

Top Dental Clinic for Dental Work in Puerto Rico

Ciudadela Dental Concierge is one of the best dental clinics in Puerto Rico.

This clinic provides the best value for your money with:

  • State-of-the-art technology
  • International sterilization standards
  • Qualified dentists
  • Affordable prices
  • Negligible waiting time
Ciudadela Dental Concierge

Ciudadela Dental Concierge

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  • Certified by PR Govt. as an accredited medical tourism facility
  • Has an e-dental record facility & a telemedicine system
  • Staff fluent in English & Spanish 

Affordable Dentists in Puerto Rico

Just having information about the dental clinic isn’t enough.

It’s also important to establish that the dentists looking at your case have strong credentials. 

Dr. Carlos H. Martínez and Dr. Lionel Martínez are two of the best dentists in Puerto Rico.

Read on for their credentials.

Dr. Carlos H. Martínez

Dr. Carlos H. Martínez
Experience: 30+ years
Qualification: DDS
University: Marquette University, US
Expertise: Implants & cosmetic dentistry
Others:

  • Board-certified & trained in the US
  • Member of the Medical Tourism Association

Dr. Lionel Martínez

Dr. Lionel Martínez
Experience: 30+ years
Qualification: DDS
University: Marquette University, US
Expertise: Reconstructive dentistry & implants
Others:

  • Board-certified & trained in the US
  • Member of the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education 

Top Dental Procedures in Puerto Rico

Our partner clinic in Puerto Rico is a one-stop shop for all your dental needs.

Procedures performed here include:

  • Prosthetic dentistry (including crowns, veneers, bridges, whitening)
  • Periodontal procedures (relating to the gums)
  • General dentistry
  • Implantology
  • Dentures
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • Clear Aligners

Implants

Dental Implants
An artificial tooth is inserted into the jawbone. It helps in preventing bone loss and chewing.[2]FDA
Dental Implants: What You Should Know
“Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. ”
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💰 Savings in PR: 58%

Crowns

Dental Crowns
It covers the damaged tooth. Usually made from porcelain, metal, glass, or ceramic.[3]News Medical Life Sciences
Dental Crowns/ Tooth Cap
“There are various materials that can be used to construct a dental crown, including…”
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💰 Savings in PR: 72%

Veneers

Dental Veneers
Thin, custom-made shells placed on the front of the tooth to improve appearance. Helps with decay, etc. [4]Medical News Today
What to know about dental veneers
“Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that dentists can place on the front of the teeth to improve their appearance.”
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💰 Savings in PR: 78%

Dentures

Dentures
Removable false teeth. They can be full or partial dentures.[5]Colgate
What Are Dentures?
“Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. ”
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💰 Savings in PR: 72%

Aligners

Aligners
An invisible metal tray for teeth that is esthetic, comfortable, and removable.[6]Research Gate
Aligners: The Science of Clear Orthodontics
“These are the active clear plastic trays fitting snugly onto the teeth. Benefits..esthetics…comfort…”
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💰 Savings in PR: 55%

Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment
A dental procedure used to treat the infection in the tooth’s center.[7]NHS
Root canal treatment
“Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth.”
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💰 Savings in PR: 70% 

Dental Vacation in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an emerging hub of dental and medical tourism. It is because it offers a vacation room besides luxe dental care.

Rightfully called the heart & soul of the Caribbean,this island has something to offer to everyone.

But before that, let’s understand how to reach here.

Puerto Rico: Basic Facts

Puerto Rico: Basic Facts

Entry & Exit

A passport and visa are not required to enter Puerto Rico for US nationals and residents.

You need valid id proof and a travel declaration. Click here to file!

Starting 3 May 2023, all US citizens must present a real ID while boarding flights domestically. It means that while traveling to Puerto Rico, you would have to present a real id that will bear one of the following symbols:[8]DHS.Gov
REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions
“REAL ID-compliant cards will have of one of the following markings on the upper top portion of the card. If the card does not have one of these markings, it is not REAL ID-compliant and won’t be accepted as proof of identity in order to board commercial aircraft.’”
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How to Reach Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is located in North America and is part US territory.

The most convenient way to get to Puerto Rico is via flight.

Let’s look at the flight durations from major US city airports to San Juan Airport (SJU).

Estimated Flight Durations from the US to Puerto Rico
US City Flight Duration Flight Type
Miami (MIA) 2.5 hours Non-stop
Washington DC (IAD) 3.5 hours Non-stop
New York (JFK) 4 hours Non-stop
Houston (HOU) 4.5 hours Non-stop
Chicago (ORD) 4.5 hours Non-stop
San Antonio (SAT) 6 hours 1 stop 

Best Time To Travel to Puerto Rico

The most favorable time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June.

This is the time of year right after the winter season and before the rainy season.

Also, the weather is breezy and sunny, and places are less crowded.

Scenic View in Puerto Rico

Scenic View in Puerto Rico

During this time of the year,

☀️ Average temperature: 72.9°F – 88.5°F

🌧️ Average Precipitation: 3.76 inches – 5.93 inches

🧳 Average Tourist Volume & Hotel Prices: Moderate

Source: US News[9]US News
Best Times to Visit Puerto Rico
“The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer…”
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Cultural Festivities to Enjoy in Puerto Rico

Several festivals are held in Puerto Rico throughout the year.

In addition to your trip, you can also enjoy these.

👨‍🍳 Saborea Food Festival

Saborea Food Festival

Puerto Rico’s grandest food festival usually takes place in April each year.

This fun event brings internationally renowned chefs and TV personalities to compete with local chefs.[10]Tryp
SABOREA FOOD FESTIVAL
“This tremendously fun event brings internationally renowned chefs and TV personalities from around the world to “compete” with local culinary stars.”
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It’s a weekend full of food tastings, rums of Puerto Rico, and a very fun affair for all food lovers.

🎭 Campechada

This is a multi-day celebration in honor of Puerto Rican art.

It is organized by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

The programs include theater, music, performance, painting, dance, and literature.

Source: Discover Puerto Rico[11]Discover Puerto Rico
Campechada
“The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture celebrates the Campechada 2022, a multi-day celebration in honor of Puerto Rican art, ranging from theater, performance, painting, music, dance, and literature.”
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Campechada

🌹 Festival de las Flores

Festival de las Flores

Also known as the flower festival, it hosts Puerto Rico’s best flower growers and landscape artists yearly.

During this multi-day celebration, you will be able to see and purchase a wide variety of plants.

It also features live music, food kiosks, workshops, arts and crafts, and exhibitions. 

Recommended Hotels for a Pleasant Stay

After you are done with all your trip preparations, the only thing left to decide will be the stay.

But you need not to worry, as we have you covered!

Our clinics recommend the following hotels for your comfortable stay:

Mango Mansion

4.5 ⭐ 282 Reviews
Mango Mansion Hotel
🛎️ Address: 159 Cll Primavera Street, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico

📍 0.8 miles from Ciudadela Dental Concierge

Hotel San Jorge

4.2 ⭐177 Reviews
Hotel San Jorge
🛎️ Address: 1700 Av. de la Constitución, San Juan, 00912, PR

📍 0.5 miles from Ciudadela Dental Concierge

Santurcia Hotel

4.5 ⭐ 91 Reviews
Santurcia Hotel
🛎️ Address: 353 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909, Puerto Rico

📍 0.3 miles from Ciudadela Dental Concierge 

Travel Tips for Dental Tourism in Puerto Rico

Let’s have a look at some basic travel trips to ease your journey:

🧳 Last-minute Packing List

  • ID Cards
  • Clothes by season
  • Medical prescriptions
  • Emergency contact list
  • Vaccination proof (if asked)
  • Medical insurance (if required)
  • Toiletries
  • First-aid kit
  • Portable charger
  • Childcare equipment
  • Glasses/Contact lenses
  • Anti-biotics/Supplements

Basic Spanish Words & Phrases for Travelers

Hola: Hello

Por favor: Please

Buenas noches: Good night

Buenos días: Good morning

Buenas tardes: Good afternoon

Cuánto cuesta? How much is it?

Me podría ayudar? Can you help me?


Bien: Good

Dinero: Money

Gracias: Thank you

Lo siento: I’m sorry

Mucho gusto: Nice to meet you

Habla inglés? Do you speak English?

Perdóname/Con permiso: Excuse me

Source: Insure My Trip

Top Safety Tips for Traveling to Puerto Rico:

  1. Follow local laws.
  2. Learn some basic Spanish.
  3. Don’t go out at night alone.
  4. Don’t flash your cash or valuables.
  5. Never leave your belongings unattended.
  6. Exert caution in the rainforests and swimming areas. 

Source: BHTP[12]BHTP
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO PUERTO RICO?
“ Be careful of your belongings. Don’t leave them unattended…”
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Trip Itinerary for Puerto Rico: Food, Fun & Travel

Puerto Rico is home to many historical landmarks, rich cultural experiences, and pristine beaches.

You’ll find a lot of reasons to smile after getting your dental work in Puerto Rico.

Places Worth Visiting in Puerto Rico

Here are some of the most popular tourist destinations you can visit in Puerto Rico.

El Morro Fort

It is known for its extensive history and amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.

You can also enjoy walking through the fort’s depths, including maze tunnels and prison cells.

You can also learn more about the history of this fort through exhibitions & films.

Source: US News[13]US News
El Morro
“El Castillo San Felipe del Morro (known simply as “El Morro”) is Puerto Rico’s go-to tourist attraction, both for its extensive history and its outstanding vistas of the Atlantic Ocean……”
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El Morro Fort

El Morro Fort; Image Courtesy: DPR

People Walking in El Morro

People in El Morro Fort; Image Courtesy: DPR

Old San Juan

The oldest city in the US[14]Discover Puerto Rico
Five Centuries of History in Old San Juan
“Built by the Spaniards, this historical gem is the oldest city in the United States..”
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, this is a great place to explore and learn about Puerto Rico’s history.

You can visit Old San Juan at any time of the day.

You can walk the cobblestone streets to experience the colorful architecture and vibrant culture.

This area is also filled with many vendors & restaurants to help you with your food.

Buildings in Old San Juan

Buildings in Old San Juan; Image Courtesy: DPR

Sightseeing at Old San Juan

Sightseeing at Old San Juan; Image Courtesy: DPR

Puerto Rican Beaches

Puerto Rico has some of the world’s best beaches.

Some of the famous beaches of Puerto Rico are:

  • Crash Boat
  • Cayo Icacos
  • La Playuela
  • Flamenco Beach
  • Domes
  • Sun Bay
  • Cayo Aurora
  • La Monserrate

The beaches of Puerto Rico have something to offer to everyone.

The activities range from soaking in the sun, snorkeling, and surfing to diving.

Crash Boat Beach

Crash Boat Beach; Image Courtesy: DPR

Domes Beach

Domes Beach; Image Courtesy: DPR

El Yunque National Forest

The El Yunque is the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System.[15]US News
El Yunque National Forest
“The El Yunque National Forest, or simply El Yunque, is the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System.”
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It is home to a wide variety of colorful flora, fauna, and waterfalls.

You can also enjoy nature’s bliss through hikes, guided tours, and zip lines.

Waterfall at El Yunque

Waterfall at El Yunque; Image Courtesy: DPR

El Portal at El Yunque

El Portal at El Yunque; Image Courtesy: DPR

Castillo de San Cristóbal

Stretching over 27 acres, it’s the largest fort ever built by the Spanish in America.[16]National Park Service
San Juan
“San Cristóbal covers 27 acres of ground (110,000 square meters) and is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World.”
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The amazing view of the fort’s shoreline is a sight to behold.

Initially built to protect Old San Juan from land attacks, it now serves as a sightseeing spot.

Sunset View at Castillo de San

View at Castillo de San; Image Courtesy: DPR

Castillo de San Cristóbal

Castillo de San Cristóbal; Image Courtesy: DPR

Things to Do in Puerto Rico

Apart from monuments, Puerto Rico also offers several fun activities for you!

Casinos

Casino in Puerto Rico

Image Courtesy: DPR

In addition to lush greenery and beaches, Puerto Rico also offers casino game nights.

There are plenty of places to play and have fun in San Juan.

Distrito T-Mobile

Distrito T-Mobile

Image Courtesy: DPR

It is Puerto Rico’s newest & most creative entertainment destination.

Located in the heart of the San Juan Convention Center District, it houses many cafes and bars.


Rum Tasting

Rum Tasting in Puerto Rico

Image Courtesy: DPR

Puerto Rico, also called, The Rum Capital of the World, is the largest producer of rum sold in the U.S.[17]Forbes
Puerto Rican Rum
“Puerto Rico bills itself as the “Rum Capital of the World,” and makes a huge amount of the stuff – by some estimates 80% of all rum consumed in the US comes from the territory.”
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You can experience its rum culture first-hand via a tour/tasting at Casa BACARDÍ near San Juan.

Toro Verde

Toro Verde in Puerto Rico

Image Courtesy: DPR

It is an ecological park where you can spend endless hours filled with adventure.

You can enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and sports such as zipline and many more.

Cuisines & Cocktails

Puerto Rico has a huge variety of cuisines inspired by different cultures.

Here are some of the most popular dishes you can try first in Puerto Rico.

Empanadas

Empanadas

Flan

Flan

Mofongo

Mofongo

⭐ Tipping in Puerto Rico follows the same rule as in the US.

⭐ You can tip the waiters and bartenders 15-20% of the total bill.

Pernil

Pernil

Tostones

Tostones

Pollo Guisado

Pollo Guisado

In addition to cuisines, Puerto Rico is also famous for its traditional drinks.

Here are some of the most popular beverages you can try in Puerto Rico.

Pina Colada

Pina Colada

Mavi

Mavi

Sangria

Sangria

⭐ A beer in Puerto Rico costs ~$2-$5, and a margarita costs ~$15-$20.

Medalla

Medalla

Coquito

Coquito

Chichaíto de Coco

Chichaíto de Coco

To learn more about tourism in Puerto Rico, check out the Discover Puerto Rico website.

We have collaborated with this non-profit organization trusted by the government of PR.

They work relentlessly to create more awareness about Puerto Rican culture and showcase its beauty. 

Is Puerto Rico Safe for Dental Work?

Puerto Rico is one of the safer destinations on the Caribbean island.[18]BHTP
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO PUERTO RICO?
“Puerto Rico remains one of the safer destinations in the Caribbean.”
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The dentists here are national-board certified and had their training in the US.

Also, they are associated with international bodies like ADA.

In addition to certified dentists, Puerto Rico also offers well-equipped dental clinics.

The clinics use the latest technology like:

  • CAD/CAM
  • Cone Beam
  • 3D printers
  • Digital impressions

Our partner clinic is based in San Juan, which has seen a decline in the crime rate since 2019.[19]US News
How safe is San Juan, PR?
“The metropolitan area’s violent crime rate was lower than the national rate in 2019. ”
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FAQs


Is dental care cheaper in Puerto Rico?

Yes, dental care is cheaper in Puerto Rico as compared to the US.

Dentistry in Puerto Rico is 50%-80% cheaper than in the US.

For instance, all-on-4 implants in Puerto Rico costs $10,000. Whereas the same costs $24,000 in the US.

Does Puerto Rico have good dentists?

Yes, Puerto Rico has good dentists. The dentists are highly qualified and trained in the US.

They are very reputed with 30+ years of experience.

Also, our partner dentists are nationally accredited and members of international bodies like the ADA.

How can I pay for dental work in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, and the currency used here is also US dollars.

Our partner clinic in Puerto Rico accepts multiple modes of payment, including:

  • Cash/Cheque
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Bank Transfer/Paypal


Conclusion

With the latest technology and US-trained dentists, dental tourism in Puerto Rico offers dental services at ~ 80% lower than in the U.S.

In addition to receiving quality dental care, you can also enjoy the serene vacationing sites of Puerto Rico.

We at MTC aim to offer you the best dental care! Contact us today to begin your planning to visit Puerto Rico.

References

1. University of Illinois Chicago- The Many Costs of Poor Oral Health

2. FDA- Dental Implants

3. News Medical Life Sciences- Dental Crown / Tooth Cap

4. Medical News Today- What to know about dental veneers

5. Colgate- What Are Dentures?

6. Research Gate- Aligners

7. NHS- Root canal treatment

8. DHS.Gov- REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions

9. US News- Best Times to Visit Puerto Rico

10. Tryp- Saborea Food Festival

11.  Discover PR- Campechada

12. Insure My Trip- Learning Spanish for Travel

13. BHTP- Is It Safe To Travel To Puerto Rico?

14. US News- El Morro

15. Discover PR- Five Centuries of History in Old San Juan

16. US News- El Yunque National Forest

17. National Park Service- San Juan

18. Forbes- Puerto Rican Rum

19. US News- How safe is San Juan, PR?