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Dental Tourism in Mexico – Prices, Safety & More

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Dental Tourism in Mexico

Dental work in Mexico is an affordable alternative to expensive dental care in the US. Quick apppointments and proximity to the US make Mexico a top choice for dental tourism.

Cost of Dental Work in Mexico

So “how much can you save on dental work in Mexico?” You can save up to 70% on most dental procedures. Full mouth restoration procedures such as all-on-4 dental implants will cost you only about $8,900 in Mexico. Similarly, full denture with acrylic teeth costs between $250 – $965 in the Latin American country.

Know that the price of procedure depends on several factors like the prosthesis brand, type of treatment, and the quality of material used. Also, the total cost may increase if any pre-surgery procedures are required.

Here, you can compare the approximate costs in Mexico with the US.

Cost of Dental Work in Mexico Vs. United States (in US$)
Dental Procedure US Price Mexico Price
Single Titanium Implant $1,500 $750
All-on-4 Dental Implants $20,000 $8,950
Root Canal Treatment $1,500 $250
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Bridge $1,200 $180
Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crown $1,300 $180
Zirconia Crown $1,700 $450
Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $2,000 $350
Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $250
Full Denture, Composite/Porcelain Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $350
Full Denture, Immediate or Healing (upper or lower) $1,495 $480
Partial Denture (Flexible Frame) $1,800 $400
Partial Denture (Metal Frame) $1,400 $350

Note: Contact us for latest prices.

Compare the cost of popular procedures in the US and Mexico.

Dental Work Price Comparison - USA & Mexico

Advantages of a Mexican Dental Vacation

MTC partner clinics are accredited and meet international standards of dental care. Further, our dentists and staff speak both English and Spanish, ensuring there is no miscommunication or confusion.

  • The treatment cost will be available to you prior to booking.
  • Specialists from all branches of dentistry are available under one roof, unlike in the U.S. The presence of on-site labs ensures a quick patient turnover rate.
  • Our clinics have state-of-the-art-dental-equipment on par with the international standards.
  • We offer free hotel stay and ground transfers for select locations (terms and conditions apply).
25% of the dental tourists in Mexico are from the US.1

How to Plan Your Dental Trip to Mexico

  • Fill in the free quote form on this page.
  • Our case manager or a dental avvisor will get in touch with you to discuss your requirements.
  • They will provide you with a price estimate along with a treatment plan. We strongly recommend that you share any existing treatment plan, dental reports(X rays/CT Scan) etc. This will help get you more accurate treatment options from us.
  • Once you have decided on a treatment plan & destination, we will guide you with travel & tips. Depending on your destination, we will assist you with logistics and local support.
  • On your return, we will assist you in case you need follow-up support or communicating with the clinic in Mexico.

Tips on How to Choose a Dental Clinic in Mexico

  1. Don’t go by the lowest price. Make sure the dental clinic is accredited.
  2. If you are going in for complex dental work, such as a full mouth restoration or dental implants, ask your case manager about the warranty period and its terms and conditions.
  3. It is essential to ask the clinic the brands they use for restorations. Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and BioHorizon are some of the renowned brand names in the world.
  4. Check whether they follow the proper norms for hygiene and sanitization.

Top Dental Tourism Destinations in Mexico

Los Algodones

Less than 20-minute drive from Yuma, AZ, Los Algodones is also called the molar capital of the world.

  • There are more than 30 dentists in Algodones dental clinic who specialize in different fields of dentistry.
  • It is a member of the American Dental Association and has its own on-site lab.

Dental Tourism Los Algodones Mexico Clinic
Stay free at Hotel Hacienda
in Los Algodones for a night, for dental work over US $1,000. 

Getting There

If you live near Yuma, AZ, you can drive to reach here. The clinic is just 10 miles from Yuma. We provide a free shuttle service connecting Yuma airport (IATA: YUM), the border, hotel, and clinic.

US City Distance Driving Time
Yuma 11 miles 21 minutes
Phoenix 195 miles 3 hours 16 minutes
Tucson 246 miles 3 hours 44 minutes
San Diego 166 miles 2 hours 44 minutes
Los Angeles 265 miles 4 hours 28 minutes
Las Vegas 290 miles 5 hours

Cancun

Cancun is located on the south-east coast of Mexico in Quintana Roo state.

  • The Cancun dental clinic specializes in smile makeovers, all-on-4 implants, dental crowns, veneers, and bridges.
  • It has an on-site dental lab with an experienced ceramist.
  • The clinic provides free ground transfers connecting the airport and the clinic.

Dentaris-Cancun for Dental Tourism in Mexico

Getting There

Cancun has an international airport (IATA: CUN), which has direct flights from most international airports in the USA. The table below shows the average flight duration.

US City Time Taken
Miami (IATA: MIA) 1 hour 45 minutes
Orlando (IATA: MCO) 2 hours
Atlanta (IATA: ATL) 2 hours 40 minutes
New York (IATA: JFK) 4 hours 10 minutes
Philadelphia (IATA: PHL) 4 hours 20 minutes

Mexicali

Mexicali is a border town just 6.3 miles from Calexico, CA.

  • The dental clinic in Mexicali has been providing top-quality dental treatment for forty years.
  • It extends lifelong dental support via email and phone to patients.

Best-Dentist-in-Mexicali

Getting There

You can reach Mexicali by road or by air. It’s just an 18-minute drive from Calexico to Mexicali. Mexicali has an international airport (IATA: MXL) with direct flights from most US international airports.

US City Distance Driving Time
Calexico 5.6 miles 17 minutes
El Centro 17.7 miles 32 minutes
Brawley 28 miles 45 minutes
Palm Springs 124 miles 2 hours 19 minutes
Salton City 67 miles 1 hour 22 minutes
Imperial Valley 38 miles 55 minutes

Tijuana

Tijuana is a border town just 19 miles from San Diego, CA.

Tijuana Dental Clinic

Getting There

It takes less than 1 hour to drive from San Diego to Tijuana. Alternatively, you can also fly to Tijuana International Airport (IATA: TIJ).

US City Distance Driving Time
San Diego 19 miles 30 minutes
Las Vegas 348 miles 5 hours 19 minutes
Brawley 348 miles 5 hours 38 minutes
Los Angeles 137 miles 2 hours 14 minutes

Puerto Vallarta

  • MTC’s dental clinic in Puerto Vallarta has built an excellent reputation over nearly twenty years.
  • It has the latest dental technology approved by the ADA.

Clinic for Dental Tourism in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Getting There

You can reach here by air. Puerto Vallarta has an international airport (IATA: PVR) with direct flights from most US cities. See the table below for flight duration between major US cities and Puerto Vallarta.

US City Time Taken
San Francisco 3 hours 50 minutes
Los Angeles 3 hours 9 minutes
Denver 3 hours 21 minutes

Dental Work Mexico Reviews

  • A Canadian client reviews full mouth implants at our partner clinic in Los Algodones.
  • Robin from New Jersey, reviews dental crowns & implants in Cancun.
  • A client reviews getting dental work in Cancun.
  • Herarto reviews a full mouth reconstruction in Cancun.
Mexico received the 9th highest international visitors (35 million) in 2018.2

FAQs

  1. Is traveling to Mexico for dental tourism safe?

Just as you would be alert and aware of your surroundings in any new environment, so is the case with Mexico. For your safety in Mexico, you can follow the US Travel Advisory for the country:

  • Make use of toll roads. Try not to drive alone or at night.
  • Be careful when visiting casinos, bars, and nightclubs.
  • Do not show signs of wealth, like jewelry.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when visiting the bank or the ATM.
  • Enroll for the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program (STEP). This is so that you may receive travel and security updates. This is also to allow U.S. agencies to reach you in case of an emergency.
  1. Why is dental work a lot cheaper in Mexico?
Factors Affecting Dental Costs in USA and Mexico 
U.S. Mexico
Dentists deep in debt when they graduate Dentists not in debt
High cost of real estate Cheap real estate
High malpractice insurance costs Low malpractice insurance
High cost of living Low cost of living
Utilities, wages & rent are high Low overhead costs
  1. Do you need a passport to go to Mexico from U.S.?

It is mandatory for U.S. citizens to possess a valid passport at the time of entry into Mexico.

  1. How do I pay for my dental work?

Most dental clinics in Mexico prefer payment in cash by way of US$. They also accept travelers’ checks, personal checks, and credit cards.

A small processing fee of around 3-4% is charged on credit card payments. We recommend that you inquire beforehand whether the clinic accepts credit cards as a mode of payment.

  1. What time of the year should I visit Mexico for a dental holiday?

The clinics in Mexico receive a large number of dental tourists from the U.S. and Canada during the winters. This is from December-March. Should you decide to visit during this time, remember that waiting time at the border can be long.

You will need to fix your appointment ahead of time. In summers, the border lines have thinned out. Early fall and late spring are also good seasons to get your teeth fixed at an MTC clinic in Mexico.

  1. Can I drive to Mexico? Will my US driver’s license be valid there?

Yes, you can. U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico. The legal requirement is that the owner is inside the vehicle. Mexican auto insurance is mandatory. This includes rental vehicles.

  1. What if a dental problem arises after I return home?

Arranging for followup care with your Mexican dentist is easy. It is usually available at a nominal fee or free of cost. If going to Mexico is not feasible, a local dentist can help you too.

  1. Is getting dental work in Mexico is risky?

Mexico is a dental tourism hub. There are dental clinics that have an international reputation for providing quality care. However, one must still be wary of falling for poor quality and unaccredited dental clinics.

  1. Do dentists in Mexico speak English?

MTC partners with English-speaking dentists. Our case and destination managers are also bilingual.

  1. Can I combine my dental trip with a vacation?

It is in your best interest to get your dental treatment scheduled first and keep all the touristic activities for later. Every destination in Mexico has some unique attractons, but it is advised to consult your dentist before you head to a vacation.

References

  1. Kamath et al. (2015). The business and pleasure of teeth: Dental tourism. International Journal of Contemporary Dental and Medical Reviews.
  2. Molomo K (2018). 25 of the most visited countries in the world (Tourists Can’t Get Enough). The Travel.




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