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Dental Tourism in Mexico – A Vacation with the Best Dentists


Dental Tourism in Mexico

Dental tourism in Mexico is expanding rapidly. Getting your teeth fixed at MTC’s clinics here comes with many advantages.

Some of these are affordable dental treatment and high-quality services. Proximity to the United States and Canada is another advantage.

There are many reasons why US and Canadian citizens are looking across the border for dental treatment. The following the factors contribute to the rise of dental tourism:

Comparison of Dental Treatment in the US & Mexico
Factors U.S. Mexico
Cost High Low. Save 50-70% off US prices
Treatment Standards Top-quality Internationally accredited
Accessibility Long waiting time No waiting time

Another reason is that many U.S. citizens do not have dental insurance. The best dentists south of the border offer the lowest prices. This is why Americans and Canadians are seeking dental care here.

Dental Tourism Mexico Cost

Dental procedures such as all-on-4 dental implants may cost you around $20,000 in the U.S. The same cost between $8,950-12,475 at an MTC clinic in Mexico.

Similarly, a full denture, acrylic teeth (upper or lower) may cost $2000 in the U.S. It costs between $250-965 at an MTC clinic in the Latin American country.

The following table compares the cost of dental treatment between Mexico and the USA:

Cost of Dental Work in Mexico Vs. United States (in US$)
Dental Procedure Price in U.S. Price in Mexico
Single Titanium Implant $1,500 $750-890
All-on-4 Dental Implants $20,000 $8,950-12,475
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crown $1,100 $180-567
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Bridge $1,200 $180-567
Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crown $1,300 $180-567
Zirconia Crown $1,700 $450-567
Porcelain Veneer (per unit) $2,000 $350-567
Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $250-965
Full Denture, Composite/Porcelain Teeth (upper or lower) $2,000 $350-600
Full Denture, Immediate or Healing (upper or lower) $1,495 $480-965
Partial Denture (Flexible Frame) $1,800 $400-500
Partial Denture (Metal Frame) $1,400 $350-600

Prices are subject to change. Fill our free quote form for the latest prices and special offers.

There is a wide difference in prices for the same dental procedure in the U.S. as compared to Mexico.
This is the primary reason U.S. citizens choose Mexico for a dental vacation. They save more than 60% off U.S. prices.

The following graph compares the US-Mexico prices for four major dental procedures:


Advantages of a Mexican Dental Vacation

  • You save over 60% off U.S. costs on dental procedures in our clinics in Mexico.
  • The treatment cost will be available to you prior to booking.
  • The dental tourism destinations in Mexico are well-connected to the U.S. and Canada by air and road.
  • Specialists from all branches of dentistry are available under one roof, unlike in the U.S.
  • Our clinics have state-of-the-art-dental-equipment.
  • The presence of on-site labs ensures a quick patient turnover rate.
  • We offer free hotel stay and ground transfers for select locations (terms and conditions apply).
  • Indulge yourself in a tropical vacation! Mexico’s vibrant culture and cuisine is a great way to unwind from daily life. Relax on one of the numerous sandy beaches. Spend a day exploring nature’s wonders like Pinacate Peaks, Sea of Cortez and much more.
25% of the dental tourists received by Mexico are from the United States.1

Disadvantages of a Mexican Dental Holiday

  • The destination you choose in Mexico might involve some travel (by road or air). In case of a dental emergency, it might be difficult for you to head back to the Mexican clinic.
  • You will have to arrange for aftercare with a local dental office.
  • Most of the tourist hubs of the world are full of scamsters. In Mexico too, you’ll have to make sure you don’t fall for the tourist traps. Steer clear of hawkers and touts. They might lure you with unbelievable dental discounts.
  • Language barriers can be a drawback. For that you’ll have to ask the dental office you choose beforehand that they either provide you with an English-speaking dental surgeon or someone who knows proper English and is present while you are getting treated. This will ensure nothing gets lost in translation.
  • Some of us may go overboard with the idea of combining a vacation with dental work. It is in your best interest to get your dental treatment scheduled first and keep all the touristic activities for later. It would help if you left room for some changes in the dental schedule provided to you when you are undergoing treatment.
  • Mexico is the land of delicious food. A buffet spread of local delicacies might sound inviting but can be bad for your new teeth. So, abstain from tortillas and spicy salsa while your mouth heals.
  • You might not be able to enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful Caribbean as the pressure exerted by the water may cause the surgical site to bleed.

How It Works

  • Fill in the free quote form.
  • Our case manager will get in touch with you.
  • A qualified dental advisor will email or call you.
  • We will provide you with a price estimate along with a treatment plan.
  • You may now start planning your visit.
  • The MTC office will guide you with travel and logistics.
  • We will assist you in case you need follow-up support.

6 Tips on How to Choose a Dental Clinic in Mexico

  1. Don’t go by the lowest price tag. Make sure you don’t compromise quality. While the idea of instant saving is appealing, you don’t want to end up paying more in the long run for correcting your botched dental work.
  2. Go through the credentials of the dental staff. Are they regularly updating their dental knowledge by taking courses and attending conferences? These are the things you should watch out.
  3. If you are going in for complex dental work, such as a full mouth restoration or dental implants, make sure you get a clear picture on their warranty policy.
  4. Make it a point to go through online reviews and patient testimonials. You could also choose a clinic on the bases of referral by friends or family.
  5. 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.
  6. Make sure they follow the proper norms for hygiene and sanitization.

Destinations for Top Dentists in Mexico

Dentists in Los Algodones, Border Town Near Yuma (AZ)

  • Rank among the best dentists in Los Algodones, which is across the border from Yuma, AZ.
  • The clinic has dentists with more combined experience than any other clinic in the city.
  • It is a member of the American Dental Association with 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

  • The clinic is a few blocks away from the Andrade border.
  • The clinic provides a free shuttle service connecting Yuma airport (IATA: YUM), the border, hotel, and clinic.
Los Algodones is known as the “Molar City.”

Dentaris Clinic: Cancun Dental Specialists

  • It has been awarded the ‘Top Dental Clinic in Mexico’ for two years.
  • The 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

Dental Tourism in Cancun: Sightseeing Options

  • The city’s highest pyramid, Nohuch Mul, is a big attraction.
  • Spend time at the Playa Delfines, a white sandy
  • See what the Cancun Underwater Museum has to offer.
  • Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, is a two-hour road trip away.

Dentists in Mexicali, a Border City Near Calexico (CA)

The name Mexicali derives from the anagram ‘MEXI’ from Mexico, and ‘CALI’ from California.
  • The dental clinic in Mexicali is near the Calexico US-Mexico border.
  • It has been providing top-quality dental treatment for forty years.
  • It extends lifelong dental support via email and phone to patients.


Getting There

  • The clinic provides free ground transfers.
  • It offers medical passes to bypass long waiting lines at the Mexicali border.

Things to Do on a Dental Trip to Mexicali

  • Stroll through Vicente Guerrero Park.
  • Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • Explore the art galleries and performing arts shows at the House of Culture.

Nuevo Laredo Dentist – Texas Border City Near San Antonio

  • The dental clinic in Nuevo Laredo is just 4.8 miles from Laredo, TX.
  • It has been providing top-quality care for two decades.
  • The facility is accessible to the disabled.

Things to Do in Nuevo Laredo

  • Visit the city zoo.
  • Explore the Reyes Meza Museum.
  • You may visit the Catedral Del Espiritu Santo.

Tijuana Dentist – Border City Near San Diego (CA)

  • The dental clinic in Tijuana is the largest in the border town near San Diego.
  • It has state-of-the-art dentistry equipment such as Digital X-rays and CT scan.
  • It offers a free hotel stay on specific cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Getting There

  • The clinic provides free pick-up from the border, San Diego Airport (IATA: SAN), and the hotel.
  • It provides free medical lane passes at the San Ysidro port of entry.

Things to Do in Tijuana

  • Visit the Parque Morelos, the state park.
  • Spend time at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).
  • You may also like to see the Avenida Revolucion, a tourist center.
  • Tijuana Beach is a hit with the tourists.

Puerto Vallarta Dentist – Scenic Tourist Destination in Jalisco

  • 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

Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta on the Dental Trip

  • Visit the Malecon. It is a promenade with restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops.
  • You could arrive in time to be part of the famous city church’s annual festival.
  • Spend time at the Centro Cultural Cuale. It hosts recreational events.
  • Relax at the Playa Los Muertos pier. It offers scenic views of the coast.
  • Sunbathe at the Mismaloya Beach. It even has a background view of the jungle.

Mexico Dentist 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.

Dental Tourism in Mexico: Travel Tips

  • Citizens of the U.S. & Canada require a tourist visa if they are visiting for more than 180 days.
  • The U.S. has a Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo. There is a U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun.
  • Do check the weather at your destination before you make your journey.
  • If you are going more than 12 miles inside the Mexican border or stay longer than 72 hours, you should have a valid FMM. This stands for Forma Migratoria Multiple. You may need to present this at checkpoints.
  • U.S. driver’s licenses are acceptable in Mexico. The legal requirement is that the owner is inside the vehicle. Mexican auto insurance is mandatory. This includes rental vehicles.
  • Dial 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Most stores in Mexico transact in the US Dollar (US$). The official currency is the Mexican Nuevo Peso (MXN).
  • Distance from Los Algodones, Baja California:
    • 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 4 minutes)
  • Distance from Tijuana:
    • San Diego: 19 miles (30 minutes)
    • Las Vegas: 348 miles (5 hours 38 minutes)
    • Los Angeles: 137 miles (2 hours 14 minutes)
  • Distance from Mexicali:
    • 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)
  • Distance from Nuevo Laredo:
    • Laredo, Texas: 4.8 miles (20 minutes)
    • San Antonio: 162 miles (2 hours 42 minutes)
    • Austin: 240 miles (3 hours 51 minutes)
  • Average flight duration (non-stop) for Cancun:
    • Miami (IATA: MIA): 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Orlando (IATA: MCO): 2 hours 2 minutes
    • Atlanta (IATA: ATL): 2 hours 40 minutes
    • New York (IATA: JFK): 4 hours 10 minutes
    • Philadelphia (IATA: PHL): 4 hours
    • Toronto (IATA: YYZ): 4 hours 25 minutes
    • Montreal (YUL): 5 hours 10 minutes
At 35 million, Mexico received the 9th highest international visitors in 2018.2


  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 a new country.

You will just need to be cautious when you are in Mexico. According to 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. Are the dental clinics accredited?

Yes, the following are their accreditations

Los Algodones Clinic
Better Business Bureau Global Clinic Rating
Mexican Council of Medical Tourism Medical Tourism Association
Cancun Clinic
Global Clinic Rating (GCR) American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Mexican Dental Association
American Dental Association (ADA) International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS)
International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) American Association of Endodontists (AAE)
American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Mexican National Certification Council in Anesthesiology
  1. Can I replace all of my teeth with implants?

There are two main kinds of implant options for the replacement of all teeth. The costs vary with the number of implants needed and the type of restoration.  Your dental condition contributes to the cost as well.

The first is removable/ ‘snap in’ implant dentures. These are also known as ‘implant supported overdentures. The second is fixed /non-removable bridges. Also known as ‘implant-supported full arch bridges.

  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. Does dental staff at the clinic speak English?

 Yes. Dental staff at our clinics speak English and Spanish.

  1. Will I have to pay a consultation fee?

No. The clinics carry out the diagnosis free of charge.

  1. How do I pay for my dental work?

As a matter of fact, most dental clinics in Mexico prefer payment in cash by way of US$. However, 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. 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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