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If you are suffering from an infected tooth, then root canal treatment abroad is one cost-effective way of saving your tooth.

Root Canal Treatment Abroad

What is the Cost of Root Canal Abroad?

The price for a teeth root canal treatment ranges between $100-$400 in countries like India, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia, etc.

Cost comparison for Root Canal Treatment Abroad
United States$1,500Colombia$190
Canada$1,500Costa Rica$400
New Zealand$2,000Cambodia$150
**The cost of Root Canal Retreatment varies as per locations. Contact our team for details.

As clear from the table, the typical cost of root canal in the USA or Australia can cost you $1500 or more.

On top of it, your insurance may not be covering this procedure at all and if you need multiple RCTs then the cost will just multiply.

Therefore, it is wise that you consider cheaper root canal treatment options abroad in countries like Colombia, Mexico, India, Thailand, etc to find a good bargain.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal (RCT) is a procedure done to save an infected tooth that has penetrated deep down to the nerves. During an RCT, your dentist will remove all the damaged nerve tissue.

Why do You need a Tooth Root Canal Treatment?

Wondering how you would know if you need a root canal? Read these points below and see if you answer them with a “yes”

  • Experiencing cruciating pain while chewing or biting.
  • Extended sensitivity to hot or cold food even if the substance has been removed
  • Swelling of gums
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Recurrent or persistent pimple on your gums.

If you are suffering from all these symptoms, then it may be an indication for a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Procedure

For a complete root canal treatment, you will need one or more visits. Read along to know the step-by-step procedure:

  • First Step: First of all, the endodontist will take your tooth’s X-ray to check the shape and number of canals.
  • Second Step: Then you will receive local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area of the tooth.
  • Third Step: A rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to prevent saliva from making the area moist.
  • Fourth Step: The dentist will now drill a hole into the tooth. Using root canal files, he/she will then remove the pulp along with the infected and decayed nerve tissue through this hole.

  • Fifth Step: Multiple files are used to increase the diameter of the access holes. The debris is then flushed out with water or sodium hypochlorite.
  • Sixth Step: After cleaning is complete, your tooth will be sealed.However, if there is an infection, your dentist will treat that first before sealing.
  • Seventh Step: A sealer paste and a rubber compound, called gutta-percha, are placed in the root canal, and the tooth is filled.
  • Eighth Step: A tooth that needs a root canal also usually needs further restoration like a crown or a post. You can choose any option and discuss it with your dentist.

If the root canal cannot be finished on the same day, a temporary filling is placed in the exterior hole to keep out any contamination between appointments.

Why Choose Root Canal Treatment Abroad?

  • The first advantage of going for root canal treatment abroad is the low cost, of course. The prices can be a third of the US price or even less.
  • Established medical tourism destinations like India, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and El Salvador offers great service with a high success rate.
  • You will find no language barrier as our partner dentists speak fluent English. If you still find some problems while interacting, then a translator can help you out.
  • Lastly, you can also combine a pleasure trip with your dental trip to any of these countries, and still end up saving money!

Root Canal vs. Implants

FeaturesRCTDental Implant
CostLow Cost[1]Iranian Endodontic Journal
Choice of Treatment Plan Based on Root Canal Therapy versus Extraction and Implant Placement: A Mini Review
“Considering the cost-benefit ratio, RCT and endodontic retreatment are both significantly more appropriate, compared to implant”
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Treatment Duration1-2 daysmay take months
Chewing ForceWeakStrong
Cosmetic ValueGood for anteriorAverage cosmetics

Root Canal and Dental Filling

A root canal and dental filling do not really compete with each other. If the infection in your teeth has not yet touched the nerve, a simple filling will do. But if the decay has penetrated deep inside, a filling is placed only after the root canal procedure, that is after the decayed matter is cleaned out. Hence, here the root canal and dental filling complement each other.


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Root Canal Treatment in Mexico

If you are wondering what dental tourism in Mexico would be like, then read along.

  • If you are wondering “how much is the root canal in Mexico“, then you’d be glad to know that the prices start at $250 only.
  • Our network clinics in Mexico offers world-class facilities like CAD-CAM, dental laser technology, CT-scan and an in-house dental lab.
  • Up to 3 FREE nights at Hotel Hacienda Los Algodones on treatment(T&C* applied)

Facilities for Root Canal Treatment in Mexico

*Contact our case managers for terms disclosure.

Our partner clinics in Mexico are present in:

  • Ajijic
  • Cancun
  • Los Algodones
  • Mexicali
  • Nuevo Laredo
  • Puerto Valarta
  • Rosarito
  • Tijuana

Root Canal Treatment in Colombia

Colombia is another destinations for Root Canal Treatment Abroad. It is in close vicinity to the USA and Canada. According to a detailed report from Colombia Reports,[2]Colombia Reports
“Colombia’s tourism industry has grown more than 300% since 2006 when only 1 million foreigners visited the country…”
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Colombia is experiencing a massive inflow of tourists from all over the world.

Foreign visitors for Dental Work in Colombia-Root Canal abroad
As of 2018, more than 3 million tourists had entered the Colombian borders and most of them were from the United States.

In Colombia, we have partner clinics in:

Read more about dentists in Colombia here.

Root Canal Treatment in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has emerged as one of the high quality, low cost[3]USITC Executive Briefing on Trade
““Data from a U.S. government survey suggest that 150,000 to 320,000 U.S. travelers list healthcare as a reason for traveling abroad each year, or between 0.2% and 0.6% of all outbound U.S. air travelers. South America represents the largest destination market for such travelers (26% of the total), followed by Central America (18%) …”
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medical tourism destinations for most American patients, especially for dental care.

Root Canal Treatment affiliation for dental clinics in Costa Rica
Reputed dental clinics in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a great leisure travel destination, which gives an additional option of vacationing and relaxing as one gets the dental treatment done.

Root Canal Treatment in El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest country of Central American country and lies are near to the USA and Canada. It is also known as “The land of Volcanoes” as you will find many active volcanoes in the area.

Tourism in El Salvador

The beautiful churches are worth visiting in El Salvador. Apart from this, you can also enjoy the volcano trek which is worth having in this country.

Root Canal Treatment in India

India is the home to a few of the best and most highly qualified dentists in the world. The hospitals here are accredited by NABH [4]National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers
NABH Accredited Hospitals
“H-2013-0181:Max Superspecility Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India…”
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India Dental Tourism, Root Canal in India
A Guide to Indian Debtal Tourism

With rapidly evolving technology and state of art medical equipment, root canal cost in India would be about one-fourth of that in the United States.

Meanwhile, it also provides the same medical care quality and clinical outcome. Read more about root canal treatment in India here.

Root Canal Treatment in Vietnam

Dental tourism in Vietnam
Beautiful Vietnam

Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have had huge strides when it comes to dental tourism. With state-of-the-art facilities, each patient is treated with extreme precision.

Root Canal Treatment in Philippines

If you want to have some fun on the clear water beaches, then Phillipines is the country for you.

The number of tourists [5]The Republic of Phillipines: Department of Trade and Industry
“International tourist arrivals to the Philippines rose by 7.7% to 7.1 million visitors in 2018 compared to its level last year…% share to the total PH tourist arrivals in 2018…US with 1,034,396…and Australia with 279,821.”
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have seen a tremendous increase in Philippines with a million tourists from USA alone.

Learn about dentists in the Philippines here.

Root Canal Treatment in Thailand

Thailand brings a great deal for medical tourists, especially Australians, Canadians, and Americans.

Why Thailand for Dental tourism?
Medical tourism in Thailand

Trained and qualified dental teams including low care cost, are a few advantages that make Thailand dental tourism a great option.

Things like, advanced technology & the high quality of patient management protocols also add to the list.

Post-Root Canal Care and Precautions

Care for post RCT discomfort:

  • Take over-the-counter painkillers if you have an aching tooth.
  • Rinse your mouth with tepid salt water to reduce the discomfort thrice a day.
  • Use ice bags in case of recurrent pain for about 15 minutes every hour.

Precautions after Root Canal Treatment:

  • Avoid chewing with the treated tooth until the procedure completes.
  • Eat soft foods for a day or two after your first root canal appointment.
  • After the root canal, you can brush and floss normally.
  • Gently brush your teeth with soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth after each meal.
  • Visit your dentist at scheduled intervals.


  • How quickly can a root canal be done?

A typical root canal treatment can be completed in two appointments. However, the time between two appointments may vary between 1 week to 3 weeks. This time gives your tooth ample time to heal.

A root canal can also be completed in a day, however, it totally depends on your tooth’s condition. Only a thorough examination of the root and nerves can confirm a single visit RCT.

  • Can I travel immediately after a root canal treatment?

Traveling after a root canal is usually not a problem. However, in case you have your RCT done in a different country, then we suggest that you wait for at least 4-5 days before you move back to your native country.

By this time, your post-RCT discomfort should subside. If not, then it is better you consult with your dentist.

If you are worried about flying in-between your appointments, you can do that as well, although this should not mean extending the time-lapse between sittings.


  1. Iranian Endodontic Journal: Choice of Treatment Plan Based on Root Canal Therapy versus Extraction and Implant Placement: A Mini Review
  2. Colombian Reports: Tourism
  3. U.S. International Trade Commission: Trends in US Health Travel Services Trade
  4. NABH: Accredited Hospitals
  5. The Republic of Phillipines-Department of Trade and Industry: Tourist Arrivals

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