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Dental Tourism in Mexico? Why all the craze?

Dental Tourism in Mexico - Why Medical Travel


Dental Tourism in Mexico? Why all the craze?

It has been some years since the beginning of the craze called Dental Tourism. Although many expected the waters to settle, the fact that US citizens are travelling to Mexico for dental treatments is still a high subject of interest.

According to the 2014 Medical Tourism Global Consumer Demand Survey Analysis recently released by PlacidWay, 80% of the foreign patients looking for dental care in Mexico come from the US, have middle incomes and are over the age of 50.

The reality today is that Americans who are choosing to go to Mexico to get their crowns, implants or even whitening service are saving consistently on their dental work and yes - the difference is in the cost! But this is not all dental tourism implies.

Here is an analysis about why the Mexican border cities have become true Meccas for dental services and why this type of health travel is not going to stop any time soon.


Dental Care in Mexico - Medical Tourism Los Algodones

Dental in Mexico: Where it all began

Every year, thousands of US citizens walk, drive or fly to Mexico either because their insurance does not cover the type of elective procedurethey need (such as implant or whitening) or they have it covered but just want to get more value for the money they paid.

The trend actually started many decades ago mostly in Tijuana region. With a quite large number of Mexicans living in the USA they had a sense of the pricing difference either from their own experience or by communicating with their relatives on the other side of the border. Shortly the word had spread among the Americans living right across the border on the U.S. side and this led to a slow but steady increase in US patients at the Mexican dentists’offices in Tijuana.

The Americans taking advantage of the lower costs were mostly retirees but also working adults who were slowly turning their eyes toward the small towns where, surprisingly – the dental services and technology was no different than what they had back home. From Arizona to California to New Mexico and Texas the trend of getting dental work done in Mexico was booming. 

Now, although still a controversial subject, Dental Tourism in Mexico is an industry worth millions and the competition is fierce among the dental offices in Tijuana, Los Algodones, and mostly in Baja California, thus making competitive pricing only more attractive for the US patients and recently for the Canadians as well.


Dental Tourism Mexico - Best Price - Affordable Medical Care


Huge Difference in Dental Prices

Come to Mexico – Save 70% on dental work! Huge Savings on Dental Care! These are common messages you will see when searching for your dentist in Mexico. And the reality is that the percentage in savings is real or even bigger. But it's not just the price for dental procedures. When it comes to adding the price for transportation, meals or hotel accommodation, prices are still lower compared with the price for dental work in the US alone.

The return on investment (ROI) is real, especially for those doing extensive dental work. It is not only about saving a few dollars and having a nice trip to a foreign country, it’s about savings of thousands of dollars.


US Dentist**

Mexico Dentist***

$ Savings

Dental Expenses*




Initial Consultation




Root Canal




Full Mouth X-rays




All on Four Nobel Biocare System with fixed acrylic bridge Lower or Upper Jaw



(included: consultation, CT scan, panoramic X-ray, 8 days accommodation, transportation)


All on Six Dental Implants System with MegaGen Implants



(included: consultation, CT scan, panoramic X-ray, 3 days accommodation, transportation and case manager assistance)


All on Eight Dental Implants and Fixed PorcelainBridge



(included accommodation for 8 days, transportation and case manager assistance)

$50,500 - $80,500

Porcelain Dentures (full mouth)




Total Travel Expenses




Nr of trips to Mexico




Days of stay in Mexico




Hotel accommodation


~$300 for 3 nights






2 roundtrip flights


San Francisco - Los Algodones - $330

New York - Cancun - $550






$0 (transportation from airport included in the treatment price)



As analyzed just above, if you compare the $200 root canal price in Mexico to the $1000 root canal price in the USA, the savings can go to as much as 80%. The differences can be even more obvious in complicated or more advanced procedures, such as the All-on-6 dental implants system, that costs in Los Algodones, Mexico around $7, 250, while in the USA the price for the same procedure with the same materials is $24,200.

Sure, the first reason for which US citizens would choose Mexico for dental care is price. But other factors play an equally important role in helping the patient build trust and convince him/her to cross the border.


Mexico Cheap High Quality Dentistry - Medical Travel

Cheap but High Quality Dentistry

People are regarding Mexico as an interesting destination for travel, yet most have mixed feelings when it comes to getting dental work there. Believe it or not, Mexico has state-of-the-art dental clinics. And the best part is that you can have a roundtrip of the clinic from your computer, thanks to advanced websites.

Mexican dentists have invested a lot not only in the medical equipment for their clinics, but also in their training and passion for quality dental work, growing in the eyes of their US counterparts, by teaching US dental courses, and exchanging information about the best practices in dentistry. 

Mexican dentists are constantly upgrading their knowledge base, technology and even the comfort levels in their offices, while competing against the US dental offices and also among each other. The competition translates not only in low prices among clinics, but also brings benefits in the way that the local associations are promoting best practices in the field, with the top dentists collaborating to establish them, each bringing their best technique for all to improve.


At a stone’s throw from the US Border

By car, by bicycle, on foot or by air - the ways to reach the Mexican border cities for dental care are numerous. However, driving combined with walking has been seen as the most popular for the convenience of Americans living in Mexico bordering states (Arizona, California, New Mexico orTexas). The big cities are more or less 1 to 3 hours away from the dental tourism hotspotsand those who are a bit farther have incorporated shuttle services for their US patients and are picking them up right from the border.

This proximity has played a huge role in the expansion of Mexican dental tourism, as Americans are opting to walk into Mexico, rather than traveling to other affordable dental tourism destinations such as India, Thailand or Romania. This is especially the case with procedures that require multiple visits such as dental implants, where the air fare can prove to be more pricy than the actual dental work.


Dental Care Tourism in Mexico Risks


Of course there are risks and disadvantages regarding Dental Tourism in Mexico. For example the dental travelling craze has made dental clinics in Mexico to appear like mushrooms after the rain, especially in the rural areas. Therefore, do your homework thoroughly before leaving home: check the clinic's website, ask questions, choose big cities, get former patients' opinions, have you trip scheduled from A to Z, if possible have someone accompany you in your trip, avoid traveling at night and make sure that the dentists clearly understood what you want and need.

Dentists in Mexico are increasingly aware of the benefits Dental Tourism brings. Therefore, they will always be one or several steps ahead their US competition: cost, quality, transparency, guarantees for the dental work, experienced dentists, English speaking medical staff, modern clinics, same procedures as in the US, plus a short holiday in a beautiful country. It is quite difficult to compete with all these advantages offered by Mexico.

About PlacidWay Medical Tourism

PlacidWay Medical Tourism is a leader in the global medical tourism industry and its goal is to offer up to date information and resources regarding medical travel, international providers, treatments, procedures and destinations for international travelers in 30 countries worldwide with more than 250 internationally accredited medical centers.


For more information about Dental Tourism in Mexico and which are the best dental clinics to choose from, do not hesitate to contact us!


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by: Ana.S


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