Rising treatment costs and decreasing health insurance coverage forces patients to make tough decisions about whether to forgo care or risk bankruptcy. These issues have encouraged patients to use Dental work in Mexico as an alternative.
While dental tourism in Mexico enables people to access affordable dental care, others perceive it as risky and thus not a viable option.
So, the questions that you face are:
and many more questions that we will try to answer in this post.
Journal of Anthropology states that “Many US patients feel uncomfortable traveling to Mexico for healthcare. They are unsure how the system works and believe that Mexico is unsanitary and premodern.
To address these concerns, some Mexican dental clinics have started
Here is a price comparison and average savings list for common dental procedures:
|Root Canal treatment||$1,000-2,000||$300-350||82%|
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
|All on 4 with Acrylic denture||$24,000||$8,950||62%|
|All on 6 with Acrylic denture||$29,500||$11,280||62%|
*Prices may vary with the complexity of the case.
CTV Vancouver “For people going to Mexico for dental treatment, it is essential to carry out research beforehand.”
Still, we suggest, you should do thorough research about the clinic and the treating dentist.
Dentavacation chosen clinics follow 4 step sterilization process:
1.Manual Cleaning: Visible deposits on instruments are removed.
2.Ultrasonic Cleaning: Instruments are cleaned in a chamber with ultrasonic waves.
3.Packaging and Autoclave: Dried instruments are packed in sealed pouches. The packages are clearly marked with the date of sterilization. Sealed bags are autoclaved to guarantee 100% sterilization.
4.Ultra Violet Chamber: Keeping the sealed sterilized packages in the UV chamber prevents cross-infection.
Fumigation of the clinic: Weekly chemical steam treatment is carried out. The total clinic is fumigated to make treatment area is sterile and safe.
Monitoring sterilization: “Weekly spore tests are the hallmark of sterilization.” Spore system like 3M ESPE is used to monitor sterilization. This comes with a 20-year product history and ensures that the sterilization controls and standards are above the required standards.
Some of the US or Canadian dental insurance provide reimbursements for dental work in Mexico. You may be reimbursed at the “out-of-network” provider rate.
Mexico offers excellent dental destinations. People choose a place based on ease of travel, clinic reputation, potential savings, and tourist attractions.
Below are the top dental clinics in Mexico:
It is one of the clinics in Los Algodones that has awards and accreditations from:
Dr. Roxana Arriaga
Dr. Juan Miranda
International Oral Implantology Congress
Los Algodones doesn’t offer much in terms of tourism. Many Canadian snowbirds stay across the border in Yuma. Trailer parks and rental apartment accommodations are quite popular. Staying for long durations in this region may allow access to many tourist attractions in the Southeast of the USA and northeast part of Mexico.
Los Algodones is considered Molar City. Business Insider states, “there are more than 350 dentists in a 2 block perimeter” Sticking to the touristy areas is recommended.
Dr. Angel Serrano
Dentavacation collaborates with a clinic in Tijuana which was the first to be contracted in Mexico by a U.S. Dental Insurance. This clinic complies with US safety regulations OSHA.
Dr. Oscar Avila
Dentavacation works with an American Dental Association (ADA)-certified dental clinic in Mexicali, Mexico. The clinic has been providing quality and affordable dental work for 38+ years. The border crossing is just 25 minutes from the dental office. Presence of an in-house dental lab allows for fast fabrication of dental prosthesis.
Dr. Guillermo Ramírez Barreto
Dr. María Lucila Lanz Oliver
Dental lab specialist
37+ years of experience
Dr. Germán Arturo Ramirez Barreto
You can get into Mexicali through Calexico on Highway 111 and Highway 98 East. If you plan to drive to Mexico, remember that there is no stoppage usually when you come from US side. There may be long waits when driving to the USA. If you plan to fly to Mexicali, the airport is General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport (IATA: MXL).
This is probably the safest border town in Mexico. Though petty crimes and thefts do occur, no major violence has been reported in Mexicali.
Dr. Benjamín Valle
Dentavacation associate clinic providing top-notch dental services in the Puerto Vallarta for almost 20 years now. The clinic has prices 70% lower than in the neighboring countries like the USA and Canada while maintaining the set standards for treatment. The clinic has a staff of highly experienced dentist with expertise in
1. Root canal treatment.
2. Oral Surgery and Implants.
Digital X-Rays and metal free dental treatments with the use of high-quality medical equipment is authorized and recommended by the American Dental Association.
There are daily scheduled flights from major US cities including Chicago, Houston, LA and Dallas. It also has flights to Canada. Tha airport in Puerto Vallarta is Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA Code: PVR).
US State Department: “There is no recommendation against travel either to Riviera Nayarit in the southern portion of [Nayarit] state or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.”
Our empanelled dental office is a center of dental excellence in Cancun, Mexico. It has been ranked as the top dental clinic in Mexico by Global Clinic Rating (GCR) for two consecutive years. It’s head clinician is a former Assistant Professor for Implant Dentistry at the Louisiana State University (LSU). Dr. Joaquin Berron also developed the implant dentistry course for the dental school at LSU.
Dr. Joaquín Berrón
Ex Professor,LSU, USA
Dr. Martha Lazo
Dr. Gilberto Galvez
Cancun International Airport is well-connected to the major countries of the world and has services to most of the major air carriers. Airlines from Mexico City, Central America, US, Canada, South American, Cuba, and Europe and Russia fly in here.
Considered a tourist haven, Cancun is safe. Avoid Cancun from August to October due to hurricane season.
Emergency Services: 911.
Red Cross (Cruz Roja) Ambulance: 608-6700
Helpline to report crime: 1-866-201-5060
Yes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection mandates the need for a valid passport to enter the USA. There are cases where a birth certificate and a valid driving license have been accepted. But, we strongly suggest the use of passport as the ID to prevent any confusion.
For US citizens, no visa is required unless the stay is more than 180 days. After 180 days either you can apply for visa or exit the country once and enter back again.
For Canadian snowbirds also, a visa is not required, but the stay should not exceed 90 days.
A Mexico Tourist Card (or the FMM) is a standard arrivals card stating your purpose of visit to Mexico to be ‘tourism,’ for 180 days or less. The fee is USD 24. The fee is covered in the cost of your trip, and you’ll be given the card to fill at the airport if you travel by air. You can pick the card from a Mexican consulate at your point of entry if you plan to drive down, and the payment can be made at any nearest bank after you have arrived in Mexico.
You can carry $10,000 cash in & out of Mexico.
If planning to use your credit card in Mexico, inform your credit card company well in advance. Discover card. It doesn’t work in most places in Mexico. For safety, you should stick to ATMs in or attached to bank branches.
You need to check with your mobile service provider for services/plans that work in Mexico. Shopping malls and tourist places are good a place to buy Mexican sim cards. In airports, sim cards may be expensive. You can order ready-to-go Telcel sim card online from Amazon delivered to your home before departing to Mexico.
Be careful of hailing a cab from the street. The number painted on the bodywork should match the number plate. Look for a postcard-sized ID paper (called the tarjetón), it should be displayed visibly inside the cab. Ensure that the driver matches the photo. In case of discrepancy, take another taxi.
If you have a smartphone or device, order a cab via Easy Taxi, Uber, or Cabify.
You are allowed to bring FDA approved prescription medications back to the US for your personal use. You may bring no more than 50 doses without producing a prescription from an FDA approved US prescription. The FDA estimates that as much as 40% of the medicines available in Mexico, may be counterfeit.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Wait Times (BWT) app provides estimated wait times and open lane status 24/7.
SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers looking to reserve and prepay for parking spaces.
Skype can be used to video call. It works over the internet.
Dentavacation is a leading dental tourism agency in Mexico. We ensure that your Mexico dental vacation is safe and secure. For a free estimate Contact us!