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Dental Work in Mexico

Dental work in Mexico is a boon for U.S. citizens. While dental care expenses are sky-high in the United States, treatment in Mexico offers 70% savings!

Patient Testimonial

Journal of Anthropology states that many U.S. patients believe Mexico to be unsanitary and pre-modern. They feel uncomfortable because they are unsure of how the healthcare system works.[1]Journal of Anthropology Shadowing Modernity: The Art of Providing Mexican Healthcare for Americans “However, many US patients feel uncomfortable traveling to Mexico for healthcare because they are unsure of how the system works and believe that Mexico is dangerous, unregulated, unsanitary, and premodern.” View in Article

This age-old notion concerns potential dental tourists. However, patients from the U.S. continue to visit and return satisfied with the treatment results.

Mexican healthcare providers have found a way to deliver the best experience of treatment overseas. These include but are not limited to:[2]Journal of Anthropology Shadowing Modernity: The Art of Providing Mexican Healthcare for Americans “This paper examines how some Mexican dentists…broadened their appeal to American patients by (a) associating their procedures with US biomedical standards, (b) building facilities that shadow US counterparts, and (c) facilitating access to the Mexican medical system.” View in Article

  • Making procedures at par with U.S. biomedical standards
  • Creating facilities that shadow U.S. counterparts
  • Facilitating access to the Mexican healthcare system

Dental tourism in Mexico enables people to access affordable dental care. Still, some of the questions that you face as a medical tourist are:

Top Dental Clinics in Mexico

Invo Dental, Ciudad Juárez

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Arquitectos 102, Tecnológico, 64700 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

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Cost of Dental Work in Mexico

Mexico is less expensive for dental treatments. But if you’re wondering how much is dental work in Mexico? Look at the cost table below. It draws a comparison between the costs in the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico.

Dental Work Cost Comparison (USD)
Procedure USA Canada Mexico
Titanium Implant $5,000 $4,600 $900
Zirconium Implant $6,000 $5,520 $1,500
Mini Dental Implant $1,500 $1,350 $450
All-on-4 Implants $24,000 $22,000 $12,475
All-on-6 Implants $28,000 $26,000 $14,255
Full Porcelain Crown $2,000 $1,840 $567
Porcelain Veneer $2,500 $2,300 $567
Full denture (per arch) $2,000 $1,840 $965
Root Canal $1,500 $1,300 $250
Bone graft (per unit) $1,200 $1,100 $385
Sinus lift $2,500 $2,300 $1,500
Laser Teeth Whitening $1,500 $1,380 $350
Simple Tooth Extraction $300 $270 $95
Implant and Crown Brands | Dental Work in Mexico
*Prices may vary with the complexity of a case.

Prices for dental work in Mexico are less than those back in the U.S. For instance, the cost of a titanium implant in the U.S. is $5,000, while only $900 in Mexico. A full porcelain crown costs less than $600 in Mexico, about 1/4th of the U.S. cost. One can expect savings of 70 to 90% with dental care in Mexico.

Even a full mouth reconstruction cost in Mexico is significantly less. One expects to pay 45,000 to 60,000 USD in the United States. However, these are up to 70% less in Mexico. Find the cost of full mouth restoration using All-on-4 implants in Mexican cities below:

All-on-4 Cost in Mexico (Both Jaws)
Los Cabos Cancun Los Algodones
$18,000 – $19,000 $14,000 – $18,000 $17,000 – $18,000
Mexicali Mexico City Monterrey
$14,000 – $15,000 $12,000 – $21,000 $18,000 – $24,000
Playa Del Carmen Puerto Vallarta Tijuana
$17,000 – $18,000 $16,000 – $18,000 $16,000 – $24,000
*Price for one jaw is approximately half of these prices

Besides lower costs, the prosthetics brands are also comparable. DentaVacation recommended clinics use globally recognized brands. These include Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Zimmer, and more.

Why Choose Dental Work in Mexico?

Huge Savings

  • Dental treatment in Mexico allows 70% savings on the U.S. price. Many clinics also offer free-of-cost consultation.
  • With the lower Cost of Living, a Mexican city also offers cheaper food, lodgings, and overall stay.[3]Expatistan Cost of living in Mexico compared to the United States “Food – 39%; Housing – 65%; Transportation – 46%; Personal Care – 55%. Cost of living in Mexico is 52% cheaper than in the United States.” View in Article

Proximal Location

  • US-Mexico border cities like Tijuana, Los Algodones actively promote dental tourism.
  • Even places like Los Cabos, located in the south of Mexico, are short-flights away.

Tourist-Friendly

  • Dental destinations in Mexico like Cabo, Cancun, Tijuana are safe to visit.[4]World Nomads Is Mexico Safe? “Safety is something a lot of people worry about before traveling to Mexico – and despite what’s reported in the media, thousands of people travel here trouble-free every year.” View in Article
  • Mexico has something for every kind of tourist. It has thrilling cities, various beaches, great food, and relaxing stays!

High-Quality Care

  • Clinics are up to date with state-of-the-art technology. They also use international prosthetic brands.
  • Recommended dentists are well-qualified, licensed, and members of internationally recognized dental associations.

Safe Treatments

  • Treatments are as safe as in the U.S.[5]Science Direct Analysis of medical tourism at the Andrade port of entry “Most survey respondents felt that Mexican health care services are of the same or better quality compared with those in the United States…” View in Article
  • Clinics follow international sterilization protocol.

ADM regulates the DentaVacation chosen clinics. However, since many of these clinics rely on American business, they are often also registered with the ADA. These conform to the sterilization protocol set by OSHA.

Note: When it comes to quality and safety, one must research the clinic they choose. These facts are valid for DentaVacation’s hand-picked dental clinics in Mexico.

Dental Destinations in Mexico

Mexico offers excellent dental destinations. People choose a place based on ease of travel, clinic reputation, potential savings, and tourist attractions. Below are top locations for the best dental work in Mexico:

1. Dental Work in Cabo, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • Head dentist: 30+ years of experience
  • Technician: 35+ years of experience
  • Convenient location – 20 min drive from Cabo airport
  • Speedy treatment with State-of-the-Art Facility
  • 10-year warranty for implants
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Internationally accredited and trained Dentists
  • Implantology
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry

Location Highlights:

  • International Airport: Los Cabos International Airport
  • Airport Code: IATA: SJD; ICAO: MMSD
  • Beaches: Lover’s Beach, Divorce beach, Playa Chileno
  • Other famous spots: Land’s End (El Arco), Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course
  • Things to do in Cabo: Whale watching, Bird watching at San José Estuary
  • According to Travel State Gov. US, there are no travel restrictions for Cabo.[6]U.S. Travel State Gov. Mexico Travel Advisory “There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur, which includes tourist areas in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and La Paz.” View in Article
  • Safety Index: 68; Overall risk: Medium -Travel Safe Abroad.[7]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Cabo San Lucas for Travel? “Safety Index: 68; OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM; Cabo San Lucas is a tourist destination very popular with foreigners, especially because Cabo has been largely free of drug-related violence, unlike many other holiday destinations.” View in Article

Dentists in Los Cabos:

Dr. HC Koty | Dentist in Cabo, Mexico

Dr. HC Koty
Master of Implantology

Dr. Jochen Parnt | Technician Cabo, Mexico

Dr. Jochen Parnt
Dental Master Technician

Dr. Itzel Sanchez | Dentist in Cabo, Mexico

Dr. Itzel Sanchez
Restorative Dentist

2. Dental Work in Cancun, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 160+ yrs of combined education and practice
  • Head Dentist: 30+ years of experience
  • Within 20 minutes drive Cancun Airport
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • 5- year Warranty
  • Certified nutritionist on staff
  • Languages: Spanish and English
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Mexican Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Location Highlights:

  • International Airport: Cancún International Airport
  • Airport Code: IATA: CUN; ICAO: MMUN
  • Always carry documents like FMM, Passport
  • USD accepted at multiple stores
  • Using the bus is a convenient way to travel in town
  • Taxi does not have a meter; general rates posted in most hotels
  • Cancun and Quintana Roo does not have travel restrictions[8]U.S. Travel State Gov. Mexico Travel Advisory “There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state, which include tourist areas in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.” View in Article
  • Safe Areas: Cancún Hotel Zone, Cancún Beaches, La Isla shopping village
  • Avoid: Downtown Cancún, Outskirts of Cancún

Dentists in Cancun:

Dr. Joaquin Berron | Dentist in Cancun, Mexico

Dr. Joaquín Berrón
D.D.S.
Implantologist

Dr. Renata Camino | Dentist in Cancun, Mexico

Dr. Renata Camino
D.D.S.
Prosthodontist

Dr. Gilberto Galvez | Dentist in Cancun, Mexico

Dr. Gilberto Galvez
D.D.S.
Endodontist

3. Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 35+ years of Clinic experience
  • Highly experienced dentists
  • 5 min. from the Andrade border crossing
  • State-of-the-Art Facility
  • 5-year warranty for implants
  • Bilingual and Co-operative staff
  • Medical Tourism Association (MTA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Location Highlights:

  • Nearest Airport: Yuma International Airport
  • Airport Code: IATA: YUM; ICAO: KNYL
  • Always carry your passport
  • Best time to Visit: December to March
  • You can park in the lot on the U.S. side and walk over
  • Border crossing Andrade, California: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m
  • Known as the Molar City for being dental tourism hub[9]Huff Post Welcome to Molar City, Mexico, The Dental Mecca “LOS ALGODONES, Mexico ― Dental care has become big business here over the last two decades, so much so that American visitors have taken to calling it “Molar City.”” View in Article
  • Americans find Los Algodones a relatively safe place in Mexico[10]Expedia Los Algodones “Verified traveler// Apr 8, 2020: Friendly warm people we felt safe and welcome ready to go back. Verified traveler// Dec 4, 2019: People are friendly and dont feel threatened A lot of dental office options. Verified traveler// Jul 9, 2019: The locals are very friendly and the majority of them will look out for you “ View in Article

Dentists in Los Algodones:

Dr. Mikel Leon | Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Dr. Mikel León
D.D.S.
Implantologist

Dr. Roxana | Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Dr. Roxana Arriaga
D.D.S.
Periodontist

Dr. Juan Miranda | Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Dr. Juan Miranda
D.D.S.
Implantologist

4. Dental Work in Mexicali, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 44 years of Clinic experience
  • Head Dentist 30+ years of experience
  • 25 minutes drive from the border at Calexico, CA
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Languages: Spanish and English
  • American Dental Association (ADA) Certified

Location Highlights:

  • Airport: General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada (MXL)
  • Drive through Calexico: HWY-111 or California 98
  • Always carry documents like FMM, Passport
  • Check waiting hours online for border crossing
  • Holidays or evenings can have long wait hours at border
  • USD are accepted at multiple stores
  • Clinic is located in a very safe part of Mexicali
  • Mexicali is one of the Safest Border cities of Mexico[11]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Mexicali for Travel? “It always has been one of the safest border cities in Mexico, and the safest of its size.” View in Article
  • Overall Risk: Medium; can be avoided with apt precautions[12]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Mexicali for Travel? “OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM; Mexicali is a large city, with some parts very safe for tourists, and others dangerous.” View in Article

Dentists in Mexicali:

Dr. Guillermo Barreto | Dental Work in, Mexicali Mexico

Dr. Guillermo Ramírez Barreto
D.D.S.
Implantologist

Dr. María Lucila Lanz Oliver | Dental Work in, Mexicali Mexico

Dr. María Lucila Lanz Oliver
Dental lab specialist
37+ years of experience

Dr. Germán Arturo Ramirez Barreto | Dental Work in, Mexicali, Mexico

Dr. Germán Arturo Ramirez
D.D.S.
Prosthodontist

5. Dental Work in Mexico City, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 30+ years of Clinic experience
  • Highly experienced dental team
  • 12 minutes drive from the Airport (MEX)
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Affiliated to international dental associations
  • They implement ISO 9001 sterilization protocols
  • Languages: Spanish and English
  • Consejo Mexicano de Endodoncia (Mexican Council of Endodontics)

Location Highlights:

  • Airport: Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez
  • Airport Code: IATA: MEX; ICAO: MMMX
  • March to May has a pleasant weather and attracts most tourists at this time.
  • Mexico City is very colorful. Here you can indulge in a variety of activities. These include paying a visit to museums, parks, cantinas, etc.
  • If you are an admirer of visual arts, you must visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City.
  • The clinic is located in a very safe part of Mexico City.
  • Mexico City is safe for tourists,[13]ViaHero Is Mexico City Safe for Travel? “Generally, Mexico City is a safe place to travel. CDMX is artsy, colorful, and full of incredible eats.” View in Article one should still make use of common precautions.

Dentists in Mexico City:

Dr. Dimna J.M. Velazquez

Dr. Dimna J.M. Velazquez
D.D.S.
Orthodontist

Dr. Álvaro Jaramillo

Dr. Álvaro Jaramillo
D.D.S.
Dental Surgeon

Dr. Gabriela Torres Barroso

Dr. Gabriela Torres Barroso
D.D.S.
Orthodontist

6. Dental Work in Monterrey, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 10+ years of Clinic experience
  • Head Dentist: 15+ years of experience
  • Mexican board certified dentist
  • Building is wheel chair accessible
  • Use of bio-materials and titanium implants, approved by the FDA, America and COFEPRIS, Mexico
  • Languages: Spanish and English
  • Mexican Council of Periodontics (CMP)
  • Mexican Association of Periodontics (AMP)

Location Highlights:

  • Airport: Monterrey International Airport (MTY)
  • Nearest U.S. Airport: South Texas, Edinburg (EBG)
  • Most shopping centers operate between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday is usually considered the day off for most stores.
  • One could tip 10% in restaurants and 1 to 1.5 USD for driver, hotel maid.
  • June to mid-August is the hottest period in Monterrey.
  • Monterrey is safe for tourists.[14]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Monterrey for Travel? “There are parts of town that you would be wise to skip, but it is as safe as any US city of its size. Monterrey is much safer than it’s presented in the media: you can walk around, go to the malls, go running, and do your daily chores with no problems.” View in Article
  • The clinic is located in a safe neighborhood.
  • Avoid traveling solo at night in the city.

Dentists in Monterrey:

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Dentist Monterrey
D.D.S.
Implantologist

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Dentist Monterrey
D.D.S.
Implantologist

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Dentist Monterrey
D.D.S.
Implantologist

7. Dental Work in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 35+ years of Clinic experience
  • Highly experienced dental team
  • Dentures
  • Implants
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Restorations
  • Endodontic Services
  • Emergency Dental Services
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Medical Tourism Association (MTA)

Location Highlights:

  • Step 1: Reach Cancun
  • Step 2: Drive or take a ferry ride to Carmen
  • Located at only 1-hour South of Cancun
  • Cancun and Playa have a similar Climate due to Proximity
  • Cancun has a city like vibe, while Playa Del Carmen is a beach town
  • From US travel state gov, there is no travel restriction[15]U.S. Travel State Gov. Mexico Travel Advisory “There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state, which include tourist areas in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.” View in Article
  • Safety Index: 69; Overall Risk: Medium[16]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Playa del Carmen for Travel? “Safety Index: 69; OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM; MUGGING RISK: LOW; WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW” View in Article

Dentists in Playa Del Carmen:

Dr. Alberto Marquez Caldera | Dental Work in, Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Dr. Carlos Marquez Caldera
D.D.S.
Periodontics and Implantology

Dr. Gisela Ruby | Dental Work in, Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Dr. Gisela Ruby
D.D.S.
Endodontics

Dr. Omar Monroy | Dental Work in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Dr. Omar Monroy
D.D.S.
Implantology

8. Dental Work in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 20+ years of Clinic experience
  • Head Dentist 20+ years of experience
  • Located at the heart of Puerto-Vallarta
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Free Wifi and Coffee
  • General dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Implantology
  • Prosthodontics
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Oral surgery

Location Highlights:

  • Airport: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz
  • Airport Code: IATA: PVR; ICAO:MMPR
  • Best time to travel: April to June.
  • Winter is the whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Airfare is also high during the winter season.
  • It’s a good idea to negotiate a cab fare in PV.
  • U.S. Travel Gov. suggests no travel restriction to Puerto Vallarta[17]U.S. Travel State Gov. Mexico Travel Advisory “There are no restrictions on travel for U.S government employees to Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Riviera Nayarit (including Puerto Vallarta), Chapala, and Ajijic.” View in Article
  • Safety Index: 70; Overall Risk: Low[18]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Puerto Vallarta for Travel? “Safety Index: 70; OVERALL RISK: LOW; MUGGING RISK: LOW; WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW; the locals who live in Vallarta rely heavily on the income that tourists put into the economy, and the locals are quite antagonistic against criminals who would jeopardize that.” View in Article

Dentists in Puerto Vallarta:

Dr. Benjamín Valle | Dental Work in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Dr. Benjamín Valle
D.D.S.
Endodontist

Dra. Virginia Ramírez | Dental Work in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Dra. Virginia Ramírez
D.D.S.
Implant Dentist

Dr. Arturo Pereyra | Dental Work in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Dr. Arturo Pereyra
D.D.S.
Oral Surgeon

9. Dental Work in Tijuana, Mexico

Recommended Clinic Info:

  • 35+ years of Clinic experience
  • Highly experienced dentists
  • 2.5 miles from the US Border
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Board Certified Dentists
  • 5-25 Years of warranty on treatments
  • Discounted Cash payments
  • Near the Hotel Zone
  • Dental Crown & Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Bone Grafting
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Endodontics

Location Highlights:

  • Nearest Airport: San Diego; 15 min from Tijuana
  • Airport Code: IATA: SAN; ICAO: KSAN
  • Always carry documents like FMM, Passport.
  • Restrooms at shopping complexes may charge some money.
  • Try the famous Fish Tacos when in Tijuana.
  • Valid Mexican Car Insurance is required to drive into Tijuana.
  • Very Popular: Most visited border city in the world.[19]CN Traveler Tijuana: A Bustling Border City “About half of North Baja’s three million people live in Tijuana. With a shared border along with San Diego, and with Los Angeles nearby, it is the most-visited border city in the world.” View in Article
  • Overall Risk: Medium; with commonsense and some precautions, one can travel safely in and out of Tijuana.[20]Travel Safe Abroad How Safe Is Tijuana Really? “OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM; even though it has a bad reputation still, you don’t see attacks on innocent civilians and the vast majority of people go about their daily business without any problem.” View in Article
  • Avoid the first street; Zona Norte, and its notorious area; Calle Coahuila.
  • Stick to Zona Centro and Avenida Revolucion.

Dentists in Tijuana:

Dr. Emmanuel J. Leon | Dental Work in Tijuana, Mexico

Dr. Emmanuel J. Leon
D.D.S.
Odontologist

Dr. Adriana Lares | Dental Work in Tijuana, Mexico

Dr. Adriana Lares
D.D.S.
Paediatrician

Dr. Marco Moreno | Dental Work in Tijuana, Mexico

Dr. Marco Moreno
D.D.S.
Oral Surgeon

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the U.S. or Canadian dental Insurance compensate for dental work in Mexico. Reimbursement may be at the “out-of-network” provider rate. Still, our clinics in Mexico will help you prepare the paper-work to claim dental insurance.

Yes, you may have to present your passport while entering Mexico. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection mandates the need for a valid passport to enter back into the USA.[21] The U.S. Passport Service Guide Mexico Entry Requirements “To re-enter the U.S. by air – Passport books are required for all U.S. citizens – regardless of age. Passport cards are not accepted for air travel.” View in Article

For children below 16 years, they may re-enter with a birth certificate.[22]U.S. Passport Service Guide Mexico Entry Requirements “To re-enter the U.S. by land or sea – Passport books or passport cards are required for all adult U.S. citizens. Children under the age of 16 may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate.” View in Article We strongly suggest using a passport as the I.D. to prevent any confusion.

A Mexico Tourist Card (or the FMM) is a standard arrivals card. It states that your purpose of visiting Mexico is ‘tourism,’ for 180 days or less.

As of January 2020, the fee is approx 30 USD. When traveling by air, you’ll get the card to fill at the airport. The cost of your trip covers the FMM fee here.

Pick the card from a Mexican consulate at your entry point if you plan to drive down. For this, you can pay at any nearest bank after you have arrived in Mexico.

  • Duty-Free: 300 USD for each person
  • Needs Declaration: Amount exceeding 10,000 USD

So, you can carry $10,000 cash in & out of Mexico.

You need to check with your mobile service provider. They can update you with services/plans that work in Mexico. Shopping malls and tourist places are good a place to buy Mexican sim cards. At airports, sim cards may be expensive. You can also order a ready-to-go Telcel sim card online from Amazon.

Getting dental work done in Mexico becomes easier with multiple payment methods. One can pay their Mexican dentist via the following options and more:

  • Paypal
  • Wire transfer
  • Credit or Debit cards
  • Cash: USD or Local currency
  • Checks: Personal checks, traveler’s checks, cashier’s check

DentaVacation is a leading dental tourism agency in Mexico. We make getting dental work in Mexico easier. Find yourself a high quality dentist in Mexico with us. For a free estimate, contact now!

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