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Dental Tourism in Mexico

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.

Dental clinics in Mexico

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

  • Making their procedures at par with US biomedical standards
  • Building facilities that shadow US counterparts.”

Top Dental Clinics in Mexico

Smile Builders, Tijuana

Best dental clinic in Tijuana.

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Av. Revolución 993 Col. Zona Centro 22000 Tijuana, Mexico
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Av Paseo de la Marina 245-D, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Dentaris, Cancún

30+ Years of Excellent service. Headed by Dr Berron, Implant dentistry professor from LSU, USA

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Local 12, Av. Bonampak 7, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

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Are Dentists Cheaper in Mexico?

Here is a price comparison and average savings list for common dental procedures:

COST COMPARISON(USD)
PROCEDURE USA MEXICO SAVE

Common procedures

Consultation $120 $0 100%
Scaling $140 $35 75%
Deep Cleaning $800 $60 75%
Zoom Whitening $900 $200 78%

Restorative procedures

Tooth-colored Filling $165 $45 72%
Tooth-colored Crown $1,500 $300-450 72%
Root Canal treatment $1,000-2,000 $300-350 82%
Veneers $800-2,000 $300-450 77%

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Partial Denture $1,800 $400-500 72%
Full Denture $2,000 $500-950 52%

Implantology

Implant $4,000 $750 81%
Snap-on Denture $12,300 $3,650 70%
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.

Is Dental Work Safe in Mexico?

CTV Vancouver “For people going to Mexico for dental treatment, it is essential to carry out research beforehand.”

Dentavacation chosen dental clinics are regulated by the Asociación Dental Mexicana (ADM). However, since many of these clinics rely on American business, they are often also registered with the American Dental Association and conform to the sterilization set by the American Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA).

Still, we suggest, you should do thorough research about the clinic and the treating dentist.

  • Find out the qualifications of the dentist. The dentist could be Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and may have done specialization in any field or a Fellowship program.
  • As Mexicans speak Spanish as their main language, a bilingual dentist is recommended. If that is not possible, always ask for an interpreter.
  • Check if the clinic has an in-house dental lab. In-house labs quicken the prosthesis turnover and maintain higher quality standards. The dentist is able to give inputs immediately.
  • Sterilization is of extreme importance. The dental clinic must meet the set international standards.

Sterilization in Dentavacation chosen clinics

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.

*Sterilization protocol in DentaVacation partner dental clinics in Mexico

Can Insurance be used in Mexico?

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.

Advantages of a Mexican Dental Vacation

  • Savings of 60% or more on all the major dental work.
  • You get a probable treatment estimate before booking.
  • The dental tourism destinations in Mexico are well-connected to the U.S. and Canada by air and road.
  • In-house dental labs make it possible to get the work done in minimum time.
  • Alongwith dental travel to Mexico, indulge yourself on a tropical vacation! Mexico’s colorful and vibrant culture is a great way to unwind.

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 the top dental clinics in Mexico:

Los Algodones

Dentavaction works with a well established dental clinic with over 30 years of experience. The specialties in this clinic range from traditional areas like Root canals and Gum treatments to the most modern ones like Lasers, Implants, All on 4, and Cosmetic Dentistry.

It is one of the clinics in Los Algodones that has awards and accreditations from:

  • Medical Tourism Association (MTA).
  • American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  • Global Clinic Rating (GCR) international accreditation.

Dr Mikel Dentavacation

Dr.Mikel León
D.D.S.
Implantologist

Dr Roxanna

Dr. Roxana Arriaga
D.D.S.
Periodontist

Dr Juan

Dr. Juan Miranda
D.D.S.
International Oral Implantology Congress

How to reach Los Algodones?

  • The nearest airport is Yuma International Airport (IATA Code: YUM). From the airport, a taxi to the border, that costs around $30.
  • The nearest border crossing is Andrade, California.  Travelers can cross the Andrade border station either on foot or in their car. This crossing is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • We suggest to park in the lot on the U.S. side and walk over as it eliminates possible complications of getting your car back into the United States.
los algodones

Things to do in Los Algodones

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.

How safe is Los Algodones?

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.

Tijuana

Dr Angel Serrano

Dr. Angel Serrano
D.D.S.
Cosmetic Dentist

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.

The dentist is one of the few dentists in Mexico who have been trained in the U.S.A. at the prestigious Loma Linda University.

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Dr. Oscar Avila
D.D.S.
Prosthodontics(U.S.A.)

The dentist is one of the few dentists in Mexico who have been trained in the U.S.A. at the prestigious Loma Linda University.

How to reach Tijuana?

  • You can fly to San Diego (IATA Code: SAN). Tijuana is approximately 15 miles from San Diego. You can either drive down through San Ysidro, or take the trolley.
  • While driving to Tijuana, it is advisable to park the car on the US side and use Pedwest; pedestrian-only crossing.
  • Dentavacation can arrange complimentary pick-up and drop-off to the border, and the hotel.
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Things to do in Tijuana?

  • Enjoy the authentic Caesar Salad at the place where it was first created: The Caesars Restaurant and Bar.
  • Other exciting activities to indulge in are the bullfights.
  • Do not forget to treat yourself with the excellent cuisine of the food trucks and fish tacos.

How safe is Tijuana?

  • Every major city in the world has some unsafe areas.
  • Know which place to avoid in the city. Avoid the first street; Zona Norte, and its notorious area; Calle Coahuila.
  • Stick to Zona Centro and Avenida Revolucion.
  • Traveling alone to unknown regions of the town, especially at night is not advisable.

Mexicali

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. Guillermo Ramírez Barreto
D.D.S.
Implantologist

Dr. María Lucila Lanz Oliver

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

Dr. Germán Arturo Ramirez Barreto

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

How to reach Mexicali?

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).

Mexicali

Things to do in Mexicali?

  • Mexicali has a large Chinese-Mexican population. Local food here is unique because it’s actually a blend of Chinese and Mexican food.
  • You can visit Casa de la Cultura. It is an excellent place to learn more about Mexicali, with art exhibitions, expos, courses, and different events. You can also book a city tour here.
  • La Chinesca is the ‘underground Chinatown.’ It has around 40 basements, and while some of them are now private property, some of them can still be explored.
  • South of Mexicali is the tranquil San Felipe area, with beaches where you can enjoy water sports, scuba diving, and sport fishing.

How safe is Mexicali?

This is probably the safest border town in Mexico. Though petty crimes and thefts do occur, no major violence has been reported in Mexicali.

Puerto Vallarta

Dr Benjamin

Dr. Benjamín Valle
D.D.S.
Endodontist

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.

How to reach Puerto Vallarta?

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).

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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta?

  • Las Islas Marietas: It is a national marine park with fascinating caves and wildlife.
  • Visit the Malecón. It has shops, bars, sand sculptures, and local art. Keep an eye out for Los Arcos (a row of standing arches) and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, two of the most iconic landmarks in the city.
  • Vallarta Food Tours.
  • Scuba Dive at Los Arcos: Thrilling diving in a national marine park made up of small granite islands, in the southern part of Banderas Bay.

How safe is Puerto Vallarta?

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.”

Cancun

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 Joaquin Berron

Dr. Joaquín Berrón
Ex Professor,LSU, USA
Implantologist

Dr Martha Lazo

Dr. Martha Lazo
D.D.S.
Prosthodontist

Dr Gilberto Galvez

Dr. Gilberto Galvez
D.D.S.
Endodontist

How to reach Cancun?

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.

cancun

Things to do in Cancun?

  • Chichen Itza is the largest tourism draws near Cancun. It was even named one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.
  • Cenotes are underground caverns formed when limestone caves in, leaving a hole in the earth that leads to a pool of turquoise-colored water.
  • Xoximilco is a Mexican party that takes place on board a decorative and colorful Mexican gondola.
  • Isla Mujeres, a small island in the Caribbean Sea that is only 7 km long and around 650 meters wide. This is popular for its incredible beaches, fresh seafood, large sea turtle population and spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving.

How safe is Cancun?

Considered a tourist haven, Cancun is safe. Avoid Cancun from August to October due to hurricane season.

Emergency contact numbers for Mexico

Emergency Services: 911.
Red Cross (Cruz Roja) Ambulance: 608-6700
Helpline to report crime: 1-866-201-5060

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a passport to go to Mexico?

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.

Is visa required to travel to Mexico?

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.

What is FMM?

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.

How much cash can I carry to Mexico?

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

Are ATMs safe to use in 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.

Will my US phone number work in Mexico?

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.

Are taxis safe in 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.

Can I buy medicines in Mexico?

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.

What are some smartphone apps that I can use?

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.

Taxi can be ordered via Easy taxi, Uber or Cabify.

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!

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