Dental work in Tijuana, Mexico is affordable and can be of top quality. What to expect when visiting the dentist south of San Diego borders?

Read on to know all aspects: costs, safety concerns as well as tips on a successful dental tourism trip.

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5 Reasons to Visit Tijuana, Mexico for Dental Work

Tijuana, MX is a metropolitan city that shares its border with San Diego, California, in the USA.

It has been rated as the eighth-best city among 52 “Go-To Places in 2017” by the New York Times. [1]

Cost of Dental Work in Tijuana, MX

The cost of dental work in Tijuana is on average 70% lower than in the USA. For some procedures, savings could be much more.

For example, an all-on 4 implant costs $8,500 in Tijuana instead of the USA, where it can be between $24,000 and $50,000!

Below is the price list of popular dental procedures that Americans travel there for:

Cost Comparison (USD)
Treatment US Tijuana Savings (%)
Titanium Implant $2,500 $899 64%
All on 4 Implants $24,000 $8,250 65%
Porcelain Crown $1,200 $595 50%
Zirconia Crown $1,500 $595 60%
PFM Crown $800 $395 51%
Removable Denture* $2,500 $595 76%
Snap-on Dentures* $3,000 $899 70%
Acrylic dentures full/partial* $850 $395-$685 47%
Porcelain Veneer $1,400 $595 57%
Root Canal $1,500 $450 70%
Invisalign $6,500 $4,535 30%
ZOOM Whitening $499 $250 50%
*Denture only, no other costs included

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Why Dental Work Costs Less in Tijuana?

There are many reasons why dental work is cheaper in Tijuana than in the US.

It’s because of lower salaries of staff and dentists, building costs, no need for medical liability insurance, lower student loans of dentists, lower dental laboratory costs, and lower taxes.

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Cost of Dental Work in Tijuana, Mexico

For a detailed explanation, read below:

Subsidized Dental Education

The Mexican government provides dental education at subsidized prices. [2]

As there are is no debt on the dentists, it heavily reduces the chances of overcharging their service.

Strong Dollar Conversion Rate

The US dollar holds a strong position as compared to a Mexican Peso.

So, even the costlier dental procedures in Mexico seem cheaper to an American.

Lower Cost of Living in Mexico

As compared to the USA, Mexican standards of living are not so high.

People prefer simple living, and the US dollar conversion rate also plays its part. [3]

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Post-op Care by Dentists in Tijuana

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Is Tijuana safe for Tourists?

Although there may be reports of theft and gang wars in Tijuana, with proper planning, one can have a safe trip.

Some safety measures:

  • Don’t flash valuables in public
  • Use app-based cab services for travel, like Uber
  • Avoid travel to risky areas in and outside Tijuana
  • Pickpockets may distract using kids selling flowers, be aware [4]

Emergency Numbers while in Tijuana: 911

If you dial 911 from a U.S. cell phone in Mexico, it will connect you to Mexico’s Emergency Assistance Service.

US Consulate General in Tijuana
Address: Paseo de las Culturas s/n, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425, Tijuana, Baja California
Phone: (664) 977-2000


Travel Tips:

  • Carry a valid passport.
  • Do try the famous ‘fish tacos’ in Tijuana.
  • Book your hotel close to the clinic for ease of travel.
  • Wear comfortable shoes while going for sight-seeing.
  • Keep all your documents like FMM, Passport, etc. safely
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enroller Program to receive safety alerts.
  • Drink packaged drinking water- carry a bottle with you when you go touring.
  • Shopping complexes and some shops have restrooms- they may charge some money.

Currency: Pesos
Language: Spanish

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How to visit Tijuana for dental work?

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Dental Tourism in Tijuana

Tijuana is a modern city showcasing the rich Mexican culture.

You can drive down for a day trip or fly to TIJ (Tijuana International Airport).

There are buses and taxis from the airport to the rest of the city.

Did You Know? Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world. [5]
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Dental Tourism in Tijuana

How to Reach Tijuana, Mexico?

As Tijuana is located on the US-Mexico border, you can use multiple options to reach the city.

Walking through the border:

Most people prefer walking through the border as it saves the hassles of driving and parking. [6]

  • Hire a cab to enter the city.
  • Cross the border on foot (15-20 minutes walk).
  • From San Diego downtown, take a trolley San Ysidro which is just 15 miles away.

Handy Tips for crossing the border on foot:

  • As you reach Mexico, you have to pass through a red/green light stand.
  • Once you leave the USA border, you will need a valid US passport to re-enter the country.
  • If you drive to the border from San Diego, leave your car in the paid parking on the US side.
  • A green light means you can pass; however, a red light means that the customs officers need to search your luggage.

Driving through the border

Some people would prefer their car while entering Mexico.

Remember, you need to have a valid Mexican Car Insurance, if you drive your car here.

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Driving  to Tijuana

Flying to Tijuana

How to Get to Tijuana Airport from San Diego?

You can fly to Tijuana International Airport (TIJ), fill out the Forma Migratoria Multiple form (FMM) form available on your airport terminal.

Keep this safely with you as you will need it while returning to the USA.

CBX Cross Border Xpress

It is a bridge-way crossing that is exclusively for Tijuana International Airport passengers who cross the border between the United States and Mexico.

Places to visit in Tijuana

Tijuana Cultural Center

CECUT, Tijuana

CECUT, Tijuana
  • CECUT, as its known, promotes art and culture through programs and shows.
  • It houses a museum, theatre space, performances, exhibits, an aquarium, and a garden as well.

Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana
  • This beachside boardwalk is famous for cafes and bars.
  • There is also live music with dancing.
  • Surfers also come here to catch waves.

El Popo Market

It is a Mexican market with fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, pottery, and candles.

Common Spanish Phrases to Learn

Some common phrases that will help you in Tijuana:

  • Good morning- Buenos días
  • Say Buenas tardes for Good afternoon
  • Good evening- Buenas Noches
  • Please- Por favor
  • Thank you- Gracías
  • How much does it cost? – Cuánto cuesta?

Patient Testimonial

Patient, Viridiana Rosas from Portland, USA, shares her experience with Dental Brush in Tijuana.

She is very happy with the affordable dental treatment in Tijuana, Mexico.

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