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Dental Work in Makati

Consider receiving Dental work in Makati, if the high costs of the treatment in your home country bother you. You can plan for a tropical vacation in Philippines as well as have some dental problems addressed in the top dental clinics.

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How much does Dental Work in Makati Cost?

In recent years, Makati has gained popularity as a Dental Tourism destination in South-East Asia for superior dental work at the best prices. With significant savings on the cost of treatment, you can feel the attraction.

Treatment Costs in US Dollars
Dental WorkUSAAustraliaMakati
Single Titanium Implant$3000 – 7000$3000 – 6500$1800 – $2550
Titanium Implant with Crown (Picture)
All-on-4 Implants$10,000 – 25,000$23,000-27,000$6,000
All-on-6 Implants$11,000 – 31000$23,000-29,000$9,800 – 14,300
All-on-8 Implants$30,000–35,000$30,000–35,000$9,800 – 14,900
Porcelain Crowns$800 – 1700$1260$490
Ceramic Crowns$1,000 – 2,000$1260$490
Zirconium Crowns$1,500 – 2,500$1950$680
Veneers$3000 – 8000$860- 2,000$100 – 400
Before and After Veneer Treatment (Picture)
Complete Dentures (acrylic/ porcelain)*$1275 – 2750$950 – 2000$350 – 750
Partial Denture$900 – 3500$650 – 3,800$110 – 400
Snap-on Denture (2 Implants)$3,500 – 5,500$4,400$1500
Dental Bridge (one pontic and crown)$2,000 – 5,000$1,200$450 – 600
Typical Bridgework (Picture)
Tooth Extraction (Simple)$75 – 200$135 – 295$60
Root Canal Treatment$500 – 1400$2000 – 2,500$280 – 700
Teeth Whitening$600 – 1500$1000$700
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Composite Filling$250$200 -320$50  – 140
*Per Jaw cost. Dental Implants price range in Makati is for top brands such as Osstem and Straumann

As seen in the table above, you can be assured to save up to nearly 75% on the costs of different types of dental work in Makati.

Such low cost of treatment is what makes it possible to pay for the flights, hotels, and a holiday as well; and still save some amount as compared to getting the work done back home.

Why Should You Choose Dental Work in Makati?

There are several reasons why choosing Makati for Dental Work will prove to be beneficial to you:

  • Makati is in the capital city of Philippines. It offers the advantage of opting for Dental Tourism along with a holiday because of the limitless activities and places of interest here
  • The two official languages are Filipino and English. So you need not worry about encountering language problem in a new country
  • Though medical and dental tourism has just begun here in recent years, the prices offered are highly competitive. You can see from the cost table above.
  • Cost of flights is low to popular destinations such as the country capital, Manila. Makati is just 10km from Manila Airport.
  • Low cost of living, hotels, taxi, or food, etc., further reduces your costs
  • Philippines has been known for one of the top higher education systems in Asia. It had been ranked 46th in the first edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings.[1] QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited
    Study in the Philippines
    “Philippines has one of the best higher education systems in Asia, ranked 46th in the first edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings.”
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  • Till some time ago, the Philippines had the most number of dental schools in Asia.[2] Science Direct
    The Evolution of Dental Education in the Philippines
    ” Before World War II, the Philippines had the most number of dental schools in Asia with ten institutions, India had seven, Japan had seven, Indonesia had three, Pakistan had two, while Thailand and Korea had one a piece.”
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  • The first dental school, the Philippine Dental College, is more than 100 year old; and University of East is over six decades old. Such universities have been offering superior quality dental training and education.

Is Makati Safe to Travel?

Makati is in the center of the metro city, Manila. It is an upscale destination; and has very friendly and welcoming people. However, there are also poverty-ridden slums in the city. Therefore, you need to be careful about your belongings and not flash them in public.

The overall safety risk is not very high, but tourist hotspots are places where you see most thefts and pickpocketing.

Though assaults and robbery are not so uncommon, they don’t really affect the foreigners. Some areas of Makati are completely safe in the day as well as night. These areas are the Greenbelt, Ayala, Rockwell, and North Makati Avenue.

If you, however, plan to leave Makati and travel down south, there is a warning issued by the US Department of State against all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago or through the southern Sulu Sea[3] Passport Health
How Safe is Philippines?
” The U.S. Department of State warns against all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea.”
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More About Makati and Surroundings

  • Makati is just 10km from Manila Airport. To reach here, you can take the train operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). There is a train every 10 minutes, and it takes just 16 minutes to reach Makati.
  • Makati is known for its cosmopolitan culture. It has shopping centers, malls, condominiums, hotels, multi-cuisine restaurants; and is the financial and entertainment hub.
  • Just 60km from Makati is the Tagaytay city, which is frequented by tourists for the Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines.
  • If you desire to visit outside Makati city, you must know that the Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands. The country offers beautiful beaches, blue waters, interesting historical places, and many exciting experiences.
  • Some places away from Makati that you just cannot miss are:
  • White sands in Boracay – An hour-long flight down south Beach with the finest and whitest sand
  • Mayon Volcano – 460 km from Makati
  • Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park – 780 km from Makati
  • Puerto Princesa – 800 km from Manila

Picture – Makati Skyscrapers

What To Do and See in Makati?

If you love city life, you are sure to enjoy Makati. But even if you are a foodie, adventurous traveler, or nature lover, Makati has something for everyone.

  • Makati is home to several museums and art galleries. You can visit The Drawing Room for some of BenCab’s original sketches; The Ayala Museum; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium for watching plays; and Guadalupe Ruins – 400-year-old church
  • Hang Out in Green Spaces, which are pockets of greenery in the urban jungle
  • If you visit Ayala Triangle Gardens, you may identify it as the minuscule version of Central Park
  • Washington SyCip Park is for sculptures by Impy Pilapil, the koi pond, towering trees, and the piped-in music
  • Go Shopping – Malls in Makati are famous for both local and international brands
  • Greenbelt in the heart of Ayala Center is a popular dining and entertainment hub
  • Next to Greenbelt is The Landmark, a multi-level department store with a supermarket
  • Glorietta Mall is just walking distance from Greenbelt Malls
  • SM Makati, located beside Glorietta, is home to international stores like Uniqlo, H&M, and Forever 21
  • In Makati, you will find Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Italian cuisine restaurants

Picture – Blue Waters and White Sands – Philippines  Beaches

How is Dental Education in Makati, Philippines?

The Philippines offers quality dental education through a six-year-long course, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. The first two years of the course are tagged as the pre-dental course, while the last two years is the internship or the clinical learning phase.

During the internship, students go through vigorous clinical training and are expected to finish the minimum clinical treatment cases as provided by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The dental schools are regulated by the CHED, while the practice of dentistry and its six recognized specializations are being standardized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

For a Master’s degree, an additional three years of education is required. Master’s degree can be obtained in six recognized specializations. Each specialization is regulated by different organizations accredited by the PRC.

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Even after the student clears the DMD, he/she need to pass the rigors of the written phase and the practical phase of the Dentist Licensure Exam (DLE) before they are given the license to practice dentistry in the Philippines.

Further after starting the clinical practice, the dentist needs to earn 60 continuing professional development (CPD) units for license renewal every 3 years. 60 CPD is the second most CPD units required among the listed professions of the PRC – Accountancy being the profession with the highest CPD units (at 120)[4] Science Direct
The Evolution of Dental Education in the Philippines
” Based on RA9484 and the IRR of RA10912, the dental professional will need to earn 60 CPD units for license renewal every 3 years. The second most CPD units required among the listed professions of the PRC, as most of the professionals are required only 30–45 CPD units and Accountancy with the highest at 120 CPD units.1.”
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This is to enhance and upgrade the competencies and qualifications of the professionals in conjunction with the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), the ASEAN Qualifications Framework (AQF), and the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).

Presently, the Philippines has 25 dental schools in which the board licensing is administered and regulated by the Board of Dentistry of the PRC.

Why Choose DentaVacation for Dental Work in Makati?

  • We very carefully screen for dentists and dental clinics in any Dental Tourism destination
  • The clinics we choose largely cater to international dental patients
  • We make every effort to provide quality dental care at prices you can afford
  • Our prices are much lower as compared to what you pay in your country of origin

Best Dental Clinics for Dental Work in Makati

Based on the skill and experience of the dental clinic in offering various dental work treatments and also patients’ experiences, we recommend Winning Smiles Dental Clinic in Makati.

Winning Smiles Dental Clinic, Makati

For years, The Winning Smiles Clinic has been offering services to both local and international patients. In a comfortable clinic environment, the clinic assures you with personalized care and fine treatment results. Several qualified and experienced dentists work here who are specialized in the branches of:

  • Implantology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics

Dr. Marion Hazel Isip
Oral Surgeon

Dentist keeps herself up-to-date on the latest developments in dentistry by regularly attending local and international seminars and conferences.

Completed 2 yrs. “Advanced Implant Program for International Dentists” from NYU. He is a Fellow and Diplomate of ICOI.

Dr. Greg Doronila
Implant Dentist
*ICOI – International Congress of Oral Implantology

Travel Tips for Makati

  • While traveling to the Philippines, it is necessary to find out exactly where the US or Australia embassy or consulate is located. Keep the contact number and address handy, if you get trapped in a legal problem, misplace your passport, or you want to report a crime.
  • Uber does not do business in Manila anymore, but their service has been replaced by Grab. Fare from the Manila Airport to Makati is approximately 10 USD. Grab is also available in several other cities in Philippines.
  • If you book a hotel in Makati, you will be close to the business district and classy shopping centers. Further, you must book the hotel close to the clinic, so that you avoid dealing with taxi drivers or public transports.
  • The city is full of tourists. As with any other tourist destination, you may encounter pickpockets. It is best to be vigilant all the time and keep a watch on your purse and luggage.
  • We advise you to not carry all money with you, while you are out for shopping or sightseeing. Wear a money belt that should keep your money and passport safe.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases are common in the Philippines. Carry and use insect repellents and bug netting.
  • Hotels, malls, and restaurants accept credit cards. ATMs and banks are also plenty in the main areas. So withdrawing cash is not a problem.
  • Locals speak both Filipino and English. So language is not an issue anywhere in Makati

Picture – Manila Bay


In Manila, the peak tourist season is from May to July. December to February is cooler; therefore, attracts more tourists. So finding affordable tickets during this time may be difficult. The cheapest month to fly should be September or October.

The climate is comfortable. April and May are summer months, while January and February are the coolest. Rainy season is from June to October. In summers, temperatures do not cross 36 degrees Celsius and in winters, it rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius.

If you are a US citizen planning for a ≤ 30-day visit, you do not need a visa before traveling to the Philippines, provided you have a valid US passport and a valid return ticket.

However, if your stay is going to be for more than 30 days, you have to apply for a visa at the nearest Philippine Consular Establishments in the US before travel. Upon arrival here, you can apply to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The same applies to Australian citizens.

Yes, you need to. The CDC and WHO recommend these vaccines – Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Rabies vaccine, Typhoid vaccine, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Meningitis, Polio, Tdap, Shingles, Chickenpox, Pneumonia, and Flu vaccines[5] Passport Health

Do I Need Vaccines for Philippines?
“The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Philippines: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid…”

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Avoid shorts, mini-skirts, tube tops or anything that exposes your body too much. Pack sundresses, jeans, pants, T-shirts, shirts, long skirts, etc. Also, you need to walk for most of the attractions. Therefore, comfortable shoes are required.

No, it may not be advisable to drink tap water here, but it can be used for brushing and bathing.

The Winning Smiles Dental clinic uses only FDA-approved implants that are used in clinics back home. They use the Korean brand Osstem (USA brand name – Hi-Ossen) and Straumann. However, if you have a specific request for any particular brand, then the clinic should be able to use it, if it is available in Makati.

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