Dental Implants in Mexico What you need to know
Dental work is very expensive in the US, but there is a great option for you, come to Mexico for dental work & implants. You might have heard of dental tourism, and you’re curious about how it works and how much you can save. Or you might be planning a trip to Mexico for dental work, and you’re wondering what to expect. Whatever the case, traveling abroad for dental work can be a great option for anyone needing quality dental work at a much more affordable price. Everything you need to know about getting your dental work in Mexico is explained in appropriate detail.
Dental Implants in Mexico 30+ Things You Should Know
1. Is it safe to go to Mexico for dental work?
There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to the safety of Mexican dental tourism. However, tens of thousands of US patients have received high-quality dental work in Mexico, and if you know where to go, it is very safe. Of course, parts of Mexico are not recommended for tourists, but border towns and popular tourist cities are safe and cater to foreign dental patients. In Cancun you will find a great place to combine a great vacation with your dental work.
2. Will I get quality dental implants from a highly-trained dentist in Mexico?
Well, maybe yes and maybe no, depending on where you go and who you see for your dental work. Unfortunately, dental tourism has become so popular in the last two decades; many popup “dentists” are not qualified to practice dentistry. This can give dental work in Mexico an unfairly negative reputation. But this is not the norm. In our clinic, you will find a variety of dental specialist doing what they do best, you won’t be treated by the hygienist or a general dentist for your implants, you will have a dental implantologist taking care of your case from A to Z
3. Are dental implants in Mexico affordable?
Prices can vary widely, but it is significantly more affordable than the same procedure in the U.S. But beware! In any country, including the U.S., comparing prices is important but be sure you understand what you’re paying for and what you are getting. Not all dentists use the same quality of dental materials, and not all doctors are equal. Regardless of what treatment or procedure you compare, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples...”
4. Can I really save thousands of dollars in cost for dental implants in Mexico?
The national average cost for a dental crown in the US is $1,200 to $2000; in Mexico, it’s $250 to $600. A full set of traditional dentures can cost up to $5,000 in the U.S.—about $600 in Mexico. If you need major dental work, you can get affordable, high-quality dental work and highly likely save thousands of dollars coming to Dental Design Studio Cancun. On average, our patients save 50%-75% on dental work in our dental offices in Mexico. You can save $3,500 with a single tooth implant and crown alone. Sometimes we can’t match other dental clinic prices because they can’t match our quality
5. Are dental offices professional and use the same hygienic and sterilization techniques as American dentists?
Yes, otherwise, why would Americans keep going to Mexico, right?
6. Do Mexican offices use modern, high-tech equipment for dental implants?
Our state of the art dental clinic in Cancun is well equipped with some of the latest diagnostic equipment, i.e., X-ray machines, 3D cone beam digital imaging, and sophisticated systems to produce perfect dental prostheses. In addition, we are one of the few dental clinic with our own Digital Dental Lab, to ensure a perfect fit for every work in the less possible time.
7. Do the Mexican dentists and staff speak English?
Yes, all our doctors and staff speak fluent English. From the driver that picks you up at the airport to the dental specialist that works on your treatment.
8. Do I need a passport and visa to get dental treatment in Mexico?
Crossing into Mexico on a border-town, you don’t need to show any documents; however, crossing back from Mexico through a U.S. border, you will need proper documentation—a valid passport. Contrary to this law, since Americans have been crossing Mexico’s northern border for dental work, you can usually cross back into the U.S. with a valid driver’s license and a copy of your birth certificate. Talk with us about the required documents you’ll need, and we’ll guide you. If you are flying to Cancun you will need a passport to come back to the U.S.
9. Is a dental implant a more painful procedure than a tooth extraction?
All surgical procedures involve a certain degree of pain, and a certain level of anesthesia is given during dental implant procedures. Patients generally experience a mild level of discomfort and complain of mild pain once the anesthesia wears off. The pain level also depends on whether it is a simple tooth implant or a bone graft procedure.
10. What about water filtration systems in the clinic?
If you’re worried about getting sick from drinking the water in Mexico, you will be happy to know that our dental offices use water that is filtered through sophisticated treatment systems to keep it safe and potable.
11. Does the lower cost of dental implants in Mexico equate to lower quality?
No one wants to compromise on health care quality by taking a cheaper route, and you shouldn’t need to. In the U.S., some of us were raised to believe that higher costs equal higher quality. This is not the case with dental work in Mexico. Cost-cutting does not mean they’re using lower-quality ingredients. From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, our approved dentists use the same materials in your mouth as you would if you received dental work in the U.S. It’s simply that in a country like Mexico, the cost of living is significantly less compared with the United States and Canada, making it much more feasible for dentists to own and operate a practice. In addition: Dentists in Mexico are not required to pay for malpractice insurance. Mexican dentists also carry less student loan debt than U.S. dentists due to government subsidies. They repay these subsidies with one year of free service after school. I hope this explains the lower cost without any suspicion.
12. Is it common to travel to Mexico for dental tourism?
Tens of thousands of people travel to Mexico (and other foreign countries) for dental work every year. This is because you can save thousands on affordable dentistry, and it is easier to get appointments with Mexican dentists. Another reason why people come to Mexico is that they can get dental treatment done faster, and better yet, get a vacation out of it.
13. Is getting dental implants in Mexico as pain-free (as dentistry can be)?
Most dentists in Mexico offer anesthesia options like in the U.S., including full sedation. In addition, our dental offices have trained anesthesiologists on staff. The procedure is not painful because it is performed under local or general anesthesia, and after the numbness wears off after the procedure, patients report mild pain levels.
14. Do Mexican dentists use the same materials as U.S. dentists?
From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, our approved dentists use the same materials in your mouth as you would if you received dental work in the U.S.
15. What if I need more than one specialist?
Our offices has dentists trained in all industry specialty fields and are equipped with all the necessary diagnostic equipment. If you need more than one specialist, they will be in the same office, so everything is done in one place. In rare cases where a specialist is not in the office but is needed, they will bring them to their office.
16. Why is Mexico such a popular destination for dental tourism among seniors?
Seniors often live on a fixed income and delay much-needed dental treatment due to high costs. This is why many seniors choose Mexico as their destination for taking care of their teeth as they age. With savings of up to 75% on major dental procedures like dental crowns, implants, and root canals, Mexico is a great option for most seniors. Our testimonials confirm the satisfaction of our many patients who have traveled to Mexico for dental treatment.
17. Can I get cosmetic dental procedures in Mexico?
Absolutely. The doctors who do veneers, whitening, and bonding are specially trained and certified in cosmetic procedures. So you typically can save quite a lot of money on these procedures as well.
18. Are other dental specialists available in Mexico?
If you need an Orthodontist, Endodontist, or Implantologist, you can schedule an appointment with them in the same visit, in the same office. For example, in our dental office, there are 8 trained, full-time dentists practicing in all modalities of dentistry.
19. As an American, will I be treated well in Mexican dental offices?
As a dental tourist, you will be treated with the highest level of respect and work. Several thousand Americans visit Mexico each year for dental tourism, so this is quite a norm. You are the lifeblood of some Mexican cities’ livelihood.
20. Do dental services in Mexico come with a guarantee?
Our vetted-approved dentists guarantee their treatment and services for up to four years. If something is not right, you can go back and have it corrected at no additional cost. However, this is not an option at every Mexican dental office, but we put you first, and so this is something we promise you.
21. Should I take cash with me when traveling to Mexico for dental work?
It’s always a good idea to have some cash when you’re traveling. Typically, you pay cash or credit card for services rendered during an appointment, but you’ll still want cash for incidentals throughout your time in Mexico. Most tourist destinations and areas that see many Americans take credit cards and often U.S. dollars as well. We don’t suggest carrying a large sum of cash.
22. Can I get medications in Mexico after my dental work?
Many Americans fill non-narcotic prescriptions in Mexico. And if your dentist prescribes pain medications or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and fill your prescription at a reduced rate before you head home. Savings can be substantial.
23. How many trips to Mexico will I need for my dental work?
If you need extensive dental work, you might need to come back for a couple of visits. Still, in many cases, the cost will be much lower than if you paid for the same work in the U.S. Once we have discussed your proposed treatment plan with you, we can advise you on the travel requirements.
24. How will I find my way around once I arrive in Mexico?
Local transportation is complimentary for patients. We will offer you a list of hotels our patients use, and transportation to and from your hotel to the dental office is also complementary. We oversee every detail to make your trip easy, safe, and comfortable. That’s what we do and why so many people have trusted Dental Design Studio in Cancun
25. Can I make a vacation out of my dental tourism to Mexico?
If you’re going to be a “dental tourist,” you might as well enjoy the “tourist” part. So, whether you lounge on the beach in Cancun or take a weekend trip to Mexico, you’ll get to enjoy the festive Mexican culture, food, and people.
26. Will my dental insurance cover my treatment in Mexico?
In some cases, yes. Just be sure to check with your insurance provider before you travel and bring copies of any forms they require filled out for you to make a claim. We can advise you on this too. Or your dental insurance company might reimburse you. But, again, call your agent to see if this is an option.
28. Can I get a price estimate before I go to Mexico for dental work?
Dental Design Studio Cancun can help you get a free price quote. Keep in mind that our dentists use various sources of information. They use dental X-rays and 3-D cone beam CT scans, consider the patient’s desired outcome, and most importantly, base their final decision after an in-office examination. This is very important because so much information is collected during a physical examination, including examining each patient’s facial structure. Most price quotes we give our patients are within 10 to 15% accuracy, but the in-person examination will determine the best course of treatment.
29. So, are Americans happy with their dental treatment in Mexico?
According to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-work issues, “About 90 percent [feel] the dental work they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent.” Our own internal review shows our clients are happy at an even higher rate. This exceeds satisfaction with U.S. dentists.
30. Why is it so affordable to get quality dental treatment/ dental implants in Mexico?
This is explained above (salary scale there, cost of living, rents, staff costs). Further, dental school is subsidized by the government in Mexico. This contributes to lower costs and dentists who could really focus on their schooling (instead of working multiple jobs and taking classes at the same time). On the other hand, the typical U.S. dentist leaves school with over $200,000 in loans in many cases. Guess how he is going to pay those loans back?
31. What if I can’t afford the procedure I want?
In some cases, more than one option is possible, or the procedure can be spread over a longer period to give you more time to save the money you need. Another option is to consider a personal loan. But, ultimately, you must decide for yourself what the best course of action is. We’re here to help you research and collect accurate information so you can make an informed decision.
32. What is the cost of a single tooth implant in Mexico?
A single tooth implant will cost you significantly less in Mexico than it would in the U.S., and you can save up to 75% based on the procedure..
33. Who does the actual dental procedures in your offices?
In the U.S., dental assistants often do most of the procedures, and the dentist only does the final touches or more advanced procedures. However, in our dental offices in Mexico, all the procedures are done by trained, experienced dentists.
34. How affordable is a full-mouth dental implant in Mexico?
In Mexico, you can cut down on the cost of a single tooth implant, so imagine the savings on a full-mouth dental implant. But cheaper implants can also compromise quality, which is unacceptable for us, and we strive to ensure that our office provide affordable and safe procedures.
35. Can I get additional medical or cosmetic services in Mexico?
If you’re considering taking advantage of other medical services, talk with us. We have already started doing our due diligence to expand our services to include non-invasive cosmetic procedures and common plastic surgeries.