Dental tourism along the Mexican borders began a few decades ago, with American tourists among the first ever to tour Mexico for dental services. Towns such as Nogales and Tijuana were among the first towns to receive these types of foreign visitors within the country’s border. This whole process started with a few Americans living across the Mexican border receiving recommendations from their relatives living in Mexico to see Mexican dentists who would offer the great dental services they needed to get at a lower cost.
The popularity of the whole process began when seniors living in the border states of Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona started seeking the services of the same Mexican dentists across the border. This lead to the discovery of state-of-the-art dental, medical equipment in Mexico, and a corresponding spread of this new great revelation to fellow seniors and other citizens. In the ’90s, dental tourism was a norm and was widely practiced by Americans, which later led to its spread to other countries bordering Mexico.
Today an American would prefer a Mexican dentist to the one a few blocks away from his/her apartment for the simple reason of the attractive price and quality offered by the Mexican counterparts.
Why Dental Work in Mexico is Peculiar.
Several factors make the dental services in Mexico to stand out above the usual standard of dental services offered by other dentists in neighboring countries like the US.
Let’s have a glimpse of what these factors are.
- Dental work Costs.
It is without a doubt that the prices offered by Mexican dentists are one of their key selling points. This factor has attracted a lot of Mexico’s neighbors to flood its dental market. Most of the American dental tourists have saved up to 70% of the total cost compared to what they would have been charged if they opted for the same services at home.
So how exactly do these prices look like? Am I merely exaggerating? Well, let us have a look at some of the services the Mexican dentists offer and how much they charge for each service compared to their northern neighbors, the Americans.
The Comparison of Prices in Dental Work between America and Mexico.
|Dental Procedure.||Price in the US.||Price in Mexico.|
|Single Titanium Implant.||$ 1,500||$ 750|
|Root Canal Treatment.||$ 1,500||$250|
|Full Porcelain or Ceramic Crown.||$ 1,300||$ 180|
|Porcelain Veneer (Each Unit).||$ 2,000||$ 350|
|Full Denture Composite or Porcelain Teeth.||$ 2,000||$ 350|
|Partial Denture – Flexible Frame.||$ 1,800||$ 400|
|Partial Denture – Metal Frame.||$ 1,400||$ 350|
|All on 4 Dental Implants.||$ 20,000||$ 8,950|
|Porcelain-Fused-to-metal (PFM) Bridge.||$ 1,200||$ 180|
|Zirconia Crown.||$ 1,700||$ 450|
|Full Denture, Acrylic Teeth (Upper or Lower).||$ 2,000||$ 250|
|Full Denture, Immediate, or Healing (Upper or Lower).||$ 1,495||$ 480|
From the table above, it is evident that the prices an American would part with on the Mexican side are much more favorable than the rates at home. With such savings on cost, one would not hesitate to spend a few dollars on transportation just to experience the services offered across the border at lower prices.
- High-Quality Dentistry.
Low prices offered by Mexican dentists seem to be just a tip of the iceberg of the reasons tourists flock the Mexican towns for dental services. Their quality also appears to be moving hearts in America and other neighboring countries, and that is a factor you would not like missing out on as a dental patient. Regular dental tourists occasion the Mexican border towns for this reason.
The state of the art dental facilities that are filled with modern equipment such as Intra-oral cameras, flat-screen monitors, and the panoramic and digital X-rays are operated with high-qualified Mexican dentists who showcase the high-quality services you can receive at these facilities.
The Mexican dentists are not highly qualified without a sweat. They travel around the world in search of excellent dental training with US dental schools being their favorite destination. In the end, what comes out is an all-round fully-equipped dentist who is ready to handle all your teeth issues perfectly well.
- Tourism Destination.
Mexico has some of the most captivating tourist destination towns such as Tijuana. You would not only be going for exceptional dentistry services at Tijuana but also have the chance to visit some of the iconic places in the town such as the Tijuana IMAX theatre and the Abraham Lincoln Statue. Mexico is full of beautiful beaches and inland adventures that would be befitting for a dentist tourist. Visiting beaches such as Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos Corridor and the Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo among others would not only leave you relaxed and thrilled but also relieved of your tooth after-dentist pains.
Popular Dental Services Available in Mexico.
Full Mouth Restoration.
This involves replacing all the teeth in the mouth of a patient. It is a process that applies the science of restorative dentistry to improve the general health, function, and appearance of the patient’s mouth. If you got dental problems throughout your mouth, then this service would be ideal for you.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that your dentist uses to fill in the gaps between your teeth. The false teeth, also known as Pontic crowns, are held in place by the abutment teeth on each side of the gap. They are mostly made of porcelain to blend in with other teeth; however, gold can also be used to make the Pontic tooth.
A denture is a replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues that can be removed and returned at will. Dentures exist in two forms, the complete and partial dentures. Full dentures can either be conventional or immediate, where conventional dentures are those that are ready for placement in the mouth in about eight to twelve weeks after the tooth is removed while immediate dentures are created in advance and can be fitted in immediately the tooth has been removed.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, consists of replacement teeth that are usually attached to a pink plastic base that resembles the gums. This plastic base is sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture firmly in the mouth.
Losing a tooth or a few teeth can lead to the bones that used to surround these teeth to start melting away, which in adverse stages can distort your facial appearance. Bone grafting is therefore done to revert this impending disaster. The process is achieved by a minor surgical procedure that includes an incision made to your gum to gain access to the bone beneath it. Grafting materials are then added in the form of a gel, putty, granules, or powder through an injection to help the body to deposit new bone cells.
There is no reason to doubt that there will be the continued growth of dental tourism in Mexico even in years to come. The services offered are just exquisite and cheaply affordable while the market keeps growing and having a healthy competition that works in favor of the patient. Get your passport ready and book yourself a spot in one of these dental tours.