Lets face it dental care costs in the United States are extremely high and dental care in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no exception. So what do residents of our beautiful state do when they need high-ticket dental care procedures like dental crowns?
We decided to find out. In our search to find a low cost dental crown locally, we asked the question, how much is the average cost for a dental crown in Albuquerque? The results may surprise you.
We surveyed multiple dentists in the Albuquerque area to discover what they charged for the most common dental crown, a porcelain on non-precious metal dental crown. The prices quoted by several Albuquerque dentists ranged from $965-$1220. That’s not the low cost dental crown price you might be hoping for, right?
This price is the total out-of-pocket cost for cash paying or uninsured Albuquerque residents that need a dental crown. If you need multiple dental crowns, which is often the case, you can quickly rack up thousands of dollars in dental bills.
Approximately 85 million Americans lack any form of dental care coverage. But what about the residents of Albuquerque that have dental insurance? Well sadly, even if you have dental insurance, which costs approximately $360 per year, you also have a maximum dollar amount of coverage. This is typically $1,000-$2,000 per year.
You also have to pay your deductible before coverage kicks in for your dental crown. Beyond that you are responsible for anywhere from 50-80% of your-coinsurance, or your portion of the bill for your dental crown. Let’s break down this a bit further:
You are quoted $1,220 from your local Albuquerque dentist for a porcelain on metal dental crown. Your estimated out-of-pocket costs are: $250 (required deductible to pay before coverage kicks in) +$610 (50% co-insurance on your dental crown) =$860!
This doesn’t give much comfort right? So what do residents of Albuquerque do when need treatment but can’t foot the bill? Are there alternatives to finding a low cost dental crown? The answer is simpler than you think.
Tens of thousands of New Mexicans take the short trip to Palomas, Mexico for dental treatment every year. In fact, it is a safe and affordable alternative to the high costs of dental care in Albuquerque.
So just how much can you save by traveling to Mexico in search of a low cost dental crown? A lot! The cost for a dental crown in very low, averaging only $260!! Best of all the dentists use the same materials as your local Albuquerque dentists and you can bet the quality is just as high. Why do you think New Mexicans have been going south of the border for care for over 20 years!
Beyond Borders Dental has established a network of highly trained and credentialed dentists in Palomas, Mexico. We take the stress out of cross border dental care by coordinating every aspect from scheduling down to transportation if you choose.
You might be thinking, what about the cost to travel down? Well we offer two great options: The first is to go “Self-Service.” This means we will get you a quote for a low cost dental crown, book your appointment with one of our approved dentists, and give you all the details you need to get to your appointment. You will need to drive yourself down to the border and park and walk across to your clinic. This means your low cost dental crown would be approximately $260. That’s 79% LESS than your dentist in Albuquerque or up to $910.
You would need to stay at a hotel (dont worry we have a preferred hotel partner that will give you additional savings) and buy a few meals. Let’s say you spend another $100 of food and transportation. That means you still save up to $810 on your dental treatment!
The second option to get you low cost dental crown is to utilize our Dental Concierge Service which includes roundtrip transportation from Albuquerque to your dental appointment in Palomas, Mexico. You can read more about why many Albuquerque residents needing dental crowns prefer this option here.
The cost for roundtrip transportation from Albuquerque to Palomas for dental care is $210. According to a AAA driving analysis it actually costs $313.20 to drive yourself from Albuquerque to Palomas. So its actually cheaper to use our transportation service and a lot more comfortable! With a dental crown at $260 plus $210 for transportation and another $100 for food and hotel accommodations, you still save up to $630!!
If you have dental insurance, don’t forget to check to see if they might cover your treatment in Mexico. You can read more about getting reimbursed for dental work in Mexico here.
So the results are in! If you live in Albuquerque and are looking for a low cost dental, your best bet is to take the short journey south and save big. Need help organizing your trip? We can get you the best price available. Give us a call at (505) 735-7770 or fill out a free price quote form here.