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50 Things You Should Know About Getting Dental Work In Mexico

50 Things You Should Know About Getting Dental Work In Mexico

Have you ever considered traveling abroad for dental work? Maybe you’ve heard of dental tourism and you’re curious about how it works. Maybe you are 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 fantastic option for anyone looking to save money on their dental bills.

Here are 50 things you should know before you sign up for dental work in Mexico.

1.  It’s safe – Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to the safety of Mexican dental tourism.  Of course, there are parts of Mexico that are not safe for tourists, but small border cities (like Palomas, Mexico) are very safe and actually cater to American dental tourists.

Americans crossing the border into Mexico


2.  You will work with a quality, credentialed dentist – This is another area where misinformation wreaks havoc.  Because dental tourism has become so popular in the last two decades, there are a lot of pop-up “dentists” who claim to be qualified.  This gives dental work in Mexico an unfairly negative reputation.  But this is not the norm.  If you go to a licensed dentist, you will receive high-quality care.

The dentist in Mexico are licensed and credentialed


3.  The dentist and staff will speak English – Especially in dental tourism hot spots, dentists speak English to cater to the American tourists who visit frequently.

Dental clinics in Mexico have English speaking staff


4.  Clinics are clean and professional – Otherwise, why would Americans keep going to Mexico, right?

Mexico dental clinics are clean and professional


5.  They use high-tech equipment (X-rays, 3D imaging, etc.)

Mexico dental clinics use high-tech equipment


6.  They use the same hygienic/sterilization techniques as American dentists

Clinics in Mexico sterilize their equipment


7.  They have water filtration systems – If you’re worried about getting sick from drinking the water in Mexico, you will be happy to know that water is filtered through systems to keep it safe and potable.

Dental clinics in Mexico use filtered water


8.  You can save thousands of dollars – A dental crown costs $1,200 in America and $230 in Mexico.  Full dentures cost up to $5,000 in America and only $690 in Mexico.  Across the board, dental care is about 80% cheaper  in Mexico than in the U.S.

Save up to 85% on dental care in Mexico


9.  The lower cost does not equate to lower quality – In the U.S. we’re raised to believe that higher costs equal higher quality.  This is not the case with dental care in Mexico.  A number of factors contribute to the price difference like a lower cost of living, rent, and salaries.

Lower cost doesn’t mean lower quality in Mexico


10.  It’s very common – Tens of thousands of people travel to Mexico (and other foreign countries) for dental care every year.

American Travel for Dental Care
Thousands Americans cross the border for dental care every year.


11.  It’s close – The most popular locations for dental tourism are Mexico, Thailand, Cost Rica, and India.  Of these, Mexico is by far the closest and most convenient option for Americans.

Mexico borders the USA


12.  The best way to go is by referral – Before you book an appointment, it’s important to either go through a reputable dental tourism agency or do thorough research.


Use a dental tourism agency to connect you to a qualified dentist in Mexico


13.  It will be pain free (as dentistry can be) – Mexican dentists have anesthesia options that are very similar to those in the U.S.

Mexico dentist offer pain management options


14.  Dentist use the same materials as U.S. dentists – From porcelain crowns to metal posts and dentures, you will have the same materials in your mouth as you would if you received care at home.

Dental Care in Palomas Mexico
Dentist in Mexico use the same materials as US


15.  You can get all the same procedures – If you’re traveling abroad for dental care, it’s important to know that you can get all the same dental treatment options in Mexico as you can in the U.S.

Dental crowns, implants, dentures and more are all available in Mexico


16.  It’s a popular destination among seniors – Seniors often live on a fixed income and delay much needed dental treatment due to high cost.  This is why many seniors are choosing Mexico as their choice destination for taking care of their teeth as they age.  With savings of up to 80% on major dental procedures like dental crowns, implants, and root canals, Mexico is the best option for seniors.

Seniors choose Mexico to save big on their dental care


17.  You can get cosmetic work – Are you interested in getting veneers or whitening?  You can save money on these procedures as well.

Cosmetic work like veneers is available in Mexico


18.  You can see a specialist – If you need an orthodontist or endodontist, you can see them in the same trip.

Mexico has endodontist and orthodontist


19.  They cater to you – As a dental tourist, you will be treated with the highest level of respect and care.  You are the lifeblood of some Mexican cities’ livelihood.

Dentist in Mexico cater to Americans


20.  You can get a guarantee – Many dentists offer guarantees and allow you to come back if you need more work on the same tooth.

Mexico dentist guarantee their work


21.  You need a passport – In order to travel to Mexico for any reason, you need a valid passport.

A passport is required to go to Mexico


22.  But not a visa – A passport is sufficient.

Americans do not require a Visa for Mexico


23.  You should take cash – It’s always a good idea to have some cash when you’re traveling.  If you go through a dental tourism company, you can pay for the procedures in advance using your credit card, but you’ll still want cash for incidentals throughout your time in Mexico.

Take a small amount of cash for shopping in Mexico


24.  You can get your meds there too – If your dentist prescribes pain meds or other prescriptions, you can visit a Mexican pharmacy and pick up your meds at a reduced rate before you head home.

You can fill your prescriptions at the Mexican pharmacy


25.  You may need several trips – If you need extensive work, you might need to come back for a couple of visits.  However, the cost will still be lower than if you paid for extensive work in the U.S.

Dentist Palomas Mexico
Extensive dental work may require multiple trips


26.  You should get travel insurance – Since dental tourism often includes flights and hotels, it’s a good idea to be prepared with travel insurance.

You should get travel insurance for incidentals


27.  You can make a vacation out of it – If you’re going to be a “dental tourist,” you might as well enjoy the “tourist” part.  Whether you lounge on the beach in Cancun or take a weekend trip to Palomas, you’ll get to enjoy the festive Mexican culture, food, and people.

Take a dental vacation to Mexico


28.  Your dental insurance might cover it – Just be sure to check with your insurance provider.

Cheap Dental Implants Crowns
Check to see if your dental insurance will cover it


29.  Or your dental insurance company might reimburse you – Again, call your agent to see if this is an option.

You might be reimbursed by your insurance


30.  You can walk there – Small towns like Palomas take just minutes to cross into, but beware of larger cities like Tijuana and Juarez, which may take hours to travel to.

You can walk across the border to Mexico


31.  OR you can get a shuttle service – At Beyond Borders Dental, we offer a shuttle service from Albuquerque and Santa Fe directly to your dentist’s office in Palomas, Mexico.

Dental Treatment Mexico
Beyond Borders shuttles you from SF and ABQ to Palomas


32.  You don’t have to plan it – If you work with a dental tourism company, they will arrange everything.

A dental tourism agency will coordinate your care

33.  You can know the price before you go – Dental tourism companies can get you a free quote.

Dental Treatment Mexico
Get your free quote today


34.  Americans are happy with their dental treatment in Mexico – According to a report commissioned by Families U.S.A., a Washington advocacy group for health-care issues, “About 90 percent [feel] the dental care they had received in Mexico had been good or excellent.”

Americans love Mexican dentists


35. Dental school is subsidized in Mexico – This contributes to lower costs and dentists who got to really focus on their schooling (instead of working multiple jobs and taking classes at the same time).

Dental school is subsidized by the Mexican government


36.  All costs are included – If you go through a dental tourism service, you pay one flat fee to the agency, period.

Get a packaged plan that includes all costs


37.  You don’t have to arrange travel – If you want to take a vacation and stay in a chic hotel, then by all means, plan your travel.  If you’d rather not arrange your travel, a dental tourism agency can plan it for you.

A dental tourism agency can book your travel


38.  It’s important to vet your dentist or dental tourism agency – This cannot be said enough.  Make sure you are going to a trained, reputable dentist.  Read reviews and do thorough research.  A reputable dental tourism company will boast patient testimonials on their site.

Read patient reviews of the dentists


39.  Make sure you choose a safe city – Smaller border cities are safer for tourists and frequently cater to U.S. dental tourists.  Avoid cities known for crime like Juarez.

Palomas is a safe town unlike Juarez


40.  You can work it into a business trip – If you are going to be in Mexico (or Southern New Mexico) for business, call a dental tourism agency and let them plan your dental work around your meetings schedule.

Get dental work on a business trip


41.  There are fewer frills – If you’re used to American dental offices, you may be surprised to see Mexican dental offices, which contain a lot less frills.  The furniture will show wear, and the walls may be dingy.  This is simply because they don’t care to put money into the frills.  It is not a reflection on the quality of the care.

Beyond Borders 13
Less frills but still great quality dental work


42.  The dentist does all the work – In the U.S. we’re used to dental assistants doing most of the work and the dentist only doing the drilling and building.  In Mexico, the dentists do it all.

Teeth checkup at dentist's office
Dentist do all the work in Mexico


43. You can check out dentists’ reviews before you book – And you absolutely should.

Be sure to look at patient reviews online


44. There is excellent shopping opportunities – Whether you are in the market for custom cowboy boots, hand woven blankets, or tailored clothing, Mexico’s stores and markets will not leave you disappointed.

Check out the markets in Mexico


45. While you’re there, you can get a free eye examBeyond Borders Dental has partnered with several clinics in Palomas.  You can take advantage of extra discounts while you’re visiting.

Get a free eye exam in Mexico


46. And save 60-70% on contacts and glasses – Eye care is much cheaper in Mexico, for many of the same reasons that dental care is cheaper.

Get great deals on glasses in Mexico


47. You can bring a friend to your dental appointment – If you’re nervous about traveling abroad for dental care, you can bring moral support.  They’ll just have to wait in the waiting room.

Have a friend accompany on your trip


48. You can use US currency while you visit – Most Mexican stores accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.

Take cash with you to shop


49. Americans have been traveling to Mexico for dental work for over 20 years.

Travel concept. Suitcases and signpost what to visit in Mexico. 3d
Americans travel to Mexico frequently


50. It’s among the cheapest locations – Other dental tourism hot-spots like Costa Rica cost more than care in Mexico (plus you have to pay for airfare).

Mexico is a cheap destination for dental work


You can now consider yourself an expert on dental tourism!  If you’d like to learn more about dental tourism or get a free quote with Beyond Borders Dental just click here

20 Responses to 50 Things You Should Know About Getting Dental Work In Mexico

    • Thank you for sending us your inquiry. Everybody’s dental care is unique to their individual case so it’s not possible to determine prices for all treatments. Moreover, our dentists need X-rays and history to determine their options, many times more than one option is possible, and to determine actual costs.

      If you would like us to send you an estimated price quote for your case, go to our home page and click on the More Info button located in the upper right corner of the page.

    • Hi Taek,

      You do not need dental insurance to get dental care in Mexico. In most cases, insurance companies do not cover much and they save more money having their treatment in Mexico and keeping their insurance as a backup plan for unexpected emergencies.

  1. Do you have information on the town Los Algodones Mexico? Do you offer shuttle service to there from Yuma, Arizona. Any information on this Mexican town would be helpful. Thank you. Also would like information on your financing Options.

    • Hi Suzi,

      We only work with clinics in Juarez and Palomas, Mexico. We have vetted the clinics we refer patients to and do not have any information on other locations. As for financing options, there is a link at the top of our home page that explains about the financing options our affiliate, Medical United, offers our patients. You can get pre-approved online too.

    • Hi Matt,

      Your dental records, including X-rays belong to you and only you can request your dental records. Once you have your records you can then forward them to us.

    • Hi Monique,

      Following are estimated prices for dental care/procedures you may need. Note that the actual costs may vary depending on your personal needs; however, if you can send us a dental treatment plan from your US dentist including X-rays, we can give you a more accurate price quotation. It is important to have an evaluation of what is going on so you can make an informed decision about your dental care options.

      Concerning cosmetic work such as veneers, there are a couple of possibilities. One less expensive option is using a composite bonding material, our dentist can correct minor imperfections on the surface of teeth and the results can be excellent. This procedure costs $150 per tooth and requires only one visit.

      Note: Full cosmetic veneers (porcelain material) similar to the US treatment, it requires two visits and costs $440 per tooth. The cost for teeth whitening is $260 *Zoom whitening.

  2. My husband needs full mouth implants. I need 5 molars and two other broken teeth replaced and veneers can you give a rough estimate. All extractions will be done one month before we go.

    • Hi Ramona,

      Everybody’s dental care is unique to his or her individual case so it’s not possible to determine prices for all treatments. Moreover, our dentists need X-rays and history to determine their options, many times more than one option is possible, and to determine actual costs.

      That said, what we provide is a price comparison chart for general procedures and some examples of our past client’s savings on our home page to give people estimated prices for the most requested procedures.

      If you would like us to send you an estimated price quote for you and your husband’s cases, please complete and submit our information form. Go to our home page and in the upper right corner is an orange button that has (More Info) on it. Click on this button.

      Please let us know how more we can help you. We believe we can help you get quality, affordable dental care, and save you money.

  3. Mexico is one of the places my wife and I wants to visit for our next vacation. Considering the fact that I have some dental problems I need to resolve, I might get it done at Mexico.

    • Hi Benjamin,

      If you know where to go in Mexico for dental treatment you can get quality, affordable care and save a lot of money. We have taken hundreds of patients to our vetted dental office and our patient base continues to grow.

    • Great question, Kay. Each Mexico dental office in our program is carefully vetted through a four-step evaluation process to assure the quality of services. In addition the dentist in Mexico guarantee their services. Our assessment includes:
      1) Site visits to all Mexico dental clinics in our program.
      2) Assessment of the credentials and interviews with our dentists in Mexico.
      3) Periodic reviews of dental practices with our dental advisory board.
      4) Careful monitoring of results from clients who use our dentist in Mexico to assure the continued high level of professionalism and quality of work being performed.

    • Excellent question Jane, if you are traveling from outside New Mexico or Texas, we highly recommend you book an appointment at least two weeks in advance, and this also depends on your case. We have a comprehensive checklist we use to help our patients with their travel plans. Without knowing your individual case this is the best answer I can give you at this time. If you would like more information on to plan for getting dental treatment in Mexico please contact us at [email protected] or call (505) 738-7770, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time).

    • When it comes to cosmetic procedures such as veneers, there are a couple of possibilities. One less expensive option is using a composite bonding material, our dentist can correct minor imperfections on the surface of teeth and the results can be excellent. This procedure costs $150 per tooth and requires only one visit. Full cosmetic veneers (porcelain material) similar to the US treatment, it requires two visits and costs $440 per tooth.

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