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Border-Crossing vs Vacation Medical/Dental Tourism

Border-Crossing vs Vacation Medical/Dental Tourism

When we vetted our first dental office in 2016, we chose our first location based on several factors. Easy access from the U.S./Mexico border, highly trained and experienced dentists, sterilization procedures, quality of dental material that passed our 4-step vetting process, and experience with American patients.

It soon became evident that there was a higher demand for affordable, high-quality dental care than we anticipated. In addition, patients from a wider geographical area were increasing, and it quickly became apparent that one location was insufficient. Still, we wanted to maintain a close hands-on relationship with our dental office staff to ensure we could keep a pulse on the quality of care.

With affordable, high-quality a high priority, we decided to select easy access to dental offices in border towns near the southern states. In medical tourism, this is known as border-crossing dental tourism. Some patients prefer border-crossing dental tourism, whereas others prefer to travel further into Mexico, seeking a more tropical destination so they can combine their dental treatment with a vacation.

The Pros and Cons of Border-Crossing Medical/Dental Tourism

If you live anywhere along the United States’ southern border, you’ll find Juarez, Los Algodones, and Tiujanna are well-known dental tourism hotspots. These locations don’t have the same tropical vacation appeal, but these border towns are a great option if you are limited on time and don’t want to take an international flight.

Border-crossing dental tourism is popular because you can cross the U.S./Mexico border from major cities and don’t have to stay overnight in Mexico.Quality Dental Restoration in Juárez, Los Algodones, Tijuana, Mexico For example, if you choose our vetted dental office in Juarez, Mexico, you go to El Paso, Texas. Once in El Paso, all local transportation is free, including to/from your hotel. One of the dental office drivers picks you up in El Paso (from a parking lot near I-10 or your hotel), drives you across the border for your appointment, and brings you back when you finish.

Crossing back into the U.S. can have significant waiting periods. To save time for patients traveling back into the U.S., their drivers usually drop you off at the beginning of the bridge crossing to walk to the border control building. You’ll need to be reasonably fit as the crossing is up a small hill and involves a 15-minute walk. If walking is too difficult, the dental office will provide you with a scooter at no additional cost.

Suppose you choose our vetted dental office in Los Algodones, Mexico, AKA, Molar City. In that case, you can drive and park on the U.S. side at the border and walk across the bridge where the patient care coordinator will meet and escort you to the dental office, just a few blocks away. Yuma, Arizona, is the last U.S. city near the border and seven miles from Los Algodones.

The U.S. side of the Los Algodones border is located on Quechan Tribal land. There is a large parking lot located in Winterhaven, California, for those crossing into Los Algodones. Parking is $6 per vehicle. In addition, there is a separate lot for overnight parking.

If you don’t need major dental work, traveling to another country may not make sense. The except maybe if you live close to the border in the U.S. Everybody’s dental needs are different, so we will help you estimate your dental work costs so you can factor in the cost and time taken for traveling to the dentist in Mexico when calculating whether the savings are worth it.

As part of our referral services, Beyond Borders Dental provides recommended hotels for patients and helps you with logistics in the local areas, so everything goes smoothly. Moreover, there are patient care coordinators at each dental office who help you with appointments, answer medical questions, keep you informed of any unexpected changes crossing the border, and are your personal contact when you arrive and return to the U.S.

The Pros and Cons of a Medical/Dental Tourism Vacation

Taking a vacation in a tropical destination while having dental work is appealing to many folks, especially when traveling with family or friends. However, unlike border-crossing medical/dental tourism, it does take a little more planning when flying to an international destination.

Usually, when you stay longer, you can get more dental work done and fewer follow-up visits. However, some dental procedures require you to wait a few days while lab work is completed, so this could be your chance to take advantage of the beach, explore the local area, or do some shopping. So longer stays may have benefits, and getting more dental work done in one visit is one.

Dental Restoration Medical Tourism in Juárez, Los Algodones, Tijuana, MexicoAfter extensive research and site visits, we decided the next destination would be Cancun, Mexico. We recently vetted a new dental office in the heart of Cancun, Mexico, one of the major dental tourism destinations in the world. The dental office in Cancun stood out from its competitors, offering unique services like botox treatment for TMJ and neck lipectomy, an aesthetic surgical procedure to reduce a saggy neck. The dental office has a team of experienced, specialized doctors with years of experience and a stellar reputation.

Many major airlines in the U.S. and Canada offer direct flights to Cancun, Mexico. Above the dental office are new Airbnb’s with great views at reasonable rates. In addition, restaurants, beaches, and shopping are within walking distance.

When shopping for the best prices for flights and accommodations, there are many factors you should consider, especially for a popular vacation destination like Cancun. With the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, we strongly suggest getting travel insurance for your peace of mind. There can be unexpected flight cancellations or delays, or you may need to extend your stay to finish more dental work. Traveling to Cancun, Mexico during high tourism season or local holiday drives the cost for flights and hotel or Airbnb up and availability limited.

Getting dental work in Mexico can offer you a balance of quality, care, and affordability. In addition, the country is a top choice for dental tourism due to its lower price and proximity to the U.S., making it less expensive travel for travel and shorter travel times. Dental care in our vetted offices is comparable in price and quality, regardless of whether you choose border-crossing or vacation dental tourism. It’s up to you which option works best for you. Our team is here to help you plan and make the best decision.

If you don’t need major dental work, traveling to another country may not make sense. The exception may be if you live close to the U.S./Mexico border. Everybody’s dental needs are different, so we will help you estimate your dental work costs to make an informed decision about traveling to the dentist in Mexico when calculating whether the savings are worth it.

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