Dental Tourism: Why You Should Get Dental Care in Mexico
You’re sitting in your dentist’s chair for your semi-annual cleaning when your dentist starts focusing a bit too intently on your teeth. He cocks his head to the side, shines his light into the back of your mouth, and makes a sound that is nowhere near reassuring. You know immediately that something is wrong.
Maybe you anticipated this and hoped it would be minimal, and maybe you’re blindsided. As your dentist begins to describe what you need, you might hear words like “root canal” or “dental implant,” but most of your mind is flooding with dollar signs and fear. Then, finally, you stop hearing them speak altogether.
You’re easily looking at thousands of dollars of dental treatment, and you have bills to pay. So you’ll have to put it off until you have the funds, which may not be for months or years. And when you’re finally able to face your fate and get the dental care you desperately need, the situation will inevitably be worse and more expensive.
But what you may not know is that there is an alternative solution. You can follow in the footsteps of thousands of other Americans and travel abroad for your dental care. Dental tourism (traveling across the border for cheaper dental treatment) can be a safe and effective option. Here’s why dental tourism might be a fantastic option for you.
It’s Significantly Cheaper
The savings of dental tourism are significant, and these savings are compounded if you need multiple procedures. For example, a root canal typically costs about $1,250 in the U.S. The same procedure in Mexico costs about $250. That’s a $1,000 in savings just for one root canal!
The average cost for a porcelain crown in the U.S. is about $1,200; in Mexico, it costs around $425. And since people frequently need crowns and root canals simultaneously, these savings can add up quickly. You can also get affordable dental implants (about $1,800 in Mexico vs. $4,000 in the U.S.).
One of the biggest myths associated with dental tourism is that it isn’t safe. Mexico is a big country, and just like when you travel anywhere else, you need to do some research in advance to know where to go. Some cities are dangerous for tourists, but many border towns actually cater to U.S. tourists seeking dental care. These cities are close to the U.S. border and are very safe for travel.
It would help if you looked into the dental offices before allowing anyone to perform dental treatment on your teeth. Then, use a reputable dental referral agency to help connect you with the best dentists. Also, read patient reviews online to make sure you’re working with someone you can trust.
Some people believe that the lower prices in Mexico are due to a reduced quality of care. But, in fact, the reduced prices have to do with the fact that the Mexican government subsidizes the cost of dental school, and in exchange, dentists perform one year of free community service after they graduate. Compare that to U.S. dentists who immediately need to start paying off massive student loans, and you can see why there’s such a discrepancy in prices.
Some other reasons for the lower cost in Mexico are more affordable rent and that Mexican dentists do not spend a fortune on office décor commonly seen in the U.S. cooperate dental offices. In addition, the quality and education of dentists in Mexico are still high.
It is Easy To Coordinate
When you use a dental referral agency to coordinate your dental appointments, traveling to Mexico for dental care can be very easy. Our mission is to refer you to the best dental office for your individual case and schedule your initial appointment.
Dental tourism is a big deal in Mexico. And because so many people travel to the country for dental work, dental labs are found in abundance. While making a dental crown or a bridge in the U.S. may take several weeks, these items usually take a few days to make in Mexico. So, you can have your entire dental experience completed over a few days.
If you’ve been putting off dental work because you can’t afford it, then you owe it to yourself to look into dental tourism in Mexico. You could save thousands of dollars on the cost of your necessary dental treatment and (most importantly) finally eliminate the constant stress of knowing you need to see a dentist.
To find out more about how you can get affordable, high-quality dental care in Mexico, call us today at (505) 738-7770, or click this link to send us your inquiry, and we’ll get back to you.