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 he begins to describe what you need, you might hear words like “root canal,” or “implant,” but most of your mind is flooding with dollar signs and fear. You stop hearing him speak altogether.
Then, panic sets in. You can’t afford this….
You’re easily looking at thousands of dollars of dental work, and you have bills to pay. 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 work 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 cost savings of dental tourism are significant, and these savings are compounded if you need multiple procedures. A root canal typically costs about $1,250 in the U.S. The same procedure in Palomas, Mexico costs about $240. That’s a $1,000 in savings just for one root canal!
A porcelain crown costs about $1,200 in the U.S. and $230 in Palomas, Mexico. And since people frequently need crowns and root canals at the same time, these savings can add up quickly. You can also get affordable dental implants (about $1,500 in Mexico vs. $2,250 in the U.S.), bridges, and dentures. If you’d like to learn more about how much you can save, visit our cost savings page.
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 small towns (like Palomas, Mexico) 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’s important that you look into the clinics before you hire anyone to perform dental work. Use a reputable dental tourism 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.
You’ll Receive Professional and High-Quality Care
Some people believe that the cheaper prices in Mexico are due to a reduced quality of care. 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 the fact that Mexican dentists do not charge a premium for the fancy dental clinics you’ll find in the U.S. Dental offices in Mexico offer less frills, but the quality and education of the dentists is still high.
It is Easy To Coordinate
If you use a dental tourism agency to plan your dental appointments, traveling to Mexico for dental work can be very easy. Instead of booking your travel, hotel, and dental work separately, you can hire a dental concierge to coordinate everything and even provide the transportation directly to your dental appointment. At Beyond Borders Dental, we arrange everything. Your payment includes the cost of transportation to and from your appointment, lodging (at a discounted rate), and the cost of your dental procedure. It couldn’t get any easier.
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 it may take several weeks to make a crown or a bridge in the United States, these products take only a day to make in Mexico. So, you can have your entire dental experience completed over a weekend.
If you’ve been putting off dental procedures because you can’t afford them, then you owe it to yourself to look into dental tourism in Palomas, Mexico. You could save thousands of dollars on the cost of your necessary dental work and (most importantly) finally eliminate the constant stress of knowing you need to see a dentist.