With dental costs continuing to rise rapidly over the last few decades, it comes as no surprise that seniors are turning to dental tourism for affordable dental care. In fact, tens of thousands of seniors cross the border each year to save on high-ticket dental procedures like dental crowns, dental implants, root canals, dental bridges, and more.
Dental tourism is when individuals choose to travel beyond their local city, and often, across borders, in order to find cheap dentists offering affordable dental treatment.
Many seniors find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the rising expenses associated with dental care as they age. Most seniors live off a fixed income or life savings. When faced with a bill for tens of thousands of dollars for dental care, getting the treatment they need often becomes impossible. This leads to many seniors delaying dental treatment or going into debt to pay for their dental care.
Why are Seniors Traveling Across the Border for Dental Care?
The costs for dental care in the U.S. are some of the highest in the world. Fortunately, many Americans are beginning to realize that they don’t have to pay such high prices and that many procedures can be done at a fraction of the cost in Mexico.
The concept of dental and medical tourism is growing worldwide. Developing countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Thailand, are able to provide the same services and dental care as a developed country and for up to 80% less than in the U.S. Want to know how much you can save? Get your free quote here.
This combined with a growing trend of standardization of qualifications across the world is leading to many universities training their students at the same high level as the U.S.
Just across the U.S. border in Mexico, many graduate dentists have built long term, trusting relationships with their foreign clients. Every graduate is required to pass a four-year program. In addition, dentists in Mexico must complete one year of practice in a government health clinic before they are qualified to run or work in a private clinic.
This means that a dentist in Mexico is not likely to lower their standard of care in their dental services and maintain his/her reputation.
With this in mind, it is clear why seniors are choosing to travel across the border for their major dental care. With the same high standard of dental care available, a short trip to Mexico, which welcomes Americans with warm hospitality and significant savings, makes this an appealing opportunity for seniors.
Dental Insurance Vs. Dental Tourism in Mexico
Each of these dental health concerns lead to expensive treatment procedures, which for seniors who are living off fixed income may find difficult to afford. Dental insurance is very limited for most major procedures. If a procedure is covered, the insurance is often accompanied by a high deductible or will only cover a small percentage of the procedure. This means seniors are still responsible for thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for their dental treatment.
Seniors commonly require dental procedures like dental implants, All-on-4’s, snap-in dentures, root canals, dental bridges, dental crowns, and traditional dentures. Dentist in Mexico offer all of these procedures for 50-80% less than U.S. dentists. Here are a few cost savings examples:
- Dental evaluations which should be carried out yearly, can cost patients as little as $20 (often waived) in Mexico whereas in the U.S., the average rate is $120
- Root canals which treat infections at the center of the tooth, can cost as low as $250 whereas they would be up to $1250 in the U.S.
- Dental implants to replace a missing tooth with a titanium screw to fill the empty root cavity, average $1800 (porcelain crown included) in Mexico while in the U.S. they cost upwards of $2500 (porcelain crown excluded)
- Dentures are removable plate frames, which can hold one or more artificial teeth, average $1000 (full set) in Mexico dental clinics and cost upwards of $3000 in dental clinics in the U.S. Since dentists advise that you replace dentures every three to four years for optimal oral health, overtime this can cost seniors tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket.
- Dental crowns are “caps” shaped like a tooth, which cover a weak or decaying tooth to renew its size and strength. Dental crowns cost an average of $1200 in the US while in Mexico, a dental crown averages only $425.
Dentists in Mexico
The northern border of Mexico is an easy day’s drive from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, it’s no wonder why seniors are opting to take the trip to Mexico to save thousands of dollars on their dental bill.
With just a simple, overnight trip, many seniors are realizing that they can make a short vacation out of the journey. Many souvenir shops line the streets on the other side of the border and locals appreciate the growing tourism trend and welcome them with their warm Mexican hospitality.
There are many other money saving opportunities available on the other side of the border such as low cost prescription drugs and optical examinations with same day prescription glasses or contact lenses pickup.
As many seniors are realizing, crossing the border to save on dental care in Mexico is a safe and easy journey. Beyond Borders Dental is here to assist you each step of the way. We understand that no one looks forward to going to the dentist but we make the whole process as easy and comfortable for you as possible. With Beyond Borders Dental, all your needs are taken care of and there’s no cost for our referral services.
With the significant cost savings of dental care in Mexico and the complete coordination of care offered with Beyond Borders Dental, seniors no longer have to delay getting the major dental care that they need. We support you throughout your trip so you can have a safe, reliable and comfortable experience.
To find out more about how you can get affordable, high-quality dental care in Mexico, call us today at (505) 738-7770 or fill out our Get a Free Price Quote form.