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Americans Travel Abroad for Dental Work


Americans Travel Abroad for Dental Work

If you don’t know someone who has sought medical or dental care outside the U.S., you may soon be in the minority. Over 750,000 people have chosen health care outside the U.S., and that number continues to increase at a rate of about 20% a year. Initially, overseas health services primarily addressed rising medical costs, but dental care abroad is now catching up to medical care.

Several factors are driving this trend:

  • There is a lack of satisfactory dental coverage with dental insurance
  • The cost of dental services is continuing to rise
  • There are now affordable options easily accessed outside the U.S.

Dental Insurance

Despite growing insurance coverage for medical conditions and prescriptions, dental coverage lags far behind. Outside of company dental treatment plans, most dental insurance has high deductibles and modest coverageâ€â€if a procedure is covered at all.

Over $115 billion is spent on dental care annually, and about 45% of that is out-of-pocket expenses. That means Americans are spending over $50 billion a year on dental services.

In addition, dental insurance plans often have a restricted wait period of up to a year before coverage is in effect. Therefore, if someone considers dental insurance because a dental problem has arisen, it can be a while before benefits are available.

Rising Costs for Dental Care

Americans Travel to Mexico for Dental Work


The cost of dental care continues to increase faster than the inflation rate and faster than wage increases. The combination of flat wage growth and the aging of the U.S. population has complicated the dental care picture and has left millions of people delaying the dental services they need.

In fact, about 36% of people needing dental careâ€â€more than one person in every threeâ€â€are putting off dental care because of the cost.

Putting off dental services is more of a problem than just enduring a little pain. Delaying needed dental treatment can have serious health consequences. Periodontists (inflammation around the teeth and gums) have been linked to numerous debilitating health conditions, from diabetes and lung disease to osteoporosis, stroke, and heart attacks.

In fact, people with inflammation of the gums are 40% more likely to have a chronic health condition. In the extreme, people who lose their teeth live ten years less on average than those that don’t, according to Charles Mayo, MD.

Affordable Dental Work Options Outside the U.S.

A passport and stethoscope on top of a table.


Americans discovered that affordable, quality dental services are available at offices in cross-border locations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and even Thailand. By far, the easiest and most cost-effective choice for dental work in Mexico since it is closer and less expensive to travel to than most other dental locations outside the U.S.

Studies have reported that the level of satisfaction for dental care in Mexico matches that of the U.S. In addition, with cost savings that can be in the thousands of dollars if extensive work is needed, the expense of travel and lodging is hardly a factor.

Over the last twenty years, Americans have been saving up to 75% on dental services in Mexico. See an example of the tremendous cost savings below:

For instance, in border towns in northern Mexico where Americans have been getting dental work for decades, a crown that might cost from $1000 to $1200 in the U.S. starts around $425. An All-on-4 permanent denture procedure that could cost $24,000 (per arch) in the U.S. costs about $12,000 (per arch) in Mexico.

But to take advantage of the cost savings and still receive good quality dental services, it is important to know where to go and which offices have a history of satisfied patients. Here is a simple checklist:

  • Go to a location known to be safe and accommodating to Americans. For example, we recommend a few border towns in northern Mexico over cities such as Tijuana. This is because Tijuana has more issues with crime, and it is more difficult to cross the border.
  • Ensure the office you choose has a good track record of satisfaction and that the dentists and staff speak English. Also, make sure the dentist is properly credentialed and displays their license prominently in the office.
  • Use a dental referral agency or a dental referral service. These agencies have built their business on evaluating and recommending dental offices with good reputations and a history of satisfied patients. A reputable dental referral agency should continuously monitor the dental care results and are alert to infractions that could impact the licensing of a particular office. A dental referral service can actually help you with scheduling, lodging, and transportation and often has relationships with local dentists that can save you even more money. Most importantly, they are an excellent resource for everything you need to know about getting dental services in Mexico.

Dental Referral Services

If you have any concerns about the logistics of getting dental care in Mexico, a dental referral service can take all of the worries out of getting affordable, quality cross-border dental care. This new service category goes beyond just referring patients to dental offices in Mexico and can help with every part of your experience.

A man and woman in dental uniforms smile for the camera.

Today, many dental offices in Mexico have a long history of servicing Americans and have proven that good dental services at significant cost savings are available to U.S. citizens. Putting off needed dental care because of the cost? It isn’t necessary anymore, as many Americans have already discovered.

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.

6 Responses to Americans Travel Abroad for Dental Work

  1. Dental treatments in the USA are extremely expensive. I prefer going to Mexico instead. I have done dental implants at less than half the cost that hospitals in the US asked for.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with getting dental care in Mexico, Alan. We agree, but you do have to do your due diligence before you go.

  2. In my experience with US dental cost it is a ripoff of the century. Many excellent places to go with top of the line service on site labs. I would not even get a cleaning in the US. Do your homework and choose wisely. Cheers

    • Hi William,

      Thank you for expressing your opinion in our blog. We believe although there are dentists with good work ethics in the US, it’s not always easy to find one and the cost of getting dental care in the US is much higher than abroad. As you said, do your homework and also ask your friends and family members for referrals.

    • Thank you for your question, Morgen. Why would you want to get so many veneers? Typically, eight to ten veneers are enough to brighten your smile.

      Our dental clinic in Juarez, Mexico has a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and does wonderful veneers. He guarantees his work four years. They use only high-quality Zirconia and they look very natural (I can attest to his work because he did mine). The cost for each veneer is $625.

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