Get The Dental Care You Need In Mexico

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Maybe you've noticed the increasingly common phenomenon of dental tourism in the news lately. Experts estimate more than 50,000 people per year cross the border to Mexico for high quality, affordable health and dental care.

The most commonly requested dental procedures include bonding, braces, bridges, cleaning, crowns, dental implants, dental veneers, dentures, panoramic x-rays, professional whitening, root canal, and even complete smile makeovers—generally a combination of services like whitening, veneers, bridges, crowns and bonding-- to achieve a whole new smile.

U.S. dental treatment costs up to four times as much as in Mexico, making it tough for uninsured Americans to treat common problems such as abscessed teeth or pay for dentures. According to Yahoo News, Aspiring Mexican dentists are moving to border cities in droves and are luring American patients away from farther flung discount destinations such as Hungary and Thailand. Americans have long crossed the border for cheap medicines, flu vaccines, eye surgery or specialist doctors, but dentists are now in highest demand.

Many of the clinics are beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities, with staff trained in the U.S. But, as with all health care, consumers should make sure to research facilities and dentists before making the trip across the border.

The good news is there are health travel companies that can help. One San Francisco-based medical tourism company, Health Travel Guides, has a network of quality dentists offering special prices on braces, veneers, bridges, caps and whitening. They’ve already done the homework, putting each health care provider through a 9-step credentialing process that verifies things like medical degree, licensing and updating requirements, languages spoken and other important data.

One San Diego woman, “Karen”, decided to make the trip across the border once she heard that the co-payments for the dental work she needed would be between $5,000-$17,000 in the U.S. Karen had no teeth on her bottom right side and no teeth on the top left side. She couldn’t chew. Her remaining teeth were in bad shape.

Karen was surprised at the high-tech office she visited in Mexico, and at the warm, knowledgeable treatment she received from the dentists there. The office was even able to work with her U.S.-based insurance. She was presented with multiple treatment options and a dentist eager to get to work. After only two trips over the border, Karen received a full set of new teeth for a fraction –only $1,245--of what her co-pay would have been in the U.S.

“I’m completely satisfied with my Mexican dentists. I will continue to tell everyone about it!” Karen says.

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