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Can Dental Tourism Save You Money?

Updated: Jul 11


If you need major dental work done, you may experience sticker shock when you get the price quote from dentists in the United States. With no dental insurance, a single procedure like a root canal can cost over $1,000 out of pocket. For bigger treatments like getting full dentures, you could be looking at $5,000-$10,000 or more, even if you have dental insurance. 


This has led many Americans to look into "dental tourism"--- the practice of traveling abroad to get dental care at a much lower cost. Countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Thailand are popular dental tourism destinations where you can get the same services for 50-80% less than in the U.S.


But is dental tourism really the money-saving bargain it appears to be? There are some important factors to consider.


Why are US Dentists so Expensive?

There are several key reasons why dental care costs are so high in the United States compared to other countries:


  • Dental Insurance Limitations

Unlike health insurance, dental insurance policies in the US often have very limited coverage for major procedures. This leaves patients paying most of the billed costs out-of-pocket.


  • Specialized Training

Becoming a dentist requires extensive education - a 4-year undergraduate degree followed by 4 years of dental school, plus additional specialty training. This high level of expertise comes at a premium cost.


  • Operational Expenses

Running a dental practice involves significant overhead costs like specialized equipment, supplies, real estate/rent, staff salaries, malpractice insurance, and marketing.


  • Rising Costs

The costs of dental supplies, lab fees, and labor have all been steadily increasing, driving up the pricing for common procedures like root canals, crowns, and implants.


Examples of Dental Tourism Savings

To illustrate the potential savings, here are some examples of typical costs for major dental work in the U.S. vs. Mexico:


  • Single dental implant: $3,000-6,000 (U.S.) vs. $800-1,800 (Mexico)

  • Full mouth dental implants: $25,000+ (U.S.) vs. $12,000-18,000 (Mexico)

  • Dental crown: $1,000+ (U.S.) vs. $300-500 (Mexico)


With such dramatic cost differences of 50-75% less for the same services, it's clear dental tourism to Mexico can provide massive savings for those needing extensive dental work like implants, crowns, bridges, and other major procedures.


How Budget for Total Dental Tourism Costs

However, the lower dental fees aren't the only costs to factor in for dental tourism. You also need to account for:


  • Airfare to your destination

  • Hotel stays for your procedure/recovery

  • Local transportation costs

  • Meals for the duration of your trip

  • Taking time off work and lost wages




Example Dental Tourism Cost Breakdown

To estimate the full costs, here's an example of getting a dental implant and crown in Mexico:


  • Dental Implant in Mexico: $1,000

  • Dental Crown in Mexico: $400

  • Airfare to/from Mexico: $400

  • 7 nights hotel: $500

  • Local transportation/meals: $250

  • Lost wages for 1 week off work: $1,000

  • Total Cost: $3,550


Compare this to the $4,000-7,000 cost for just the implant and crown alone in the U.S., and you can clearly see the money-saving potential.


Thoroughly Research Your Dental Tourism Plan

Saving money shouldn't be the only consideration when looking into dental tourism. You need to carefully vet safe and competent dental clinics, dentists' qualifications, patient reviews, and have a plan for any follow-up care needed when you return home.


But if you take the time to plan out all costs and logistics, dental tourism can help you get affordable dental care while also getting to enjoy an international vacation. By considering the full range of expenses involved, you can make dental tourism a cost-effective solution for your oral health needs.


Join Away Clinic’s Budget-Friendly Dental Trips!

If you're considering dental tourism to save money on quality dental care, Away Clinic's group trip to Rocky Point, Mexico offers an affordable and convenient option.


Join fellow dental tourists on this organized journey to receive treatments from highly accredited dentists in Rocky Point at a fraction of the cost you'd pay in the US. Experience the benefits of dental tourism with Away Clinic's carefully planned trips to Mexico, starting with our Rocky Point adventure!


Away Clinic's group trips allow you to get the dental work you need while enjoying exclusive travel packages and significant savings. Make sure to check our site for updated dental trip schedules!





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