Is dental treatment in Mexico still a good idea?


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Travelling to a foreign country for dental treatment doesn't sound so outrageous with the high prices that patients are used to seeing in countries like the United States and Canada, especially when extensive treatment is needed.

While arguably everyone deserves quality dental care, for many it is difficult to obtain. Even with insurance, there are very few treatments that are covered.

In the last few years, Mexico has become one of the most visited places for people who want to take care of their dental needs and, at the same time, take a vacation. Every year many thousands of Americans drive or even walk across the border to Mexican border cities which are completely dedicated to medical and dental tourism.

One of these cities is Los Algodones, also known as the dental capital of the world or molar city. In this relatively quiet town, 20 minutes’ drive from Yuma, Arizona, there are more than 300 dental clinics looking to treat foreign patients.

While the location is a big attraction, the main advantage that this town offers is its low prices compared to the USA, and it is these cost savings that are encouraging more and more patients to become dental tourists.

There are several factors why dental work in Mexico is more accessible. Among them, is that the Mexican government subsidises many dentists’ education, there are no insurance requirements for dental care, and the cost of living in Mexico is less expensive.

From simple procedures such as cleaning and extractions, to more complex implants and bridges, patients are able to save up to 70% in comparison to what they would pay in their home country.

For example, one of the most popular treatments for dental travellers to Mexico is for dental implants. The price of traditional titanium implants alone, not including the cost of the crown, is around US$2,550 in USA, while in Mexico, you can find implants starting at US$790. In some circumstances, to receive implants, some patients also need additional procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lift, both of which are very expensive for patients in the USA.

Is it safe to get dental work in Mexico?

Does lower price mean lower quality? For many, this is the first thought they have when considering any kind of treatment in Mexico, where prices are that much lower than in other countries.

This is not true, however. When visiting the right clinic, patients can and should expect to find treatments that offer the same high quality, if not better, than many clinics in their country.

In Mexico, most dental clinics are concerned about being certified by Mexican organisations that certify their practice. There are also dental clinics that seek to be accredited by international organisations, such as the America Dental Association (ADA).

Advice for the potential dental traveller

Sani encourages potential dental travellers to do their research before making a decision.

Some of the factors that patients need to consider are the credentials and accreditations of both the clinic and the doctors. They should also look at their websites, their images, their experience and past patient reviews.

Another important factor is whether the clinic offers all treatments in the same place and whether they clinics have their own on-site laboratory. Clinics that offer a guarantee of their work are also the most reliable.

Finally, and most importantly, patients must check the preventive measures the clinic has taken to prevent COVID-19. Sani Dental Group was the first clinic to receive the COVID-19 Trust Shield Certificate from the online international dental travel agency, Dental Departures.

This is an advertorial feature, sponsored by Sani Dental Group.



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