Can Dental Tourism Cut the Cost of Treatment?

Patients Beyond Borders, a consumer information organization that focuses on medical travel, estimated that more than 1.2 million Americans travel abroad for medical tourism each year. Other estimates, including this one cited by Fox News, noted that some 480,000 Americans also go overseas for dental care each year.

Whenever terms like “medical tourism” and “dental tourism” are mentioned, they usually conjure images of hordes of people from developed countries traveling abroad with one thing in mind: to save money on cosmetic surgery and dentistry procedures.

There is a certain charm to the idea. Aside from the potential savings, many of those who go abroad for dental vacations are attracted to the thought that they can also go on a “free” leisure trip on the side. For these people, dental tourism means getting the desired treatment while also taking a dream vacation at the same time.

It all looks very promising, but did you know that medical and dental tourism is also happening the other way around? Today, there’s a burgeoning niche industry that is attracting thousands of medical and dental tourists from all over the world into the United States.

This market comprises wealthy individuals from Western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Far East Asia, who all come to the country to obtain the cosmetic and dental procedures they need from renowned medical professionals while also taking advantage of the country’s first-rate medical facilities.

Unable to afford dental treatment

If a patient cannot afford the price of dental treatment in their own country, then they can travel abroad to save on average 50-70% on their dental treatments. A Dental Implant in the United States Costs around $3000 USD Vs A Dental Implant in Mexico, which costs $800 USD. This is on average around $2,200 USD savings. By traveling abroad, a patient can receive the same or higher quality dental care than at home. With 50-70% savings on dental care, a patient without insurance can afford high-quality dental treatment in countries such as Mexico and Thailand.

Save money for more fun activities – Explore the globe

Why spend money on your teeth when you can take the savings and use it for something you truly enjoy such as a vacation. You can receive quality dental care all over the globe with great savings in Central and South America, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. This is a great way to pay for your travel with the savings on your dental care!

Dental Departures insights

Last year, Dental Departures helped around 520,00 Americans cross international borders into Mexico for dental care. Dental Departures projects a growth rate of approximately 30%, says Paul McTaggart, CEO of Dental Departures. The numbers don’t lie. Dental Departures has booked tens of thousands of appointments for dental care in Mexico over the past 2.5 years.

Patients experience a 50-70% saving on their dental care in Mexico vs. dentistry in the USA. These savings vary by clinic/dental procedure and does not include the cost of travel. In the majority of cases, US dental insurance (*varies by provider) will reimburse dental care in Mexico. The clinics in Mexico will complete the paperwork from the dental insurance provider and the patient will be reimbursed after submitting the receipts & paperwork from the dentist.

The most popular dental procedures for Americans patients visiting a dentist in Mexico are Dental Implants, Crowns, Veneers, Fillings and Extractions; and the top destinations for Americans to get dental care in Mexico are Tijuana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, and Los Algodones.

Getting dental care in Mexico is safe. You will find highly trained dentists, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent customer care service. Dental Departure’s partner clinics in Mexico have been pre-screened using a 4-step process: a site visit, a quality survey, online reputation & dental license verification.

The chance of something going wrong is a rare occurrence based on their experience: Dental Departures sees an error rate of 0.5%. In these extreme cases, Dental Departures acts as the advocate for the patient and will make sure the Mexico dentist fixes the problem & reimburse the patient.

Mexico: the Perfect Dental Tourism Destination

People are choosing dental tourism instead of local dentistry services, simply because the prices for these services have got out of control at home. The dental insurances are extremely expensive and they offer little coverage, while people who need cosmetic dentistry procedures are not offered coverage at all by insurance policies. Therefore, the next best choice of many people is dental tourism in Mexico.

Mexico is a wonderful country, a superb tourist destination, but also a place where you will find extremely skilled specialists in the medical field. Even more so, several dentists working in Mexico have got their diplomas from universities in the US.  Canada and U.S residents find it extremely accessible and convenient to travel to Mexico when they are in need of such dental treatments. Getting to Mexico from either Canada or the US is a relatively short trip which is also inexpensive.

Then, Mexico is the land of well over 100 world class teaching institutions. Here are trained thousands of specialists coming from foreign countries, and the Mexican educational system puts very high stress on well skilled and highly trained professionals in the dental field.

One huge mistake that many Americans or Canadians do is to visit for dental tourism only the dental offices that are located at the so-called cross border shopping areas — these are offices that can be found in cities in the immediate vicinity of the border.

However, some even more specialized and high-quality dental offices can be found in the true heart of Mexico where the world-renowned dental tourist destinations can be found. These include Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta or Cancun. Matching a beautiful holiday with having your dental issues treated in these places is the best thing you can do.  After the dental treatment, you can visit all the wonderful beaches, museums and tourist villages that are a major attraction in Mexico.  Before embarking on your journey make sure to run a thorough research dental tourism online, regarding the destination that you have chosen.

There are also several helpful dentist directories and dentist websites that can offer you high quality and reliable information.

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