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A Complete Guide to Dental Treatment in Mexico in 2024

As a popular destination for affordable healthcare, Mexico attracts millions of US tourists and medical tourists every year. In fact, many travelers make the trip just for Mexico’s dental tourism, a subsection of medical tourism that involves seeking dental care outside of one’s local healthcare system. There are hundreds of clinics that offer a wide range of dental treatments in Mexico, making it difficult to decide where you should go.

If you’re thinking about going to a dentist in Mexico, whether you are living here or visiting, this Pacific Prime Latin America guide to dental care in Mexico is here to help.

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Why is Mexico popular for dental treatments?

An estimated 1.2 million Americans travel to Mexico for dental work annually. One reason why travelers are drawn to the country is that medical procedures cost a fraction of what they do in their country of origin. As a matter of fact, dental care in Mexico can be up to 80% cheaper than what you’d pay in the US or the UK.

Dental treatments may also not be covered by insurance back home. For example, the NHS in the UK doesn’t cover elective dental treatments or cosmetic dentistry. Even those with dental insurance are unlikely to have a plan that will cover the costs of these expensive procedures. What’s more, major restorative dental work is likely to exceed one’s annual limit.

Cost aside, those seeking dental healthcare are usually impressed with the level of healthcare services in Mexico, as well as the hygiene standards. Due to the high number of dental clinics, especially in dental tourism towns, dentists must invest in training and equipment to stand out. Most dentists in Mexico also speak very good English.

Shorter wait times are another advantage in the country, especially if you need to visit a specialist. Clinics in Mexico often have dentists from various specialties under the same roof, making it exceptionally convenient to get your dental work done.

Is it safe to get dental work done in Mexico for US citizens?

Safety is understandably a big concern for those seeking dental treatment in Mexico, especially if it involves oral surgery. After all, this form of treatment comes with a higher risk of infection, and no matter where you go or how skilled your dentist is, complications can happen. 

With that said, precautions that can help minimize risk include:

  • Researching your dentist’s accreditation, training, previous work, and reviews.
  • Making sure dental physicians follow standard hygiene practices, such as wearing protective gear like face masks and sterile gloves.

Aside from the dental work itself, some are also concerned about general safety while in Mexico. However, the country has put in a lot of work to make it safer for visitors and expats. It’s recommended to read reviews about the place you’re planning on staying or even book through a dental tourism agency.

What are the most common dental treatments in Mexico for locals and expats?

While virtually any type of dental treatment is possible, some of Mexico’s most common dental procedures are as follows: 

Dental implants

Dental implants in Mexico often use Western-standard systems, though it’s advisable to check before getting them done since your home dentist might find it difficult to maintain a foreign implant system. 

Dental implants usually require three separate visits to fit the screw, abutment, and crown. When comparing costs between Mexico and back home, it’s crucial to take into account the fact that the visits might be months apart.


If waiting for months for new teeth doesn’t work for you, you might prefer all-on-4 dental implants instead. Unlike traditional implants, this dental system uses four to six implants per jaw and can be completed in just two visits. You’ll also get temporary dentures fitted at the first visit. It’s worth noting that this system is not for everyone, so you should carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding if it’s suitable for you.


When it comes to veneers, you have the option of composite or porcelain types. Composite veneers use a soft material that is hardened around your existing tooth and can be done in one visit. As the cheapest option for veneers, they usually only last five years before they begin to erode.

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, last much longer but are also more expensive. More of your tooth might have to be removed for proper fitting as well, unless you get the extremely thin type of porcelain called Lumineers. Most people who get dental veneers in Mexico get the porcelain type since they are more durable and look better.

Other dental treatments

There are many popular dental services in Mexico that you might want to consider making the most of your dental visit, especially if you’re traveling from abroad. Other more affordable treatments in Mexico include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Root canals
  • Bone graft
  • Dentures
  • Tooth crowns

How to find the best dentist in Mexico for your needs

Narrowing down your options and choosing the right dentist in Mexico can be intimidating. Even if you’ve settled on the location, you could still be left with hundreds of options. The optimal thing you can do is research the following factors as much as possible:

  • The dentist
    • Qualifications and accreditation
    • Previous work and testimonials
  • The dental clinic
  • The dental procedure you require
  • Treatment package inclusions and exclusions/aftercare

Since every clinic is likely to say that they’re the best, you’ll need to conduct your own research or get reliable third-party advice to ensure you make a good decision.

Cost of dental procedures in Mexico

If you’re thinking about traveling to Mexico for dental treatment, it’s advisable to check how much it would cost at home first. That way, you can compare the local rates with the rates in Mexico more accurately and see whether it’s worth the money and time. 

If you’re sure that it’s the ideal option, or you’re already in Mexico, then the following comprehensive list of dental costs for dental treatments can help inform your decision making:

Treatment Approximate Cost (USD)
Oral Hygiene and Cosmetic Enhancement
Scaling $80 – $70
Zoom Teeth Whitening $150 – $250
Laser Teeth Whitening $150 – $325
Home Whitening Kit $100 – $150
Dental Implant $700 – $1,200
All-on-4 Implants $5,600 – $13,200
Mini Dental Implant $450 – $500
Titanium Implant $1150 – $1600
Implant Crown $250 – $400
Sinus Lift $250 – $600
Bone Graft $150 – $600
Porcelain Crown $250 – $550
Ceramic Crown $170 – $400
Zirconia Crown $350 – $475
Temporary Crown $10 – $50
Lumineers $350 – $420
Zirconia Veneers $250 – $350
Porcelain Veneers $250 – $550
Composite Veneers $40 – $50
Dental Bridges
Dental Bridge (3-unit) $420 – $1,250
Maryland Bridge $300 – $420
PFM Bridge $480 – $750
Full Dentures $230 – $300
Flexible Partial Dentures $200 – $480
Immediate Dentures $200 – $450
Temporary Flipper or Partial $50 – $145
Partial Denture Metal Frame $450 – $579
Acrylic Dentures (upper or lower) $190 – $625
Dental Procedures
Root canal with Post $200 – $550
Molar Root Canal $15 – $40
Wisdom Teeth Removal $50 – $400
Regular Teeth Extraction $25 – $155
Surgical or Impacted Extraction $80 – $324
Gum Surgery $150 – $800
Night Guard $53 – $300
Ultrasonic Scaling $20 – $251
Gingival Flap Surgery $120 – $400
Teeth Bonding $25 – $150
Brace Installation
Ceramic Braces $450 – $600
Metal Braces $400 – $500
Damon Braces $2000 – $3500
Adult Braces $450 – $1000
Invisalign $4500
Composite Filling $30 – $90
Amalgam Filling $25 – $35
Inlay  $150 – $420
Onlay $200 – $450


Even though you’ll have to wait until you’ve had a consultation with the dentist before you know the exact price, the table above should give you a general idea.

Why is it cheaper?

Some people assume that higher prices mean higher standards, but that’s not always the case. In Mexico, the lower dental prices reflect the lower cost of living. Since rent, wages, and business overheads are cheaper in general, dentists don’t have to charge as much as they would if living expenses and operating costs were higher. What’s more, high competition among dental clinics helps keep prices low.

Listed below are the factors affecting dental costs in Mexico: 

Factors Involved Expenses
Dentist Training
  • US-based training and education
  • Active participation in research conferences
Dental Materials
  • Materials used in dental surgeries or implants
Level of Experience
  • The higher the level of experience, the higher the cost
Lab Facilities
  • Fabrication of dental crowns and dentures
Dental Equipment
  • Use of CT scans and advanced surgical tools
Quality Over Volume
  • Prioritization of treatment success over client intake
Dental Safety Protocols
  • Maintenance of dental facilities
  • Cost of dental equipment stock
  • Cost of dental instruments

Will my dental insurance cover it?

Dental treatment costs may already be cheaper in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for them out of pocket. You may be surprised to learn that New Mexico and other US dental plans cover Mexico. However, you’ll have to check your policy details with your insurer or insurance broker.

If you don’t have a dental insurance plan yet, then keep the following factors in mind when shopping for one:

  • Premiums and benefits
  • Deductible/excess
  • Benefit limits
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • International coverage
  • Provider network

If you’re looking for dental insurance or health insurance in Mexico, Pacific Prime Latin America is here to help. We compare health insurance plans ranging from global insurance plans to expat health insurance in Mexico and more to help you find the best plan for your needs and budget.

Contact us to receive impartial advice from our expert advisors or an obligation-free quote today.

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Jantra Jacobs is a Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime with over 10 years of writing and editing experience. She writes and edits a diverse variety of online and offline copy, including sales and marketing materials ranging from articles and advertising copy to reports, guides, RFPs, and more.

Jantra curates and reports on the results of Pacific Prime’s monthly newsletters, as well as manages Pacific Prime’s Deputy Global CEO’s LinkedIn posts. Complemented by her background in business writing, Jantra’s passion for health, insurance, and employee benefits helps her create engaging content - no matter how complex the subject is.

Growing up as a third-culture kid has given her a multicultural perspective that helps her relate to expats and their families while 8 years of working remotely have given her unique insight into hybrid work arrangements and enthusiasm for employee benefits.
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