Dental tourism is one of the most popular forms of medical tourism.
While the costs of dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry, seem to be ever-spiraling higher in the US, it is possible to save 70-80%, or even more, on excellent dental procedures in Costa Rica & Mexico.
US dental clinics do appear to enjoy giving the impression that their lack of affordability to many ordinary Americans is in some way due to their superiority, but the reality is that this is frequently not actually the case.
The primary reasons for the more affordable dentistry prices in countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil are lower infrastructure costs, lower salaries, a lower cost of living, and also the budget of domestic patients in these countries.
Those Americans who realize that they can take advantage of the discrepancies between different economies are likely to make some very substantial savings on the prices of dental care.
Here are some examples:
In the US an average price for Dental Implants is around $5,000 to $5,500. A more typical price for Dental Implants of the same quality in Mexico or Costa Rica would be closer to $1,000.
Laser Teeth Whitening would be likely to set you back in the region of $2,000 back in the US, but the dental tourist would pay on average between $400 and $500 in Mexico.
A full Dental Restoration Package, known as a Smile Makeover in advertising jargon, would cost you in the region of $13,000 in the US. Dental Tourism could bring the costs for you down to a much more affordable $2,700, a saving of over $10,000!
The cost for Treatment for Gum Disease in the US is on average $1,500 to $2,000. Getting Gum Disease Treatment in South America would probably only cost you $350 to $400. Of course, the cost of not getting treated at all will probably be the loss of your teeth!
In fact, all areas of dental treatment and cosmetic dentistry can be expected to be priced at around one-fifth of the US rate.