Thinking of getting dental implants in Mexico done? Well in this article I’m going to share with you everything you need to know to decide if getting dental work in Mexico is the right move for you. From the cost of dental implants in Mexico to the ins and outs of the actual procedure of getting a single implement to getting all on 4 dental implants Mexico. Plus some recommendations of the best implant dentists to visit, and of course the cost of dental implants in Mexico.
If I told you getting dental work in Mexico done did not make me a little nervous, I’d be lying. But thanks to the ever-increasing cost of dental work in the USA, Canada, and the UK, for me, it became the only option if I wanted to fix my smile without selling some internal organs!
I actually have had a full mouth of crowns rather than dental implants. But my mother who lives in the US had implants in Mexico done after seeing what an incredible job my dentist in Nuevo Vallarta did fixing my smile. Why did she decide to get her dental implants in Mexico? Well after being quoted $5000 USD for a single implant we compared it to the cost of dental implants Mexico and it was a bit of a no-brainer!
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So, I’m guessing the first question you might be asking right now is:
What are the dental implants cost in Mexico?
But not only what is the dental implants cost Mexico, but how does that compare to the cost of dental implants in the USA? And then of course when you start adding up all of the additional costs like flights, hotels, etc, does it actually make financial sense to get your dental work done in Mexico?
Dental implants cost in the USA
For a single dental implant, my mom was quoted $5000 USD and she had to pay extra for the extraction.
Dental implants cost in Mexico
If you compare this to the dental implant cost in Mexico which is around $1500 USD that’s quite the difference! It can make Mexico dental implants affordable for more people, especially if you can find some cheap flights and a budget hotel to stay in.
But of course, when considering the dental implant cost Mexico and if traveling will save you money then it’s important to make a full budget for your Mexico dental implants cost. So let’s do a rough budget now based on exactly what my mum spent traveling to get Puerto Vallarta dental implants.
- Cost of dental implant $1500
- Flight 1 $600
- Flight 2 $500
- Accommodation week 1 $350
- Accommodation week 2 $350
- Food week 1 $250
- Food week 2 $250
- Airport transfers $50
- Transport to appointments $20
Total Cost $3870
So as you can see the cost of getting a dental implant in Mexico even with all of these added expenses was over $1000 USD cheaper than in the USA. And the added bonus was that my Mom got to have 2 week-long vacations in Mexico!
So when you way it up… spend $5000 USD getting a dental implant done in the USA or go on 2 vacations and get the dental implants in Mexico for $4000 USD for me (and my mom) it was a bit of a no brainer… plus she got to spend 2 weeks with her favorite eldest child!
But for many getting a single dental implant in Mexico for a saving of around $1000 USD might not be financially worth it.
However, let’s look at the dental all on 4 implants cost…
Dental Implants All On 4 Cost In The USA
The average all on 4 dental implants cost in the USA is $20,000 USD per jaw. You can get cheap dental implants done for around $10,000 USD however the materials used and quality aren’t going to be the best.
This means if you need both upper and lower then you can expect to pay anything from $40,000 USD and upwards for a full mouth of dental implants.
In many cases, you will also need to pay for the extractions. So be wary of cheap dental implants in the USA because the advertised cost if almost always not the price you will end up paying!
So now let’s compare that to the dental all on 4 implants cost in Mexico
Dental Implants All On 4 Cost In Mexico
The average cost of all on 4 dental implants in Mexico is around $12,000 per jaw. Such a huge saving can really make dental implants affordable to so many people.
But don’t be fooled by this price thinking you are getting cheap dental implants that are of poor quality. This price is going to get you the best quality materials at a reputable dental practice with top-of-the-line technology. You will easily find Mexican implant dentists offering cheap dental implants for much less than $12,000 per jaw, but the materials are not good quality and again you will get caught out with hidden costs!
If it seems too good to be true… it probably is!
Full Mouth Dental Implants Cost Mexico
If you need to get a full mouth of implants in Mexico then expect to pay around $24,000 USD.
If you compare this to the same standard of dental work in the USA using the same materials etc then you would be saving around $8000 USD per jaw! That’s $16,000 in total!
Of course, you will need to add on the cost of flights, accommodation, food, etc. But even if you stayed at an all-inclusive resort on both trips it would save you money. Plus you get to have 2 vacations in Mexico!
Now you know the amount of money you could save by getting your dental implants in Mexico. You are probably wondering how the whole thing works and if it’s possible to actually enjoy a vacation in Mexico and get this kind of dental work done? Plus, what happens if you don’t speak any Spanish? And how do you even find a good dentist in Mexico for dental implants?
Don’t worry, I’m going to answer all of your questions in this next section!
How long does it take to get dental implants in Mexico?
For a single implant, you can get away with two 7 day trips to Mexico 3-6 months apart. These timings are based on my personal experience with DentoInnovation Group in Nuevo Vallarta. Other dentists may need longer, be wary of anyone who needs less time! The reason DentoInnovation can work so fast is that they have the dental lab in-house DentoInnovation and that speeds things up considerably. Plus the technology they use to do all of the scans etc is top of the line, which also makes things faster.
Anyway, I digress…
Trip 1 – 7 – 10 days
During the first 7 – 10 days you will need 3 appointments.
Appointment 1 – You will come in to meet your dentist and do all of the scans, and make a plan. This visit will be pretty painless and more about you feeling comfortable with getting the procedure done, and for your dentist, it’s about getting to look at the work you need doing and then coming up with an action plan.
Appointment 2 – This will take place the following day (or it can also take place later that same day if you only have 7 days). You will have any teeth extracted that you need and the dental implants will be placed.
Obviously depending on how many teeth you need extracting and how many implants you need doing is going to affect how you feel after. If it’s just one, like with my Mom, it really wasn’t so painful and she felt ok in 24 hours with some light pain medication.
Appointment 3 – For a single implant this can take place 5-6 days later, again depending on how much time you need and if you need bone grafting or not. At this appointment, you will get the stitches out and the dentist will fit your temporary implant.
You will then need to wait 3-6 months before your second visit to your dentist in Mexico.
Trip 2 – 8-10 days
Believe it or not, this visit should actually be pretty pleasant! So apart from attending 2 appointments, you can pretty much spend your 8 days chilling out and enjoying the Mexican sunshine and beaches!
At your first appointment, your dentist will take a look at your implant and make the impressions for your final bridge. This will take around 5 days to make. When it’s done you need to come back in for the final fitting which should take less than an hour! Then you just want to wait for a day or 2 to make sure everything feels and looks good before heading home with your new beautiful new tooth feeling relaxed and revived from your vacation!
Procedure for all on 4 mexico
Now if you need to get all on 4 implants in Mexico done then you are going to need a little longer and the recovery will likely be a little more intense, on the first visit at least.
Trip 10 days
During the first 10 day trip, you will need 3 appointments.
Appointment 1 – You will come in to meet your dentist and do all of the scans, and make a plan for your all on 4 procedure.
Appointment 2 – This will take place the following day and it’s probably going to be the worst day… It’s extraction day! If you do have teeth, today they will be removed and the 4 implants will be placed. This whole process should take around 3 hours. If you need to have both upper and lower jaw (ie a full mouth of implants) then it’s possible to do that in 4 hours.
Now just to mention that if you have already had your teeth removed and you have lots of bone to work with then it is possible to do that at your first appointment, but you won’t know this until your dentist checks at that first appointment.
Appointment 3 – 7-8 days later
After resting and allowing your gums to heal for 7-8 days you will come in for your 3rd appointment to have your stitches removed and receive your temporary dental implants! Personally, I wouldn’t advise you to fly the next day if you can help it. So if you can extend your trip by a day or so, do.
You will then need to wait 3-6 months before your second visit to your dentist in Mexico. But your all on 4 dentist in Mexico will be able to advise you on this more accurately depending on your individual situation.
Trip 2 – 8 days
Apart from attending 2 appointments, you can spend your 8 days enjoying your time in Mexico!
At the first appointment, your dentist will take a look at your mouth and make the impressions for your final bridge. This will take around 5 days to make. When it’s done you need to come back in for the final fitting which should take less than an hour! Then you just want to wait for a day or 2 to make sure everything feels and looks good before heading home with your new beautiful new tooth feeling relaxed and revived from your vacation!
How do I find the best dental implants in Mexico? And what do I need to do before I arrive?
Great question! Glad I asked. Well, my personal recommendation is Dr. Oscar from DentoInnovation in Nuevo Vallarta. He is who I personally used for my full smile reconstruction, he is who I trusted to do my Mom’s implant and who I recommend to my friends, family, and pretty much anyone who will listen to me going on about who amazing he is and how much I love my new teeth!
In my humble opinion, he does some of the best dental implants in Mexico and his prices are extremely competitive. I love that everything is done in-house, In fact, he has 12 dental specialists working in his dental office and it’s how he can work so fast, without letting standards slide.
All Dr. Oscar needs from you before you arrive is a little background information about what you have had done so far and what your current dentist has told you that you need. If you can get your hands on your dental x-rays great, but it’s not needed as they will take new panoramic x-rays and full mouth scans at your first appointment.
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What about dental implants aftercare?
Many people either worry about dental implants aftercare, or they forget about it! I spoke to Dr. Oscar from DentoInnovation about this and he informed me that it’s extremely important to keep up annual implant maintenance appointments. The good news is that this doesn’t need to be done in Mexico unless of course, you fall in love with Mexico, buy a second home here, and want to tie it in with your annual Mexico vacation (and why the hell not).
You can get your dental implants cleaned by a dentist closet to home once a year for a few hundred dollars.
At DentoInnovation this cleaning using Airflow technology will cost you around $75 USD… and like I said, it’s just an excuse to return to Mexico tacos, tequila, and teeth cleaning!
But I don’t speak Spanish?
No pasa nada!
Most of the dental implant specialists in Mexico speak perfect English, many in fact went to dental school in the USA, and the good ones regularly attend international conferences held in English. The dental offices that specialize in dental tourism will either have dentists that speak English, or interpreters on hand to make sure nothing gets lost in translation!
If you are worried about the time spent in Mexico when not with your dentist, so long as you visit one of the many touristic destinations in Mexico you will not have any issues as hotel staff, waters, and tour operators will all speak basic English.
The dentist I use at DentoInnovation not only speaks English, but they even have somoen on staff that grew up in the USA so is a native English speaker to help coordinate the dental treatments for non Spanish speakers, not only will he book your treatments, but he will be on hand to translate and make sure you know exactly what is going on every step of the way.
OK, so I’m almost convinced. But I’ve never been to Mexico… Is it safe?
YES! A million times yes! Unless of course, you are planning on going looking for drugs or narco-traffickers. If that’s the case then you should probably stay home. For everyone else you are going to be blown away by just how safe, clean, and beautiful Mexico really is! Personally, I would advise looking at the Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta dental Implants as opposed to the Riviera Maya.
Again if you have any concerns about your personal safety then I would recommend using a concierge service. They will arrange your airport transfers, pick you up and take you to your appointments, help you book your accommodation, and they can even help you plan meals and find a private chef to cook for you after you have had your extractions. Now that’s what I call service!
What if I need some help planning my dental vacation in Mexico?
I’d be happy to jump on a call with you to talk things through. You can book a 121 consultation with me here. Or if you want someone who can actually do the planning for you so you can just turn up without any stress. Then I recommend contacting the Mexican Concierge Service. They are personal friends and I really can’t recommend them enough. You can also complete the form below and someone will be in touch via email or phone to talk through your needs.