Are you thinking of getting dental treatment such as dental implants in Mexico? Reviews from past patients are a great way for you to understand what the experience is really like as you research options for dental tourism in Mexico.
But it can be hard to filter through all the information available online. You can find one rave review of a particular Mexico dentist followed by another telling you to stay away. To avoid being misled by fake reviews, follow our tips at the end of this article. But first, we have compiled a selection of reviews and advice from Mexico dental patients to help you know what to expect.
These reviews cover the following popular locations for dental trips to Mexico:
- Los Algodones
- Playa del Carmen (near Cancun)
- Puerto Vallarta
These patients travelled to Mexico for dental implants, crowns, inlays, and root canals – all in the name of saving money. We help you find this information helpful for making up your mind about your dental work.
For more information and ways to prepare for your trip, read our full dental tourism guide. It also covers some other popular locations you might consider.
Table of contents
- 1 Extensive dental work in Mexico review: “I realized I had to find a more cost-effective solution”
- 2 “It’s totally worth it if you can’t afford to have dental insurance”
- 3 “Good, but with some reservations”
- 4 “My teeth were sensitive but it’s gotten better”
- 5 Review of dental implants in Mexico: “I was very satisfied”
- 6 Summary of reviews
- 7 Tips for finding authentic Mexico dentist reviews
Extensive dental work in Mexico review: “I realized I had to find a more cost-effective solution”
We’ll start with a review that doesn’t even mention a specific clinic, but does give some useful information about the dental tourism experience. Kirk Olsen decided to visit a dentist in Tijuana because he knew people in nearby San Diego. That’s his first tip: find a location that’s easy for you to travel to – especially if your treatment will require several visits.
He had already had one implant in the US, costing $2,400 (£1,800) after insurance. He needed more but couldn’t afford them, so he looked at dentists overseas for a more cost-effective option.
Tijuana has a plethora of dental clinics to choose from, but Kirk narrowed down the options by searching for one with a variety of on-site services, including CT scans. Having all the necessary specialists and equipment in one place meant he could have a lot of work done in a short time.
Kirk’s main advice is to be prepared for the “dental upsell”. He signed up for a lot more work than he had initially planned, thanks to a convincing sales pitch by the first dentist he consulted. Now he has a full set of teeth and a smile he loves. In hindsight, though, he wishes he’d consulted with his local dentist first to understand which treatment was really necessary.
“It’s totally worth it if you can’t afford to have dental insurance”
This vlogger from Las Vegas made the five-hour drive to Tijuana to save hundreds of dollars on a root canal. After an admin mix-up she was left without dental insurance and she didn’t want to pay full price for the treatment in the US.
She was impressed that she was able to get a same-day appointment, even on a national holiday. The staff also came to meet her at the border and walked her to the office.
At the time of recording she was only half way through her treatment and needed to return to have the post and crown installed. But she said she was “very happy” with the experience so far.
“Good, but with some reservations”
Nina and her husband Paul travel the US in their RV. In 2013 they crossed the border from Yuma, AZ to Los Algodones – nicknamed “Molar City” because of the number of dental clinics there catering to patients from the US.
Paul just needed a simple cleaning which cost him $30 (£22) and was a “fabulous experience”. Nina, as well as having a cleaning, had a crowned tooth which needed root canal work and a replacement crown.
She was extremely happy with the fit and look of the new crown but unfortunately it didn’t last as long as she had hoped. In her detailed blog post, which includes updates on the treatment until 2016, she explains that this tooth has always caused her problems so she can’t be sure whether the dentist was to blame. The root canal work she had done has held up just fine.
Here are some tips Nina mentions for people travelling to Los Algodones from the US for dental work:
- It’s easy to park on the US side and walk across – all dentists are very close to the border
- You’ll be fine paying for everything in US dollars, but take cash to avoid credit card fees
- Avoid street peddlers that inundate you once you arrive – research your chosen dentist beforehand
- Check the dentist’s experience, credentials, training, and equipment as you do your research
- Research your treatment as well as your dentist so you are fully informed about the procedure
- If you want to see a specific dentist, be sure to request this otherwise you may be assigned any dentist who works at the clinic
“My teeth were sensitive but it’s gotten better”
Sonia had a lot of dental work when she was younger, including fillings in most of her teeth. As she grew older she experienced more problems and needed inlays and crowns, but couldn’t afford to get the treatment in Canada. Instead she travelled to Playa del Carmen, just down the coast from Cancun, for dental work.
She struggled with being in the dentist’s chair for four days in a row (as well as visiting another clinic for some medical work) and says it took her about a month to recover physically from the trip. In addition to this, she developed pulpitis in some of her teeth because the fillings were so deep. Fortunately, this didn’t become too serious.
Some of her fillings were also too high and the dentist didn’t fully resolve this problem. She still needs to get them filed down some more with a dentist back home.
“In spite of all the difficulty I had and the financial burden [which was still less even with the trip and the cosmetic work]… was it worth it? I would say it was.” says Sonia. Her advice is just to avoid getting too much work done in one trip.
Review of dental implants in Mexico: “I was very satisfied”
Retiree Lloyd travels to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico most years to escape the winter in Canada. Over a period of several years he had extensive dental work there including root canals, crowns and implants. In his review, he says he saved about 60% by getting dental implants in Mexico.
Lloyd spread his treatment out since he visits the country every year anyway. However, it usually takes two or three visits over a period of several months to complete the dental implant process.
He was overall very satisfied with his treatment, especially the quick appointment booking. But he felt like the dentist could have provided more information before and during the procedure to put him at ease.
There is a lot of useful information in Lloyd’s full review of getting dental implants in Mexico. He even includes some useful travel advice for people staying in Puerto Vallarta for dental work.
Summary of reviews
So, what’s the general sentiment about getting dental implants and other work in Mexico? Well, everyone agrees that it’s a great way to save on dental care! But across the board the advice is to do your own research to check the credentials of your chosen dentist and clinic.
You should also speak to your home dentist and have an idea of the treatment you need. This lets you prepare for the procedure as well as avoid being up-sold on work you hadn’t budgeted for.
Finally, although it’s possible to get a huge amount of work done in just a few days, be aware this can take a toll on you physically. If your travel costs are not too high it might be more sensible to spread the work out over several trips.
Tips for finding authentic Mexico dentist reviews
Mexico dentists know how much their dental tourism relies on good reviews and word of mouth. Sadly, this leads some to use certain techniques that may mislead prospective patients.
When looking at video reviews for Mexican dental work you’ll find many are published by a clinic or company. This doesn’t mean they aren’t genuine, but they can obviously be selective about the patients they showcase (i.e. the happy ones). They may also offer an incentive for people to record the video.
Self-published reviews can give you a good feel for a clinic, but try to find some testimonials that are independently published by individuals who have had dental work there.
The same goes for written reviews; take those published on the clinic’s own website with a pinch of salt. In your research, look for accounts from bloggers and other individuals who have written about their Mexico dental holiday.
Clinics sometimes go as far as to publish fake reviews on forums like TripAdvisor. They also may get their staff or associates to add positive comments to counteract any negative reviews. It can be hard to distinguish between real and genuine reviews and comments, but be wary of any that are overly positive and don’t mention any downsides at all.
The more research you do from a variety of sources, the more accurate a picture you should get of a particular dentist or clinic.