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By David Hudnall, DMD
Traveling abroad for dental work, also known as dental tourism, can be a great option for anyone in need of dental work at a much lower price point. There are definite advantages: you can make an extended vacation of it and experience the sights and customs of a different country. There are also disadvantages: you don’t have a dentist down the street or across town who is familiar with your treatment that you can call should you experience problems once you return home. So, before heading off to Mexico or any other country for dental care, carefully consider what you may be getting and what you may be giving up.
Denture Implants in Mexico
Cost is the number one reason why people consider traveling for denture implants in Mexico. The general cost of healthcare in Mexico is considerably less than in the United States. In Mexico, the cost of living is significantly less compared to the United States and Canada, making it much more feasible for dentists to own and operate a dental facility.
And Mexico is close to the United States. Depending on the cost of travel and your passport status, it may be possible for you to travel for denture implants in Mexico and receive comparable care while still spending less than the cost of the procedure alone in the U.S. If you are fortunate enough to live near the Mexican border, dental care provided in Mexican clinics is readily accessible to U.S. citizens.
Is It Safe to Get Denture Implants in Mexico?
Generally speaking, it is safe to get denture implants in Mexico. But there are a lot of obstacles that you must first figure out prior to going to Mexico for dental care. Like anywhere else, there are dentists in Mexico who are stellar at what they do and there are dentists who are not up to a basic standard of care. Unless you have a reference from someone who has undergone the same treatment and had a favorable outcome, you may not know whether you have chosen the best provider to perform your implant surgery.
While dental care in Mexico overall is very good and universal health precautions like steam sterilization are practiced, the prices and the services that you receive for your money can vary widely, depending on geography and the individual provider that you select. Unlike the U.S., Mexico does not have the same comprehensive regulatory standards. Not all dentists use the same quality of dental materials, and not all doctors are equal. Regardless of the treatment or procedure, make sure that you’re really comparing services to the exact same services that you were quoted in the United States. Remember, the lowest price may not be the best alternative. The best price is the lowest price for the highest quality work.
While the vast majority of well-educated healthcare providers do speak some English, local customs often come into play and there are subtle nuances and differences in levels of care between the U.S. and Mexico that your Mexican dentist may not fully understand. Likewise, if you don’t speak Spanish fluently, you may not totally understand the procedure, the risks of treatment, or what the total cost includes.
Realize that treatment performed outside of the United States will not be covered by U.S.-based dental insurance companies. While paying out-pf-pocket for denture implant services in Mexico may cost less than your insurance deductible and co-payment combined, consider that insurance may not pay for any follow-up care procedures that your local dentist provides in the event that additional post-operative treatment is needed to, say, alleviate infection or pain.
Dentists in Mexico are not required to carry malpractice insurance. The legal systems of the two countries couldn’t be more different. Mexico’s laws are based on civil law while laws in the U.S. are based on common law. Patients who receive treatment in Mexico don’t have the same rights as they do in the U.S. and can’t sue the dentist for malpractice or a less than desirable treatment outcome.
Alternatives to Denture Implants in Mexico
Today, there are many practices and dental service organizations within the U.S. that offer denture implants at an “affordable” price. But “affordable” is a very subjective term. Realize that the introductory price advertised may not include all of the services that you need in order to replace your teeth with implant dentures. Value is obtained from receiving quality dental treatment. Again, the best price is the lowest price for the highest quality work.
Implants for dentures are an investment in your better health. Just like in Mexico, there are dental professionals in the United States that have more clinical experience placing dental implants for dentures than others. There are those that come highly recommended. The best alternative is to work with a dentist that you trust to provide you with the treatment required to get the best, long-term result.
Best Place for Affordable Dentures
Are denture prices and implant services too expensive in your local area? You don’t necessarily need to travel to Mexico for affordable denture care. Have you considered dental tourism in Boise, ID? European Denture Center is one of the best places for denture implants. It now offers dental tourism packages that allow you to experience all that Idaho’s Treasure Valley and the surrounding area has to offer while taking care of the dental treatment that you may have been putting off.
Our Dental Tourism Package is exclusively offered in conjunction with our Boise/Meridian location, affording you quick access to both city amenities and picturesque countryside. Packages can be tailored to your specific travel dates to match the amount of time that you have available to spend in the area. Call us toll-free at 866.428.0505 to discuss how dental tourism in Boise can save you money.
An alternative to denture implants in Mexico is not the only affordable solution. European Denture Center has three convenient locations to serve you throughout the Pacific Northwest. See what a difference quality denture and implant services can make. Schedule your initial consultation with the location nearest you:
- Boise/Meridian, Idaho
- Caldwell, Idaho
- Everett, Washington
U.S.-Based Denture Tourism
European Denture Center has established a reputation as the best place for denture implants by providing quality implant and denture services using the latest technology at reasonable prices. We pride ourselves on treating each patient as a unique individual and take into account their specific needs, wants, and desires when developing a customized treatment plan. There’s no doubt that you can be treated elsewhere for less. But are you receiving the same level of services and high-quality care offered by European Denture Center? Make your consultation appointment today. You’ll be amazed by what we have to offer, right here, in the U.S.