A lot of people are anxious about going to the dentist, especially when they need extensive dental work. In most cases, the fear and anxiety aren’t just about the dental procedures—it’s also about the cost. Dental work is often prohibitively expensive in the United States, and insurance doesn’t always cover it. Dentists in Mexico, however, have lower labor, real estate, and malpractice costs, which allows them to charge their patients much less for the same high quality dental care they receive in the United States. Here are some frequently asked questions about getting dental work done in Mexico. We hope they’ll put you at ease.
Is it safe to go to Mexico for dental work?
No matter where you get your dentistry done, safety is a concern. You should choose a dentist with the highest level of training and experience, who uses top-quality materials and offers impeccable service, just as you would in the U.S. Ask your family, friends, colleagues, and others who have had a great experience with a dentist in Mexico. Read reviews and testimonials, and interview the dentist to ask about their qualifications before you commit.
Will I get quality dental work from a highly trained dentist in Mexico?
Doing your research as mentioned above will most likely lead you to a great dentist. Dental schooling in Mexico is rigorous and thorough, but just like anywhere else, experience matters. Tourists who don’t really know what they are looking for often get taken advantage of by pop-up dentists who don’t have expertise or certification. But if you do the footwork ahead of time, you’ll be sure to find a highly trained dentist that provides quality dental work in Mexico.
Do the Mexican dentists and staff speak English?
Tijuana has many dental offices close to the U.S. border that cater to English-speaking American and Canadian tourists. These will employ dentists and staff members that speak perfectly fluent English. When making your appointment, you can ask to make sure this is the case.
Are dental offices professional and use the same hygienic and sterilization techniques as American dentists?
Infection control and safety standards are an integral part of dentistry in Mexico. Just like dentists in the US and Canada, dentists in Mexico seek to prevent the transmission of disease-causing organisms through cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing surfaces and instruments. They prevent exposure to contaminants by using gloves, masks, and other protective barriers. Dentists in Mexico understand that high standards of hygiene and sterilization are crucial for keeping their patients healthy and their practices open.
Do Mexican offices use modern, high-tech equipment for dental implants?
Dentists come in all shapes and sizes and all levels of integrity. Many dentists in Mexico use modern, high-tech equipment to ensure that they’re providing their patients with top-of-the-line dental implant procedures. Of course, there are also less-than-reputable dentists who cut corners on materials and equipment in order to put more money in their pockets. But if you research carefully, follow personal recommendations, read reviews, and ask the right questions, you will be able to see which dentists use high quality equipment and prioritize patient care. At My Baja Dental, we use state-of-the-art technology and dental implant materials to replace missing teeth, improve smiles, and provide our patients with the very best dental care.
Does the lower cost of dental implants in Mexico equate to lower quality?
The lower cost of dental implants in Mexico has nothing to do with lower quality. Reputable dentists in Mexico use the same high quality materials as U.S. dentists, but because of the lower cost of running a dental practice in Mexico, they can offer their services at more affordable rates. Dentists in Mexico also have a lower cost of living than in the U.S. and Canada, so they don’t have to charge excessive fees to live a comfortable life.
How many trips to Mexico will I need for my dental work?
Every dental procedure is different. Some can be performed in a single day. More extensive dental work sometimes requires multiple visits. Even with multiple visits, the cost of your dental work will be substantially lower in Mexico versus the U.S. or Canada.
At My Baja Dental, we offer free transportation to and from our dental office in Tijuana. We offer a pickup location on the U.S. side of the border so you can drive your car down, and take our convenient shuttle across. Or if you’re flying into San Diego from outside the region, we’ll pick you up at San Diego International Airport. We can also meet at the trolley station of your choosing. At My Baja Dental, we’re here to make it as easy as possible for you to get affordable quality dental care in Mexico—no matter how many visits you need.
Will my dental insurance cover my treatment in Mexico?
Every insurance plan is different. Some will cover dental treatment in Mexico and some will not. It’s important to remember that even those insurance plans that do cover dental care in Mexico will cover only medically necessary procedures but not cosmetic treatments. In most cases, you’ll need to pay up front and file for reimbursement from your insurance company. The Mexican dentist typically won’t file the paperwork for you but will fill out any forms you provide. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to ensure you have everything you need prior to your dentist appointment.
Affordable dental services in Tijuana | My Baja Dental
When you visit My Baja Dental in Tijuana, you get expert dental care from highly qualified and experienced dentists who use top-of-the-line materials and equipment. And you’ll pay 30%-60% less than what you’d pay in the United States! For more information on our dental services in Mexico or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (619) 272-9060 today.