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The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Cancun

Imagine saving at least 60% on your dental care - and then imagine getting your dental care in the surroundings of a luxury resort. Book an appointment with one of our quality-checked dentists in Cancun and make wishful thinking a reality.

Tourists and dental vacationers visiting Cancun will discover this well-known Mexican resort has a lot more to offer than just its idyllic beaches and crystal oceans. In a little under 40 years Cancun has been transformed from a barely-inhabited fisherman’s island to a sophisticated and modern world-class holiday destination.

For those who need to re-charge their batteries by doing absolutely nothing the miles of sandy white beaches, fringed with palms and lapped by gentle azure-colored waters are sure to do the trick. However, there are endless other activities to pursue, including snorkeling, diving and exploring Mayan culture. With many small islands, ancient ruins and underground rivers to stumble across a whole world is there to discover. Ecotourism is a popular concept here, as despite the enormous boom in tourism residents are keen to maintain the beauty of the land and ecosystems surrounding it.

Cancun, with all its natural wonders, still has all the other amenities to satisfy modern vacationers, including impressive hotels, inspiring restaurants, sophisticated bars and stylish clubs, along with glitzy shopping malls and chic boutiques.

It has a well-deserved reputation for hospitality with many patients now also discovering Cancun’s dentists offer them much more than just affordable dentistry. Working with dentists from all over the globe, Dental Departures will guide you in finding the best dentist in Cancun, for the best price.

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Where is Cancun?

Cancun is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the north-east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. One of the eastern-most points in Mexico, it is just north of the Riviera Maya – Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Why Visit a Dentist in Cancun?

Cancun undoubtedly has some incredible scenery and some particularly stunning beaches and vistas. Where else in the world could you be sitting in a dentist chair with a view to rival the Nichupte Lagoon?

The dental clinics here are modern and safe with hygienic and state-of-the-art facilities to rival any clinic in North America. Similarly, dentists in Cancun are highly trained with specialist knowledge in their particular areas of expertise.

To meet the demands of patients traveling overseas for their dental treatment, clinics are extremely competitive, which ensures dental treatment here is generally of a high standard. Working with dentists on a global basis, we make sure our dentists are the best. Our patients can be confident all the clinics listed on the Dental Departures website meet our quality criteria and provide you with a superior service for a reasonable price.

Cancun is relatively convenient to travel to for North Americans. With shortest flying times around 3 hours from the southern states, multiple visits are a realistic option if you need them. Even with accommodation and flight costs included the costs of most dental treatments in Cancun will still be less than the cost at home. However, for extensive dental work the savings really can be huge, saving you thousands and thousands, even with the cost of a holiday included. Look at some typical treatments and examples of the savings below:

  • Average cost of a full porcelain/ceramic crown in the US $1,200; At a dentist in Cancun from $370
  • Average cost of full denture, acrylic teeth (upper or lower) US $1,800; At a dentist in Cancun from $385
  • Titanium dental implant inc. abutment and standard crown US $3,900; At a dentist in Cancun from $1,350
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Where to stay?

As a renowned tourist resort there are, of course, masses of accommodation options in Cancun to suit all budgets and tastes. From self-catering beach-front villas and condos to a full range of hotels you will have no problem finding the perfect place to stay.

Is if safe?

Yes. There are plenty of places in Mexico that are safe and the recent US travel advisory has issued no advisory for the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula. This includes the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, and so major tourist destinations in this area such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Chichen Itza are all perfectly safe to travel to.

Is the quality of care the same as back home?

Yes – providing you choose your dentist with care – just you would at home. This is where Dental Departures can help you. Doing background checks on prospective dentists is time consuming, which is why you will be one step ahead if you book an appointment with any of our dentists. We have already performed extensive background checks on, for example, dentist qualifications and hygiene protocols, so you can be certain your dentist is qualified and the clinic adheres to internationally-recognized safety procedures.

We also provide real patient reviews, allowing you to gain an insight into other people’s experiences. All these measures are designed to help you decide with confidence which dental clinic to book an appointment with.

What happens if something goes wrong? Does my dental care have guarantees or warranties?

Yes - all of our dental clinics have warranties on both the procedures they perform and on any materials they use.

Furthermore, our stringent quality checks have made sure our patients rarely experience anything untoward (less than 0.1%). Unfortunately, even with the best of efforts, sometimes things do go wrong. In these instances, once we have been informed of a problem, Dental Departures will make sure that it is put right. We want our patients to be completely satisfied with every aspect of their service with Dental Departures, and we will advocate on our patient’s behalf to make sure they are.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. Most Mexicans working in the tourism industry speak English, as well as other European languages such as German, French and Italian. Although the official language spoken in Cancun is Spanish, the first language spoken by many local indigenous people is Mayan, with Spanish second.

You will easily get by without Spanish or Mayan, but if you can manage the odd word or two in either it is usually much appreciated.

What payment methods are accepted by most dental offices?

US cash is the preferred payment method accepted by most dental offices, although other methods of payment are now being accepted more and more. You will need to check with each clinic as to whether they accept personal checks, traveler’s checks or debit/credit cards if you would prefer to pay by on of these methods. Please note that a small processing fee of around 3-4% is usually charged on credit card payments.

Is my US or Canadian Dental Insurance accepted?

Although dental clinics in Cancun will not be able to bill your insurance company directly, you may be able to claim for your treatment costs once you have returned home. You will need to contact your insurance provider before you book your appointment to ask them if they will reimburse you for out-of-network care. If they do, ask them to provide you with the forms or documents to take with you for completion by your overseas dentist.

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When is the best time to visit one of our dentists?

Cancun’s tropical climate makes it good to visit at any time of year as temperatures average 80F all year round. There are few temperature variations between seasons, but there are two pronounced rainy seasons – May through June and October through December. The rainy seasons do not mean it rains non-stop. It doesn’t. It just means there may be some rain, on some days.

It is hottest from June to September, but even then with the sea breezes temperatures don’t usually go above 95F.

Is the city handicapped accessible?

Mexico generally has a way to go before access for people with disabilities is easier, but in some areas there is progress. The Hotel Zone has had new sidewalks throughout, and while these are smooth, ramps have only been included in some areas. Downtown is not good, with broken paving a big problem. Some shopping malls, including Plaza La Isla and Plaza Las Americanas are reasonably good malls for wheelchair users with elevators, level walkways and ramps. Some hotels have good wheelchair access, but some don’t.

Taxi drivers are generally very helpful for getting around and some of our clinics provide pick-up services from your hotel to your dental appointment. Ask us if you have any questions or concerns about accessibility. We will do our best to help you get seen by one of our great dentists.

What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?

Timeshare sales representatives will try to get you to a presentation with free offers or discounts. Unless you don’t mind spending a couple of hours on a hard sell, move on from the salesmen with a firm but polite ‘no, gracias’ as quickly as you can.

Ocean currents, depending on the season you visit, may be strong. Check the colored flags planted on the beach. Lifeguards are only found within beaches at the hotels so make sure you stick to the hotel beaches if you are not a strong swimmer.

General Anesthetic or full sedation is not offered as standard in Mexico as it is in the US and Canada. Some clinics do offer full sedation, but it will need to be requested before your visit as a licensed anesthesiologist will need to be available to administer it. This service costs around $400-$600. For patients who suffer with anxiety and who require sedative medication, such as Valium, this will also need to be requested in advance of your visit.

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What else is there in town?

Dental patients will be pleased to know that Cancun offers activities to suit all interests and abilities. While it is one of the ultimate places to relax, for the energetic there are also plenty of things to do.

Mexico has embraced golf’s popularity and Cancun now has some new developments that rival the Caribbean’s finest golfing destinations. All of Cancun’s golf courses are open to the public. Look out for special discounts for hotel guests or other offers for playing after 2pm, for example.

Surrounded by so much water, it is not surprising that water features heavily in a lot of activities – from sedate trips in a glass-bottomed boat to jungle tours on an exhilarating jet-ski or speedboat. Diving, whether beginner or advanced, is very popular due to the coral reefs just off the coast here and in nearby Cozumel. For experienced divers cave-diving in the sinkholes (cenotes) of the Yucatan peninsula or the Cave of Sharks (Cuevas de los Tiburones) is something not to be missed.

For culture vultures there is much to see in and around Cancun, including museums, galleries and Mayan sites such as El Ray, in the Hotel Zone in Cancun. Slightly further afield scattered throughout the Yucatan peninsula are other archaeological sites, including Chichen Itza.

For night owls, Cancun has an extraordinary nightlife. Sophisticated hotel bars and restaurants serve cocktails and live music. There are plenty of other bars, clubs and discos catering for all musical tastes open throughout the night until dawn.

It goes without saying there is great shopping in Cancun. For Mexican crafts La Casa del Arte Popular Mexicano is a good place to start as is Mercado Coral Negro, an open air-venue next to the Forum By The Sea shopping mall. Although there are several shopping malls in Cancun, this is the only one located on the ocean.

Flying In?

The nearest airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN) and it receives daily flights from around the world, including the US and Canada.

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Distance to town from airports and other metropolitan areas

  • Cancun International Airport: 12 miles, 20 minutes
  • Playadel Carmen,Mexico: 43 miles, 1 hour
  • Tulum, Mexico: 82 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Chichen Itza,Mexico: 125 miles, 2 hours
  • Progreso, Mexico: 213 miles, 3.5 hours
  • Campeche, Mexico: 300 miles, 5 hours

How do I book?

Phone us for free, e-mail us, talk via our online chat or book your appointment online. Dental Departures enables you to choose a dentist, compare prices, read patient reviews, view maps and check-out clinic photos. We offer exclusive discounts, guaranteeing you the best prices for your dental care. Book with us for your quality-checked dentist in Cancun.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment.

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