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The Ultimate Mexico City Dentist Guide

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One of the most fascinating capital cities in the world, Mexico City is particularly welcoming of medical and dental tourists, offering first-class facilities and an historic center to immerse yourself in.

Originally built by the Aztecs in 1325, and known as Tenochtitlan, it was rebuilt after the devastating siege of Tenochtitlanin 1521, officially becoming known as Ciudad de México (Mexico City) in 1585. It remained an important center of Spain’s colonial empire until the Federal District was created in 1824, after independence from Spain. Still an important educational, political, financial and cultural center it is Mexico’s largest city.

A cosmopolitan city, it is home to large communities of immigrants and expatriates from South and Central America, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia, while also said to be housing the largest population of US Americans living outside the United States. It has a lot to offer both residents and visitors with impressive historical and modern architecture, trendy neighborhoods, parks, plazas markets and shops. Stylish restaurants, bars and nightlife complete the picture of an ancient city which is thoroughly modern in its approach.

Mexico City has positively embraced medical and dental tourism, with marketing campaigns in the US succesfully influencing the number of patients coming for treatment, impressed by the facilities and quality offered. If you are considering a trip to Mexico City for your dental treatment, Dental Departures can guide you. Working alongside the best dentists in Mexico City, we will help you find the right dentist and guarantee you the best prices.

Where is Mexico City?

Mexico City is located in Central Mexico in the Valley or Basin of Mexico. It rests on the site of the drained LakeTexcoco, and is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains.

For dental travelers coming from North Americait is easy to fly to Mexico City International Airport from a number of North American cities. With flight duration times of only around an hour from some US airports it is accessible and convenient.

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Why visit a dentist in Mexico City?

Mexico City is an enormous city with varied attractions. For dental patients, all the day-to-day amenities to make your stay enjoyable are on your doorstep. From a cultural perspective, ancient pyramids and the colonial architecture of the town center along with public parks and world class art galleries and museums ensures there are always plenty of interesting things to see and do.

The dental clinics here are as up-to-date as any you would expect to see in any modern city, and are certainly on par with clinics in the United States, if not more so. Competition for overseas patients is strong, which brings in more patients year-on-year, and this continuing trend ensures that standards remain high.

Dental Departures understands how important high-quality, affordable dental care is to our patients, which is why we go to great lengths to make sure the dentists we work with provide outstanding services. Our clinics in Mexico Cityare also easily accessible for North Americans, being just a few hours away by air, offering convenience and affordability in a fantastic modern city.

Whatever dental treatment you require, we have dentists specializing in every area, and the savings you can make on your treatment costs in Mexico City can be substantial:

  • Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200; At a dentist in Mexico City $700
  • Average cost of root canal, post and crown in the US $2,200; At a dentist in Mexico City $1,000
  • Average cost of dental implant and crown in the US $3,900; At a dentist in Mexico City $2,100

Where to stay?

There are plenty of accommodation options available in Mexico City to suit all budgets, with prices starting at less than $15 per night, to 5* hotels from around $80 per night. Dependent upon the amount or type of dental treatment you have, free or discounted hotel rates may be arranged through your appointment with Dental Departures. For added convenience, many of our clinics also offer free hotel or airport transfers to your appointment.

Is it safe?

Yes, in fact some newspaper reports have pointed out that Mexican cities are actually safer than some US cities, with Mexico City reported as being safer than Miami or Chicago. Many thousands of people visit here every year encountering no problems whatsoever, and the latest US government travel advisory has issued no travel warnings. 

Mexico City is safe, although we recommend to ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable that you employ the same common-sense precautions you would in any strange city elsewhere in the world.

Is the quality of care the same as back home?

Yes – providing you choose a good clinic. There are, of course, good and bad dentists here, as there are anywhere else in the world, which is why all the dentists we recommend on our website have all been thoroughly screened by us. Dental Departures’ extensive background checks ensure dentist qualifications; experience and hygiene all meet our high standards. Furthermore, we visit all of our clinics so that we can see for ourselves what their set-ups are. Only when we have verified all our checks do we list the clinics on our site.

You can expect if you choose a dentist through Dental Departures that the facilities and care you will receive will be of the highest quality. We also guarantee our prices will be the lowest quoted. You don’t just have to take our word for it – check out the real reviews from patients who have been thrilled with the dental care they have received at one of our clinics.

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

For your peace of mind, all of our clinics offer guarantees or warranties on both the procedures and any lab works carried out. Although booking through Dental Departures assures you of visiting a quality-checked dentist, nobody can guarantee 100% work, and very occasionally things do go wrong. Less than 0.01% of our patients have experienced any difficulties, and these have been minor. However, in these instances we work on your behalf to get things put right. If there is a problem, we will get it fixed.

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Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. Mexico Cityis the largest metropolitan area in the Western hemisphere, and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. With many established immigrant communities from all over the globe it is likely you will hear many languages spoken throughout the city. While Spanish is the main language English is spoken in many hotels, restaurants and the tourist areas, and you will find all our dental clinics have English-speaking staff.

What payment methods are accepted by most dental offices?

US cash is the preferred method of payment by most dental clinics. However, many accept other payments including personal and traveler’s checks, as well as credit and debit cards, but it is best to check with each office as to what payments they accept. Credit card payments may be subject to a small processing fee of 3-4%.

Is my US or Canadian Dental Insurance accepted?

Dental clinics in Mexico City are not usually able to bill your insurance company directly. However, once you have returned home you may be eligible to be reimbursed for your treatment costs. Before you book an appointment you can find out from your insurance provider if they will reimburse you for out-of-network care. If they do they will provide you with forms or documents to take with you for completion by your dentist in Mexico City.

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

The weather in Mexico City is generally pleasant all year round, so you can visit a dentist here at any time. There are two distinct seasons – dry from November to April, and rainy from May to October. Spring, during April and May is the warmest time, with temperatures around 80F and the chilliest time is December and January at around 66F. However, it tends to be quite busy at both these times and you will need to book appointments and accommodation well in advance. During the rainy season it is quieter, and there are still plenty of warm sunny days in between downpours.

Is the city handicapped accessible?

Although some hotels are wheelchair-friendly, navigation in a wheelchair is generally difficult as sidewalks lack wheelchair accessible curbs. As Mexico City is so large, one of the best ways of getting around is by taxi.

We will make sure we can get you to see one of our dentists, and many of our clinics provide transport to and from your hotel to your appointment, so please contact us to enquire.

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

Located around 2,200 meters above sea level, in the crater of an extinct volcano, Mexico City is a high altitude location. The lower atmospheric oxygen levels at this altitude can cause higher than normal smog levels. Since 1997 the government has taken aggressive steps in combating pollution and levels have improved markedly over the last decade, although it can still be a problem at certain busy times of year, such as December.

In Mexico, local anesthetic for pain relief is standard. Sedation using gas (nitrous oxide) is not standard practice, as it is in the United States and Canada. For patients requiring full sedation a licensed anesthesiologist will need to be used, which is a service that some clinics can provide. This will cost an additional $400-$600 and we can let you know about clinics that offer this service. Anxiety medication, such as Valium, is also available, but will need to be requested in advance.

Mexico City Skyline

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What else is there in town?

While you may be visiting Mexico City specifically for dental treatment, that doesn’t exclude you from enjoying the many facilities and amenities that are available. Fine dining, a café culture, a buzzing nightlife and shopping to suit all tastes are all here to be enjoyed.

Although many of the most visited tourist attractions, including the Palace of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace, are located in the historic center there are examples of the ancient Aztecs slightly further afield which are not to be missed. Just 30 miles northeast of the city, the Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacán are certainly worth a trip, while in the southern borough of Xochimilco, you can also hire a wooden boat to tour the gardens and canals.

Neighborhoods including San Angel, Zona Rosa, Roma, Covoacan and Condesa are well worth exploring, and popular among visitors and foreign residents for their arts scenes, cobblestone streets, colonial houses and Bohemian vibe.

An important cultural center, Mexico City has more than 150 museums and art galleries, and is third behind London and New York for the number of theatres it has. Musically, there are a number or orchestras who play here throughout the year, and there are a multitude of venues hosting pop and rock performers. One of the best places in the city to hear live mariachi music is in the Plaza Garibaldi, just a few blocks away from the Palace of Fine Arts.

For sports fans, three of the ‘Big Four’ association football teams are based in Mexico City, and there are golf courses throughout the city. Bullfights take place every Sunday during the bullfighting seasons.

Flying in?

The nearest airport is Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX).

Distance to town from airports and nearest metropolitan areas

Approximate distances and driving times are as follows:

  • Mexico City International Airport: 7 miles, 15 minutes
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico: 50 miles, 1 hour
  • Puebla, Mexico: 85 miles, 1.5 hour
  • Veracruz, Mexico: 250 miles, 4 hours
  • Cancun, Mexico: 1000 miles, 17 hours
  • Nuevo Laredo, Mexico: 700 miles, 11.5 hours
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA: 1350 miles, 23.5 hours
  • Houston,Texas, USA: 1050 miles, 16.5 hours

How do I book my appointment in Mexico City?

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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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