For American and Canadian patients who cannot afford the high prices at home, heading south to the Mexican border town of Los Algodones could be a viable, money-saving alternative.
Dubbed "Molar City" thanks to the sheer density of clinics here, Algodones is now considered the dental tourism capital of the world - welcoming thousands of North American patients every day who drive or walk across the border via two ports of entry in Southern California and Arizona.
In this article, we look at three main reasons why this once-sleepy town has become so popular for dental patients: convenience, price and quality.
Why Travel to Algodones for Dental Care?
Those living in the southern United States, particularly California and Arizona, can drive to Algodones.
Regular visitors think nothing of packing up their kit and heading south, and there are plenty of places to park. It’s only 7 miles south of Yuma, so it is feasible if you live further afield to fly to Yuma and pick up a rental car. From there, you can drive right into Algodones or leave your car on the US side and walk over the border, which is what many seem to do.
Whatsmore, if you book an appointment with an Algodones dentist through Dental Departures, you will find that a lot of our dentists have pick-up and drop-off services from the border, making your whole trip even more convenient.
The main driving force behind the explosion of dentistry in Algodones (or anywhere else in Mexico, for that matter) is the dramatically lower prices compared to back home. While it is not the only reason, it is the first reason people begin to look here for dental care.
Even for patients with insurance, premiums are usually nowhere near enough to cover costs at home, particularly for more expensive procedures like dental implants.
In Algodones, prices are between 60 and 85% lower than comparable costs at home. For instance, a white, composite filling may be around $30 south of the border as opposed to £155 in the US; dental implant treatment at our Algodones dentists averages around $1,000 instead of $3,900 back home.
Convenience and price are all very well, but unless the quality is going to be good then they are fairly meaningless. Poor quality can end up costing you more than just money – your dental health is important and the last thing you want is to be left in pain because of bad dental treatment.
There are a lot of great dentists in Algodones, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a little research of your own.
Finding a reliable, quality-checked dentist is made easy with Dental Departures. We have already background checked all our verified dentists, so you know when you book an appointment through us that your dentist has reached a measurable quality standard you can trust.
Our background checks include:
- Carrying out on-site visits
- Checking malpractice records
- Researching criminal/legal records
- Verifying dentist qualifications
- Confirming dental association memberships
- Collecting and publishing authentic, unedited patient reviews
Getting Started with Dental Departures
For the best online choice of affordable, high-quality dentists in Algodones, book with Dental Departures.
Use our online appointment scheduler (click "Book Now" on our listing pages) - or connect with our Customer Care Team to get free quotes or help with finance, insurance and travel.
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