Dental Tourism in Algodones, Mexico


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Los Algodones – an unassuming little town in the Northernmost part of Mexico – has become a dental tourism magnet for patients across North America, especially those based in Southern California or Arizona who can simply drive to their appointment and back again in a matter of hours.

Only 11 miles from Yuma, Arizona, it receives around 3,000 walking tourists a day – the majority of whom are visiting for dental care.

Keep reading to find out why Algondones has made a trusted name for itself when it comes to affordable dental care in Mexico. 

Why Is Los Algodones So Popular for Dental Tourists?

Nicknamed "Molar City" and dubbed the "Dental Capital of the World", Algodones is home to approximately 1,000 dentists – with around 350 clinics packed across just a dozen or so blocks a few minutes' walk from the border crossing.

This close proximity to the United States has seen dental tourism grow into a major part of the town’s economy, as visitors from the United States and Canada have discovered they can receive all manner of dental care here for around 70% less than back home.

Besides dental tourism, Algodones also offers good prices on prescription glasses and pharmaceuticals, as well as Mexican souvenirs and handicrafts. The town also has a number of cantinas where you can indulge in the local cuisine and treat yourself to a margarita or two.

Aside from that, the town doesn't have much in the way of traditional tourist attractions nor many major hotels - which is why patients tend to head back over the border following their appointment. 

How to Find a Trusted Dentist in Los Algodones

You should always run some background checks on the dentist and clinics you are shortlisting. Dentist qualifications, professional memberships and patient reviews should be a minimum.

We verify all of this information before any facility is listed on our site; our team also collects and publishes real patient reviews. Other checks include legal/criminal records and we do make personal visits to the clinics.

Get started now by taking a look at five of our most highly-rated Algodones dentists:


How Much Can I Save By Visiting a Dentist in Los Algodones?

Price is the number one reason why dental tourists are flocking to Los Algodones; even at the most popular dental clinics at which internationally-trained specialists work, the majority of treatments cost at least 60% less for Americans and Canadians. For some treatments, savings can be as much as 80%.

To get a better idea, take a look at these prices available at Sani Dental Group:

Dental Fillings:

  • Cost at Sani Dental (USD): $45
  • Cost in the United States: $170

Dental Veneers:

  • Cost at Sani Dental (USD): $340
  • Cost in the United States: $1,200

Dental Implants

  • Cost at Sani Dental (USD): $1,200
  • Cost in the United States: $3,900

[Please note that these are estimates at the time of writing.]

These savings can be even more substantial if you are looking at getting expensive treatments like dental implants, especially the All-on-4® treatment concept by Nobel Biocare or All-on-6 teeth restorations

Booking with Dental Departures

Browse through our full list of Algodones dentists here; each one has been fully verified - and our listing pages contain all the information you need to make an informed decision, including prices, dentist profiles, reviews, photos, maps and treatment lists. 

To book, call our Customer Care Team for free. You can also reach us via email or use our online chat to send one of our representatives a message. 


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