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Welcome to Medical Departures’ Media Room


As the world’s #1 online dental tourism agency with more than 130,000 bookings to date, Dental Departures has become a trusted resource for journalists, editors, and other members of the media seeking up-to-the-minute data on global healthcare travel, trends and developments.
Working with thousands of patients every month, we can provide accurate pricing and cost comparison data broken down by country, city, procedure and region, as well as patient numbers, flow and demographics.
With more than 12 years of facilitating cross-border dental travel, our on-the-ground perspective gives us unique insights into: 

  • Market size and growth
  • Most-traveled destinations
  • Most popular dental procedures
  • Quality assurance and patient safety data
  • Comparative treatment costs
  • Patient expenditures by age, gender, nationality, etc.
  • Patient satisfaction ratings
  • Post-pandemic travel trends
  • Current international travel advisories and restrictions

What are the most popular destinations for dental travel?


The majority of dental tourists come from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe–where even basic treatments are becoming prohibitively expensive for millions of people.
For Americans and Canadians, the most popular countries for dental tourism are Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia.
For Europeans, particularly those in the United Kingdom currently facing record-high waiting lists, the most popular dental travel destinations are Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Spain, Albania and Poland.
Other countries known for offering high-quality, more affordable dental care include Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.


How Much Can Dental Travellers Save on Different Procedures


Patients booking through Dental Departures can expect to save:
Approximately 50% on light treatments, such as general/preventative dentistry or non-invasive cosmetic work. Such procedures include: professional cleaning, scaling & polishing, teeth whitening, simple root canals, extractions, and fillings.
Between 50–75% on more complex, specialty care–typically involving the application of fixed prosthetics to restore missing, damaged, or discolored teeth. 
Such procedures include: All-on-4s, implant-retained overdentures, full-mouth restorations with multiple dental crowns, and Hollywood smile makeovers with a full set of dental veneers.


Dental Departures

Why Do Patients Use Dental Departures


Dental Departures works with a network of some 2100 doctors and 5500 dental practitioners in 39 countries. Before any facility is listed on our site, it is thoroughly vetted to ensure it meets the necessary high standards of quality, safety and professionalism.

Our background checks include:

  • Verifying specialists’ credentials, clinic accreditation and certifications
  • Assessing patient outcomes and satisfaction scores
  • Confirming legal compliances
  • Screening for potential malpractice records
  • Authenticating professional licenses


How Is the Quality of Dental Care the Same?

  • Global dentists are now subject to greater regulatory oversight from Western organizations, such as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the General Dental Council (GDC). 
  • More clinics than ever have also received ISO 9001 accreditation, which helps ensure that best practices and guidelines on infection control, sterilization and safety protocols are consistently followed.
  • Clinics use the same trusted brands, such as Straumann®, Zimmer Biomet® and Nobel Biocare®, and adopt advanced dental technology, such as 3D cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), intraoral scanners and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM).

Dental Departures

How Can Global Dental Clinics Charge So Much Less

  • Lower labor costs for dentists, hygienists, lab technicians and other support staff.
  • More affordable dental education; for example, a dental degree in the US can cost up to 90% more than the same education in Mexico or Costa Rica.
  • Less restrictive business overheads, including more affordable rent, insurance, utilities and construction costs.
  • Dental materials for implants, crowns and other prosthetics cost far less–even though they are supplied by the same world-renowned brands used by dentists in the West.
  • Government subsidies: Countries eager to stimulate their medical travel sector offer financial incentives for doctors, as well as grants for new clinics and private hospitals.

Looking for Something Specific?

Feel free to contact us at mediainquiry@medicaldepartures.com for more detailed information.

In addition, our design team can visually enhance your story with fully credited hi-resolution, web-ready images, infographics, charts and graphs using authoritative data we collect.

For more ways to connect, head over to Dental Departures’ main contact page.

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Yolanda G

08 2024


Great staff and did a thorough job on my teeth. I'll definitely keep coming back

Sandy R

08 2024


Very professional, clean and efficient...definitely recommend!

Sally D

08 2024


The whole experience has been excellent! In 2023, I needed a LOT of dental work... (12 root canals, 2 extractions and over 20 crowns!) I was more comfortable and relaxed at my appointments with all of the specialists at Smile Makers Group, than any other dentist in my life! In 2024 I came back to have woek done on a couple more teeth. Paola was soooo patient!! I had a LOT of questions, and she made me feel very comfortable the whole time. I HIGHLY recommend this group. Thank you!

S. Kouthari

08 2024


Best dental experience of my life. Dr. Paola and the entire staff are amazing. Respectful, courteous, knowledgeable and experts in the business. My wife had a 4 on 4 on top and bottom and her new smile is perfect. Dr. Paulo is meticulous and makes sure there are no imperfections. Highly recommend Smile Makers!!!!

Jamie W

06 2024


First class service

Michael P

06 2024


High quality care

Eva M

06 2024


Good relationship with staff and nurse

Jame R

06 2024


Good international staff

Dara R

06 2024


Clean place

Azizi b

06 2024


Great service and hospitality from all staffs.


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