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The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Manila

Need a dentist in Manila? Book with Dental Departures for pre-screened, quality dentures - and prices up to 80% less than those at home.

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila is the merging of sixteen cities that comprise the capital region called Metro Manila. Visiting dental patients will find this multi-faceted metropolis delivers modern dental and healthcare, and has strengths in many twenty-first century industries, including tourism, the arts, media, finance, entertainment and education. 

For Kiwis and Aussies southeast Asia is one the most popular destinations on the planet, and Manila is the gateway to many of The Philippines' other locations which are a particular draw.

A sprawling city, it is the most densely populated in the world and worth taking the time to explore some of its fascinating districts. On the shore of Manila Bay, and bisected by the Pasig River, historical districts include Intramuros – the old Spanish walled city - and Chinatown.

North of the Pasig River is one of the most crowded parts of the city, consisting of narrow streets jammed with markets and offering visitors a taste of Manila life.

To relax from the hullabaloo, Pinoys head for Rizal Park, known locally as Luneta. This green oasis houses a lagoon with tinkling fountains, Chinese and Japanese gardens and an open-air theatre where free music or dance performances take place on Sunday afternoons.

The districts of Ermita and Malate are well-frequented by visitors and provide the majority of facilities such as hotels, shopping and entertainment that tourists need.

Where is Manila?

Manila is in the northern Luzon region of The Philippines. Luzon is the largest of the Philippine islands with the geography to the north of Manila consisting of mountains and pine forests, whereas to the south it is characterized by a volcanic landscape.  

Manila Bay by Night 

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Why visit a dentist in Manila?

Notwithstanding its position as an enthralling holiday destination, dental patients traveling to Manila are assured of a friendly welcome and a customer-service ethic that is second-to-none – and the opportunity to have good quality dental care while visiting an exotic holiday destination is reason enough for many to choose here.

Exotic though Manila may appear, it is a unique mix of Spanish European, American and Asian culture – a legacy of its past. This gives Manila a familiar air, and with everyone speaking English it is something that is reassuring in a strange land.

Manila’s healthcare facilities are excellent. Patients can be assured of well-trained and qualified dentists and fully-equipped clinics and laboratories using the best dental materials and renowned brands.

For dental patients traveling abroad for their treatment, good facilities and excellent care are one of the pre-requisites to booking a trip, but if this is one of the main reasons for traveling, the one that initially ignites their interest is the cost. Some prices in Manila are as much as 80% less than they are at home: 

Average price of a single dental crown in Australia AUD $1,230; At a dentist in Manila AUD $250

Average price of a root canal, post and crown in Australia AUD $2,155; At a dentist in Manila AUD $550

Average price of a dental implant and crown in Australia AUD $3,800; At a dentist in Manila AUD $2,400

Where to stay in Manila?

You will find plenty of hotels throughout Manila, although the business district of Makati and the tourist districts of Ermita and Malate provide modern hotels in areas with tourist conveniences on the door-step. Prices range from AUD $10 per night for a hostel room, to 3* hotels at around AUD $50 per night, to luxury 5* hotels from AUD $80 a night upwards.

Is it safe?

Yes. Beyond the general caveat that western governments issue with regard to most countries in the region about terrorism, there are no specific warnings about Manila. Specific warnings have been issued against travel to Mindanao– but that is in the far south of the country – but visiting the rest of The Philippines poses no more threat to your safety than traveling to ay other country in southeast Asia.

From a day-to-day perspective the same dangers are present in Manila as in any other city or town in the world. Just because you are on holiday do not let your guard down or make yourself an easy target for petty thieves or scam artists.

Kalesa in Manila

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Is the quality of dental care in Manila the same as back home?

Yes – providing you choose a dentist from a reputable clinic. Obviously, this is easier said than done when choosing a dentist in another country – which is why booking with Dental Departures makes sense.

Having gone through the process ourselves, we understand how difficult it is, so our website makes the task of finding a dentist simple and easy. All our dentists in Manila are quality-checked and we list their qualifications and include clinic photos and patient reviews on out site for you to check out.

There are good and not-so-good medical and dental establishments wherever you go in the world. Manila is home to modern and state-of-the-art facilities that would give clinics at home a run-for-their-money.

As dental tourism is increasing many of these clinics are upping their game to provide excellent standards and the very best in patient are. As part of this culture, receiving international accreditation from prestigious international associations is becoming increasingly important. We are pleased to be working with clinics in Manila who have been awarded Joint Commission International accreditation and clinics who have been certificated with the International Organization for Standardization.

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

Dental Departures’ clinics in Manila carry warranties or guarantees on the treatment their dentists provide, as well as any lab work carried out as part of your treatment.

Unfortunately, even with our quality-checked dentists, the nature of medical and dental treatment means it can never be 100% guaranteed to be problem-free. In the unlikely circumstances that there are problems, Dental Departures provides an advocate role and will take up any issues with the clinic concerned. If you have any problems, we will get them resolved.

Will my dentist speak English?

English is one of two official Philippines’ languages and your dentist will speak it well – as do most people in Manila. It is the main language used in business and is taught in schools. 

The other official language is Pilipino, which around 30% of the population speaks.

What payment methods are accepted in Manila dental offices?

Cash is accepted by all our dental offices in Manila and many accept other forms such as personal and traveler’s checks and debit and credit cards. Please check with your dental office as  to what payments they accept and remember credit card payments are usually subject to a small handling fee of 3-4%.

Manila Cathedral, Manila 

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Is my dental insurance accepted?

Dentists in The Philippines will not usually be able to bill your insurance company directly. However, if your insurance provider allows out-of-network care you may be able to claim when you return home.

Certainly many US and Canadian insurance companies will allow out-of-network care, but it is not as commonplace from other countries’ insurance companies. You will need to verify this information with the insurance company before you travel.

If they will reimburse be sure to find out what forms and other documentation you will need to bring with you for your Filipino dentist to complete.

US patients may also be eligible to claim medical expenses tax deductions for dental treatment abroad, including travel and accommodation costs, potentially saving an even greater amount on dental treatment costs.

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

You can visit our dentists at any time during the year as they are open all year round. Some times of the year are traditionally busier than other and many of Manila’s cultural festivities coincide with the dry season from December to May.

Christmas and Easter week are the busiest times, with other fiestas such as the Flores de Mayo also attracting large crowds. During these times it is advisable to book ahead early, particularly for accommodation.

Manila Pedicab 

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Is Manila handicapped accessible?

The streets and sidewalks generally lack facilities for wheelchair access.

Some hotels are wheelchair-friendly but many public buildings, especially older ones, lack functioning elevators. Although two out of three of Manila’s light-rails are wheelchair accessible, many of the stops have elevators that aren’t in service. Shopping malls may not necessarily have facilities for wheelchair users either.

However, many of our dentists offer free pick-up services and we will do our best to help you with arrangements to get to you to one of our dentists if you let us know of your requirements.

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

Every big city has its share of petty thieves and crooks who will prey upon those they regard as easy targets. Do not fall victim to opportunists and keep your wits about you. Filipinos are generally friendly but be wary of overly-friendly strangers who may have ulterior motives and keep an eye open for scam artists.

While Metro Manila’s modern buildings and infrastructure rivals that of any global city, in common with many Asian cities Manila has its slum areas, which can be upsetting for Western visitors not used to seeing extreme poverty.

The usual problems of crowds, noise, pollution and traffic are evident in Manila, but fortunately there are plenty of quieter, peaceful places to retreat to when the going gets too much.

What else is there in Manila?

Just because you are having dental treatment does not mean you can’t enjoy the rest of Manila’s attractions.

Culturally, there are Manila’s museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Musem, housing both Filipino and international art exhibitions. The Cultural Center of the Philippines shows theatre performances and the Museo ng Kalingngang Pilipino exhibits difference aspects of traditional Filipino music, dance and costume.

Nayong Pilipino, next to the airport is a cultural village-cum-park. In its grounds are villages representing the architecture of the Philippines. If you cannot get to everywhere throughout the islands these representations will give you an overview. One of the best is Ifugao Village, featuring the thatched huts and miniature rice terraces of northern Luzon. Each village here is excellent for picking up handicrafts and souvenirs representative of that part of the country.

For shoppers there are plenty of malls, including Harrison Plaza, Robinsons Mall, the Glorietta Mall, Landmark, Shangri-LaPlaza and the huge Megamall in Mandaluyong.

Slightly further afield but do-able as day trips are the fortress island of Corregidor - a 2-3 ferry journey away; the dubious pleasures of Angeles City; the infamous Mount Pinatubo which became world famous in 1991 after producing one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the twentieth century and Subic Bay which provides beaches, adventure, relaxation, fine dining, all types of sports from golf to basketball and a great nightlife.

Sunset Manila Bay 

(Image by: Ric_k)

Travelling to Manila

The majority of dental patients arrive by air at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This airport also serves domestic flights coming from other areas of the country and it is possible to fly to other international airports in The Philippines and take a domestic flight or travel overland or by ferry to reach Manila.

Travelling around Manila

Taxi:

Convenient and plentiful, they are one of the most expensive ways of getting around the city. Make sure the meter is on and that you have a rough idea of where your destination is.

Tricycles:

Basically a motor-bike and side-car, for short hops across the city they are are the cheapest means of getting around. 

Jeepneys:

These are the most popular form of transport in The Philippines. Modified jeeps left over from the second world war, you can hail a jeep just like a taxi.

Buses:

Buses are usually used for longer trips. You will pay more for an air-conditioned bus, but on a longer journey it is well worth the extra expense.

Distances and Travel times from Airport and other tourist areas to Manila

Nino Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila, 10 miles, 30 mins

Angeles City, 52 miles, 1 hour

Mount Pinatubo, 90 miles 2 hours

Subic Bay, 79 miles, 2 hours

Vigan, 250 miles, 6 hours

Los Banos, 50 miles, 1 hour

Calumpan Peninsula, 80 miles, 2 hours

Western Visayas, 370 miles, 18 hours or fly to Cebu

Mactan Cebu International Airport, 650 miles, 1 hr flying

How do I book?

Call us Toll-Free, or book online for an appointment with one of our Manila dentists. Choose and find your dentist, view clinic photos, take a virtual tour, read patient reviews and get free quotes. Book with Dental Departures for peace of mind - and the best guaranteed prices.

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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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