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5 Popular Dental Treatments Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 10:10 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

Thinking of heading abroad for dental treatment? You’re not alone! According to, about 6 million Americans take advantage of this option each year.

Indeed, considering that a staggering 150 million Americans don’t have dental insurance – and those that do often have annual claim limits of $1500, which only covers a fraction of most dental treatments beyond routine cleanings and check-ups – it’s not surprising that many dental clinic waiting rooms in El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Belgium, and many other countries are full of Americans looking to save big, get a healthy and beautiful smile, and enjoy a fun vacation as well.

To give you a sense of what your neighbours, co-workers and probably members of your extended family are having done when they head for the airport instead of their local dentist, here are the 5 popular dental treatments abroad:

Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth, and are superior to bridges and dentures. In the US, a single dental implant can cost $5000, while abroad it can cost less than $1000.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also used to fix gaps in a smile – which improves appearance, and is important for oral and overall health as well. A single crown in the US can cost over $1000, while abroad it can cost as little as $100-$200.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges also fix gaps in a smile, and are often suitable for people who have larger gaps or need to replace more than one tooth. A dental bridge typically costs around $2000 in the US, but can be about $200 abroad.

Root Canals

In theory, a root canal is defined as a procedure to replace infected pulp in a tooth’s chamber with inert material. But in practice, most people have a simpler understand of root canals that goes something like this: AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

The good news is that dentistry has come a long, long way in the last few years, and while they aren’t “enjoyable”, root canals are much less painful than they used to be. And the even better news for people who head abroad for root canals is that they are paying about $100-$200 per tooth instead of $1000-$1500.

Smile Makeovers

Smile makeovers is a catch-all term that can include replacing missing teeth, whitening, fixing a “gummy smile”, and making other major and minor improvements. Naturally, the costs of a smile makeover vary depending on the services and solutions that are desired. However, in the US the price tag typically starts at around $25,000, and can climb to well over $50,000. Having the same treatment abroad can cost 50-80% less.  

Learn More

To learn more about the variety of dental treatments abroad that are available to you or a family member, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Our friendly medical tourism experts will clearly and honestly answer your questions, and provide you with insights and resources to help you make an informed, safe decision. Your consultation with us is free.

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