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The True Cost Savings of Getting Dental Implants Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 2:26 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

Here at SkyMedicus, we have the privilege of speaking with people across the country from all walks of life – from busy executives to even busier stay-at-home moms and dads -- in order to help them understand the ins and outs of getting dental implants abroad.

And while every conversation is unique – because every person is unique – there’s often an interesting little “pause” when we confirm that the cost savings of getting dental implants abroad are indeed dramatic, and there are no hidden fees or extra costs. For example, whereas a dental implant in the U.S. can cost around $5,000 (and sometimes much more in certain parts of the country), having the treatment performed in any number of other countries – such as Mexico or Costa Rica, just to name a couple – typically costs less than $500. And considering that many people need more than one dental implant, the savings can be enormous.

Now, let’s return this interesting little pause. It’s not that people think that we’re “tinkering with the numbers” (we never do things like that – we don’t sell medical tourism, we just help people take advantage of it when they deem it in their best interest to do so). Rather, it’s that people understandably have a hard time grasping WHY the cost of getting dental implants abroad is so much cheaper than in the U.S. Sure, one might expect to save 30, 40 or maybe even percent. But 70, 80 and 90 percent? That takes some explaining – and we’re happy to oblige!

Here’s the story: it’s not that dental care in general (and dental implants specifically) are “ridiculously inexpensive” abroad. Rather, it’s that dental care in the U.S. is excessively costly – and the biggest chunk of this comes from overhead. As noted by “Anywhere from 60% to 80% of what a patient pays goes toward the expense of running a modern dental practice. Dentists pay for rent or mortgage payments on their office space, payroll for hygienists, office managers and receptionists, health insurance, taxes, supplies, business insurance and technology -- just to name a few.” 

Simply and honestly: dental practices are businesses, both here in the U.S. and abroad as well. There’s nothing wrong or unethical about this. In fact, it’s a good model that serves up healthy competition – i.e. a dental practice that doesn’t take care of its patients, or that generates a reputation for lacking quality will lose patients, and eventually, be forced to clean up its act or close down.

But it also means that revenues have to cover overhead, and on top of that support a profit margin that makes the effort viable (after all, dentists have families to raise and lives to lead as well!).

In the U.S., the overhead burden is enormous and extreme – and that cost has to be included into the overall fee. In other countries, dentists STILL have overhead costs, but they’re much more reasonable – primarily because the cost of living is lower, but also because insurance companies have a limited (if any) role in determining what the prices should be. It’s a much simpler business model that works for dentists and patients alike.  

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So now you know why the cost savings of getting dental implants overseas are so dramatic. It’s not a “numbers game” or one of those “too good to be true” scenarios. It’s straightforward and simple, and comes down to the overhead burden. In the U.S., it’s excessive and dentists have no choice but to charge high fees. Abroad, overhead is much more reasonable, and the savings are naturally passed down to patients.

To learn more about getting dental implants abroad, contact us today. Your consultation is free, and there’s never any obligation to book your trip with us!

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