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Best Dental Tourism Countries (and Sights To See While There!)

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/25/2017 3:03 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans head for the airport to take advantage of dental tourism. As you might expect, the primary motivation for the trip is to save thousands – or often tens of thousands – of dollars on everything from dental implants, root canals, orthodontics, smile makeovers and more. However, there’s another welcome benefit as well: the chance to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation!

While there are dozens of dental tourism destinations around the world, below we highlight 4 of the most popular countries. Plus, we suggest some incredible sights and scenes that you can enjoy while you’re abroad.


El Salvador is a stunning country with breathtaking scenery, friendly people and a rich culture. San Salvador is home to savings for Dental procedures and their country is only 2-5 hours away from most of the U.S.A. San Salvador is a beautiful modern city that is home to striking views and a vibrant culture. There are plenty of activities, restaurants and places to visit to enjoy the city’s vibrant culture.

There are many things to do in San Salvador if you have downtime, and the city’s gorgeous terrain and vibrant culture is evident in numerous locations. Below are 3 recommendations.

1. Parque Nacional El Boqueron:
A gorgeous national park with miles of wildlife. It also has sightseeing and volcano tours.

2. Iglesia El Rosario:
A stunning historic church that embodies the rich and beautiful culture of San Salvador.

3. Plaza Futura:
A modern city center that features great sightseeing opportunities and o ers private city tours.


Thanks in part to its close proximity to the US and the attractive USD to Peso exchange rate, Mexico is among the world’s most popular dental tourism destinations. Many dentists throughout Mexico are highly experienced and qualified, and use state-of-the-art technology and equipment. In fact, many dental practices in the U.S. outsource dental laboratory tests to Mexico. 

Mexico offers an abundance of unforgettable sights to see, places to go, and experiences to enjoy. Among the most popular are:

Copper Canyon (a.k.a. Mexico’s Grand Canyon)

A “Fiesta”, which is a vividly colorful outdoor celebration and party held in various locations throughout the country.

Cabo San Lucas, which features holiday markets, endless stretches of beaches, plenty of nightlife activities, and more.


Costa Rica is another popular dental tourism destination for many of the same reasons that patients head to Mexico: it’s relatively close, there are plenty of daily flights to the capital of San Jose, the cost savings are substantial, and many dentists are highly qualified and members of the American Dental Association.

Here are some suggestions of where to go and what to see while in Costa Rica:

The neighbouring towns of Monteverde and Santa Elena are considered to be the birthplace of Costa Rica’s ecotourism movement – which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year from around the world.

Volcán Arenal, a dormant volcano (at least since 2010!), that is situated in a glorious national park that features hot springs, forests, trails, and more.

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, which is Costa Rica’s most famous national park and home to a variety of exotic animals, including many different kinds of monkeys.


Thailand is another popular dental tourism destination for Americans, as well as travelers from Canada, the UK, Australia, and other countries where the costs of dental care can be very costly – and in many cases, prohibitively expensive. Many dentists in Thailand have been trained in the US, UK, Japan, Australia and so on, and have substantial experience catering to the needs of foreign patients.

As you might expect, there’s a virtually endlessly list of things to do and see in Thailand, and one trip (or even 10!) is not enough to experience everything. However, here are some “must see” suggestions:

Bangkok’s Grand Palace, which was the official residence of the Kings of Siam. This is where you’ll find the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

The Northern Hill Tribes are found throughout the north part of the country. These tribes have largely maintained their traditional ways, and there are authorized trekking tours that will take you right into the heart of an authentic village.

Ayuthaya Historical Park was founded in the 14th century, and contains the ruins of the second capital of Thailand (which at that time was called Siam).

Learn More

To learn more about the best dental tourism countries – and what you can look forward to experiencing once you’re abroad – contact the SkyMedicus team today. We’ll help you plan the ideal excursion where you can blend the affordable dental care you need, with the fun vacation you want! 

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Topics: Dental Medical Tourism

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