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A Guide of Dentistry in Tijuana Mexico

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Are you from Canada or the US and are you looking for dental treatment in Mexico? You are in the right place. Here,  you will know everything you need to know before making the decision to travel to Mexico. Costs, flights, treatment timeline, security, financing, guarantees, etc. 

Surely you are wondering if it is a good idea to travel to Mexico, We can tell you that Tijuana is one of the most important tourist dental destinations in the world. In fact, best dentists in tijuana recently revealed that, on average, 1 million Canadians and 4 million US citizens annually visit the Tijuana border for their dental treatment, approximately triple the number of American citizens for the same reason. Dental tourism in this part of the continent provides Canadian and American visitors not only with the best price but, in many cases, the same quality of dental treatment as in the US.

Here are some of the reasons to come to Mexico for dental tourism:

  1. The high costs of dental treatments in Canada and the US.
  2. Some clinics do not allow health insurance.
  3. Long wait times in their own country to get the dental care they need.

Time is a very important factor, faster doesn’t mean the quality will be inferior, Dentists in Tijuana are used to a slightly different way of dentistry.

Why Tijuana?

As we saw earlier, every year hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Americans decide to visit Mexico for their dental treatment. The pleasant climate of California contrasts with the frigid cold of Canada or some parts of the US. Well-known Dr Valorie Crooks, a researcher with Simon Fraser University’s medical tourism group, comments, “There is a very strong word-of-mouth network in relation to Canadians accessing care abroad.” 

Choosing your dentist in Tijuana?

With the high costs of local dentists, the decision to travel for major dental treatments to Mexico is an option to consider. If you’re at this point, you’re probably thinking about whether it’s safe to visit a dentist in Tijuana.

The cost of living in Tijuana is much lower than in Canada or the US; therefore, the prices of dentistry are lower. Operating and maintenance costs are lower, and this positively affects the lower cost of dental care in Mexico. 

Dentist credentials

Making sure your dentist is properly licensed and credentialed is one of the first things to check. Likewise, more invasive treatments such as dental implants in Mexico, “All on 4” dental implants, snap-on dentures, and root canals require extra skills to ensure the success of the treatment. A specialty in implants, root canals, etc. can make a big difference. Unfortunately, just like in the US, general dentists want to perform all kinds of dental procedures without having the proper preparation to perform them. 

Check that the estimates they give you don’t have hidden prices

While it is true to be able to determine a patient’s treatment plan remotely, the amount of a dental procedure can be approximated, it is very important that you can help by providing photos and some studies, such as x-rays that you have. Also, being on a long trip, a virtual consultation with your dentist before travelling can solve many doubts. 

Tijuana dental prices vs EU and Canadian price

Definitely, the cost is the biggest attraction for which visitors from Canada and the US see Mexico, particularly Tijuana, as the best destination for their dental treatment. Inflation and high insurance costs make Tijuana a top destination for dental tourism today. 

Another highly sought-after treatment is full-mouth rehabilitation using implants called All on 4. In the US or Canada, only the fixed final prosthesis (which does not include implants, abutments, x-rays, CT scans, 3D, etc.) has a cost of 8,824 dll, taking the same portal as a reference, and in Tijuana, you can use that money to cover the payment of a complete arch rehabilitation. Ask about their “All on 4 One Visit”.

For more price references, visit our pricing section here mexico dental prices 

Check reviews

It’s another point to keep in mind. What a clinic says is what a clinic says, but what do the patients of that clinic say? That’s what really matters. 

Following these initial points, you will be ready to choose which dental clinic in Mexico is the one you were looking for, in that decision process, it is good that you also evaluate other aspects, such as the ones you will see below.

Preparing your trip for your dental work in Mexico

How long will it take me to get there? How will I get to the clinic if I don’t know anything about Tijuana? What do I need to bring? The great advantage of travelling to Tijuana, unlike other destinations in Mexico, is the proximity of San Diego (10 minutes from San Diego airport to Tijuana) and for example, the average cost of a round trip flight from Vancouver to San Diego is around USD 550.00, and from Portland to San Diego it is around USD 178.00 (a flight to San Diego is much less expensive, for example; the same flight from Portland to Cancun is around USD 514.00).  

When Americans and Canadians travel to Tijuana, Mexico, they typically need the following:

  1. Documentation. Ensure you have a valid passport or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant documents such as a passport card, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST) for land crossings into Mexico.
  2. Driving requirements. If you’re driving, remember to bring your valid driver’s licence and proof of vehicle insurance.
  3. Choosing a dental clinic: Start by selecting a reputable dental clinic. Clinics like Smile4Ever Mexico specialise in serving American and Canadian patients, offering a range of services including all-on-4 implants, veneers, crowns, and cosmetic dentistry.
  4. Communication. While most staff at dental clinics in Tijuana are proficient in English, it’s wise to confirm this beforehand to avoid any language barriers during your treatment.
  5. Phone coverage. Ensure you have reliable phone coverage in Mexico. Check with your mobile service provider to see if your plan includes international roaming in Mexico or if you need to purchase a specific travel package.
  6. Accommodation and transportation. Plan your stay carefully, considering options such as partnering clinics with local hotels that offer special rates for patients.
  7. Payment and insurance. Understand the accepted payment methods, whether it’s credit cards, debit cards, or cash. If using a credit or debit card, notify your bank beforehand.
  8. Post-treatment care. Inquire about the follow-up care provided by the clinic, particularly after returning home, to ensure ongoing dental health.
  9. Explore Tijuana. While dental care is the primary focus, take time to explore the city’s attractions and safe tourist spots for a cultural experience.
  10. Safety measures. Have a list of emergency contacts, including your home country’s local embassy or consulate, readily available for unexpected situations.

Welcome to Mexico! You’re already 30% advanced on your way. Now the important thing is to corroborate your expectations with the doctor of your chosen Clinic. 

For patients who perform complex treatments such as “All on 4”, full mouth reconstruction, and smile makover, normally the clinic of your choice will provide you with all the facilities of transportation, accommodation, etc. On your first visit, it is very important to expose your expectations and fears. Talk to your concierge and your dentist will help clear all those doubts you have about your treatment and help the team of dentists provide you with the best options for your case. 

The day of your dental treatment in Tijuana

Depending on the type of procedure you are requesting, your appointments will be scheduled. It is very common in more demanding treatments such as All on 4 and Full Mouth that we give it higher priority (it does not mean that the others are not), but in these cases, we try to schedule as few patients as possible so that our team dedicates itself fully to your procedure. Transfers to hotels, airports, clinics, rehabilitation surgeries, and countless other cases help us to perfect time, dedication, and efforts.

Welcome to Smile 4 Ever Mexico!

Smile4ever Mexico or the clinic of your choice will help you with your itinerary and transportation to the airport. It’s time to enjoy your new smile, and why not start a new life? Smile transformations change lives. But the most important thing is that you really feel good about yourself, and that, combined with smiling again without any fear, will make the radical change you were looking for. 




Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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