We all know it’s important to take care of our teeth, but we’re also familiar with the costs involved.
For Americans willing to hop on a plane, visiting a dentist in another country could save travelers over 70 percent on dental procedures such as crowns and root canals, according to data from medical publisher Patients Beyond Borders.
Some 130 million Americans live without dental insurance, according a 2012 report to Congress called Dental Crisis in America from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Because even the insured face out-of-pocket costs, it might make financial sense to fly to your next dental appointment.
You Won’t Be Alone
“We estimate that in 2012, 400,000 Americans crossed international borders for dental care. For 2013, we project a growth rate of approximately 20 percent,” says Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders.
Emily Ross of Whatclinic.com, a global healthcare professional search provider for medical tourism patients, says that the most-searched-for destinations for Americans seeking dental care are from Mexican dentists, especially nearby border cities like Los Algodones, the U.K., the Philippines, Costa Rican dentists, and India. Dental implants, crowns, and dentures are the most popular searches.
While procedures abroad may be cheaper, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider before traveling internationally for dental care.