Root Canal in Mexico: Top 5 Travel Tips For Dental Patients

Traveling across the border for dental work can be a scary endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Read this article for 5 essential tips to make your travel more enjoyable and worry-free.

When it’s pain, we all want fast relief.  One of the quickest ways to relieve toothache is to get a root canal in Mexico.  You can just get up early the next day, drive south to the border, and get a same-day root canal in Mexico.

Yes, same-day.  No need to wait weeks to get an appointment with a US dentist.  (In some parts of Canada, it could literally take months to get an appointment with a root canal specialist.)

With just a few hours of driving, you can save up to 70% by going to Mexico for a root canal.  The cost of a root canal in Mexico (with a post) is only $400.  In the US, the cost is around $1,550 to $1,750.  Some of the top root canal destinations in Mexico are within driving distance for many people, including Los Algodones, Tijuana, Nogales, and Juarez.

We want to make this experience as smooth as possible for you.  That’s what we do here at Dayo Dental.  So here are 5 tips we would like you to know before getting a root canal therapy in Mexico.


Mexico Root Canal Tip #1:
If you have a severe infection, allow the infection to subside before going to Mexico for a root canal

Los Algodones Denstist
Dr. Dominguez performing a root canal in Algodones, Mexico

Why?  Because this could save you an extra trip to Mexico.

In most cases, root canals are completed in one day.  If you have a severe infection, the dentist can’t complete the root canal in the same day.  A swollen cheek or a “bubble” in your gums is a good sign of infection.

When you have a severe infection, the dentist will have a hard time making the dental anesthesia work.  Unless you like pain with your dental work, I say wait it out.  The dentist can’t also clean the entire tooth root when there is an active infection that compromises the root.

If you do go to Mexico with an infection, the Endodontist (root canal specialist) will start the root canal process, open the site, and place medications to let the bacteria subside.  You would still get pain relief, but he will ask you to go back to his dental clinic in Mexico after 1 week to finish the root canal procedure.

What top root canal specialists in Mexico will tell you:

“If you have a severely infected tooth, go to a local doctor or urgent care facility.  Get a prescription for antibiotics.  Allow the antibiotics to heal the infection.  Without an active infection site, we can complete your root canal in Mexico in one day.”


Mexico Root Canal Tip #2:
Schedule a consultation with a general dentist Mexico first, before going to a root canal specialist

Root canal Mexico dentist
Schedule a consultation with a general dentist first before getting a root canal in Mexico.

If you go straight to a root canal specialist, he will likely perform a root canal.  After all, that’s what you are scheduled for.

But what if you don’t really need a root canal?  Here at Dayo Dental, we encounter many patients who have been told they need a root canal by their US dentist or Mexico dentist.  During the consultation with the honest general dentist, they are told they only need a crown or filling.  That’s a huge difference in cost!  Plus you preserve your tooth significantly for the long-term.

Some root canal cases are better off with a dental implant.  A general dentist in Mexico will also help you decide between opting for a root canal therapy or an extraction and dental implant.

Furthermore, the general dentist in Mexico can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth.  This will educate you regarding priorities and the steps to get your entire mouth in excellent health.

Don’t worry, your root canal appointment will be right after your 40 minute consultation with the general dentist in Mexico.

What top root canal specialists in Mexico will tell you:

“First, schedule with our partner general dentist in Mexico.  He will give you a go signal whether you do need a root canal or not.  He will also explain your options other than a root canal therapy.  This will help you decide on what’s best for your long-term dental health.”  


Mexico Root Canal Tip #3:
Carefully consider between a root canal vs implant in Mexico

dental implant post Mexico
A dental implant replaces the tooth root. Implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper oral health.

It’s a well-known dental industry trend that treatments are moving toward dental implants.  Dental implants offer a lifetime solution.  Maybe that’s why Endodontics is not a popular specialty among US dental students.

Root canal procedures have unpredictable life spans.  It may take 5, 10, 15, or 20 years before you would need another root canal retreatment.  After a while, a tooth that has received a root canal may need to be extracted.  In this case, the tooth doesn’t have enough good structure to survive another root canal retreatment and a new crown.  Hence, you have more potential expenses in the future.

In some cases, you are better off with a dental implant.  This is one of the reasons why you should see a general dentist in Mexico first before going to an Endodontist.

A dental implant with a crown can be 3 times the cost of a root canal and a crown in Mexico.  A dental implant also takes more time to complete.

Ask the question, “Do I want to invest more now with a dental implant and not worry about the tooth again?  Or, do I go with a root canal in Mexico that is more reasonable in cost and faster to complete?”

Some holistic dentists (also called biological dentist) in Mexico would even totally advise against root canals. They see a root canal as having a dead tooth structure in the mouth.  

Keep in mind that not all root canal procedures are better off with dental implants.  Most dentists will want to preserve your teeth as much as possible.  

What top root canal specialists in Mexico will tell you:

“Dental implants generally last longer than root canals.  During the evaluation, we will carefully examine your tooth and the rest of your mouth.  We will help you decide between a root canal vs extraction with implant; we will base the decision on your tooth condition, budget, time frame, and long-term goals.”


Mexico Root Canal Tip #4:
When comparing costs, add the cost of the post and crown with the cost of root canal

After a root canal procedure, the tooth will need a root canal post and crown to seal the tooth and strengthen its structure.  The tooth is

root canal post
This is an x-ray of an implant vs root canal taken by a root canal specialist in Mexico. The last three are teeth with root canals and crowns, as shown by the lighter portion of the x-ray

at risk of breaking without a root canal post and dental crown to stabilize it.

First, when comparing the root canal cost in Mexico, ensure that the price includes the root canal post.  A root canal post is installed after a root canal to seal the root area and to strengthen the tooth for the crown.  Although less common, some dentists in Mexico exclude the price of the root canal post in your quote.  

However, root canal specialists in the US typically separate the cost of the root canal post.  So a $900 root canal with a US dentist becomes a total of $1,550 when you add the root canal post.

The average price of a root canal with a post in Mexico to $400.  Some of the best root canal specialists in Mexico charge around $450 to $550.

What top root canal specialists in Mexico will tell you:

“Plan to get the dental crown right after your root canal procedure in Mexico.  Typically, we will schedule you for a crown preparation and impression in the same afternoon after your root canal appointment.  We will install a temporary crown.  You will wait anywhere between 2-5 days to get your final crown installed.”root canal cost in Mexico

Mexico Root Canal Tip #5:
Request post-procedure x-rays from your Mexico dentist right after your root canal

Mexico root canal specialist
Dr. Pedro Ortiz from Cabo uses an advanced microscope to perform root canals with all his patients.

The post procedure x-ray will be your proof that your root canal dentist in Mexico performed your root canal correctly and completely.  All the nerves have been removed.  All infections were cleaned.  The tooth is strong and intact.  If there is an issue in the future, you can see another dentist with the x-rays as reference to evaluate the work of your root canal dentist in Mexico.

If you need multiple root canals, don’t rush your dentist.  Some dentists in Mexico brag that they can do root canals in less than 20 minutes.  These dentists are being careless about the process.  In their rush, they can break your tooth or provide incomplete treatment.  This could result in an extraction.  

Some top and most expensive Endodontists in Mexico even do microscopic root canals.  They use a microscope to extensively and carefully perform the root canal.  They take pride in doing the best root canals in Mexico.

What top root canal specialists in Mexico will tell you:

“A typical root canal process takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour per tooth.  We take the proper time to avoid mistakes.  This will ensure that the root canal and crown will last you a very long time.  And yes, we make it painless.”

Do you have questions about getting a root canal in Mexico? Call Dayo Dental at 877-987-3296 to get a professional advisor who will guide you throughout the process.  Yes, a root canal is painless…


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