Worried About the Cost of Emergency Dental Care? How to Get Your Teeth Fixed at Affordable Prices
Did you know dental emergencies aren’t only sudden toothaches? Learn more about what’s considered a dental emergency and where to get affordable urgent care.
Did your tooth break? Are you dealing with a dental infection? Are you worried about dental expenses you didn’t budget for?
We understand that a dental emergency can be a stressful and painful experience. There’s nothing like a dental emergency to disrupt your plans and budget. This is why we help people like you get emergency dental services for less.
Don’t wait until you have to visit the ER to treat your infection. Setting up a next-day appointment can be as easy as calling a dental office in Mexico and driving the next day to take care of your dental problem.
In this article, we’ll discuss what’s considered a dental emergency. We’ll also tackle what you can do to prevent it from happening. Lastly, we’ll explore the best places for you to get affordable and urgent dental care. So, keep reading to learn more about how to take care of your dental health without breaking the bank.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Many people think that a dental emergency only involves a sudden toothache. However, that is not the case.
To understand this concept better, let’s look at what’s considered a dental emergency.
These emergencies are categorized into two: urgent emergencies and non-urgent emergencies.
Urgent vs Non-Urgent Dental Cases
Urgent emergencies require immediate attention from your dentist. These are time-sensitive and so need immediate attention from a dental professional.
Delaying treatment in these cases can result in further complications. In certain cases, these can even lead to irreversible damage to your oral health.
Non-urgent emergencies also require immediate care. However, these cases aren’t life-threatening or time-sensitive. Simply put, these emergencies can wait a little longer to be treated.
Remember, seeking professional dental help for both types of conditions is still important. Avoiding your dental visit can lead to more severe issues.
Now, you might be thinking, “Is there an emergency dentist near me?” That’s the thing; finding an emergency dentist in the US is difficult. And if you find one, the waiting time is long. You may not be able to get the immediate care you need.
Plus, most people don’t budget for dental emergencies. So, maybe, you’re wondering, “Where can I go for emergency dental treatment without spending too much?” Well, we have the answer for you: Mexico.
Yes, that’s right. Mexico.
What Urgent Care Can I Get in Mexico?
You can get many different types of urgent dental care in Mexico. These all depend on your dentist’s recommendation based on your case. However, below are the common procedures that you can get for urgent dental care.
- Tooth Filling
- Tooth Bonding
- Root Canal
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Periodontal Treatments (Open Curettage/Osseous Surgery)
- Surgical Extraction for Impacted Teeth
- Simple Extractions
- Orthodontic appliance repairs
- Repairs of prostheses (dentures)
But why do you have to go to Mexico for these treatments? Trust us, there are many reasons and benefits. Let’s look at some of them.
Why Go to Mexico for Emergency Dental Work?
Traveling to Mexico for emergency dental work is more efficient and cost-effective. Here are some reasons that make Mexico the best place for your urgent dental care.
#1. Faster appointments and same-day bookings: It is faster to book appointments in dental offices in Mexico, unlike in your hometown. You do not need to wait for days while suffering from your emergency.
Plus, there are many dentists in one dental facility in Mexico. You get attended to faster than in your hometown. This makes your wait times shorter.
Lastly, there are many major dental hubs in Mexico, like Tijuana and Los Algodones. This gives you many options for emergency dental care in Mexico.
#2. Accessibility: Mexico is a convenient and cost-effective option for emergency dental work. You can drive to the border, park on the US side, walk across the border to a Mexico dental clinic, and receive dental care, all on the same day.
This is very helpful when you need immediate treatment and cannot wait for an appointment with a US dentist.
And get this, there are more than 500 dentists in Los Algodones alone. This gives you easier access to urgent dental care.
TIP: Many clinics in Los Algodones accept walk-in appointments. However, it is better to book an appointment with a trusted and reputable dentist. This guarantees better quality care.
#3. Significantly lower costs: The cost of treatment in Mexico is more affordable than in your local area. You can get the same procedure for 50 to 70 percent less than your local dentist. You don’t need to worry about dental expenses you didn’t budget for.
Check out the differences in dental treatment costs between the US and Mexico below.
Estimated Differences Between the Average US and Mexico Costs of Dental Procedures
|Procedure||Unit||Average US Cost||Average Mexico Cost|
|Periodontal Evaluation||Per Mouth||$250||Free|
|Regular Extraction||Per Tooth||$307||$100|
|Surgical Extraction||Per Tooth||$485||$250|
|Wisdom Teeth Extraction||Per Tooth||$650||$250|
|X-ray Complete Series||Per Mouth||$168||$50|
|CT Scan||Per Mouth||$475||$150|
|Panoramic Xray||Per Mouth||$115||$50|
|White Filling||Per Tooth||$300||$100-$150|
|Porc. Crown Fused to Base Metal||Per Tooth||$1,300||$335|
|Zirconia Crowns||Per Tooth||$2,050||$560|
|Temporary Crown||Per Tooth||$450||$60|
|Zirconia Veneer||Per Tooth||$2,150||$550|
|Emax Veneer||Per Tooth||$1,950||$580|
|Root Canal Anterior with Post||Per Tooth||$1,550||$400|
|Root Canal Molar with Post||Per Tooth||$1,750||$400|
|Crown Lengthening||Per Tooth||$1,075||$200|
|Deep Cleaning||Per Quadrant||$404||$180|
|Open Curettage / Osseous Surgery||Per Quadrant||$2,022||$250|
#4. Upfront and Transparent Pricing: You can easily prepare for your dental emergency expenses. Prices for dental procedures in Mexico are available online. You can also ask for quotes over the phone.
This is not the case with many US dental clinics. You need to come in for a consultation to get a quote for a procedure. This makes budgeting difficult.
#5. High-Quality Treatments: Mexico is home to the Dentistry Capital of the world, Los Algodones. This small border town boasts many top-quality dentists. These dentists completed their education and training in prestigious dental schools like UCLA, Loma Linda, UPenn, and NYU.
You can rest assured that experienced and knowledgeable dentists will attend to your urgent dental needs.
TIP: Did you know? Our partner dentists in Mexico are at the top of their fields. For example, Dr. Tulio is a faculty member for US Dentists for Implantology. He is also an international speaker for conferences held in Europe and Asia. Plus, he is a pioneer in advanced techniques for bone grafting.
#6. Access to advanced procedures: Many Mexico dentists are experts in their fields. They are able to complete advanced techniques and procedures for your dental needs.
Likewise, many dental facilities in Mexico are all-in-one facilities. This means that they have all the necessary equipment in the same facility. This also gives you the convenience of not going several different dental facilities for treatment.
TIP: Did you know? Dentists within the Dayo Dental networks have access to advanced technology. For example, most of our partner facilities have their own CAD/CAM systems to help you with dental emergencies more efficiently.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
We understand the inconveniences that dental emergencies bring. However, there are simple ways to prevent these emergencies.
#1. Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice daily and floss regularly. Also, use an antibacterial mouthwash. This will prevent plaque, tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis, and other oral health issues.
#2. Visit your dentist regularly: Do this once every six months. This will prevent any serious conditions in the future. Many oral health issues have symptoms that only dental professionals can detect.
#3. Avoid hard and sticky food: This will minimize or prevent prosthesis-related emergencies. It can also prevent loose, displaced, chipped, or broken teeth or restorations. Use your utensils to cut the food into smaller pieces before eating them.
#4. Don’t use teeth as tools: Avoid using your teeth to cut or tear anything, like bottles or packets. This will prevent you from having loose, chipped, broken, or avulsed teeth. Use the right tools instead.
#5. Address dental problems promptly: Immediately consult with your dentist when you notice early signs of dental and oral health problems. Do not wait for it to become an emergency.
Do you have a dental emergency that needs immediate attention? Why not consider going to Mexico to get treated faster?
We know it might seem too far. However, traveling to Mexico can get you more immediate high-quality treatment for less. You don’t need to worry about the cost of sudden dental expenses.
Don’t worry; we’ll pair you with a trusted, reputable emergency dentist. We’ve even negotiated a preferred price for you, so you pay even less! Contact us today to book a free consultation for your dental emergency.
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