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The Complete Guide to Dental Care in Cartagena


Cartagena is the crown jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. With direct flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe, Cartagena is a popular beach destination for travelers from all over the world. In addition, Colombia is famous for cosmetic surgery and high quality, affordable dental care. 

In this guide, we will take a thorough look at getting dental care in Cartagena. Read on for all the information you need to plan a safe and successful visit!

How much does it cost to go to the Dentist in Cartagena?

Price is the biggest driver of dental tourism in Cartagena. Dental travelers can expect to save 50-70% on a wide range of dental services in Cartagena, but we’ll be looking at the 5 most common procedures our partners offer in depth. The procedures we will be looking at are dental implants, crowns, veneers, dentures, and teeth whitening.

Cost of Dental Implants in Cartagena

Dental implants are the most common procedure for dental tourism in Cartagena because they can cost $4,000+ in the United States. In Cartagena, travelers can expect to pay $1,243 – 1,385 USD for a dental implant, abutment, and crown.

Getting dental implants in Cartagena requires 2 visits, with 2-3 appointments per visit. For all the details about the procedure, check out the Complete Guide to Dental Implants in Colombia

For more extensive procedures, like implant supported dentures, the savings can be even higher. All-on-4 procedures can cost $20,500+ in the United States per arch but start at just $6,900 USD at the Centro de Implantes de la Costa. 


Dental Crowns in Tijuana
10-unit bridge of dental crowns made with CAD/CAM technology

Cost of Crowns in Cartagena

Crowns typically cost $1,250-1,600 USD in the United States, but cost between $409 and $600 USD in Cartagena. The cost varies by clinic and material, with porcelain fused to metal crowns being relatively less expensive and high end materials like porcelain and zirconia being a little pricier. 

Some patients travel to Cartagena to complete dental work started in the United States, including placing crowns over recently placed dental implants. Crowns over dental implants cost approximately $200 to $300 USD more because they also require the placement of an abutment, which connects the crown to the dental implant.

Crowns can be made in 2-3 days in Cartagena at clinics with in-house dental labs like Centro de Implantes de la Costa which use computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology.

Cost of Veneers in Cartagena

While ceramic veneers cost $1,100 to $1,500 USD in the United States, they cost just $409 to $490 USD per tooth in Cartagena. Veneers in Cartagena typically take 2-5 business days to complete.

For all of the details, check out the Complete Guide to Veneers in Colombia.

The best clinics for veneers in Cartagena are Dentist Cartagena and the Centro de Implantes de la Costa, which both offer high end ceramic veneers. 

Cost of Dentures in Cartagena

Dentures can cost $1,800 per arch in the United States, but generally cost $220-$450 USD per arch in Cartagena for traditional, removable prosthetics. 

Implant supported dentures cost $20,500+ USD in the United States, but start at just $6,900 USD for an All-on-4 at Centro de Implantes de la Costa.

Dentures tend to require additional work besides just the denture itself, including x-rays, extractions, and a cleaning. All told, the price tends to be about 70% less than in the United States.

Teeth Whitening in Tijuana

Cost of Teeth Whitening in Cartagena

In Cartagena, teeth whitening costs between $100-150 USD for a laser whitening session. In the United States, this same procedure can cost $650+. Teeth whitening is very popular since noticeable results can be seen in just a single session. For those staying in Cartagena a little longer, 3 sessions for $295 USD can give outstanding results. 

Is it Safe to Go to the Dentist in Cartagena?

Cartagena is home to some very highly trained dentists. At Apollo Medical Travel, we have done the legwork to find some of the best dentists in Cartagena. We’ve done site visits, background checks, and reviews to make sure that these clinics offer great service and excellent clinical outcomes. 

As for the safety of Cartagena itself, check out the guidance from the US State Department. Having done site visits in Cartagena, we are confident that we can safely facilitate medical tourism in the area.

*** Author’s note: I have spent 15 months in Cartagena as an Expat. I am happy to tie you in to the Expat community, which is very active and welcoming. ***

Where is the Best Place to Get Dental Care in in Cartagena?

Below are two of the absolute best dental clinics in Cartagena catering to medical tourists from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Check out these profiles for detailed information about what each clinic has to offer.

Centro de implantes de la costa - dental center in Cartagena, Colombia

Centro de Implantes de la Costa


5/5 – 6 Reviews

Centro de Implantes de la Costa is a dental clinic in Cartagena, Colombia that offers highly specialized treatments such as orthodontics, oral surgery, smile design, oral rehabilitation, aesthetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry and dental implants.

Dentist Cartagena


5/5 – 4 Reviews

Improve your smile in one of the top destinations in the Caribbean. Located beachfront in the most exclusive part of the wonderful Cartagena, Colombia.

How Do I Get to Cartagena?

Cartagena (CTG) offers direct flights from Miami (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL), and New York (JFK).  Canadians can take direct flights from Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL). 

Colombia offers visa free travel for visitors from the United States and Canada, so it is very easy to enter the country for a visit of up to 90 days. A current set of entry requirements can be found here.

Where Should I Stay in Cartagena?

We recommend that travelers in Cartagena stay in the touristic neighborhoods of the Zona Norte, including Bocagrande, el Centro, Getsemani, and Manga.

AirBnB offers great furnished apartments at affordable prices, and our go to hotel recommendation is the Hilton Cartagena

How do I get started?

We are here to help ensure that your trip to get dental care in Cartagena is a success. At Apollo Medical Travel, we can help you get high quality, affordable dental care in Cartagena at a fair and transparent price. The prices listed on our site are the same as what you’d pay walking into the clinic, and we can help give you the peace of mind to pull out your passport for your health.

The first step is to get a free, no obligation quote for the care you need. From there, we can help arrange for an appointment and a free, in-country shuttle.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via chat or give us a call at +1 (888) 382-4929.

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