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The Complete Guide to Dental Care in Medellin


Medellin is at the center of Colombia’s health and beauty industry, and is home to some of the country’s best dentists. Affordable prices and a reputation for high end care make Medellin a top destination for dental tourism

In this guide, we will take a thorough look at getting dental care in Medellin. 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 Medellin?

High quality care and affordable prices are the biggest drivers of dental tourism in Medellin. Dental travelers can expect to save 50-70% on a wide range of dental services in Medellin, but we’ll be looking at the 5 most common procedures our partners offer in depth. The procedures we will be exploring in this article are dental implants, crowns, veneers, dentures, and teeth whitening. If you have a question about a procedure not explored on this list, please feel free to send us a message or leave a comment below. 

Cost of Dental Implants in Medellin

Dental implants are one of the most common procedures for dental tourism in Medellin because they can cost $4,000+ in the United States. In Medellin, travelers can expect to pay $921 – $1,243 USD for a dental implant, abutment, and crown.

Getting dental implants in Medellin requires 2 visits, with 2-3 appointments per visit to complete. 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 between $6,900 and $9,200 USD in Medellin. 


Patient who got Dental Care in Medellin

Cost of Crowns in Medellin

Crowns typically cost $1,250-1,600 USD in the United States, but cost between $190 and $563 USD in Medellin. 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 making up the high end of prices. 

Some patients travel to Medellin 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 typically take 5-7 days in Medellin from start to finish, but this can vary somewhat at different clinics. 

Cost of Lumineers and Veneers in Medellin

While ceramic lumineers and veneers cost $1,100 to $1,500 USD in the United States, they cost just $350 to $450 USD per tooth in Medellin. Lumineers and veneers in Medellin typically take 5-7 business days to complete.

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

Cost of Dentures in Medellin

Dentures can cost $1,800 per arch in the United States, but generally cost $152-$455 USD per arch in Medellin 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 Alta Estetica Dental.

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.

Cost of Teeth Whitening in Medellin

In Medellin, teeth whitening costs between $105-145 USD for a laser whitening session. Back 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.

Many patients who opt for teeth whitening in Medellin also choose to undergo other aesthetic procedures like botox, laser resurfacing, microneedling, ENDYMED, and other anti-aging treatments. Two clinics that offer a wide variety of aesthetic treatments are Clinica Liv and International Smiles (via their partners at Balance). 

Is it Safe to Go to the Dentist in Medellin?

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

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

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

Alta Estetica Dental


5/5 – 5 Reviews

Alta Estética Dental combines technology and a highly qualified team to provide comprehensive care to their patients.

Clinica Liv


5/5 – 9 Reviews

Liv brings together a group of health specialists to provide comprehensive rejuvenative medicine.

International Smiles


4.9/5 – 157 Reviews

International Smiles offers a holistic approach to dental wellness for expats and visitors to Medellin, Colombia.

How Do I Get to Medellin?

Medellin’s José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) boasts direct flights from Miami (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), and New York (JFK) and short connecting flights from Houston (IAH), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Washington DC (IAD), Toronto (YYZ), and Montreal (YUL) via Bogota (BOG).

Many of our partners, like Alta Estetica and International Smiles offer airport pick ups, but Uber, Indriver, and taxis service the airport for between 65,000 – 90,000 COP ($18.50 – $26 USD).

Savvy travelers can save money by taking a bus from the airport to the city for 13,000 COP ($3.75 USD) per person and then catching a metered cab to their final destination for approximately 15,000 COP ($4.35 USD).

If you need any assistance or have any questions, your patient coordinator will always be available to help you.

Where Should I Stay in Medellin?

We recommend travelers in Medellin stay in the neighborhoods of Laureles, Poblado, or Envigado when they visit the city. These neighborhoods are safe, centrally located, and easily accessible for international visitors.

AirBnB offers a wide selection of great stays. For those interested in a hotel, we recommend 23 Hotel near Parque Lleras for an affordable stay in a relaxing, upscale hotel.

How do I get started?

We are here to help ensure that your trip to get dental care in Medellin is a success. At Apollo Medical Travel, we can help you get high quality, affordable dental care in Medellin 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.

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

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