Dental Care in Panama

During our last tour one of the attendees, Lucy,  got a really bad tooth ache on Sunday.  Luckily we had a doctor on the tour and he recommended a pain medication.  When we pulled in to Las Tablas for lunch Lucy and her husband James went to the pharmacy to get the pain medications.  Because the pain pills are not a narcotic, Lucy was able to buy the pills without a prescription.

On Monday the tour group arrived in Bouqete.  Lucy, James and I went to one of the local dentists.  They saw Lucy right away.  No appointment necessary.  It was $20 for the exam and x-ray.  They recommended that Lucy get a root canal.  After the tour, Lucy got the root canal for $330.  And James got his teeth cleaned for $30.

A few years ago my daughter got a root canal in Texas, it was $1350!   When she was in Panama last year she her teeth cleaned, 3 fillings and a crown for $590.

My neighbor recently got an implant for $1500

The prices for dental care are much more affordable in Panama.  But the QUALITY of care is usually much better too!  The first time I got my teeth cleaned in Panama, I was surprised that the dentist does the teeth cleaning, not a dental hygenist.  The office was spotless.  They had the latest equipment.  It was the most thorough teeth cleaning I had ever had – total costs, with x-rays was only $40.


Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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  1. Markus Kramer says

    Hello Jackie,

    first of all, thank you for this highly informative website, many questions are really answered here in advance.

    My name is Markus, I am 53 years old, come from Germany and live already for over two years here in Santa Fe. Maybe you can help me with a small question, which could also interest many other readers of your site: can you recommend a good dentist or oral surgeon? I need an implant, and since this is of course a somewhat more complicated procedure, I didn’t want to go to the next best dentist with it on the off chance. Maybe you even know an English speaking dentist?

    Thank you and best regards


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