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Dental Tourism Market, By Service (Dental Implants, Orthodontics, Dental Cosmetics, Dental Prosthetics), Traveler (Incidental, Business), End-use (Hospitals, Dental Clinics, Multi-specialty Clinics) – Global Forecast (2024 – 2032)

  • Report ID: GMI9287
  • Published Date: Apr 2024
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Dental Tourism Market Size

Dental Tourism Market size was valued at around USD 7.7 billion in 2023 and is estimated to grow at 14.2% CAGR from 2024 to 2032. Dental tourism, also known as dental travel or dental vacations, refers to the practice of traveling to another country or destination to receive dental care or dental treatments. This phenomenon typically involves individuals seeking dental treatments abroad due to factors such as cost savings, access to high-quality care, shorter waiting times, or the opportunity to combine dental procedures with leisure travel.

Dental Tourism Market

The growing aging population is a significant driver for the dental tourism market. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030, 1 in 6 people in the world will be aged 60 years or over. The number of persons aged 80 years or older is expected to triple between 2020 and 2050 to reach 426 million. Tooth loss is more prevalent among older adults due to factors such as decay, gum disease, and wear and tear over time. As people age, they are more likely to experience tooth loss, leading to a higher demand for dental implants and other procedures.

Furthermore, increasing prevalence of dental diseases, rising dental implants (market size is estimated to account for USD 9.5 billion by the end of year 2032), advancement in dental preventive supplies, increasing adoption of dental equipment and consumables,  government initiatives and funding, preference for non-invasive treatment, increasing education & awareness, are the promoting factors fostering the growth of the market.

Dental Tourism Market Trends

The increasing prevalence of dental diseases is a significant driver for dental tourism industry. The dental conditions drive patients to seek treatment abroad in countries where specialized dental services are readily available.

  • For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2023, severe periodontal diseases are estimated to affect around 19% of the global adult population, representing more than 1 billion cases worldwide.
  • Dental tourism allows patients to access high-quality dental care at a fraction of the cost they would incur in their home countries. The lower labor and operational costs in dental tourism destinations coupled with favorable currency exchange rates enable patients to receive necessary treatments without financial strain.
  • Further, dental tourism destinations often offer a wide range of dental services and treatment options, including advanced procedures and specialized treatments that may not be available or accessible in patients' home countries. This variety of treatment options appeals to patients seeking comprehensive solutions for their dental issues.
  • Similarly, as per the same report, the global average prevalence of complete tooth loss is almost 7% among people aged 20 years or older. For people aged 60 years or older, a much higher global prevalence of 23% has been estimated. Losing teeth can be psychologically traumatic, socially damaging and functionally limiting, thereby increasing the growth of the market.

Dental Tourism Market Analysis

Dental Tourism Market, By Service, 2021 – 2032 (USD Billion)

Based on service, the market is divided into dental implants, orthodontics, dental cosmetics, dental prosthetics, and other services. The dental implants segment is estimated to account for USD 8.9 billion by the end of 2032.

  • Dental implants are considered one of the most effective and long-lasting solutions for tooth loss. Unlike removable dentures or bridges, dental implants provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth by integrating with the jawbone and mimicking the function and appearance of natural teeth.
  • With an increasing emphasis on aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry more individuals seek dental implants to restore their smiles and improve their overall facial appearance. Dental implants offer a natural-looking and seamless solution for missing teeth, enhancing patients' confidence and self-esteem.
  • Increasing cases of gums and cavities further rises the adoption rate for the tourism market. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2023, among adolescents aged 12 to 19, more than half (57%) have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Among adults aged 20 and older, about 90% have had at least one cavity. 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 currently has at least one cavity.
  • Dental clinics in popular dental tourism destinations frequently invest in state-of-the-art equipment and adopt advanced techniques to attract international patients. This ensures that patients can benefit from the latest advancements in implant dentistry, thereby leading the segmental growth.
Dental Tourism Market, By Traveler (2023)

Based on traveler, the dental tourism market is bifurcated into incidental and business. The incidental segment accounted for USD 4.8 billion in 2023.

  • Growing awareness of dental tourism options among travelers coupled with advancements in marketing and accessibility of dental services has contributed to the popularity of dental tourism among incidental travelers. Many dental clinics and tourism agencies actively promote dental tourism packages tailored to the needs of incidental travelers.
  • Incidental travelers benefit from the cost efficiencies of dental tourism without incurring additional travel expenses specifically for dental care. They can take advantage of lower dental treatment costs in popular dental tourism destinations while already bearing the travel expenses for their primary purpose.
  • Further, incidental travelers are more inclined to seek routine or elective dental procedures, such as cleanings, whitening, or minor dental work, which can be easily accommodated within their travel itinerary. Thus, leading to more adoption rates.
  • Dental tourism destinations frequently coincide with popular tourist destinations known for their cultural attractions, natural beauty, or recreational activities. Incidental travelers may combine dental treatment with leisure travel, allowing them to address their dental needs while enjoying a vacation or exploring a new destination.
  • Thus, such aforementioned factors are expected to augment the segmental growth.

Based on end-use, the dental tourism market is segmented into hospitals, dental clinics, multi-specialty clinics, and other end-users. The dental clinics segment held a market share of 48.6% in the year 2023.

  • Dental clinics often employ skilled dentists and specialists who are highly trained in various fields of dentistry, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, and implantology. Their expertise and specialization attract patients seeking quality dental care and specialized treatments.
  • Increasing number of dental clinics further driver the growth. For instance, according to the National Institutes of Health, in 2022, the proportion of dental clinic increased from 78.36% in 1986 to 85.59% in 2018.
  • Leading dental clinics invest in modern facilities, dental caries treatment, advanced equipment, and cutting-edge technologies to provide comprehensive dental services. State-of-the-art facilities enhance patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction, contributing to the appeal of dental clinics as preferred destinations for dental tourism.
  • These settings prioritize patient care, safety, and satisfaction by delivering personalized treatment plans, compassionate care, and exceptional customer service. Positive patient experiences, including minimal waiting times, clear communication, and attentive staff, foster trust, and loyalty among patients, encouraging them to return for future dental needs, thereby fostering the segmental growth.
North America Dental Tourism Market, 2021 – 2032 (USD Billion)

The U.S. dental tourism market is anticipated to grow at CAGR of 13.9% during the analysis timeframe.

  • The country offers a wide range of specialized dental procedures and treatments including cosmetic implants, orthodontics, oral surgery, implantology, and restorative dentistry. Patients seeking advanced or specialized dental treatments may choose to travel to the U.S. to access cutting-edge procedures and expertise not available in their home countries.
  • Further, affordable price increases the adoption rate for dental tourism in the country. For instance, according to the medical tourism, in 2024, dental implants can cost USD 2,500 in the U.S, while the same dental implants will cost around USD 900 in countries like Thailand and Costa Rica.

Japan market is expected to grow significantly over the years.

  • The country is known for its rich cultural heritage, historic landmarks, natural beauty, and modern attractions. Patients traveling to Japan for dental treatment can explore popular tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hokkaido, enriching their dental tourism experience with sightseeing and cultural activities.

Brazil dental tourism industry is anticipated to witness lucrative growth between 2024 – 2032.

  • Brazil has a significant healthcare sector with numerous hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities spread across the country. The high demand for healthcare services drives the need for effective disinfection solutions, including those for ultrasound probes.

Saudi Arabia market is anticipated to witness lucrative growth between 2024 – 2032.

  • Saudi Arabia has invested in developing its medical tourism infrastructure, including dental tourism services. The country offers comprehensive services such as medical interpreters, transportation assistance, accommodation arrangements, and concierge services to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience for dental tourists.

Dental Tourism Market Share

The dental tourism industry is highly competitive, marked by several players striving for market dominance. Providers offer comprehensive dental solutions with improved efficiency and affordability. This includes advancements in design, fabrication, and customization. Competition is driven by factors such as the quality, reliability, and ease of convenience to the destination along with integration capabilities with existing technologies, and compliance with regulatory standards. Strategic partnerships with companies and healthcare networks play a crucial role in market positioning.

Dental Tourism Market Companies

Some of the eminent market participants operating in the dental tourism industry include:

  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited
  • Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Bumrungrad International Hospital
  • Fortis Healthcare Limited
  • KPJ Healthcare Berhad
  • Manipal Hospital
  • Max Healthcare
  • Mount Elizbeth Hospitals
  • Raffles Medical Group
  • Sunset Dental Cancun

Dental Tourism Industry News:

  • In April 2023, Fortis Healthcare Limited announced that it has signed definitive agreements with the VPS Group for the acquisition of its Medeor Hospital in Manesar, India. This acquisition further expanded the dental and oral health care portfolio of the company by attracting patients for the treatment. Thus, it helped to increase noteworthy sales.
  • In February 2023, Mount Elizabeth Hospital acquired to acquired Naeotom Alpha, the world’s first photon-counting CT to optimize diagnostic and treatment pathways for patients. It is used in various procedures for dental, neuro, cardio, and other aspects of human biology. This acquisition enhanced the product and service portfolio of the company, thereby increasing the revenue.

The dental tourism market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2021 – 2032 for the following segments:

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Market, By Service

  • Dental implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Dental cosmetics
  • Dental prosthetics
  • Other services

Market, By Traveler

  • Incidental
  • Business

Market, By End-use

  • Hospital
  • Dental clinics
  • Multi-specialty clinics
  • Other end-users

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for dental tourism was USD 7.7 billion in 2023 and is expected to register 14.2% CAGR from 2024-2032 owing to the growing aging population and increasing prevalence of dental diseases worldwide.

Dental tourism industry from the dental implants segment is expected to reach USD 8.9 billion by 2032 due to being considered the most effective and long-lasting solutions for tooth loss and providing permanent support.

The U.S. industry is expected to register 13.9% CAGR from 2024-2032 due to the presence of a wide range of specialized dental procedures and treatments including cosmetic implants, orthodontics, oral surgery, implantology, and restorative dentistry in the region.

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Fortis Healthcare Limited, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Manipal Hospital, Max Healthcare, Mount Elizbeth Hospitals, Raffles Medical Group, and Sunset Dental Cancun, are some of the major dental tourism companies worldwide.

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