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Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

Has anyone used or know someone who has used Colina dental practice in Costa Rica? Please tell me what you know about them.

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Tampa, Florida
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71. Re: Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

i went to a general dentist there 5 years ago for cavities/cleaning. Anglada is one of 6 certified implantologists in CR. From what i read Obando is also excellent. Dr Castro, Anglada's associate, is known as the 'king of crowns'. He offers porcelain fused to zirconia which is a white metal that doesn't turn the gums black. It cost me less than half of what I was quoted in the States including airfare, hotel, food. They run a high tech operation and use only the most advanced materials for implants and crowns. Many of the patients there were American. Costa Rica is a major medical tourism destination for dental and plastic surgery.

Florida
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There are no dental implant certifications for dental surgeons who practice in the U.S. In Costa Rica, however, the most rigorous testing for proficiency in the placement of dental implants exists, and only four dentists in the entire country have the expertise to have obtained this certification, as of 2012. I have been a patient of Dr. Anglada, who practices with the group known as CLEO, whose staff includes Dr. Castro (restorative dentistry), Dra. Salgado (endodontist), as well as several other restorative dentists and they have their own lab, where crowns, partials, dentures and all sorts of devices are made. Offices in the Sabana Park area (two blocks from the MacDonald's restaurant, and in Lindora (Santa Anna), which is adjacent to the primarily U.S. expatriate community of Escazu, and near CIMA hospital (which is a satellite facility of Baylor Medical School). I have used the services of this dental group for the past eight years, and highly recommend them...yes, they have facilities that put my U.S. dentist to shame. At prices 40 to 60% less than any U.S. dentist. Here's Dr. Anglada's website: http://www.costaricaimplants.com/index.php

Florida
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73. Re: Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

Yes, this is THE dental practice to patronize if you are seeking any kind of major dental procedure. Root canal procedures that cost 9 to 12 hundred dollars in the U.S. are under $300 here. Crowns around $400, depending on your choice of materials. As you know, there are plenty of implants being done in Costa Rica, as well as in the U.S. by practitioners who have far less experience and talent, but whose prices are no lower than Dr. Anglada. Can't imagine going anywhere else...

Florida
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Prisma heavily advertises implants that are "instant load", meaning the crown is placed on the implant post immediately. Having a brother in law with over 35 years as a U.S. dentist, and a personal friend who is the head of the University of Iowa's dental college, I have been counseled against ever getting an implant without waiting four to 6 months for the implant to fuse (oseointigrate) to the bone into which it is placed, before subjecting it to the enormous stress of supporting actual chewing forces. I have no doubt that you have and will get decent dental work done by Prisma....but you won't pay any more for dental work done by much more qualified and CONSERVATIVE specialists in San Jose, Costa Rica. So why would you go to a clinic that makes expeditious promises and performs risky procedures? I won't, so I go to this specialist, instead: http://www.costaricaimplants.com/index.php

JENSEN BEACH
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My Dental Clinic in Escazy NOVA DENTAL advises against "instant load" as well. From my research they are basically not dependable. Having had extensive work done and also having 2 Friends who subsequently had extensive work at NOVA, Dr Obando is my only choice in Costa Rica! Great operation and easy to communicate with! Not sure about previous posters"designation" info accuracy. Dr Obando has the highest of qualifications and contnually attends conferences in the US not resting on his Laurels nor excellent education. Qualifications on NOVA Dental Clinic simple to find online.

Jaco, Costa Rica
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76. Re: Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

I was talking about this subject with a friend yesterday. Just in case you wanted to do your dental work and recuperate at the beach there is a very good dentist in Playa Jaco also. Dr. Dario Chaves Many come down from the States and use him. I do have personal experience with him. I went to him years ago, after not having been to dentist in years, and he had to do a root canal. I'm not a big fan of dentists and he was very good in getting me through it. He has state of the art equipment and the facilities are immaculately clean. Just met a guy last week that got work done for maybe $2500 that was quoted $9-10 K in the States.

Jaco, Costa Rica
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Ok, the guy I was talking about just wrote this in a post to friends on facebook so it gives an idea of pricing comparison.

I just returned from Costa Rica where I had fairly extensive dental work done. I obtained prices from two dentists in the Houston area. They quoted $7,730 and $11,000 respectively, after insurance. Plus root canals at $770 a piece. My dentist in Costa Rica is a member of the American dental Association. In addition to his general and cosmetic dental practice he teaches part time at the University of Costa Rica. His staff is friendly and dedicated to help him give the best dental treatment anywhere. And that was my experience. Excellence in everything including the most modern equipment, more modern than at a one year old clinic in my Houston neighborhood. And the total price was $2,400 including three root canals by his associate endodontist. His practice also includes an oral surgeon with extensive experience in implants.

Nokomis, Florida
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78. Re: Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

I have just returned from a week in San Jose where Dr. Anglada handled my extractions and the first stage of my implant procedure. I am impressed and would recommend him unreservedly. I also stayed at a simple hostel, Mi Casa, which is an easy 20 minute walk from the clinic...and loved it. It is simple, but clean, has a garden and a friendly and helpful staff. The other guests were travelers (rather than tourists) and full of information. By the way, Dr. Anglada will have Memo, his driver, meet you at the airport when you arrive; that's a very nice and convenient perk.

Murfreesboro
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Have any of you had all implants done, upper and lower? I read one post that sounded as though a sinus lift was done the same visit as implants. My oral surgeon and prosthodontics here indicated that it would be a year to a year and a half healing time until the crown could be placed. My 4 questions are, if you don't me asking: how much was it, how long was your healing process, how do they look, which dr. did you use? Thank you so much. I'm very nervous about getting it done, but the cost here is outrageous.

JENSEN BEACH
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80. Re: Dental Tourism in Costa Rica....

I had a sinus lift done as well as 2 implants on the same visit last March (2012) with Dr Obando at NOVA Dental in Escazu. Actually that trip I had a root canal, sinus lift, 2 implants, cleaning and a couple of fillings replaced. They put in a temporary bridge type apparatus where the implants were placed. I went back in October for the final work which consisted of 2 crowns, implant completion with 2 more crowns and about 7 more old silver fillings removed and replaced. Total was less than $8,000! Also my dentist here had indicated I was not a candidate for those 2 implants and would need a bridge! My implants were both upper so not sure about upper and lower. One of the things that made me so comfortable with NOVA was that the DENTIST is who corresponds with you via email answering any and all ?s BEFORE your initial visit. I am VERY happy with the work and believe me, I was nervous and apprehensive before arriving in CR. The Clinic was spotless and they could not have treated me any nicer nor been any more patient (I have a dental phobia)! I was quite suprised the day of my sinus lift and implants that there was minimal pain. I had one night of ice packs and restless sleep but could actually eat the next day. They are sure you have pain meds, inflammation meds and antibiotic the day before any surgery is done. I recently referred a close friend who had 16 teeth done. His pain was, naturally, much worse than mine but it is about 3 mos now since he had it done and he is feeling very happy to have it behind him. He'll go back 7 mos from original visit to complete the work and is saving an unbelievable amt of $$$. He also has nothing but praise for Dr Obando and NOVA overall. His Dentist here in FL wanted 3x the money and wanted to drag out the process over TWO YEARS! I also am highly impressed with the modern equipment at NOVA which is much more advanced than what my Dentist here in FL has. Feel free to send me a PM here on TA if you want more info. I traveled alone as my Husband would not have had a lot of "fun" and I preferred 'quiet time". I stayed nearby at a lovely B&B owned by an ExPat American lady who has lived in CR for 20+ years. Very safe and scenic and $250 for a week in a studio apt! Both visits were spent here and I can't praise it enough. Ck out Villa Escazu here on TA. If you prefer a place where "staff" is avail to help with the healing process I think Casa Verde nearby is highly recomened. I didn't need any assistance as my surgery proved to be very minor despite my "fears".

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