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Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

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Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about either Dr. Longar at Clinica San Juan or the group at Costa Rica Dental Team?

After spinning in circles trying to find some way to do a language school and have dental work done in the same time frame, I think I've found the answer in the language school of Personalized Spanish. They have coordinated dental work and classes before and also seem to cater a bit more to non-traditional students (i.e. "older") which I am. Additionally, they will compress my class schedule to 4 days so that i have long weekends for exploring the rest of CR.

The last piece of this puzzle is now picking out a dentist that is somewhat close to the school which is in Tres Rios. The school itself recommended Dr. Longar but I've seen nothing about her anywhere on the web. That makes me a bit nervous!

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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11. Re: Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

Thanks for the info Beshad. What I need done is pretty standard garden vareity dental work....just lots of it. Root canals, original fillings, filling replacements, and crowns are about the extent of it. It is the same type of work I'd have done by a regular local dentist in the states and woudn't need a specialist for. So it sounds like CRDT may fit my needs.

I'll keep this all in mind though if I find I need more extensive work.

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To answer your latest question. I had some crowns done last year as well as one on this last trip. In March, I had a bone graft done to prepare my mouth for the dental implant I had done this trip (for some people the additional bone graft step is not necessary if their bone is already thick enough). While I was there I decided to have them do another crown rather than wait until I needed to have it done at some later time as an emergency procedure here in the US. I still have one more visit to make sometime early next year once the implant is fully healed to replace my current transitional bridge with permanent independent crowns over the new implant and adjoining teeth (yeah, I'll be able to floss again like a normal person). implants (and bone grafts) are a little different from having simple crowns done in that you have to wait 4-6 months for the bone to heal before you can do the next step, whereas crowns can be done in just one trip. BTW, their driver's name is actually Jeff (not Greg).

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13. Re: Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

Not sure if you have had your dental work done yet, but I just came across your post. I used Costa Rica Dental Team and just had everything finished in July. They did a wonderful job and it was not minor work. I had 11 root canals, crown lengthening surgery, and 28 crowns. I am very happy with everything about CRDT. They do bring in a specialist to their practice to do the root canals, and a specialist was brought in to do my surgeries as well. I'm sure you will be happy you went.

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Thank you for the info, Erin. I just came back from Costa Rica and had a wonderful experience with Costa Rica Dental Team. I had 3 crowns, 2 root canals, and 6 inlays done and am thrilled with the results. Dr. Yelda Fernandez did my work and she was not only a very conscientious dentist but a warm and lovely person as well. And the total bill brought an even bigger smile to my face!

The facilities were first-rate: clean and modern. Everyone I met there was very professional as well as very friendly.

If anyone has questions about the clinic, feel free to contact me.

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I just saw this part by Beshad: "For major dental - recrowning old crowns, implants, unusual stuff - better to go somewhere else. That Prolijo had to go to another dental clinic for an X-ray is a clue." I think Beshad must be a little confused, and not just about the name of CRDT's driver. His last post also seemed to suggest that Dr. Longar were part of the same group (she isn't). Actually, I strongly suspect that Beshad never even heard of this Dr. Longar before any more than I had.

More significantly, his suggestion that because CRDT did not have a specialized panoramic x-ray machine on-site meant that they are somehow unqualified for anything more than basic stuff is IMHO way off the mark. Everything else they have in terms of equipment is state-of-the-art including digital x-rays that you can see yourself immediately after being taken on a chair-side monitor.

As for procedures that they can handle, root canals are done completely in-house by their own staff dentist (and I can tell you from personal experience virtually painlessly). I've also had inlays, new crowns AND replacement crowns done by their own in-house staff. Basically they themselves can handle ANY type of prosthodontic work. I also had some minor periodontic work done AT their offices, though to be honest I don't really remember if that was done by their own staff or by a periodontic specialist who came into their office to perform the procedure. The only area that I know for sure they use an outside specialist, again based on personal experience, is for MAJOR endodontic surgery (e.g. bone grafts and implants), but again the endodontist they use is very good (also speaks perfect english) and works in close association with CRDT as he performs his surgery AT the CRDT offices on a regular basis, The only area of dentistry that leaves is orthodontics, which I'm honestly not sure whether CRDT does or not, but which is not the type of dental work one would go to CR for because it normally requires lots of follow-up visits.

BTW, although I've had personal experience with CRDT on a wide variety of procedures (all very positive), I actually base my recommendation of their services for others in large part because of the universally positive reviews I have heard from friends and acquaintances of mine who have also used them for everything from minor fillings to full-mouth restorations.

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Thanks for referring me to them. Great clinic, great dentists, and Jeff is a great driver!

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myself and my fiance are going to get dental work done. I need two veneers and she will need veneers for her front 6 teeth. i am so concerned that because they are a foreign country they will screw our smiles up. our wedding is in august and we want to have great smiles. would you guys recommend us going there for cosmetic work?? we are leaving in 2 days. i spoke to them many times and they are so nice. they offered to help us get a hotel and they also have a driver picking us up from the airport. they sound extremely nice but im very scared..... im not so worried if they screw my teeth up but if they screw my fiances teeth up she will keep me because i was the one who convinced her to go..... please any feedback would be great!!!!!

Edited: 6:48 pm, April 23, 2013
Glen Allen, Virginia
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18. Re: Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

Ali W - not to worry. If you are going to CRDT, you will be in great hands and will get exceptional work. I finished my work in July and had 11 root canals, crown lengthening surgery, and 28 crowns. All is perfect. It is a little unnerving leaving the country for dental work, but I'm sure you will feel right at home as soon as you get to their office. They really are great people and great dentists. I went back to my general dentists in the states in Jan. for a cleaning and he said my work was perfect. He was really pleased with everything they did. I was so thrilled to hear those words. If you have any last minute questions, just send me a message.

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Today my fiancé and I went to CRDT to get X-rays and meet the team. At first, driving to the clinic I was a little nervous because you see how poor the country is and I was wonder to myself how can I allow someone from a third world touch my teeth?? Even as we pulled up the the clinic I was like OMG this looks horrible from the outside. I was already there so I knew I should at least give them a shot and meet them and you know what I am glad I gave them a shot. From the outside it doesn't look too good but once you walk in and you meet the workers and you tour around the facility I was truly impressed. They have the best technology there i was truly impressed. They have the most state of the art equipment. My fiancé needs veneers for her front four teeth and a bunch of crowns and fillings. She is replacing the silver filing for white filling. I am getting a bridge, 2 crowns and 11 filling replacements. Mike gave me a quote of a little over $2,200 and my fiancé's work is $5,115. I know if she would have gotten her work done in the USA it would have cost her easy over $25,000. As we left they gave a teeth whiting kit and my fiancé and I put the whiting kit on while we watched a movie at the hotel. I must say I was terribly nervous about them but meeting them and taking a tour of their facility made me feel better. I am very anxious to see the final results of both our teeth. We don't have our next appointment until Monday so my fiancé is treating me to a all the tour of Costa Rica and she is taking me zip lining. But on Monday after our first appointment all come touch base and let you guys know how it went with us.

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20. Re: Dr. Silvia Longar or the Costa Rica Dental Team, any info?

It's great to hear that you are saving so much money and you will be thrilled with the final results. Don't forget, if you have any type of dental insurance, get CRDT to fill out a claim form and send it in upon returning. Both Delta Dental and Anthem had my reimbursement to me within about 2 weeks of receiving the paperwork. Enjoy Costa Rica. I highly recommend a visit to Tabacon Springs or the Resort Springs if you have time.