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My dental experience in San Jose

Winnipeg Canada
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My dental experience in San Jose

I went to Nova Dental Clinic in Escazu. The office was very clean. I went just for a cleaning which was $50.00 US dollars. It included a set of x-rays. I was very impressed by the skill of the dentist doing the job.

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1. Re: My dental experience in San Jose

good to know, I need to see a dentist soon...

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16 months ago, I was faced with the need for 4 dental implants (later became 6) and I read in International Living Magazine about "Medical Vacations" to a tropical location for treatment at 1/3 the price as in my home city of Denver, Colorado. I followed up on the dental facility named in the article (Nova Dental), and was given a quote of $1,500 each. Last February I spent 10 days in Costa Rica for the first stage of treatment and I just completed my 2nd trip here and have three full implants and three new ones started because there was a need for bone grafts, the treatment could not be completed in one trip. There is a 9 month wait for the bone grafts to adhere. I will return next February to complete the treatment. Aside from the costs of travel, the total cost at Nova Dental will be just under $9,500 for the 6 implants. I did visit a Denver facility and received a quote of $25,200 for the six implants so I know the prices are almost 1/3 of what they are in the states. I had also called my dental providor (Cigna) last year and was told they did not cover implants and did not cover treatment in a foreign country. When I reviewed my benefits for 2014 last November, I was thrilled to find that both Cigna and Delta Dental now cover implants and treatment in foreign countries. Even though my annual entitlement is only $1,500, it is still better than nothing as i am retired and on a fixed income. So I use my tax return each February to cover the cost. As for Nova Dental, the office was immaculate, the staff was very courteous, and my dentist, Dr. Obando, was just wonderful to work with and is also a very talented dentist. I would heartily recommend both treatment in Costa Rica and Nova Dental in the future. I did price treatment in Puerto Vallarta last March but the prices there are the same as in the U.S. I will also have another $1,500 in entitlement next February which will cover 1/3 of the cost.

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3. Re: My dental experience in San Jose

Thanks for writing about your experience.

Boston...
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I too went to Nova Dental. I previously had two implants from one of the best in the Boston area, a professor who teaches implants at a local University. Dr. Obando is both personable and amazingly proficient. Speed is not everything, but three extractions and three implants in 40 minutes? The previous professor took an hour each just for implants. In 24 hours I had no more pain than before the procedure. The next day I had a root canal, and there were two moments of pain, but it was great to get one done in a sitting. $250 for a two-root tooth plus $140 for a post. I could carp about the root canal specialist catty gossip with her assistant over me as they worked, thinking I didn't have enough Spanish to follow them, but so what? I elected to get my amalgams changed to white fillings and the aesthetics of the work is excellent. I really think these people are better than the local US dentists I've had. Even with the cost of travel, I saved $8k and had a day off to marvel at the rainforest. Very glad I went.

k w
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I too went to Nova dental recently, getting 5 extractions, 2 implants, a root canal, and several fillings. The extractions were mostly broken molars/wisdom teeth and I thought they were going to cause me a lot of pain.

Everything went great, didn't cause me much pain at the time and now 10 days later I never did have any pain to speak of, I was very impressed. The extractions and implants took about an hour and a half. I am looking forward to coming back and getting crowns on my implants. The root canal and fillings went very well too, very pleased with the outcome.

The prices were actually a little less than I was quoted, and the Dr. explained my options to me, told me what he thought was best, and let me decide what to have done; this was a much better experience than most of my dental work at home and I feel like I received better work as well.

JENSEN BEACH
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OK I have been a "NOVA cheerleader" for a couple of years now! Even was recently accused of being a schill here on TA. The entire Staff is excellent and I hate the idea now of ever visiting a Dentist in the States. My Husband and I will both be there next month. Him for the first time and this will be the 5th visit for me! I have referred several Friends who also had excellent experiences with Dr Obando and Dr Chavarria there. Thanks for posting about your experiences. I just hope they don't get too busy!

Boston...
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5 extractions k m? Poor baby! You know we gush about these guys but really, shouldn't this be the way they all are? Going to the dentist is tough. I'm a great avoider. You lose parts of yourself. It's unpleasant, almost a trauma. In America I got hit with ruinous bills AND Dentists who moralized at me, like I eat too much sweets or should have seen him/her sooner. Dr. Obando simply said that they were there to help me. I don't have to live with dentures or draw down my retirement funds for implants as my relations have. I am so grateful. I was so scared at first, so far from home, and alone. But now? Yes obxpat, I get a little worried they'll get too busy, but so far they have time for me, and I'd like to see them ever more successful. The world needs more people like them.

Edited: 11:16 am, March 16, 2015
JENSEN BEACH
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Wow k w that is a lot of work with so little pain. I have a very low pain threshold. The two implants I had done in Florida by a well known "oral surgeon" caused me days of intense pain. The day I had a sinus lift and 2 implants at Nova I had just one night of "discomfort", a very minor nosebleed and tenderness. I had set aside days to nurse the pain! Went exploring San Jose and off to a nearby Finca Horseback Riding instead! I agree with Scott, the World indeed could use more Professionals like them. I've been back every 6-8 mos for checkups, cleaning and xrays so have avoided US dentists going on 3 years now.

Boston...
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Nova Dental was an excellent experience. I am VERY dental phobic. On visit one, I had four extractions, a sinus lift, bone grafting, and three implants. Dr. Obando told my sister to come back in 2 hours but he did all the aforementioned work in 40 mintutes. I was uncomfortable for less than 24 hours. The rest of the first visit was to fit me with provisionals. This was all be accomplished Mo-Fr.

Visit two required 8 business days and it was amazing how much time was taken to form the permanent implants and the crowns. The office is VERY well run and the staff works as a team. They are amazing and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. If I could go there for my regular appts, I would be so psyched.

I saved at least 12k and was able to bring my sister on trip one and visit the Pacific coast on trip two.

Boston...
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Returned to NOVA the week after the fourth to finish up. Wife came along this time. She once worked as a dental assistant and I wondered if she would share my opinion. She said Nova had highly advanced techniques, like Paola's use of a fiber optic viewer to check progress on a root canal. I had a four-tooth bridge over implants done. Impressions Monday, first trial fit Tuesday (their lab is next-day), second trial fit Thursday that disclosed one corner that was angled, not rounded so they got the lab to fix that, and Friday after the permanent adhesive the fit/bite was perfect with no need for alterations at all. Right the first time, and I could feel it. No pressure on the gums beneath, teeth just click together perfectly. Wife appreciated the friendliness of the country generally, and a magical trip to the rain forest. She had 5k of work done for 2k, and the crown color match was better than she had in the states. I had 20k of work done for 8k, between both visits. Paid for the trip and then some, AND the work is superior to some US Dentists I've used. If you go say hi to the CoatiMundis in the lowest parking lot. Friendly little racoon-like creatures that love bread, fruit, most anything but meat. Someone even built a rain shelter for them.

Edited: 8:49 am, August 01, 2015