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My teeth have never been in tip-top shape, but...

My teeth have never been in tip-top shape, but when they started getting loose and falling out, it really scared me. I went to my dentist and was informed that I would need to have all my upper teeth removed and replaced with dentures or implants.
My first stop was the free consultation with Clear Choice. I never saw a dentist, but spent considerable time with the financial consultant determining my credit scores and best method of payment and the payment plans abailable. Estimated cost for upper mouth only $20,000.-$25,000. This would include the removal of all upper teeth, 4 implants, temporary and permanent upper bridge.
Next stop was with a specialist that I found in D Magazine, "Best in Dallas." We spent a lot of time going over my images, discussing bone density, placement of implants, types of crowns and removal of teeth. I found it to be very informative and am thankful for the time that I was spent with me, (At least I got to see the dentist!) I was then escorted to a seperate room where I received a detailed list of all costs and suggested payment plans. Estimated cost $23,00.-$28,000. This included removal of teeth, implants, temporary and permanent bridges.
I spent the next week trying to figure out how I could fit a $350. to $600. monthly payment into my budget.
I still continued my internet search for information and came across a dental implant forum (There are tons of them out there) dealing with implants in Costa Rica. After reading all the pages and making notes of the various pros and cons listed on several dentists, I narrowed my search to two. I then contacted, through emails and phones calls, some of the patients of these dentists. This was not a list of patients supplied through the dentist, but contacts through the forum. I've even got my email address on that forum now and continue to answere questions from folks about my experiences in Costa Rica.
After making my choice of dentiist, I had a panoramic X-ray done and sent to Costa Rica. About a week later, I received a detailed list of work to be done for a Full mouth restoration (This was both upper AND lower, not just the upper mouth estimates that I listed earlier) Estimated cost $10,000 with a 3% discount if I paid cash. WHAT a difference of price!!!
Next, I'll write about my experience in Costa Rica!

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To be included in my next installment....

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I have been doing extensive research on Costa Rican Dentists. There are only three that I would consider: DRs. Cavallini (father & son team), Dr. Anglada with his partner Dr. Castro (they also do charitable work with the Peace Corps) and Dr. Obando (Nova Dental). You can Google their names, e-mail them with questions, which they answer within 24-48 hrs., & they also have phone #'s that you can call them and ask questions (you do not need to call them Internationally, the #'s are either toll-free or USA #'s). The Drs. Cavallini have an on-site recovery center called "Casa Marco" that you can stay in for the duration of your treatment (check availability by calling) and the other dentists have nearby hotels, for example Dr. Anglada is located directly across from a Marriott. You can go on TripAdvisor for the hotels AND forums which are flooded with those who have had services performed by these and other Costa Rican Dentists. Also, Topix is another great resource and gathering place for those either thinking of or already have taken the Costa Rican course. I am not a schill for any of them. I am a person who likes to share information. Isn't that what the internet was for in the first place? As for me, I am planning to visit in May and am planning to see all 3 dentists and my decision will be based on what my gut feeling says is the right thing to do. Then I will start the work immediately. I am planning to go solo. Costa Rica is pretty safe provided you are aware of your surroundings. Although these dentists are in upscale neighboorhoods, do not let your guard down. That goes without saying in any place you travel. Good luck everyone!
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Hi, My name is Rick and I've also decided to get some extensive dental work done in Costa Rica. I need to have a root canal, several crowns and bridges. I will also be going to Costa Rica alone. I've noticed a lot of dubious posts though. Makes me wonder who writes these posts. Anyhow if anyone has recent information on dentist any help would be appreciated. I've heard San Ramon is pretty safe with a lot of American expats living there. I'd like to have my work done there. I do like the idea of visiting several dentists however how much work can be done in a week when your just going in for a consultation? I do plan on making a couple of trips. My e-mail address is zsq1347w@aol.com.
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It never ceases to amaze me just how greedy some docs are in the states. Case in point: I had my teeth whitened in 1986. For the benefit of the younger people reading this forum, impressions were made (took 3 minutes) and then flexible trays were fabricated. Then you had to buy the medical grade peroxide to put into the trays. You kept them in your mouth for about an hour. It whitened my teeth 2 shades. Big deal. My dentist charged me $500.00. He kept complaining that the dental studio were the ones responsible for making it expensive! Well, I picked up my "expensive" dental trays which came in the original bag from the dental lab. When I opened the bag, lo and behold, the dental lab charged my dentist $50.00! Never went back to the lying SOB. Now, many years later, I am wearing upper & lower dentures--a big drag-I hate them so! BTW- I lost my teeth slowly, due to an autoimmune disease. So now I am looking at implants. HOLY COW!!! I have gotten prices anywhere from $35,000 (those are temporary acrylic type), then another $35,000 for the "finished" product from one dentist another was $85,000 and another $100,000. How do they expect working people to pay these prices? It's not Bev.Hills! And I do not drive a Porsche or Bentley! Comon now! Costa Rica seems worth it now. Thanks for the info!
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Thank you for such a detailed review.
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If you look at the posts from people who went to Costa Rica the costs for dental are between $10,000 - $16,000. Compare that to Clear Choice - $40,000. How much do you think travel and hotel is?

MIne was the highest $16,000. Figure I spent about $2,000 for air and hotel and stuff. I only had to go one time. Others have to go twice.

If you only have to get 1 implant then it is not worth it. However, if you are going full mouth you get a better restoration for a lot less. You will save about $20,000

I did a lot of worrying and stuff. I contacted Costa Rican Dental. These guys are good. They answered all my questions and gave me the confidence to go. $20,000 was still a lot of money for me but I feel like I got much better dental and saved $20,000.
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My question is also about travel. How long did you have to stay and what was the total cost of air fare and lodging? I don't see the point either if that cost a few thousand.
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One of my questions is about travel arrangements. I don't want to spend so much on travel and lodging that it defeats the purpose traveling there. Can someone tell me which airline and lodging they used and how much it costs so I'll have some idea? Also, is insurance used? Not that it pays much, right?

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Carter L, sounds as though you had almost the same done as me. I, and others, that read and follow this forum appreciate the comments. It is so important that folks realize that we are not being paid to promote the dentists that we have chosen to go to in Costa Rica, only that we are satisfied customers that want others that are faced with the high prices in the States to know that there are inexpensive and profession options available.
I continue to follow and reply to comments made here, and do so to let folks know that there are specialists all over the world, and in this case, far less expensive.
Happy smiles to all....

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I too went to Costa Rica last October. Had a full mouth reconstruction 8 implants, 26 crowns with the anterior teeth done in zirconium. I was quoted 50k in the US. It cost me $11,252 with the discount for a wire transfer. I had the immediate load implants and was eating on them the same day. Dentists here will not use them although the outcomes in healthy patients are similar. It took me twenty days in all. I have not had a twinge of pain and my smile is perfect and it is a pleasure to chew with back teeth again. I used and recommend Drs Munoz-Cavallini and Munoz-Peralta (father and son). And no I am not a shill, just a happy camper.
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Im in the process of making decision who to use in Costa Rica How many opyions did you choose from Did You have internet chats first or did you call for phone convesations to dicuss treatment Ive alsio looked into Bangkock but its along way but looks more formal hospital setting ypu seen very happy with this firm??

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Hi, I'm planing on going to have work done by the same dentist.. How are your teeth now after a year? Are you still happy w your results? Any Does or Don'ts? Can u post pictures.
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I don't know if you went or are still trying to make a decision but I went to this dentist in 2009 and had 2 implants and 2 crowns done. It still look great and I have no issue with the implants and crowns even today. I get my teeth cleaned every 6 months and they have no trouble cleaning them and have never given me any bad feedback about them at all. I hope that helps.
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No Dents, I appreciate the back up. I continue to let folks know that I am just a satisfied customer, I am not a schill.
I had a full mouth restoration which included a bone graft, 12 implants, 4 extractions, temporaries and when I returned 7 months later, crowns for my own teeth and crowns for the 12 implants.
All is still great, and yes, I only paid a little over 10,000. I paid in cash and received a discount. Sure beats was I was quoted in the States, and again, the method in the States was to pull ALL teeth (I can understand pulling the bad teeth, but why pull the healthy ones?) As Dr Cavallini told me, your natural teeth are your best (and of course, original) implants.
Bless you, No Dents, and keep smiling all the way to the bank!

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Just wanted to comment that I had done dental done in Costa Rica several times and zib's comments rings true. I am familiar with the Cavallini Clinic. The thing that really supports his claim is his 2 star rating of waiting time. Although you get pretty good dental at a great price there are lots of other people there doing the same thing. You can have an appointment at 10 AM and not see the dentist until noon. However, once you see the dentist there is no rushing. They take all the time needed to do the job right.

I am not sure what zib got. $10,000 for top and bottom is low even for Costa Rica. It is more like $16,000 for All on 8 with fixed metal bridges and porcelain crowns. He must have gotten some sort of hybrid acrylic bridge with less than 8 implants to the arch.

If all your teeth are already out you can usually do your dental in 10 days If there are lots of extractions first it takes 2 trips and costs a little more.

Many people are worried about Costa Rica. They speak English, have the latest equipment, use quality implants, and have lots of experience doing what they are doing.

The big question lots of people have is what happens if something goes wrong? Most people think if something goes wrong in The States they can sue the dentist or something. You can try to sue a dentist in The US but unless you die or something it is very hard to do. Dentists in the US will not testify against other dentists. And then you have to get a lawyer who knows something about dental. There are not a lot of those. I have heard of lots and lots of botched dental implant work in the US where the patient was just out of luck.

In Costa Rica you usually get life warranty. Life time is a long time so who knows how that really works. But usually the work will be redone if necessary at no charge but you do have to pay travel to go back to Costa Rica.

When I did my dental in Costa Rica I used Costa Rican Dental. They are some stateside people who know all about dental in Costa Rica. They really helped me understand what I needed to have done and then answered about a million questions I had. I must have emailed them 20 times. I always got a good answer, usually within hours. They were great. They claim their services are free and I believe them. I talked to others getting dental where I did and we were paying the same price.

You can get good dental in Costa Rica for much less than in the US. For peace of mine and to get most of your questions answered I also give Costa Rican Dental a lot of credit.

My life has changed since I got all my dental finished in Costa Rica. I am not embarrassed to smile. Actually I like to show off. I also feel better. Had some infection or something. And I just feel good about knowing I did something that I needed to do.

Like zib I did do Clear Choice first. Then I did some checking and came up with Costa Rica. Then I contacted Costa Rican Dental. They gave me the confidence to do it. I am glad I did.
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I live in Dallas and going through the same research process. Could you share the name of the D Magazine "Best of" specialist you visited? Thanks so much!
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No, it is not advertising, just a very satisfied customer. After I left the Clear Choice office with my $30,000. quote in hand, I searched all over the internet for a more inexpensive option. I found it in the Topix forum of Costa Rica. First I read all the pages, made a list of the dentists mentioned the most, then I called and emailed as many of the patients of both dentists. I made my final decision of Dr Cavallini.I don't think that this dentist even pays for advertising (other than the web page) and I do not think that he has to as he has 3 waiting rooms and most of the time that I was there, they were full.
I follow and post in this forum, because I still remember the feeling of helplessnes and the worrying of where in the world could I afford the price of implants here in the states. I did find a far less expensive option and only want others to know. As for proof that I am not a shill, please contact me at my email address. I would be more than happy to call and answer any questions. I am just like anyone else that found a good "product" and just wants to tell their friends about it.
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:-)
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can you prove that you actually had the implants and not a "insider" driving business to a 3 world country?
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I do not believe Costa Rica is a 3 world country at all, and dental tourism is a very successful industry, however I do believe this sounds like plain advertising.
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Are you kidding? No one has to prove anything to you. If you are skeptical, stay in the states and get mediocre care for 3 times the price. If you're serious, email the doctors. They will reply themselves with a care plan and price. They will also help with your travel plans if you'd like.
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OMG, I am NOT Costarican (I am European), but where did you get it from that Costa Rica is 3 world country??? Lack of informations??
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