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Great deals on dental care in
Costa Rica during COVID Crisis




By Dr. Peter Aborn
Goodness Dental

Costa Rica has announced that it will open its borders to international visitors starting on August 1, 2020. Costa Rican authorities have yet to announce the list of approved countries from which they will allow international visitors. Most dental tourism clinics in Costa Rica rely heavily on American patients, which comprise more than 90% of the dental tourism market in Costa Rica. While the international borders remain closed to international visitors, and specifically American visitors, the once thriving dental tourism market remains at a standstill. Many dental clinics remain closed, however a few of the top dental clinic have opened with new COVID safety protocols.

If you are in Costa Rica and need dental care, now is the time to take advantage of reduced prices on most dental procedures. Through August 31, 2020, prices at Goodness Dental, located in Escazú, will be discounted to provide greater savings to local patients including expats and residents. Prices on dental implants, crowns, veneers, full mouth restorations, All on 4 dental implant procedures, root canal treatments and oral surgery are at the lowest prices Goodness Dental has ever offered. General dental services like cleanings, fillings, bonding and teeth whitening have also been discounted to make dental care affordable for Costa Rican citizens, expats and residents who may have neglected dental care over the past several months.

Goodness Dental has been recognized as one of the top five best dental clinics in the world by Global Clinic Rating,” says Goodness Dental CEO Patrick Goodness. “Out of 127,000 dental clinics worldwide, Goodness Dental has been selected as one of the world’s best dental clinics. We are proud of this honor and look forward to welcoming patients back to our clinic with new protocols to keep patients safe during their treatment. Our new COVID safety measures are designed to help protect patients from contaminants during treatment. It’s safe to go to the dentist, and with our reduced prices, we’re doing all we can to make dental care affordable to help those who are struggling financially during this crisis,” says Goodness.

Call Goodness Dental at 4037-0040 to schedule your dental consultation today. Meet with top specialists and receive a comprehensive dental plan that outlines your needs and details all pricing.  Discounted prices will be offered through August 31, 2020 to help patients get the care they need at affordable prices during the ongoing COVID crisis. Call 4037-0040 to schedule your consultation or email Dr. Peter Aborn at peter.aborn@goodnessdental.com to discuss your dental care needs.












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Your overall health is linked to your oral health




By Dr. Karen Yurell
Goodness Dental
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Is your overall health related to your oral health? The answer is a resounding YES.

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases that impair physical health. In the past, it was thought that bacteria was the common link between periodontal disease and other disease in the body. However, recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal disease but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

DIABETES
People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, probably because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Those people who don't have their diabetes under control are especially at risk.

Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways: periodontal disease may also make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, putting people with diabetes at increased risk for complications.

HEART DISEASE
While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association.

Periodontal disease may also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your periodontist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

STROKE
Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.

OSTEOPOROSIS
Researchers have suggested a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation.

RESPIRATORY DISEASE
Bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease.

PREGNANCY
Women who are pregnant may be at an increased risk of pathological dental conditions. This is associated with complications for both the mother and baby, including the potential for the mother to lose teeth as well as an increased risk of preterm birth or low birth weight for the baby.

Make an appointment today with Goodness Dental to check your gums, teeth and your overall oral health. Call Dr. Karen Yurell at 866-367-6835 or email her at karen.yurell@goodnessdental.com 













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The impact of stress on your oral health



By Dr. Karen Yurell
Goodness Dental
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We are living in difficult times. For many of us, our daily problems, confinement, fears and feelings of uncertainty are producing increased levels of stress in our lives. Stress is a common cause of many health problems. Your oral health is no exception. Stress may contribute to teeth grinding, gum disease, dry mouth and canker sores and may also impact your oral health routine and diet, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Many of us “stress eat” which increases our weight and also subjects our teeth to increased levels of sugars and acids, which can further deteriorate our teeth and gums.

Oral Health Conditions Caused by Stress

Teeth Grinding: Clenching or grinding (Bruxism) can cause damage to your teeth and enamel as well as headaches and soreness in the jaw. As grinding often occurs during the night you may not be aware you are doing it. Your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage.

Gum Disease: Stress can lower your immune system and increase your risk for infection in the mouth, including gum disease.

Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is both a side effect of stress as well as the medicines used to treat stress and depression. The mouth's first line of defense against bacteria is saliva, and without it there is an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease and infection.

Canker Sores: Canker sores (white spots found on the soft tissue of the mouth) are harmless but can be painful. They will usually go away on their own within 1-2 weeks or your dentist may prescribe a topical treatment or rinse.

Tooth Decay: A neglected oral health routine, unhealthy lifestyle choices and conditions such as dry mouth increase your risk of tooth decay.

Tips to Reduce the Impact of Stress on Your Oral Health:

Prevention: Establish a daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth to prevent the build-up of plaque.

Lifestyle: Choose healthy food, less sugar and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. If you do eat sugar, smoke or drink alcohol, brushing your teeth after these habits will reduce damage to your teeth.

Exercise: Yoga and relaxation techniques may help you reduce stress, reducing the strain on your jaw muscles.

Mouth Guards: They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth.

Regular Dental Visits: It’s best to visit your dentist every six months, but at least once a year. Your dentist will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. During the dental check-up, your dentist will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas. During the cleaning, your dentist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.

Alternative Treatments: Some of my patients use services such as homeopathy, Bach flower treatments, Reiki, Acupuncture, etc. to reduce stress and increase overall health.
Goodness Dental is ranked as one of the top five dental clinics in the world, and we’re located in Escazú, Costa Rica, near great hotels, dining and shopping. We’re here to help you with a professional dental check-up and we have a full team of specialists including maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists and general dentists. We also offer holistic and biological dental care, as well as alternative therapies from a licensed naturopathic practitioner.

Call or email to learn more.

Dr. Karen Yurell at karen.yurell@goodnessdental.com
Toll Free: 866-367-6835














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All on Four Costa Rica: Five important factors
 to consider for an All on 4 in Costa Rica




By James Madigan, CEO
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
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It wasn’t long ago, maybe ten years ago, when most patients were unaware of the All-on-4 dental implants procedure. Full arch fixed dental implant bridges, providing patients with a full set of teeth, are a relatively new advance in dental science. All on Four Costa Rica is at the forefront of this cutting edge procedure and is recognized by CostaRicaDentalGuide as one of the leading All on 4 dental tourism clinics in Costa Rica.

A growing number of Costa Rica dental tourism patients request the All on 4 dental implants treatment specifically, but is it always in their best interests? In a recent interview with Dr. Alejandro Freer of All on Four Costa Rica, he shared that every dental implants case is different and why it is critical to assess five factors before recommending the All-on-4 treatment.

According to Dr. Freer, it’s important for specialists to assess multiple factors and to listen carefully to their patients prior to offering a specific treatment plan. “Some specialists rush patients into a treatment, when it may not be the right treatment,” says Dr. Freer. “By taking the time to properly examine a patient, we can determine the proper treatment that is the best fit for each individual patient.”

The All on 4 procedure uses two full-arch fixed implant bridges. These bridges are usually supported by four to six dental implants and offered to patients as a comprehensive package. The All-on-4 procedure is generally the best treatment option for patients with few or no teeth.

Aggressive marketing by companies such as Clear Choice has generated a significant amount of information on the internet. Most patients are well aware of the benefits of All-on-4 bridges and the stability of dental implants. Following are the five top factors for patients considering the All on 4 dental implants procedure.

1.Speech Concerns
Speech issues are an important consideration for patients. Minor speech impediments are possible after the All on 4 procedure. These are most often manageable and 99% of patients adapt and overcome speech challenges quickly. However, it is important to share these concerns with patients prior to the procedure. Implant-supported bridges require both vertical and horizontal bulk for strength. Specialists must often replace more than just the volume of the missing teeth in order to achieve the needed strength and durability. Sometimes bone and soft-tissue must also be replaced. The result is often slightly bulkier than the original teeth, bone and soft-tissue volume. Consequently, this can have an impact on speech sounds such as "D," "T," and "N,".  Likewise, horizontal bulk in the posterior can affect the "S" sound, where the lateral borders of the tongue make the sound. Most patients quickly retrain their tongues to compensate for the changes. It’s important to discuss this concern with patient prior to treatment.

2.Bulky Feeling
The bulky feeling of the bridges may cause some speech issues. But for some patients, the bridges may also feel strange, and may cause some initial anxiety. It can be difficult for some patients to adapt to the different feel of an All-on-4 bridge. They are used to feeling the transition from their soft tissue to their teeth. With the All-on-4 bridge, patients feel real soft tissue and then fake soft tissue (the tissue portion of the bridge) prior to transitioning to the teeth. This can feel awkward for some patients. The key is for the patient to understand these concerns prior to treatment, so they are not surprised. “In my experience, almost all of my patients have managed these concerns and grown accustomed to their new bridges in a matter of weeks,” says Dr. Freer. “But it is important to have detailed conversations about what the patient will experience prior to finalizing the treatment plan to prevent surprises. I show my patients an All-on-4 model and then a model of a traditional bridge to help them see the issues they will face. This makes all the difference.”

If the bulk of dental bridges will be an issue, patients should consider options that only replace tooth volume. Less bulky restorations will likely require more dental implants to support the bridge and to reduce the risk of fracture. This adds additional cost to the procedure. In the end, patients may choose the traditional All-on-4 bridges, but it’ important to share these options to allow the patient to make an informed decision.

3.Change in Bite/Feeling
The issue of proprioception is an important one. Natural teeth are sensitive to forces in the mouth. It’s second nature to sense how hard you need to bite on a piece of food or how to chew. When you receive dental implants with bridges, you will need to learn some of these things all over again. Because the teeth are new, patients require additional time to get used to the bridges. Patients may bite harder than necessary at first but will generally adjust quickly to the new bridges, increasing chewing efficiency and comfort. Occasionally, excessively hard biting can result in a fractured bridge.

4.Teeth Grinding Concerns
Habits such as bruxism, clenching, and irregular chewing cycles may impact whether a patient should receive an All on 4. Natural teeth can detect forces much more readily than implants with bridges. Saving a few natural teeth may enable patients to sense if they grind their teeth or clench, increasing the chances of modifying the negative behavior. If the patient suffers from bruxism but requires an All on 4, a bar-supported overdenture may be recommended. Bar overdentures are often suggested for patients who have aggressive bruxism. The overdenture may be removed at night and replaced with a flat-planed night guard that snaps onto the bar for retention. This protects the final prosthesis and reduces strain on the supporting implants and bone.

5.Pricing
The All on 4 dental implants procedure can be quite costly. Clear Choice patients routinely pay $60,000 to $90,000 for an All on 4 in major cities across the United States. This same procedure at All on Four Costa Rica, is priced at around $25,000 with everything included. This is a huge savings for American patients. “The majority of our patients are from the USA and Canada,” says Dr. Freer. “They choose our Costa Rica dental clinic because they can get the same care that American dental clinics offer, for much less.”

It’s refreshing to see a dental clinic in Costa Rica that takes the time to assess a patient’s needs and to discuss customized individual options for patients. All on Four Costa Rica educates patients about the hurdles they will need to overcome, as well as the benefits of the treatment. In the end, clinics like this will have improved treatment outcomes and more satisfied patients.

CostaRicaDentalGuide is pleased to endorse All on Four Costa Rica as one of the best All on 4 and dental implants clinics in Costa Rica.








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Safe dental care in the age of Covid






By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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Costa Rica has been recognized as a national success story for their successful manage of the Covid crisis. Our tiny nation of 5 million citizens, has been successfully managing the Covid virus, resulting in very few deaths. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and proof of Costa Rica’s commitment to health and safety for everyone.

While it’s prudent to keep yourself protected, it’s also important to get routine dental care, so that you do not suffer from tooth decay, periodontial disease or other oral health conditions. Postponing important dental care can result in serious dental and medical problems. The good news is that some dental clinics are opening and are taking extra precautions to care for their patients. Some clinics are also offering special discounts to help patients afford the price of dental care.

Goodness Dental is one of the leading dental clinics in Costa Rica. They are open and have added several additions to their normal safety protocols to keep patients and staff safe. They also have special discounts on dental care through August 2020.

On a recent visit, we noticed two floor mats to sanitize your shoes before entering the clinic. The first mat has liquid to clean the bottom of your shoes, while the second mat is for drying them.

Your temperature will be taken at the front desk and you will be asked to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the clinic. During your visit, the staff will ask you to keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water. Members of the dental team will use disposable aprons, face masks, gloves, shoe coverings and the new full-coverage face shields.

Goodness Dental has made significant investments to protect patients in the age of Covid-19. Innovative new dental equipment reduces the spread of airborne matter and new air cleaners work to eliminate airborne viruses. The clinic is also implementing new protocols to improve patient safety and to reduce the spread of viral contagion. Goodness Dental has abundant personal protective equipment (PPE) and is committed to keeping their patients safe. 

Goodness Dental is offering discounted prices on most dental procedures through August 31, 2020. If you have any questions about our safety protocols or have a specific need, feel free to call Goodness Dental directly at 866-406-2744 or send an email to info@goodnesssdental.com











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Free Costa Rica Dental Tourism E-Book




By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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Are you looking for affordable dental care? If the price of dental care in the USA has caused you to delay needed dental care, it’s time to consider Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the best dental tourism destinations in the world.

The nearly perfect weather, friendly people, incredible nature and abundant wildlife combine to make Costa Rica a dream vacation destination. When you add affordable dental care to the mix, Costa Rica becomes an unbeatable dental tourism destination.

On a global ranking of the best dental clinics, Goodness Dental in Costa Rica is ranked as one of the Top Five Dental Clinics in the World. For perspective, consider that Goodness Dental achieved this ranking out of more than 126,000 dental clinics worldwide. According to Global Clinic Rating, no other dental clinic in the USA, Canada or any other country in the Americas ranks higher than Goodness Dental.

With pricing 50 to 70 percent lower than U.S dental care prices, Goodness Dental attracts hundreds of American and Canadian patients to their Escazú clinic every month. Goodness Dental is now offering a Free E-Book to help patients prepare for their dental tourism experience in Costa Rica. Discover important details about your dental visit to Costa Rica including what to bring, country entry requirements, finding a reputable dentist, where to stay, general dental costs and information about many popular dental procedures in Costa Rica, including dental implants, dental crowns, dental veneers and full mouth restoration procedures.

The Free E-Book is easy to download and is yours with no obligation. Just fill out the form and download your copy of the E-Book to begin your journey to affordable dental care in Costa Rica.









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Costa Rica Dental Tourism Clinic Ranked

One of Top Five Dental Clinics in the World



By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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If you’ve been visiting Costa Rica for years but haven’t received any dental care, you’re missing out on one of Costa Rica’s hidden treasures. Costa Rica is consistently ranked as one of the top global dental tourism destinations. The quality of dental care found in Costa Rica, paired with the nation’s reputation as a tropical paradise has launched Costa Rica as a premier dental tourism haven. What many people may not know is that Costa Rica is also home to one of the world’s best dental clinics. Out of 126,000 dental clinics around the world, Goodness Dental, located in the San Jose suburb of Escazú, is the only clinic in the Americas to rank as one of the Top Five Dental Clinics in the World.  There is not another dental clinic in the USA or Canada or any other nation in the Western Hemisphere that ranks higher than Goodness Dental for patient satisfaction and quality of care.

Global Clinic Rating tracks and monitors dental clinics and medical centers around the world, regulating international quality and safety standards. In 2019, Goodness Dental occupied the #6 position in the global rating. This year, Goodness Dental jumped one spot to achieve a new position as one of the Top Five Dental Clinics in the World, scoring 21 spots higher than Mayo Clinic Dentistry in Rochester, MN which is ranked as the #26 dental clinic in the world.

Low Prices for Dental Care in Costa Rica
One of the key factors for a successful dental tourism destination is pricing.  In Costa Rica, dental pricing for most procedures, including dental implants, dental crowns, veneers and even full mouth restorations and All on 4 dental implant procedures is fifty to seventy percent less than prices for the same dental treatments in the USA. A typical price for a dental implant in the United States is more than $3000. This same dental implant in Costa Rica will cost less than $1000. At Goodness Dental, this dental implant also comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. “Lots of clinics offer guarantees,” says Patrick Goodness, CEO of Goodness Dental. “But very few clinics stand behind their guarantees. This is what makes Goodness Dental stand out from other competing dental clinics in Costa Rica.”

From May through July 2020, Goodness Dental is offering lower rates due to the COVID crisis. “Our goal is to help Costa Rican citizens and expats living in Costa Rica with lower prices on the most popular dental procedures during this difficult time,” says Dr. Peter Aborn, a patient coordinator with Goodness Dental. “While the borders remain closed to international visitors, this is a great opportunity for local patients to receive outstanding care at significant savings.” Dr. Aborn was trained at NYU and practiced in Manhattan for 25 years before moving to Costa Rica to continue his practice. Patients may reach Dr. Aborn at 866-218-1036 or via email at info@goodnessdental.com.











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Huge discounts on dental care prices
in Costa Rica through July 2020



By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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It wasn’t long ago when Goodness Dental in Escazú was filled with American and Canadian patients receiving dental implants, dental crowns, All on 4 treatments and full mouth restorations in Costa Rica. With the international borders closed until further notice, Goodness Dental has negotiated lower rates from dental labs, specialists and vendors to offer lower rates to American and Canadian expatriates living in Costa Rica as well as Costa Rican citizens. If you live in Costa Rica and need dental care, now is the time to get it!

From May through July 2020, before Costa Rica opens the borders to international visitors, Goodness Dental is offering deep discounts on world-class dental care by the top specialists in Costa Rica.

Why choose Goodness Dental?
Perhaps you already have a local dentist and are happy with your care. That’s great. But here’s why Goodness Dental may be worth your consideration. Most dental clinics have 1-2 general dentists. Goodness Dental has a staff of 20 including specialists like prosthodontists, endodontists, periodontists and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that our patients receive the exact care they need from the best national specialists. This team approach makes all the difference. Some clinics reduce prices by reducing quality. At Goodness Dental, we reduce prices by purchasing in volume. It’s like driving a Mercedes for the price of a Hyundai. I was going to say Toyota…but even Toyota’s are expensive today!

Another reason to choose Goodness Dental is because CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and Global Clinic Rating both list Goodness Dental as the number one dental clinic in Costa Rica. In fact, Global Clinic Rating also ranks Goodness Dental as one of the Top 5 Dental Clinics in the World! Our specialists are also rated as the best in Costa Rica. Don’t take my word for it. Check out our reviews and see why Goodness Dental is the most recommended dental clinic in Costa Rica.

What dental care do you need?
Has your smile lost its dazzle? Are you in need of a dental crown, veneers or teeth whitening? Are you missing one or more teeth and need dental implants. Perhaps you have lost several or many teeth and need an affordable full mouth restoration or an All on 4 dental implants procedure. Whatever the case, from May through July 2020, the prices at Goodness Dental in Costa Rica will be reduced significantly for all new patients that mention this article.  Email us at info@goodnessdental.com to request pricing for your dental care needs.

Lowest rates guaranteed: May through July 2020:

From May through July, 2020, patients may send us their dental treatment plan, signed and dated by a Costa Rica dental clinic and we will meet or beat the rates in this plan or give you a free dental cleaning ($125 Value) for your troubles. It’s that simple. Just bring us a signed dental treatment plan and we will meet or beat all advertised rates. Receive a complimentary dental examination and a customized treatment plan from our expert specialist team. There is no obligation to receive care. We are here to help patients during this crisis with low prices on dental care, x-rays, and cleanings. 

Email us at info@goodnessdental.com to schedule an appointment at Goodness Dental



Dental care in the age of Covid-19



New equipment & protocols to protect our patients & staff:
In Costa Rica, the best dental clinics are busy preparing for the future. This future includes Covid-19. Goodness Dental has purchased innovative new dental equipment to reduce the spread of airborne matter and new air cleaners to eliminate airborne viruses. We are implementing new protocols to improve patient safety and to reduce the spread of viral contagion. Our clinic has abundant personal protective equipment (PPE) to make everyone a bit safer these days.

We are proud of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the safest nations in world. During this crisis, our tiny nation of 5 million citizens has seen very few deaths from the Covid virus. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and proof of Costa Rica’s commitment to health and safety for everyone. Please support businesses that have been closed for the past months and are now open and ready to take care of you. On behalf of the entire team at Goodness Dental, we look forward to welcoming you and to taking good care of you soon.









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Why Choose Costa Rica over
Mexico for Dental Implants?





By James Madigan, CEO
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
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As dental care costs keep rising in the United States, Americans are turning their eyes abroad to get the dental care they need at prices they can actually afford. While the options go as far as India, the logical choices seem to be Mexico and Costa Rica. And out of the two, Mexico, due to its proximity to the US, would seem to be the simplest choice. However, after careful analysis, most Americans are choosing Costa Rica.

Here's why:


1. Costa Rica has American-owned and managed dental clinics. Mexico does not. That is not to say that Mexican clinics are bad. But an American-run clinic in Costa Rica knows the type of service you get at home and can deliver it in the exact same way you're used to. One of the leading dental clinics, Goodness Dental is actually ranked as one of the to ten dental clinics in the world. No other American clinic has achieved such a remarkable ranking.

2. Costa Rica is not really much farther than Mexico. Unless you live by the border and you can just drive into Mexico, the moment you have to take a plane, travel time is about the same considering that in either case, you're going to spend much more time at the airport preparing to take the flight than the duration of the flight. Plus, when you arrive in Costa Rica, you’ll discover that it is much more manageable to get around in Costa Rica, than in Mexico.

3. Costa Rica is a much smaller country. If you want to take a few days off before your treatment, Costa Rica's size allows you to travel to popular tourist destinations easily, especially if you'd like to drive. Mexico's best clinics are either at the border or in big cities in the middle of the country and it can take a long time to go to these places. Despite what some people think, Cancun is not at all close to Mexico City or Guadalajara City.

4. Costa Rica is perceived as safer than Mexico. While the news often distorts or exaggerates insecurity in Mexico, what counts is perception. And in that regard, Costa Rica is seen as the safer country. That alone might serve to alleviate some of your fears of traveling abroad to get dental care. As a benefit, your friends and family members may worry less.

5. The quality of dental care in Costa Rica is much higher than in Mexico. The leading clinics in Costa Rica use materials from the USA and Germany. Many clinics in Mexico use subpar materials from China that may be a risk for American dental patients. It should be noted that some clinics in Costa Rica also use off-brand implants and lower-quality materials. Patients are encouraged to visit  CostaRicaDentalGuide.com to get a referral to the leading, safe dental clinics. 

While both Costa Rica and Mexico offer good options, Costa Rica is the preferred destination for safe, affordable and high-quality dental tourism. Visit CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and fill out a form to receive a free referral to the best dental clinic for your needs.










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Dental Care in Costa Rica for Seniors




By Dr. Karen Yurell
Goodness Dental
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Senior citizens have a variety of special health needs including proper dental care.

Studies show that the older we get, the more we’re subject to dental and other oral healthcare problems that often require specialized attention. Living in Costa Rica, however, is a huge plus since preventive care and even complex treatments cost significantly less than what you would pay in the United States. 

Seniors need to be on the lookout for the four top oral healthcare problems for their age group: tooth loss, problems related to dentures, dry mouth and periodontal disease.

Tooth loss occurs more frequently as we age and can pose significant problems for all seniors. Heavy tobacco users are more likely to suffer tooth loss. Research has also correlated tooth loss with higher risks of stroke and weight loss in the elderly.

Denture wearers need to be on the lookout of special problems including oral lesions, also known as “stomatitis” that occurs at rates as high as 67% in those that use full dentures. It may be caused by a yeast infection or an allergic reaction to the denture base material.

While tobacco use and alcohol consumption have been shown to be associated with stomatitis, it can also be triggered when dentures aren’t soaked at night or are improperly fitted. Residents of Costa Rica enjoy frequent visits for denture fittings and care at a significantly reduced cost.

Dry mouth occurs in the elderly population more than any other age group and can lead to higher rates of tooth decay, making preventive visits to the dentist even more important.

Dry mouth has been reported in 30% of the population 65 years of age or older worldwide and is more often found in females than males. Medications can also cause dry mouth in seniors including the use of certain drugs used to treat hypertension and urinary problems.

Finally, seniors are more at risk for periodontal disease. The best way to avoid it or keep it in check is to have regular dental checkups and avoid smoking. Your dentist in Costa Rica can provide you with a program of care that will be easier on your pocketbook while you treat existing periodontal problems or hopefully avoid them altogether.

Goodness Dental in Costa Rica is ranked as the leading dental clinic for patients from the USA and Canada. Prices at Goodness Dental are often seventy percent lower than prices for dental care in the United States and Canada. Goodness Dental has also been ranked as one of the top ten dental clinics in the world. In fact, no other dental clinic in the USA or Canada ranks higher on the global ranking than Goodness Dental. Patients seeking a consultation, price estimate or an appointment may email info@goodnessdental.com or call Toll Free: 866-406-2744.















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Planning your periodontal surgery in Costa Rica




By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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Do you have advanced periodontitis? Has your dentist recommended surgery? Periodontal surgery costs much less in Costa Rica. This article helps patients understand what to expect, and how to plan for periodontal surgery in Costa Rica.

Your Costa Rica periodontist offers significant savings when it comes to periodontal surgery. After a thorough evaluation of your situation, your periodontist will offer you a full range of periodontal treatments at prices that will likely be fifty to seventy percent less than prices for the same periodontal surgery in the USA.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. Left untreated, it can lead to tissue and even bone loss. If you have a severe or advanced case of periodontitis, you may be a candidate for surgery.

Your Costa Rica periodontist will perform a full evaluation and look for red, swollen or bleeding gums and a separation of the gum tissue from the sides of your teeth (known as pockets). Your periodontist will also look for bone and tissue loss.

Periodontists may recommend any of the following interventions:
• Guided tissue regeneration
• Bone grafts
• Surgery to your gums
• Tissue grafts

In preparation for your procedure, you’ll want to avoid using tobacco or alcohol at least 24 hours beforehand. You may be prescribed an antibiotic before your visit and you’ll want to have someone available to take you home afterwards since your dentist may apply sedation or anesthetic during your procedure. Clinics like
Goodness Dental have a comfortable and spacious post-surgery recovery room and also provide free airport pickups and all transportation from the patient’s hotel to the dental clinic and back.

To promote your recovery, your periodontist will ask you to take a preventive antibiotic. You’ll also want to eat soft foods for at least a week afterwards. You may experience swelling and bleeding after your surgery. Your periodontist may recommend placing sterile gauze in your mouth for a few hours afterward surgery. You can apply an ice pack to areas of your face where swelling is noticeable.

Studies show that periodontal surgery has a high rate of success, especially if you practice excellent oral care afterwards and avoid any use of tobacco.

Be sure to ask questions and spend quality time with your Costa Rican periodontist as they review your treatment options with you. The more you know the better you’ll handle both the pre-operative and post-operative phases of your periodontal treatment.

Goodness Dental is an American-owned dental clinic and is ranked as the #1 Dental Clinic in Costa Rica by
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and GCR.org.  Patients interested in learning more about dental tourism in Costa Rica may contact our patient coordinators Toll Free:

Dr. Peter Aborn: 866-218-1036
Dr. Carlos Fiorito: 866-260-5196
Dr. Karen Yurell: 866-367-6835
Ana Lucia Morales, CPC: 888-256-1768













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Periodontal Bone Grafts in Costa Rica





By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
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If you suffer from periodontitis and have been told you need a bone graft or surgical intervention, you’ll want to ask your Costa Rica periodontist about how guided tissue regeneration could help you.


Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums. It can also destroy the bone that supports your teeth, causing them to loosen or fall out. Periodontitis can lead to pockets forming between your gums and your teeth.

The most common treatment is for a periodontist to thoroughly clean your teeth, including planing root surfaces and in some cases prescribing antibiotics to control bacterial infection.

In some cases, your periodontist may perform surgery on your gums or apply soft tissue grafts. But if you have an advanced case of periodontitis, your Costa Rica periodontist will need to consider measures to replace bone and tissue that has been destroyed.

Goodness Dental offers the top-ranked periodontists in Costa Rica, using advanced technology that can be used to regrow bone and tissue destroyed by bacteria. Some procedures include the insertion of a specially created fabric membrane between existing bone and your tooth that promotes healing by isolating the area, a technique known as guided tissue regeneration (or GTR) and guided bone regeneration (or GBR).

The membranes used today are more advanced and include natural or synthetic bio-absorbable materials that produce optimal outcomes. The latest generation of membranes even include growth factors for improving bone healing. The newest membranes cost more, but patients that choose periodontists in Costa Rica will still save fifty to seventy percent when compared to the same procedures in the USA.

GTR has been found to promote significant periodontal regeneration. According to one study, “the development of improved biomaterials for periodontal tissue engineering has significantly improved the available treatment options and their clinical results.”

Be sure to also ask your Costa Rica periodontist about the use of biological growth factors that can improve bone and tissue regeneration.

If you suffer from periodontitis, you’ll want to explore the many options and newest technologies available at Goodness Dental.


Goodness Dental is an American-owned dental clinic and is ranked as the #1 Dental Clinic in Costa Rica by CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and GCR.org.  Patients interested in learning more about dental tourism in Costa Rica may contact our patient coordinators Toll Free:

Dr. Peter Aborn: 866-218-1036
Dr. Carlos Fiorito: 866-260-5196
Dr. Karen Yurell: 866-367-6835
Ana Lucia Morales, CPC: 888-256-1768











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How to be prepared for oral surgery



By James Madigan, CEO

CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
-Paid Partnership-


Are you planning oral surgery in Costa Rica? If so, you’re in good company. Costa Rica is one of the most popular dental tourism destinations in the world. What can you do to help ensure the most successful outcome for your surgery?

First, choose the best dental surgeon in Costa Rica. You can find a list of the best dental surgeons at CostaRicaDentalGuide.com This site complies data from across the Costa Rica dental industry and helps patients find the best specialists for their needs. Choose a dental clinic with the best equipment, training and experience needed to give you the peace of mind and comfort you deserve. There are a few things you can do to on your own beforehand that will help deliver the results you’re looking for, whether your procedure is All on 4, All on 5, All on 6, or All on 8 dental implants procedure, maxillofacial or orthognathic surgery; or zygomatic implants.

Sedation:
Your chosen Costa Rica oral surgeon will decide whether a local or general anesthetic is the right choice for you. In any case, you should make sure you have a good understanding of what to expect and which sedation method is best for you. Your Cost Rica dental surgeon should be available to answer all of your questions and concerns and can provide you with detailed information about your procedure and sedation options.

If you’re going to have anesthesia be sure a friend or family member is available to take you to the appointment and return you home afterwards. Leading Costa Rica dental clinics like Goodness Dental offer patients a comfortable patient surgery recovery room with leather recliners, soothing ice cream after surgery and door to door pickup service to take you from your hotel to the clinic and back again after surgery. You should also not eat or drink anything after midnight including water the evening prior to your surgery to ensure that you do vomit during the procedure, complicating matters with your sedation and surgery. You should, however, take any prescribed medicines according to your regular schedule.

Be Comfortable:
Wearing comfortable clothes and short sleeves is a good idea since you’ll be more relaxed and it will be easier for medical assistants and professionals to take your blood pressure or inject any needed medication.

Try not to be in a rush to get to your appointment. Any surgery can provoke anxiety and being in a hurry doesn’t help. Leaving plenty of time to get to your appointment will help you stay calm and focused.

Finally, you should be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene prior to your surgery. That means brushing your teeth and using mouthwash to keep your mouth fresh and healthy. 









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How much can I save on my all on 4
dental implants by going to Costa Rica?



By  Patrick Goodness
Goodness Dental
-Paid Partnership-


The rising cost of dental care in the United States has many folks wondering if they should postpone or cancel not only cosmetic procedures but necessary dental care as well. Insurance policies have increased in price along with inflation, and many insurance programs, like Medicare, provide little or no coverage at all.

Happily, Costa Rica offers seniors and other folks new, expanded and highly cost-effective options for getting the dental care they need and deserve. Traveling to Costa Rica for your next dental procedure isn’t just for the wealthy or middle class. Low-cost airfare and accommodations options like Airbnb have opened the door for millions looking to save big on dental procedures; especially patients seeking an All on 4 dental implants procedure in Costa Rica.

How much can you save?

The savings are significant for patients seeking major dental work including dental implants. Popular dental implant procedures such as the All on 4, All on 5, All on 6, and All on 8 or zygomatic implants offer huge savings. Many patients routinely save $20,000 to $40,000 on full mouth dental implant treatments. A typical All on 4 dental implants procedure in the USA can cost more than $50,000. In Costa Rica, most patients get the same All on 4 treatment for around $25,000 for both arches, a fifty percent savings.

There are even more savings incentives for folks that need major oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery or cosmetic dentistry. Savings can often exceed fifty to seventy percent, compared to what you would pay in the U.S., especially if you’re considering full-mouth restorations, dental crowns, dental veneers, or a smile makeover. These kind of savings can help you avoid costly loans, a second mortgage on your home, or years of paying back credit card debt.

While staying within your budget is important, your health is still your top priority. That’s why thousands of well-informed patients choose Goodness Dental in Costa Rica. Boasting Costa Rica’s biggest and most highly acclaimed dental team, Goodness Dental offers a full complement of affordable dental tourism services with the endorsement of Costa Rica Dental Guide and Global Clinic Rating.  Goodness Dental offers highly trained dental specialists, with unmatched experience and the latest cutting-edge equipment, procedures and protocols to ensure success and safety.

Now is the time to schedule your next dental procedure in Costa Rica. Call toll free at 866-406-2744 to book your appointment or to speak with one of our patient coordinators.










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Can my dental crown be repaired or replaced?




By Dr. Carlos Fiorito
Goodness Dental
-Paid Partnership-

If you have several porcelain crowns, you’ve likely spent a fortune to get them. It only makes sense that you want to take care of them and to repair them if they become damaged.  As you already know, porcelain crowns are more expensive than crowns made of just resin. Porcelain crowns are also more expensive because each one can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. But what can you do when one or more of your porcelain dental crowns is chipped or broken?

Unfortunately, porcelain crowns, while they last many years, are subject to wear and tear that can result in a crack, chip or outright fracturing of the crown. The first thing to do if you suspect that your crown is damaged is to consult your dentist to assess the extent of the damage and give you some options and recommendations for moving forward.

Can your porcelain crown be saved? Most dental tourism clinics are equipped and able to repair your chipped crown. They have the necessary tools and expertise and will often save you fifty to seventy percent when compared to prices for the same dental work in the USA.

There are several methods for repairing porcelain crowns. This is what separates the good dental clinics from the best ones. While most clinics can repair your crown, it takes an experienced prosthodontist with the right tools and porcelain repair materials to complete the job correctly. The best prosthodontists will buff away a small chip or imperfection in your crown. When the damage is more extensive, your dentist will need to use composite resin to restore your crown to its original appearance. It’s a complicated and multi-step procedure. Sometimes it may be best to replace your crown with newer, more advanced and durable materials.

If you chose to repair your crown, tour dentist will first perform a delicate abrasion on the damaged crown to ensure the repair resin bonds perfectly. Then a porcelain etchant will be applied. After thorough rinsing and drying, your dentist will apply bonding resin, in multiple layers, shaping it perfectly to match your original crown. The dried resin will then be polished and burred to a high gloss finish.

Porcelain crown repairs are being done more often than before, but it takes experience and expertise. Remember, always seek your dentist’s evaluation when you notice any major changes to your porcelain crowns. Acting early may make it easier to perform a repair instead of the more costly replacement.

The dental team at Goodness Dental in Costa Rica is recognized as the best in Costa Rica. Goodness Dental offers a full complement of dental crowns, including solid EMAX porcelain and zirconia crowns. Choose the prosthodontists that are ranked as the best in Costa Rica by CostaRicaDentalGuide.com. Call Goodness Dental toll free at (866) 260-5196 to speak with Dr. Carlo Fiorito to schedule your appointment to repair or replace your dental crown.














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Transform your smile in Costa Rica!



By Dr. Karen Yurell
Getaway Dental
Paid Partnership


Looking to transform your smile and maybe get a little vacation time as well? Perhaps you’ve had a chipped tooth you’ve been meaning to repair, or your pearly whites are not as white as you’d like them to be. Maybe over the years, your smile has diminished because you are embarrassed to show your teeth. The good news is that there are many cosmetic dentistry options available in Costa Rica.

Dental Veneers in Costa Rica. One great choice is dental veneers. They’re a great way to get a new and more attractive smile or repair unsightly broken or worn front teeth. Getaway Dental in Costa Rica, located in beautiful Escazú and close to the airport and downtown San Jose is a great option to get beautiful porcelain veneers for much less than you’d pay in the United States.

The great thing about dental veneers is that, depending on the type you choose, the installation is non-invasive and the entire process can be done in a matter of days, allowing you some time to explore the area and enjoy some vacation time.

Dental veneers are applied to your existing teeth. They are made of either a composite material or porcelain. They come in different colors so you can match your existing tooth color or change it for a whiter smile. Composite veneers can be installed in one to three visits while porcelain veneers take more time to develop in the lab.

How Long Do Veneers Last? Composite veneers may last up to 5 years, while the porcelain veneers can last up to fifteen or even twenty years with good care and protection. Whatever material you choose, using a nightguard is a great way to protect your veneers and extend their life. Composite veneers are less costly and can be removed without damaging the underlying tooth. Porcelain veneers cost more and once you install them you’ll have to replace them with new veneers.

Dental veneers are custom-made for each patient and installed for a perfect fit.  Getaway Dental offers high-technology construction based on a scan of your mouth to ensure that each veneer is made to fit.

You’ll love the way you look with dental veneers. Taking care of them is an important part of your investment. You’ll want to brush and floss your teeth daily, visit your dentist for regular cleanings and avoid smoking which can cause teeth to stain. A nightguard is also helpful to protect your teeth from any nighttime tooth grinding or bite issues.

It is important to remember that dental veneers are not a substitute for a crown or implant. But veneers are a great option for improving your smile at a cost that won’t break your budget. Contact Dr. Karen Yurell with Getaway Dental at 866-460-3159 to discuss your dental care needs and to create a plan to give you a beautiful, affordable new smile.












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Why you shouldn’t wait
to replace missing teeth




By Frank Clemmons

Costa Rica Dental Implant Institute
-Paid Partnership-

Dental implants offer a safe, proven and highly effective way to replace missing teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, postponing your tooth replacement isn’t worth the risk, especially given the success of dental implants today.

Costa Rica’s community of dental professionals offers excellent options for successful dental implant placement. There’s no reason to postpone your visit any longer. Costa Rica offers surprising savings over what you pay for dental implants in the United States. Patients report prices as high as $5000 for a single dental implant in the USA. Goodness Dental, the top-ranked dental implant clinic in Costa Rica, offers superior quality dental implants from $950 with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Dental implant prices in Costa Rica range from $850 to $1200 for high quality implants. Please keep in mind that some clinics offer cheap dental implants for as little as $500 to $600 per implant. However, these cheap implants are often low-quality imitations. If you encounter a clinic offering titanium dental implants for less than $800, you have reason to be cautious.

You should always consult with your preferred dental professional when considering dental implants, but the bottom line is that waiting too long to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth is bad for your health and could result in consequences that will cost you more in the long-term.

When you lose a tooth, your jaw begins to compensate for the loss. Jaw bone mass decreases. The surrounding teeth also move to “fill in the gap.” The movement of your healthy teeth can affect your entire mouth and especially the shape and profile of your bite.

The shift in healthy teeth that follows when a tooth or several teeth go missing can cause added pressure on the side opposite the missing tooth. If the space created by the missing tooth isn’t filled, surrounding teeth may develop cracks. The space opened up in your bite by missing teeth can also lead to a higher risk of gum disease and cavities.

Waiting too long to replace missing teeth can make their replacement more complicated when you finally do decide to take action. That’s why there’s good reason to schedule your next dental implant in Costa Rica as soon as possible.

Dental implants are a highly effective way to prevent the complications that can result from missing teeth. First and foremost, a dental implant is inserted directly into the jaw which helps prevent bone loss. Your bite is stabilized so further problems are prevented.

Your Costa Rica dental professional can provide you with a full range of dental implant solutions and options and highly affordable prices that will save you money and restore your mouth to its full and healthy potential. Visit Costa Rica Dental Guide to fill out a form for a free referral to the leading dental implant clinics in Costa Rica. You may also visit Costa Rica Dental Implant Institute for a free referral to the top dental implant and All on 4 dental implant clinics in Costa Rica.









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Save big on veneers in Costa Rica




By Lydia McManus
Costa Rica Dental Guide
-Paid Partnership-


Maybe you have stained or worn or chipped teeth. Maybe they look uneven and make you feel a bit self-conscious. You’ve been thinking about porcelain veneers for a while, but you’re not ready to fork over your hard-earned money just yet. Before you decide to get veneers at home, consider why hundreds of patients are coming to Costa Rica every month for affordable, beautiful porcelain veneers.


Veneers are a tested and proven way to change the way you look, giving you a beautiful, unforgettable smile. They are a great way to say goodbye to the embarrassment of crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. Plus, there’s no surgery involved so your smile makeover involves very little discomfort.

You already know that porcelain veneers are a great way to go. Compared to the less expensive composite veneers, porcelain veneers last longer—from 10 to 15 years—and don’t change color over time. Plus, they’re virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. The problem is, they cost significantly more than composite veneers—by as much as 300-percent!

Why is the cost of porcelain veneers so much more? In the US you can expect to pay anywhere from $1200 to $2,000 per veneer. Whereas the standard composite veneer costs just $250 to $1,500 per tooth. That’s a significant difference—and may explain why you’ve put off getting veneers since most people prefer porcelain over composite.

Costa Ria may have the best of both worlds for you. The cost of porcelain veneers in Costa Rica makes it more than worth the trip. What can you expect to pay for dental veneers in Costa Rica? The answer may surprise you. Porcelain veneers in Costa Rica cost between $350 and $550 per tooth. That’s a 60-percent plus savings over what you would pay in the United States! Be careful with choosing the cheapest veneers. The best clinics offer veneers from around $450 to $525 per veneer. If you get a lower quote, they may be using sub-standard porcelain materials, which defeats the purpose. It’s not worth it to save a few hundred dollars and return home with veneers that don’t make you smile from ear to ear.

Do your homework and choose a top dental clinic with a top-rated prosthodontist. Costa Rica Dental Guide has a listing of the top-rated prosthodontists and other dental professionals in Costa Rica. This guide also offers a free referral service to connect patients with excellent dental clinics in Costa Rica.

Thanks to air travel, today’s world is a lot smaller. And traveling to Costa Rica for your smile makeover isn’t just economically wise. It’s your chance to stop postponing getting the veneers you’ve always wanted. There’s no reason to wait any longer. Get your dental veneers in Costa Rica for less!












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Is it safe to have your full-mouth

restoration in Costa Rica?



By Jennifer Steadman
Costa Rica Dental Guide
-Paid Partnership-


A full mouth restoration is a major dental undertaking. Many patients choose to repair a mouth full of damaged teeth with new crowns. Some patients find themselves in need of an All on 4 dental implants procedure. Perhaps you’ve been considering a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica. Whatever the case, the high price of most major dental procedures in the USA and Canada puts these treatments out of financial reach for most patients.

The good news is that you can expect to enjoy a major cost savings in Costa Rica. The majority of patients save from fifty to eighty percent on most dental treatments in Costa Rica. This amounts to substantial savings for patients seeking a full mouth restoration. Despite the savings, you might still be wondering how safe a full mouth reconstruction procedure is in Costa Rica.

You don’t have to worry about safety, reliability, professionalism and top-notch care when you choose Costa Rica for your full mouth restoration. Costa Rica’s community of highly trained dental professionals can provide you with the same or an even better level of care that competes with dental care offered in US, Canada and Europe.

In fact, Global Clinic Rating conducted global research on the best dental clinics in the world. Out of 126,000 dental clinics worldwide, only one clinic in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, made it into the top ten best dental clinics in the world. Goodness Dental in Costa Rica was ranked as the #6 dental clinic in the world. No other dental clinic in the USA, Canada or any other country in the western hemisphere made it into the top ten list.

It begins with training. Dentists in Costa Rica are required to take five years of college-level courses at institutions of higher learning that are considered to be some of the best in all of Latin America. Many also receive additional training outside the country.

In order to practice dentistry in Costa Rica your dental professional must be registered and have obtained the proper license and specialized training. You can verify if the dentist you choose in Costa Rica is properly certified by looking for the Costa Rican Health Chamber seal of approval. You can also contact CostaRicaDentalGuide.com to request a free referral to the best dental clinics in Costa Rica for your specific needs.

Costa Rica’s community of dental professionals offer a full range of dental procedures, including full-mouth restorations. You can also rest assured that dental clinics in Costa Rica are equipped with the latest technology including 3D x-rays for providing the most accurate dimensions of your mouth. The latest technology in x-ray scanning guides the creation of replacement teeth in the dental laboratory. Most Costa Rica dental labs are equipped with the latest in dental technology.

Looking for a recommendation on what dentist to choose? Sites like Costa Rica Dental Implant Institute and Costa Rica Dental Guide are good places to search for leading clinics. You’ll also find that most dental clinics in Costa Rica have English-speaking staff that can respond to your questions over the phone or by email.











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Is Costa Rica a good place for dental patients
to reduce exposure to the coronavirus?




By Jennifer Steadman
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
-Paid Partnership-

As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads in the USA, many travelers are considering destinations where they might be more protected from the rapid spread of the virus. Costa Rica has few confirmed cases and may be a good choice for people seeking to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, gave the following answers to questions about coronavirus to editors at USA Today. This article contains excerpts from USA Today.

“I think, in the country's perception and mood and approach over the next two weeks. We're entering a period probably of rapid acceleration in the virus in United States.” “Broad diagnostic screening is getting in place, and we’ll start to catch up to the rate of infections. It's probably the case that we have multiple large outbreaks in major metropolitan areas that we're unaware of. Seattle's clearly one. Santa Clara (California) is one. New York is appearing to be one. It could be that it's spreading in other cities, and it just hasn't gotten into an institution where it has become readily apparent, says Dr. Gottlieb.”

Costa Rica has a warm, humid, tropical climate. Could Costa Rica be a better place for people to limit their exposure to the coronavirus? Might Costa Rica’s warm weather serve to protect people from transmission of the virus?

“There is evidence that coronaviruses don't circulate in the summer. It's mostly because the hot, humid air doesn't allow the respiratory droplets to transfer as easily, and also, the viral particles don't survive well in that kind of an environment, says Dr. Gottlieb”

Costa Rica has a low population density with only 4 million people in a country the size of West Virginia. The warm weather in Costa Rica may help reduce the spread of the virus. Additionally, Costa Rica’s private medical care system is outstanding, offering confidence to travelers that may be concerned about how to get medical help in case they are susceptible to the virus.

While there is reason to be concerned if you are an adult with respiratory problems or if you may be susceptible to viral infections, most travelers can protect themselves with basic measures while they travel.

Dr. Gotlieb offers the following guidelines for people traveling on airplanes. “I'm still flying when I have to. I was on a plane this week, and I'm going to be on a plane (Tuesday). I'm taking extra precautions on the planes. I think there's things you can absolutely do to improve your safety on a plane for something like this. And I'm trying to do everything I can to do that.”

Travelers should carry small containers of hand sanitizer and wipes and should wipe down their airplane seats and trays to eliminate viral and bacterial contamination. Travelers should also wipe down the airplane bathroom toilet seat and the faucet to limit contamination. Along with thoroughly washing your hands, these measures will help keep travelers safe and healthy while in the air.

It’s reasonable and understandable for at-risk people to be concerned about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. We encourage travelers to take appropriate steps to protect themselves while they travel. The COVID-19 coronavirus will spread around the world in the coming weeks. Costa Rica has a low-level of reported infections and due to the warmth and humidity, Costa Rica may be a safer location than many heavily populated major cities in the USA. Travelers that are considering cancelling their travel plans to Costa Rica due to the coronavirus may consider this information helpful to their decision-making process.

Budget-conscious travelers should also consider that prices for air travel are dropping quickly. In a recent search today, flights from New York City and Chicago to San Jose, Costa Rica departing March 11, 2020 are now priced below $400. Flights from Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica are available from around $300. These are excellent opportunities to book your travel for less and to enjoy some warm weather in sunny Costa Rica.

Many flights are flying with a handful of people, offering great value and giving passengers more room on flights to keep their distance from other passengers. A recent flight from Dallas to Costa Rica was only half full, allowing travelers to spread out and enjoy extra space and comfort, not usually found in the main cabin section.

While it’s good to be cautious, the travel industry is taking needed precautions to protect passengers in flight. Costa Rica is open for business and is taking proactive steps to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control. While some travelers are cancelling their travel plans, many travelers are taking advantage of low air travel prices and booking great deals to Costa Rica.

For dental tourism patients, Costa Rica remains a top destination for affordable, high quality dental care. Leading clinics like Goodness Dental are open and attending to patients with an increased sterilization protocol as recommended by the World Health Organization and OSHA.

Terri Goodness, Director of
Goodness Dental offered the following comments regarding clinic protocols in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus: “As an internationally accredited clinic, Goodness Dental follows the highest hygiene and sterilization standards. We provide hand sanitation devices for use in all patient areas, in addition to our treatment rooms.  We also sanitize our furnishings and patient care areas throughout the day. We collect and store waste in designated, labelled areas away from public areas. We sterilize our equipment in two separate, closed sterilization areas for dirty and clean items using sealed bags for storage. We have a separate waiting area/recovery area for those who do not wish to sit close to others in the reception area. These are just some of the measures we already have in place to ensure complete safety and a healthy environment for our patients. Our patients enjoy an extraordinary level of care and safety. We understand that our patients are concerned about their health. Goodness Dental is taking proactive measures to ensure that our patients and staff remain safe and protected while in our care.”













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Costa Rica dental tourism and the coronavirus: What you need to know?




By Patrick Goodness,
CEO: Goodness Dental
Paid Partnership




According to the Costa Rican Health Ministry, as of the date of this article, there are a few suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican Health Ministry has advised that the country’s national laboratory has the proper equipment necessary to test for COVID-19 and has encouraged all businesses and government offices to take proper precautions to limit the spread of this virus.

If you are planning to come to Costa Rica for dental tourism, you might be worried about whether it is safe to visit Costa Rica. These are legitimate concerns. Every patient has a right to be concerned about their safety while traveling to a foreign country. The good news is that Costa Rica is ready to keep you safe during your visit.

Following are some common questions as it relates to the Coronavirus in Costa Rica.


Question:
What kind of protocols should I follow during my travel to Costa Rica?


Answer:
Visitors should avoid handshakes and unnecessary personal contact. Washing hands after human contact and before and after every meal is also recommended. You should not put your hands near your mouth, eyes or nose after contact with another person or after touching a public space doorknob, table or chair. It’s also best to wipe down your airplane seat and tray with an antibacterial wipe prior to using. While in any public bathroom, it’s best to wash and sanitize your hands after each use. At
Goodness Dental, we offer hand sanitizer to all patients and we have a daily protocol of sanitizing our staff and patient bathrooms and lobby chairs and sofas to reduce harmful bacteria. While we love to hug our patients, for as long as the Coronavirus is active, we are limiting our personal expressions to smiles, waves and occasional fist bumps.


Question:
If I feel sick during my time in Costa Rica will the clinic take me to the hospital?


Answer: Yes, of course. While Costa Rica does not have any reported cases of Coronavirus, should you become ill at any time during your treatment, your chosen dental clinic should take you to the hospital for proper medical care. Please keep in mind that Costa Rica has one of the finest private hospital systems in the world. Patients that choose Goodness Dental receive free emergency medical transportation in the case of any medical emergency. CIMA Hospital is located less than 1 mile from Goodness Dental, allowing our patients the peace of mind that comes from choosing a leading American dental brand.



Question:
Will the dental clinic provide us with hand sanitizing gel to clean my hands?


Answer: At Goodness Dental, our patients have access to hand sanitizing gel during their visit. During the Coronavirus alert, we are also providing patients with small bottles of hand sanitizer when requested, to keep them safe during their visit.


Question:
Will extensive dental work and antibiotics affect my immunological system and put me at increased risk of infection during my return flight home?


Answer:
This is an excellent question. After dental surgery, patients may have a compromised immune system for a couple of days. It is best for patients to rest in the comfort of their hotel rooms and to avoid contact with others during the early days of the healing process. Patients that rest and take their prescribed medications will heal properly and will be healthy enough to travel home without any increased risk of infection or viral contagion.


Costa Rica is one of the top dental tourism destinations in the world. The nation and the dental community are taking active steps to keep Costa Rica safe and healthy during the Coronavirus alert.

Patients are encouraged to come and enjoy the warm weather, fresh fruit, remarkable hospitality and low prices on high quality dental care. Goodness Dental is an American-owned dental clinic and is ranked as the #1 Dental Clinic in Costa Rica by CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and GCR.org.

Patients may call Goodness Dental toll free at 866-406-2744 to learn more about March, April and May promotions.














Is the all on 4 dental implants procedure
good for me?



By Dr. Alejandro Freer
All on Four Costa Rica
-Paid Partnership-


You’re considering All on Four implants, but first you need to know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. You can get your All on Four implants at a significantly reduced cost in Costa Rica where leading dental implant specialists can help you make the best decisions about this breakthrough teeth replacement option.

All on Four implants involve less surgery than some other implant procedures and can support a full set of new teeth with just four implants per jaw instead of the usual six or even eight. A key consideration your All on Four Costa Rica dental professional will consider is the bone mass in your upper and lower jaws. A full CT scan of your entire mouth may be needed for this assessment.

Good candidates for the procedure have adequate bone mass in their jaws to support the implants. That means their jaws are of the right size and health and there is sufficient jaw bone above the molars.

Another factor your Costa Rica dental professional will look at is the condition of your existing teeth. You’re probably a good candidate for All on Four implants if you’re missing more than five teeth along the upper or lower jaw, or you have many damaged, worn or cracked teeth. If you suffer from gum disease or you use dentures but find them to be uncomfortable, the All on Four implants solution may also be a good option for you.

If you smoke or have diabetes, the dentist will take special precautions before performing the implant surgery and the best candidates for All on Four implants are in good health and have strong immune systems.

All on Four implants aren’t for everyone, but they offer significant benefits. They eliminate the need to use removable dentures and the discomfort removable dentures can sometimes pose when eating and speaking. All on Four implants can be used to replace entire sets of both upper or lower teeth and the procedure eliminates the need for bone grafts.

Cost considerations, especially in the US, prevent many from choosing All on Four implants. All on Four Costa Rica, a leading All on Four dental implants clinic in Costa Rica, can offer you significant savings of tens of thousands of dollars less than you would pay in the U.S.

All on Four implants offer tremendous benefits in both cost and overall oral health, apart from the satisfaction of having a new set of teeth that eliminate the need for removable dentures.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can have a beautiful new smile that can last a lifetime, call All on Four Costa Rica at 866-343-3056 to discuss your options.

The team at All on Four Costa Rica will create a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and budget.










Porcelain crowns in Costa Rica



By Dr. Carlos Fiorito
Goodness Dental
Paid Partnership

Costa Rica is a leading global destination for affordable dental care. There are hundreds of dental clinics in Costa Rica, but only a select few that offer high quality porcelain crowns. There are many different types of materials for crowns, but the leading clinics recommend porcelain crowns for superior performance and natural aesthetics.

Porcelain crowns are the more expensive options when you choose them over gold or a composite crown. But porcelain dental crowns in Costa Rica are truly affordable and are a good choice for long-term durability.

Porcelain Crowns Look Amazing
You’ll love the cosmetic advantages porcelain crowns offer. They don’t leave an unsightly line between the crowned tooth and your gums. And since they are made of all porcelain which is a ceramic, they can be engineered to exactly match the color and form of your natural teeth. That makes them a great option for natural looking front teeth.

Porcelain Crowns are Hypoallergenic
Porcelain crowns have the advantage of being hypoallergenic which means they won’t provoke an allergic reaction and won’t react with your gums. This means that your porcelain crowns won’t cause gum inflammation.


Porcelain Crowns are Time Savers

Your time is valuable and that’s another advantage of porcelain crowns. In Costa Rica, we can make your crown and install it all in one or two visits. If you never several crowns, it may take a bit longer. But porcelain crowns are a great option for patients on a tight schedule when traveling to Costa Rica for dental tourism.


Consider a PFM: Porcelain Fused to Metal

Porcelain crowns are a bit more fragile than an all-metal crown. Many patients opt for a porcelain crown bonded to a metal base on the tooth. These are known as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, or PFMs.

The great thing about the PFM option is that you retain the aesthetic advantages of porcelain which means your dentist can match the color of your PFM crown to your existing teeth. Plus, the metal base of your PFM crown provides a snugger fit and delivers better durability. You’ll find a PFM crown will last years when properly cared for with regular brushing and flossing and is easier on your wallet than an all-porcelain crown.

Choosing porcelain or a PFM crown is a great way to get the aesthetic appeal and durability you’re looking for. And at Goodness Dental, our incredible team will ensure your investment is well spent and as economical as possible.












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Dental veneers in Costa Rica



By Dr. Karen Yurell
Getaway Dental
Paid Partnership

Transform Your Smile in Costa Rica!

Looking to transform your smile and maybe get a little vacation time as well? Perhaps you’ve had a chipped tooth you’ve been meaning to repair, or your pearly whites are not as white as you’d like them to be. Maybe over the years, your smile has diminished because you are embarrassed to show your teeth. The good news is that there are many cosmetic dentistry options available in Costa Rica.

Dental Veneers in Costa Rica

One great choice is dental veneers. They’re a great way to get a new and more attractive smile or repair unsightly broken or worn front teeth. Getaway Dental in Costa Rica, located in beautiful Escazú and close to the airport and downtown San José is a great option to get beautiful porcelain veneers for much less than you’d pay in the United States.

The great thing about dental veneers is that, depending on the type you choose, the installation is non-invasive and the entire process can be done in a matter of days, allowing you some time to explore the area and enjoy some vacation time.

Dental veneers are applied to your existing teeth. They are made of either a composite material or porcelain. They come in different colors so you can match your existing tooth color or change it for a whiter smile. Composite veneers can be installed in one to three visits while porcelain veneers take more time to develop in the lab.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Composite veneers may last up to 5 years, while the porcelain veneers can last up to 15 or even 20 years with good care and protection. Whatever material you choose, using a nightguard is a great way to protect your veneers and extend their life. Composite veneers are less costly and can be removed without damaging the underlying tooth. Porcelain veneers cost more, and once you install them, you’ll have to replace them with new veneers.

Dental veneers are custom-made for each patient and installed for a perfect fit. Getaway Dental offers high-technology construction based on a scan of your mouth to ensure that each veneer is made to fit.

You’ll love the way you look with dental veneers. Taking care of them is an important part of your investment. You’ll want to brush and floss your teeth daily, visit your dentist for regular cleanings and avoid smoking which can cause teeth to stain. The nightguard is also helpful to protect your teeth from any nighttime tooth grinding or bite issues.

It is important to remember that dental veneers are not a substitute for a crown or implant. But veneers are a great option for improving your smile at a cost that won’t break your budget. Contact Dr. Karen Yurell with
Getaway Dental at 866-460-3159 to discuss your dental care needs and to create a plan to give you a beautiful, affordable new smile.










Affordable dental care is Costa Rica’s gift
to the world





By James Madigan, CEO
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
-Paid Partnership-


When you live in Costa Rica or visit here frequently, it is pretty easy to get used to the idea that you live in paradise. After all, with amazing tourist spots like Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park, Liberia, Tamarindo, Monteverde, San Jose, and Tortuguero just around the corner, and a daily dose of a wonderful climate and exotic birds and animals, it’s difficult to think of Costa Rica as anything but paradise.

But before you slide into your hammock for an afternoon nap, there is something else we’d like you to consider. While most tourists come to Costa Rica the first time to get up close and personal with Costa Rica’s amazing nature, a growing number of repeat visitors are returning for affordable dental care. Costa Rica Dental Guide reports that a growing percentage of repeat visitors to Costa Rica are returning for the second and third stages of advanced dental care that was started in Costa Rica.

The average tourist in Costa Rica stays for less than seven days before returning home. The average dental tourist in Costa Rica comes for an average of 11 days during their first visit. Many dental tourists who receive dental implants, return four to six months later for stage two of their dental care. This second visit averages another 11 days. Some patients with more advanced care needs, may receive an All on 4 dental implants procedure or a full-mouth restoration. These patients often spend 28 days to complete their treatment over the course of six or more months.

Almost half of all American citizens live without dental insurance. For those patients that require dental care like dental implants, crowns, bridges or cosmetic dental care, a trip to Costa Rica is a great way to save 50 percent or more. Some patients report savings as high as 70 or 80 percent when compared to dental prices in the USA. If you live in Costa Rica (or visit frequently) you should know that you have some of the best dental care in the world available to you at affordable prices—prices that others must travel to Costa Rica to take advantage of.

So not everyone who comes to Costa Rica is looking for tropical forests, pristine beaches or smiling slow-moving sloths. For many, especially those from North America and Europe, the real gift of Costa Rica is a dental chair in a spotless, well organized dental clinic and being treated by a highly trained, English-speaking dentist for a fraction of the cost for the care they would not be able to afford back home.

For the third year in a row, Goodness Dental has been named one of the top 10 dental clinics in the world by Global Clinic Rating. CostaRicaDentalGuide.com has named Getaway Dental as the Best Value Dental Clinic in Costa Rica. Both clinics offer high quality dental care with low prices and attract thousands of dental tourists every year to receive dental care in Costa Rica. Another great clinic to consider for All on 4 dental implant procedures is All on Four Costa Rica.

Whichever of these three top Costa Rica dental clinics you choose, you will discover that affordable, high-quality dental care truly is Costa Rica’s gift to the world.












CostaRicaDentalGuide.com names Getaway Dental the Best Value Dental Clinic in Costa Rica




By Talia Newman
Getaway Dental Costa Rica
Paid Partnership



CostaRicaDentalGuide.com, recognized as the leading resource for Costa Rica dental tourism, announced today that Getaway Dental, located in Escazú, was named the best value dental clinic in Costa Rica.

The ranking, based on a recent reader poll, asked respondents to report their experiences with dental clinics in Costa Rica and to rank the clinics that offered the best overall value. More than 42 Costa Rica dental clinics were included in this report. The final result revealed that Getaway Dental demonstrated low prices in tandem with high-quality results.

“For several years, we have witnessed a trend of patients seeking lower and lower prices for their dental care. Along with this trend, we have seen an increasing number of patients reporting lower-quality care and poor results from the lowest-priced dental clinics in Costa Rica,” says James Madigan of CostaRicaDentalGuide.com. “Patients that seek the lowest prices often choose the poorest quality clinics and then report serious problems. Every day, we receive emails and messages from patients telling us about their dental experience in Costa Rica. Sometimes, patients tell us what went wrong. Most are minor issues. But sometimes patients report serious problems that occur as a result of choosing the lowest-price clinic for their dental care. Every day, otherwise smart people, become foolish patients when they choose their dental care based on finding the lowest possible prices,” said Madigan.

Getaway Dental achieved a high level of technical and clinical excellence, attractive pricing and credible guarantees. Overall Getaway Dental was rated as the best value in dental care in Costa Rica, receiving high scores in the following categories:

- Best overall value.

- Low prices.

- English-speaking specialists

- Personal service

- Free transportation from airport & hotels

- Satisfaction with final results

Goodness Dental, a partner clinic with Getaway Dental, was named the best overall dental clinic in Costa Rica and is ranked as one of the top ten dental clinics in the world by Global Clinic Rating. However, Getaway Dental came in a close second, earning the title of best value dental clinic in Costa Rica.

Getaway Dental is ideal for patients that value a smaller no-frills dental clinic environment focused on helping patients save money. This clinic has everything a leading dental clinic should have without the extra perks, amenities and conveniences. The clinic is compact but very modern and with top-quality equipment and diagnostic tools. The clinic also has access to the finest radiology center in the nation. A nearby dental lab services their dental lab needs quickly and with a high success rate. Patients report saving up to 50 to 70 percent at most clinics in Costa Rica, when compared to rates in the U.S.A. and Canada. Getaway Dental patients report saving 10 percent more than at other dental clinics in Costa Rica, without losing quality.

There are less expensive dental clinics in Costa Rica. However, many of these clinics reduce prices by reducing the quality of their materials or not employing specialists. The designation as best value dental clinic implies that Getaway Dental has been able to achieve lower prices by reducing ancillary services while maintaining high-quality care and materials.

Free Airfare:

Some dental clinics in Costa Rica offer regular discounts and promotions. Getaway Dental offers low fixed pricing and does not offer discounts or promotions. Patients that meet minimum spending requirements may also qualify for a free airfare program that provides reimbursement up to $500 to help offset a patient’s airfare expenses.

Many Canadian patients, seeking affordable dental care in Costa Rica choose Getaway Dental to help offset their low currency valuations. Patients that value clear, low pricing without the need to negotiate have found Getaway Dental to be a refreshing, safe alternative for high-quality dental care in Costa Rica.

For more information, call Getaway Dental phone number 844-854-6824 or email to Milena Chaves, patient coordinator at milenachaves@getawaydental.com












Tooth damage from sports injuries



By Talia Newman
Getaway Dental Costa Rica
Paid Partnership

Most of us who follow sports teams are aware that professional athletes frequently rely on team physicians — doctors who have special training and experience in treating sports injuries. And, you can appreciate that with all the rough and tumble involved in a sport like American football, there are frequent injuries and a lot of financial pressure to get highly paid athletes back on their game as soon as possible.

But even the rest of us who play or practice sports as amateurs may need to visit a sports doc every now and then. Sprains, pulls and bruises are just part of what comes with running or skiing or climbing or any number of other sports. Even tennis players are afflicted with sports-related injuries such as the ever famous “tennis elbow.”

However, did you know that there is a team sport where there is often a “team dentist” on the payroll? I’ll bet you can guess which sport that is, too. Yes, hockey is perhaps the sport with more dental injuries than any other. Even with a mouth guard, injuries to the lips, tongue, and teeth are common in ice hockey, and there are team dentists on the sidelines to help.

But professional hockey players aren’t the only athletes with tooth injuries. Plenty of us regular folks have had teeth chipped, broken or knocked out completely by sports injuries. And when you think about it, it’s not that uncommon for people to be hit by a bat, golf club, hard ball, fist or the floor and lose, break or otherwise injure their teeth. And if you add accidents, like car wrecks for example, you realize that even sitting comfortably in your car can result in injury to your teeth.

If you are one of those who has never had your teeth repaired properly, or who has pain, or the inability to eat on one side or bite into hard foods because of an injury or accident, affordable help is at hand at Getaway Dental in Costa Rica. Whether you need “sports” dentistry to have the full function of your teeth restored, or you just want to look better, we hope you’ll simply pick up the phone and call us to discover how you can get exactly what you need at an affordable price today. Our top-rated dental specialists can give you a beautiful new smile for less than most clinics in Costa Rica.

More information on Getaway Dental, please call Toll Free: 844-854-6824 or email milena.chaves@getawaydental.com









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Dental implants:
It’s  about more than eating






By Talia Newman

Getaway Dental
Paid Partnership


Dental implants are the best dental procedure to replace missing teeth. The result is a crown or prosthesis that will behave just like natural teeth, requiring no more care than healthy teeth usually do. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for a lifetime.

Dental implants can be quite expensive in the U.S., but many Americans are learning that excellent clinics offer dental implants at affordable prices in Costa Rica, without sacrificing quality.

If you have lost several teeth, you know that getting dental implants is about more than being able to eat again. There is so much more involved. Let’s talk about it.

But because it’s a common misconception, let’s start by talking about eating. Many people think that eating well again is the only benefit of getting dental implants. Being able to eat what you want is not only a matter of chewing without problems. It’s a matter of enjoying one of the most basic pleasures of life.

Just being able to eat what you like — when and wherever you like — increases your general happiness greatly. With strong healthy teeth — both natural and those with implants — you can order anything from a menu instead of trying to find one of the few items that you can eat in comfort.

It’s easy to forget that chewing is an important bodily function. Chewing food well makes it easier for your stomach to digest it, improving your nutrition and the performance of your gut, which is ultimately related to your immune system.

Missing teeth also affect the way you look. Some people with missing teeth feel ashamed of laughing or talking because of the way they look.

When you aren’t self-conscious, you learn to trust yourself and enjoy your new-found confidence. Many dare to do things they were afraid of doing before having proper dental care. Some people even discover that they can smile again when they experience joy without even thinking about it!

Isn’t it time for you to get rid of all your dental issues and enjoy life to its fullest? Come to Costa Rica, where dental implants are actually affordable and start living your life with more gusto. You’ll be surprised what a difference dental implants can make as you savor every bite of your new life!









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Goodness Dental is ranked #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica for third consecutive year



By Goodness Dental

Paid Partnership

Every month, hundreds of average-looking tourists board flights to Costa Rica for a unique kind of tourism: dental tourism. They scour dental clinic websites and choose dental clinics in Costa Rica to receive affordable dental care, with some patients reporting savings from 50 to 80% when compared to U.S. dental rates.

When patients search Google for the best dental clinic in Costa Rica, they often see the name Goodness Dental. This leading dental tourism clinic has earned the coveted title of Best Dental Clinic in Costa Rica for the third consecutive year from CostaRicaDentalGuide.com. This clinic is also ranked #1 in Costa Rica by Global Clinic Rating.

Instead of asking the clinic to comment for this article, we went directly to patients that have received care recently from Goodness Dental. We have noted that these patients received dental treatment from Goodness Dental in the month of October, 2019. We pleased to share their comments, with our readers. These comments have been edited for content, grammar and spelling.



"I’m here at the airport on my way home for the final time. I just wanted to thank you and congratulate Goodness Dental on an amazing team you have assembled. I can’t imagine having gone through this long process with any other clinic. I love everyone on the staff. It’s been a joy and a pleasure.”

Patient: Marco Verges (October 2019)



“Everything is great here. I couldn't be happier. The staff has always been friendly and professional, and they care about your needs. Let me say that again, they care about YOUR needs. They work with you on affordable plans for you and they make it happen. I recommend Goodness Dental to people all over the world. I received 8-10 emails, asking about the service here, and I always assure people that, this is the best decision that they will make. Everyone is wonderful and helpful. I always enjoy my visits. Thanks again to Dr. Chaves and his team for always treating me with first class treatment. If anyone has questions, feel free to email me.” Patient: Javan Viltz: jviltz@yahoo.com (October 2019)

“I had visited many dental clinics throughout the U.S. and Canada. Facing a huge dental bill, I began researching my options and came across Goodness Dental. But I was somewhat reluctant to visit a dental clinic in Costa Rica, even considering the cost savings. I took a chance, and now highly recommend Goodness Dental to all who ask about my experience. I required extractions, sinus lift, bone grafts, implants and a bridge. Goodness Dental is very well equipped, extremely clean and modern. The staff is supremely professional and personable, ensuring I was comfortable throughout, even encouraging me to explore Costa Rica during my visit. I'm actually looking forward to returning.” Patient: Ed Saraburn (October 2019)


“Top notch service! I was amazed when I walked into the facility and was greeted with warm welcomes and smiling faces ready help me get that perfect smile. So affordable compared to the U.S. for the procedures I needed. Can’t thank the staff enough for their excellent service.”

Patient: Tyreece Hawkins (October 2019)



“I never realized the teeth I could have. I've gotten my temporary teeth and go back in six months to get the permanent set installed. The team was SUPER FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL NO MATTER THE SITUATION. Being in a foreign country where most don't speak English was a little awkward, but they know who is best to stay with and they speak English and provide transportation every time. Thank you for my new temporary smile. I do love it. Thank you to Dr. Andres,. Dr. Karen, Dr. Maria, Alejandra, Sue and anyone I didn't mention I truly appreciate your help. Thank you.” Patient: Cory Major (October 2019)

Goodness Dental offers monthly promotions. The promotion for the month of November 2019 is for patients seeking full mouth restorations and All-on-4 dental implants procedures.

Interested patients are encouraged to call toll free 866-406-2744 or to send an email to info@goodnessdental.com










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Dentures vs implant-supported dentures
in Costa Rica




By Frank Clemmons
Costa Rica Dental Implant Institute
Paid Partnership


For people who have suffered a great deal of tooth loss, there are typically two options that are recommended: Dentures or Implant-supported Dentures.

As is typical of many standard dental treatments, each solution and its associated procedures, materials and costs offer advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at them in more detail.

1. Dentures. This dental solution has been around for quite some time. Even George Washington had dentures. They consist of arc bridges that serve as support for the false teeth attached to them. In turn, these arc bridges are placed upon and supported by the gums, sometimes assisted with a paste or powder, although they are not attached to the gums and are meant to be removed and cleaned at night.

Their advantages are that they are relatively easy to use and clean and that the procedure is not invasive. They also require fewer tests and less preparation. Finally, they are much less expensive than their implant-supported counterparts.

Their disadvantages are that they’re much less stable than implant-supported dentures. So, from time to time they may shift out of place, which can be embarrassing if you happen to be at a social event for example. They also sometimes get small bits of food stuck underneath them. That can be painful and require the person to leave the table and to remove the food by hand in the nearest bathroom.

In addition to that, the bite with dentures isn’t as strong, so there might be a “squeezing” feeling while chewing. They are also less resistant and generally don’t perform as well as their counterpart.

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage is that without teeth, your jaw bones and gums will continually recede, becoming smaller over time. This is what causes the “sunken face” look that may people associate with denture wearers. While dentures as inexpensive, they are not recommended for people that want to appear youthful.




2. Implant-supported Dentures. This procedure also involves full-arch bridges. May people know this procedure as an All on 4, All on 6 or All on 8 dental implants. Unlike dentures, these bridges are supported and attached to dental implants, which in turn are placed in the jawbone and fused to it through a process called osseointegration. This makes implant supported dentures fixed and it’s not necessary to remove them for cleaning.

Their advantages over dentures are many. First of all, because they are actually attached to the bone, they are stable and their bite is as strong as the bite of a person with teeth. They implant-supported dentures never move out of place, reducing to zero the number of embarrassing or painful chewing instances. They are more resistant and perform better in every test than dentures.

Their disadvantage is that they require minor surgery, which implies more tests and a minor, but still invasive treatment. And, implant-supported dentures cost more than traditional dentures.

However, by traveling to Costa Rica for dental care, many people find that they can afford dental implants, including an All on 4, All on 6 and All on 8 dental implants. Given how important your teeth are for your health and over-all well-being, they are an investment that will pay dividends every time you eat for the rest of your life.

Costa Rica Dental Institute helps patients from the USA and Canada find the leading dental implant clinics in Costa Rica. The service is free and has helped thousands of patients find reputable, safe and affordable dental implants in Costa Rica. Please visit our website at CostaRicaDentalImplants.com to learn more and to fill out a form for a free referral to one of the top dental implant clinics in Costa Rica.









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Should senior citizens get dental implants
in Costa Rica?






By Patrick Goodness,
CEO: Goodness Dental
Paid Partnership


Senior citizens tend to need dental implants more than younger people. Unfortunately, many of them assume that they’re too old to get them and that they’ll just stick to their dentures, which might be a good solution, but it’s not the optimal one.

So, is it true that senior citizens can’t get dental implants? No, it’s not true. There are a few factors that might prevent you from getting dental implants, but age is not one of them.

Older people tend to have more health issues that can disqualify them from getting dental implants. A life of heavy smoking or drinking or heart conditions are a few of them. Of course, younger people can have these problems too but it’s not as common or the effects of bad lifestyle choices tend to be less of a concern during youth.

Inadequate jawbone is more common among older people, whose skeletal systems are more likely to have bone-related issues like osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. However, this is usually not a disqualifying factor as many jawbone issues can be resolved with a bone graft. On the other hand, a graft makes the whole process more expensive, but still a possibility for many.

It’s interesting to note that the main disqualifying factor for not getting dental implants is not a health-related one, but not having the sufficient funds to pay for one. Older people may have fewer financial obligations or more savings than others and may be in a better position to get dental implants than many younger adults. However, today, many seniors are in excellent health and have no impediments to receiving dental implants.

Sadly, when some seniors talk to other seniors who couldn’t get dental implants for one reason or another, they tend to reach the same conclusion: “I’m just too old to get dental implants.” And then they rationalize their response by telling themselves that, “Having dentures isn’t that bad, I’ve been using them for the last 20 years.”

If you are a senior citizen considering dentures, don’t fall into this trap. Go to a competent dentist and ask if you are a candidate for dental implants. Only a dentist will be able to tell you if you can get dental implants or not, and chances are, you can. If you can’t afford the high price of dental implants in the USA, consider Costa Rica for your implants. Goodness Dental is ranked as the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica by CostaRicaDentalGuide and Global Clinic Rating.

We’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities ,and budget considerations, with you.

You can speak directly with Dr. Peter Aborn, a veteran prosthodontist, who practiced for more than 25 years in New York before starting his teaching career and private practice in Costa Rica. Dr. Peter will be pleased to help you get affordable, high quality dental care in Costa Rica.

Call him today toll-free at 866-218-1036 or email him directly at peter.aborn@goodnessdental.com









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Six reasons not to get dental implants in the USA






By James Madigan, CEO
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
Paid Partnership

Some people get lucky and have smooth sailing from start to finish when it comes to getting dental implants. But for a lot of us who would really benefit from dental implants, one or more barriers or complications are likely to pop up.

1. Can’t Afford Them: Often the problem starts when you ask your local dentist if he or she thinks dental implants are the right solution for you. You may have noticed that your dentist didn’t volunteer dental implants as the way to go and there’s a reason why. Your dentist may think that you simply can’t afford a dental implant or any of the solutions based on dental implants such as an All-on-4 or Implant-Supported Dentures.

2. Not Qualified To Place Implants: It could also be that your dentist doesn´t qualify to perform dental implants. Dental implants should be done by a periodontist or maxillofacial surgeon and your dentist doesn’t want to refer you to a specialist. Again, it might be that your dentist doesn’t think you can afford that solution, or it may be that they think the procedures he or she can do in their own clinic will do almost a well. (Dental implant solutions are nearly always superior.)

3. Transparency: But let’s say your dentist agrees that dental implants might be a good option for you and makes a referral to a specialist. Obviously, you’ll want to call to get some idea what the price might be. However, it is likely that you will be told that they don’t give estimates and that you have to schedule an appointment, which you’ll have to pay for before you can get any pricing information.

4. Pricing Not Available: Before you commit to making that appointment, you might even call a few other periodontists or maxillofacial surgeons just to get some ballpark numbers. After all, what’s the point of paying just to discover that you can’t afford a dental implant solution? However, you run into the same problem with all of them. No one will give you any price information without an office visit with a pricey specialist.

5. Expensive Repeat Appointments: So, let’s say that you do make an appointment with a dental specialist. You will fill out forms and talk about your dental and medical history. The specialist will take x-rays and may want other tests as well. Once the test results are produced, you may be required to make another office visit when you may finally be told that you can have dental implants, (or in some rare cases, that you can’t or that you must wait until you get a health condition under control.)

6. Sky-High Prices: Maybe, finally, you will be given an estimate for the cost of the dental implants, which must be paid for in addition to everything that you have spent so far. Sadly, you realize that you don’t have $50,000 lying around to get those dental implants (although you may “only” have to pay $5,000 to $10,000 if you just need one).

The solution? Pick up the phone today and speak with a highly qualified and experienced dentist in Costa Rica and discover how affordable dental implants are here. They will give you all the information you need, including an estimate of the costs, and help you every step of the way. Fill out a form on CostaRicaDentalGuide.com and get a free estimate from one of the leading and most affordable dental clinics in Costa Rica. Clinics on this site treat thousands of American patients for less every year. Who knows? You may be able to save more than 70% on your dental care and have a great vacation at the same time.









Dental care is affordable in Costa Rica. Why is dental care so expensive in the United States?




Barbara Goldman,
Accreditation Specialist
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
Paid Partnership



Americans often look to Costa Rica for affordable dental care because the cost of most dental procedures are unreasonably expensive in the United States. Why? Here are just a few of the reasons:

1. Dental insurance doesn’t work at all like medical insurance. Medical insurance is actual insurance where the insurance company pays when you have a health issue (and you know it’s more expensive than that. Dental insurance works like a maintenance plan that covers cleanings and x-rays and maybe some discounts on crowns. Think of it more like a coupon booklet. Maximum annual benefits are typically around $1,500 at best. That amount barely covers the expense of a crown, much less a dental implant. If you need extensive dental work, it will come from your own pocket. This is why many patients choose Costa Rica for affordable, low-cost dental care.

2. Dental training is extremely expensive in the USA. Dentists spend many long years to earn their degrees, and even longer if they become a specialist. Regular university is expensive as it is, and doctors and dentists have to pay even more for their education, for which they often go into debt. Since their services are always needed, they can mark up their prices in order to get out of debt sooner. In Costa Rica, education is free, and most dental and medical specialists spend very little to earn their degrees. This is why dental care is so affordable in Costa Rica.

3. Overhead costs for most American dentists are prohibitive. Up to 80% of all revenues they ear can go to the expenses of running the clinic. Dentists have to pay rent or mortgages, and the salaries of hygienists, office managers, receptionists, assistants, as well as their own health insurance and malpractice insurance, supplies, equipment, maintenance and repairs, student loans, and of course, taxes. All of which can increase the price while maintaining their own margins. In Costa Rica, these costs are often a fraction of the costs paid in the USA, allowing Costa Rica dental clinics to charge much less for the same dental services.

4. Laboratories. Crowns and frames and dental implants are not manufactured at the dentist’s clinic, but in a lab, and they have to be paid separately. Dentists typically prefer to work with good laboratories since they have no desire to have to work a second time on a failed piece. They may not be charged for failed lab work, but failures still generate costs and lost time, in addition to frustrated customers and potential loss of their reputation. Dental labs in Costa Rica are very high quality and cost much less than comparable dental labs in the USA. This savings allows Costa Rica dental clinics to offer much lower prices to their patients.

Is it any surprise that Americans are going to Costa Rica instead, where they can get high quality dental care, performed by specialists for a fraction of the price? To learn more about dental care in Costa Rica, or to get connected with a leading dental clinic through a free referral service, please visit Costa Rica Dental Guide.









When choosing a dental clinic in Costa Rica,
trust your instincts




By Patrick Goodness,
CEO: Goodness Dental
Paid Partnership


Your instincts are neither the most important nor the only factor that you should take into account when choosing a dental clinic, especially if you’re looking for a dental clinic in another country. Many people substitute good research with a “gut feeling” and may make the wrong decision. Proven quality should always be the primary reason for choosing a dentist, anywhere.

But aside from reputation, cost, and travel considerations, which the dental clinic can inform you about, you have to take your own level of comfort into account. After all, you’re putting your wellbeing in someone else’s hands and it’s important that you trust that person. Instinct is a hard quality to define, and the simplest way to characterize it is that “it feels right or it doesn’t.” And what feels right varies greatly from person to person.

For example, when you call a clinic, sometimes there’s something in the voice of the person that replies that makes you feel at ease and safe. It could be something as subjective as their tone of voice in addition to the knowledge they communicate, or the questions they ask.

Or maybe it’s just the opposite: that speaking with a potential dentist makes you feel uncomfortable. It’s hard to explain why, other than you just feel it.

Same thing when you write to a dental clinic. Sometimes the reply you get just doesn’t feel welcoming, and sometimes it feels like they really care about you. When considering which clinic is the right fit for your needs, sometimes it’s good to trust your instincts.

It’s also a good idea to take a look at the photos of the clinic’s team, as a human face is always better than text. Obviously, those clinics that don’t display photos of their team aren’t necessarily bad, but they find themselves at a disadvantage when trying to appeal to potential patients. There have been cases of patients that request a specific dentist after seeing his or her photo on a website, although these are rare.

Remember, your instinct shouldn’t be the only factor you consider, or even the first to take into account. You still have to do your homework, no matter how good a dental clinic is. Take a look at accreditations, certifications and reviews to ensure that the clinic you are choosing meets international standards. Call or write to the clinic to discuss your care with someone at the clinic. If they are too busy to take your call, they are too busy to manage your care. Get a quote and an approximate schedule for your care. Ask as many questions as you need and feel comfortable with the answers. Read online patient reviews. The clinics with the highest number of five-star reviews are the most trustworthy. They have proven their value and earned a high level of patient trust. These things matter. Discuss the options with your family and make sure that you feel good about your decision. After conducting your due diligence, ask yourself how you feel about a specific clinic or dentist?


If you’re seeking a proven, trustworthy dental brand in Costa Rica, we hope that you’ll give Goodness Dental a call. Call toll free at 866-406-2744 or visit us online at Goodness Dental.










How to prepare for dental implants in Costa Rica?




By James Madigan, CEO
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
Paid Partnership


So, you’ve made up your mind and decided to get dental implants in Costa Rica. As you already know, Costa Rica is one of the leading destinations for affordable dental implants. Most patients save thousands of dollars, while receiving a very personalized approach to dental care. However, before you start to pack your bags, there are a few things you need to do to prepare.

First of all, you need a passport that’s valid for at least 90 days after your planned entry date to Costa Rica. In addition, you need a return plane ticket home to prove that you’re not intending to stay in Costa Rica permanently. Since most dental tourists get two-way tickets, this is sufficient proof.

Tests:
Your Costa Rican dentist might ask you to take a test or two, depending on your unique case. These tests usually involve X-rays only, but some patients with specific health issues might need other tests, like blood tests or coagulation time tests. Obviously, this will depend greatly on each individual patient, although if you are in good general health, you’ll probably not need additional medical tests.

Smoking & Drinking:
In some cases, you might need to make some temporary or permanent adjustments to your lifestyle. The two most common changes asked by dentists are to stop smoking and to stop drinking. Smoking is known to affect the performance of dental implants and is responsible for the yellowing of both natural and prosthetic teeth. It’s yet one more reason for quitting smoking permanently, but if not, you should at least refrain from smoking before and for a few months after your procedure. Alcohol will need to be suspended temporarily, as it can affect the performance of antibiotics and pain-killers and you really want those to be 100% effective.

Medications:
Let your dentist know about any medication you take. Occasionally you may need to change a medicine you are taking or stop taking it temporarily. Also, find out if you’ll need to buy medication once you return to the United States. You might not be able to take medication (typically pain medication) you need back home with you due to US laws, so you want to make sure you have a pharmacy that sells your medicines back home. Fortunately, the medication is pretty standard and you won’t have trouble getting it. Still, find out where now rather than having to find it once the effects of your first medication start to fade.

There might be other preparations required that are unique to you, but you can discuss this with your dentist when you speak before booking your flights. However, the basic ones outlined in this article are all most people need. Still, it is important that you make sure all your questions are answered beforehand. So, keep a list of questions to ask and schedule a time to get them answered and when you speak, keep a pen and paper handy to take notes.

The team at Costa Rica Dental Guide has developed a list of important considerations to help you prepare for your dental vacation in Costa Rica. Please visit this link How to Plan for Your Dental Care in Costa Rica to learn more.


If you’re seeking a proven, trustworthy dental brand in Costa Rica, we hope that you’ll give Goodness Dental a call. Call toll free at 866-406-2744 or visit us online at Goodness Dental.













Why accreditation and professional recognition
are important when choosing a dental clinic
in Costa Rica?




Barbara Goldman,
Accreditation Specialist
CostaRicaDentalGuide.com
Paid Partnership


When you go to a dentist in your hometown, you typically don’t look for the dentist’s certification. Instead, you ask for recommendations from people you know. However, when you need a dental service in a different city, you can’t always get personal recommendations, so perhaps you read reviews online. But what if you are considering a dental clinic in another country?

Of course, you still might read online reviews for a clinic in another country. However, you may question their authenticity. Are these reviews real? How do I know if they’re honest or just written to inflate the reputation of the clinic? Some people wonder the same thing even when they read reviews from American clinics, so it’s understandable that dental clinics abroad receive a greater degree of scrutiny.




This is why accreditation, certifications, professional memberships, peer recognition, and awards are important.

These types of professional acknowledgments from reputable third parties make a difference.

They certify that a specific dental clinic complies with standard practices and has a certain degree of quality.

Obviously, the exact certification also matters, but a dental clinic that is accredited will make sure it’s visible on its website since third party organizations closely monitor that their certifications are well used. Some dental clinics have worked very hard and invested greatly in meeting the standards required by accrediting and certifying organizations.

However, if you want to make sure that a dental clinic in another country is up to the standards of American clinics, look for an American or international certification. Note that some American dental associations will certify individuals, not clinics, so those certifications will probably be displayed on the “staff” or “our team” pages of a clinic’s website.

In Costa Rica, it is recommended that you look for the following certifications or memberships: Costa Rica Dental Guide, American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Global Clinic Rating and depending on your procedure, the American Association of Implant Dentistry or the American Prosthodontic Society.

Awards are important too. If they are recent within a couple of years, they allow you to know if a dental clinic has been keeping up with current practices and is up to the latest standards. Costa Rica Dental Guide ranks the best dental clinics in Costa Rica and outlines why some clinics area better than others.

Lastly, look for certifications from the national agencies or medical boards from the country where the clinic your considering is located. These are important, too. Remember that most dental clinics in other countries don’t depend solely on foreign dental tourists, but also on local patients and they need to comply with their country’s rules.

CostaRicaDentalGuide.com understands the needs of dental tourists and has assessed and qualified the best dental clinics in Costa Rica for our patients. Visit the website and fill out a form to receive a recommendation for the leading dental clinics in Costa Rica. You may also visit Global Clinic Rating, an international medical and dental accreditation website, to see the top-ranked dental clinics in Costa Rica. Contact us directly at Costa Rica Dental Guide with any questions you may have: care@costaricadentalguide.com