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.










-Monday, November 25, 2019-


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