With the high cost of dental implants in the US, an increasing number of patients and their families turn to dental clinics abroad. Costa Rica is one of the most popular overseas destinations for dental implants and other cosmetic dental services. Getting dental implants in Costa Rica offers substantial savings compared with the US while still providing a high standard of quality.
Here are five of the top clinics in Costa Rica that specialize in dental implants:
1- Advance Dental Costa Rica
Advance Dental Costa Rica is located in the JCI-accredited CIMA hospital in Escazu, one of the most upscale suburbs of the city:
Name: Advance Dental Costa Rica
Address: Hospital Cima, Torre 2, Suite 619, San José Province, San Rafael, Costa Rica
CR Tel: +506-2208-8619
There are several hotels within walking distance from CIMA and there are also various leisure destinations nearby including restaurants and shopping centers. Apart from dental implants, its specializations include periodontics, dental aesthetics, general dentistry and prosthodontics.
Established in 2007, Advance Dental is headed by Dr. Eugenio Benes, who is certified as a specialist in dental aesthetics in both the US and Costa Rica in addition to being an active member of the American College of Prosthodontics. The clinic has accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), which ensures that its standards and protocols are on par with those of US-based dental clinics. All of Advance Dental’s dentists are fluent in English and overseas patients are provided with transfers to and from the airport as well as to the clinic for their first visit.
2- Meza Dental Care Clinic
Meza Dental clinic is located in the metropolitan San Jose area of Costa Rica. Dr. Alberto Meza founded the clinic in 1995 to specifically cater to medical tourism patients, particularly those from North America.
The dental services that it offers include restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. Meza has a reputation for providing best-in-class services that also includes full porcelain crowns, gum surgeries and root canal therapy.
Dr. Meza is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and received postgraduate training at UCLA in Implant Dentistry and Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. The other dentist at Meza Dental is Dr. Marianella Marin who also received postgraduate training at UCLA for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry as well as receiving ongoing education at the Center for Esthetic Excellence.
3- Mario Garita Dental Clinic
Dr. Mario Garita has 24 years of experience in providing cosmetic dental services and is a specialist in dental rehabilitation as well as implant dentistry and reconstruction. Dr. Garita has received his training at the Center for Dental Implants at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Center for Dental Implants in Costa Rica as well as a founding member of the Costa Rican Board of Specialists in Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Garita offers the All-on-4 treatment that provides same-day replacement for the entire upper or lower set of teeth. This option intends to provide dental implants for patients who have suffered from significant bone or tooth loss and for whom All on 6 or All on 8 treatment protocols are not appropriate. In a single appointment the patient will not only receive dental implants, but also a full set of permanent replacement teeth at a lower cost than other treatments.
4- New Smile Dental Group
The New Smile clinic is located in San Jose and is accredited by the AAAASF as well as the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED). Dr. Mario Bonilla is the founder and director of New Smile, who trained in Sao Paolo, Brazil where he specialized in Endodontics. Dr. Bonilla has also taken courses in Implantology and Valplast technique.
New Smile offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services delivered by its expert team of dentists, whose specialties range from Prosthodontics, Periodontics, General Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Foreign patients wanting to avail of New Smile’s dental services can contact its International Patients Center. The Center provides various services including personalized quote before your trip, transportation arrangements and lodging advice and appointment scheduling with one of the clinic’s dentists.
5- Luciano Retana Implant and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Retana is a specialist in Oral Rehabilitation and Implant Dentistry who received his training from universities in the US and Argentina as well as Costa Rica. In addition, he is also a member of prominent organizations such as American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Latin American Academy of Osseointegration and the Costa Rica Dental Board.
Dr. Retana offers Teeth in a Day services that provide patients with fixed dental implants that restore their natural bite and allow them to talk and eat naturally and restore the look of their original teeth. The clinic uses advanced computer-guided surgical techniques that provide for the best outcome for your dental implant procedure, by creating a three-dimensional map of your jawbone that shows the exact location of teeth roots and nerves.
We hope that this short guide to the top five clinics to get dental implants in Costa Rica was useful to you.