Dental tourism in Costa Rica has been popular for many years, particularly with the Americans and Canadians. As many as 100 million Americans do not have dental insurance, sans which even the most minor of dental treatments become very expensive.

This is where dental treatments abroad come in, and when it comes to dentistry, Costa Rica is the preferred destination for many patients. Below is a video highlighting important information for patients who want to travel to Costa Rica for dental treatments.

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Costa Rica Dental Tourism

Costa Rica offers affordable, safe and quick dental treatments. According to a 2007 report, about 90% of dental and cosmetic surgeries undertaken in Costa Rica are for foreigners.

Treatments such as dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges, root canals, etc., cost about 1/3rd, and in some cases even less, then what they would cost in the US.

The medical facilities are accredited and dentists are well trained and follow international standards in terms of treatment and aftercare. The best of dental equipment is used, which is mostly imported from the United States itself.

Costa Rica’s proximity to the US and Canada is another advantageous factor for patients opting for a Costa Rica medical travel. Flights from major North American destinations take between 3-5 hours. Also, American and Canadian patients staying for less than 3 months do not require a visa.

Costa Rica dentists have a lot of experience and the quality of dental education is the best, with dentists requiring to pass a 6 year course before being awarded degrees. Many Costa Rican dentists are members of the American Dental Association.

Costa Rica Dental Vacation

Patients opting for dental treatment in Costa Rica can turn their medical trip into a full blown vacation, thanks to the amazing options the country offers for holidayers. Beautiful beaches, butterfly gardens, options for water sports and natural parks, are just a few of the long list of tourist attraction Costa Rica offers.

A foreigner friendly country, Costa Rica offers tourists the chance to experience the true culture of the country, its food and lifestyle. But for travelers who prefer to keep their home tastes intact, the country offers a host of international food chains and experiences as well.

Some Points to Consider When Planning a Costa Rica Medical Tour

  • Spanish is the main language in Costa Rica. But most of the people have a good grasp of English as well.
  • American dollar is accepted at most places in the country, but it is always good to check first, and the same is not true for every currency.
  • Most US cell phones do not work in Costa Rica.
  • Internet speed is not as good as one would find in the US, Canada or Europe.
  • One should always use licensed taxis for transportation.

Some Additional Resources

Dentist in Costa Rica
Dental Clinic in Costa Rica
Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
Hospitals in Costa Rica

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