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Best Dentists in Costa Rica


Begin your dental vacation by knowing the best dentists in Costa Rica. This read will give you tips on how to find a good dentist and the list of our accredited partner dentists.



Implantologists in Costa Rica

Dental implant specialists or implantologists receive specialized training to place implants.

When you visit Costa Rica for dental implants, a periodontist or an oral & maxillofacial surgeon with certification in dental implants will perform your surgery. A general dentist can also perform the surgery with certification. [1]

Implantologist Professional Achievements
Dr. Dasheil Carr

Dr. Dashiel Carr

  • Member of the Costa Rican Dental Association
  • Invited Instructor to the Six Months Implant Program of Costa Rica
Dr. Mario Bonilla

Dr. Mario Robert

  • One of the founders of the New Smile Dental Group in Costa Rica
  • Training at OCO Biomedical Corporate Headquarters, which is known for same-day implants

Periodontists in Costa Rica

A periodontist specializes in diseases that affect gums and other supporting structures around teeth. With relevant certification, your Costa Rica periodontist can also place dental implants.

Periodontist Professional Achievements
Dr. Silvia Odio -

Dr. Silvia Odio

  • 13+ years of experience
  • Advanced Bone Grafting Cadaveric Course, New York Zimmer Biomet Institute, 2017

Dr. Eduardo Gazel

  • Specialist in Periodontics, Pontifical Xavierian University, Colombia, 2017
  • Various national and international conferences in Osseointegration and Periodontics

Prosthodontists in Costa Rica

A prosthodontist specializes in dealing with concerns related to damaged or missing teeth. They understand different materials of dental prostheses that suit patient needs.

Prosthodontist Professional Achievements
Dr. Vielka Paniagua - Prosthodontist in Costa Rica

Dr. Vielka Paniagua

  • 11+ years of experience
  • Implantology Course, Cadaver Course, Zimmer institute (New Yersey), 2014

Endodontist in Costa Rica

An endodontist holds expertise in treating problems related to a tooth’s dental pulp. For better understanding, if you need root canal treatment, you will need to see an endodontist.

Endodontist Professional Achievements
Dr. Mariela - Endodontist in Costa Rica

Dr. Mariela Berthau

  • 5+ years of operative dentistry experience
  • Specialization in Endodontics, Latin University of Costa Rica, 2013
Dr. Luis Camacho - Endodontist in Costa Rica

Dr. Luis Camacho

  • Private practice dedicated exclusively to endodontics (root canal) since 2011.
  • More than 3500 treatments performed

Orthodontist in Costa Rica

You’ll neeed an orthodontist if you need jaw or teeth re-positioning. If you have teeth or jaws improperly, your Costa Rica orthodontist can help you get better oral health and aesthetics.

Orthodontist Professional Achievements
Dr. Felix Castro - Orthodontist in Costa Rica

Dr. Felix Castro

  • Member of the World Federation of Orthodontics
  • FAOCA Congress. Central American Federation of Orthodontic Academies, 2004
Dr. Jonathan Loranca - Orthodontist in Costa Rica

Dr. Jonathan Loranca

  • Member of the World Federation of Orthodontics & America Association of Orthodontists
  • Masters Degree in Orthodontics and Maxilofacial Orthopedics, Intercontinental University, 2014

Is it safe to have dental surgery in Costa Rica?

There is always some risk associated with dental surgeries. The best way to be safe while getting your dental treatment in Costa Rica is to research and know your dentist well. A good dentist will be able to handle complications in your dental surgery successfully.

How do I find a good dentist in Costa Rica?

Here are 3 tips to help you find the best dentists in Costa Rica:

Find English-speaking dentists

This will ensure you don’t miss anything important said by the dentist.

Do they have the relevant qualification and certifications?

A general dentist in Costa Rica will have completed a 3 – 5 year dental program in a dental school. They would have a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery), or a D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree.

Dental specialists like periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, and maxillofacial surgeons would have completed a 2 – 6 year post-graduation as per their specialty.

In addition to these precursors, you should prefer dentists in Costa Rica who regularly attend international trainings, conferences, or seminars.

Are they experienced?

It will help to get your treatment from a dentist who has dental tourism experience. Costa Rica has good reputation as a dental tourism destination. [3] You will find that some dentists treat international patients more as compared to other dentists.

Further, you can ask your dentist how many times have they performed the procedure you want to get done from them.

What is the status of quality and hygiene at dental clinics in Costa Rica?

Not all dental clinics in Costa Rica maintain standards of quality and hygiene. You can ask these 3 questions to the clinic before finalizing them for your treatment:

Are you certified by any national or international dental certification bodies?

Some of these organizations are American Dental Association (ADA), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and Colegio de Dentistas Cirujanos (CCDCR)

Do you have an in-house dental lab?

An in-house dental lab reduces the turn-over time and improves patient’s dental experience.

Do you adhere to international sterilization protocols?

Dental clinics with standard sterilization protocols put patient safety above all else. You can also ask if they have a dedicated sterilization room.


  1. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/how-does-an-implantologist-differ-from-a-general-dentist
  2. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-health-care-providers#1
  3. https://www.tourism-review.com/travel-tourism-magazine-dental-tourism-in-costa-rica-article2731




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