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Affordable Dental Crowns in Costa Rica

Exclusive Negotiated Prices for MTC Clients

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a natural tooth. Since the cost of dental treatments has shot up in the recent past, patients are now considering the option of dental tourism.

Dental Crowns Costa Rica

Dental tourism in Costa Rica amounts to 42% of the total medical tourism industry.1

Costa Rica, with its booming tourism industry, is one of the most sought-after locations for this purpose.

Dental crowns in Costa Rica are available at affordable prices. See the price table given below.

How Much do Dental Crowns Cost in Costa Rica?

The cost of a dental crown in Costa Rica is from $370. While a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) costs $370, a full porcelain crown costs $400. Compared to the United States, these prices are about 70% less. On an average, a PFM crown in the USA costs $1,210.

The following table shows the dental crown prices in Costa Rica compared with those in the United States and Canada.

Type of Crown Price in Costa Rica* Price in USA* Price in Canada** Time taken
Porcelain Noble Metal Crown $370 $1,210 $1100 5  days
Porcelain Zirconium Crown $400 $1,590 $1000-1500 5 days
Full Porcelain Crown $400 $1,480 $1700 5 days
Implant + Crown – Porcelain Fused to Metal $1212 $4000 $3093 1st visit: 2 days

2nd visit: 6 days

Implant + Crown – Porcelain Fused to Zirconium $1386 $4380 $3430 1st visit: 2 days

2nd visit: 6 days

*In American dollars; **in Canadian dollars

Dental costs in Costa Rica are about 70% lower than in the USA.*In Canadian dollars.

One of the Top Clinics in Costa Rica

We work with one of the best dental clinics in Costa Rica. Here are some of its highlights:

  • The clinic has been providing high-quality care in San Jose, CR since 1999.
  • It is only 11 miles away from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
  • The brand-new location covers more than 6,460 square feet.
  • It is home to our on-site dental lab, International Patient Center, call center, 3D advanced dental imaging room, and a dental sterilization area.
  • The Costa Rican dentists at the clinic are affiliated to:
    • ADA (American Dental Association)
    • AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
    • ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists)
    • CCDCR (Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica or the Association of Dental Surgeons of Costa Rica)
  • It is locally accredited by PROMED.
  • It houses six permanent doctors in general dentistry and has four on-demand specialists and surgeons.
  • 12 dental assistants back them.
  • The staff undergoes continuous training to keep ahead of the curve in modern dentistry techniques.
  • Besides regular porcelain crowns, the dentists work with Zirconium, a metal with a long-standing reputation for quality, durability, and beauty in dental ceramics.
  • There is a seven-year guarantee on dental crowns.
  • Other amenities it provides are a parking lot, unlimited Wi-Fi access, and free phone calls to the USA/Canada for our international patients.

Dental Clinic in San Jose Costa Rica

On-site dental lab

The clinic’s chief lab technician is a true artist who specializes in porcelain and metal crown.

The in-house lab utilizes a dental CAD/CAM capture system manufactured by Schütz Dental in Germany and CAD/CAM computer technology to fabricate our patients’ dental restorations onsite.

Our Dental Team

Mario Bonilla D.D.S.

  • Mario Bonilla is the founder and director of the New Smile Dental Group.
  • He has undergone specialized courses in Endodontics in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • He led training courses of Valplast technique with more than 800 cases performed in Costa Rica. He took a course in implantology at the headquarters of OCO Biomedical, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A, (2008-2009), getting a certification in the placement of immediate loading implants.
  • Bonilla stays updated on the latest dental techniques. He attends various conferences in Costa Rica as well as the US.
  • He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dr. Bonilla Dental Surgeon Costa Rica

Andrea Roth Earey D.D.S.

  • Eleven years of experience as a dentist practicing operative dentistry.
  • Seven years of experience in restorative dentistry.
  • An expert with extensive knowledge of dental care and treatments.
  • Experienced in replacing teeth with bridges, crowns, and in cosmetic dentistry.

David Vega Alvarado D.D.S.

  • Five years of experience as an operative dentist.
  • A professional attitude and attention-to-detail.

Raquel Cordero D.D.S.

  • Six years of experience in operative dentistry.
  • Very good patient interaction and problem-solving attitude.

5 Reasons to Choose Costa Rica for Dental Crowns

1. Affordable Dental Treatment

Costa Rica has a rapidly growing dental tourism industry. Although the quality of care, the materials, and technology used in our dental clinic are comparable to that in the United States, the cost of dental work is drastically lower here.

2. One of the Top Healthcare Systems

The country has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Costa Rican healthcare system ranks one notch up than that of the USA.2

The dentists working at our network clinics have affiliations to the ADA (American Dental Association).

3. Suitable Location

The proximity of this country to the USA and Canada makes it an even more favorable option.

Frequent flights are available from the important cities of both these countries.

Flight duration from various cities in the US and Canada to San Jose, CR are:

Region of Origin Flight Duration
Florida 5.5h
California 6.5h
New York 6.5h
Texas 4h
Massachusetts 6h
New Jersey 6h
North Carolina 6h
Pennsylvania 6h
Arizona 5.5h
Idaho 6.5h
South Dakota 5.5h
Illinois 5h
Virginia 4.5h
British Columbia 8h
Ontario 6h
New Brunswick 6h
Nova Scotia 6h

The Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is a mere 11 miles from the clinic in San Jose (the largest city in Costa Rica). The duration given above are for the shortest flights.

US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica for a stay of fewer than three months. Having a return ticket is mandatory.

4. Safe Destination

It is a relatively safe country in Central America. Most of the travelers who’ve visited the country have come back satisfied.

As with any other country, tourists should exercise a minimum level of caution.

There is special ‘Tourist Police Force’ deployed all across the country to assist and safeguard tourists.3

5. Chance to Holiday

Due to its unique geographical location, its scenic beauty is breathtaking. It borders both the Caribbean Sea (to the east) and the North Pacific Ocean (to the west). The country has some of the best beaches in the world.

Volcano in Costa Rica

Why Medical Tourism Corporation (MTC)?

  • We at Medical Tourism Corporation believe in providing the best possible care at the lowest possible price.
  • We are ranked A+ by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  • We offer pre-trip consultation with our dentists.
  • MTC assists in procuring visa and passport.
  • We work with certified dentists who have an excellent reputation. One of the top-rated dental clinics in Costa Rica is a part of our network.
  • We provide all-inclusive low-cost dental packages along with pick-up and lodging arrangements.
  • We provide each patient with a bilingual case manager who takes care of all of their requirements.
  • We offer convenient payment options. Our clinic accepts cash, wire transfers, credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) as well as PayPal.
  • We plan the whole trip for you. This eliminates uncertainty.
  • We have an impeccable track record with thousands of happy patients.

Costa Rica Travel Information

  • Make sure you have a passport which is valid for at least six months.
  • US and Canadian citizens who have valid passports do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica for a stay of fewer than three months.
  • The native currency of Costa Rica is the colon. However, the American dollar is widely accepted almost everywhere in the country.
  • Cell phones registered in the US are not functional here. So, before you leave, do contact your cell phone company to inquire about the reception and call rates.
  • The climate in Costa Rica can be divided into two broad categories:
  1. The dry season (summer or ‘verano’) – lasts from December to April
  2. The rainy season (winter or ‘inverno’) – from May to November
  • The dry season is the best time to visit Costa Rica.
  • Spanish is the local language here. One should always be prepared with the basics of the native language. Some such words and phrases are given below:
English Spanish
Hello Hola
Bye Gracias
Yes Si
No No
I do not speak Spanish. No hablo español.
Can you speak English? Habla usted ingles?
How much? Cuánto cuesta?
I am lost. Estoy perdido.
I am sorry. Lo siento.
Excuse me. Discúlpeme.
Help Socorro

Some Safety Tips

  • Travelers should use licensed taxis, which are red, with medallions (yellow triangles containing numbers) painted on the side. Licensed taxis at the airport are orange colored.
  • Do not carry large sums of money. When storing cash in your luggage, split it up into 3 or 4 piles and hide them all in different locations, especially when you are on the move.
  • It’s also a good idea to get a lock (which you might need anyway to use hotel lockers) and lock up the zippers on your backpack.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel that a situation is unsafe or something is off but you can’t quite put your finger on it, listen to yourself!

Costa Rica Dental Reviews

Debbie from Florida shares her dental experience in Costa Rica:

Here is another happy client who chose to have his dental treatment at our network clinic in San Jose:

Nellie from Houston, Texas talks about the massive savings she enjoyed on her dental work in San Jose, CR:

FAQ on Dental Crowns

Can a porcelain crown change color over the years?

This material is highly resistant to different kinds of chromogenic (color producing) foods. Therefore, a crown will remain resistant to change in color over the years.

How long does a dental crown last?

Longevity of a dental crown depends on various factors, such as:

  • Oral health status
  • Observing cleaning practices
  • The material of the crown

A well-maintained crown typically lasts 5-15 years. Metal crowns are said to last for even more time than that.

Our clinic in Costa Rica provides patients with a seven-year guarantee for all crowns.

Does a dental crown feel like a natural tooth?

Initially, the crown may feel a little foreign. However, this will only last for a few days. After this, you won’t even notice it.

In case your bite doesn’t feel normal, the crown might need adjustment.

What is the procedure of getting dental crowns?

  • On your first visit, the dentist prepares your tooth. This means that the tooth will be trimmed from all sides to receive the crown. Following this, an impression of your mouth will be made.
  • A temporary crown may be given until the next appointment.
  • The impression is then sent to the lab for fabrication of the permanent crown.
  • On the second visit, the fit of the crown is checked on your prepared tooth.
  • Dental cement is applied. This acts as a glue to stick the crown to the tooth.

Dental Crowns Process

How much is a temporary crown if the patient needs to come for a second trip?

Yes. Temporary crowns in our network clinics in Costa Rica are provided free of charge.

Will I experience any pain when having my tooth prepped for a dental crown?

Usually, a local anesthetic is given before preparing the tooth. If the tooth has undergone a root canal or post and core treatment, anesthesia isn’t required.

In any case, the patient shouldn’t feel any pain.

Will my crown be noticeable?

With recent advances in materials, it is now possible to completely match the color of natural teeth and crowns. So, until and unless you tell someone yourself, the crown won’t be noticeable.

What is CAD-CAM?

It stands for Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Nowadays crowns are prepared by machines. The desired prosthesis is designed on a computer.

A block of the suitable material (e.g., porcelain) is placed in the machine connected to the computer. A command is then given, and the machine carves out the specified prosthesis.

By this method, the margin of error becomes almost nil. A huge amount of time is also saved.

Does the clinic use CAD-CAM?

Yes. Our network clinic in Costa Rica is a state-of-the-art facility. CAD-CAM technology is available here.

Why are zirconia crowns better?

  • A zirconia crown is almost identical to a natural tooth in appearance.
  • It does not cause any allergies in human tissues.
  • The zirconium oxide frame is much thinner than the traditional metal frame. This allows for less trimming of the natural tooth structure.
  • These crowns retain less plaque than metal crowns. Maintenance of oral hygiene becomes easier with them.

When do I need a dental crown?

The basic function of a dental crown is to bring back the function, aesthetics, and strength of the tooth.

Dental crowns are given in the following situations:

  • When an implant is placed, and it needs to be covered.
  • To protect a weak or damaged, decayed or cracked tooth.
  • Repairing severely damaged tooth with very little remaining structure.
  • To give strength to a tooth with a large damaged filling which needs to be replaced.
  • For cosmetic purposes.
  • To support and retain a dental bridge in place.
  • A tooth which has undergone root canal treatment and is, therefore, weakened.
  • When teeth have undergone severe grinding as a result of a condition called ‘Bruxism.’
In Bruxism, patients unknowingly grind their teeth, especially at night. They may experience pain.

What are the various types of dental crowns?

Various materials can be used, depending upon the case:

  1. All Metal Crowns: Noble metals, base metals, titanium
  2. All Ceramic Crowns: Zirconia, alumina, silica
  3. Metal Ceramic Crowns

What are the advantages and disadvantages of various types of dental crowns?

All Ceramic Crowns

These are tooth-colored crowns. Usually, their usage is limited to the front teeth. On the posterior teeth, there is a high chance that these will fracture due to the high amount of force. The color matching is almost perfect with ceramic crowns.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

These provide the best of both worlds. The inner core is made of metal and externally is a layer of porcelain. Color matching, as well as strength, are restored. The only disadvantage is that a significant amount of tooth structure is trimmed to make space for the bulky crown.

Gold Alloy Crowns

Gold crowns have excellent durability and strength. However, their color is a significant drawback. They appear bright yellow as opposed to the white color of enamel.

Base Metal Alloys

Base metals have a distinct unaesthetic appearance, due to which they are not used on the front teeth. The advantage is that they have very high compressive strength. Thus, they can withstand the forces acting on the molar teeth.

Zirconia Crowns

The main advantages include the durability, biocompatibility, and aesthetic appearance of these crowns. Also, they involve removing less tooth structure.

A thin layer has enough strength to absorb the forces on it. The material is not known to cause allergic reactions, as opposed to base metals. However, the crown may cause abrasion of the opposing teeth.

For more information on porcelain fused to metal and other types of dental crowns in Costa Rica, contact us now.

References:

  1. Costa Rica Health Chamber, PROMED.
  2. Tandon Ajay, et al. Measuring Overall Health System Performance For 191 Countries. World Health Organization.
  3. Official website of the Costa Rica Ministry of Tourism




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