Affordable Dental Implants in Costa Rica

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A visit to the local dentist can be unaffordable for many Americans and Canadians. While routine check-ups and cleanings are somewhat reasonably priced, the cost of more elaborate procedures, such as dental implants, is out of reach for most North Americans.

As a dental tourist, you can save up to 50-70% on dental implants in Costa Rica while recovering in a beautiful set-up. Thousands of Americans and Canadians fly down to the capital city of San Jose to get their dental implants at affordable rates.

Parts of Dental Implants

Implants are a more long-lasting solution compared to dentures. Removable partial dentures have a ‘low survival rate of 4 years’, writes Dr. Carl E Misch in his book-Dental Implants Prosthetics.

Over 3 million Americans have dental implants.1

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Costa Rica?

The estimated cost of a single dental implant in Costa Rica is U.S. $750 and the cost of an all-on-6 or all-on-8 procedure on your upper or lower arch is U.S. $12,900.

Costa Rica: Cost of Dental Implants
Number of Implants Cost in US$
One Piece-Immediate Load Dental Implant $750
Two Pieces (Abutment Included) Dental Implants $750
All-on-6, 8 (Upper and Lower) $22,000
All-on-6, 8 (Upper or Lower) $12,900

If you get all-on-6/8 implants on both of your arches, it will cost you around U.S. $22,000.

Our Full Mouth Implant Package Price Inclusions

  • Evaluation
  • Panoramic X-Rays
  • 3D Dental Tomography
  • Medication
  • Night Guard
  • Temporaries
  • 6-8 Dental Implants/Arch
  • Bridge (12-14 units)
  • Removals
  • Bilateral Sinus Lift Surgery

Dental Implants: Prices in USA Vs. Costa Rica

A single tooth implant in the United States will cost you about U.S. $3,000. The same implant in Costa Rica will cost you about U.S. $750.

The following table shows the comparison of the prices of some dental implant related procedures in Costa Rica and the United States.

Dental Implants: Price Comparison
Procedure Avg Prices in Costa Rica Avg Prices in U.S.
Titanium Implant US $750 US $3,000
All on 6 US $12,900 US $90,000
Implant Crown – Porcelain Fused to Metal US $375 US $1,210
Implant Crown – Porcelain Fused to Zirconium US $400 US $1,590

By traveling to Costa Rica for your dental work, you can save up to 70%.

Top Dental Clinic in Costa Rica

Accreditation

  • At New Smile Dental Group in San Jose, we have a solid track record of over 18 years. We are members of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).
  • In 2009, New Smile Dental was the first dental clinic in Costa Rica to be internationally accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).
  • In 2010, PROMED honored it with the Seal of Quality.
  • All of our dentists are associated with the Association of Dental Surgeons of Costa Rica, which is the highest authority that monitors the dental industry in the country.

San Jose Top Dental Clinic

Specialized Treatment and Care

The main focus is on restorative and cosmetic dental treatments and procedures, and our in-demand specialists are experts in endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.

In-House Lab

The clinic has an on-site dental lab which gives it complete control over the design, fabrication, and quick delivery of dental restorations.

At our modern clinic and laboratory, we have the finest equipment and tools available, as well as state-of-the-art technology such as CAD/CAM, providing our patients with world-class service.

A team of two doctors is assigned to every dental case treated at the clinic and two assistants for each doctor. The dental assistants help the dentists during the performance of every dental procedure and also provide support in office and lab duties.

Find out more about our on-site dental lab here:


Guarantees:

The dental clinic stands behind its work and offers guarantees on its workmanship. The clinic is devoted to providing patients with an environment which makes them feel confident and secure when visiting a foreign country for dental care.

We offer a lifetime guarantee on dental implants and a 7-year guarantee on crowns and veneers.

Watch our lead dental surgeon in Costa Rica talk about the guarantees and the aftercare policy followed at the dental clinic:

Meet Our Team of Dental Experts

We have a highly-skilled team of dentists with 6 full-time and 4 on-demand specialists.

Mario Bonilla D.D.S.

  • Over 12 years of total experience with 5 years of expertise in placing dental implants.
  • Educational background and training:
    • Implantology Course at OCO Biomedical, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2009.
    • VALPLAST Course in New York, S.A. in 1998.
Andrea Roth Earey Costa Rica Dentist

Andrea Roth Earey D.D.S.

  • Over 11 years of experience of doing operative dentistry and 7 years of experience in restorative dentistry.
  • Educational background and training:
    • Specialization in Restorative and Operative, Instituto de Ensino, Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação.
    • Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, DDS Degree – 2003.
Allan Vargas Gonzalez Costa Rica Dentist

Allan Vargas González D.D.S.

  • 15+ years of experience and a specialty in maxillofacial surgery.
  • Educational background and training:
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2003-2007.
    • Degree in Odontology, Universidad de Costa Rica, 1997-2002.
Raquel Cordero Costa Rica Dentist

Raquel Cordero D.D.S.

  • Over 6 years of experience as a dentist doing operative dentistry.
  • Educational background and traning:
    • Dental Technician in the Restorative Area, Instituto Latino de Formación Integral.
    • Clínica Dr. Carlos Durán, Clinical Externship, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

Dental Implants Costa Rica Reviews

Debbie reviews her experience of getting implant supported dentures at our clinic:

Nellie from Houston, Texas shares her review on getting teeth implants from our team:


Dinora from Atlanta shares her experience of getting same day dental implants in Costa Rica:


Top Dental Tourism Destination: Costa Rica

With a short flight from the USA to Costa Rica, you gain easy access to hundreds of dental clinics in a very cosmopolitan setting.

With thousands of American and Canadian patients landing in Costa Rica for their dental treatments, the dental clinics and locals are accustomed to servicing and handling the tourists. The tourism infrastructure is quite good and has also kept up pace with the inflow of tourists.

Costa Rica is a highly desirable dental tourism location due to its proximity to the U.S. and Canada. Several major U.S. cities have daily non-stop flights. Depending on which city you are flying from, the flight time is 4-7 hours.

You get great savings, easy accessibility, and a chance to indulge in a mini vacation.

It is a vibrant country which offers immense bio diversity. You can hike in its rainforests, lounge along its beaches, and enjoy in its hot springs.

Sometimes called ‘the Switzerland of Central America’, it is famous for its microclimates. In an hour’s travel, one may experience from very hot and humid to hot and dry to cold and rainy climate.

Tom describes his dental experience in Costa Rica. This was his fourth visit!

Places to Visit

Set aside a few days to do some sightseeing. In Costa Rica, you can explore many beautiful places even on a day trip:

The Arenal Volcano National Park: A 3-hour drive from the capital city-San Jose. It is popular among those seeking hiking trails, swimming holes, hot springs, and wildlife-watching.

Manuel Antonio National Park: Another short 3-hour drive from San Jose. The park contains three beautiful beaches, casual forest trails, and a dense rainforest teaming with animal life. In 2011, it was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful parks.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: This popular destination is 93 miles from San Jose. You get to walk through the clouds thousands of feet above sea level. Around 500 species of birds can be found in the reserve.

Tortuguero National Park: If you’re coming to Costa Rica between the months of July and October, you can take a tour to see the nesting and hatching of leatherback turtles.

Guanacaste: This province is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Travelers can do everything from surfing, ATV Tours, snorkeling, zip line, horseback riding, hiking or just sit at the beach and relax.

Useful Info for Your Dental Trip

  • All major American and Canadian airlines fly to San Jose.
  • The average flight duration from most of the places in the USA to Costa Rica is between 4 and 7 hours. It can be reached via direct flight from nearly 10 major airports in North America. It is a 3-hour flight from Miami, Florida. It takes almost 4 hours to fly down from Houston, Texas and around 6 hours from Los Angeles, California.Flights to San Jose Costa Rica
  • Prices of air tickets cost under USD 500 if you book a few weeks in advance. Prices are slightly higher in the offseason which lasts between May and November. The on-season is from December to March.
  • On entry, Americans and Canadians should present a valid passport and a return ticket.
  • According to the U.S. Department of State, Americans are allowed a visa-less stay not exceeding 90 days.
  • An array of hotels and other lodging options are available suiting all budgets.
  • Spanish is widely spoken here. Keep a list of handy Spanish phrases on you. Here are a few to get you started- Buenos días (Good Morning), Hola (Hello), Por Favor (Please), Mucho gusto (Pleasure), Estoy perdido (I am lost), Socorro (Help), Habla usted ingles? (Can you speak English?)
  • Costa Rica’s national currency is the colón (plural: colones). American dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas across the country.
  • Currency restrictions for entry and exit stand at USD 10,000. Limit the amount of cash you carry.
  • Before your trip, check with your cell phone provider about the coverage and international calling plans for Costa Rica. There are plenty of hotels providing free wi-fi access and several internet cafes across Costa Rica. The internet is a great way to stay connected to your loved ones through Skype, Facetime, Facebook, or WhatsApp.
Clinic Address: Avenida 2, Calles 36-38, San Jose, Costa Rica

What are Dental Implants?

Top Dental Clinic San Jose Costa Rica

  • An implant is an artificial metal tooth root that is placed in the jawbone.
  • In about 3 to 6 months, the implant fuses with the bone, acting like a tooth anchor.
  • It provides a solid and stable support for a crown, or “false tooth,” to be attached.
  • Dental implants are light, strong, compatible with living tissue and are made from titanium, the safest material for oral implants.
  • Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or are edentulous, you can consider dental implants as they perform almost like your natural teeth.

Types Of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used in full mouth restorations or to fix a single missing tooth. Here are the types of implants:

Single Tooth Implants:

A single dental implant replaces an individual tooth that has been lost. It functions like a natural tooth and usually has a dental crown on top.

Multiple Teeth Implants:

All-on-4 Implants: This procedure uses four dental implants and is done on patients who may have less available jawbone. It is a technique where a whole arch of the teeth can be supported by only 4 implants.

All on 4 Dental Implants

Read more on All-on-Four implants in Costa Rica.

All-on-6 Implants: This procedure uses six dental implants and is used on patients who don’t have perfect jawbones but have enough bone to support multiple implants. A bridge in the form of an arch is used to support the artificial teeth.

All-on-8 Implants: This procedure uses eight dental implants and is one of the most stable options. Since it involves the highest number of dental implants, it has the strongest grip on the jaw. The patient’s jaw needs to have enough bone to sustain these eight implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants:

Better Appearance: Dental implants serve as replacement teeth due to their natural look and lead to an improved appearance.

Single Dental Implant Costa Rica

Improved Speech:  Crowns, bridges, and dentures are fixed to the implant so that you can talk with full confidence without the dentures slipping out.

Improved Comfort: Implants are stable. They eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

Ability to Eat Anything: Dental implants do not limit the food you can eat. You are free to eat anything once they are fully placed.

Durability: With good care and dental hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Top 10 Dental Implants Costa Rica FAQ

  1. Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Anesthesia is given to the patient so that they do not feel the pain during the procedure. Post-surgery, antibiotics, and painkillers are given to ease the pain.

  1. What type of anesthesia do you use?

We use local anesthetics, such as Novacaine.

  1. Can I take I.V. Sedation during my dental implant treatment?

Yes. We offer the option of full sedation during your procedure.

  1. What brand of implants do you work with?

We work with Zimmer Dental, Oco Biomedical, and S.I.N. Implante.

  1. Is CT scan a pre-requisite for dental implant surgery?

A CT scan is a must to figure out how much bone is left in your jaw and whether you are the right candidate for the implant surgery. Our dental implantologist in San Jose explains the importance of the scans in the following video:


  1. Will my existing implants (1 to 2) be used if I opt for All on 4 implants?

Yes, existing implants can be used in most of the cases. However, we will have to determine their viability by evaluation of your 3D tomography. We would also need to know the brand, type, and size of the existing implants in order to make the final decision on how to proceed.

  1. How many days do I have to stay in Costa Rica for getting implants?

This depends on the amount of work you are having done. Here are some general time frames:

For Implant placement /surgical phase, you need to stay for four business days (plus arrival and departure).

For 1-5 units, you need to stay for five business days along with arrival and departure.

For 6 or more units, you need to stay for nine business days along with arrival and departure.

  1. How long do implants take to heal?

Healing may take up to 3-6 months. In general, healing time for implant depends on the quality of the patient’s bone. Take extra care in the initial few weeks post-surgery.

  1. What payment modes do you accept?

We accept cash, wire transfers, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), and PayPal.

  1. Do you offer free ground transfers in San Jose?

Yes! We offer free ground transfers to and from the airport. We also provide complimentary pick-up for all of your appointments as long the hotel is within the clinic’s pick-up zone.



Still, have questions about dental implants or Costa Rica? Want to plan your dental vacation? Contact us for a free pricing quote. We will answer all your queries and guide you through the whole process.

References:

  1. Dental Implants Facts and Figures by American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
  2. PROMED

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