Are you uninsured and looking for affordable dental treatments? Then you should try dental tourism in Costa Rica! This stunning country offers high-quality dental services for 70% cheaper than the US or Canada. Read on to learn why you should consider a dental trip to Costa Rica.

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What Is Dental Tourism?

Dental tourism involves traveling to another country for cheaper dental care. Patients from countries like the US and Canada choose dental tourism to save money and enjoy a vacation.

But why choose Costa Rica? Keep reading to find out.

Why Choose Dental Work in Costa Rica?

Dental tourism in Costa Rica has become popular in the past decade. The country offers excellent quality dental care at affordable prices.

  • Costa Rica is a short trip for American and Canadian patients.
  • They don’t even need a visa for a stay of fewer than three months.

  • The low cost of dental work in Costa Rica lets you save up to 70%.
  • The vacation packages for dental tourism in Costa Rica have fixed rates to exclude financial ambiguity.

  • Costa Rica offers quality, personalized care in world-class dental clinics and hospitals.
  • They use state-of-the-art equipment and reputable implant brands like Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and Bicon.

  • Our Costa Rican dentists are fluent in English.
  • Most of them have trained in American dental schools.

  • Costa Rica is an ideal location for a fantastic vacation.
  • You can enjoy its natural beauty and excellent food as you recover from your treatment.

You know about the advantages of Costa Rica’s dental tourism. It’s also good to have an idea of the costs. Read more about Costa Rica’s dental treatment prices next.

Cost of Dental Work in Costa Rica

The cost of dental work in Costa Rica is surprisingly low. All-on-4 dental implant costs in Costa Rica start at $9,500 (per arch) vs. $24,000 in the US. With the lower cost per implant in Costa Rica, you can save up to 70%.

Similarly, dental crowns cost $550, while in the US, you have to pay $2,500. Other treatments like veneers also cost considerably less.

The average price of porcelain veneers in Costa Rica is $390, whereas veneers cost around $2,500 in the US. Moreover, you can receive treatment without worries, even if your insurance doesn’t cover the costs.

The table below shows how much you can save on dental tourism in Costa Rica.

Cost of Dental Tourism in Costa Rica vs. the USA & Canada
Procedure Costa Rica USA
Single dental implant $750 $3,000
All-on-4* $9,500 $24,000
All-on-6* $9,975 $30,000
All-on-8* $10,750 $30,000
Immediate Load Implant $750 $3,000
Crown Over Implant $550 $2,500
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crown^ $395 $1,500
Zirconia Crown^ $425 $2,500
Emax Crown^ $450 $3,000
Porcelain Veneer^ $425 $2,500
Laser Teeth Whitening $250 $1,000
*Per arch, ^Per unit
*Prices may vary based on the patient.

Why Is Dental Care Cheaper in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s universal health care system leads to cheaper prices of public medical services.[1] Plus, there are economic factors like lower income taxes, staff salaries, insurance, and product costs.

These factors, plus the country’s lower cost of living,[2] make dental tourism in Costa Rica affordable for foreign patients. Even with the lower prices, you can still receive quality dental care in Costa Rica’s top dental clinics.

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Top Dental Clinics in Costa Rica

Now that you know the top dental clinics in Costa Rica, it’s time to meet some of the dentists working there.

Best Dentists in Costa Rica

Those who choose dental tourism in Costa Rica will receive treatment from some of the renowned dentists below.

Dr. Simon Flikier
Dr. Simon Flikier

20+ years



Implants, All on 4/6/8, Crowns & Bridges, Veneers


Boston University Boston, USA

  • Member of the American College of Prosthodontics
  • Associate Fellowship World Clinical Laser Institute
  • Member of Costa Rica’s Prosthodontist Association
  • Registered as Specialist in Prosthodontics
Dr. Daniel Alvarado

8+ years



Dental implants, full mouth restorations, gum problems


Universidad Latinoamérica de Ciencia y Tecnología.

  • Externship in oral implantology, Stony Brook University, NY
  • Specialist in oral rehabilitation from the University of Concepción, Chile
  • Professor at the Latin American University of Science and Technology
Dr. Mario Bonilla
Dr. Mario Bonilla

16+ years



RCT, Implants, All on 4/6/8


Universidad de Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil

  • Dental implants training from the US
  • Endodontist course - USP, Brazil - 1995
  • DDS - Faculty of Dentistry, UNIP, Brazil - 1993
  • Member of ADA, AAID & ICOI
Dr. Leylin Delgado
Dr. Leylin Delgado

16+ years



RCT, Veneers, Fillings


Latin University of Costa Rica

  • Practice focusing solely on endodontics since 2010.
  • Board Member of Costar Rican Dental Surgeons.
  • Member of American Association of Endodontists.
Dr. Aura Nunez

7+ years



Fillings, bridges, veneers

  • Cosmetic and restorative dentistry and implant dentistry fellowship
  • Restorative and cosmetic dentistry fellowship in CR Dental Seminars

These dentists are skilled at performing all types of treatments. Let's learn about the most popular procedures for dental tourism in Costa Rica.

Popular Costa Rica Dentistry Procedures

Dental Implants

  • Dental implants in Costa Rica provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth.[3]
  • You can get single-stage or two-stage implants based on your preference and medical conditions.

All-on-4 Implants

  • All-on-4 implants set an entire arch of teeth on four implants.
  • This procedure is a cost-effective way to restore a toothless arch.
  • It maximizes the use of available jaw bone and avoids regenerative procedures.[4]
All on 4 implants in Costa Rica

All-on-8 Implants

  • All-on-8 implants set an entire arch of teeth on eight implants.
  • Patients with enough jaw bone can opt for this restorative procedure.
  • It’s a cost-effective alternative for complete mouth restoration that offers convenience and durability.
All on 8 implants in Costa Rica
Before dental implants (left); Dental implants before crowns are placed on them (center); After dental implants were placed (Right)
Before, during, and after dental implant procedure in an edentulous (toothless) patient.

Same-Day Implants

Single-stage or same-day teeth implants cost as low as $600 per implant in Costa Rica.

The name suggests a single-day treatment. However, post-procedure follow-up and crown placement require about ten days.

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Same-day teeth implants offer a good solution for patients who choose dental tourism in Costa Rica without wanting to return for additional work.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction in Costa Rica
Full mouth reconstruction - Before & After

Dental Bridges

  • Dental bridges bridge the gaps caused by tooth loss.
  • This procedure may use natural teeth, dental implants, or their combination.


Dental bridge - Before placing (left) & after placing (right)
Before and after placing dental bridges in a patient with bruxism

Dental Crowns

  • Crowns restore and protect teeth by covering their visible portions.[5]
  • Dental crowns in Costa Rica are available in gold, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) materials.
Dental crowns - Before placing (left) & after placing (right)
Before and after crown placement in a patient who chose dental tourism in Costa Rica


  • Teeth veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells. They cover the front surface of teeth.[6]
  • Porcelain veneers in Costa Rica can work wonders on your stained or chipped teeth.[7]
Dental veneers - Before placing 9left) & after placing (right)
Before and after veneer placement in Costa Rica

Orthodontics in Costa Rica

The treatment corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.

It creates a healthy bite using orthodontic appliances like braces, aligners & retainers.

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Is Costa Rica Safe for Dental Tourism?


Did you know?

Demilitarized with low crime rates,[8] Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America[9] for dental tourism.

The destination is famous for its:

  • Hospitable staff
  • High-quality treatments, and
  • Strict medical standards.

The locales are friendly and live by the motto of Pura Vida (Full of Life).

If you choose a reputable clinic with MTC’s help, you can experience a safe and satisfying dental trip.

San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Safety Travel Tips

While dental tourism in Costa Rica is safe, it’s good to follow some general safety tips to have a stress-free experience:[10]

  • Avoid traveling to isolated places
  • Travel in authorized taxis for safe rides
  • Never leave your valuables unattended
  • Be cautious of petty theft in public transportation

Are you still unsure about traveling to Costa Rica? Maybe hearing about other patients’ experiences can help you decide.

Patient Reviews of Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Here are some reviews from happy patients who received dental care in Costa Rica.

Are you ready to make the trip? Here are some travel tips to help you along.

Costa Rica Travel Essentials

You can reach Costa Rica via direct flights from the US or Canada. The two major airports in Costa Rica are the Juan Santa María Airport (SJO) and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).

Here are some flight durations from different cities to Costa Rica.

From To Duration
Los Angeles (LAX) San Jose (SJO) 5 hr 40 min
Houston (IAH) San Jose (SJO) 3 hr 30 min
Toronto (YYZ) San Jose (SJO) 5 hr 15 min
Montreal (YUL) San Jose (SJO) 5 hr 50 min

Foreign Embassies in Costa Rica

You can contact your embassy for help if you find yourself in trouble.

US Embassy in Costa Rica

  • Telephone: (506) 2519-2000
  • Address: Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica

Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica

  • Telephone: (506) 2242-4400
  • Address: Behind the Contraloría in the Oficentro Ejecutivo La Sabana Building 5, Third Floor, San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Travel Tips

  • The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season (Dec-Apr). You will have plenty of sunshine to explore the country’s breathtaking nature.[11]
  • American[12] & Canadian[13] citizens can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. However, they should have a valid passport and a return ticket.
  • The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish.
  • The official currency is the Costa Rican Colon.
  • Try to learn some basic Spanish phrases.
  • Get latest exchange rates in USD & CAD from currency converter.

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica - Places to Visit

With a well-established medical infrastructure, Costa Rica offers a wide range of dental services. Patients travel to Costa Rica for its advanced technology, experienced dentists, and natural beauty, making dental tourism a unique and fulfilling experience.

Learn more about some of the beautiful destinations in Costa Rica:

San Jose, Costa Rica, is a bustling city known for its extensive historical and cultural legacy. The capital city is a popular destination for tourists who want to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of the country.

From stunning mountains and forests to sparkling beaches, San Jose offers a variety of experiences to visitors, such as:

  • Central Market (Mercado Central) - It’s a vibrant marketplace offering a wide variety of local products, food, and souvenirs.
  • The Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica - It’s a beautiful theatre for those who appreciate architecture and the arts.

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

Our top clinics in San Jose are -

  • Flikier Dental Institute
  • New Smile Dental Group

Known for its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and beautiful beaches, Liberia is a must-visit place in Costa Rica. It offers a unique mix of natural and cultural attractions for unforgettable vacations.

Visitors can enjoy visiting national parks, exploring historic sites, and participating in cultural events and festivals.

Here you can visit:

  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park - offers a unique blend of volcanic activity, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.
  • Palo Verde National Park - a nature lover's paradise with diverse flora, fauna, and rivers.

National park in Liberia

National Park in Liberia, Costa Rica

Our recommended clinic in Liberia is-

  • Arte Dental

Known for its beautiful beaches, surf culture, and lively nightlife, Jaco attracts a mix of tourists. The town offers a variety of activities, including surfing, horseback riding, zip-lining, and golfing, making it a popular destination for adventure seekers.

Jaco is conveniently located near several national parks and reserves, offering easy access to ecotourism and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Here you can visit:

  • Jaco Beach - a stunning, wide beach that offers excellent surf conditions, sunbathing, and swimming opportunities.
  • Carara National Park - a unique blend of tropical dry forest and wildlife, including monkeys, macaws, and jaguars.

Jaco, Costa Rica

Beach in Jaco, Costa Rica

For quality dental care in Jaco, we recommend:

  • Premier Dental Care

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with lots of attractions. Here are some other breathtaking places you can visit.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Filled with serene beaches and vibrant wildlife, Manuel Antonio National Park is a must-see. Take a guided tour to explore the nature and tranquility of this place.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Irazu Volcano National Park

At 3,342 meters, the Irazu volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It has a lime-green lake at the center of the crater, which sometimes appears red.

Irazu Volcano National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Monteverde and the Cloud Forest

Cloud forests near Monteverde are one of the best eco-tourism spots in Costa Rica. Try canopy tours with zip lines, cable cars, and bridges for a fun day.

Monteverde and the Cloud Forest | Costa Rica
Monteverde and the Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal is one of the most exotic beaches in Costa Rica. You can take a 15-minute walk across the Brasilito beach to enjoy its mesmerizing beauty.

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica


Get ready to receive quality care at lower prices with dental tourism in Costa Rica. MTC facilitates affordable dental work in Costa Rica and other world-class medical tourism destinations.

You can get the best treatments while enjoying an unforgettable vacation.

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica – FAQs

Dental work in CR is much cheaper than in the US or Canada.

The low dental treatment costs in Costa Rica let you save up to 70%. Some clinics might try to take advantage of foreign patients.

However, with proper research, you can find quality dental care at affordable prices.

A porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge costs $395 per unit in Costa Rica. The same quality bridge will cost you $1,500 in the US and Canada.

Zirconium and Emax bridges cost $450 per unit in CR. While they can set you back $2,500 in your home country.

You can get PFM crowns for $395 with dental tourism in Costa Rica vs. $1,500 in the US. You can also opt for zirconia or Emax crowns that cost $425 and $450 per unit.

The same dental crowns cost about $2,500 in the US.

Porcelain veneers in Costa Rica cost $450 per unit. The same quality veneers cost $2,500 in the US. You can expect to pay around $5,400 for a set of teeth veneers in CR.

Meanwhile, they cost $30,000 in the US. That means over 70% savings!

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