Dentists in Costa Rica!
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 6:37 PM Last Post By: chambedj
Nov 30, 2012 12:39 AM
Dentists in Costa Rica!HI! My name is Cindy Black and I live in Seattle, WA. I just discovered this site and registered! Discovered it when I was researching Costa Rica. I had a ski accident and lost some teeth and now have decided to get some implants. I read that Costa Rica is a top destination for "dental tourism" from the US. I sure can't afford the prices in the US so have decided to come to Costa Rica. Living in Seattle, I am sun-deprived anyway so it would be a win-win.
So far I've found out there are 2 main air hubs, Liberia and San Jose. So perhaps I'll start searching there. But it would be great to be nearer the ocean..... Anyway, does anyone have any info on dentists in Costa Rica? Or, for that matter, what would be a really cool place to go while there, as I've never been there before.... I'm sure I'll have some extra time. Any help would be very much appreciated!
Nov 30, 2012 2:04 AM
Nov 30, 2012 3:52 AM
2liberia is much smaller than san jose but there are some excellent dentists in that area and it is much closer to the beach than san jose. playas del coco and playa hermosa are both about 1 hour from liberia. (the airport is lir)
dr. munera is in liberia and has an excellent reputation. there is also a clinic in the beach town of tamarindo.
there's also this one: http://enriqueparradentalcare.com/en/ for more in that general area, you can just google "dentists guanacaste" and you will find a list to choose from.
basically, there are good dentists all over costa rica.
Nov 30, 2012 4:03 AM
Nov 30, 2012 4:11 AM
Nov 30, 2012 4:36 AM
Nov 30, 2012 7:57 PM
6You can save some money but do some research first. I had a crown done in February in San Jose. I saved $500 but I would not use that dentist again. She took too many x-rays and gave me a surprise root canal. My dentist in Austin said I didn't need one and I wouldn't have let her do it if I knew before hand she was going to do it. The professionalism and the quality of supplies were not up to typical US standards.
Dec 4, 2012 2:23 PM
7Check out this web site http://www.costaricanewlook.com. I had 2 teeth pulled and 3 implants last March, total cost $4,300.00 U.S. I used Dr. Oscar Reiche, board certified oral surgeon trained in the U.S. Located in the Escuzu neighborhood of San Jose. They may be able to help you with accommodations and transport, ask.
Dec 4, 2012 3:55 PM
8http://www.dentavac.com/ an ez find in escazu dr baez is the best, these folks have saved me huge dollars all while ready with latest tech an excellent ethic and fine english skills, call dr baez you will be happy, Ive been seeing them for 7 years
Dec 8, 2012 10:28 AM
9Cindy, How do I contact you? I live in Guanacaste and have much information about dentistry in Costa Rica.
Dec 8, 2012 11:10 AM
10odd isn't it that someone whose forum name is "DirectorTalamanca" lives in guanacaste?
peter: if you have "much information" about dentistry in costa rica, why not write it here on the forum so that everyone can benefit?
Dec 8, 2012 11:23 AM
11I am trying to be respectful and not use this forum as a means of advertising. I am a dentist, prosthodontist. I have a health center 3 km from the Tamarindo airport. My staff are all specialists in all areas of dentistry. Real specialists not just lip service. Board Certification is a real thing and does not have the same implication in CR as it does in the US. I am pleased to provide information and advice. I practiced 20+ years in NYC before moving to CR, becoming licensed (incorporated) here as well as a recognized specialist.
Director Talamanca: thank you for asking. Long story, but I have devoted time over the past 17 years helping the Bribri and Cabecar tribes living on the reserva in the jungles of Talamanca...delivering health care to people who have little to eat, little to wear, live in shelters you wouldn't put your dog, and earn less in one month than you may pay for lunch. Look for Proyecto Talamanca. It would be a pleasure and honor to show you the real pura vida.
Dec 8, 2012 11:31 AM
12ok - i think i know who you are.
two thank yous:
1. thank you for being respectful of the forum - but - asking someone to send you a private message so you can tout your business is still not a good thing. trying to say that respectfully....
2. thank you MUCH for your work in talamanca. the whole indigenous thing is pretty complicated, but for skilled volunteers like you to take the time and energy and supplies to work with them is a really great thing. thanks.
some people complained when the us military ships brought military people on-shore to volunteer with indigenous people in the talamanca area - but if you are a mom with a sick baby, you don't have a long conversation about the political ramifications.
Dec 8, 2012 4:35 PM
13Thank you, but honestly the private message was not to tout who I am, if you really know me. Privately I may be able to respond without compromising ethics. Many people on different forums have much misinformation they share with others. I would like to be an objective source to respond to questions in a reasonable and factual way without promoting myself. I am truly interested in people learning the truth and reality.
1. There are no pg degrees in Implantology. In fact except for Chile and CR there is no recognized specialty in Implantology to my knowledge.
2. Esthetics is not a specialty.
3 Board Certification by whom? requirements?
I can make a very extensive list of information provided by forum participants who mean well but?
I try to share with people the truth in an ethical and proper way. I really don't need to promote myself.
Have you been to Talamanca, or Guanacaste and experienced the poverty?
We need to start caring about others and not what we are going to win.
Dec 11, 2012 8:53 AM
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