“Now that we are safely home and unpacked, I have time to tell you how very much we appreciate your care and excellent skills and the fact that you work so well as a team: Dr Castro, Dr Montero, Dra Salgado, Dr Anglada, who started with the excellent implants in January, Anabelle and Melisa, for their smiles and co-ordination and Diego for his emails. I also want to tell you how important it is to have Memo pick us up and deliver us to the airport. He is a bridge to comfort in a strange city.”
You are able to give each client the feeling that at that moment he or she is the most important. You made time to do even extra work and kept to appointment times. For all of this we thank you.
June Wright, Ontario, Canada
“Dental Tourism, a subset of medical tourism which involves people traveling overseas for the purpose of obtaining dental treatment, has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, mostly driven by cost and insurance considerations.
According to the National Association of Dental Plans, 46% of the US population does not have dental insurance. Making things worse, those who have dental plans often find them to be inadequate, with high premiums, low annual caps and procedures which are simply not covered. This means there’s a large percentage of the population looking for better, more affordable options for their dental work.
Costa Rica, Great Option a Short Flight Away
Located in Central America, Costa Rica has long been a top tourist destination because of its beaches, rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, biodiversity and wildlife; but in recent years it has also become one of the premier medical tourism destinations in the world. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, about 14% of all visitors travel to the country to receive medical care, especially dental work and plastic surgery.
Procedures such as implants, veneers, crowns and bridges can be significantly cheaper in Costa Rica than in the US, with the savings from the procedures more than offsetting travel expenses. More importantly, the quality of the dental work is comparable to that in the US, with Costa Rica having highly-qualified and skilled dentists and top-notch facilities.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. A small, sturdy, titanium post is inserted into the bone structure of the missing tooth to act as the root structure. The post and the bone are fused together through a process called osseointegration. After the bone has grown around the implanted post, it will be able to hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like natural teeth roots hold a natural denture in place. Dental Implants are very durable, and if properly taken care of they can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Implants not only improve a person’s smile and appearance, boosting their self-confidence; they also make it easier to eat and in some cases improve speech and make it possible to recover lip consistency.
According to costhelper.com, the costs for basic implants in the United States can range between US$1,250 to US$3,000 per implant, and can increase to 15 or even 30 thousand dollars depending on the complexity of the procedure. For the half of the country that does not have dental insurance, and even for those who do, these prices can be prohibitive. We say this because in most cases, dental implants are not covered by insurance plans, as they are considered cosmetic procedures.
In Costa Rica dental implants can cost a third or a fourth of what they would in the US, which is indicative of the savings you will find pretty much across the board on all dental procedures. And given the growing number of “dental tourists” in recent years, clinics have become very aware of the needs of the traveling patient, designing dental plans that minimize the patient’s stay so they can return to their regular activities as soon as possible.
So if you’re in need of some dental work but think you simply can’t afford it, take some time, do your homework and look into taking a short trip down to Costa Rica… you may soon be smiling that you did.
Dental Tourism in Costa Rica
“I want to say that the work I had done on my teeth was great! Thanks so much to Dr. Castro and his team.
Travel By Design, Ontario Canada Canada
“Natalie and I arrived safely home to Canada on Nov 1/10 after a grueling 2 day trip by air, car, bus and ferry. We already miss the warm temperature of Costa Rica and the wonderful, smiling, caring people of Costa Rica. This short note is to thank you and your team of professionals for the excellent care plus superb dental work that you performed on Natalie and I.
25 Appointments in 20 days has to be a record… and through it all we felt we were in “good hands”. Since arriving home, there has been no pain and no problems thanks to your patience and skill.
Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada Canada
“I had my teeth cleaned today for the first time since my last visit to your office and my dentist was highly complimentary with the work done by you.
“They were extremely professional and very nice. I’m more than satisfied with the work performed!
“The steady and significant rise in dental care costs seen over the past few years in the United States, together with other factors such as limited dental insurance coverage, lack of dental insurance or interest in dental procedures that are considered cosmetic and therefore usually not covered by insurance, are some of the reasons why each year more and more Americans are choosing to travel abroad for dental care.
Long known as a top eco-tourism destination because of its stunning beaches, lush mountains, dense rainforests, magnificent volcanoes and rich wildlife, Costa Rica has also become one of the premier medical travel destinations in the world. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, about 14% of all visitors travel to the country to receive medical care, especially dental work and plastic surgery.
Price considerations are a major factor behind this growing trend of dental tourism to Costa Rica, with the cost of procedures such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers and root canals being significantly lower than in the United States. Even when travelers combine their treatment with recreation and take advantage of their stay to enjoy some regular tourist activities, in most cases the price for the whole dental tourism package, including airfare, will still be lower than that of the procedure alone back home.
But while affordability is certainly a key aspect, what makes Costa Rica stand out among other countries is the availability of first-class facilities and highly-qualified dentists, many of whom have received training abroad in top schools in the United States and South America and are versed in the latest techniques and materials, adhering to the highest quality standards and using state-of-the-art equipment.
Costa Rica’s proximity to the US, favorable exchange rate, the friendliness of its people and tropical climate are a few of the advantages this Central American paradise presents to its visitors. Add to these the availability of highly trained and qualified dentists, top-notch facilities outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, and one of the most stable and robust democracies in Latin America; and it’s easy to see why having dental work in Costa Rica is a smart, safe and convenient alternative for the medical traveler.
Costa Rica: A premier medical travel destination
“I was most impressed by the professionalism exhibited by you and all your staff. The conscientious diagnosis and explanation provided certainly helped to remove any skepticism I had about being treated in a new dental environment in a distant country. Both my comfort level and confidence level will be quite high when I return in 6 months.
David Lifsey, Atlanta, Georgia
“I would like to thank Dr. Castro and Dra. Salgado for the excellent work they performed. They gave me a beautiful smile in a week! All the staff were very friendly and helpful, many thanks to Diego Quirós for setting everything up. If I need to get any other procedures done in the near future, I would absolutely choose this place again!
Oakville, Ontario, Canada Canada
“I wish to thank you and your wonderful staff for making my SMILE a work of art. You sir are an artist and made my dream of twelve years a reality.
“My son George Hill has some really beautiful teeth now and I have to say you are a wonderful artist. It sounds like he may have given you some grief about the new teeth being too long, but he said once you showed him the before and after pictures, he realized he was very wrong. He got off the plane with the biggest smile I’ve seen in a long time.
“I was living in Portland, OR and needed several crowns and other procedures. My ODS Plan P+ dental insurance (one of the best at that time) covered just part of the treatment and the annual maximum covered was $2000. The treatment budget in Portland was around 5k. In a visit to Costa Rica, I decided to use Dr. Eduardo Castro Clinic in La Sabana. The results were fantastic and cost me around 30% of the 5k. It was done in one week and cost me way less than the out of the pocket of my insurance. I recommend his clinics for any dental procedures.
“I just visited the office of Dr Eduardo Castro in Sabana Sur (San José) and was very impressed. They speak perfect English and the offices are very modern and advanced. Prices are about a third of the USA prices.
Mrs. World 1995
“My experience with Dr Castro went very well and his staff was very friendly. I do not speak Spanish (he speaks English) but I have been to CR many times so I knew what to expect as far as the culture and surroundings. I am planning to go back to have my other crowns done in the near future and will not hesitate to use Dr Castro again.