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Costa Rica Dental Procedures: Achieve a beautiful smile through quality, affordable and proven dentistry.

It's a New Year. Happy 2016!

So are you smiling?

Unfortunately, many of you are holding back that grin due to a lack of self confidence associated with dental issues. Combined with the inability to address them as a result of the often prohibitive cost of dental procedures (especially in the United States and Canada) and it's no wonder you haven't turned that frown upside down.

A 2014 poll conducted on behalf of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute confirmed that the number 1 reason people did not seek dental care, was cost.

As we have written about before, dental travel to Costa Rica, often referred to as dental tourism, has become a very popular and proven solution for those seeking safe, quality and affordable dental care from select quality dentists and specialists. Patients routinely save 50% - 70% on dental costs.

We regularly assist hundreds of patients who contact us with a variety of dental issues, seeking quality and reliable dentistry. From fillings and crowns to full mouth restoration, almost any dental procedure you need can be addressed in Costa Rica without sacrificing safety or high quality. In fact, almost all patients feel the dental care in Costa Rica exceeds the care they receive at home in the U.S. and Canada.

To give you a general introduction, we highlighted 3 common procedures people travel to Costa Rica to take care of. We included a brief explanation of each procedure as well as the average cost of the dental procedures in Costa Rica compared to the U.S.

Dental Implants in Costa Rica

By a significant margin, dental implants in Costa Rica rank as the number one method for replacing missing teeth for patients traveling to Costa Rica for dental care. This is partially due to the fact that many U.S. dental insurance plans still do not cover dental implants, even though implants are the closest replacement to your natural teeth.

What are they? Dental Implants act as tooth root replacements. Implants are typically made of titanium and look similar to a screw.

The implant(s) are surgically placed under the gum into the jaw at the location of missing teeth. Restoration is completed with a crown or "tooth" that is attached and placed over the implant usually 3-6 months later once the implant has integrated with the bone in your jaw, ensuring stability. Other prosthetic devices such as bridges and dentures can also be attached to dental implants.

What is the cost? Individual dental implants in Costa Rica typically cost $800 per implant. In the U.S., the average can range significantly from $1,500 to $3,000 per implant depending on your dentist and the area you live in. The crown over the implant typically costs $700 in Costa Rica, while it can range from $1,200 - $2,000 in the U.S.

Dental crowns in Costa Rica

Many people are familiar with crowns, also commonly referred to as "caps" by patients.

What are they? A dental crown is shaped like a tooth and placed over an existing tooth to restore shape, size, strength, alignment and/or to ensure proper occlusion (bite). They are typically made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal and Zirconia. Once cemented into place, the crown fully encases the portion of a natural tooth that lies within it.

What is the cost? On average, the cost of a crown ranges between $400 - $525 in Costa Rica depending on the type of material used. In the U.S., on average the pricing ranges from $900 - $2,000 depending on the dentist and which material is used.

Dental bridges in Costa Rica (including implant supported)

Another popular method of replacing missing teeth is a bridge. Unlike implants, bridges will require treating healthy teeth adjacent to the missing teeth in order to support the bridge, unless the bridge is supported by implants.

What are they? Bridges are a fixed prosthetic device commonly used to cover or "bridge" a space if you're missing one or more teeth. They are attached to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the teeth once stood, providing stability.

What is the cost? A conventional three-unit bridge in Costa Rica will cost approximately $1,300 and in the U.S. it averages $2,300 - $4,000. If the bridge is supported by dental implants, the cost of the implants would be in addition to the cost of the bridge.

Of course, there are many other procedures available and in future posts we will further highlight and go more in depth regarding treatment options, what the experience is like for you the patient, as well as pros and cons related to each procedure.

Everyone deserves to confidently express happy moments in their life through a warm beautiful smile, without any shame or lack of confidence.

It is a new year. Now is the best time to move forward to achieve a healthy mouth and a smile you can happily share for a lifetime.

Give us a call so we may answer all of your questions and concerns as well as provide you a free consultation and preliminary pricing.

You can reach Costa Rican Dental Solutions by phone toll free at (800) 931-2737 or online at