Good Dentists in Costa Rica and Flex Spending funds.

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Since: Jan 08

Shakopee, MN

#1 Apr 9, 2013

I am thinking about making a trip to Costa Rica for some affordable dental work. I am very aprehensive about being out of the US and finding a dentist that will not do shotty work.

I need at least 12k worth of dental work. Off the top of my head I know I need two dental implants,a veneer or something on my one front tooth that is chipped and dissapearing to make it the same size as my other top front tooth, quite possibly some root canals/crowns. I started an FSA acount through my work this year, it's administered by ADP and I will have 2500 in it by the end of the year. I am just wondering if anyone knows if I will be able to tap into these funds in my flex account to use towards dental work out of the country? I've seen on other forums people able to use these funds for weight loss surgeries in Mexico so I want to think it's possible to use them for this purpose.

I am looking for some direction of good dentists to research and contact.

Thanks in advance.

San Josť, Costa Rica

#2 May 11, 2013
Take a look at the other thread that gives information about good dentists in San Jose.

I have just had extensive work done by Dr. Obando at nova Dental and am very happy with the work.

The Cavallini Clinic and Dr. Anglada also seem to be popular choices. Read the thread - it's long - 3600+ posts, but it will give you some good insights if you can get past all the fighting and name calling between some of the posters!

Good luck with you r treatment. And, yes, you can use your flexible spending money.

San Josť, Costa Rica

#3 May 11, 2013
P.s. I am from the USA, not sure why it always gives me a different location when I post! I think it picks up wherever you happen tone at the time. Currently I am at the airport waiting to go home.

Since: May 13

Costa Rica

#4 Jun 20, 2013
Amy, Check on this Free Dental Tourism E-Book that talks about entry requirements and the specific procedures and what they involve....great info source

Since: Jan 08

Shakopee, MN

#6 Aug 14, 2013
I've read that whole post and it is very long and i thought my head was going to explode by the time I was through with it.

My money situation is not ideal to get my major work done at the moment. Just taking a vacation (or probably two due to needing implants), is really out of my budget at the moment.

I had part of a back tooth break off the other day and I rushed to my local dentist. I didn't need a root canal, only a filling, but he said in the future I may need a crown if it happens again, since that tooth has been filled previously.

This appointment prompted me to get a cleaning done and x-rays, which I have put off for a long time. While I have dental insurance, it doesn't cover much. If my mouth was in good shape it would be fine, but with extensive problems, I would run through that $1000 like nothing.

From the exam today, I have 13 cavities that need to be filled. The estimate that they gave me was $2000+, with me paying $500 out of pocket. I can't even get that all done in a year, because my insurance coverage is only $1k. I plan on working this year on half of the fillings I need and next year on the other half. Then leave the big stuff to a trip to Costa Rica. I would love to have it all done down there, but I feel that if I don't attack the cavities which are covered at 80% by my insurance, then I will end up needing root canals or worse by the time I make it to Costa Rica.

I have a chipped tooth that seriously needs a crown. It's one of my front ones, and I want to get that done asap, but the cavities need to be fixed first. It's very bad on my self esteem that my two front teeth are different in length by at least a couple of inches. It looks awful!

The good thing was that they said that while my gums aren't perfect they are pretty much reversible. I have a couple small spots of peri-disease (which isn't reversible), but the other bad spots are gingivitis and I just need to brush and floss more.

I am also in the process of kicking the smoking habit. I've cut out Mt. Dew, but the smoking is a lot harder. I have an e-cig and I still smoke, but it's a lot less. Taxes were raise and the price went up $2 a pack in our state, so it makes it not very budget friendly to continue to smoke.

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