Cheryl L

United States

#454 Feb 3, 2010
Oops, forgot to paste the link in previous post.:)

http://www.mynewsmile.com/porcelaincrowns.htm
helen

Heredia, Costa Rica

#455 Feb 3, 2010
gkaters wrote:
When you get implants and they put the posts in, do they put a temporary cap on the posts are do you wait months with just the posts in your mouth?
On a personal note, I believe your "googling" of laser root canals reveals old information; the citings you listed were from 2004 & 2006 - we are now into 2010. I also googled waterlase - the laser root canal procedure done at Dentilase & I decided for myself, that it was a good option for me. The other option is pulling your tooth, which for me, is not an option. My gums are very healthy. My bone is healthy. I chose to have 9 laser root canals performed; and I believe I made an educated choice.
mariposa

Boynton Beach, FL

#456 Feb 4, 2010
helen wrote:
<quoted text>
On a personal note, I believe your "googling" of laser root canals reveals old information; the citings you listed were from 2004 & 2006 - we are now into 2010. I also googled waterlase - the laser root canal procedure done at Dentilase & I decided for myself, that it was a good option for me. The other option is pulling your tooth, which for me, is not an option. My gums are very healthy. My bone is healthy. I chose to have 9 laser root canals performed; and I believe I made an educated choice.
-----Helen, are you a resident of San Jose,...If so,...You might know which dentist(s) has(have) the best reputation for cosmetic crowns????
jackie

Spring Hill, FL

#457 Feb 4, 2010
Cheryl wrote:
Hi Phyllis,
I have posted in the past and know that this is a very difficult undertaking. Costs between dentists vary but as Susan posted, there are only a few recognized for the bone grafting for implants. TherI e are so many factors involved as to whether or not it takes one or two trips. The one-day implants which require only one trip have a higher chance of failing than the implants and prosthetics that are done in two trips. Several dentists are doing to the same day implants as a quick fix to a beautiful smile but if you are looking for a higher success rate in implantation, look for someone who generally steers clear of the one-day implants. I highly recommend Dr. Anglada who my son is seeing. Email me and I will get in contact with you if you wish. rclane02@gmail.com
I am trying to go to CR in late Feb. or March. Everytime I hear something good about a dentist, I read a a bad post. I was leaning toward Dr. Cavellini. Wrote him an e mail - no response. I thought about Prisma but read bad posts. Has anyone a good dentist for implants in CR?
Curious Tourist

Brooklyn, NY

#458 Feb 4, 2010
Jackie, if you get anything from this, STAY AWAY FROM PRISMA DENTAL. Read the entire post if you haven't already. Lots of good info.

I can say that although I haven't seen him yet, I think highly of Dr. Anglada as he'd taken time out to call and speak/write to me personally. He, as others said, discussed options/prices and took his time. I believe Cheryl L and her son visited him and had nothing but good to say.

STAY AWAY FROM PRISMA if you love your teeth and peace of mind.
phyllis Denver

Denver, CO

#459 Feb 4, 2010
Hi Jackie,

I'm very surprised that you did not get a response from Dr. Cavallini. He always responds right away. I do know his father was ill and then his grandmother passed away, so maybe your e-mail got lost during these times. I would suggest you try again. I am thrilled with my implants and crowns and love my smile now. I continue to recommend this clinic as I have sent so many people there and they are all extremely happy. Feel free to contact me at phyllisst@gmail.com.
jackie wrote:
<quoted text> I am trying to go to CR in late Feb. or March. Everytime I hear something good about a dentist, I read a a bad post. I was leaning toward Dr. Cavellini. Wrote him an e mail - no response. I thought about Prisma but read bad posts. Has anyone a good dentist for implants in CR?
jackie

Spring Hill, FL

#460 Feb 4, 2010
I am interested in going to Dr. Cavellini. My friend just returned from CR with her work done by Dr. Cavellini. She gave me the phone number of a man named Edward who works for Dr. Cavellini. I called and he did not return my call. I e mailed Dr. Cavellini and he did not return my e mail. My friend also told me that there was an enormous amount of waiting involved in his office. He seemed un organized. She is very satisfied with the work that was done but one day she was involved in the clinic for 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm. Ouch! Can you shed additional light?

jackie

Spring Hill, FL

#461 Feb 4, 2010
Did anyone stay at Las Cumbres? Is it necessary to have nurses available 24 hrs. for implant surgery? What about Apartotel La Sabana in San Jose? I read one post on the aparatments but I don't think I have read anything on Las Cumbres?

Since: Feb 10

Green Bay, WI

#462 Feb 4, 2010
jackie wrote:
Did anyone stay at Las Cumbres? Is it necessary to have nurses available 24 hrs. for implant surgery? What about Apartotel La Sabana in San Jose? I read one post on the aparatments but I don't think I have read anything on Las Cumbres?
I am at Las Cumbres right now. My wife had surgery to remove the loose skin above and below the eyes and I am have an implant tomorrow. I will know tomorrow about my care. But this is what Las Cumbres has done for us. They bring you to and from your appointments and surgery, they take you right up to your Doctors office and make sure you are registered and will provide any translator duties you may need. The Doctors speak English but not all the receptionists and secretaries. At the hospital for my wife the driver stayed and translated through the registration for about 1/2 hour. When we came back to Las Cumbres the nurse met us at the van and has been in and out of our suite all day. I don't think I will need any care but I am dealing with just a single tooth. All your meals are included. That makes the price a better deal. They picked us up at the airport holding a card with our names on them and will bring you back to the airport. Although they will arrange all transportation for you only to and from the airport and to and from 1 appointment are free the rest you may either pay for or have them add it to your bill. I would have been lost with out them because I have never been here before and people drive crazy here. Also lots of one way streets. It may say under my name Costa Rica but I am from Wisconsin, I think that was attached to a previous post because my computer's ISP is coming from Costa Rica.
Sweetroxie

Natick, MA

#463 Feb 4, 2010
jackie wrote:
Did anyone stay at Las Cumbres? Is it necessary to have nurses available 24 hrs. for implant surgery? What about Apartotel La Sabana in San Jose? I read one post on the aparatments but I don't think I have read anything on Las Cumbres?
I have heard that Las Cumbres is very noisy with dogs barking all night. I have never stayed there. I stayed at Aparthotel La Sabana and was very pleased with it. I had an apartment and was able to cook soup and shakes and eat the soft diet my implants and extractions required. The staff there is lovely. You will not feel like doing much (nor should you) for the first couple of days following the surgery. Sitting on the veranda near the pool was very restful, warm with a steady breeze and the sound of a water fountain was soothing. There is a supermarket about 5 blocks away and I recommend stocking up on food and doing whatever prep work you need to do BEFORE the surgery.
You do not need a nurse. I went as a single woman and I had no one to take care of me. I didn't need anyone to take care of me. I had 7 extractions and implants and upper and lower bone grafts so if I survived on my own, most like you will too. Best of luck.
crs

Pass Christian, MS

#464 Feb 4, 2010
Sweetroxie wrote:
<quoted text>
I have heard that Las Cumbres is very noisy with dogs barking all night. I have never stayed there. I stayed at Aparthotel La Sabana and was very pleased with it. I had an apartment and was able to cook soup and shakes and eat the soft diet my implants and extractions required. The staff there is lovely. You will not feel like doing much (nor should you) for the first couple of days following the surgery. Sitting on the veranda near the pool was very restful, warm with a steady breeze and the sound of a water fountain was soothing. There is a supermarket about 5 blocks away and I recommend stocking up on food and doing whatever prep work you need to do BEFORE the surgery.
You do not need a nurse. I went as a single woman and I had no one to take care of me. I didn't need anyone to take care of me. I had 7 extractions and implants and upper and lower bone grafts so if I survived on my own, most like you will too. Best of luck.
aparthotel la sabana is great. just stock up on stuff like soups,coffee,soft food. there's a mini mart a couple blocks
away that's only a bit more expensive than the supermarket.
you won't have to cross the major roads to get to it,. also,
the italian place is very close, and has excellent soups &
pastas to go.
MIA

New York, NY

#465 Feb 4, 2010
Hi there,
I'm planning my CR dental journey as we speak...
Right now I'm leaning towards having my work done at Meza. I need three root canals and three fillings.
Can anyone advise the healing time for this type of work. I'm imagining this will be a two day ordeal. Can I fly home two days after several root canals? Will I be out of commission after this type of work, or do you think I'll be able to experience some of Costa Rica while I'm there ? Any info/advice on either Meza or the root canal process would be very helpful. Thank you !
Ian B

League City, TX

#466 Feb 4, 2010
jackie wrote:
<quoted text> I am trying to go to CR in late Feb. or March. Everytime I hear something good about a dentist, I read a a bad post. I was leaning toward Dr. Cavellini. Wrote him an e mail - no response. I thought about Prisma but read bad posts. Has anyone a good dentist for implants in CR?
I have received 7 implants from Dr Anglada and have been very impressed. You can read my posts on my treatment so far and Cheryl L is also a good source.(See previous posts). I will not have the crowns until May so my work is ongoing and as such I cannot comment on that aspect of the clinics work.

He replied promptly, gave me an estimate and then verified the quote prior to starting the work. He has kept to his quoted prices and what he told me he would do he has done. The other reason I picked him is that he is a registered implant specialist and there are only 4 or 5 in CR that are allowed to advertise themselves as such. The staff all speak good English, the office is very clean and the equipment seems to be very modern.
I suggest you read through posts as you can get a lot of useful stuff.
A quick note of thanks to all the posters that help make this forum a very useful resource.
Good luck in your search.
Sweetroxie

Natick, MA

#467 Feb 5, 2010
MIA wrote:
Hi there,
I'm planning my CR dental journey as we speak...
Right now I'm leaning towards having my work done at Meza. I need three root canals and three fillings.
Can anyone advise the healing time for this type of work. I'm imagining this will be a two day ordeal. Can I fly home two days after several root canals? Will I be out of commission after this type of work, or do you think I'll be able to experience some of Costa Rica while I'm there ? Any info/advice on either Meza or the root canal process would be very helpful. Thank you !
I can't comment on Mesa, but I can tell you that root canals can be a complete non-event and the fillings are nothing. This somewhat depends on the teeth involved. The rear molars, because they have multiple roots and sometimes have gnarled, twisted roots, can sometimes cause some aching afterwards, but single canal teeth are no big deal. I had one done at Clinica Lindor from Dr. Tabash on a lower pre-molar and there were no after effects at all.
phyllis Denver

Denver, CO

#468 Feb 5, 2010
Hi Jackie,
I'm very surprised that you haven't heard from Dr. Cavellini. He's always so prompt about returning calls or e-mails.

Yes, you do have much longer "waits" than we have in the states. But, I found as soon as one patient was finished with a procedure, another one was ready to step right in. You were able to get more procedures done quicker as patients were already in the reception area. You didn't have to worry about a patient being late or not showing up. I quite enjoyed the waits. It gave me plenty of time to chat with other patients, find out about their procedures,compare hotels and discover new restaurants. Since you were all in the same boat,(or dentist chair) you had plenty to talk about. We would make plans for dinner, tours etc. and since I traveled alone, it was very nice to make immediate friends.
jackie wrote:
I am interested in going to Dr. Cavellini. My friend just returned from CR with her work done by Dr. Cavellini. She gave me the phone number of a man named Edward who works for Dr. Cavellini. I called and he did not return my call. I e mailed Dr. Cavellini and he did not return my e mail. My friend also told me that there was an enormous amount of waiting involved in his office. He seemed un organized. She is very satisfied with the work that was done but one day she was involved in the clinic for 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm. Ouch! Can you shed additional light?
phyllis Denver

Denver, CO

#469 Feb 5, 2010
jackie wrote:
Did anyone stay at Las Cumbres? Is it necessary to have nurses available 24 hrs. for implant surgery? What about Apartotel La Sabana in San Jose? I read one post on the aparatments but I don't think I have read anything on Las Cumbres?
I had bone grafts and implants and the only time I had pain was the first night. Stayed in a small hotel, close to the doc, which was very convenient. I walked to the park, to the center and then took the weekend and went to the beach. My friend had her whole upper done and said their was very little pain.
mariposa

Boynton Beach, FL

#470 Feb 5, 2010
Please share........Has anyone seen the ''cosmetic dental work'' of any dentist in Costa Rica?

I am talking about full mouth restoration with new crowns.

I am looking for the best.

Not the best for implants or else,...I am not talking 2-4-6 crowns.

I need ''full mouth restoration''.

Which dentist has an eye to create a beautiful white smile with crowns that fit well????

Please help!
jackie

Lakeland, FL

#471 Feb 6, 2010
After several attempts to get e mail to Dr. Cavallini, I finally received a note from his digital assistant telling me that someone would get back to me shortly. That was days ago. I am sooo disappointed because I did 6 days of research on this and talked to several people who did use him for their work. Cannot use Dr. Anglada because his high prices would not make it feasible for me to go to CR. Those were the two dentists who seemed the best out of my research. Is Dr. Cavallini's whole clinic not able to return a e mail?
Curious Tourist

Brooklyn, NY

#472 Feb 6, 2010
Dear Jackie,

It is bad enough when a doctor is hard to reach in a local setting, but a distant setting can be a terror. Good words aside, I'd resist the urge to deal with that office simply because of the poor response.

Don't CR dentists give discounts for multiple implants/veneers/etc? Maybe Anglada might be cheaper than you thought?

I hope your situation resolves itself quickly.
Dolphinflyer

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#473 Feb 6, 2010
Mariposa,
While I only had 6 veneers and 2 crowns done by Dr. Kaver, I would definately use him for a full mouth restoration if money was no object.
If your planning on a full mouth restoration, I'd suggest spending $600 for 2 days (if your in FL) to visit 4-5 Dentists. You ould meet them and see their offices as well as maybe see pictures of their work.
That's what I did, except Kaver was the first one I had scheduled, and after meeting him and seeing his practice, I cancelled the rest of the consultations.
The biggest thing that swayed me was his large book of before and after pictures. There were so many cases in the book that I found 3-4 that had identical problems as I did, and the results were flawless. His other work with the CR beauty contestants and pictures of models and actors that were his patients didn't hurt either. That group requires excellent work for their livelyhood. I don't think I saw one case in his book that had that fake, chopper, plastic look, yet I've seen many other DR's in CR and in the USA that post their work that frankly looks like kraap.
It's a big investment for anybody to get that much work. I think spending slightly more on the total bill, maybe even getting a couple of minor things done will tell you right away if you made the right choice.
I don't think I could have done a cold turkey, total huge mouth restoration just from visiting a website.
Good luck.

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