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Wilderness, All of the clinics you mentioned are on the up-and-up; none of them will be tempted to take advantage of you if for no other reason than they are frequently discussed here and elsewhere on the Internet. (There are many other honest dentists that you didn't mention, but there are also clinics happy to take advantage of tourists: It pays to investigate.) For post-honeymoon, check out reviews in May 2015, when we encouraged old timers to come together and post their long-term results. To communicate privately with board posters (PM=private message), please "register (instructions on my blog). Oceancalm, I think you will have to register too to PM with Wilderness.  (Dec 1, 2016 | post #7936)

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Ignore the bad reviews, Suzy; everyone else does. They are the work of the forum troll, who has a couple of aliases that allow him to attack the board anonymously.  (Aug 23, 2016 | post #7855)

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Dentist in Costa Rica

Thanks for the update, Suzybro! You seem to be making great progress. I always encourage folks to do a fact-finding trip--it simplifies everything and gives one a lot of confidence that they found the best dentist (and best treatment) for *them*.  (Aug 22, 2016 | post #7852)

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Teresta, TI, Prov1813-- Thanks for your great posts with good interesting information.  (Aug 11, 2016 | post #7841)

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Suzy, You are definitely doing the best thing by scheduling a fact-finding trip. It's definitely the best way to approach dental treatment. You will meet lots of dentists, who will have the opportunity to examine you and present--and defend--their proposed treatment plans. They like seeing patients in person--it's much better than sending x-rays and photos. You'll also run into scads of patients who will regale with you your dental stories, for your amusement and edification. By the time you finish, you will know which treatment is best for you, which dentist is the "best dentist" for you, and gain a lot of confidence. P.S.: Don't let the first dentist you see convince you to cancel the rest of your appointments in favor of throwing your lot in with him. See all the dentists on your before deciding. And don't be shy about recontacting some favorite ones and plying them with questions. I'd wish you good luck....but you won't need it! Keep us posted.  (Aug 5, 2016 | post #7825)

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Great post, TI! I learned something today. Suzy: I second the recommendation to look into the Cavallini Clinic (Dr. Marco). They have placed 1000s of implants, and have many fans here. Which is not to ignore Dr. Anglada, who also does great work and has many devoted fans here!  (Aug 5, 2016 | post #7823)

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Dr. Simon Flikier is also good. He is another US-trained (Miami or Boston--can't remember which) prosthodontist. He has a periodontist colleague, and I assume he also does implants. I'm currently helping someone behind the scenes, and I think she's leaning toward Dr. Flikier. I expect her to have great results: Dr. Flikier uses Favini's excellent dental lab. That lab did my teeth back in 2011, and RJ profiled it on his aforementioned blog. (She's not getting implants, so her situation isn't exactly the same as yours, Suzybro.) When it's all done, I hope to persuade her to send me before-and-after photos to put on my blog. She's a private person, so I don't think she'll post her experience--though I wish she would!!! As for Dr. Mario Garita, he's been mentioned now and then here and on TripAdvisor. You will need to try to search for the reviews. Searching is tricky, but there's an old page with hints that used to work on my blog. HTH.  (Aug 5, 2016 | post #7821)

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Jacque, That's a good question! There are different philosophies on this question. My take is this: When posting personal experiences, this is not really a question: You just report what happened to you, and what you thought, and that's that. You are the definitive authority of your own experience. However, many times folks will ask for opinions or other matters that go beyond personal experiences. This is where problems arise on public forums. Some people, including me, are likely to be more candid in a private conversation than in a public post. The reason is that public posts are likely to be--intentionally or unintentionally--m isinterpreted by readers, who often have different backgrounds and different agendas than the two parties in a private discussion. It takes me much longer to compose a public post than to respond to a single individual. In the latter case, I know how my comments are likely to be interpreted. In the former, I cannot predict who might be inclined to take unintended offense. If you read a lot of this board, you will see numerous cases of stupid feuds arising because of comments. I have tried to phrase this entire response carefully so as not to offend anyone. However, it took a long time to do so, and it is possible that someone will find some reason to object nonetheless. (And then we'll have a long discussion about people agreeing or disagreeing with this.) Just my opinion.  (Aug 4, 2016 | post #7816)

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Suzy, As I understand it from previous postings on this board, the "All on 4" doesn't provide enough implants to securely hold in all the crowns permanently in the view of many. But I never researched implants as I never needed them. I can't recall a single post on this board praising All on 4. You might want to "register " so that you can hold private conversations. There's a page on my web site with instructions. -dave  (Aug 4, 2016 | post #7814)

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You've come to the right place. And $60,000 isn't even CLOSE to the highest quote I've heard. You'll have to do better than that if you expect a prize! I myself don't have implants, but the guys who know about them don't like the "All on 4" much. As for "how things work in CR," CR dentists will be happy to push you into a decision if you let them. (You really shouldn't.) It's a great idea to go down in person and have exams at a few clinics; that's really the best way to select the best dentist for your particular needs and pocketbook. You can get an idea of whom to contact by reading reviews. Many people before you have been in your shoes. Some of them have been kind enough to "pay it forward" by posting reports of their dental journey for others to take encouragement from. My suggestion: Take a deep breath, pour yourself a cup of tea, and begin perusing the reviews here and on TripAdvisor. Best of luck on your journey.  (Aug 4, 2016 | post #7811)

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Teresta, If the post is very old, the original poster probably doesn't read the forum very often any more. You would probably get a quicker response from him if you sent him a "Private Message" (PM) by clicking on the "envelope " icon by his post. This assumes that the poster was "registered "--I think you need to "register " too to set up a private message account. HTH  (Jun 19, 2016 | post #7779)

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================ May 1 Updates! ================ It's that time of year again, folks! Time to post progress reports on your completed dental work. How well has it held up? Any new problems? I had a full-mouth restoration with DDS Dental, completed in April 2011. Dr. Prada was the prosthodontist, and Dr. Gonzalez the periodontist who did all my crown lengthenings. Things are fine. Two small issues, which I'll mention for completeness' sake. A few months back, one of my molar crowns worked itself loose during some very vigorous flossing. (I was folding over the floss to give me two threads rather than one--I've stopped doing this.) My sympathetic local dentist cleaned the crown and tooth and cemented it back. Nothing was broken,. though the episode was annoying. I have some type of minor space between crown and tooth root on one of my teeth, according to my local periodontist who does periodic check-ups. (He's very good at noticing these little things.) He suggests that it's too minor to do anything, and my local general dentist thinks it's nothing to worry about at all. That's it for me. Good luck to all!  (Apr 30, 2016 | post #7753)

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Those are three excellent US-trained specialists. You can't go wrong with any of them, though you might want to read a little bit of the forum (or TripAdvisor, also a great resource).  (Apr 18, 2016 | post #7742)

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DBronx: I had this same issue five years ago right after my full-mouth restoration. I had completely forgotten about it when I saw your post, but it bothered me enough at the time to get me to try Sensodyne toothpaste. I've switched toothpastes a couple times since then, and have long forgotten about the sensitivity. I think it resolved itself with time alone (but I can't be sure about that since I had used a couple toothpastes for sensitive teeth, plus my current toothpaste). Give it a couple of months. BTW, a year ago I switched from a regular toothbrush to Sonicare. I love it--it's quicker and easier than manual brushing for me, and it's gentler on my gums. (I use the gentlest setting.) Best of luck and keep us postedRobert: I visited them in 2010 and toured their lab then. They have a big, honking dental lab. Even though I chose someone else, I still like them a lot and recommend them. They do high-quality work at economical prices, and are especially worth considering if you need a lot of crowns. There is an interview with Mike on my blog.  (Apr 16, 2016 | post #7737)

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NYspouse, It depends on the dentist. My old dentist disowned me and refused to see me when I chose someone else--in Costa Rica, no less! (He was a general dentist who believed he could do it just as well as a specialist.) However, another dentist--a few miles outside of town--has been very helpful and supportive. I see him for cleaning and exams about 4 times a year, so that might help his attitude. In general, though, as a precaution, it's wise to *not* mention that you're considering having the work done abroad, unless you know the dentist is okay with that. BTW, great posts, folks. Very informative first-person reports that everyone finds interesting. -dave  (Apr 6, 2016 | post #7725)

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