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Jun 3, 2012

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Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

I have been a dental tourist for years. There are a wide range of alternatives available in Costa Rica. One can choose a local dentist who serves the local populace, one who carters exclusively to "Gringos " or a mix. The range of prices can vary greatly, but there is not always a direct correlation between cost and quality. But as in anything else, often times there is. The saying "you get what you pay for" sometimes sums it all up. My advice to those who travel to Costa Rica, do your own research, and then find a patient advocate or a referral service you feel comfortable with. Dental tourism can be great, you just need to make sure you have someone on your side looking out for YOUR best interest in the event something goes wrong. If interested,try www.johnshopkinsde , they may be able to point you in the right direction. In my experience, the big savings takes place when you step on the plane and go to Costa Rica. From that point, price variances are not too great from dentist to dentist within each "group" as I outlined above. I would recommend don't be adverse to spending a few more dollars to go to the best in the business, if you can find them. Good luck!  (Jun 3, 2012 | post #189)

dental implants

I have met Dr. Cavallini and have been in his office. The one person I knew who had dental work performed by him was very satisfied. He is considered by many of his competitors to be a low cost alternative, but that does not mean that he does not do quality work. The wait times can be long, I had an appointment and waited nearly 2 hours to have a chat with him, and other patients I spoke to in the waiting room had been there even longer than I. I have visited many dental clinics in Costa Rica and there are some great ones and some bad ones just like anywhere else. I would advise anyone seeking dental care in Costa Rica try a referral service or patient advocacy group. Perhaps www.johnshopkinsde can point you in the right direction. If I needed dental work today, I would pay a few more dollars and choose a dentist who handles a lower volume of patients. Options are great, not everyone can afford a new BMW, and even some who can prefer to drive around in an old crapper. Good luck with your dental! Good luck!  (Jun 3, 2012 | post #22)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I would not know if you were a shill or not, this is my first day posting in this forum, but I can tell you one thing, you are absolutely right that without having boots on the ground, its hard to accurately judge the quality of any particular dentist. My suggestion would be to use a referral service or patient advocate service if you need dental work in Costa Rica. Try www.johnshopkinsde Good luck!  (Jun 3, 2012 | post #3188)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I met Mario Dr. Garita two times in his dental clinic and would feel comfortable recommending him to anyone. He has great credentials, a nice office, and a nice staff. I believe he has also been Accredited by the Johns Hopkins Dental Group. I believe I met Peter Aborn once, if he is the Dentist who does some pro bono dental work for indigenous people in Costa Rica from time to time. He seems nice, but if I needed dental work today, I would call Dr. Garita. Good luck!  (Jun 3, 2012 | post #3187)