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Dentist in Costa Rica

** May 1st Update ** Hello, sometime ago Chicago Dave had the great idea of everyone posting an update on May 1st. So here goes: Dentist Used: Dr. Obando @ Nova Dental Procedures Performed: 4 E-Max Crowns (on 4 upper front teeth @ $415 each) 2 Implants (back teeth, $800 each) Sinus Lift ($1350) Cleaning ($50) Whitening (approx $300) Metal Filling Replacement (between $50-$75 I believe) Bonding (2 lower front teeth, $60) Nightguard ($150) Overall I'm very happy with my Costa Rican dental experience so far. My crowns still look and feel great, my local dentist says the implants have osseointegrated nicely (and was very impressed with the crown work) I paid about 1/3rd to 1/2th of what I would have paid in Canada. I'm looking forward to my return trip to have the crowns placed on the implants. In fact, we'll be leaving in a few days to return (arriving May 5th, first appointment with Dr. Obando is May 6th) Here is a link to some before/after pics: http://i.imgur.com /WHe6YyW.jpg  (May 1, 2014 | post #5521)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I think Barrick is right, it depends on the situation. Most of the dentists I consulted with couldn't tell me with 100% certainty if I needed a bone graft, and if so, if they could place the implant at the same time as the bone graft. Turned out well for me, Dr. Obando did the sinus lift and placed the implant in the same visit. I was on the "borderline " though, I had JUST enough bone to make doing the implant/bone graft in the same visit possible.. if I had waited a few more months it might not have happened like that. Regardless, paying $1350 for a sinus lift in CR versus $3000-$4000 for the same procedure in Canada would have been worth the trip in itself.  (Apr 23, 2014 | post #5485)

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Wow, looks like lots of us will be in Costa Rica at the beginning of May. I'll be flying down on May 5th, first appointment on May 6th. Hope to see some forum members there!  (Mar 16, 2014 | post #5420)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I challenge you to find ONE comment of RJ's actually bashing on any dentist, let alone Prisma Dental. I question your motivation for going after RJ with such anger to begin with. You bring up making money to say things.. very su$picious to me  (Feb 26, 2014 | post #5355)

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lol I'm not in Pittsburgh, PA btw.. I'm posting this from work and I work at a company based in Pittsburgh, but I'm actually in Canada I did a double take when I saw that  (Feb 18, 2014 | post #5319)

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Panhandle Jim's right, 10 days should be enough time to get that done. When I went in July, I had 2 implants, a sinus lift bone graft, and 4 crowns (among other minor things), I was finished in 8 business days. And ya definitely make sure that the Dr's will be there, I was planning on a return trip in mid-april; turns out my clinic (Dr. Obando @ Nova Dental) is closed for an entire week in April because of an easter holiday  (Feb 18, 2014 | post #5318)

Dentist in Costa Rica

The wait time were minimal at Dr. Obando's office.. the most I had to wait was a half hour. Usually I saw seen within 5-10 minutes of my appointment time. His staff was very apologetic whenever there was even a slight wait. While we're talking opinions, to me a 3-4 hour wait to see my dentist is an absolute dealbreaker. Granted that wasn't the only reason I chose Obando, but wait times certainly were a factor in my decision. Clearly wait time is less important to some and I wish I could be as cavalier about it as Woody  (Jan 23, 2014 | post #5202)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Woody66, My implants are two-stage; we are anticipating going back to Costa Rica sometime in April or May (we were originally supposed to go back sometime in Jan or Feb, but some factors outside of our control are forcing us to delay our return) I didn't even ask Dr. Obando about one-stage implants, I'm glad lots of folks have had great success with them, but it just seems risky to me. I absolutely remember talking to you in June, your posts (along with a few other notable posters) were instrumental in helping me decide to go to Costa Rica, as well as the before/after pictures you sent (speaking of which, I would LOVE to see a picture of your finished, permanent work) Yes the confidence in my smile has skyrocketed.. I used to have the closed-mouth grin that I'm sure alot of readers to this forum are familiar with, now I smile all the time.. even at inappropriate times. My mom's work went fine also, she got 4 implants inserted.. no crown work or anything, so unfortunately no before/after pictures (she is quite impressed with my crown work, so much so she's thinking of getting something similar done on her front teeth on our next trip.. if she does, we'll get some before/after pics up for sure)  (Nov 28, 2013 | post #4982)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Hello Fellow Toothies! Just thought I'd check in with an update, seeing as how I've been away from the forums for a little bit. I'm glad to see so many positive reports on Dr. Obando @ Nova Dental Clinic. I'm a recent patient of his (I've had 4 Emax crowns placed on my 4 upper front teeth, 2 implants, 2 bottom teeth bonded, 1 metal filling replacement, cleaning and whitening back in July - I posted about my experiences back then). I know when I went, there weren't too many reviews about Dr. Obando so it's nice to see him getting more traction on this board. OkeefenokeeJoe, FANTASTIC 2nd trip report! Your posts are not only very informative and well written, but also funny and entertaining. I read it from beginning to end yesterday at work.. awesome! I also can't wait to see how Blobz and ImaCuriousGirl's trip turns out. I'm glad everything worked out for Woody66,Lauralisi and others as well; Lauralisi's postings were fantastic, it was nice hearing about another lesser posted-about dentist. Anyways, as to my 4 month update.. everything is holding up well! The crowns on my upper 4 teeth are comfortable, they look great and so real. I've had some pretty intense scrutiny from some skeptical people, and they were all impressed. I haven't been to my local dentist since returning (I have an appointment on Dec 9th) so I can't speak for the implants and if the osseointegration took or not, but my mom had 4 implants placed by Dr. Obando and they've all integrated well, so I'm hopeful. I do know I've been doing everything by the book (I'm a non-smoker, wear my night guard faithfully, brush and floss daily) Here a link to some before/after pics. http://i.imgur.com /WHe6YyW.jpg  (Nov 28, 2013 | post #4979)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Update! Today I went in to get my 4 upper front crowns installed. It went great, they look so natural and feel fantastic. Dr. Obando spent around 45-50 minutes adjusting my bite (the poor man must have said "bite" "open" "bite" "open" around 300 times, but boy is he thorough) I was slightly nervous after the esthetic appointment because my crowns looked really big and bright, but I guess they put the final "glaze" on them over the weekend because they look so natural. So after a sinus lift, 2 implants, 4 crowns, cleaning and whitening.. I feel fan-f***ing-tastic !! Really the most uncomfortable thing was the night after my whitening, my teeth were very sensitive, but when I woke up in the morning I was fine. One thing though, my mom got a whitening too, but I guess the assistant didn't cover her gums totally.. there's a little spot below one of her bottom teeth on her gums that got a little burnt. She said it's nothing horrible, it's pretty sensitive but improving daily. Beauty is pain evidently, and she's very pleased with the results. There was a bit of a wait at the clinic today (maybe 20 minutes over my appointment time) but it was due to a fellow Topix lurker who had a miserable time getting here, so I was happy to wait (there are beautiful mountains to look at from the waiting room at Nova Dental) Mystery lurker, I look forward to your posts! :) I also had the opportunity to meet Chicago Dave and his posse, we got to establish that we were both "real" people and I got a bit of his Costa Rican dental wisdom. It's because of helpful posters like him that I'm able to sit here and write about my experiences, rather than read about other peoples experiences. So I have one more appointment tomorrow to pick up my night guard and for any final bite adjustments if necessary (so far so good though, I was able to comfortably eat a Casadito with no trouble) So my Costa Rican adventure is slowly drawing to a close.. a trip to the rain forest tomorrow, and then we're making the long trip home back to Canada on wednesday. Thanks for reading this long rant, and as always I am happy to answer any questions. I really hope this work holds up and I am able to be more disciplined about my dental health (and *sigh* wearing the nightguard), so when I post my followup on May 1st 2014 (it's a great idea people, let's do it!) it will be filled with great news  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #4149)

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Kelly, I hope your situation improves and you'll soon be able to experience this country and the dental care that goes along with it. As someone raised by a single mother who frequently had to put my needs before hers, I admire you and your spirit. I'll also be checking into this forum from time to time so if you ever have any questions or anything, please pm or email me And btw, thanks to your son for his service  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #4134)

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Okay folks, latest update Yesterday I got a cleaning, 1 metal filling replacment and bonding on 2 lower teeth (all of which was performed by Dr Obando's partner Dr. Chavarria) So the cleaning was interesting, any cleaning I've ever gotten performed in Canada has been performed by a dental hygenist, using the *scrape scrape scrape* method. The dentist does the cleaning himself here, and they use this special instrument for the cleaning.. it seemed to be way quicker and my teeth feel absolutely clean. I dread having to get another *scrape scrape* cleaning back home after that. The bonding is amazing, my lower 2 front teeth were chipped but now they look perfectly normal, you can't even tell anything was done. Dr Obando said during my initial consult that he wanted to go the less aggressive route of bonding rather than crowns, but I could still possibly break the bonding, and if that happens I'll just get them crowned on my 2nd visit (I love that they're not pushing treatments on me, trying a less aggressive approach is great) I have an appointment Monday to get the permanents placed on my 4 front uppers, then possibly tuesday if I need any adjustments, then I'm DONE! Oh and I still feel pretty great after the sinus lift and implants, amazing pain free still (eating has been kind of a chore, but I could stand to lose a few anyways) I've been enjoying my time in Costa Rica for sure, but am looking forward to going home. To be able to go to a grocery store and identify more than 25% of the items will be wonderful  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #4132)

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Since I'm currently local, I just gave Dr. Anglada a call.. they're only open Monday through Friday, so they don't do weekend work  (Jul 24, 2013 | post #4116)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Hello Kellygonz, I posted my prices with Dr. Obando. From what I gathered from my emails exchanged with Dr. Anglada and the quote I received, the prices are pretty similar.. Dr. Obando may even be a tad pricier. (You Dr. Anglada vets can confirm or deny this) I'll post them again 4 crowns on my upper front teeth ($415 each for E-Max Crowns) 2 implants ($800 each, plus $700 for each crown over implant on my 2nd visit) 1 sinus lift ($1350) 1 cleaning ($50) 1 whitening ($300) 2 bottom front teeth bonded ($50 each) 1 metal filling replaced with composite ($70) 1 night guard ($150  (Jul 24, 2013 | post #4115)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Joe, Thanks good sir, I'm trying to pay it forward as much as I can. I certainly debated between Drs. Anglada/Castro and Dr. Obando (who has a partner btw, Dr. Javier Chavarria who is awesome in his own right. He's been my mom's dentist, except Dr. Obando did her implants) I feel, like you, that I would have been happy either way Please let me know if there are any details that I'm omitting that might be helpful, I want to be as thorough as possible  (Jul 24, 2013 | post #4114)