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Dentist in Costa Rica

I do have one issue that I'm slightly concerned about. I got quite a few sutures because of the various surgeries that I had. The sutures were supposed to dissolve, but 3 weeks later and it's not showing any signs of going away. It's only bothersome on a front suture, which is poking me in the front upper lip .. and it's kinda sore now. Do these things eventually go away, or am I going to have to go to a local dentist to have them removed?  (Aug 26, 2013 | post #4400)

Dentist in Costa Rica

My cost, for 16 implants and 28 crowns, a few extractions, and two bone grafts (along with IV sedation) is just a shade over $18K. Not too bad at all compared to the cost of implants in the US. My wife had one implant for 8K here in Texas. They were talking about a bone graft, another implant, and a bridge between the two. The cost for that would have been $12K. So with her two implants, and one bone graft, she would have paid what I did for my 16 implants, etc. Unfortunately she got cancer before she could complete the work and passed away this past April. I tried to tell her that Costa Rican dental care is much less expensive than in the US, but as always, she wouldn't listen. :)  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #4393)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I am returning to Costa Rica in Jan. I did not get the trip insurance because I used ALL my vacation time going to Costa Rica. I have no more, so I have no choice ... I have to wait until January regardless. It's a bummer, and if something happens to my long term temps, I'm up the creek. Just have to be very careful, don't eat anything that'll cause problems, and hope for the best.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #4376)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I just returned from Costa Rica and the Cavalinni Clinic. This is the first time that I can truly say that a trip to the dentist was a pleasurable experience. I stayed at the Cristina hotel and it was more than adequate. I LOVED the tropical breezes that would flow through the hallways – especially since it was 105 degrees for the high temp in Dallas during my visit. The breakfast was pretty good, too. And the staff went out of their way to help in every way possible. As far as the experience in the clinic, the first day I was shuttled from place to place. I had X-rays, impressions, photos, etc. Then Dr. Marco (the son) saw me and told me what he was going to do. I told him that I wanted IV sedation. He said how many visits I would need, and the next day we started. The IV sedation was wonderful. I had 8 implants put in the first day, plus surgery, plus two bone grafts. All I remember from it was getting the IV installed .. a burning in my arm as the drug started going in .. and then I was being woke up. I didn’t have to experience any of the stuff that went on during my ‘nap’. I HIGHLY recommend it for those that have any dental phobia. Yes, it’s $500 per time, but in my book it’s well worth it. More than worth it .. the IV sedation is what made the dental visits easy to take. They gave me ice (frozen water in a glove) for the initial swelling. I was numb, but after it wore off I had little pain. Kinda like an almost toothache that might be gonna be a real toothache someday. Not bad at all. It was gone the next morning. I also recommend taking trips when an off day (weekend or holiday) comes around. I went on two trips sponsored by the clinic .. Francisco was a great host and kept things lively. He also picked me up and took me back to the Cristina every day. I’ve heard about the waiting times in the clinic, but I didn’t really experience it. When I would arrive, I was in the chair within 10 minutes. This is for the implant stuff. After the implants were done, I did have a bit of a wait while waiting for the impressions for the long term temporaries, as well as getting the long term temporaries fitted. But it was never more than an hour and a half. I have my long term temporaries and I’ll go back in January to get my permanents. It was great going from the high heat of a Dallas summer to the tropical temps of Costa Rica. It’ll be just as nice to go from the winter cold to the tropical temps in January. Looking forward to it. My final day there, I got brave and walked from the Cristina to the clinic. I had my Galaxy Note II with me, which has a GPS and map. So I was able to navigate pretty well from the Cristina to the clinic. I had a great time and I got to see a bit of San Jose that you never see. I would not recommend doing this after dark, but I felt safe in the daytime. And across from the clinic is a police station .. so it’s very safe in that area. I do not speak Spanish, but I learned to get around on my own. I found that the ATM at the Scotiabank across from the stadium gives both US dollars and Costa Rican Colones. I got a pocked full of Colones and went to the store on my own. When the total would ring up, I’d give them the money and go on about my business. I don’t need to speak Spanish to go shopping. Great! I got to know quite a few people from the trips, from meeting during breakfast at the Cristina, and from the waiting room at the clinic. We all had a great time. So bottom line for those that are on the fence and wondering if going to Costa Rica is for you, I’d say do it. The standards in the clinic are what you’d expect from a US dental office .. yes, they wear gloves! They take great care in that area. No worries. If anyone has any questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer. And don’t worry about pain .. just have the IV sedation as I did and your dental phobia will be gone. Mike Maness Forney, Texas  (Aug 23, 2013 | post #4362)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Well, this is it. In the air at 4pm today, arriving at 7:30pm tonight, then on to the Cristina. IF I can survive the next 3 days at the dental clinic, I think I might survive all this.  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #4242)

Dentist in Costa Rica

One week to go! I leave for Costa Rica on Tuesday, Aug 6th in the afternoon. First day at the clinic is supposed to be Wednesday, Aug 7th. Will be there until Aug 24th. Tried to allow plenty of time. Now starting to get pre-trip jitters. My late wife used to say I always get crazy before I take a trip. I don't .. I get jitters .. like a race horse at the gate. Passport? Done. Tickets? Done. Hotel Reservations? Done. The vets out there .. can you think of anything that should be brought along beyond the normal clothes/toiletries ? My work is making me bring their laptop (so I can connect to our work computer via VPN network if needed), plus they gave me a GSM cell phone that'll work. I plan to bring some paperback books to read. Maybe a couple/three DVDs to watch on my laptop. A small travel umbrella (rainy season). Beyond that, I'm just guessing. What should I take .. and more importantly, what should I leave behind?  (Jul 30, 2013 | post #4156)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Panhandle Jim: I actually am booked for the Cristina for the entire trip. The price is not bad at all, and just about everyone I've talked to says it's a great place to stay. I'm going to try to avoid cabs as much as possible. The one that worries me most is I arrive on a Tuesday. My girlfriend/fiance arrives on a Saturday. So I will have to go to the airport to meet her, and then return. I think there is a bus that I can book in advance that I'll try for.  (Jul 18, 2013 | post #4060)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Wow .. getting close .. two weeks, 6 days and I'll be in the air heading to San Jose. I've got a question for those that have done implants and/or maybe had a graft. I've been given a price by the Marco Clinic for something called 'Platlet Rich Plasma'. From what I've seen on the internet, it may or may not be something worthwhile. Any opinions on it? Lura M .. thanks for posting the heads up on Oxa-Forte. I had worried about possible post-numb pain from all the work I'll have done. I have plenty of hydrocodone, but would rather not bring it across international borders. Woody66 .. when I first started thinking about Costa Rica, I did a lot of research and found out about the Hotel Del Rey, etc. Well, my girlfriend/almost fiance will be joining me after the first 3 days I'll be there .. just to keep me 'out of trouble'. :) WaterPik adventures continue .. learning to use it before getting dressed in the morning. It's still quite messy at the moment. It also 'tickles' quite a bit .. and not in a good way. Guess I'll just have to deal with it. Does anyone put anything in there, or just use straight water? It's supposed to be the rainy season in Costa Rica .. are there any tours, etc, that would be worth going to during the rainy season?  (Jul 18, 2013 | post #4057)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Adding an update to all this ... It appears that there were some miscommunications, etc, in this entire episode. Edward Migliaccio left a couple of voice mails for me today apologizing for the issues I was having. So I guess someone somewhere knew I was not a happy camper. In any case, it all appears to be straightened out now. I haven't been able to return his calls .. I will tonight if I get the chance (very busy at work right now). It would not have been a big deal if I wasn't being hammered by my fiance about getting a copy of some reservation sent to her ASAP. She absolutely needs it, so it wasn't her fault, either. Just a strange alignment of negative things coming together into a weird gordian knot. Mike M.  (Jul 10, 2013 | post #4036)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Another update: Using the e-mail address provided by Woody, I was able to get confirmed reservations for Casa Marco for Aug 6th thru Aug 9th. Perfect - and again, thank you very much for your help! Mike M.  (Jul 10, 2013 | post #4033)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Woody, Tnx muchly for the e-mail address for the Casa Marco. I have to be at the Cristina for a good part of my visit because my fiance will be visiting. She needed a copy of reservations ASAP, and she's hammering me daily to make them. But - until I knew if I could stay at Casa Marco or not, I didn't know the exact dates I'd need at the Cristina - circular logic. Anyway, thanks .. and I've already sent an inquiry. Joe, Aren't waterpiks wonderful? I got one a few weeks ago so I could learn how to use it before I needed it. They're also great for putting out small fires from across the room. I think I'll try shooting down a housefly with it next. I'm easily amused.  (Jul 10, 2013 | post #4032)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Update: I just tried calling for the 2nd time today .. as per usual, there is no answer. There will be no return call via voice mail. So I am making reservations with the Hotel Cristina. At least THEY return e-mails promptly, and answer phone calls. They're not quite as convenient, but I believe I can trust them to a greater degree. Also, I decided to make my own way to the hotel - I don't want to be left standing at the airport waiting for someone to pick me up. I hate to say this, but I'm starting to have a bad feeling about Dr. Marco's clinic. Hope I'm wrong.  (Jul 9, 2013 | post #4028)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Less than a month to go, and I'm started to get just a little frustrated with Munoz International Dental Clinic. Nothing to do with the doctors therre .. Dr. Marco has always been very prompt in replying. It's his staff that's causing me to pull my hair out. On July 4th, since I was off work and home, I called the clinic to try to get reservations at the Casa Marco. Someone answered the phone .. said he was talking to someone from the US (hey, I'm in the US, too!) and would call me back. Still waiting on that return call. Friday, I got a call from Vivian, asking if I had airline reservations, etc. Yes, I replied. She then refered me to Edward Migliaccio. I called his number. No answer, left voice message. I called again yesterday. Also sent an e-mail - no replies. Is this normal 'Tica time' stuff, or what? I'd like to reserve a room at the Casa Marco for a few days, then transition to the Hotel Cristina. But if I can't get through to these people, I'll just go with the Cristina and arrange my own transport from the airport. So to vets of the Marco clinic, how in the heck do you get through to these other people there? Do I need to keep hammering them daily? Multi times daily? Or just drop it and do my own thing? Suggestions? Mike Maness Texas  (Jul 9, 2013 | post #4027)