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Dentist in Costa Rica

Hello fellow bloggers.....I will throw in my experience with the wire transfer process...and as has been stated above, it depends on who you go to. My work is being done by Dr. Anglada....wire transfers are just a bit more complicated with him. His account is in the Islands, so there is a triple transfer process involved to get the money to him. In my case, this raised many eyebrows at my Bank, and during the process I received several calls from the Fraud Department. The person there was no satisfied until she talked directly to Dr. A I am most appreciative that my Bank is watching out for me as a customer, however, this took probably 15 calls and 3 visits to the Bank to make this happen...soooo.... .for those of you who decide to use Dr. A, be aware his process is not just 1-2-3. As far as being able to initiate a wire transfer over the phone, my Bank told me flat out no (whether they just applied the new rule across the board or what, i don't know, but they said it cannot be done anymore). Earlier someone mentioned about not paying anyone up front, however, this is how it works in CR, unless you are willing to risk carrying large sums of money, and having to go through the hassle of filling out the customs forms to take anything more than 10K out of the country.  (Jul 22, 2014 | post #5958)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Arriving into CR on June 15 for a short stint with Dr. Anglada. Have to get the remaining implants placed (upper jaw that he could not do on the 1st visit due to some hidden infection under some of the extractions). Will be at the Cristina if anyone will be in the area during this time.  (Jun 6, 2014 | post #5657)

Dentist in Costa Rica

PDXgirl - That is law now. You must present yourself in person at the Bank, fill out the forms, have a witness signature ( I think) and then the Bank send the order their wire transfer department...they review and approve and transfer the money out. I just went thru the whole process in December. If you are using Anglada, it will be a challenge (anyone who needs to know what to expect with a money transfer to Anglada, send me a pvt msg). Anyway, no more phone driven wire transfers...I guess along with credit card fraud, there is wire transfer fraud as well, so they are just protecting their (and your assets). It's extra steps, but it's a much tighter and safer way now.  (Apr 2, 2014 | post #5447)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Tanya - Just having been in December for my 1st visit, I can recommend the Apartotel La Sabana. It is in the same area as the Cristina, which I am sure is a nice place as well. What sold me on the Sabana is the service...they are there for you whenever you need them. The 1st two days after my procedure ( I had extensive work done) they prepared soup for me as well as fruit smoothies, jello, etc - anything help you be able to eat...at no additional cost. The breakfast is great and plentiful and is included in your rate....different "special " selections each day along with the standard fare made to your liking, plus freshly brewed costa rican coffee all day. It's quiet, clean and comfortable. Check them out at : http://www.apartot el-lasabana.com/en /  (Feb 7, 2014 | post #5281)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Most brick and mortar stores will accept US Dollars (they generally have that built into their register systems to input our currency). That being said, however, you have no idea what exchange rate they are using, so you may not be getting the best deal when it comes to your change (which will inevitably be in colones). As far as the markets go, I would probably not suggest it, but Joe may have a different experience. They are usually dealing with either a non computerized cash register, or just giving you change out of their pocket  (Dec 15, 2013 | post #5039)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Hi, I'm a Curious Girl - Am in San Jose as I write, and you should not have any problems walking to the dentist office. There are so many people on the street during the day, and if you don't do the fanny pack thing (as Joe mentioned in his post), or wear the Sue Sylvester Glee outfit, you should blend in with everyone else. If you are at the dentist after dark though, then you should cab it back to the hotel. Cabs are cheap here and it should cost you no more than 3000 colones ($6 USD), if that, to get back to the hotel. Just have the office call a cab for you. My temporaries are attached to mini implants, so they can be removed, but are only meant to be removed for cleaning. This is an option I chose with my dentist for an additional charge, as I did not want to have to use a regular denture during the integration time of the implants. These mini implants are removed when you get the final crown work done. Not sure what the extent of your work will be, and whether this is an option being offered to you. Weather here right now is in the high 70's-low 80's during the day, and down to about 60 at night...with a seemingly constant breeze...certainly beats what I'm sure you are experiencing at home right now !  (Dec 13, 2013 | post #5028)

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Greg - I don't think you will be able to get this done within the next 2-3 weeks, manly because of Christmas. I am in CR as I write, having had my implants placed just two days ago. I will be returning home on the 17th, to start my 5-6 month "integration " period before retuning to get the final crown work done. Most of the dental practices here (with maybe the exception of a couple, but none that I interviewed) close from around the 20th of December until after the beginning of the New Year, and most of the dentists would need at minimum of a 2 week lead time in order to get you on the schedule. Subsequently, I am pretty sure the earliest you could get into anyone, would be around the 5th or 6th of January at this point. While these blogs are extremely helpful in providing useful information and guidance, you should not make a decision of this magnitude without personally consulting with a minimum of three practices. I personally came here twice and interviewed five dentists, along with having an estimate put in my hands, before I made my decision. You can buy just about anything online these days, from clothes to cars, but for something this important, I would do it the old fashioned way...in person...that's just my two cents.  (Dec 11, 2013 | post #594)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Hello to all...well....2 more days and I'm off on my dental adventure...excite d but at the same time totally stressed out. Will be staying at La Sabana (since the Cristina was not available for the entire stay)...anyone else going to be around between Dec 7-17 ? Doin this on my own, so would be nice to run into others who are going through the same. Biggest issue I am having right now is getting the wire transfer done..quite a pain...getting calls from my Bank's fraud department et al...about to give up and take the cash, but am extremely leery about traveling with a large amount of money....how did anyone else handle the whole payment thing ?  (Dec 4, 2013 | post #5004)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Two weeks to go before I begin my new smile adventure. Totally stressed out but at the same time excited I am finally able to take this big step. One thing that I do not see addressed here very much is in regard to eating after the initial procedure (extractions, bone grafts, implant placement). Can I expect to be able to eat anything other than soup or cup o noodles or smoothies ? People talk about being out on a tour the day or so after their procedure...someho w, I am not imagining that, but I may be over thinking the whole "recovery " aspect based on my experiences here in the US with dental surgery. Can anyone who has been and is done (or at least through the preliminary stage) shed any light on he whole post operative experience? As always, thanx to all for the invaluable information posted here...certainly has helped me in my decision making process.  (Nov 25, 2013 | post #4965)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Regarding use of your cell in CR....from what I got from Sprint, unless I was being told incorrectly, they will "unlock" your phone for the use of another SIM card while you are out of the country, however, you will STILL get charged international roaming fees from Sprint on top of whatever it costs you for the SIM card. I would surmise that could end up being quite expensive, so I would definitely check with your cell company to be fully aware of any additional charges if they are able (and willing) to unlock your phone. Sprint, I know, will, but I can't attest to the other companies.  (Jul 7, 2013 | post #4014)

Dentist in Costa Rica

It would be interesting to see if we are all getting the same ballpark pricing on our estimates and/or final work I have recently returned (yesterday) from CR, and got two estimates. As soon as I get back in the swing of things, I will post each one (without names). I would love to see what costs others are getting quoted.  (Jul 4, 2013 | post #3978)

Dentist in Costa Rica

I am departing on Sunday, and have two consultations scheduled...Obando and Anglada. This will be my second trip for consultations, so after this trip I should have all the information I need to make an informed decision. All of the recent postings have been extremely helpful. I stopped following for a while as I got really fed up with the mud slinging that was going on here. I'm glad to see that has calmed down and people have gotten back to what this forum was designed for. I am going to be a challenge, as I am aiming for a full mouth restore. Did anyone do comparisons between porcelain and zirconium for their crowns? I would be interested to hear from anyone who made the zirconium decision over the porcelain. Thanx again to all who have posted the great info,, but most especially to Joe and Woody for their "blogs on the run". I almost felt like I was there with you. You both have relieved a alor of anxiety about this whole process. If anyone wants to reach out to me privately, my email is [email protected] com.  (Jun 28, 2013 | post #3941)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Tamale - Without trying to sound smug, tell me just how you would suggest that I "really check out the Cavallini group", other than by reading posts on boards....most of which have given him very positive reviews (aside from the wait times, which I do have some concern about). How can anyone be sure of what actual product that any dentist (or surgeon, for that matter) really uses once they have you in the chair (or on the table in the matter of a surgeon), and has you sedated or asleep ? Prior reviews in regard to the types of implants used stated that the patient indeed saw the implants in the sealed package, and they were of the type the practice said they use. I haven't seen an abundance of posts claiming "failures ". Believe me, I too, want to have my work turn out excellently, as well as have a final product which looks good and is not "cookie cutter". I am certainly open to suggestions. There has been no commitment made on my part to Cavallini or anyone else at this time, I just don't want to be paying to finance someone's vacation home or private yacht. The cost of doing business in Costa Rica is certainly far below that of the US, but some of the price quotes I have gotten from other practitioners there have lead me to believe there are some "gringo pricing" tactics going on here, as seems to be common with other businesses in the country.  (Feb 24, 2013 | post #3533)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Texas Chick...I would love to see the pics, as I am in my final planning stages with Dr. Cavallini. I am a bit concerned about some of the previous posters comments regarding a "supposed " same size teeth for everyone, and the "chiclet teeth" comment. My email is "novawestguy@ yahoo.com". Thanx, and look forward to seeing your husbands results.  (Feb 22, 2013 | post #3530)

Dentist in Costa Rica

Brian - I wouldn't worry about that (locked up abroad). Why don't you just call your dentist here, explain what you are doing and see if they can give you a prescription for something stronger should you need it. You don't want to be overdoing nsaids or acetaminophen. You may not need it, but why risk it ? Conversely, you could write Dr. Cavallini a note and inquire as to what type of medication they are allowed to give you.  (Feb 4, 2013 | post #3478)