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Sal, At minimum schedule a full 2 weeks for the second trip. I would prefer you scheduled 2 weeks for both, but for sure when you get your permanents. As far as getting a second opinion. I wouldn.t even tell them you have 2 weeks scheduled, because it seems to be the practice down there that they work off of your itinerary. If you are there till Friday why not get at least 2 more. It's going to be difficult for you to get the exact same estimate. You will find if you go to 3 different Dr's you will get 3 different procedures.  (8 hrs ago | post #6724)

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I agree with you I was also naive as to the process. I have mentioned on here before I think it's a good idea that at minimum for your final permanents you schedule a full two-week stay. It seems to be common practice that the doctors will work on your schedule versus theirs. In other words if they think you are there for 10 days then they will schedule the appointments based on that. So book your trip for a full two weeks until the doctor 10 days. I think I must have been there during the slow season last trip. I actually had my permanents in on Tuesday. I had the majority of my bite adjustments on Wednesday. Then some minor adjustments on Thursday. Friday morning I went back for a quick 15 minute look and was off to the airport. As far as the temporaries they give you for your six months or so while your implants heal it appears pretty common that they suck. I know they gave me a partial that was horrible. The doctor told me the very first day I was going to hate him for it and I did. I know that RJ's broke. José is in Costa Rica now hating his temporaries. It appears that you are having more problems than most but know that in general temporaries suck. I think of it as my Pentance for not taking care of my teeth.  (Wednesday Jan 14 | post #6692)

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Bite, I absolutely think you should get work done this trip if possible. Even if its just cleaning up. If you have infections that need to be addressed this is the perfect trip to do that. Just thinking out loud here, but the implants are fairly quick too, but it would take some time for them to do the dentures. Hmm I think you are going to ask the experts on this. At minimum if you are able I would at least make sure any infections are cleared up. They cant do implants until they are. I know Anglada is just getting back from vacation on the 26th, so I would guess he will be pretty busy catching up. He's got a whole team though and I would guess unless you plan on extending your trip 2 weeks you won't be able to get anything major done anywhere.  (Monday Jan 12 | post #6683)

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Hey Bite, OMG YES, I, like Dave highly recommend a 3 day exploratory trip. It's my opinion the benefits far out way the cost. I am leaving on the 26th. I see Dr. Anglada at 10:30 and we fly out that night. If you are around Dr. Anglada's office give me a shout. Bite please know that whoever you choose there may be times you question whether or not you made the right decision, but based on all the feedback on the forum I don't thing you can make a wrong decision. Christina is a great place to stay as it is centrally located between Anglada and Cavallinni. and a quick cab ride to Prada. They have also made it to the 20th (I know we are in the 21st) century and are finally on Expedia. (YEAH POINTS) BUT the rates are $99 a night right now. UGH. Check out airBNB. more specifically La Paz. Alexis is great. The rooms are nice and for me it was enjoyable meeting other folks. The rooms run between $40 and $50 a night. Everyone congratulate Bite for making the initial plunge  (Saturday Jan 10 | post #6673)

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That's exactly what people need to hear. "The misgivings" Because what seems a disaster at the time in the end really wasn't. Also the Dr.s aren't gods. They are just the guys and gals you went to school with that decided to go to dental school and some of them are pretty good at it. I have posted all along my concerns and questions. I am going on my 4th trip in 2 weeks and have a 5th one planned for July. is that Dr. Angladas fault? Absolutely not, but its a fact. PS. Are you sure about Dr. Prada? If you watch RJ's video you can almost make out a slight Halo.  (Monday Jan 5 | post #6658)

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Esskay, I agree with Dave here about posting the misgivings but not for the same reasons. You are not alone with these and it gives others ideas of what to expect when their feet are on the ground. Whenever anyone contacts me I try to talk about all the nuances that go along with the experience. I first tell them up front I am not the most knowledgeable guy as far as the technical stuff. I did my research and picked what I thought was the best Dr. and let him tell me what he thought the best plan for me was. I just don't have the research stamina that some others do. At the end of the day lets all face it most of the Drs. that are discussed at length on here (Anglada, Prada, Obando, Cavalinni) are more than competent. I even met and have kept in contact with a guy that went to Nova and is completely happy to this day, and a lady that got an all on four from Dr. Meza and loves it. I think posting your misgivings is more important than the details. If you were feeling a certain way chances are someone else will be too and they may look back on your situation and see it turned out OK. I have tried to talk about my experience along the way not whether I choose Porcelain fused to metal over Prettau Zirconia. Not that it isn't important it absolutely is. But the fact that I worried about making the right color choice, my fears the night I had my implants and I had made the trip alone, the questions I had about whether or not I choose the right Dr. All of these I believe add to the emotional side of the experience that I know I wasn't prepared for.  (Sunday Jan 4 | post #6647)

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Truly look great  (Dec 24, 2014 | post #6617)

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welcome back Caldude. I'm with you on the swelling. My first trip and had very very minor swelling and was eating the night of the surgery. My second trip I had swelling immediately after, but was gone by the evening. I ate soft foods that evening and by the next day I was good to go. What's all this nonsense about losing weight? LOL. I gained almost 30 lbs. WEELLLLL. My first appointment was in July. In November of last year I quit smoking. By the time I went back in January I had gained a little over 20lbs. I need some work out tips Cal. Cal sorry to hear about your trip back. I always feel so fortunate about my location when I hear about others travels. SJO to Orlando 3 hour direct flight. I don't want to jinx myself, but so far 3 trips and not a single hold up.  (Dec 22, 2014 | post #6614)

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Bob, WOW I want to thank you for your honesty. I assume that the bone grafting was done on the previous trip based on the fact that he only needs me for a couple hours. As far as the xrays it seems like the xray me every time I walk in the door anyways and charge me $40. LOL I would hope that future members here will consider your clinic. Unfortunately I'm not familiar, but in a forum where it seems everyone is competing for business for you to say I should stay where I am shows a lot of integrity. I would bet you not every clinic would do the same.  (Dec 10, 2014 | post #6577)

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Its amazing how everything works itself out. What I've been wrestling with for days worked itself out in hours. Problem with leaving early was I have a state meeting on the 15th that I have to attend. So after getting a quote to change my return flight of $130 I assumed (and we all know what that does to each of us) that it would be $130 per person each way. So I finally called JetBlue to see if they could help me and It is $150 per transaction +/- the airfare difference. Long story short its only $230 to move the whole damn trip and the Lady only charged me $200. Problem solved. I am now going to be in Costa Rica Jan 20th-26th. Getting the implant on the morning of the 26th and flying out that evening. It actually works out better as we don't have to make our way to San Jose in the middle of the trip and everyone knows the day you fly out isn't really a vacation day anyways.  (Dec 10, 2014 | post #6576)

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OK I need someone to talk me off the ledge here. My next trip to Costa Rica I am only getting 1 implant, because my last one failed. Some of you probably remember My wife and I are going for vacation anyways. Dr Angalda said that he would only need me for a couple hours so no big deal. I talked to Dr. Anglada at the beginning of Oct about the date Jan. 19th to which he said no problem. Not thinking anymore about it November came and JetBlue had a 2 day sale I bought my tickets for Jan 16th-22d. I sent Dr. Anglada a message last week asking if it were possible to do the procedure on the 16th so the wife and I didn't have to return t the city. Low and behold Dr. Anglada is out of town from the 15th to the 25th. I don't want this to sound like I was done wrong. In all honesty is was my fault. Our conversation in October was very casual and I should have hard confirmed, but in my mind everything was good to go. My options as far as I can see them and looking for any advice here. 1. He can do the procedure on the 26th. I extend my portion of the trip. My wife returns home. Cost approx $300 for ticket change, lodging, and rental car for return home. Big problem here is it eats up my vacation time. (FYI vacation time is more important to me than money) Total Cost $300 2. Contact other Dentist to finalize my last implant/crown during my upcoming trip. Problem here (besides the $600-$800 extra for the implant) is being able to slide in and out of the dentist office like I would be able to do with Dr. Anglada. I've contact Prada and Obando, but I'm sure they are going to want to see me for 2-3 days. FYI for all those who think I hate Dr. Cavallini I really want to contact him, but I'm sure I would have the least chance of sliding in and out of his office. Total Cost $750 I think by actually putting it down on "paper" unless another dentist can get me in and out of the office m best choice is option number 1. anyone have any other ideas?? I'm open for options here.  (Dec 10, 2014 | post #6573)

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Cristina is the BEST. It is just a distance from your dentist. Its just nice staying close by especially if you run into the "2 a days" which on your first trip there's a good chance of that. Notice I'm leaving out for the money.  (Dec 10, 2014 | post #6572)

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Hotel Cristina is finally on Expedia.  (Dec 7, 2014 | post #6566)

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So happy for you Donna. Please keep us informed. I hope you get to get out of San Jose to see the country.  (Dec 1, 2014 | post #6559)

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FANTASTIC. Thanks Bill. Now after I purchase my $1800 flight and fly over 30 hours each way I sure hope I'm able to save 50% of what I'm paying in Costa Rica. I hope the wife doesn't want to go.  (Dec 1, 2014 | post #6554)