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Ty and great post of your own. Had dinner with bos2atlanta and her husband Thursday night. As she was telling me her story it was amazing how it also parralled my own.  (Saturday Aug 22 | post #7304)

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So I'm sitting here in the hotel bar on my last night in Costa Rica. Just enjoying my capt. Morgan and coke. I looked down and I just finished a little bowl of complimentary peanuts. I stopped eating peanuts (along with other foods) for many years. Now I have been able to eat whatever I want for a year now, but I guess being done allows for reflection. Peanuts are good.  (Saturday Aug 22 | post #7303)

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Whew - Ty and James both.  (Thursday Aug 20 | post #7301)

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OK now I have a question for veterans. After having my last 2 crowns yesterday. Lower left bottom back two. I seem to keep biting my check. Has anyone else experienced this?  (Thursday Aug 20 | post #7297)

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Well I have a full mouth again. Had my final 2 implants crowned yesterday. I have my last appointment today at 1:30 just to check on everything. Wow it has been a journey. I think I have the record on here. 2 years 1 month and 5 trips. Guess what wife and I already have plans to come back in January. I'm going to take some time and recap my adventure to the best of my memory at some point. I wanted to share this with everyone. As I was walking out of the dental office yesterday back to my room I thought. What an adventure this has been. It started with me talking to dentist in the states. I mentioned I would like an all on four procedure. He never even questioned it. Never gave me an alternative. He made me an appointment with a specialist which I went in see and got a quote of $58,000. At that moment I thought to myself. I guess I'm just going to have bad teeth. A couple months went by and I started researching dentistry abroad. At this point I still thought Costa Rica was an Island and had no idea where it was. Then one day my wife was on Facebook and a friend of hers that she went to high school with that is from Costa Rica posted a very short update. "Just got back from Costa Rica. Seeing the family was great. Had a little dental work done I love that place." It was Karma. The chances of her seeing the Blurb at that exact time in our life had to be karma. Fast forward 10 months later. After researching and picking out who I thought was the best dentist available (Dr. Anglada) I was on a plane, by myself, to a strange country I had never heard of and couldn’t speak a lick of their language, with $14,000 cash in my pocket. WHAT A LEAP OF FAITH. I had never talked to anyone. I didn't make my first post on here till I was in Costa Rica after I had 6 extractions. The reason I’m posting this is if you are reading this and you think this can’t be you. You aren’t that brave, you don’t have the money, or you wouldn’t know where to start. YOU ARE WRONG. It can be. I’m not special. I was all of the above. I was just more tired of living with bad teeth. You just have to make the decision to make the leap. It may take you 1 trip or 5 trips over 5 years to save the money. But nothing is going to happen until you decide to. There will be ups and downs. Everything will not go as planned I guarantee it. But in the end I promise you it will be worth it. To anybody out there. It seems to be common that was our dental journeys end we seem to fade from this sight and I probably will too. But I will always be available if you have questions. Just PM me.  (Thursday Aug 20 | post #7296)

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OMG victim of disappearing post, so if this appears 2X you know why. No I didn't save it There are 2 different situations here. Love - My best advice is to just get out and explore. You should ask the lady you are staying with if there are any local markets around. You are staying in Escazu (which I fondly call little America). You should also take at least 1 day to come to Sabana with your husband and explore the west side of San Jose. Sabana park is big a beautiful. There is s museum there too. It is very safe. There are so many sodas, and there is a central park within a long walk with is just lined with street vendors and coffee shops. During my trips I also met people at the B&B (La Paz) that I like to stay at and hung out with them. Having dinner and drinks with a guy I met here tonight. Mr. President - Sound like you are looking for something for everyone to do together. If you come to Costa Rica and don't explore the country you are missing out on an amazing experiences. There are many day trips available. It seems that almost all of them are around $100. If moneys an issue you could talk to some locals or the place you are staying about catching a local bus to some smaller towns. Last year a group of 5 of us that were staying at La Paz spent an entire day just exploring little towns. I remember we went to Cartuga and don't remember any others.  (Wednesday Aug 19 | post #7294)

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After the first one failed he removed it and immediately replaced it. He may have were to a larger size, I'm not entirely sure. I am also no longer getting notifications.  (Saturday Aug 15 | post #7285)

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Hey Jeff, There's no way of telling how or why. Apparently there is a failure rate of somewhere around 8%. The implant just doesn't bond with the tooth for whatever reason. After the second one failed Dr Anglada did say in hind sight maybe he should have let the bone heal for 6 months before attempting the second implant. You know they say that hind sight is 20/20 and they are right. I just bet on last nights game and won. Anyways I was just part of the lucky 8%.  (Saturday Aug 15 | post #7282)

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Thanks everyone. I just want to say I love my choice. Has it been perfect. Absolutely not. They do great work at really good prices. Mostly I love the schedule. Arrived yesterday. 3:30-5 appointment then they gave me my entire schedule. Off Friday, sat, sun. Monday at 2:30. What a great weekend. Tuesday off. Wednesday 10am and 5pm. Thursday last appointment for final adjustments. This is why I always tell people for me it's always like a vacation with some dental work thrown in. How much is that worth????  (Friday Aug 14 | post #7279)

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SUCCESS!!!!!  (Thursday Aug 13 | post #7276)

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Sitting in Anglada chair in Santa Ana. Praying implant is good to go this time. Fingers crossed. For those who haven't followed I've had same implant fail 2X.  (Thursday Aug 13 | post #7274)

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LOL I'll take the accolades James.  (Thursday Aug 13 | post #7273)

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Hey SoCal, My crowns were very sensitive to hot and cold also. It really freaked me out, cuz I thought that's just the way it was going to be. I was drinking everything out of a straw, because it hurt otherwise. Fortunately it didn't last long. Maybe a month or so. I never had and pain as far as chewing with my crowns over natural though. Great review. It is pretty cool to actually hear from someone that has gone to multiple clinics. Can you go back a couple more times so we can get a comparison with Dr's Castro and Prada??? hehe..  (Monday Aug 10 | post #7263)

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Hey Maria, It’s been very common on here that most American dentist don't want to provide X-rays to their patients to be used for other dentist. I don't know the legalities either, but I know time after time we have had post stating the same. It doesn't hurt to ask him, but what you really need is a Pano. If your dentist doesn't want to provide you one, just pick up the phone and start calling around. You can usually get find someone who will give you one for under $100. With that being said, sending a Pano is a great way to get a quote without actually traveling to Costa Rica, but each dentist is going to want to do his own the day of the consultation. If you have plans to travel down there, and it sounds like you do, I'd just wait. Yes it’s going to cost you a little more. As far as Dr. Meza. I'm going to post my feelings of Dr. Meza that I posted last August after returning from Costa Rica and staying at a B&B with a lady that got work done by him. It is important to know that she was extremely happy with both him and his staff, and loved the work. “My $.02 about Meza. Meza did an all on four on a lady that was staying in the B&B I was at. She loved the work. She looked great. My problem was the all-on-four itself. If you really research (which I just recently did) all-on-four appears to be an American advertising campaign that is effective, but not long lasting. I noticed in my initial research for CR dentistry I couldn't find anyone that would do it and I thought it was experience thing, but after talking to my Dr's and doing more research it's a practical thing. I personally couldn't recommend anyone that is willing to do an all-on-four without at least educating the patient that it is more than likely a 6-8 year cure” I am not an expert and please don’t take what I say about all-on-four without doing you own research. I can tell you that my dentist refuses to do them. I can’t recommend any dentist in Costa Rica that would without at least strongly recommending against them.  (Jul 31, 2015 | post #7238)

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** hear  (Jul 29, 2015 | post #7225)