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Why Should I Travel to Costa Rica for Dental Care?

July 12, 2021
July 12, 2021 admin

Why Should I Travel to Costa Rica for Dental Care?

With the world reopening and your finances in recovery, you may be thinking about your next vacation – or a much-needed dental procedure. Why not combine the two with a trip to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is rich in natural and cultural beauty; one of the first countries to allow all US travelers again, and you can receive superior dental care for a cheaper price. So, what are the possible savings, and how is our range of dental services at our practice different?

Dental Work in Costa Rica Prices

It’s no secret that American healthcare costs are very high. For this reason, patients often find themselves spending less money in Costa Rica than at home – even when you add in flights, hotels, and other travel expenses!

Let’s look at several of our dental procedures and their average cost in the USA.

Bone Graft

USA: Usually ranges between $200-$1,200.

America Dental: $400-$600.

Dental Crowns

USA: Generally, at least $500 per tooth for fused-to-metal porcelain crowns; over $600 for metal; and $800-$3,000 for porcelain-only crowns.

America Dental: $450 for each zirconium implant.

Dental Bridges

USA: Can range between $1,000-$3,500 for just one or two false teeth, or $2,000 – $12,000 for a four-unit bridge.

America Dental: $450 for most zirconium bridges.

Dental Implants

USA: $3,500 – $30,000 for two to six implants with a bridge; $7,000 – 90,000 or more for four to twelve with a set of dental plates.

America Dental: $11,000 for a single jaw or $25,000 for both jaw arches is the average in Costa Rica. We use zirconium implants, which do not fret, cause a galvanic current, or trigger any allergic reactions like titanium implants can.

If we add on flights, a search on Skyscanner for mid-July 2021 gives us many results between $550-850. Hotel deals on Kayak for the same period show prices from $17 per night at the Selina San Jose for a basic room, to $113 at the Sheraton San Jose and upwards. From what you save by choosing Costa Rica for your dental care, you gain a vacation and sometimes even have money left!

Your One-Stop Shop

Like other dental clinics in Costa Rica, we offer conventional procedures such as dental crowns, bridges, sealants, and dental implants. We also offer many “alternative” dental services available such as holistic dentistry, homeopathy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and safe amalgam removal so all patients can found all treatments here without having to look for another clinic.

What Is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry considers the role of your overall health in your dental health. For example, long-term vitamin or mineral deficiencies may cause oral lesions. Looking the other way, an untreated oral infection could travel through a cavity into your bloodstream and affect other organs. We treat this whole picture, not just the elements that occur in your teeth.

Our teeth are even connected to certain organs through the meridian system, a network of energy-conducting channels first described by Traditional Chinese Medicine. For example, your front right incisor is linked to the bladder and kidney meridians, while your bottom second premolars are connected to the stomach meridians.

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy uses remedies that have been repeatedly diluted and succussed (hit against a surface for a specific number of times). Although it generally removes the physical substance, the electromagnetic signature remains. Many homeopathic remedies are shown to be effective, including Arnica based on a study on patients recovering from foot surgery. Here, it improved patient mobility more than diclofenac with fewer side effects. Even animal studies, where there is no placebo effect, find that homeopathy works, such as this study where Blatta Orientalis relieved asthma and allergies.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) consists of concentrated platelets extracted from a blood sample. They contain growth factors that can speed up tissue regeneration after injuries or surgeries, including dental procedures. A review of studies on PRP in dentistry found a significantly faster and better healing process after a tooth extraction, soft/bone tissue surgery, implant surgery, and BRONJ surgery, and even in cases of exposed necrotic bone.

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal

So-called “silver” fillings are 50% mercury and release toxic steams to the nervous system. We perform the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), approved by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Technology. This procedure aims to minimize your exposure to mercury, and with America Dental, the flushing and suctioning process done with quality personal protective equipment (PPE), you can be assured that the filling removal will protect you on the long run. The risk of ingesting mercury along with lower-quality procedures means you should not choose a clinic with lower standards.

Between the financial savings, built-in vacation, and the wide range of available procedures, it’s clear why America Dental is popular with US patients. If you are interested in our work for yourself, contact us here.