Costa Rica Dental Tourism

The purpose of this site is to get you in touch with the dentist.

Please read the site first and then contact me with your name and contact info, and preferably with the work that you think you’ll need and I’ll forward that to the dental clinic so they can contact you. Kurt

For current posts, scroll down but please first read this original post which best explains our experience with Costa Rica Dental Tourism and how I can help you do what I did, i.e. get great dental care and save money.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about what it was like, tips, do’s and don’ts, etc. . . and to have the dentist contact you with specific details. Kurt

In June 2011, after 6 months of online research, I chose to look into something that was new to me, i.e. Costa Rica Dental Tourism. Basically, I changed dentists and it saved me over $8,100.  Plus, Martha and I were able to enjoy a great vacation. These savings are even after travel costs!

I was very skeptical to the idea of going to another country for dental care, but it was saving a lot of money that opened my mind, and this is how I got there. But before I explain the how, check out these pictures we took while on our trip.

Costa Rica Dental Tourism - Arenal, Manuel Antonio National Park and Dental Implants

Costa Rica Dental Tourism – Arenal Volcano, colorful little buddies, great meals, white-faced monkeys and Costa Rica fruits

In November of 2009, my local dentist delivered some bad news to me about my teeth, i.e. that I needed quite a bit of work done. Long story short, I spent the next year looking for a solution. Waiting that long was not the smartest thing for me to have done, but it was a lot of money and I wanted to find a solution I could live with.

Some close friends heard me mention that I was needing dental work and how much money I was going to have to spend.  They told me of a friend of theirs who went to Costa Rica for dental work to save money and asked if I would like to speak with him. I said, sure.

I had never considered going to another dentist locally, let alone in another country. At first thought, I was apprehensive about going to Costa Rica for dental work. It was not even a thought until I spoke with my friend’s friend who had actually went and was glad he did.

After 39 years with the same dentist (1972-2011), it took some self-convincing for me to make the leap.   Kurt Gross, Tennessee, USA 

We talked and that started me on a long online search for facts. I looked at websites and enrolled on forums about dental vacations in Costa Rica, and long story short, I ended up selecting my dentist.

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This is my Dental Implants Costa Rica specialist who is helping get my smile back

Here is a picture of he and I that we took while there.

He is a specialist in dental implants and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida, but he had something I didn’t find anyone else had.

This dentist had a “dental coordinator” who handled all the questions, trip arrangements, etc.

His name is Charlie Dennard costa rica dental, costa rica dental vacation, costa rica dental coordinator (in the middle with me and my wife Martha at the B&B, more about later) and he was a huge help in easing my mind about my concerns, answering my questions, etc.

Charlie is from the USA and now lives in San Jose, Costa Rica, so he knew the information I wanted to know about the area, the local traveling while there, the dentist, etc. He was of immense help planning the trip, etc.

Plus, he had been a patient himself, so he knew the concerns, procedure of the dental work, the local customs, the ins and outs – everything I wanted to know.  The fact that Charlie was so helpful in preparing is what made my decision a slam dunk. In the end he was far better than I could have hoped for. Charlie was simply over the top with what all he was willing to do for us.

During the preparation stage, he put us in touch with a B&B in Escazu which is just west of San Jose, Costa Rica in a nice part of the city. And Ginette, the owner of the B&B we selected, has been more than anyone could ask for.

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Ginette’s travel tips for getting around in Costa Rica were priceless, not to mention the wonderful fruit filled breakfasts each morning. Whatever we wanted to eat, she prepared for us and the breakfasts for both of us were included with the room.

And the setting was gorgeous with all the tropical plants, flowers and birds that surrounded us at the B&B.

Between Ginette and Charlie, it was like having our own personal travel guides at our beck and call anytime we needed it.

While there, between dental appointments, we were able to visit the pacific coast. Ginette booked us into a nice place just outside the Manuel Antonio National Park. costa rica dental, costa rica dental vacation, costa rica bed and breakfast We walked from our room to the park and saw sloths, monkeys, colorful birds, red crabs in the jungle and went to the beach inside the park. It was exactly like that deserted beach you picture seeing in your mind. It was great!

The next day, we booked a sailing and snorkling tour through our hotel staff.costa rica dental, costa rica dental vacation, costa rica bed and breakfast

After returning to the dentist in San Jose for another appointment and a short stay back at our ‘home-away-from-home’ at the B&B, we travelled up north in Costa Rica to the Arenal Volcano area. The resort we stayed at was like a fairy tale place, only it was real. The view from our room was of the Arenal Volcano.

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On the grounds of the resort there were so many places to visit and things to do that it is hard to name them all.  There was horseback riding, zip lines, swimming pools of different temperatures fed by the hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, a 2 kilometer hike to an observatory, a butterfly farm, crocidile pools, a frog sanctuary, spas, shopping, a restaurant, a gazebo out in the middle of a lake and other things I may be forgetting to mention.

This picture of Martha, taken at one of their many pools, shows the beauty of the place so well that it looks like it is fake and taken in a studio.  costa rica dental, costa rica dental vacation, arenal volcanoIt’s a great example of just how “shangrila” this place really is.

The room was reasonably priced and included a breakfast buffet that was delicious including fresh fruits and locally grown coffee and everything you could want. Most meals were ‘tico’ style which means they included rice and beans. All in all, great food!

I wish I were a better writer so I could maybe do justice to the help that Charlie and Ginette were to us. They made this a trip that not only saved me over $8,100 including airfare and the lodging, but we also had a dream vacation to a beautiful country as well.

I can’t repay them enough with words for all they did for us but hopefully this testimonial will help them and others connect so they too can have the great time and save money like we did.

Charlie and Ginette certainly made our Costa Rica dental vacation much more enjoyable. The security of knowing they were there for us allowed us to relax and enjoy our trip to the Pacific coast and to the Arenal Volcano much more than we might have otherwise had we had to figure it all out on our own.

Of course, dental work is never fun, but even that has been excellent and as pleasant as could be expected. costa rica dental, costa rica dental vacation The professionalism of the staff at the dental clinic was above my expectations.  I look forward to my return in December to complete my dental implants in Costa Rica!

UPDATE:  It’s now May 6, 2012 and it’s been 6 months since my return trip in Dec 2011 to get my crowns put on the implants I got in June 2011.  It’s like having my own teeth – again!  I only wish I had discovered “Dr. Mario” and Costa Rica dental tourism earlier!

Kurt & Martha Gross

To make personal contact with us, go to the Contact Us link or call direct. We are in the eastern time zone and you are welcome to call between 10:00am and 11:00pm at 865 466-9207 or email us at and we will be in touch to answer your questions about our Costa Rica Dental vacation.

Remember: Our service is no cost to you. We help you get answers and we can arrange a consultation with you and the dentist before you decide anything. We are available to you, 24/7 for your added convenience and security. This is a personal service that our dentists offers for anyone interested in  Costa Rica Dental Tourism

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Losing Your Teeth

If you’ve had dental issues in your life, this photo will strike a gasp out of you. And a chuckle!

Losing Your Teeth

Losing Your Teeth

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Costa Rica Dental Implants Favorite Products

I am not a Dentist. But I know a good one when I sit in their dental chair because I’ve had waaaaay too much experience at that, sad to say! And I know good products when I use them myself.

I personally recommend these:

costa rica dental implants favorite products, dental faucet irrigator    This aerator will amaze you!

It looks complicated to install but it took me about 5 minutes to attach it to my bathroom sink faucet. I unscrewed the aerator, screwed the on/off valve on and then screwed the original aerator to that.

And talk about pressure! I’ve never done it but I’m sure I could cut myself with the fine spray that comes out if it’s turned up, so be sure to start off slow, test it, and by all means, keep this away from kids or pranksters. You could peel the paint off of your wall if you’re not careful! Nothing I have used gets my teeth as clean as this.

I have made special arrangements with the manufacturer to get these at wholesale. If you would like one contact me for details and pricing.

Kurt Gross
Call or text: 865 466 9207


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Amazon Dental Care Store

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The latest Tweets from Visit Costa Rica (@Visit_CostaRica). Lush, Friendly, eco-conscious Costa Rica is the Happiest Country in the World. It’s our hope that we can share some of our happiness with you. Costa Rica

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Dental Tourism Is Up This Year

It’s been a great year for our guests who have enjoyed a Costa Rica dental vacation with my help this year! We enjoy getting on the water. As you can see by the photo on the upper right, we went sailing while on our “Costa Rica dental vacation”.

When we are home in Tennessee, we like to visit one of the many beautiful lakes here near the Great Smoky Mountains. A friend shared this video with us on an outing one day on a rental pontoon and we liked the tune, so I thought I’d share it here. Sometimes in the winter I will play it to revisit the lake and the warm summer sun while sipping on a hot cup of coffee by the fire. Enjoy!



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US Companies Look to Medical Tourism To Cut Costs

NOTE: Medical Tourism message starts at the 40 second mark in the video:

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US Companies Look to ‘Medical Tourism’ to Cut Costs


It’s always reassuring to know that other people have been where you are thinking of going. Over 1 million go overseas each year from the USA for medical care.

This ABC News video titled: “US Companies Look to ‘Medical Tourism’ to Cut Costs” is a video that will give you some insights as to what is involved.

Kurt Gross

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On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Diane M wrote:
Name: Diane M
Comment: My husband & I will be in Costa Rica the last 2 weeks of December this year, so I’m looking to price the cost for 4 individual implants
See ??_for details on all prices, but implants are $900 and the crown on each is $600.
to replace 4 upper front incisors on which the roots resorbed due to wearing braces as an adult, ?
_? you probably will need a bone graft and also you may need a sinus lift ($1,500) but the doctor would need to elaborate on this ?
? & 3 porcelain crowns on lower jaw molars ?
_? crowns are $400 to $600 depending on conditions, again the dentist can tell you more
?. Could such treatment be completed within my 2 week time frame? ?
_? Yes, that should be enough time
?In addition, I would need documentation proving that the services would be completed by properly licensed & credentialed dentists, ?
_? The two dentists I talk about have years of experience, are licensed, teach at universities and seminar, have their own ?clinics and can provide you plenty of credentials_ ?using FDA approved materials ?_ ?I don’t think that the FDA approves materials but I’m only saying that because I’ve heard that one brought up before. Lets address that with the dentist when we speak and make sure as I may be remembering this wrong. ?_
?only. Thank you for your assistance.?
_ ?Diane. please realize that I am someone who was a patient and now I simply help North American folks gather information so they can make a decision. I am an addition to your own research but in the end, it is you who must make the decision as to who to use and whether to even go. I know I was veeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrry concerned and had a lot of questions. After going I looked back and had to chuckle as to how worried I was about everything and how well it all turned out. It was a great experience and now I’m trying to pay forward the help a friend gave me when I was in your shoes. As we build our relationship, I hope you’ll find me as a helpful source to information both before you go, while you are there and after you get back. I look forward to hearing from you. I am on eastern time, and you can call anytime between 10:00am EDT and 11:00pm EDT. If I am in an appointment, I’ll simply ask you if I can call back, but 95% of the time, I am available as I work online in my JoyToLive business from wherever my computer is.

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I am interested in a complete smile makeover. I never got braces and I am a 53 year old male. Could you give me some info as it relates to how this can be done in one visit? Pricing? What are some of the areas or issues I need to be concerned with.

Tom Moore

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I provide this free service to help those who have questions about how they are going to find the affordable dental care they need.

Medical and dental tourism are fairly new industries that are catching on in popularity for two main reasons: consumers are saving money and the services received are often better than those received locally.

The hidden costs of a doctor or dentist doing business in over regulated environments force prices out of reach for most people.

Dental Care In Costa Rica is much more affordable,and recovery in a tropical paradise is nice too!

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I Saved $8,100 on my dental care with a Costa Rica Dental Vacation

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