Costa Rica Dental Tourism

For more current posts, click on ‘Archives’ on the right side. This original post best explains our experience into Costa Rica Dental Tourism. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about what it was like, tips, do’s and don’ts, etc. . . . 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 thought of going to another country for dental care, but it was going to save me a lot of money so I opened my mind. Now it’s all history and I have an extra $8,100 in my pocket, had a great tropical vacation and I have these pictures to relive the good memories!

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

My Costa Rica Dental Vacation

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 tole me that I needed quite a bit of work done. Over $19,000 worth, he said. Long story short, I spent the next year looking for a solution. Waiting so 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 talk about this so they told me of a friend of theirs who went to Costa Rica for dental work to save money and asked if I wanted to speak with him. I said, sure.

I had never considered going to another dentist locally, let alone in another country. At first I was apprehensive about going to Costa Rica for dental work. After speaking with my friend’s friend who had actually went and was glad he did, I opened my mind to the idea.

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’s a picture of us that we took while there.

He is a surgeon plus 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.

Here is a friend we met who helped us locally.

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

During the preparation stage, I will put you 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 myself, it will be 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 breakfastWe 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 vacationThe 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 includes your own personal, in-country guides – Kurt and Martha in the USA, Ginette for Canada and Charlie and Eduardo in Costa Rica. We are available to you, 24/7 for your added convenience and security. No one else offers this personal concierge service and there is no additional cost for this. This is a personal service that only our dentists offer for those interested in Costa Rica Dental Tourism

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