Dental Questions – Jack Lucas @ Fri Jun 1, 2012

Hi Jack,

When you wrote me about a Costa Rica dental vacation, I inserted the info in my calendar to remind me to followup with you, so here I am.

How is the new job? How are your dental issues?  And how the heck are you in general?

If you’ll tell me when to followup again, I’ll put your request in my calendar and check in on you again. And of course if you don’t want that service, let me know that too and I’ll stand down. I want to service you, not pester you.

Travel, save and smile again,

<- pre-dental work!
Kurt Gross
Travel, Save, & Smile Again

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Yes, you have answered my questions for now. Per my earlier correspondence, due to my new job I won’t be in the position to really make a decision as to which way to go until sometime late summer, 2012 at the earliest. For example, I found out just last week that although I will be accruing vacation time, I won’t be allowed to use it for the first six months on the job (and even then I’ll only have limited accrued days available … likely not enough to make an out of the country dental vacation viable).

Thank you though for the information and your responsiveness. If I decide to proceed further, I will contact you when the time comes (as your emails have all been archived into a separate folder for easy reference).

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Hi Jack, ( couldn’t resist the pun, but I’m sure you’ve heard it all your life!)

I was just following up to see if you got my email reply to your inquiry about traveling to Costa Rica for dental care.

Did I answer your questions? Have any other arose?

Happy trails . . .


Kurt & Martha Gross 865-382-3010

A new smile for less than half the price

On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 1:04 AM, Kurt <> wrote:

Hello Jack,

I have addressed your questions below. My comments are in green. Let me know if I can help with anything else. Feel free to call or email as needed. I am in Tennessee and 11:00am to 11:00pm EST is best.

Kurt Gross
865-382-3010 A new smile for less than half the price

Cc: Charles Dennard

On Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 10:56 PM, Jack Lucas <> wrote:

I am considering coming to Costa Rica on a dental vacation If you plan to ‘vacate’ while on your dental care, Ginette owns the B&B we stayed at, and she was excellent at listening to what we wanted and assisting us in booking the local tours and trips we wanted. When the time comes, I’ll help you with that, if you like.

sometime in 2012, but I have several questions and some background information to share with you.

I am what dentists call “a grinder” as I have broken or chipped several porcelain crowns. My dentist in Southern California recently went to a new crown replacement material made primarily of zirconium. Is this an option for you to use? _Charles will address this question with you. My dentist says that porcelain is a bad fit for me because of my grinding, and if zirconium isn’t an option then a gold/porcelain combination would be best (gold on the surface, porcelain on the outside shell).

While I have 7 or 8 crowns that need to be replaced, my dentist has assured me that there is no underlying damage to these teeth (i.e., no cavities or toot canals needed). Good. That sounds like you already have a work up plan. This will be helpful. Charles will address this with you.

What is your cost for replacement crowns Did you visit the ‘prices’ portion of my site at The prices there are guides. Charles, our Costa Rica Dental Coordinator can best address your specific questions.

and how long do they take to get back from the lab after impressions have been made and the prep work done? Dr. Mario has his own ‘in clinic’ lab, so there is not the normal delay involved. This helps reduce the time required in Costa Rica for you.

I also am missing three permanent teeth; two lowers and an upper molar. My dentist tells me that I am a great candidate for implants to replace these broken teeth, but to do the upper molar I’d first need a sinus lift. I too needed a sinus lift. My bone had atrophied as I had a bridge over #’s 12 and 13 since 1973. I return next month for the crowns to go on the implants placed there in my visit in June.

This though is the least of my concerns and a low priority.

I assume from what I’ve read online that you do dental implants too. Yes. Dr. Mario is an implant specialist and he is the owner of the dental clinic I used and recommend.

Aside from the upper molar (which needs a sinus lift done first), what is the cost you would charge me per implant and of course per crown to go over them afterwards? To get a specific estimate that fits your case, you need a work up. Charles will be able to guide you in this area.

Given the above, how many days would I need to be Costa Rica for you to complete the work? Charles will be able to answer this once a work up has been completed.

My primary concern is cost,

That’s what motivated me to look into traveling to Costa Rica, too.

although I do have out of network dental coverage (with an annual max).

I am a serious candidate for your services. Please email me back; I’m thinking mid-summer 2012 to come down. Thanks!+

I have forwarded a copy of this email to Charles in Costa Rica so he can contact you with answers and help guide you to solutions. Feel free to contact either of us anytime. Kurt
Kurt Gross

A new smile for less than half the price

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
— Galileo

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Hi Jack,

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll keep your information, too. One thing to keep in mind, i.e. they don’t have all the vacations we have, eg. President’s Day, Memorial Day, etc., so it’s possible a 3 or 4 day weekend may be enough to make an initial trip.

Of course that depends on your situation. If you have a dental work up, either now or done in the future, get a copy of it, e.g. by email of x-rays, or a scanned work up done by your local dentist. Then I can forward it to Dr. Mario and he can give you a better idea of what’s needed, how much time, money, etc.

Preparation is good, and you can never do enough of it too early.

Meanwhile, all the best on the new job.

Happy trails . . .


Martha & Kurt Gross


A new smile for less than half the price

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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2 Responses to Dental Questions – Jack Lucas @ Fri Jun 1, 2012

  1. Tammy Getz says:

    I have scleroderma and my mouth has became so small that I have had a couple cosmetic dentist/ surgeons give me an evaluation they both said the same Im not going to be able to wear dentures so I’m in need of getting dental implants but they are also not going to be able to give me a mouth full of teeth on the implants plates.
    I have several broken teeth that are broken off to the root and many missing teeth that have been pulled over the years . I’ve talked with my lung doctor and with having such a small air way and needed to be put to sleep with a we equipt anesthesiologist and other professionals to have the rest of my teeth extracted
    probably should have the extraction done here and then see some about the implants the doctors that I have talked to both had talked about. Dental implant plate that doesn’t come out and they also talked with me about a plate that can be removed but they both recommend the plate that doesn’t come out but the cost of the implants here are very expensive. Their talking that they will only be able to do 8 or 9 teeth on the upper plate and lower plate.
    Please tell me if you have ever had any experience with Scleroderma patients ?and if so can you give me a estimated p
    Price what I’m looking at Thank you for your time.

    • admin says:

      Hello Tammy,

      I have replied privately via email to you and included your inquiry to Dr. G. I expect you will hear from his clinic soon.

      All the best,


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