As everyone is concerned with their own health, you should wonder whether seeking medical treatment outside your country is safe; and probably already conducted your own research.
Let’s begin with facts.
According to the World Health Organization’s country ranking for best health system, Costa Rica ranked higher than the United States, New Zealand or Thailand, and holds the highest ranking for all South American countries.
I formed GLOBAL DENTAL TOURISM after 25 years in the travel industry and 15 years undergoing various dental treatments and surgeries throughout three continents. My never-ending search for the ‘’perfect’ clinic ended when I took a chance with New Smile in Costa Rica. As Salvador Dali said: “Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it”.
I needed a variety of surgeries and treatments averaging $21,000 in the U.S. or most western European countries and had to wait several months on a waiting list for a bone graft, two implants, four crowns, two root canals and a deep cleaning. With no insurance nor $21,000 at hand, packed with all sorts of horror stories that dentists like to share with their patients when raising the question of going overseas, it took me months to finally take my chances elsewhere – in this case, Costa Rica. When I arrived, I insisted that the surgeon take a look at the scan I had taken from a U.S. University Medical Center, but he also insisted to take a 3-D tomography of my mouth through their scanner that displays a more detailed bone density, and compared both professionally.
I knew I was in the right place.
The bone graft was painless and lasted a few hours. The week following the surgery, I only felt a tad of discomfort and never needed to take the strong pain medication prescribed in case of extreme pain. Four months later, I returned for the two ‘one-load’ implants, which took less than an hour of painless work. My treatment was concluded with four high quality zirconium porcelain crowns. In case of a bad reaction, I spent three extra days relaxing at a B & B on a coffee plantation with a nice valley view, and a few nights in a small hotel with natural springs near Arenal Lake and its quiet volcano. I returned one last time for the insertion of my crowns and never had any problems. As a matter of fact, I had to return to the U.S. a day earlier for a last-minute meeting, and the surgeon accommodated my new schedule by coming earlier! For months thereafter, a Dental Manager was in touch with me by email and even called a few times from Costa Rica to ensure all was well.
Ironically, the ‘horror stories’ I not only heard but experienced were in the U.S. where a Virginia dentist extracted a tooth without recommending an immediate graft, while another in Maryland spent 40 minutes attempting to insert a crown only to find out it was the wrong size!
What can Global Dental Tourism do for you?
It is simple; we will provide you with the most updated and adequate information on the dental treatment you may need so you can make the decision that is best for you.
For a detailed idea of the treatment and cost, it is best if you provide us with recent dental records –preferably in electronic format (dentists offer them when asked), otherwise, we suggest a visit to your local dentist for an evaluation of your treatment.
Our goal is to make dental treatment available to all and not be restrained by cost or lack of insurance coverage. By the same token, why not feel like being on vacation by experiencing another culture, sip coffee at a plantation and soak in hot springs, or relax on the bare pacific beaches if you still save thousands of dollars?
Navigate through our site and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Founder of Global Dental Tourism