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Dental Work in San José, Costa Rica

Thinking dental work in San José for dentistry abroad? Expect not just quality dentistry, but a relaxing vacation too at affordable prices.

Patient Testimonial

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Costa Rica is ahead of our times. The smart move of abolishing its military in 1948 contributes to this. Moreover, the related funds are now put in the healthcare and education system.[1]Attendly Happy, Educated, and Green “…it’s hard to imagine how they would’ve achieved the above things in a 65-year window if most of their funds were still being directed to a standing military force.” View in Article

The country has literally strengthened its resources well. The literacy rate here is 98%.[2]World Bank Literacy rate, adult total “Costa Rica 2018 98” View in Article When talking about healthcare, COVID management speaks volumes.[3]Nature World News Costa Rica: The Best Option For Dental Tourism Post Covid-19 “We can add that Costa Rica has been identified as one of the countries that best faced the Covid-19 pandemic.” View in Article And it’s this group of people who make sure to grow with nature by its side!

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Top Dental Clinics in San Jose

Goodness Dental, Escazú, San Jose

I want to give many thanks to Goodness Dental for the care they took with this very scared gal!...

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3rd Floor – Habitat Empresarial Escazú, San Jose

New Smile Dental Group

first time patient I would give it 5 star. After 3 clinics in Florida of estimates $12,000 to $...

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Av. 2, San José, Costa Rica

ConfiDental, San Jose

The clinic is nice and quiet. The attention with the doctors is pleasant and personalized. Than...

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Sabana Norte, Avenida Las Américas, Building: Torres del Parque, Second Floor, Office #201

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As the eco- and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica has a worthy place in the cubicle daydreams of travelers around the world. – The Lonely Planet[4]Lonely Planet The Peaceful Soul “As the eco- and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica has a worthy place in the cubicle daydreams of travelers around the world.” View in Article

Cost of Dental Work in San José

San Jose is an excellent destination for affordable dental care If you’re wondering how much should I expect to pay at Costa Rica for Dentistry, find the cost table below:

Dental Work Avg. Cost Comparison (USD)
Dental Work USA Canada San Jose
Single Tooth Titanium Implant $5,000 $4,600 $950
All-on-4 Implants (Zimmer) $24,000 $22,000 $10,700
All-on-5 Implants (Zimmer) $22,000 $20,000 $14,400
All-on-6 Implants (Zimmer) $28,000 $26,000 $16,000
All-on-8 Implants (Zimmer) $35,000 $32,000 $19,000
Porcelain fused to Metal Crowns (PFM) $1,100 $1,020 $525
Zirconia Crowns $2,000 $1,840 $400
Implant Denture $6,000 $5,500 $3,000
Tooth Extraction (Simple) $300 $270 $80
Tooth Extraction (Surgical) $650 $500 $180
Laser Teeth Whitening $1,500 $1,380 $400
Root Canal Treatment (molars) $1,500 $1,300 $400
Composite Filling $250 $230 $120
Porcelain Veneers $2,500 $2,300 $425
Dental Implant prices in San Jose are for brand Zimmer, backed with a lifetime guarantee* Zimmer Implant Brand in Costa Rica
*Prices may vary with each case

With dental work in Costa Rica, you are assured to save more than 50% of what your dentist back home has quoted. In fact for a Titanium Implant alone, one can save up to 80%.

Why get Dental Work in San José?

Popularity:

  • Though Mexico is still the most popular dental tourism destination for Americans, visitors increase every year in Costa Rica.[5]The Tico Times Most tourists arrived from North America “Of the 3,139,008 international visitors to Costa Rica in 2019, more than half (1,666,571) came from North America. Of those, the vast majority originated in the United States.” View in Article
  • Costa Rican Health Chamber, PROMED finds that in 2016, Costa Rica welcomed 70,000 medical tourists, 42% came exclusively for dental procedures.[6]Howler Magazine Costa Rica Medical Tourism Industry “In 2016 Costa Rica welcomed some 70,000 medical tourists — up from 25,000 in 2008, 30,000 in 2009, 36,000 in 2010 and 48,000 in 2011.” View in Article

Affordable Dental Vacation

  • Dental work comes out to be 70 to 80 percent cheaper than in the USA.
  • The cost of accommodations, taxi, and other overhead fees are less than that in the US.[7]Expatistan Cost of living in Costa Rica compared to United States “Cost of living in Costa Rica is 38% cheaper than in United States” View in Article

High-Quality

  • Clinics here use the same equipment and technology and branded dental prostheses used in the dental clinics back home.
  • Dental implants of reputed companies, such as Nobel Biocare and Straumann, are used.

Faster Treatment

  • Canadians face long waiting hours for most healthcare facilities back home.[7]NCBI Waiting for Care in Canada “Waiting for care has been and continues to be a major issue for the healthcare sector in Canada. While considerable gains have been made regarding valid and reliable information on waiting times, gaps remain.” View in Article Appointments in Costa Rica are easy and flexible.
  • Also, Dental clinics in San Jose have in-house dental labs, making lab work faster.

Better Outcome

  • Our partner Clinics have a multidisciplinary team under one roof. Thus a patient’s case is studied from different angles of dentistry.
  • It not only leads to better results but also saves time.

Close to the USA

  • San Jose is a three to seven hours flight journey from different parts of the USA and Canada.
  • A direct flight from Miami to San Jose is only three hours, making it comfortable for dental patients to fly here.

Recommended Dental Clinics

We recommend the best dental clinics in San Jose, depending upon their experience in treating international patients, the quality of treatment, their credentials, and their patient testimonials.

New Smile Dental Clinic

Located in San Jose, New Smile Dental Group is run by six general dentists, four on-demand specialists, and 12 dental assistants. The staff speaks good English.

The clinic is hugely spread out over a 6,460 SFT area. Some highlights of the clinic are:

  • Eight fully equipped clinical rooms
  • Separate 3D advanced dental imaging space and particular sterilization area
  • A large waiting area and access to free Wi-Fi for patients and their travel companions
  • The dental prosthesis is fabricated in an in-house dental lab. This is done using CAD/CAM technology by Shutz Germany
  • Three-dimensional CAT scan imaging with SCANORA®
  • Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) for diagnostic purposes
  • Concierge services for international patients and free phone calls to the US and Canada

New Smile Costa Rica | Dental Work in San Jose

New Smile Dental Clinic offers:

  • Seven-year Guarantee on the Veneers.
  • Lifetime Guarantee on Dental Implants.
  • Seven-year Guarantee on the Dental Crowns.

Goodness Dental Clinic 

Goodness Dental is an American-owned dental Clinic in Escazú, Costa Rica. Highlights of the Clinic & its services are:

  • State-of-the-art facility
  • An in-house dental lab is there to fabricate dental prostheses.
  • Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) for diagnostic purposes 
  • Multi-lingual Team: English, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Much-disciplinary Team; one-stop solution for different dental problems
  • Lifetime guarantee on implants valid even after the damage due to smoking.
  • Special Counseling to mentally prepare the patient before and after the treatment.

Goodness Dental

Goodness Dental Clinic offers:

  • Lifetime Guarantee on Straumann Dental Implants.
  • 1-year Guarantee for Dental Crowns
  • 1-year Guarantee for Dental Bridges

Dental Tourism in San Jose

Unlike other medical treatments, dental treatments typically do not tie you down to a hospital. So you can combine your dental work with a recreational trip.

Alajuela Province

It is located about 100 km from San Jose. The location has Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls Gardens.

Alajuela Province | Dental Tourism in San José

Tortuguero

122 km from San Jose, is home to marine turtles that often come on the shore to nest and over 400 varied species of birds.

Tortuguero | Dental Tourism in San José

The Arenal Volcano

135 km from the capital city, is surrounded by quaint towns, caves, lakes, forests, and hot springs. Tourists from all over the world visit this place.

Arenal Volcano | Dental Tourism in San José

Guanacaste

About 200 km from San Jose, this place is known for its beautiful beaches, sport-fishing, surfing, and the Sun.

Guanacaste | Dental Tourism in San José

Manuel Antonio Beach

170 km from San Jose, is the best place to relax after a dental appointment. Visitors get a gorgeous tan while gazing at the rainforest on the water’s shore and coral reefs.

Manuel Antonio | Dental Tourism in San José

Cartago Province

It is located 25 km from San Jose. This place a combination of mountains, volcanoes, and white water rafting.

Video Courtesy: Daniela Bonilla

Cartago is also known for Zapanti National Park, Irazú Volcano National Park, and Guayabo National Monument.

General

  • If you are an American or a Canadian, you don’t need a visa to visit San Jose. You only need to have your passport with six months validity.
  • Costa Rica has no major health risks, so you don’t need any vaccinations to visit the country. However, it is useful if you are up to date with your vaccination.
  • The national currency of Costa Rica is Colón, but US dollars are widely accepted in San Jose.

Travel

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport is just 20km north-west of San José. From here a shared shuttle service is available that takes about 40 minutes to San Jose. The trip should cost around 15 USD per person.
  • A private cab should cost you no more than 50 USD for up to four people from the airport. The orange-colored taxis are the only ones authorized for airport trips.
  • If you are on a very tight budget, you can take public buses as well – each ride costs about a dollar and takes around 35 minutes.
  • Uber is very popular in San Jose, but also covers some places outside the capital.

How to Reach San José, Costa Rica

San José International Airport (IATA: SJO) is the main Airport here. Find flight details from some major destinations below:

Flight Details from the United States of America
Origin Destination IATA Code Time Duration
San Jose, California SJC 8hr 30 min (1-stop)
Dallas, Texas DFW  4hr 10 min (Direct)
Miami, Florida MIA 2hr 50min (Direct)
New York City JFK 5hr 30min (Direct)
Los Angeles, U.S. LAX 5hr 50min (Direct)
Hartford, Connecticut BDL 5hr 50min (1-stop)
Burlington, Vermont BTV 6hr 30 min (Direct)
Anchorage, Alaska ANC 10hr 30min (1-stop)

 

Flight Details from Canada
Origin Destination IATA Code Time Duration
Montreal YUL 5hr 50min (Direct)
Toronto YYZ 5hr 15min (Direct)

Visa Requirements are exceptional for citizens of the U.S., Canada and the European Union. However, if you do not belong to this group, information by Costa Rica Embassy can help.

FAQs Dental Work in San Jose

Depending on the procedure, costs may vary from 80 USD to 19,000 USD. Still, dental work in Costa Rica is about 70% cheaper than U.S. or Canadian prices. See the cost comparison table above for individual expenses.

Yes, dental work in Costa Rica is Cheap. Where a simple tooth extraction can cost you 300 USD in America, San Jose dentists will only charge around 80 USD.

Even for complex procedures like allon4, Costa Rican price is 56% less than the USA’s treatment cost.

Yes, it is safe to have dental work in Costa Rica. Still, it’s best if one runs research on the dentist and clinic to be chosen. It should cover the following:

  • Qualification of the dentist
  • Clinic accreditation
  • Source of dental prosthesis
  • Sterilization technique
  • Experience with International Patients
  • The patient testimonials

A general dentist opts for a specialization program after DDS. This enables them to understand and perform more complex treatment plans. For Example:

  • Implantologists specialize in Implant dentistry
  • Prosthodontist for damaged or missing teeth
  • Periodontist; gums and other teeth supporting structures
  • Endodontist for issues relating to dental pulp

In a multidisciplinary approach:

Dentists with different specialization come to study one case together. Proffesionals are now called a MDT, Multi-disciplinary Team.

MDT helps with a better outcome for the patient as the condition is studied from various angles. This approach allows the dental team to draw the best possible treatment plan.

Multidisciplinary Team or MDT-like approach in the US can be expensive. In Costa Rica, the treatment cost remains the same, even with MDT.

Sterilization is a priority at Costa Rican clinics mentioned above. The latest machines and protocol is put into practice to achieve this.

For example, Goodness Dental Clinic uses:

  • Extraoral Dental Suction
  • Dynamic Medical Air Disinfector – Ozone Air Sterilizer
  • Zero Retraction System: J5 Jinme Handpieces
  • Sting 11 B Class Sterilizers
  • Ozone Sterilization Machine

San José, Costa Rica, offers quality dental work. Dentists at the clinics mentioned above are well qualified and licensed. Also, the dental prosthesis used is of international brands such as Zimmer.

Crowns or related procedures in San José, Costa Rica can cost anywhere b/w 375 USD to 850 USD.

Find more prices below:

 

Dental Procedure Price
Porcelain noble metal crown $375
Porcelain zirconium crown $400
Porcelain crown (Emax) $425
Porcelain Crown for Implants* $850
Porcelain E-Max Crown for Implants* $850
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown $525
Ceramic Crown $525
Zirconium Crown $525
Crown Lengthening $250
Crown Buildup $100
Bridge Unit (porcelain-noble metal) $375
Bridge unit (porcelain-zirconium) $400
Bridge unit (Emax full porcelain) $425
Porcelain inlay only $400
*With abutment
Treatment price may change with complexity of case

Dental implants & related procedures in San José, Costa Rica can range b/w $500 to $21,750. Implant brand used at Goodness Dental Clinic and NSDG is Zimmer.

 

Dental Procedure Price
Dental Implants Two Pieces (+Abutment) $750
Single Immediate Load Dental Implant $750
All-on-4 Dental Implants* $10,700
All-on-5 Dental Implants* $14,350
All-on-6 Dental Implants* $16,500
All-on-8 Dental Implants* $19,000
Bone Grafting (per tooth) $500
Sinus Lifting $1,750
Zygoma Implants (including abutment) $2,000
*Including fixed hybrid denture/ jaw
Treatment price may change with complexity of case

RCT in San José, Costa Rica can cost b/w 325 to 400 U.S. dollars. Root Canal  or related procedure may take anytime b/w 1 to 3 days.

Dental Procedure Price Duration
Post and Core $115 1 day
Root Canal (bicuspid) $325 3-5 days
Root Canal (anterior) $400 2 days
Root Canal (molar) $400 2 days
Root Canal Re-treatment (any tooth) $400 2 days
Treatment price may change with complexity of case

Veneers in San José, Costa Rica, can cost b/w USD 425 to 525.

Dental Procedure Price Duration
Porcelain veneer per tooth* $425 5-11 days
Porcelain Veneer per unit $525 7 days
Zirconium Ceramic Veneer per unit $525 7 days
*Applicable for packages of 6, 8, 12, 16
Treatment price may change with complexity of case

Yes, you can get the immediate-loading implants in Costa Rica. These are also popularly called same-day implants.

There are many hotels close to New smile and Goodness Dental Clinic in Costa Rica.

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CDC marks Costa Rica as a Level-1 location. Meaning one has to take normal medical precautions while traveling here. You should be up to date with regular vaccines such as MMR, Polio, or the yearly flu shot.[8]SOURCE Costa RicaTraveler View “Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions. All travelers: You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination.” View in Article

San Jose is an excellent destination for affordable dental care. We can help you plan a dental trip to Costa Rica. For queries, or to claim your free quote, fill out the request information form.

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