Are you looking forward to get your smile back? What’s a better place to do that than in one of the happiest countries in the world – Costa Rica! [1] Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica, offers quality dentistry at affordable prices and a relaxing vacation – all in one!

Ready to experience life like the Costa Ricans – ‘Pura Vida’? [2] Read on to learn more!

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Why Get Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica?

There are numerous reasons to choose dental work in San Jose, Costa Rica. The top 5 reasons are:

Affordable Dental Vacation

  • Dental work in San Jose is 70% to 80% cheaper than in the US and Canada.
  • This is due to the low cost of living in Costa Rica compared to the US. [3]

High-Quality

  • Clinics here use the same equipment and technology as used in the dental clinics in the US.
  • Dental implants from reputed companies, such as Nobel Biocare and Straumann, are used.

Faster Treatment

  • Canadians face long waiting hours for most healthcare facilities back home. [4] Appointments in Costa Rica are easy and flexible.
  • Also, Dental clinics in San Jose have in-house dental labs, making lab work faster.

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.

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.

Cost of Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is an excellent destination for affordable dental care. You can expect to save up to 50% on dental treatments compared to the US and Canada.

All on four implants cost $24,000 in the US, whereas the same treatment using the same brand of implants costs only $10,700 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Even simpler procedures like veneers can be extremely costly in the US, costing around $2500. Meanwhile, In San Jose, you can get veneers for $425.

Find more cost comparisons for different dental procedures in the US, Canada, and San Jose below.

Cost of Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica
Dental Work USA Canada San Jose
Zirconia Crowns $2,000 $1,840 $400
Implant Denture $6,000 $5,500 $3,000
Composite Filling $250 $230 $120
Porcelain Veneers $2,500 $2,300 $425
Laser Teeth Whitening $1,500 $1,380 $400
Tooth Extraction (Simple) $300 $270 $80
Tooth Extraction (Surgical) $650 $500 $180
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
Single Tooth Titanium Implant $5,000 $4,600 $950
Root Canal Treatment (molars) $1,500 $1,300 $400
Porcelain fused to Metal Crowns (PFM) $1,100 $1,020 $525
*Prices may vary with each case.

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Popular Dental Procedures in San Jose, Costa Rica

You can get some of the best dental procedures at low cost from San Jose, Costa Rica.

The popular dental procedures are:

Dental Crowns in San Jose

Dental Crown

A dental crown is a cap placed over a damaged tooth to

  • save and
  • restore its functionality. [5]

💵 Zirconium crowns cost $400 in San Jose, Costa Rica (per unit)

💰 Savings up to 80% compared to the US and Canada.

Dental Veneers in San Jose

Dental Veneers

Veneers used in cosmetic dentistry are thin shells used to improve the look of your teeth. [6]

It's a cosmetic procedure.

💵 Dental Veneers cost only $425 in San Jose, Costa Rica

💰 Savings up to 85% compared to the US.

Dental Implants in San Jose

Dental Implant

Dental implants permanently restore or replace missing teeth.

The implant is anchored firmly into the jaw bone, and an artificial crown is fixed on it. [7]

💵 Dental Implants cost $750 in San Jose, Costa Rica

💰 Savings up to 45% compared to the US

Top Dental Clinics

ConfiDental
4.9 (151 Reviews)
Sabana Norte, Avenida Las Américas, Building: Torres del Parque, Second Floor, Office #201 San José, 10108
Mon - Fri 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM, Sat 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

About the clinic

  • Founded more than 35 years ago, ConfiDental is one of the dental clinics in San Jose, Costa Rica

Clinic Highlights

  • Equipped with advanced technology like CAD/CAM Offering single-trip implants for qualified patients
  • Multilingual staff who speak Portuguese along with English and Spanish
  • Providing free shuttle services to and from the airport
  • Accepting payments in cash and credit cards
  • Partnerships with over ten hotels in the area for discounted stays
  • The clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which allows them to offer compressive dental care.
New Smile Dental Group, San Jose
New Smile Dental Group
4.8 (34 Reviews)
Av. 2, San Francisco, San José, 10103, Costa Rica
Mon - Fri 8 AM to 5 PM

About the clinic

  • Located in San Jose, New Smile Dental Group is hugely spread out over a 6,460 SFT area.
  • It is equipped with a separate 3D advanced dental imaging space and a designated sterilization area.

Clinic Highlights

  • Eight fully equipped rooms with the option of complete sedation for dental procedures
  • In-house dental lab with state-of-the-art technology such as CAD/CAM, 3D CAT scan imaging, panoramic X-rays, and cone-beam computerized tomography
  • A comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi and phone calls to the US and Canada
  • Concierge services
  • Accepting payments in cash, bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal
  • Offering a lifetime guarantee on dental implants and a 7-year guarantee on crowns and veneers (terms and conditions apply)
Flikier Dental Institute
5.0 (35 Reviews)
Bv. Ernesto Rohrmoser, Rohrmoser, San José, 10109, Costa Rica
Mon - Fri 9 AM to 7 PM

About the clinic

  • Located in the capital city of Costa Rica, the Flikier Dental Institute is one of the most respected dental clinics in Costa Rica.
  • The highly efficient dental team provides a comprehensive range of dental services to local and international patients.
Americas Dental Care
4.6 (26 Reviews)
San José Province, San Pedro, Costa Rica
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 10 PM, Sat - Sun 9 AM - 6 PM

Best Dentists in Costa Rica

Going international for your dental treatment can be a very overwhelming experience.

What helps is knowing that you are placing your trust in the best clinics and dentists.

Here’s a list of the best dentists in Costa Rica based on their educational qualifications and achievements.

Have more questions? Speak to your dentist!

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Patient Reviews of Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica

Dental Tourism in San Jose, Costa Rica

Want to watch the sun rise out of the Caribbean in the morning and set in the Pacific on the same day? Costa Rica’s the place for you! [8]

⭐ Best Time To Visit

The most popular time to visit Costa Rica is Mid-December to April. The weather is warmer, and the country is crowded with tourists.

Early May or November is the best time to visit because the rains are light and there aren’t as many tourists around.

Source: Travel Experta [12]

How to Reach San José, Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has an international airport, San José International Airport (IATA: SJO) located in Alajuela, a small town 30 minutes away from San Jose.

There are several flights that fly out from both the US and Canada to San Jose Airport, Costa Rica.

From the airport you can book a taxi or use public transport to reach San Jose, Costa Rica.

⭐ Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements are exceptional for citizens of the U.S., Canada, and the European Union. Check them out here!

However, if you do not belong to this group, information from the Costa Rica Embassy can help.

Travel Tips

In Central America, Costa Rica ranks at the number one position as the most peaceful country.

However, it’s still best to be extra cautious to ensure a happy and stress-free dental vacation in San Jose! A few tips to remember are-

✅ Book your guided tours with government-authorized agencies
✅ Do not carry excessive cash. USD and credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica.
✅ Ensure the safety of your valuables in public by wearing your backpack in front of you.
✅ Costa Rica is a year-round destination but the weather is different throughout the year. Plan your trip according to the travel activities you want to undertake while in Costa Rica.

Conclusion

Dental Work in San Jose, Costa Rica is the best thing you can do your dental and mental health!

Indulge in the Costa Rican ‘pura vida‘ way of living life while you get your dental work done.

You’re sure to return home with a heart full of memories and a big smile!

FAQs

If you plan to get your dental work from San Jose, Costa Rica, you can expect to save up to 50% compared to dental work in USA and Canada.

Even simple procedures like teeth whitening can cost up to $1500 in the US whereas in San Jose, it costs only $400.

Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s also one of the safest.

In 2020, it ranked number 32 for overall peace by the Global Peace Index. [14]

Moreover, all of our partner dental clinics used the same brands of dental equipment and implants as are used in the US and Canada.

Most of our partner clinics also offer warranties on their procedures!

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for dental work that Americans and Canadians travel to. [15]

It’s not only due to the fact that dental work in San Jose is more affordable than in their home country but also because the quality of dental work is the same as that of the US.

Dental work is cheap in San Jose because the cost of living in Costa Rica is less than in the US. [16]

Also, dental insurance is quite expensive in the US and thus out of reach for most Americans. [17]

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