inlays and onlays

Think you know all there is to know about the types of dental restorations you might need? Think again.

Most people have heard about fillings and crowns. You may know about dental implants too. However, there are two great options that don’t often get the recognition they deserve: dental inlays and onlays.

Here’s a guide to these two dental restoration options and what you can expect.

What Are Dental Inlays?

When you have a dental cavity, or decay in your tooth, your dentist needs to remove the decay and then fill in the lost part of the tooth. In many cases, we can do this with a filling by placing a moldable material into the cavity in the tooth and hardening it in place.

In some cases, though, your cavity may be too big for a typical filling to handle. In these cases, we use an inlay instead.

An inlay is similar to a filling because it fills in a decayed part of your tooth. The difference is that with an inlay, we form the full hardened piece in a lab. Then we place the inlay into the tooth and use cement or resin to keep it permanently in place.

In their earlier days, inlays were made from gold. Today, though, most are made with a tooth-colored material for a more natural and discreet look.

What Is a Dental Onlay?

Dental cavities can form in different ways. Somethings it starts small and bores down into the tooth in a column or a tiny cone. Other times, you can have decay across most of the top surface of the tooth.

In those cases, a filling or inlay won’t work. You don’t have enough healthy tooth tissue on the sides of the cavity to support an inlay or a filling.

When this happens, the best option is often an onlay.

An onlay uses the same process as an inlay: we form the piece in a lab and place it into the tooth. Unlike an inlay, which goes into the tooth, an onlay both goes into the cavity and forms a new top to the tooth.

This may sound similar to a dental crown, but there is an important difference. A crown goes all the way around your tooth: the top and all four sides. An inlay only covers one surface.

How Do I Know What Type of Dental Repair I Need?

Every dental repair is unique to the person receiving it. While one option may sound more appealing than another, you ultimately need to rely on your dental professional for guidance.

During an exam, your dentist will examine and identify any tooth decay you may have. Depending on the size of your cavity and where it is in your tooth, the dentist will be able to recommend a treatment option.

In general, though, there is a basic spectrum for dental repairs.

The smallest cavities can be repaired with fillings. The next step up for larger cavities is an inlay, followed by an onlay, a crown, and finally a full dental implant or a partial denture.

What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Inlay or Onlay?

Let’s assume you’ve visited your dentist and they’ve told you that you need either a dental inlay or onlay. What can you expect from the procedure?

The First Visit

The first step in the treatment is to numb the area around the tooth and get rid of the decay. Despite its name, dental decay is actually more like an infection. If the dentist doesn’t remove all of it before repairing the tooth, it will continue to degrade your tooth under the restoration and can cause more serious problems.

At this point, your dentist needs to get a detailed image or mold of the decay-free tooth so that the inlay or onlay will fit. We may do this using digital scans or a physical mold that we press onto the tooth to make an indent.

We will send those images to a dental lab where they will create the custom inlay or onlay for your tooth. This will take time, though, which is why inlays and onlays require two visits to our office.

To finish your first visit, we will place a temporary filling or temporary crown on your tooth. This prevents damage to your tooth while we wait for the inlay or onlay to arrive.

The Second Visit

When your inlay or onlay is ready, we will schedule your second visit. You will come in and we will begin by removing the temporary filling or crown.

Next, we will check the inlay or onlay to make sure it fits seamlessly into your tooth.

If it does, we will use either dental cement or a specialized resin to permanently secure the inlay or onlay in place. Then you’ll be on your way with a newly repaired and durable smile.

How Do I Care for Inlays and Onlays?

After receiving your inlay or onlay, you want to keep it in the best possible shape so it lasts a long time.

The good news is that all you need to do is follow a standard healthy dental care routine. If you brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day, you can expect to enjoy your inlay or onlay for years.

However, it’s also important to maintain a regular schedule with your dentist. Visiting every six months will allow us to help you avoid new decay and to make sure your restoration is holding up the way it should.

Getting Back Your Smile

Your teeth may be small compared to the rest of your body, but between physical pain and cosmetic changes, dental problems can have a major impact on your daily life. Depending on your needs, dental inlays and onlays can help you get back the smile and comfort you miss.

To find out if inlays or onlays can help you, call our dental office to set up your appointment.

how to clean dentures

Has your dentist in Costa Rica told you that you need to have dentures? You’ll need to know how to clean dentures or else they’ll get covered in stains and you won’t like the smile that results from it.

Dirty dentures are also horrible for the health of your mouth. If you don’t take care of them properly they’ll build up bacteria. There is also a particular way to store them or you’ll break them.

It’s a lot of work!  Your dentist will give you a few care instructions but we’re going to go into a little bit more detail than the manual. Keep reading for a complete guide on how to clean your dentures.

1. Remove and Rinse Dentures After You Eat

After you eat your dentures will be covered in leftover debris from your meal. All you have to do to get rid of it is go to the bathroom and rinse them off.

You’ll want to put a few safety precautions in place. Put a towel in the sink so if you drop the dentures they won’t break. If you don’t have a towel to put down then you can fill up the sink and place them inside.

This may sound too cautious but dentures are pretty fragile and in most cases, really expensive to replace.

2. Clean Your Mouth After You Take Your Dentures Out

After you’ve removed your dentures you’ll want to give your mouth a good scrubbing before you put them back in. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, and tongue.

If you use denture adhesives of any kind you’ll want to be sure that you get all of it off your gums.

3. Brush Your Dentures Twice a Day

Dentures gather up as much plaque as your normal teeth did. That being said, you’ll want to brush them twice a day to get them clean. You can use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive cleaner for this purpose.

Keep in mind that while this cleaner is fine for the dentures, it isn’t good for you if you swallow it. Don’t put the cleaner in your mouth. Take your dentures out to use it.

You’ll want to pay special attention to the grooves that press against your gums if you use a denture adhesive of any kind.

4. Soak Your Dentures Overnight

In order for your dentures to keep their shape, they’ll need to be moist. This means that you should soak them overnight. You can use water or denture-soaking solution for this purpose.

If you’re not sure which denture solution would be the best one to suit your needs or how to store your dentures overnight, talk to your dentist. They’ll be able to give you a basic rundown of your options.

5. Rinse Your Dentures Before You Put Them Back in

Before you put your dentures back in your mouth make sure that you rinse them as thoroughly as possible. If any leftover cleaner manages to make it into your body it will spell trouble.

You could experience stomach pain, vomiting, and burning. It’s not a pleasant situation for anyone to go through.

6. Don’t Forget Dental Checkups

You’ll want to schedule normal dentist visits in order to make the process of wearing dentures as seamless as possible. Your dentist will suggest appointment times for you to come in and have your dentures cleaned professionally.

They can also check the inside of your mouth while they’re at it to make sure everything looks good and healthy.

7. See Your Dentist for Loose Dentures

If your dentures start to feel loose, you’ll want to visit your dentist sooner than your scheduled appointment time. Loose dentures can lead to a variety of problems such as sores, infection, and irritation.

8. Things to Avoid Doing

Now that you have a pretty good idea about the things that you should be doing, we’re going to tell you what you should avoid. You want to stay away from abrasive cleaning products, whitening toothpaste, products containing bleach, and hot water.

Abrasive Cleaning Products

Abrasive cleaning products and stiff-bristled brushes spell disaster for your dentures in that they are too strong. If you use them you’ll scratch your dentures up and render them unusable.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste won’t destroy your dentures per se. They just don’t work at all.

You see whitening toothpaste contains peroxide. It works wonders on normal teeth but it won’t change the color of your dentures. You’ll have to use other methods if you want to brighten things up.

Products Containing Bleach

Products that contain bleach will change the color of your dentures but it’s not for the better and it can weaken them. You’ll also want to avoid soaking your dentures in solutions that contain chlorine if they have metal attachments of any kind. As you are probably aware, chlorine corrodes metal.

Hot Water

You can soak your dentures in water overnight but this water should be neither hot nor boiling. Hot water can cause your dentures to warp.

Your Guide on How to Clean Dentures

If your dentist in Costa Rica has told you that you need dentures, you’ll need to know how to clean them. If you use improper methods you could stain or even break your dentures and they aren’t cheap to replace. Use this guide on how to clean dentures to avoid that unnecessary expense.

Do you need to set up an appointment regarding your dentures? Contact us to set one up. We can’t wait to see you!

full mouth restoration

When you think of full-mouth restoration, you probably think about the millions of adults and children who go years without seeing a dentist. But you needn’t be in the poorest of dental health to capitalize on the benefits.

In the following article, we will be discussing what this procedure can do for you. First, however, let’s examine the signs that you may be in need of one. Let’s begin!

Why You May Need Reconstruction

We have covered the signs that it may be time to have a tooth extracted in the past. Today, we are about to go a little deeper.

Dental issues can happen to the best of us, though practicing good oral hygiene can reduce the likelihood. Nevertheless, it is important not to beat yourself up if your smile isn’t everything you want it to be.

The important thing is to address issues as quickly as you can. So make sure you’re watching for the following signs, and if you are, consider setting up an appointment for a full-mouth reconstruction right away.

Trouble Eating or Drinking

Experiencing pains in your teeth while eating or drinking may be the result of sensitivity to hot or cold. But it also may signal the oncoming of tooth decay.

While the occasional issue may not be a cause for concern, trouble eating or drinking with regularity can be a sign of a more serious issue. Talk to your dentist right away.

You Are Self-Conscious

Some people have healthy enough teeth but lack confidence in their individual smiles. This is perfectly understandable.

See, your smile says a lot about you. It’s part of your identity, and when there’s something aesthetically “off” about it, it can cause you to be self-conscious about your individual worth.

People Have a Hard Time Understanding You

Dental issues can cause difficulties, both physical and psychological, in communicating with others. As you become more aware of these communication issues, the problem only gets worse.

Do people ask you to speak up a lot? Do you find yourself avoiding conversations because of the way your teeth look? Then it’s time for a restoration.

Declining Health and Wellness

Dental issues rarely stay confined to your mouth. They’re usually a sign of other health issues. And anything that affects the way you eat will start to affect other parts of your body as well.

If you don’t feel like you used to, take a look in the mirror. Is your smile to blame?

As you weigh the signs, don’t forget what brought you here in the first place. The benefits! Without further ado, let’s get to them.

1. Painless Meals

The first benefit of full-mouth reconstructive implants is a big one: enjoying your meals! Pain or discomfort while eating can lead to malnourishment or just keep you from truly enjoying your life.

If it hurts to eat, you avoid it. Or you could end up eating softer, more sugary foods that only contribute to tooth decay. With a healthier mouth, you can get the fiber and proteins you need for wellness.

2. Proud Smiles

The primary stabilizer of Costa Rica’s dental tourism is the affordability of full-mouth reconstruction. And what brings most people here for the procedure is the desire to be proud of their smiles again.

There’s a degree of strength and empowerment that comes with being able to flash your pearly-whites whenever and wherever you want. Pictures become easier to take. Others find you more approachable.

Being proud of your smile is like being proud of yourself. A restorative procedure gives that to you.

3. More Effective Communications

Another reason for full-mouth dental restoration is the ease in communicating. This rings particularly true when it comes to speaking in public and engaging in meaty conversations.

Becoming a more effective communicator will help you at work. It’ll help you land jobs. It’ll improve the relationships that you have with others.

4. Better Oral Health and Hygiene

With full-mouth dental surgery, you can hit the reset button and remove the stumbling blocks to good oral hygiene. (Namely, tooth decay, cavities, etc.)

It not only makes your mouth feel better. It also makes you feel better about taking care of it, so you’ll be more likely to brush teeth and gums regularly, floss after every meal, and get checkups once or twice per year.

5. Relief from Headaches and Other Conditions

Reconstructive dental surgery can do more than just reset the general health of your mouth and make you enthused about oral care. It can also get rid of nagging or even dangerous conditions. (Mouth cancers, gum disease, TMJ, and migraines come to mind.)

6. Superior Health and Wellness

We’ve already mentioned the positive effects that stellar dental health can have on your diet and confidence. But what about your physical health and wellness?

You already know where we’re going with this. Yes, restorative procedures can boost your overall health and wellness, and they may even contribute to longer life expectancies and higher quality-of-life.

If that seems unlikely, then you probably haven’t heard about the many studies that prove it. Studies show a greater likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s or heart diseases if you have poor oral health.

7. Improved Confidence

Confidence is everything. It sets you up for success in life, work, and relationships. And your smile is a major part of that.

A confident smile equips you for every situation that might come your way. Even the bad ones. It gives you a resiliency!

Feel the Benefits of Full-Mouth Restoration

A full-mouth restoration brings with it many advantages. But you won’t be able to experience them for yourself until you take that first step of recognizing the need and addressing the issue head-on.

At Advance Dental, we’re helping people come to terms with their issues every single day. We’ll work through your concerns and deliver the care you would expect and deserve.

So if you’re ready to take back control of your smile, let us know. Contact us today to set up an appointment or request more information. We’re happy and eager to help.

dental travel

At least 50% of Americans put a hold on healthcare because they don’t have the money or insurance coverage to pay for it. Out of the group of people who delay seeking healthcare, 55% put off receiving dental treatment. This includes those who delay orthodontic treatment.

Ever wondered if the same percentage of people don’t take vacations? It’s something to think about.

What if you could take a vacation and take care of your teeth? Imagine visiting a tropical paradise and receiving a smile makeover. Dental travel makes it possible!

Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for dental tourism. We have 8 tips to help you prepare for your visit with a dentist in Costa Rica.

1. Don’t Forget Your Passport

Costa Rica is known for its laid-back culture. That doesn’t mean you won’t need travel documents when you enter the country.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, you won’t need a travel visa, but you will need a valid passport. You’ll also need a return airline ticket. Citizens of other countries should check with a travel agent who can advise you about your travel requirements.

You’re welcome to visit Costa Rica for up to 90 days. If you stay longer, you’ll need a residence permit.

2. Make Sure You Have an Appointment

Before you finalize your travel plans, make sure you’ve confirmed your appointment.

Many patients visiting a dental clinic in another country make their appointment online. While this doesn’t normally present a problem, it’s always a good idea to go the extra mile and make sure the clinic received your request. This helps you avoid traveling thousands of miles and finding out all you have is a hotel room.

Confirm your appointment with a phone call before you pay for plane tickets. If you take a minute and double-check your arrangements, you can enjoy your trip without stress.

3. Ask How Much Time You Need

Many dental procedures take multiple appointments. For example, dental implants require 4 separate appointments.

Before you make your travel arrangements, talk with the dental clinic staff and make sure you understand how much time you’ll need for your treatment. Knowing before you go can save you from costly changes to flights or other travel plans.

It’s also a good idea to plan for at least one extra day. If you allow yourself a little extra time, you’re prepared for any unexpected situations.

4. Bring Your Dental Records

Help your dentist in Costa Rica provide the best dental care and bring a copy of your dental records.

You’ll fill out a dental health history when you visit the dental clinic. If you have your records, you won’t need to rely on memory. Your dental records should include a history of office visits, diagnoses, and treatment plans.

Most dental records also include important information on your general health such as allergies and medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes.

5. Invite a Friend

Whether you’re new to dental tourism, or you’ve already enjoyed a few appointments, it’s always wise to bring a companion.

A friend or family member can be a wonderful support if you need anesthesia or other medication.

Anesthesia or pain medication can make you feel a bit disoriented. Add to that the fact that you’re in an unfamiliar place.

Having a support person means you can get back to your hotel safely and you’ll have someone keeping an eye out for any unusual side effects of treatment.

6. Don’t Book Tours Until You See Your Dentist

Yes, you’re combining dental care with travel but don’t go overboard with booking tours and activities before you meet with your dental care team.

Maybe you already have a preliminary treatment plan. Keep in mind your plan may change once the dentist examines you in person. That could mean appointment days and times change also.

Once you know your treatment schedule you can make arrangements for beach trips and soaks in Costa Rica’s hot springs.

You might also find better deals locally than when you reserve activities online.

7. Pack Your Bags Wisely

Depending on when you visit Costa Rica, you may need rain gear. Check weather conditions before you pack. Costa Rica has two weather seasons—rainy and dry.

While you’ll likely spend most of your time wearing shorts, bring a pair of long pants and a jacket in case you visit an area where the elevation is higher.

Pack fast-drying clothing items that wick away moisture. This is a lifesaver if you visit the beach or rainforest.

Other than your swimming suit, flip flops, and things you’d take on any other vacation, consider also packing these essentials:

  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Waterproof Phone Case
  • Spanish Dictionary

It’s also advisable to check with your airline and ask about weight limits and baggage restrictions. You don’t want to arrive at the airport with overstuffed bags.

8. Communication Is Key

Don’t hesitate to contact your dental clinic during the planning process. When you have questions or concerns, they’re there to help.

Ask the dental staff for a referral to a clinic in the U.S. where you can have a follow-up visit if needed. It’s possible your dentist already has a network they work with and can provide contact information.

Another aspect of communication is with your family and significant others back home. Let someone you trust know your travel itinerary. Keep them updated once you arrive and after you complete your dental work.

Ready to Plan Your Dental Travel?

Hopefully, you’re excited about the possibility of dental travel and are ready for the next steps.

Once you have your passport, your dental records, and an idea when you can travel, make your initial appointment for treatment. Once you’ve confirmed your appointment, you can finalize your other travel plans such as airline tickets and hotel.

If you have any questions while planning for your dental treatment in Costa Rica, contact us! We’re here to provide excellent care and help you have a wonderful trip.

tooth extraction


It’s not all that uncommon for American adults to lose teeth as they get older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the average person loses 12 teeth for one reason or another by the time they hit 50.

But generally speaking, people should make it their mission not to lose teeth if they can avoid it. They can do it by taking good care of their teeth day in and day out and steering clear of any injuries that could cause tooth loss.

There are times, though, when tooth extraction turns into a necessity for some people. In these instances, it’s important for people to turn to an experienced dental clinic to have a tooth taken out.

Here are seven times when a tooth extraction might be your only option.

1. Severe Decay Has Taken Over a Tooth

Almost every American adult is dealing with some degree of tooth decay at the moment.

Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of those between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one cavity in their mouth. And that number jumps all the way up to 96 percent once people turn 65.

But there are some people who have severe tooth decay. These people have tooth decay that has worked its way down into the center of their teeth.

When this happens, there’s a good chance that the decay will eventually cause an infection. A dentist might recommend a root canal to treat the infection. But the infection could also potentially spread and cause all kinds of other health complications.

If you’re at risk of having this happen, your dentist will likely tell you tooth extraction is the only way to go. It’ll prevent an infection from spreading through your body and wreaking havoc on your health.

2. Severe Periodontal Disease Has Set In

Periodontal disease is, unfortunately, something that impacts far too many Americans. About 50 percent of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums.

As long as a person only has a mild form of periodontal disease, a dentist can treat it without even having to think about performing a tooth extraction. But if periodontal disease is left untreated, it can spiral out of control and lead to further issues.

Severe periodontal disease can affect more than just the gums. It can also take a toll on the periodontal ligaments as well as the alveolar bone. At that point, a dentist often has no choice but to remove a tooth due to periodontal disease.

3. A Wisdom Tooth Has Become Impacted

There has been a lot of debate in recent years over whether or not it makes sense for dentists to tell patients to go through wisdom tooth removal. There are some people who argue that taking your wisdom teeth out is a waste of time.

This may be the case for certain people. But for others, it’s an absolute necessity. It’s not out of the ordinary for wisdom teeth to become impacted when they’re trying to grow in but don’t have any place to go in a person’s mouth.

An impacted tooth can cause an infection. It can also do damage to other teeth around it if you’re not careful. Extracting an impacted tooth can prevent these problems from popping up.

4. Teeth Have Caused Overcrowding

All adults have 32 teeth in their mouths. But not all adults have the same size jaws, which means that some people are forced to live with overcrowding in their mouths.

Overcrowding can cause a whole host of issues with your teeth if you’re one of these people. Many of your teeth might be crooked when they’re overcrowded. They might also sustain damage as they grow in.

By extracting one or more teeth from your mouth, your dentist can give the rest of your teeth some room to breathe. They’ll grow in straighter and will be easier to maintain over the years.

5. Teeth Have Made Orthopedic Treatment Too Challenging

There are about 4 million people in the U.S. who wear braces every year. If you’re thinking about joining them, you’ll need to visit with an orthodontist for an assessment of your teeth.

They may be able to put braces on your teeth without doing a tooth extraction. But if you have overcrowded teeth or teeth that aren’t aligned properly in your mouth, it can make it too complicated for an orthodontist.

They’ll usually recommend that you have a few teeth extracted before moving forward with orthodontic treatment.

6. An Accident Has Caused Irreparable Damage to Teeth

If you’re ever involved in a bad car collision or another type of accident, your teeth might be affected. You’ll need to spring into action right away to save them.

Most times, a dentist can use a variety of dental techniques and products to save teeth following an accident. Some of the options include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers

But you may also have to get a tooth removed if it’s beyond repair. It’ll help you avoid other problems that could start to affect your teeth and your gums over time.

7. Teeth Have Overstayed Their Welcome

When kids turn 6, they usually start to lose their baby teeth and replace them with their permanent teeth. This process plays out over the course of about 5 or 6 years with most kids losing all their baby teeth by the time they turn 12.

But it doesn’t always work out this way. Some kids have teeth that linger around for a little bit too long. This stops their permanent teeth from growing in.

Dentists will often practice patience with young kids and give their teeth time to come in. But if their baby teeth overstay their welcome, tooth extraction is sometimes used to make room for their permanent teeth.

Do You Need to Have Tooth Extraction Done?

A good dentist will not turn to tooth extraction as a first, second, or even third option. But they will tell you if it’s time to let a tooth go for your own good.

If you’re suffering through any of the situations listed here right now, it might be time to have a painful tooth pulled. Make an appointment with a dentist to see if that’s the case.

Contact us today to find out if a tooth extraction is right for you.

signs you need a root canal

Having a tooth problem causes a lot of pain and it is good to know early enough the cause of the pain. If the pain is as a result of an infected pulp, then you will need a root canal.

In the early stages, it can be difficult to know whether improved oral hygiene can solve your problem or whether you need to see an orthodontist for some dental work. This is because only a trained specialist can diagnose your problem accurately.

It is very normal for the physical signs not to show until the problem advances to a serious level, and this explains why a regular visit to a dentist is necessary. If you fail to do that and your problem escalates, you will have no option but to go for a root canal.

Have you been suffering from consistent and intense tooth pain recently? Click here to learn about 7 serious signs you need a root canal.

1. Persistent Pain

Pain is a major indicator of a tooth problem. It shows that something is wrong and needs your attention. If you can’t eat or drink without feeling pain then your tooth could be having an issue and you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Your aching tooth will be examined to see if the nerves or blood vessels have been infected. If antibiotics can’t treat the infection and the tooth is badly damaged, a root canal will be done to reduce the pain.

2. Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Your tooth can get cracked or chipped from being involved in an accident, eating hard foods, or when a previous dental procedure wasn’t done well. A chipped or cracked tooth exposes the nerves in your tooth and this may lead to infection.

Such an infection is dangerous as it can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. So, if your tooth is cracked or chipped, you need a root canal. A root canal is a procedure used to save a tooth that has become infected or badly damaged.

This is done by repairing it so you can continue eating and chewing without issues. The infected pulp will be removed after which that area will be cleaned and finally filled with an inert material then sealed.

3. Sensitivity to Cold or Heat

This is another common indication that you may need a root canal. Your tooth is said to be sensitive when it aches whenever you drink something hot or something cold. It may start as a small pain but eventually, develop into an intense and sharp pain.

A sensitive tooth may result from damaged nerve endings and blood vessels. It is advisable to avoid taking hot tea or coffee, and very cold water or ice when you have such a problem. Your dentist should be able to advise on the way forward.

4. When Your Gum Area Is Swollen

Swollen gums are obvious signs that you have an issue beneath the surface. If they are swollen and painful, or if there are raised bumps on it, then they may be root canal symptoms, meaning that you have a tooth problem. It will be upon your dentist to make the final decision.

In some cases, a root canal may be necessary. Millions of people have undergone this procedure and their teeth got saved. After the procedure, the pain will be gone and your teeth will be healthy again.

5. Dark Discoloration Of The Tooth

Poor hygiene can cause tooth discoloration. Exposing your teeth to food and drinks without cleaning them will make stain them. Nerve damage beneath the surface of a tooth can also make it develop a dark coloration.

When your case is that of nerve damage, then signs you need a root canal are confirmed. There is no need to worry if an endodontist or a dentist settles on a root canal process to treat your diseased or damaged teeth.

6. Prolonged Sensitivity

When you apply some pressure on your teeth and you feel some pain, it could be a sign of an underlying issue with your teeth. This is always the case if that pain lasts for long without any improvement. This is when it is best to get a root canal.

Chronic tooth sensitivity is most likely to result from a damaged root and it won’t heal on its own unless a dentist is involved. A root canal may ease the pain and get back your teeth to their normal functional status.

7. Deep Decay Is Another One of the Signs You Need a Root Canal

This is another obvious sign that you need a root canal. Once the decay sets in deep within the base of the tooth, no amount of rinsing using mouthwash, flossing or brushing will solve the problem. In such a case, a root canal could be the only option.

If you neglect such a decay for a long time, it will infect the nerves and is most likely to spread to other teeth. This is why regular visits to the dentist and regular oral hygiene are quite indispensable. After your root canal, be sure not to go back to the old habits that led to the decay.

Keep your teeth and gums clean throughout.

When You Experience the Signs You Need a Root Canal, Get Help Immediately

As soon as you notice that there are some issues with your teeth, don’t hesitate. Go and see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. If there are any signs you need a root canal, no need to worry about it. The procedure is not painful and takes quite a short time, especially at the hands of an experienced dentist.

There could be some minor sensitivity issues and aches after the anesthetic fades off but this will diminish after a while. You will then start enjoying the normal use of your teeth which many take for granted.

Walking around with a toothache hurts more than going and having it fixed through a root canal. If you suspect that you need a root canal, go ahead and contact us to have your dental issues sorted out.

Porcelain Dental Veneers

More than 25 percent of people all over the world say that they hate smiling.

There are lots of reasons why a person might not want to smile, but one of the most common is a lack of confidence in the appearance of their smile. If you’re part of this group, porcelain dental veneers might be a good option for you.

Read on to learn more about veneers and their benefits. You’ll also learn some of the signs that indicate veneers are a good option to improve your smile and boost your confidence.

What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are small, thin pieces of porcelain that cover your natural teeth.

A dentist cements them in place on top of the natural teeth to cover up imperfections enhance the appearance of your smile. Once veneers are in place, they cannot be removed.

Veneers are a popular alternative to a variety of dental procedures, including braces, teeth whitening, and orthodontic devices.

Benefits of Veneers

There are lots of benefits that come with using veneers over other cosmetic dentistry options.

Some of the greatest benefits include the following:

  • They mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • The gum tissue tolerates porcelain better than other materials
  • They are highly stain-resistant
  • There are lots of color options to match your natural teeth
  • They’re a more conservative approach than other techniques

Another great thing about porcelain veneers is that they don’t require a lot of additional care and maintenance. You can treat them just like your natural teeth.

As long you brush and floss on a regular basis, you likely won’t have to worry about developing any issues developing with them.

Signs You Need Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are a great option for a lot of people. How do you know if they’re a good fit for you, though?

The following are some signs that veneers could help you get the smile of your dreams:

1. You Want Results Fast

If you’re dissatisfied with your smile, do you really want to wait months or even years for Invisalign or braces to straighten out your teeth? Would you like to see improvements right away?

If you want to enjoy fast results, veneers are the way to go. Over the span of just a couple of appointments, you’ll be able to improve the appearance of your smile in a dramatic way.

For folks who are impatient or don’t want to deal with all the maintenance that orthodontic devices require, veneers are a great way to quickly straighten the teeth and brighten up the smile.

2. Your Teeth are Cracked, Chipped, or Broken

If you have a few teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken, veneers might be a good solution to try.

Veneers help to correct these imperfections and restore your smile to its former glory (or even make it look better than it did before).

Veneers are easy to match to the color and shape of your natural teeth, too, so you can address the cracked, chipped, or broken tooth without needing a full smile makeover.

Keep in mind that veneers are best for mild-to-moderate cracks, chips, and breaks. Severe issues might require a more intense treatment option, such as a dental implant.

3. Your Teeth are Stained or Discolored

If you have teeth that are stained or discolored, veneers can help to correct the issue and give you the pearly white smile of your dreams.

But wait, why wouldn’t you just have your teeth whitened instead?

This is a viable option, but teeth whitening doesn’t last forever. Some people’s teeth are very resistant to whitening products, too.

If you’ve tried other whitening methods and haven’t been happy with your results, veneers might be just what you need.

4. You Have Gaps in Your Smile

If you have a space or spaces between your teeth, you can use veneers to cover them up.

They help to fill in gaps with requiring you to wear braces, aligner trays, or a retainer for several months or years.

Veneers work best for people who only have small gaps between their teeth.

5. You Have Worn Down Teeth

Are your teeth worn down from teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) or from everyday wear and tear?

If you don’t address your worn down teeth, they may become more sensitive and even change their shape.

Veneers can help to cover up imperfections and signs of worn down teeth. They can also provide additional stability and protect your teeth while you’re chewing.

6. You Have Misshapen or Misaligned Teeth

If your teeth are crooked or misshapen, veneers can help to cover up those imperfections and create the appearance of straight, even teeth.

If you can’t afford braces or don’t want to wear them to straighten out your natural teeth, veneers are the next best thing.

Veneers work best for people who have mild misalignments. For these people, a full set of braces or aligner trays would be a bit excessive.

Veneers, on the other hand, can address the issue quickly and without a significant treatment commitment.

7. You Want a Permanent Solution

If you’ve been considering veneers because you want to correct discoloration, veneers are a good option to consider.

They’re especially beneficial if you want whiter teeth and you want them to stay white.

Teeth whitening can be a good temporary fix, but you have to continue getting it done a couple of times per year to see long-lasting results.

With veneers, though, your teeth will be permanently white and straight as long as you keep practicing good oral hygiene.

Get Veneers Today

Now that you know more about the signs that someone could benefit from porcelain dental veneers, do you think you fall into this category?

Could veneers help to improve the appearance of your smile and increase your confidence?

If you’re looking to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers, we can help at Advance Dental.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

We treat patients from all over the world at our office in Costa Rica, and we can’t wait to help you get the smile of your dreams.

best pain relief for toothache

You’re munching on a delicious, buttery tub of popcorn when you hear it… Crack!

This crack is usually followed by a sudden, intense pain in your tooth. And that pain won’t go away anytime soon.

Yes, a cracked tooth can be a real pain in the you-know-what (um, tooth?). And you can’t always make it to the dentist right away to get it fixed. That’s where we can help!

Check out this guide to the best pain relief for toothache pain.

Common Toothache Causes

Tooth pain is almost always caused by swelling inside the tooth or gum. In our example above, that swelling comes because of a cracked tooth. But there are other things that can cause these sensitive areas to swell too.

Your teeth, like a character in a romantic comedy, are tough on the outside and soft on the inside. That soft part on the inside, called the pulp, is full of nerve endings and blood vessels. A cracked tooth injures the pulp which causes it to become inflamed and painful.

A cavity is a hole in the tooth enamel that causes bacteria to seep into the tooth pulp and cause infection. And infected pulp quickly becomes painful. Get cavities filled right away to avoid this infection spreading.

Gum disease is another common culprit of tooth pain. It’s caused when the gums become weak and infected. This disease makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities.

Some people have more sensitive teeth than others. The more sensitive your teeth to hot and cold, the more pain you’ll suffer when you eat and drink. This pain can last for hours after you’ve finished your meal.

Do you grind your teeth at night? Grinding causes toothaches over time. And it’s responsible for headaches and jaw pain as well.

Wisdom is usually associated with good stuff like an open mind and an awareness of the world. But wisdom teeth are another story. These teeth grow in behind your regular molars in the back of your mouth.

Many times, wisdom teeth become impacted underneath the other teeth. This puts a lot of pressure on your teeth and on your jaw. And all that pressure leads to one heck of a toothache.

The Best Pain Relief for Toothache Pain

Remember that tooth pain is not normal. If you’re suffering from pain for any of the reasons above, you need to see a dentist asap. Here are a few ways that you can deal with the pain in the meantime.

Pain Medication

Over-the-counter pain medications like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Tylenol are the best ways to relieve tooth pain fast. Plus, these medications have anti-inflammatory properties. So they’ll help bring down the swelling inside the tooth or gum.

Your dentist might prescribe stronger pain medication if your pain isn’t controlled by over-the-counter options. But it’s best to get the problem fixed so you don’t need medication at all.

Antiseptic Rinse

If your tooth pain is caused by infection, you can help relieve the pain by rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic rinse. There are rinses available at your local pharmacy. But there are some natural rinses you can try too.

Saltwater makes an excellent rinse because it’s easy for anyone to make. Use 1/2 teaspoon of salt added to 8 oz of warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth.

Salt kills the bacteria inside the abscess. It also reduces inflammation by pulling fluid out of the swollen tooth.

Another effective rinse is hydrogen peroxide. It works in the same way as salt. And should be mixed with water to make it easier on the painful tooth.

Topical Anesthetic

Babies deal with tooth problems a lot more than us older folks. So take a page from a baby manual and use a topical anesthetic on painful teeth.

Orajel (or a generic variety) can be found in any pharmacy. Apply it to the tooth and the surrounding gum. It’s a cheap remedy and it’s fast-acting for instant results.

Elevate & Ice

If your tooth is swollen, your best bet is to sleep with your head elevated. This helps fluid to drain away from the area. That draining relieves some of the pressure on the tooth.

You can also try a cold compress. Cold makes blood vessels narrow, meaning the tooth gets less blood flow. Less blood flow to the area means less pain.

Cold is also a good way to reduce swelling and it helps numb the pain. Use an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a thin towel. Apply this directly to the jaw and hold it on for as long as you can.

Avoid Certain Food & Drink

Hot and cold foods will irritate the tooth, so it’s best to avoid them until you can see your dentist. Also, avoid foods that are acidic, like citrus fruit or juice. These acids can eat away at the tooth and cause the pain to worsen.

Soda is carbonated, which adds to the acidity level. It also contains sugar which is bad for your teeth anyway. Stay away from soda if you can.

Also, avoid chewing on hard foods like ice and hard candy. Your tooth is already weak because of the underlying problem. Crunching down on these may make the problem worse.

Other Natural Remedies

Peppermint tea bags are a great way to help numb the area. Wet the teabag with warm water and apply it directly to the affected tooth. Never apply a hot teabag to a painful tooth.

Many people swear by chewing on a piece of garlic. Garlic has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. You won’t win a popularity contest, but the garlic can kill bacteria and offers a mild pain reliever.

Clove oil contains a natural antiseptic. You can apply it directly to the affected tooth to ease the pain. Or, if it’s too strong, mix it with a carrier oil, like olive oil, before you put it on your tooth.

See Your Dentist for Tooth Pain

To get the best pain relief for toothache pain, see your dentist asap. The remedies we’ve listed here are helpful, but your best bet is to correct the underlying problem.

It’s especially important to see the dentist if your teeth or gums are infected. You’ll notice that they’re red, hot to the touch, and may leak blood or other fluids. It’s important to get that cleared up before the infection spreads.

Worried that you might have periodontal disease? Here are 7 signs of periodontal disease that you need to get checked out asap.

whiter smile

Nothing is more contagious than a genuine smile. However, there are a lot of things out there that keep people from showing their’s off. One of the biggest is teeth not being white enough.

Have you been embarrassed that someone may notice your not-so-white teeth? Have you been guilty of giving the “closed-mouth” smile recently? If so, it’s time to change that.

There is no need to feel embarrassed any longer! You deserve to show off your smile with confidence. Keep reading to learn about 11 tips for a whiter smile!

1. Whitening Toothpaste

Whenever you visit the dentist, they work tediously to remove any built-up plaque or stains.

Whitening toothpaste is a great tool to maintain healthy and clean teeth between dentists visits. Whitening toothpaste contains silica, a gritty material, that helps to exfoliate and remove plaque stains.

You probably won’t see a dramatic difference with whitening toothpaste, but it is a great maintenance tool.

2. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has been used in the medical industry since the 1800s. It has recently risen in popularity for use in beauty products and teeth care.

The chemical properties of activated charcoal make it very porous. This means it’s really good at absorbing toxins, plaque, or stains.

This is a great natural alternative to brighten and whiten your smile.

3. Eat High Calcium Foods

This is great news for dairy lovers. Maintaining a diet high in calcium makes for healthier teeth.

Calcium helps to keep your tooth enamel strong, which means your teeth will stay protected. Yogurt and cheese are both great sources of calcium.

A lot of our food today is high in acid and sugar. These are both huge culprits for breaking down enamel. While avoiding these foods altogether is most effective, it’s not the most reasonable option.

It’s important that you keep the enamel strong and healthy by eating the right nutrients.

4. Enamel Protection

Take active steps to protect your enamel. Enamel cannot be rebuilt after it is broken down. This means you need to work to maintain the enamel you have.

Once enamel is weakened, your teeth are more susceptible to stains. Using toothpaste and mouth rinses with Flouride is a great way to protect your enamel.

5. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

It’s inexpensive, and the ingredients are usually sitting around your house.

Baking soda help whiten and brighten your smile in two ways. It has an abrasive texture that helps remove plaque build-up on the outside layer of your teeth. Also, the alkaline powder found in baking soda is great at absorbing stains.

Hydrogen peroxide is useful because it can pass through the enamel barrier and whiten the teeth from within.

6. Upgrade To Electric

Electric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing everyday stain and plaque build-up than manual brushes. If you haven’t already, it is time to upgrade!

The vibrating head of the toothbrush is able to remove more plaque while also stimulating your gums. Healthy gums are essential to a healthy smile.

Another benefit is that you will be sure to brush long enough. Most electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer to ensure you are getting those 2 minutes in!

7. Brush and Floss Correctly

If you are serious about keeping those teeth white, you need to brush and floss thoroughly every single day!

Brushing thoroughly and often will help you remove plaque and stains. Flossing is also essential for removing plaque and build-up in and around your teeth.

8. Chase With Water

Although wine is high in antioxidants, it is terrible for your teeth. This goes for both red and white wine. The high acidity breaks down the enamel making your teeth more susceptible to stains.

Your first instinct may be to brush right away, however, this is not the case. You want to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to give your saliva time to remineralize broken down enamel.

Instead, you can chase the acid away by drinking a glass of water.

You should also avoid energy drinks and sugary drinks for the same reason. This includes sodas and juices. When drank often, these drinks are responsible for some serious damage.

Picture weak, thin, yellow teeth, and that’s what these highly acidic and sugary drinks can do to you!

9. Activate Saliva Production

Your saliva is responsible for repairing damage to your teeth and naturally cleansing your mouth.

Eat things that will activate your saliva production. Crunchy vegetables like celery and carrots are great. You can also chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candies to get the job done.

10. Avoid Staining Culprits

Other teeth staining culprits are coffee, tea, blueberries, blackberries, and beets.

If you question a food’s staining ability, imagine trying to get whatever you are eating or drinking out of a white shirt. If it would be a difficult stain to remove from your shirt, it will also be difficult to remove from your teeth.

Remember to rinse your mouth after you eat them, and brush!

11. Professional Teeth Whitening

If you want fast and immediate results, professional teeth whitening is a great option.

A professional teeth whitening session can often remove stubborn stains. You can also pick the level of whiteness you want, to make them look as natural as possible.

Professional teeth whitening is faster, and a more comfortable option. Teeth whitening strips can often leave teeth sensitive. Also, who wants to walk around with a gross piece of plastic on their teeth for 30 minutes anyway?

The results will be longer lasting, and you can maintain that new smile with the tips you have learned here.

On Your Way To A Whiter Smile

Using the 11 tips above will help you have a whiter smile than ever before. Most of these won’t even cost you a dime.

Don’t feel embarrassed or hide that smile any longer! For more help on a healthier smile, contact us today!

Cosmetic Dentistry

85% of people in the US say their oral health is important to them. However, the same source states that only 25% are actually satisfied with it! Furthermore, 42% of Americans don’t visit the dentist on an annual basis.

Those are some fairly shocking dental statistics. It’s no surprise that dental issues are a common problem in America.

For instance, 96% of Americans have tooth decay by the age of 65. That’s almost everyone with this significant oral hygiene issue!

Such dental problems are no laughing matter. Pain, discomfort, poor self-esteem, gum disease, and so on can all have a major negative effect. Sound familiar?

Cosmetic dentistry may be the solution you’re looking for.

Keep reading to discover how it can benefit you.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Let’s take a quick first look at what we mean by cosmetic dentistry.

Essentially, it’s a form of dentistry designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Through an array of procedures, cosmetic dentists aim to restore and prolong the health, appearance and overall function of your teeth.

In contrast to typical dentistry, it is entirely elective. People choose to visit a cosmetic dentist to facilitate positive oral health.

8 Reasons It Can Benefit You

You may never have considered going to a cosmetic dentist. The reasons below may change your mind! Here’s how it can help.

1. Whiten That Smile

Teeth whitening an incredibly common procedure.

Teeth will naturally lose their whiteness over time. They’ll darken, yellow and stain, usually against your wishes, as you age. Having them bleached is a way of counteracting the effect of time!

It’s most effective following a good clean. Have your dentist remove plaque and tartar from your teeth before the whitening process begins.

2. Improved Confidence

Poor oral hygiene can have a significant impact on your self-esteem.

Regardless of the issue, feeling self-conscious can limit your willingness to smile, and alter your confidence all-round. Visiting a cosmetic dentist is a sure-fire way to solve any dental issue you have. This restoration of your teeth can then restore your confidence in yourself.

Remember, smiling is good for you!

3. Get the Teeth of Your Dreams

Most of us have a problem or two with our teeth.

Gaps, cracks, and chips may abound. Teeth may be missing, crooked or misshapen. Whatever the issue, dental veneers are one method of getting the teeth you’ve always wanted.

These are immensely thin, ceramic/resin shells for your teeth, custom made to resemble your natural teeth. Once made, they’re fitted to your teeth using an adhesive. Any issues get effectively covered in the process.

Crowns do the same job. However, these are caps that fit over your problem teeth and support their strength and appearance.

4. Replace Lost Teeth

Have you ever lost a tooth?

It probably wasn’t fun. But the problems don’t stop there. You’re left with a gap in your mouth, which may be a cause of discomfort, or feeling self-conscious.

Equally, having a gap effects your overall bite as surrounding teeth move into space. Moreover, the exposed gum can be a hotbed for bacteria, which can lead to gum disease.

Cosmetic dentistry can solve these issues with ease using implants. They are titanium roots that are fitted into the bone. You then get a replacement tooth fitted into place.

5. Realign Crooked Teeth

Doesn’t everyone want straight teeth?

Unfortunately, crowding is a common form of dental issue that can lead to crookedness.

Thankfully, orthodontic procedures can do a lot to correct the problem. Braces may have had a bad reputation in the past. But these days they’re incredibly common. The technology and procedures have come a long way.

Invisible braces will go unnoticed, can be easily removed, and are able to successfully correct crookedness.

6. Limited Invasive Procedures

Don’t like the idea of going under the scalpel?

You don’t have to worry with cosmetic dentistry. Most procedures are minimally invasive. There’s usually very little fuss involved. For instance, a veneer can be fitted after removing just a little enamel.

Likewise, all work that requires something more extreme will be anesthetized. There will be no pain throughout proceedings to worry about!

7. There’s No Age Limit

It’s never too late to benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

Dental problems don’t correct themselves. You may have been struggling with the same issue for decades. Likewise, tooth problems can worsen over time. Having suffered for so long, why not finally treat yourself?!

There is rarely anything stopping you doing so. Almost all cosmetic dentistry procedures are available to everyone, regardless of age.

8. Improved Oral Health All Round

Tooth problems often get worse when left unfixed.

For instance, crooked teeth can lead to tooth decay. Gaps in your teeth can do the same. A missing tooth can cause movement and eventual gum disease. Pretending there isn’t an issue often exacerbates the situation!

Taking active steps to improve your teeth will help prevent additional issues developing. Following cosmetic dentistry, you’ll look great, feel great, and have a healthier mouth to boot.

Time to Go to the Dentist

There you have it: 8 reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry.

Oral health is a crucial part of our overall wellbeing. Accordingly, the vast majority of Americans say it’s important to them. However, in reality, most of us don’t maintain our oral health as we should.

The result is an array of problems that can develop over time. Discoloration, crookedness, cracks, cavities, and missing teeth are all common bugbears. All of these issues can be deleterious.

Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can help. Problems, both freshly developed and long-standing, can be successfully addressed with the right procedure. Hopefully, the information here has convinced you of its value!

Do you have oral health issues you’re like to address? Have you considered going overseas for dental care? Be sure to contact us today to request further information, or book yourself an appointment.

Dental Inlays and Onlays in Costa Rica

Did you know that more than one-quarter of people do not show their teeth when they smile? Does this sound like you?

If you’re not smiling with your teeth because you’re insecure about the way they look, something needs to change. Nobody should go through life censoring their smile out of insecurity.

There are a lot of different cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth and help to restore your confidence.

Dental inlays and onlays are two options that are definitely worth considering. Never heard of this procedure before? Not sure if it’s a good fit for you?

Read on to learn more about the benefits of getting dental inlays and onlays in Costa Rica.

What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are a type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Dental inlays and onlays are used to make silver and/or blackened fillings look more natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Dental inlays are prosthetics that are applied just to the damaged area of a tooth. They’re different from crowns, which fully cover the top and sides of a tooth.

They also differ from fillings, which involve the removal of a large portion of the tooth. Fillings also are not resistance to infections and damage, but inlays and onlays are.

Inlays vs. Onlays: What’s the Difference?

At this point, you’re probably curious about the difference between an inlay and an onlay.

An easy way to remember the difference is the fact that inlays go “in” the tooth and onlays go “on” top of it.

Inlays are used when a cavity is too large for a filling. The inlay goes in the space left by the cavity.

The onlay is a little more comprehensive. It fills in the space of the cavity, but it also covers a portion of the surface of the tooth.

Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays

There are lots of reasons why you might want to consider dental inlays and onlays instead of crowns or regular fillings. The following are some of the greatest advantages of these procedures:

More Conservative Treatment

If you have a cavity that’s too big for a filling, your dentist may have recommended that you get a crown. As you may already know, though, a dental crown is a pretty intense procedure.

Dental inlays and onlays are much more conservative options, and they allow the dentist to preserve more of your natural tooth.

Less drilling and tooth reduction is required when you get a dental inlay or onlay. The dentist just has to remove the compromised tissue before placing the inlay or onlay.

More Cost Effective

If you want to save money on your tooth restoration, inlays and onlays are the way to go. They are often covered by dental insurance. Even without insurance, though, they often cost a lot less than other cosmetic procedures, but they still yield impressive results.

More Stability

Dental fillings aren’t particularly strong or durable. They’re prone to fractures, which can cause bacteria to get into the tooth and infection to develop.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are much more durable and don’t change shape and size with temperature fluctuations, unlike fillings.

Increased Durability

Inlays and onlays are often made from porcelain. Porcelain is highly durable. With proper care, it can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years!

Composite resin and amalgam, which are used to make fillings, only last about five years on average before they need to be replaced.

More Natural Results

Inlays and onlays have a much more natural finish compared to crowns and fillings. They blend in perfectly with your natural teeth and no one will ever know you had work done.

Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, too, which is stain-resistant. This means that your restoration will continue to look bright and healthy for years to come.

Easy Aftercare

There’s no downtime required when you get dental inlays or onlays. The same can certainly not be said for a crown, and even fillings can sometimes knock you off your feet for an hour or so, especially if you received nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, during the procedure.

Once the inlays and onlays are placed, you can care for them just like you would your normal teeth. Just brush and floss them normally and visit your dentist for your regular checkups — no special care or extra steps needed!

Who Should Get Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Are you ready to rush off the dentist and ask for inlays or onlays to restore your smile? Before you do, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

The following people are generally considered to be good candidates:

  • You’ve been told you’re experiencing tooth decay and need a filling
  • You have old fillings that have darkened or are cracked
  • You still have at least 80 percent of your natural tooth
  • Your natural tooth is strong enough to support to inlay or onlay

Most people who are good candidates for fillings are good candidates for inlays and onlays.

If you are in good general health and want to restore the appearance and function of your smile without the use of traditional metal fillings, inlays and onlays are a good option to consider.

The only people who shouldn’t have this procedure done are those who have severe tooth decay and have been told that they require a crown.

Get Dental Inlays and Onlays in Costa Rica Today

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why you might want to consider getting dental inlays and onlays in Costa Rica.

Dental inlays and onlays can transform your smile and help you feel more confident. If you’re insecure about your teeth and always avoid showing them in pictures, this procedure might be just what you need.

Are you going to be traveling to Costa Rica soon? Do you want to get your teeth fixed while you’re here? If so, we can help.

Contact us at Advance Dental today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

We can’t wait to help you get the smile of your dreams!

Smile Makeover in Costa Rica

Are you currently unhappy with your smile? If so, you’re not alone.

More than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Forty-eight percent of them have also untagged themselves in a picture on social media because they didn’t like the way their smile looked.

If you’re part of this group that is unhappy with the appearance of their smile, you may want to consider a smile makeover.

Not sure what a smile makeover entails? Not sure if this is the right approach for you?

Read on to learn more about a smile makeover in Costa Rica and why you ought to consider getting one.

What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a collection of cosmetic dentistry treatments designed to — you guessed it — makeover your smile.

The following are some procedures commonly involved in a smile makeover:

  • The placement of porcelain veneers, implants, or crowns
  • Teeth whitening
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Creation of partial or full dentures, if necessary

Many smile makeovers include additional benefits. For example, the cost of the makeover will also cover the cost of lodging at a hotel for the length of time needed to complete the treatments and transportation to and from the dentist’s office.

In locations like Costa Rica, the smile makeover package may also include tours or excursions to allow you to see more of the country you’re visiting.

Benefits of a Smile Makeover

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to invest in a smile makeover. Some of the greatest benefits of a smile makeover include:

  • Feel more confident and happy with your smile
  • Feel happier in general — many people notice their mood improves when they take steps to improve the appearance of their smile
  • Improve your oral health and general physical health — many chronic diseases start in the mouth
  • Improve bite alignment and prevent tooth damage or keep current damage from getting worse
  • Having an easier time eating and chewing food
  • Improve your sense of taste — gum disease and oral infections can leave a bad taste in the mouth
  • Increase your chances of landing your dream job — an attractive smile has been linked to an increase in lifetime earnings

When your smile is improved and your confidence is increased, you’re more likely to have success in the dating world, too.

Who Should Get a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a good option for just about anybody who is unhappy with the way their teeth and gums look.

The extent of the specific cosmetic treatments for which you are eligible will vary depending on the condition of your teeth at the moment.

For example, if you have severe tooth decay, you may not be able to benefit from dental veneers. You may need to choose a smile makeover package that includes partial or complete dentures or dental implants instead.

You may not be eligible for every cosmetic procedure included in a smile makeover package. But, your dentist will still likely be able to improve the appearance of your smile.

When you sit down for a consultation with them, he or she will be able to tell you what kind of procedures will work best for you.

What Will Your Smile Look Like?

As you’re getting ready for a smile makeover, you’ll likely wonder what your smile will look like when the makeover is complete.

There are a lot of different tools your dentist can use to help you get an idea of how your smile will look, including the following:

Dental Imaging Software

Your dentist may use special technology to create a mock-up of what your smile will look like depending on the appearance of your current smile and the specific treatments you’re going to undergo.

Before and After Photos

Your dentist may also be able to show you before and after photos of past patients who had “before” teeth that were similar to yours and are undergoing similar procedures.

Dental Models

Sometimes, your dentist can take an impression of your teeth and then reshape that impression to show you what your new teeth will look like — these impressions can sometimes be sent to labs to create more accurate scans and models of the teeth.

Choosing a Dentist for Your Smile Makeover

Before you undergo a smile makeover, you’ll need to find a reliable cosmetic dentist to handle the process for you.

When you’re looking for a smile makeover, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Ask for recommendations from friends or family who have undergone smile makeovers
  • Research their credentials to make sure they’re qualified to address your teeth
  • Make sure they specialize in cosmetic dentistry specifically
  • Look at their portfolio and before and after pictures to see what kind of work they do
  • Read their online reviews to see what other people are saying about them and their work

These guidelines will help you sort through the different cosmetic dentists out there and find one who will do a great job making over your smile.

Smile Makeover Aftercare

If you’ve spent money getting your smile made over, there’s a good chance you want your results to last as long as possible.

In order to ensure your teeth stay healthy and continue to look great, it’s important to make good oral hygiene a top priority. This means brushing your teeth and flossing on a consistent basis.

You’ll also need to exercise caution when eating certain foods, especially those that are very hard or sticky. You may need to invest in a night guard, too, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you sleep.

Get a Smile Makeover in Costa Rica Today

Now that you know more about what the procedure entails, do you think you could benefit from getting a smile makeover in Costa Rica?

A smile makeover is a great option for folks who aren’t happy with or confident in their smile.

Getting one done in Costa Rica can also help you to save money while still getting the improvements to your smile that you’re looking for.

Are you planning a trip to Costa Rica in the near future? Do you want to get a smile makeover done while you’re here?

If so, contact us at Advance Dental today to learn more about our smile makeover packages or to schedule an appointment.

Full Mouth Restoration in Costa Rica

Nobody looks forward to going to the dentist.

Dental work can be painful, irritating, and just plain expensive. It’s no wonder people aren’t knocking down their doors.

But if you keep putting off regular dental work for too long, you might miss some major problems forming in your mouth. Before you know it, it’s too late for prevention, and you need a full mouth restoration.

With the high price of medical care in the United States, this can be prohibitively expensive for some people. In fact, you could get a roundtrip ticket to Costa Rica for a fraction of the cost, and still have money left over.

Actually, that’s exactly what you could do. Dental care in Costa Rica is far less expensive than the USA. So much so that you can afford dental care, airfare, and a little tourism for less than the same procedure in the States.

Read on to know what you can expect from a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica.

What’s Involved in a Full Mouth Restoration?

There’s no one-size-fits-all full mouth restoration. Every mouth is different.

But there are a number of procedures that your dentist might use for your procedure.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common dental procedures is teeth whitening.

Discoloration can be caused by a number of factors, such as lack of care or diet. If you drink a lot of coffee and skip regular cleanings, you may develop permanent stains.

Dentists use a process called Advanced Prophylaxis to eradicate staining particles and give you a bright smile. In a full mouth restoration, your healthier teeth may still need some whitening.

Dental Fillings

Almost every American has experienced cavities at one point. If left untreated, these small cavities can wreak havoc across your teeth.

The easiest way to stop cavities in their tracks is with dental fillings. Fillings are even a common procedure in a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica.

The dentist will drill out the damaged part of the tooth and fill the hole with a dental epoxy. We’re all familiar with metallic fillings, but modern fillings are almost indistinguishable from your natural tooth!

Porcelain Veneers

If the front of your tooth is damaged but the rest of the tooth is in good shape, your dentist may use porcelain veneers to replace them.

A small piece of porcelain is formed to match the shape and color of your teeth. The tooth is filed down and the porcelain veneer is then cemented in place on your existing tooth.

This improves the strength of your teeth and gives the appearance of a perfectly healthy tooth.

Dental Bridge

If you have some missing teeth that need to be replaced, you may consider a dental bridge.

Let’s say you are missing two adjacent teeth. The dentist would form a ceramic piece that resembles four teeth. They would then file the two teeth on either side of the gap and cement the ceramic piece as if it were a veneer.

The ceramic piece “bridges” over the gap, giving the appearance of an intact smile.


One of the most common methods of replacing missing or damaged teeth is dentures.

Dentures are typically removable and may replace all of your teeth or just a few. Dentures may also be supported by dental implants to cement them into the jaw.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are more expensive than bridges and dentures, but they offer better performance and have substantially less risk of bone loss in the jaw. But this benefit comes at the cost of a very involved procedure.

For each tooth that will be replaced with an implant, the dentist drills into the jawbone and installs a metal support. After that, the dentist creates replacement teeth to match the original teeth.

Each replacement tooth is attached to the supports.

After the procedure is complete, the implant looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Quality of Care

Some people might be hesitant to go to a foreign country for dental care. American dentistry might be much more expensive, but don’t you get what you care for? No one wants to get third-rate care from a third-world country.

But despite prejudice about Central America, Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world. Unlike other places in Central America, Costa Rica is very peaceful and the cities are quite advanced.

Most of our team was trained in the United States and offers the same quality of care that you might get domestically.

Free Time

It might feel like a waste to fly all the way to Costa Rica just to get some dental work done.

After all, Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s best beaches, rainforests, and coffee plantations. Why go to Costa Rica at all if you can’t enjoy it?

Who says you can’t? After all, a full mouth restoration is a big deal. You will need to recuperate before flying back. Why not recuperate with a tour of Costa Rica?

Rejuvenate your smile in our office, then rejuvenate your spirit in one of the world’s top travel destinations.

Ready For a Full Mouth Restoration In Costa Rica?

Now that you know more about getting a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica, you might be wondering why you ever thought about paying more for the same procedure in the United States without the added vacation.

To set up an appointment or contact us with more questions, fill out the form on this page. We’d love to make you smile!

Dental Implants in Costa Rica

Do you have missing teeth? If so, you’re not alone.

Globally, millions of people are missing at least one tooth, and many of them have no natural teeth at all. This severe tooth loss is also one of the leading causes of Years Lived with Disability.

Clearly, tooth loss is a serious issue. Luckily, though, there are a lot of dental procedures that can help to fix the problem, including dental implants.

Are you interested in getting dental implants in Costa Rica? How do you know that this is really the procedure you need? 

Read on to learn more about the signs that indicate you can benefit from dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a type of artificial tooth root. They resemble screws and are placed in the jawbone in the space left by a lost tooth (or teeth).

These implants bond to the natural bone in the jaw and become a strong base for artificial teeth (known as crowns). Crowns are custom-made and designed to match the natural shape and color of the other teeth in your mouth.

The crown is attached to the implant with the help of a special connector known as an abutment. The abutment supports the crown and keeps it in place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are lots of reasons one might want to consider dental implants, including the following:

  • Enhanced appearance
  • Improved speech (especially in individuals who have lost multiple teeth)
  • Improved comfort (especially compared to headaches and discomfort caused by dentures and other, impermanent treatments)
  • Easier eating
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved oral health (the natural teeth aren’t altered to support the implants the way they are with some other treatment options)
  • Increased durability (many implants last for the entirety of the patient’s life when they are properly cared for)

Dental implants also are much more convenient than other dental treatment options. There’s no need to worry about removing them or cleaning them. You can simply care for them the same you would your natural teeth.

Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for some people, but not for others. The following people, generally speaking, are good candidates for dental implants:

  • Those who are in good general health
  • Those who have healthy gums
  • Those who have sufficient bone in the jaw to hold the implant in place
  • Those who can commit to good oral hygiene practices
  • Those who do not suffer from uncontrolled chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes
  • Those who do not smoke
  • Those who have not undergone recent radiation therapy

As long as you’re in good general health and have sufficient bone in your jaw, you can probably benefit from dental implants. If you’re still not sure if they’re right for you, talk to your dentist to see what they recommend.

Five Signs You Need Dental Implants

Now that you know more about the benefits of dental implants, you might be leaning toward getting them for yourself. Before you jump into this procedure, it’s important to make sure you actually need it.

Here are five signs that you could benefit from dental implants:

1. You’re Missing One or More Natural Teeth 

In most cases, when people choose to seek out dental implants, it is because they are missing one or more of their natural teeth.

Whether the tooth was knocked out or had to be removed because of severe decay, dental implants can be used to fill in the gap (or gaps).

Dental implants are a good option whether or not the missing teeth are visible. Even if your missing tooth doesn’t affect your confidence, it could still affect your chewing or speech ability.

2. You Have a Tooth That’s Severely Broken or Cracked

Sometimes, dental implants are a good option even if you have a tooth that isn’t totally missing.

If a tooth has a severe crack in it, or if it is broken, sometimes, the best approach is to simply remove it and start from scratch.

Most dentists do what they can to save the tooth before turning to implants. In some cases, though, the implant is the only option.

3. You’re Tired of Wearing Poorly Fitting Dentures

If you have several teeth missing, you may currently wear dentures.

As you know, when your dentures don’t fit properly, they can be very irritating. They can even cause digestive problems and affect your ability to eat.

Dental implants are a great replacement for dentures, and they require a lot less maintenance.

Dental implants also provide those who wear dentures with more confidence and can significantly improve their quality of life.

4. Your Face Appears Sunken

Has your face started to take on a sunken appearance? If so, you might be beginning to experience bone loss. 

If you currently are experiencing bone loss, you should talk to your dentist about getting dental implants.

If you haven’t lost too much bone, dental implants can be a good option. They actually stimulate bone growth, so they can help to strengthen the jaw and prevent any additional loss.

5. Your Teeth Aren’t Functioning Properly

Are you having a hard time chewing your food? Does your speech sound slurred or do you have difficulty pronouncing certain words?

If your teeth aren’t functioning the way they’re meant to, you might want to consider dental implants.

They will help to restore your teeth and jaw function so that you can begin to chew, eat, and speak with ease once again.

Get Dental Implants in Costa Rica Today

Dental implants aren’t for everyone. But, they can be a highly effective treatment option for lots of people, especially those who are in generally good health and want to restore their smile.

If you’re tired of dealing with the issues associated with tooth loss.

Now that you know more about the signs that you could benefit from dental implants, do you think they’re a good fit for you?

If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Costa Rica, we can help at Advance Dental.

Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you.

crown vs implant

If you’re looking for dental work in Costa Rica, it’s always important to find the best service possible, particularly when getting extensive work such as a crown or an implant.  

These procedures are similar, but you need to do your research to know what they entail and what is involved. This way, it’s easier for you to find the work you need, and match up with the right dentist in Costa Rica. 

To learn a bit more about the differences between a dental crown vs implant, consider the information below. 

Crown vs Implant: What’s the Difference?

First things first, you need to know exactly what these procedures are and what they help with. 

Both dental crowns and implants are set up to either protect or replace teeth that are damaged or infected. A dental crown is a cap that is shaped just like your tooth. It is installed over the top of a tooth that may have been broken open or otherwise damaged. 

A dental implant is also a porcelain fixture that looks like a teeth. Instead of being placed over the top of your tooth, the implant is installed directly into your gums, thanks to a metal base. 

While these procedures accomplish much of the same, it’s important to know these differences. From here, you’re better able to get the work that you need. 

The Benefits of These Procedures

There are a lot of benefits of both dental crowns and implants. The more you know about these benefits, the sooner you’ll be able to start taking advantage of them: 

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is incredibly beneficial because you get your tooth fixed without having to get invasive surgeries or procedures. This means that you will also be able to go about your life without having to worry about as much pain and discomfort. 

Getting a crown allows you to retain your previous tooth, with more protection than you previously had. This means that the tooth will stay durable and that you will be able to smile, chew and speak without issues. 

What’s more, these crowns will look just like your tooth, so it won’t stick out like a sore thumb or alter your smile. 

Dental Implants

Implants are excellent because they replace your infected or broken tooth completely. The implant will fill the space in your gums so that it doesn’t widen. 

When you install a dental implant, you are less likely to deal with any further infections or other problems. Like dental crowns, the implant will look just like an actual tooth, so that your smile stays natural.  

A Guide of What to Expect 

The procedure for implants and crowns are similar. 

You will start by getting a regular dental consultation. During this appointment, the oral health care professional will locate the problem and make sure that you get the option that is best for you. 

To proceed, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth, so that they can create either the implant or crown. Your dentist will then move forward to install it so that it sets in properly. 

In most situations, this work will take place over the course of a few different appointments. 

Tips For Getting Crowns or Implants

When you are going to get a dental crown or implant, it’s important that you prepare yourself for the procedure and get ready for any potential side effects. 

You will most likely have some soreness or pain right after the procedure, so you should be careful about the foods that you eat. Make sure that these foods aren’t too hot or cold since it can be painful. 

It’s important that you give yourself time to ease back into the foods that you used to enjoy, in addition to taking a painkiller that will work for you.  

Finding a Dentist in Costa Rica

Looking for a dentist in Costa Rica is incredibly important when you need a crown or implant.  

First off, be sure that you touch base with dentists that specialize in these procedures. This way, they can get you in and out and make sure that you are getting the best service.  

Search for a dental professional that is properly licensed and you’ll be taken care of. Look for referrals and speak to the dentist to have them answer any questions that you have. 

Costa Rica is home to some of the best dental care in the world, so you should be able to find the help that you need. 

Aftercare For These Procedures

After getting a crown or implant, the aftercare process is crucial.  

Get an ice pack and apply it to your jaw regularly following the procedure. Take your painkiller as needed, and ask the dentist for some gauze to bite down on in order to control any bleeding.  

Above all, be sure to get help from the dentist if you notice anything abnormal or have any questions.  

Get the Dental Help That You Need 

Now that you know more about crown vs implant, you’re well on your way to getting the dental care that you need. Take the time to research some Costa Rican dentists so that you are covered and cared for when you need either one of these procedures. 

Our dental practice can assist you with crowns, implants, and any other work that you need. 

If you need help with any oral health procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

costa rica dental tourism

Roughly 65% of the American population will visit a dentist annually. That number has remained flat for years despite the low unemployment rates the US has enjoyed over the last half-decade or so.

Why is that?

For many, the reason is the amount of hassle they need to deal with when it comes to receiving dental work.

Not only is dental care expensive domestically but given that the dentist to patient ratio favors dentists considerably, many people feel that they’re not given the care and attention they deserve when they seek oral care.

That’s why many Americans are hopping on the Costa Rica dental tourism train which entails taking a trip to the breathtaking South American country to get high-quality dental procedures done.

Costa Rica dental tourism provides a bevy of benefits to people from the United States. Below, our team outlines a few key advantages.

Big Time Savings

Even with insurance coverage, many dental procedures can set patients back thousands of dollars. Without insurance coverage, the cost of necessary dental work can be impossible to pay for.

This reality has led many to go through their life with smiles that are not aesthetically pleasing and that in some cases cause them physical pain.

Fortunately, dental service providers in Costa Rica are capable of providing the same quality of care US citizens enjoy domestically but at a fraction of the cost.

Given the stark contrast in the cost of living in Costa Rica when compared to the USA, dental service providers can charge a lot less for services without sacrificing quality. Furthermore, dental services in Costa Rica are more plentiful than in many areas across the United States.

That means more competition and better deals.

A Wider Variety of Accessible Providers

As we touched on in our previous point, there are a number of dental service providers in Costa Rica.

You may be thinking to yourself, “I live in a big city and there are plenty of dental service providers here too.” Ask yourself though, how many of those service providers can you afford?

When you partake in Costa Rica dental tourism, not only do you have options but those options are actually viable since you can afford them. That means that you can compare a variety of providers and pick one because they make you feel comfortable not because they’re the only practitioner you can pay for.

Easier Scheduling

When it comes to complex dental procedures, scheduling can be a nightmare in the United States. Sometimes it can take months for your dental service provider to call in a specialist to “okay” a procedure. After that, you’ll have to wait even longer for that procedure to get scheduled.

This waiting game means inordinate amounts of time living with a sub-par smile or managing unbearable levels of pain.

Thanks to the volume of service providers in Costa Rica and their deep appreciation for dental tourists, you can expect to get your dental appointment scheduled quickly. You also won’t experience massive amounts of downtime between observations and procedures.

If you’re looking to remedy your oral issues quickly, there is no better way to go about doing so than through Costa Rica dental tourism.

Outstanding Customer Service

One of the most common complaints we hear from Costa Rica dental tourism lovers is that they ditched their domestic dentist because they felt brushed off by them.

Maybe they were treated rudely during appointments. Maybe their dentist was unwilling to work with their unique scheduling or financial needs.

The fact is, dental practitioners in the United States are scarce and because of that, they don’t have trouble filling out their schedules. This can lead to them showing very little flexibility when it comes to any one patient.

The Costa Rica dental experience couldn’t be more different. As a matter of fact, if you talked to people who have gone to Costa Rica to receive dental care, you’d be hard pressed to find a single person that wasn’t a fan of the service they received.

Costa Rica dentists treasure their intercontinental clientele. That appreciation translates into exponential service.

High-Quality Dental Care

The biggest concern of people who are considering Costa Rica dental tourism is the quality of services that they’ll receive. After all, medical services provided internationally are sure to be below the standards of what you’d get domestically, right?


Sure, there are bad dental practitioners in Costa Rica the same way that there is in the United States.

Those that specialize in servicing dental tourists and have a strong reputation of excellence however are extensively educated, credentialed, and are certified by the Costa Rica Health Chamber for their high quality of care by international standards.

Believe us when we say that you can find a Costa Rica dental practitioner that is every bit as trustworthy as your domestic dentist.

Work and Play Opportunities

We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention one of the biggest draws of Costa Rica Dental Tourism.

You get to go on vacation!

Costa Rica is a wonderful place that is the apple in the eye of many international adventurers.

Intense natural beauty. Delicious food. Wonderful people… These are a few of the things you can expect between your dental appointments!

To get your dental work done while giving yourself the opportunity to rest and relax, there is no better place to be!

Wrapping up the Benefits of Costa Rica Dental Tourism

From low costs to high quality of care, there are no shortage of benefits you can enjoy if you choose to pursue Costa Rica dental tourism.

Are you looking for a renowned international dentist that’s based in Costa Rica to manage your oral needs? If so, look no further than our team at Advance Dental.

At Advance Dental, we’ve been helping patients from the USA and around the world get the oral care they need, fast.

Our dental specialists are USA-trained and are ready to provide you with the quality of care you expect.

Learn more about our office and schedule your appointment today!

Costa Rica dental fillings

Just found out you need a dental filling? Be ready for a serious outlay of cash if you are in the U.S. The high cost of care is one of the reasons so many Americans put off dental work.

The price of a perfect smile varies from place to place. It all depends on where you live, whether you have dental insurance, and what your dentist decides to charge. Fillings are some of the lowest priced dental interventions practiced, but range in price depending on the materials used.

Costa Rica dental fillings are a great way to save on the high cost of U.S. dental restorations. You can expect the same high-quality fillings as the U.S., with qualified dentists for less.

Read on to learn more!

Fixing Decayed and Damaged Teeth

The earliest evidence of dental fillings is in a 13,000-year-old set of incisors. That’s right, people have been filing teeth since the early Ice Age. Today’s dentistry is much less brutal.

Modern-day dentists remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Then, depending on the damage, fill in (filling) or cover (crown) the tooth to restore the chewing area. Restorations can also repair cracked or broken teeth or abnormally worn teeth.

The modern process is simple. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth then remove the decayed area with a laser, air abrasion or drill. The area will be cleaned and decay completely removed.

Depending on the filling material, your dentist may then smooth the edge of the area to be filled, then use a lining material to protect the nerve before filling in the hole. A special light may be used to cure the layers if your dentist uses composite resin.

Once the area is filled, the excess materials are trimmed. The surface is then finished and polished.

Costa Rica Dental Fillings: What Types of Filling Materials are Available?

Modern dentistry offers many choices for dental restorations. Teeth can be filled with composite resins, porcelain, gold, or even the silver amalgam you remember as a kid. The location of the damage and extent of the decay will help your dentist recommend the right type of filling for your needs.

Each type of material has certain advantages and disadvantages, including cost, longevity and aesthetic appeal. Discuss your options with your dentist. Some restorations favor certain materials over others.

The most common and popular material is a tooth colored-composite resin.

Composite Resin Fillings

  • Color can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth
  • Bonds to tooth structure to reinforce teeth
  • Versatile and can be used on many tooth surfaces
  • Does not require as much drilling and preparation as other types of fillings
  • Suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth

Composite resin fillings are a several step process. Layers of materials are placed in the hole to mimic natural tooth layering. Disadvantages of composite resins include staining from coffee or tobacco or chipping from hard substances.

Be prepared for about 45 minutes in the dentist’s chair to restore one tooth. Resin fillings can last 3-10 years. Prices for these types of fillings are  $50-70 for front teeth and around $10 more for back teeth.

Silver Amalgam Fillings

  • Ugly contrasting color to teeth
  • Expands and contracts in teeth, often causing small fractures and sensitivity
  • Strong and durable, able to withstand chewing forces
  • Requires more drilling than composites
  • Contains mercury

Amalgam fillings are silver when they are new, but quickly take on a dull gray hue. They cost around $30-$60 but their aesthetic appeal is greatly inferior to tooth-colored composite resins.

If you have older mercury amalgam fillings at the end of their 10 to 15 year life, consider replacing them with tooth-colored composites. If the fillings are in good shape, however, removal is much harder and may not be warranted.

Be prepared for extensive drilling. Amalgam requires a much more prepared tooth surface than a resin filling. Patients with metal allergies or with existing gold fillings should discuss the choice of amalgam with their dentist.

Gold Fillings

  • Contrasting tooth color, although some people prefer the look
  • Long-lasting material, 10 years or more
  • Very expensive, based on the market price of gold
  • Requires two or more visits

Gold is a filling material with a long history, but other materials have greatly surpassed the performance of gold fillings. Gold is heavy and can contribute to irregular tooth wear, leave teeth sensitive to temperature and is glaringly obvious.

Porcelain Inlays and Overlays

These really aren’t fillings. Porcelain inlays and overlays attach to the outside of the tooth and have a great appearance. They used to restore teeth too decayed for a simple filling, but not so badly gone as to need a full crown.

Overlays and inlays are not as durable to biting forces as other types of restorations. However, they can last up to 20 years with proper care. They must be custom sculpted for each tooth.

Porcelain runs in the $400-500 range, which seems expensive until you compare it to the nearly $2,000 cost in the U.S. Porcelain requires molds to be taken for shaping and then bonding. , so expect two visits.

Choosing Your Filling Materials

The vast majority of patients choose tooth-colored composites for aesthetic reasons. Advanced composite resins have several advantages over metal amalgam. Use of composites tends to preserve more tooth than filling with amalgam.

Prices for tooth-colored composites is very close to that of silver amalgam and the results are superior. If cost is your only criteria, silver amalgam is industry standard. Gold fillings and porcelain inlays are expensive but may be preferable to some people for looks or longevity.

Discuss your choices with your dentist. Costa Rica dental fillings include all the materials you would expect in the U.S., plus some more options you may have overlooked due to cost. Make your appointment today!

Costa Rica dental crowns

7 FAQs About Costa Rica Dental Crowns

Most people believe the only way to save money on a dental crown is to have great insurance. But what if there were not only a way to save big money on your crown but you could also turn it into a fabulous vacation?

That’s exactly what happens with Costa Rica dental crowns. While some people may think it’s too good to be true, it’s actually legitimate, safe, and smart.   

Before you head to your local dentist to pay upwards of $1,500 for your next crown, keep reading. We’re sharing with you seven FAQs about getting a crown in Costa Rica.   

1. How Much Do Costa Rica Dental Crowns Cost?

In the US, three crowns would typically cost you around $1,600 per crown totaling $4,800. But in Costa Rica, those same crowns will only cost you $500 each totaling $1,500.  

The average Costa Rica trip costs around $1,825. If you travel to Costa Rica to have three crowns the entire trip will cost you $3,325 for your entire trip. 

That’s still a savings of $1,475. And you got an amazing vacation out of it as well.

And the more dental crowns you need, the more you’ll save just by traveling to Costa Rica.  

2. What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that covers your tooth. It helps restore its shape and size while improving its strength and appearance. It’s cemented into place and fully encases the visible part of your tooth that’s at and above your gum line. 

There are several reasons why someone may require a dental crown. Crowns protect weak teeth from decay, cracking, and breaking. 

Crowns restore teeth which have already broken or been severely worn down. It also covers and supports teeth where there isn’t much tooth left. 

Crowns can hold dental bridges in place, cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth, and cover dental implants. Both adults and children can get crowns. 

3. How Long Does It Take to Get a Crown?

If your dental office has the proper equipment, they can actually do your crown(s) in one visit. Prepare for it to take several hours. 

However, in many cases, your dental crown procedure will require two visits to your dentist. The first visit depends on how many teeth need crowns.

If you only need one crown, the entire first visit should only take an hour to an hour and a half. You’ll probably wait one or two days for the permanent crown to be finished and sent to your dentist’s office. 

The follow-up visit to get your permanent crown installed should take between 30-45 minutes maximum. There shouldn’t be any pain involved with either visit. 

While your jaw may be sore from being open, if you feel actual pain, let your dentist know immediately. 

4. What Different Types of Crowns are Available?

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of different materials. Metals such as gold, stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin crowns are all used. 


The metals in crowns include alloys with a high content of gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys. This type of crown is good because it withstands chewing and biting, doesn’t tend to break or chip, and will probably last you the longest amount of time. 

However, metals make it easy to spot a crown in your mouth. For these reasons, metal crowns tend to be used primarily for molars in the back of the mouth. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated and are usually used only temporarily. It’s most often used for children who required a crown for their baby teeth.  

They’re more cost-effective and don’t require multiple visits. The crown comes out when the baby tooth does. 


Unlike metal crowns, you can match the color to your other teeth so no one knows you got a crown. But you can wear your other teeth down more readily and it chips and breaks more easily than a metal crown.  


You’ll get the best color matching with an all ceramic or all porcelain crown. And they’re perfect if you have an allergy to metals


Resin crowns are the least expensive. But they wear out more easily and are more prone to fractures. 

5. What is the Dental Crown Procedure?

At your first appointment, the dentist will examine the tooth to ensure it can support a crown. 

Then the dentist will fill your tooth down to prepare for the crown. If the tooth is too broken or decayed, the dentist may need to fill it in to make it large enough to install the crown.  

Once the tooth is filed or filled properly, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to their dental lab to make the crown properly. Your dentist will insert a temporary crown towards the end of your first visit to protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready. 

Once your new, permanent crown is ready, you’ll have your second appointment. This is the dental crown procedure where your dentist will remove the temporary crown and then will properly insert your new, permanent one. 

6. Why Choose Costa Rica for Dental Crown?

Costa Rica is an amazing country with tons to see and do. And since it’s not a large country, it’s easy to get around and see everything in one visit.  

Dental crowns in Costa Rica cost a fraction of the price they do in the United States.  The dentists and the staff are highly trained. It’s the same level of quality dentistry you’ll receive from your local dentist. Just at a fraction of the cost. 

Most clinics use the latest modern, state-of-the-art equipment that dentists use in the US. The labs also use the same materials found in the US.  

7. How Do I Book an Appointment?

Scheduling an appointment for dental crowns in a foreign country isn’t as easy as heading off to your local dentist down the road. That’s why there are people to help. 

Many dentists have an international patient coordinator to help you arrange everything you need, from your dental appointment to your travel arrangements. And they’ll do it discreetly.  

You’ll receive a plan, estimate, and assistance with travel. All you have to do is pick up the phone or fill out a form to get started

Always Do Your Homework  

Costa Rica dental crowns are great if you choose the right dentist. Just like in the US or Canada, not every dentist is a perfect match for you.

Do some research on the dentist and their team. Make sure you’re comfortable with them before you get started. 

And don’t forget to check out their testimonials and reviews.   

dental implant care

Dental implants are a great way to replace lost teeth and the dental implant industry is growing by leaps and bounds. The global dental implant market was estimated to be worth 5.08 billion USD in 2017.

If you are considering getting implants then you probably have a lot of questions. One of your main concerns may be how to take care of your implants once you have gotten them.

There are many steps you can take to ensure your dental implants are well taken care of so you can have a smile that you can be proud of. Here are some dental implant care tips that will assist you in your quest for that beautiful smile.

1. Dental Implant Care Begins Before Installation

You want your implants to not only look good but to last a long time. In order for this to become a reality, you must start taking the necessary precautions before the implants go in.

If you are taking prescription medication for blood thinners then you need to inform your dentist prior to getting implants. Your primary care physician will likely have to lower the dosage in the days leading up to the surgery. If you continue to take a heavy dose of blood thinners before surgery then you will experience a lot of bleeding during the implant procedure.

2. Ask About Painkillers and Antibiotics You Can Take Before Implants Are Put In

There are medications that can actually help you during the whole implant process.

Ask your dentist about painkillers and antibiotics that you can take before surgery. If you are eligible to take them then you should have an easier installation.

3. Bite On Sponges

Once the implants have been put in, your dentist will place sponges in your mouth.

It is important that you keep biting down on these sponges for at least three hours to get any bleeding to stop. The sooner you begin to heal the better.

4. Eat Right

For the first two days after surgery, you should not eat any hard foods. These can hurt your gums and damage the implant site.

Stick to porridge, soups, soft fruits, and bread. You may encounter some pain even when you eat these soft foods. If you find that you have discomfort then take any pain relievers your doctor gave you before you eat to preempt the pain.

5. Floss Daily

You may believe that since you have an implant that you no longer need to floss. This is certainly not the case.

The opposite is true. Due to the fact that you have implants, your gums need extra special care. If you don’t take care of your gums you put yourself at risk for dental implant failure.

Implant failure is often a result of periodontal disease which occurs as a direct result of gums and teeth not getting the proper care.

6. Continue To Use a Fluoride Toothpaste

Use of a fluoride toothpaste is essential. While implants are made of man-made materials and cannot decay. Your other teeth are not.

You still need to brush twice a day even if you have a lot of implants. In fact, you should brush your implants as you would your regular teeth. Make sure you remove all food particles from them.

Plaque can still stick to dental implants and cause problems for your other surrounding teeth. Plaque and other forms of bacteria can also cause gum disease. This is why if you can, you should go beyond the standard twice per day brushings and brush after every meal.

7. Choose The Right Toothbrush

The type of toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth is important once you have had a dental implant. Use a soft nylon toothbrush whenever possible.

If you prefer to use an electric toothbrush you should make sure that the bristles are soft. Pay particle attention to the crevices of your implant when brushing as this is where food will often accumulate. You can use an interdental brush to get to those hard to reach spots.

If you can, buy toothpaste that has been designed for sensitive teeth.

8. Try Out Oral Irrigators

Do your research online and you will find a good oral irrigator. Oral irrigators are useful for removing plaque around your implants. They are also useful for preventing gingivitis.

However, they are not all created equal, so it is essential that you thoroughly research to find the ones that are safe and effective for use with dental implants.

9. Gum Stimulators Can Help

You may want to try out gum stimulators. Gums stimulators are used to strengthen gum tissue. They do this by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen to the gums.

It does all of this while reducing the risk of inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Gum stimulators will not harm the gums because they are made with rubber tips.

10. Dental Checkup

Even if you do all of the things listed above perfectly, it still will not exempt you from making that all-important six-month visit to your dentist for a check-up.

This oral health check-up is important because from time to time implants do fail. At your first six month visit following the installation of your dental implants, your dentist will check for bone loss. The health of your gums will also be checked and special equipment will be used to clean your implant.

Final Thoughts

Getting dental implants is a major step in the right direction if have lost teeth and want to keep your smile looking beautiful. However, you must bear in mind some dental implant care tips if you want to prevent dental implant failure.

Make sure that you take proper care of your gums and teeth at all times by using the proper toothbrushes and toothpaste. You should also ensure that you eat the right foods to prevent damage to your implants.

After you have had implants do not neglect your six-month checkup since this is vital for assessing your overall dental health and the state of your implants.

If you would like more information on dental care, please visit our blog.

Whether you’re on vacation or moving out of the country, you need to learn how to find the best dental clinic when you need oral healthcare overseas. Costa Rica is home to some quality dentists, but you might have trouble finding one due to the language barrier and unfamiliar scenery.

Follow these strategies so that you can get help with anything from a checkup to an emergency extraction.

Start with Reviews to Find the Best Dental Clinic

When you’re looking for the best dental clinic during your stay in Costa Rica, it’s important to read reviews. By seeing what other people are saying about their dental service, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.

You can look into Google Reviews and Yelp in addition to sites dedicated to medical reviews. If you find reviews in Spanish, run them through a translation program. Don’t rely solely on star reviews.

Another option is to check the Facebook pages of the clinics you’re interested in. Here you may find genuine reviews and testimonials. You can even contact previous patients to see what their experience was like.

Check the dentist’s site as well to see their background and how long they’ve been in practice. Look up the dentists independently so that you can learn where they went to school and other relevant information.

Look for photos, videos, and virtual tours to get a feel for their practice. You should also visit in person and speak with the dentists.

Contact Your Dental Insurance Provider

It’s important that you touch base with your dental insurance provider to see if the work will be covered.

A lot of these plans have clauses that allow you to get dental care when you’re out of the country. Contact them ahead of time so that you can review your plan and ensure you can get the help you need.

In many cases, your dental insurance provider will be able to direct you to affiliate dentists in Costa Rica.

Know What Kind of Service You’re Looking for

It’s easier to get quality dental service when you know what you’re searching for.

For instance, you might choose a particular dentist for getting a dental implant and go to another one for a teeth whitening. By knowing what these dental pros specialize in, you’ll be able to get the specific care you need.

Consult different dental providers and discuss your options. Inquire about their rates and payment plans as well.

Find ADA Volunteers

In general, you’re in good hands when you need to find quality dental professionals in Costa Rica. The country happens to be home to some of the best dentists in the world.

Part of the reason for this is that dental tourism is very popular in Costa Rica. There are several ADA certified dental professionals who travel to this region for volunteer opportunities, continued training and education, and internships.

Dental professionals are attracted by the weather and opportunity, so you shouldn’t feel as though you’re getting subpar service in this country.

There’s a good chance that you can find ADA volunteers or dental students who can handle basic dental work for next to nothing. Look up some of these professionals to see what types of opportunities exist.

Figure Out Ahead of Time What the Service Will Cost You

It’s vital that you learn about the cost of dental service before you sign up for it.

Ask your dentist in advance for an estimated bill, and they will let be glad to assist you. Compare these rates to what you might pay if the dentist accepts your dental insurance plan.

Once you get billing estimates, take the time to speak to a few different dental clinics. This will allow you to compare their prices on a like-for-like basis and get a fair price.

Since dental work isn’t exactly cheap, never go with the first price you get unless it’s reasonable.

Get Copies of Your Dental Records

Make sure you keep the dental records after leaving the clinic. This will allow you to build a strong and accurate dental history.

When you get home, touch base with your dental professional and pass the records along. This way, they will have something to build on if you require followup service.

You will also want to pass this documentation along to your dental insurance provider. Even if you don’t have provisions for international service, many providers will at least partially reimburse you for the work.

If you travel to Costa Rica often, you will also want to keep records so you can return to the dentist if you need any further service. Keep copies in both physical and digital form for your own records and peace of mind.

Take Great Care Whenever You Need Dental Work

The more you know about getting professional dental work, the easier it will be for you to receive the care that you need when you need it. Take the time to find the best dental clinic, research your options, and compare prices.

This is an industry that’s continually evolving, so do what you can to stay up to date with the latest dental news.

If you’re ever in Costa Rica and need the help of a skilled dental professional, we’ll be glad to help you out. Look us up and stop by our site to learn more about the dental services we offer. Contact us to see how we can help!

bridge vs implant

If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, you have options. The two choices your dentist is most likely to suggest are dental bridges and implants.

But which is right for you?

Knowing the unique advantages and considerations of a bridge vs implant treatments is vital for making a sound decision, and it’s best to do your research before deciding. Luckily, we have everything you need in one convenient article.

Read on to discover which option is right for you.

Bridge vs Implant

As you’ll soon learn, there are substantial differences between your two options. We’ll take you through all the important information here.

What’s a Bridge?

A dental bridge is one avenue you have at your disposal. It is a fixed appliance that takes the place of a missing tooth. Until recently, a bridge was a patient’s only option for replacing teeth with something functional.

A bridge is cemented in place, making it a permanent option that won’t loosen or move due to eating or brushing.

There are several types, including traditional bridges, resin-bonded bridges and cantilever bridges.

Traditional bridges are created by fusing together two crowns to a false tooth. Resin-bonded bridges are common when a front tooth is replaced. They use metal or porcelain wings to bond the false teeth to the back of healthy ones.

Cantilever bridges are appropriate when there is only a single tooth to hold the device. As a result, they are less durable.

Your dentist will analyze your unique condition to determine which bridge is right for you.

How Does It Work?

To insert a bridge, the enamel in the nearby teeth is prepped to make room for the appliance. Most bridges are made of at least three pieces fused together. The device itself creates a “bridge” between the teeth on either side of the missing one to hold the appliance in place.

Consequently, two crowns are placed on the two healthy teeth bordering the missing one. They act as anchors, holding the device in place. Once it is fitted, the appliance is cemented to the teeth.


Bridges offer several advantages. Firstly, they have a lower initial cost than dental implants and offer a permanent solution that won’t hinder an individual’s eating ability.

Bridges are also natural-looking. Crowns and false teeth are made to look similar to your real teeth’s size and shape.


Before agreeing to a bridge procedure, there are several factors to consider.

Bridges are harder to clean because of the connections between the teeth. Individuals with bridges must be careful to clean around the device, otherwise, the healthy supporting teeth are susceptible to decay.

Bridges last about a decade, so while the initial cost may be low, replacements are necessary as the years progress. This tacks on extra expenses.

In addition, ideal candidates should have healthy teeth nearby the empty area and should be comfortable having them filed down to make room for the device.

Finally, dental bridges do not naturally fuse with your jawbone. As a result, the bone will eventually shrink away from the device, impacting future aesthetics.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for bridges:

  • Have strong teeth and bone on either side of the empty area
  • Are responsible enough to carefully clean their teeth daily
  • May prefer lower initial costs
  • Are comfortable having nearby teeth filed and capped
  • Understand a replacement bridge is necessary after about a decade of use

What’s an Implant?

Dental implants also replace a single tooth. They are made up of three main components: a dental crown, a titanium post and an abutment.

The fake tooth is generally made of ceramic or metal. Unlike bridges, an implant does not rely on supporting teeth.

The most common type of implant is the endosteal implant, which is inserted into the jawbone to act as a root. Subperiosteal implants are uncommon, but they provide a lightweight metal implant that fits directly on the bone. They are used mostly for individuals who can no longer wear dentures.

How Does It Work?

A dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create a fake tooth that matches with your bite. Once you agree upon a material, the fake tooth is inserted directly into your jawbone.

After the surgery, your jawbone naturally heals around the implanted device, securing it in place. This takes about six to twelve weeks.


One of the greatest advantages of implants is they are much easier to keep your mouth clean. In fact, patients simply continue their regular dental care. Furthermore, the procedure doesn’t affect nearby teeth, making it far less invasive.

Implants are made of durable material that lasts a lifetime with proper care. That means replacements aren’t necessary down the line.

Finally, implants look and act like natural teeth. They work perfectly in your mouth and even fuse naturally to the jawbone, much like a regular tooth.


Implants have higher initial costs and are surgically implanted. The procedure also requires extensive healing time.

Additionally, to be a candidate for a dental implant, an individual must have a required amount of jawbone left. The jawbone is integral in this process; without it, the implant will not stay in place.

For those who have had missing teeth for extended periods, the jawbone may have receded. That means a bone graft or other measurements might be necessary to prep the bone for the implant, which ups expenses.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for implants:

  • Have strong and appropriate amounts of jawbone around the area
  • Are comfortable with higher upfront costs
  • Would prefer not to worry about meticulous cleaning
  • Are able to take time off work for the procedure
  • Prefer never having to replace the device

Get Your Teeth Fixed on Vacation!

Now that you understand the difference between a bridge vs implant procedure, you’re probably worrying about costs. In the US especially, dental processes are expensive. But those prices are considerably less in Costa Rica.

Do you want a vacation? Would you like to return home with the perfect smile in tow? If so, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Our USA-certified dentists are happy to give you the smile you deserve. And we all know a vacation wouldn’t hurt, too.

dental tourism

In 2016, 70,000 medical tourists flocked to Costa Rica for care. That’s nearly double the amount that came in 2011.

Costa Rica is quickly becoming a popular destination for people seeking medical, dental and cosmetic treatments outside of the US. This includes some of the 74 million Americans who don’t have dental coverage and require quality dental work.

If you’re in need of dental work, you may be considering dental tourism. Costa Rica should be at the top of your list. In this guide, we’ll tell you why and what you need to know to ensure you’re getting the highest-quality care.

What Is Medical Tourism?

Medical tourism as a whole concerns foreigners seeking medical treatment in countries abroad. Thousands of Americans travel to other countries for medical care every year.

But why?

Medical costs in the US are often expensive, especially for those without insurance. The countries that they fly to for treatment are far less expensive.

Others travel because they are immigrants to the US who prefer the health care in their home country over that of the US. This may also be related to costs and lack of medical or dental insurance.

Another big group of medical tourists travel because the procedure or treatment they desire isn’t available in the US.

Risks of Medical Tourism

When traveling to a foreign country for medical, dental, or cosmetic treatments, there are risks involved.

  • If the destination country is not English-speaking, communication could cause misunderstanding and other problems
  • The same standards for medication quality may not be existent in destination countries, increasing the chances of receiving counterfeit medicines
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be more common in destination countries
  • After some surgeries, blood clotting is an issue that can be exacerbated by flying

However, following this guide, you can avoid these common risks and ensure you have a great vacation at the same time as you get cost-effective, professional and certified treatment.

5 Things You Need to Know About Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Below are 5 important items to know when considering Costa Rica for your dental treatment.

Why Costa Rica for Dental Tourism?

Costa Rica is a popular destination for medical tourism in general. It brought in about $485 million in 2016 alone and supports 20,000 jobs.

The primary forms of medical tourism in Costa Rica are dentistry and cosmetic procedures. Dental tourism alone represents 40% of the all medical tourists coming to Costa Rica annually.

But why is Costa Rica so popular?

Costa Rica is a safe country that’s both politically and economically stable. Its close to the US and there are direct flights coming in and out of Costa Rica daily.

The standard of care in Costa Rica is high. The World Health Organization notes that Costa Rica has a higher life expectancy than the US.

The Range of Dental Work Available

Any dental work that you can have done in the US is also provided in the US.

You can go to Costa Rica for whitening and cavity procedures. Dentists in Costa Rica can also provide dental implants, crowns, oral surgery, orthodontics, full mouth restoration pediatric dentistry, endodontics, and more.

When looking for speciality work, you can check to see if your dentist is trained and certified to perform the work you’re looking for. This ensures that a qualified professional can practice the dental work you desire.

Inexpensive Costs

Dental tourism is particularly popular due to the low costs of dental work. Dentistry in Costa Rica costs as much as 75% less than what it costs in the US.

However, some dentists will try to take advantage of foreigners. It’s important that you’re aware of the average rate for the dental work you desire.

The good news is, medical and dental service rates are regulated in Costa Rica. The National College of Dental Surgeons provides a recommended rate for every service. This represents the minimum rate.

Although some dentists will charge a bit more, most remain close to the recommended rate in order to be competitive. Don’t go to a dentist that charges far less than others, as you often get what you pay for.

Checking for License and Certification

All dentists in Costa Rica attend college for 5 years. They’re also licensed by the National College of Dental Surgeons. You can check to if your dentist has a valid license on

A ProMed seal on a dental clinic signifies a certification from the Cost Rican Health Chamber. This tells you whether they’re certified to offer treatment to national and international patients.

Avoiding the Common Risks

First, always check that your dentist is licensed using the website provided. If you’re going for specialty work, ensure that your dentist is qualified to perform that work.

Check the dentist’s reviews online. Reviews can tell you a lot about their customer service, the quality of their work, and the longevity of their work as well.

Don’t travel if you have medical conditions that aren’t under control. Or talk to your doctor about the risks involved. Let them know when you plan to travel and to where.

It’s a good idea to bring a copy of your medical and dental records. Your dentist can review these ahead of your treatment for any possible complications or risks. Include any prescription scripts you have and a list of any medicines you’re currently taking.

If you decide to book your dental tourism through an agency, have an agreement in writing. The agreement should outline what treatment you’re receiving, what supplies are provided, and the extent of care that is covered by your payment.

To avoid miscommunication in countries where you don’t speak the common language, ensure you know how you’re going to communicate with the dentist.

Get a copy of your treatment records from your dentist. Have them include any information about follow-up treatment and/or any medications you’ve been prescribed.

Do You Need Dental Work Done?

Dental tourism in Costa Rica is increasingly popular for a reason. With the high quality of care, low costs, and beautiful scenery, Costa Rica is the perfect place to have dental work done while enjoying a vacation.

If you’re considering coming to Costa Rica for dental work, contact us for more information on how we can help you.

signs of periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory issue that impacts both your gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth.

If your gums are sore, swollen, or bleed for more than a few days, then you might be in the early stages of this oral disease.

In fact, periodontal disease affects 20-50% of the global population. It also doesn’t discriminate between teens, adults, and the elderly. Anyone may develop periodontal disease no matter their age or lifestyle.

What’s the most common cause of this painful disease? Poor oral hygiene contributes to many cases of gingivitis and periodontitis, and it is exacerbated by the aging process and other health issues that come with aging like cardiovascular disease.

Treating periodontal disease in its early phases is crucial for protecting your gums and teeth throughout your life. Do you know the most common signs of periodontal disease? Keep reading to find out whether you exhibit one or more of the symptoms of gum disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the formal name for gum disease. Gum disease also goes by the name gingivitis or periodontitis, but these are two distinct conditions.

Gingivitis is the name given to the earlier stages of gum disease, which features treatable inflammation. The inflammation is the result of plaque buildup on your teeth, which irritates the gums and causes inflammation.

Classic gingivitis cases are uncomfortable but curable. Proper treatment rids your mouth of the symptoms within a few days, and complete healing takes around two weeks. Of that treatment also depends on your home oral hygiene. Failing to brush correctly at home brings your symptoms right back.

In some cases, gingivitis that goes untreated progresses to periodontitis. If left unchecked, periodontitis wreaks havoc on your gums and the rest of your mouth.

7 Signs of Periodontal Disease

Are your gums swollen and uncomfortable? Do you see blood in the sink when you brush or floss? Scan through these seven signs of periodontal disease to see whether your discomfort caused by gingivitis or periodontitis.

1. Red, Swollen Gums

Healthy gums appear a soft pink color and don’t feature any spots or discoloration. If your gums are both red and swollen over the course of several days, you may be looking at periodontal disease.

2. Halitosis/Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath that you can’t seem to shake, is a warning sign of gum disease when combined with other factors.

What does lousy breath have to do with your gums?

The buildup of plaque on your teeth and the associated bacteria create toxins that irritate your gums and cause disease. The same bacteria bothering your gums also produce bad breath. Because poor oral hygiene causes or exacerbates the problem, bad breath is commonly associated with gum problems.

The relationship isn’t a casual one. Scientists studying the impact of bad breath and periodontal disease found that the bacteria living on your tongue causing halitosis are related to the bacteria bothering your gums.

They recommend regular tongue cleaning as the best way to beat bad breath and gum problems at the same time.

3. Pain While Chewing

Does eating cause you grief? It might be gum disease.

Inflammation causes some of the pain because food creates pressure on your gums and irritating foods might make the issue worse.

In most cases, if you have pain while chewing, your periodontal disease progressed passed gingivitis into the early stages of full-blown gum disease.

Gum disease leads to receding gums, which exposes your teeth. Exposed teeth, especially when those teeth are diseased, leads to discomfort and even sharp pain when you’re eating.

4. Bleeding When Eating or Brushing

A little blood in the sinks is a sign that you’re brushing too hard or not enough. Regular bleeding is a bad sign and a hallmark of periodontal disease.

Bleeding is another side effect of inflammation. Irritated, weak gums are easier to damage, which leads to bleeding.

Gingivitis is the primary cause of bleeding gums, but it may be a side effect of something like pregnancy. Bleeding gums rarely represent any severe or rare diseases.

5. Sensitive Teeth

Gingivitis rarely causes sensitive teeth on its own. Instead, it’s a sign that your gums are reaching gum disease or periodontitis.

Receding gums cause teeth sensitivity. Our gums recede as we age, but as in many aspects of health, they recede later and more gracefully when proper, long-term oral hygiene aids them.

6. Tender Gums

Do your gums hurt when you brush them or even bump them? Tenderness is another sign of inflammation along with redness and bleeding.

7. Receding Gums

Are your gums receding? It’s a clear sign of periodontitis. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

When to Get Treatment

If you recognize three or more of these signs and they’ve persisted over several days or even several weeks, get treatment now.

Gingivitis treatment can begin at home with good oral hygiene and antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwashes. However, get some extra help by scheduling a cleaning with your dentist.

Are your symptoms on the severe end of the spectrum? Visit your dentist right away to learn more about your options and prevent gum recession.

Why Get Treatment in Costa Rica?

Don’t put off treatment for periodontitis because of the costs. Do what many other Americans do and seek out better, cheaper care in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a popular destination for those looking for dental health because its credentials set a high standard for dentists, who have all completed at least five years of college or studied abroad.

Additionally, Costa Rican dentists cater for all specialties while offering incredible cost savings. Even with the cost of flights, you might spend less on a trip to Costa Rica than on dental visits at home, especially if you require ongoing treatment.

Learn How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Gingivitis and periodontitis are widespread diseases that are also often preventable with good oral hygiene.

If you struggle with gingivitis or the signs of periodontal disease point to gum recession and don’t know where to turn, get in touch. Our practice helps people create their perfect dental vacation to take the pain out of going to the dentist.

teeth whitened professionally

Do you want pearly white teeth? Are you in need of a little extra help to get rid of years of coffee, tea, and wine stains?

If so, professional teeth whitening is the way to go.

Teeth whitening isn’t just about aesthetics, though. Read on learn about some of the benefits of getting your teeth whitened professionally in Costa Rica.

Professional Whitening and At-Home Whitening: What’s the Difference?

Some people want white teeth but aren’t sure that professional whitening is necessary. While it’s true that you can see results from both at-home and professional whitening treatments, professional treatments are almost always superior.

Some of the main differences between these two treatments that influence their results include:

  • Professional whitening is performed by a trained dentist who understands proper administration methods and can minimize the risk of irritation
  • Professional whitening uses higher-concentration gels for better, longer-lasting results
  • During a professional treatment, the dentist will prep your teeth to get rid of plaque or debris that could affect your results

The main downside to having your teeth whitened professionally is the fact that it is more expensive than at-home treatments. But, the results of a professional treatment will last much longer, so you may end up saving money anyway.

You can also save money on professional whitening by taking a trip to Costa Rica. Many people are utilizing dental tourism as a way to see a new country and get treatments like teeth whitening performed at a lower rate.

Benefits of Having Your Teeth Whitened Professionally

There are many reasons to have your teeth professionally whitened instead of doing it yourself at home, including the ten listed below:

1. More Thorough Whitening

One of the greatest benefits of having your teeth professionally whitened is the fact that you’ll almost always get a more thorough whitening. It can be hard to get even results when you’re using whitening trays or strips from the drugstore.

A dentist will take extra care when applying the whitening product to make sure every tooth gets the perfect amount.

2. Faster Treatment

When you work with a professional, you’ll also see results much faster than you would if you tried to whiten your teeth at home.

In most cases, at-home treatments take weeks or even months to yield results — if they produce any results at all. Most professional whitening treatments show dramatic results within just an hour or two.

3. Increased Comfort

If you’ve ever tried to whiten your teeth at home, you know how uncomfortable the process can be.

Who wants to walk around for 30+ minutes with stick plastic strips stuck to your teeth? Many people also experience gum and tooth irritation when using these at-home kits, which makes the process even more unpleasant.

When you go to a dentist’s office for tooth whitening, your gums will be fully covered to protect them from the whitening solution. As an added bonus, you’ll also get to kick back and relax in a comfortable chair and listen to music or watch TV while the treatment takes place.

4. Personalized Treatment

At-home whitening kits take a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to whitening teeth. When you work with a dentist, he or she will help you choose the exact right shade and treatment option for you to get the smile of your dreams.

Whether you want to go two shades lighter or ten, you’ll get to customize your treatment when you have your teeth whitened professionally.

5. Advice from an Expert

When you visit a dentist, he or she will also be able to give you their expert opinion on the best course of action for your teeth.

They’ll help you figure out which behaviors might be causing stains. They’ll also be able to identify deeper dental problems (cavities, decay, etc.) that could be contributing to your stains.

Not only will you walk out with whiter teeth, but you’ll also walk out with a plan of action to keep them healthy and strong in the future.

6. Longer-Lasting Results

Dentists use much stronger whitening products than the ones you can buy in the store. This means that the results of your professional whitening treatment will last much longer than they would if you just tried to whiten your teeth at home.

7. Increased Safety

Some at-home teeth whitening kits can be particularly hard on your teeth and comes. This can cause them to be extra sensitive and can cause damage to your enamel.

A professional will help you avoid these issues by keeping the whitening solution away from your gums. They’ll also use a solution that is less likely to weaken or cause damage to the enamel.

8. Increased Confidence

When you have your teeth professionally whitened, you’ll be able to smile with confidence knowing your teeth are an even shade of white.

Many people report feeling a boost in self-esteem when they have their teeth professionally whitened, and this boost tends to lead to improvements in other areas of their life.

9. Improved Work Performance

There are many ways that people can benefit from the increased confidence that comes with whiter teeth. One of the greatest benefits that people experience is an improvement in their job performance.

One study found that people who had their teeth whitened performed better at work than people who did not.

Having whiter teeth can also help you land your dream job. The same study found that 58 percent of people who had their teeth whitened were more likely to be hired and 53 percent received larger salary offers!

10. More Youthful Appearance

Whitening your teeth can also help you appear more youthful. In fact, research shows that merely whitening your teeth can cause you to look up to five years younger!

Stop wasting money on anti-aging lotions and potions and consider getting your teeth whitened professionally instead.

Get Your Teeth Whitened Professionally in Costa Rica

If you’re in Costa Rica and want to have your teeth whitened professionally, contact us at Advance Dental today to schedule an appointment.

We work with both local and international patients, so anyone can come to use to get the beautiful smile they’ve been wanting!

dental holidays

Are you dreaming of soaking up some sun on an exotic beach? Are you stuck spending that vacation money on necessary dental work instead?

What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you go somewhere for affordable, high-quality dental work–and then spend time lounging on the beach?

With dental holidays, also known as dental tourism, you can have just that.

But what exactly is dental tourism? What procedures can you have done? And what are the most popular (and safest) countries to go to?

In this post, we’ll outline everything you need to know about dental holidays. Read on!

What Are Dental Holidays?

The idea of combining a root canal with a vacation may sound strange at first, but let’s consider why someone would do it.

For starters, in 2016 there were 74 million Americans without dental insurance. Let’s say one of these persons needs to have a root canal and a crown on one of their back molars.

Prices vary by region, but the average cost for these procedures range from $1,200 up to $5,000. Even for those with dental insurance, their coverage may only pay for a fraction of these costs.

So what do you do if you need the dental work done, but you don’t have that kind of cash lying around?

This is where dental holidays come in. It’s often possible to travel to a different country, get the needed procedure done, and make a little vacation out of it for less than you’d pay at home.

Of course, just like you would at home, you want to ensure the dentist you choose has the proper education, equipment, and licensing. In many cases, such dentists have received their training overseas, ensuring high-quality work that’s on par with international standards.

What Procedures Can I Have Done?

So, now that you understand what dental holidays are, let’s discuss some common procedures people seek out.

Of course, you probably wouldn’t get on a plane and fly around the world for a basic dental cleaning. The majority of patients traveling for dental tourism do so for more complex procedures, including:

  • Dental fillings
  • Teeth whitening or bleaching
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental crowns
  • Dentures
  • Inlays & onlays
  • Oral surgery
  • Root canals
  • Full mouth restoration

Whatever dental work you need done, you can find a dentist overseas who’s skilled at the procedure.

Best of all, he or she can do the work for a fraction of the cost you’d pay back home. In most cases, procedures cost 40%-60% less than the average prices in the US.

What Are Popular Destinations for Dental Holidays?

Americans living in states like Texas, Arizona, and California have long been hopping the border into Mexico for dental treatments.

It’s hard to argue the location or the convenience factor. But with soaring crime rates and multiple government warnings against travel, it may not be the safest country to visit right now for dental work.

In Europe, Hungary boasts more dentists (per capita) than any other country on earth. Although it’s easy to reach for Europeans, Americans or Canadians may not be able to justify the long flight required to reach it.

The same goes for Thailand, which is the hub for dental tourism in Asia. Although prices are some of the lowest in the world, it’s prohibitively far for most travelers to go.

So what option remains? Well, many informed travelers are choosing Costa Rica for their dental holidays.

What makes Costa Rica the best choice? Read on to find out.

Why Choose Costa Rica?

For starters, Costa Rica was recently ranked as the world’s most satisfying place to live. Even though you’re only visiting, you’re sure to be surrounded by some of happiest people on earth.

Another bonus is that, compared to other destinations, Costa Rica is very safe. Crime rates are among the lowest in Central America. And because of its location, it’s generally spared from natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

What about Costa Rica as a holiday destination? Truthfully, it’s hard to choose a more idyllic location. The country boasts a whopping 5% of the planet’s biodiversity, even though it only accounts for 0.03% of the world’s landmass.

During a holiday in Costa Rica, you can enjoy stunning white and black sand beaches and warm tropical waters. The rainforests are teeming with life, while the 67 volcanoes add to the country’s beauty and unique landscape.

In the popular San Jose province, you’ll find scores of activities to keep you entertained once your dental work is complete. Culture vultures can enjoy a performance at the breathtaking Teatro Nacional (National Theater) or a tour of the Museo de Arte Costarricense (Costa Rican Art Museum).

Rather spend time outdoors? Enjoy a whitewater rafting or a lazy tubing trip down the river, or grab your snorkeling gear and head to the coast. You can also go ziplining through the jungle or enjoy a food tour through the area’s local markets.

Not to be overlooked is the convenience factor, either. With short, affordable flights from Florida, Texas, and other destinations, you can be there in just a few hours.

Speaking of affordability, you’ll be surprised at how affordable it is once you land. Budget hotels start around $30/night, while buses can transfer you between towns for less than $5.

Of course, your primary reason to travel there is to get high-quality dental work done. At Advanced Dental Costa Rica, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

And don’t worry. We’ll make sure there’s enough time for you to enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer, too!

Final Thoughts on Dental Holidays

As you can see, the benefits of dental tourism are many, with very few (if any) drawbacks.

Here at Advanced Dental Costa Rica, our team of US-trained staff is equipped to provide you with the highest quality dental care.

Whatever type of work you need or want, we can provide it at a fraction of the price you’d pay at home.

We invite you to contact us for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

mouth restoration

While millions of people still have no health care, nearly 120 million people don’t have proper dental care. This gap in care means that there is a lack of preventative care available to lots of people. Problems left untreated can pile up and require a full mouth restoration.

Even if you take great care of your teeth, without the intervention of a dental specialist on a regular basis, you could end up with serious issues. People who’ve been in any kind of accident don’t realize how teeth are sometimes damaged in these incidents. Additionally, even people who take care of their teeth can have damage pile up if they don’t also eat a healthy balanced diet.

If you know that you need dental work done but don’t know how severe your issues are, you might need a mouth restoration. Here are 6 signs you should consider one.

1. You Were In Poor Health

If you are in the middle of getting into better shape or if you have recently gotten a lot healthier, you should think about a full mouth restoration. The toll that unhealthy food and bad eating habits can have on your mouth health shouldn’t be underestimated.

Even brushing your teeth takes down a layer of enamel every time. If you’re not eating enough healthy foods and cutting back on sugar and processed foods, you could be setting yourself up for dental issues.

Underneath superficially good-looking teeth could be decay, fracturing, or a series of cavities waiting to be found. Part of good health included good oral health. If you’ve recently overcome serious obesity or have changed your diet in extreme ways, make sure your mouth is in as good of shape as your body is.

2. Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is found in a high percentage of US adults but can be prevented with good health and good habits. Gum disease starts via bacteria in between your teeth. People over 65 have a higher susceptibility because of weakened immune systems and acceleration caused by years of poor care.

Over time, it causes teeth to loosen, allowing them to move out of alignment and out of place. As this happens, teeth can become crooked or crowded. Gum disease also leads to gum recession that exposes the roots of your teeth.

Once roots are exposed, any kind of decay hits teeth much more than it would otherwise.

Loose teeth can be vulnerable to trauma. If they become the site of serious gum disease, they may need to be removed in order to treat the disease.

3. Erosion

Acidic foods like wine and soda might taste good going down but can do serious damage to your teeth. Tooth erosion over time can lead to a serious issue that requires a comprehensive mouth restoration procedure.

If acid is applied to teeth on a regular basis or for an extended period of time, tooth erosion can occur. Enamel is made of strong stuff but when acid batters it, enamel can become soft. This can create erosion or even more serious cracks.

People with acid reflux or eating disorders that are linked to purging can see really problematic acid damage on their teeth. If illness or purging persists and stomach acid is vomited or even ends up in the mouth often enough, that acid can deteriorate teeth faster than just about anything else.

If your illness or treatment has a serious side effect of regurgitating stomach acid, talk to your dentist about this openly and honestly. They can often recommend a treatment to counteract issues.

Tooth erosion doesn’t just hit one tooth at a time. It can reshape an entire mouth or deform your bite entirely. A chronic disease will cause a chain reaction of weakening teeth, cracking, multiple damaged teeth, and breakage. Only a skilled restoration specialist will be able to help you if this has been an issue for you in the past.

4. Accident or Trauma

If you end up in a vehicle, bicycle, or even a slip and fall incident, you could end up losing one or more teeth. Damage is often not isolated to those broken or knocked out teeth. Several teeth may suffer trauma at once.

Serious violence or traumatic incidents can lead to tooth trauma while going unnoticed because of other more common or cosmetic problems. Over time, the bite can change, teeth can break, and full mouth reconstruction can be required.

Some dentists will focus on teeth after trauma, which is important. Make sure you don’t also overlook damage done to the jaw.

5. A Poor Bite

A bad bite could just be a problem that has followed you since birth. Your bite needs to be harmonious and even or else your teeth can become uneven and your jaw muscles can struggle. You could end up grinding your teeth or exacerbating the issue as teeth hit unevenly.

With a full mouth restoration, your bite it rebuilt to hold up your jaw. When it’s in its proper position, you can bite more easily, feel less pressure on your jaw, and preserve your teeth.

A problem bite could cause as much damage over time that one traumatic incident could inflict in seconds. Talk to a dentist or orthodontist if you feel like your bite is uneven or if you suffer jaw soreness. You could be damaging your teeth without even realizing it.

Mouth Restoration Inspires Health

When one part of your body is damaged or suffers from an issue, it can be hard to ever feel 100%. This can make you feel a little more relaxed about mistreating your body or engaging in unhealthy habits. If your mouth health is the last piece of the puzzle, fix it so that you can feel healthy in every way.

If you think you might have dental issues but don’t know what to do, contact us to discuss any problems you’re experiencing.

dental bridge

Has your dentist recommended that you get a dental bridge? Are you suspicious that you might need one?

If so, you probably have questions. You might not even be sure what a dental bridge is in the first place. Not to worry — in this article, we’ll answer all your questions about dental bridges.

By the end of this article, you’ll know what they are, who needs one, and where you should go to get one.

Read on to have all your burning bridge questions answered.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

First things first: what is a dental bridge, anyway?

It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a device that bridges the gap between teeth when you are missing one or more teeth.

Usually, a crown is placed on the teeth that are located on either side of the gap or missing tooth. These are called anchoring teeth because they serve to anchor the bridge in place.

Then, a false tooth is placed in between the anchoring teeth and held in place by the crowns on either side. Usually, false teeth are made of porcelain, gold, or other alloys. They can be supported by dental implants or natural teeth.

Bridges are the perfect solution for people who are missing teeth for any reason.

Plus, bridges offer lots of benefits. They can give you your confidence back by restoring your smile. They can give you your lifestyle back by restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.

They can also help protect your overall health and dental health. When teeth are missing, the rest of your mouth can drift out of position, which can greatly affect your bite and even the shape of your face.

Replacing missing teeth promptly can help to preserve your bite, your face, and your comfort levels.

Types of Dental Bridges

When it comes to getting a dental bridge, you have options. There are three very common types of bridges with a wide range of pros and cons.

Traditional Bridge

First, there is the traditional bridge, which is the most popular type of bridge.

A traditional bridge consists of fake teeth that are held in place by dental crowns. The crowns are cemented onto the teeth next to the open space in your mouth. These bridges work if you have one missing tooth or several.

Traditional bridges are strong enough to replace molars. They can be used when you have natural teeth on either side of the gap.

The only downside is that your dentist must remove your enamel to apply the crowns, so these teeth will always need to be covered by crowns.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is similar.

However, the fake tooth is supported by a crown on only one side rather than both sides. Your dentist will still have to remove your enamel in order to install a cantilever bridge.

They sometimes lead to fractured teeth or loose crowns since they are only supported on one side.

Maryland Bridge

A Maryland bridge is another popular option. In this case, the fake tooth is held in place by a metal or porcelain piece. The framework is attached to the backs of the two teeth located next to the missing tooth spot. It is not held in place by crowns, which preserves the two teeth next to the gap.

This is a popular option because it is a bit more conservative than a traditional bridge since you don’t have to file your teeth down for crowns.

However, they are sometimes not as strong since they are only as strong as the teeth they’re attached to. The framework may also bother you because it takes up space inside your mouth.

Who Needs a Dental Bridge?

If you’re not sure whether or not you need a dental bridge, the answer is simple.

Are you missing one or more teeth? Does this bother you? If so, you’re probably a good candidate for getting a dental bridge installed.

Usually, bridges are meant for people who are missing one to three consecutive teeth. People who are missing more teeth than that may be better off getting partial dentures or maybe even dental veneers.

The only people who may not be a good candidate for getting a bridge are people whose surrounding teeth are suffering decay or are not structurally sound. If this is the case, a bridge might not work for you. Gum disease can be another reason to hold off on getting a bridge. Your dentist will be able to advise.

People who are affected by their lack of a tooth often want to get a replacement put in. The missing tooth may be affecting their life in all kinds of ways.

For one, it can affect your social life by detracting from your confidence due to a gap filled smile. More importantly, it can affect your overall health.

If your mouth is causing you pain or discomfort due to shifting teeth, a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. If your missing tooth or teeth is affecting your mood or eating habits, it’s probably time to talk to your dentist about getting a dental bridge.

Restoring your oral health or confidence levels through a relatively routine procedure is a gift you should be willing to give yourself.

Where to Go When You Need a Dentist

When it’s time to talk to your dentist about getting a bridge, you want to go to someone who is widely respected and who has significant experience doing that procedure.

If you’re looking for low-cost dental care with top notch quality, you should consider heading to Costa Rica. Many people from all over the world go to this country to find a great dentist in Costa Rica.

Usually, dental appointments are a fraction of the cost than they would be in other countries like the USA. However, the same high quality of care and attention is provided to the patient.

Do you need to talk to someone about getting a bridge? Contact us today and we’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

root canal treatment

Thinking of getting a root canal treatment?

While we know the process can feel intimidating, the good news is that you’re not alone.

In fact, more than 15 million people get root canals in a single year. Unfortunately, that number is nowhere near as high as the number of patients who actually need a root canal.

Sadly, 15% of patients needing dental care avoid treatment because of either dental phobia or misinformation about the procedures.

One of the best ways to overcome this fear? By educating yourself about what to expect out of your root canal treatment in Costa Rica. Read on to separate the fact from the fiction.

Why Do People Need Root Canal Treatment?

Before we speak in any specific about the procedure and what you can expect out of it, let’s first take a look at why it’s needed in the first place.

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp (soft tissue) of your tooth is impacted by serious decay, a crack, or any other kind of infection. While in some cases, you may be able to see a serious crack or chip in your tooth, the real danger lies in what you can’t see.

Once that pulp has become inflamed, bacteria within the tooth grows at a rapid rate.

If you’ve noticed recently that your tooth seems especially sensitive to temperature, or if you’re simply dealing with pain? If your tooth has turned yellow or brown, or if your gums are especially tender?

You may be in need of a root canal treatment. It’s important to act quickly.

If you wait too long to get treatment, then the infection will only worsen. In some cases, you may even develop a tooth abscess. You could also be faced with severe swelling, the loss of bone in your tooth, and even complications with drainage.

What Happens During The Root Canal?

Now that you understand the main reasons why someone might need a root canal, let’s discuss what actually happens during the procedure.

In the simplest possible terms, the process of a root canal involves removing your nerve and the buildup of pulp around the tooth, then cleaning and capping the area around it.

We know that it might seem intense to have to have a nerve removed from a tooth.

However, it’s important to remember that the nerve only helps your tooth to feel certain temperatures and react to them. So, getting rid of the nerve won’t negatively impact the function or overall health of your tooth in any way.

Getting More Detailed

Let’s get a little more specific about your root canal treatment now.

Usually, you’ll need to go back to your dentist twice — though in some cases, you may be able to finish everything in a single visit.

First, your dentist will take several x-rays of your tooth to better identify the problem areas. Then, you’ll be numbed with local — not general — anesthetic. This means that you won’t feel a thing over the course of the procedure.

Next up, your dentist will cut a tiny entry point in your tooth’s crown — this is the way in which the pulp will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. Your tooth and the root canal will also be reshaped, to make it ready for filling.

The tooth will be filled with gutta-percha and locked into place with cement, to ensure that no more bacteria can get into the tooth.

Usually, you’ll need to come back for a second visit so that you can have a crown put in. After that, your healed tooth will likely be as good as new!

What Should You Do Afterwards?

After your root canal treatment, we know that you’ll be thrilled to get on with your life without the pain and swelling of an inflamed tooth.

However, as with any type of procedure, you’ll need to be sure you’re following the proper rules to avoid damaging the tooth again.

Your dentist will likely tell you to chew on the opposite side of your mouth for a few days after the procedure. You may not be able to eat or drink for a couple of hours afterwards, either.

Make sure that you continue to brush your teeth correctly, taking care to be extra gentle around the area of the root canal. If you notice a problem with your crown or root canal, get in touch with your dentist immediately.

Why Go To Costa Rica For A Root Canal?

If you’re considering getting a root canal, then you might be surprised to learn about the world of what’s called “dental tourism.”

Think of this is a type of vacation where, in addition to hitting the beaches, you also give your teeth a serious upgrade.

Usually, people with dental issues will go to Costa Rica because of the higher quality of care and the lower prices on the work they need done. Plus, traveling to get dental work done also means you’ll have the recovery time you need built-in.

When looking for a dentist in Costa Rica, be sure that the dentist you want to work with does, in fact, accept international patients.

Ready To Schedule Your Procedure?

We hope that this post has cleared up the many misconceptions about root canal treatment, and has made you feel more comfortable with the procedure in the process.

Ready to book your dental vacation to Costa Rica?

If so, spend some time on our website to learn why our team at Advance Dental Costa Rica is the best option for you.

Whether you’re interested in a root canal, dental implants, veneers, or even teeth whitening, we have the experience and expertise to upgrade your smile.

Don’t spend another day in pain or in hiding. Instead, get in touch with us to schedule your appointment.

dental work in costa rica prices

Taking proper care of your teeth doesn’t exactly come easy. Partially because hygiene isn’t exactly a thrilling task, but also because no matter how well you take care of yourself, sometimes you fail.

Some people just have better teeth than others. We’ve been fixing teeth, as a species since before we were even the current species.

Fortunately, we no longer have to stick chunks of pitch and wax in our teeth. We have a whole host of different options for keeping teeth healthy and rebuilding the ones that don’t hold up.

Now, we’ve even got the option of going international with our dental health. Why stick around at home to be gouged by runaway prices when you can take a vacation and get some work done at the same time? With dental work in Costa Rica prices so low, it could be cheaper to take a trip than to go down the street.

Fillings and Cavities

Cavities form when bacteria eat away at enamel and create pits and holes in teeth. Over time these holes can get larger, and ultimately penetrate into the nerve. When this happens they can become very painful and damage can spread under the gum line.

To prevent this, dentists clean the holes of bacteria and damage then replace the gap with a filling designed to fill the space and add strength to the tooth.

Not all fillings are created the same, and the skill of the dentist to remove the damage without taking too much of the healthy tooth can be key.

Maintaining proper dental hygiene will not only reduce the frequency in which fillings become necessary but will increase the longevity of the filling itself. Fillings may get dislodged if food particles get wedged between the filling and the tooth.

Getting good dental work doesn’t have to come at a high price. Price doesn’t reflect skill and quality, only perception. When getting dental work in Costa Rica prices vary but remain lower than US equivalents for the same procedures and materials.

Scope of Dental Work in Costa Rica Prices

Dental procedures serve a few different purposes. Most importantly they serve to protect teeth. Sometimes this can be accomplished through cleaning and maintenance, other procedures have to shore up damage and reinforce existing structures.

One of the reasons that prices in Costa Rica can be cheaper is the lack of insurance and government regulation manipulating the prices. The quality remains the same, but dental work in Costa Rica prices benefit from lower markup.

A procedure will cover the price of cleaning up the cavity and the filling. In some rare cases where a previous filling needs to be replaced the price may go up, removing fillings takes more effort than putting one in.

Fillings provided cover the same scope of care and range of products as the States as well. the following list reflects common filling materials and their usages.

Amalgam Fillings

The technical name for silver fillings (though they may be more silver in color and less in the material), amalgam range in price from $120-$180 in the US. Prices in Costa Rica trend closer to 30-60.

Amalgam fillings are the least desirable fillings because they are the most visible and noticeably artificial. They have an average lifespan of 3-10 years before needing to be replaced.

Discuss any metal allergies with your dentist as some amalgam fillings may not be suitable for all patients. Though, with the affordability of dental work in Costa Rica prices, other options last longer and look better.

Composite Resins

Composite resins match the color of teeth to provide protection and cosmetic effects. Dental work in Costa Rica prices these fillings $50-70 for front teeth and around $10 more for back teeth (because of size). Dentists that specialize in composite fillings do a better job matching color and increase the longevity of the resin.

Composite resins, like amalgam fillings, last between 3-10 years before replacement procedures may be needed. Drawbacks of composite resins include staining from harsh substances such as coffee or tobacco and chipping from hard substances.

Advances in composites continue to push the longevity forward. These filling combine the best of price, aesthetic, and longevity while also being the quickest to set and requiring no follow-up like the next two options.

Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain fillings might be a misnomer. These procedures may be called inlays or onlays because they attach to the outside of teeth, rather than filling a cavity. Porcelain runs between the $400-500 range, even in Costa Rica with prices reaching up to nearly $2,000 in the States.

Porcelain procedures require molds to be taken for shaping and then bonding. This requires multiple procedures, which also increases costs overall.

Porcelain fillings have a longevity of almost 20 years, but they can be difficult to remove, which can cause damage to the tooth on a second replacement.

Gold Fillings

Prices for gold fillings closely resemble those of porcelain. Also like porcelain, the fillings need to have molds cast first and then installed on a subsequent visit. Gold fillings also last for 20 years or more.

Gold fillings may also be installed in the form of inlays or onlays. Some people value the aesthetic appeal of gold fillings, while others find them gaudy. They may not appeal to everyone, but they certainly do have a value for their quality.

Patients with sensitive gums may have no other choice but to use gold fillings, as they are hypoallergenic and won’t irritate work close to the gumline or deep in a tooth.

Get Scheduled

Now that you have a firm understanding of the procedures, materials, and prices there is no reason not to get yourself scheduled for dental work in Costa Rica.

Contact us for more information or to check our scheduling. Try to keep in mind that with travel, you will want to arrive the day before, not day of a scheduled procedure. Likewise, leave a day after any scheduled procedure to allow for emergencies or delays.

Nothing beats the feeling of coming back from a vacation getaway with some renewed and healthy teeth.

emergency dental care

Traveling to a foreign country has a lot of amazing perks. New foods, different customs, and in the case of Costa Rica, great weather.

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents can happen. Maybe you broke a tooth while whitewater rafting. And sometimes a problem you’ve been ignoring, like that toothache, becomes a problem you can no longer ignore. You need to seek out help.

But how do you know which is a dental emergency and what you can wait on until you return home? Keep reading to learn when you should look for emergency dental care in Costa Rica.

Your Tooth is Loose

When you were a kid, a loose tooth meant money from the tooth fairy. As an adult, a loose tooth means a visit to receive emergency dental care. Loose teeth are not good for adults.

A loose tooth can mean a tooth injury. In most cases, a loose tooth due to an injury is extremely painful. A dentist will check for nerve and jaw damage.

A loose tooth can also mean it’s a sign of an infection. To properly diagnose what type of infection you have, you’ll need to visit a dentist. Often, a toothache will accompany the infection.

Get your tooth treated before infection spreads and to prevent any teeth from having to be extracted.

Your Tooth Was Cracked or Knocked Out

If you suffer an injury where your teeth were cracked or knocked out, it’s time to receive emergency dental care immediately. In fact, if you knock out a tooth, aim to see the dentist within 30 minutes of the accident.

For a knocked out tooth, handle it as little as possible. Do NOT handle it by its roots. See if you can put your tooth back in its socket. You can bite down on a moistened gauze or wet tea bag to help.

If it won’t stay, rinse the tooth clean. Then place it in a container of milk or your own saliva until you see the dentist. Apply a cold, wet compress to help with any bleeding.

Your Gums are Bleeding and They Ache

Normally, bleeding gums are signs of early gum disease or gingivitis. If it’s small amounts of bleeding or only on occasion, you’re fine to wait until you get back from Costa Rica.

However, if the bleeding is excessive, recurring, or leaves your gums aching, those are warning signs you shouldn’t ignore. Instead, visit an emergency dental care facility. These are the only set of teeth you get during your lifetime, so take care of them.

There’s an Abscess

An abscessed tooth is an extremely painful infection. It usually begins at the root of your tooth. Usually, an abscessed tooth is caused by a cavity left untreated or in cases of severe gum disease.

However, an abscessed tooth can also be caused by any sort of trauma to your mouth. Even a chipped tooth can cause an abscess.

Either way, it’s serious and you need to receive emergency dental care. If you have a fever, a foul taste in your mouth, are noticing pus or have swollen glands, go see a dentist immediately.

Often, some sort of surgery is necessary to drain and treat your infection.

Your Pain is Too Severe to Handle on Your Own

If you’re experiencing small amounts of pain, usually it’s okay to take an over-the-counter drug like Tylenol to handle it. However, if the pain becomes too severe for even the Tylenol to work well, don’t try to handle it on your own.

Instead, schedule a visit to receive emergency dental care. Severe pain can be an indication of an infection or other problems. Don’t wait, dental problems can affect other areas of your health.

Your Jaw is Swollen

If any part of your mouth or jaw becomes swollen, it can indicate there’s a serious sign of infection. One such infection is a salivary gland infection. Left untreated, pus and an abscess can form, creating more complications.

If you notice a swollen jaw, a bad taste in your mouth, trouble breathing or swallowing, and have a fever, contact an emergency dental care center.

Sores in Your Mouth aren’t Healing

Canker sores are painful and seem to last forever. They also seem to form exactly in the worst place in your mouth. But within 1-3 weeks, they also disappear.

While there are a few reasons why canker sores form in your mouth, they should heal fairly quickly. Unfortunately, as they heal, they tend to grow larger before they start to disappear.

If you have canker sores or other sores in your mouth that have been there for awhile and aren’t healing, it’s a sign something else is going on. You should seek out emergency dental care.

If Your Mouth Tastes like Metal You Need Emergency Dental Care

While metal fillings aren’t given anymore, they used to be commonplace. If your mouth begins to taste like metal, it could be a sign that your metal filling has become cracked or loose.

Seek emergency dental care if you do taste metal. You’re more prone to infections and cavities and even a possible root canal. Rather than put yourself in a deeper hole, see a dentist and have them give you a new filling.

How to Find a Great Dentist in Costa Rica

When you’re traveling, it’s more difficult to find great healthcare. You’re not close to your home and you have fewer people you can ask for a referral.

That doesn’t mean you can’t find great dental care here in Costa Rica. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask them for a recommendation.

Do a Google search. Check out their website to see if it’s professional looking. Look to see if there are testimonials on their page.

Make sure they can handle emergencies and are open when you need them. Call them up and explain the situation to them. If you don’t speak Spanish, find a dentist who speaks your language.

We cater to an international clientele who come to Costa Rica to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. They come to receive dental care from us because we’re the best.

Contact us to learn about the benefits that come with receiving your dental care with us.

dental work in costa rica

Did you know that Costa Rica is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for dental work among American and European health tourists?

According to researchers at the University of Kansas, dentistry is one of the most common procedures for health tourists that visit Costa Rica. This is due to how the cost of dental care has drastically risen over the past decades in the United States and European countries.

As a solution, many people have looked to get affordable dental work in Costa Rica instead of forking out big money for dental care at home.

While there are many affordable and professional dental care services around the world, dental work in Costa Rica has some unique qualities that make it stand out from the rest.

Let’s take a look at what the top 10 reasons why you should get dental work in Costa Rica.

1. Save on Dental Fees

Are you shocked by the dental fees at your local dentist?

Certainly, the most common reason to go to Costa Rica to receive dental treatment is because it’s cost-effective.

The incredible costs of dental care in the United States and other countries is unaffordable for many. Why would anyone pay huge overinflated dental fees when they could travel to Costa Rica as health tourists.

You can save yourself tons of cash by visiting a Costa Rica for dental care. You can save up to 60 percent on your fees compared to what you would pay in the United States.

2. Educated and Experienced Dentists

While the cost of dentistry is an important driver of health tourism in Costa Rica, patients still want to be treated by an educated and experienced dentist.

Unlike other countries that provide affordable dental care, Costa Rica prides itself on having well-educated dentists. It certainly isn’t easy to become a dentist in Costa Rica. In fact, you’re required to undertake a minimum of 5 years of dentistry study before you can graduate.

It’s not just education, but experience matters too. And yet, after graduation, many dentists travel to universities in the United States to further their training before they go into practice.

3. Just a Short Flight Away

For people living in the United States or Canada, Costa Rica is easy to reach by plane.

Flights from North American cities to Costa Rica is affordable. It could take just 3 hours flight to get there.

Costa Rica also has a central American time-zone, which makes the journey much easier.

4. Combine With a Vacation

If you’re not yet convinced about the benefits of dental work in Costa Rica, maybe combine it with a vacation too.

Travelling to get dental work in Costa Rica make seem like an expensive and far-away trip. But why not make the most of your journey by combining your visit to the dentist with a vacation.

Costa Rica is a fantastic vacation destination as well as for dental work. In fact, Costa Rica has many beaches, jungles, coral reefs, and mountains.

Costa Rica has something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking an adventurous trip in the jungle packed with exciting activities, or a relaxing and luxury stay by the beach.

5. Trusted and Qualified Dentists

While concerns about the standard of dental work in Costa Rica persist among Americans and Europeans, these concerns are mistaken.

After all, an educated and professional dentist working in Costa Rica is equally qualified to make dental care decisions as a dentist in your country.

In Costa Rica, there is a National College of Dental Surgeons. All dentists in the country are required to register and attain a license to legally practice. You can also find information about the qualifications and specialties of the dentists online with a quick google search.

6. Communicate in English

Are you worried that you don’t speak Spanish?

In Costa Rica, the vast majority of dentists and dental staff are able to speak English. When it comes to medical matters, the ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English is important to many patients.

7. Every Type of Specialist

If you’re choosing to travel to Costa Rica for dental care, it’s important you receive the specialist dental work you require. In Costa Rica, you can be confident that whatever your dental needs, you’ll find the right dentist for you.

You can find any dental work in Costa Rica. This includes:

  • Porcelain restoration
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Bleaching and whitening of teeth

Whatever dental work you need, you can get it in Costa Rica!

8. Many Dentists Available

In Costa Rica, there are many dentists and dental clinics around the country.

Finding the right dentist for you may require some research, but eventually, you’ll find one.

9. High-Quality Dental Care

The dental care you’ll receive in Costa Rica will definitely be of the highest quality.

Many dental clinics even offer patients a lifetime guarantee for the dental work.

10. Payment in US dollars

You don’t even need to exchange your US dollars for Costa Rican col?n before you leave.

Dental offices in Costa Rica usually accept US dollars. You can pay by credit card, debit card or cash too. The same applies to hotels and restaurants around the country.

However, it’s important to check with the dental office before regarding the payment method.

Dental Work in Costa Rica

There are many reasons why traveling to Costa Rica for dental work makes sense. If you’re looking for an alternative to dental care in your home country, you should consider dental work in Costa Rica.

For more information about getting the best foreign dental care experience check out our blog.

teeth whitening kit

Thinking about taking home a teeth whitening kit?

Everyone is hungry for a sparkling white Hollywood smile. You can walk into any drugstore at the moment and find teeth whitening kits in the form of strips, toothpaste, pens, and rinses.

While a lot of these kits can be inexpensive and easy to apply, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t bring one home–no matter how cheap it is and how much you want real pearly whites.

Read on to learn why professional teeth whitening is your answer to getting the whitest teeth you really want.

1. Professional Whitening is Comprehensive

Teeth whitening strips are super popular these days because they are inexpensive and easy to apply. Most strips are exactly that–strips that you can stick onto your teeth for a set amount of time to experience whitening.

However, while some users may see some whitening results on the front parts of teeth, strips don’t get into the crevices between teeth. As a result, the whitening will appear uneven.

The same may also be the case for whitening pens. While these may get into crevices better than strips, they may not be very effective.

Professional teeth whitening procedures are comprehensive. They take care of all the surfaces of your teeth so that you can be sure your white smile is complete–even taking those crevices into consideration.

If you are really looking for a whitening solution that covers your entire smile, then you’ll want to toss that teeth whitening kit today and book an appointment with your dentist.

2. Cheap Doesn’t Mean Better

A lot of people are attracted to a teeth whitening kit because it is so affordable and convenient. Most drug and chain stores will carry all sorts of teeth whitening options by their dental care section.

It’s easy to get drawn to cheap dental solutions, especially if a visit to a dentist’s chair is simply out of the budget or not covered by your insurance.

However, teeth whitening kits present a good case of cheap not necessarily meaning “better.” In the moment, your purchase of whitening strips or other teeth whitening kit may be inexpensive.

But these kits may take years to show any solid effect–if any. They may also lead to severe damage to your teeth that will require future trips to that dentist’s chair. (See Reason #3).

In the latter case, buying a teeth whitening kit is actually more expensive than professional whitening treatment at your dentist’s office. Skip the unnecessary dental bills and your trip to Target by scheduling a whitening appointment–your wallet will thank you.

3. DIY Teeth Whitening Can Damage Your Teeth

This is the most important reason why you should ditch your teeth whitening kit immediately. Strips, pens, and more can give you satisfaction in the moment. In fact, most ads for DIY teeth whitening emphasize how fast you’ll see results.

But the results you do see, while not being comprehensive, can actually compromise your health in many ways.

Whitening strips can increase the sensitivity of your teeth and even lead to strange white spotting on your gums. Tooth sensitivity can lead to higher susceptibility to cavities and wear down of the enamel of your teeth.

In some cases, using a whitening kit can cause mouth infections and even stomach issues. Some individuals have reported mouth nerve damage and severe shrinking of gums.

All of these potential effects of using a whitening kit can cause immense medical expenses and lots of pain on your part.

Professional whitening kits will be tried and true to not cause any damage to your teeth, gums, nerves, or stomach. They will utilize dentist-approved chemicals to whiten your teeth effectively.

You can be assured that professional whitening will not land you in the hospital!

4. There Simply Isn’t Evidence

Some tooth whitening kits aren’t backed up by evidence–that they work or that they are actually healthy options for your teeth and mouth.

This is especially the case for DIY teeth whitening suggestions, such as swishing with baking soda or with oil. It’s easy to get anything off of the internet, particularly when it comes to home solutions for common medical problems.

But these may even be riskier because they aren’t backed up by professional evidence. Users may get sucked into using a kit that simply doesn’t work or leads to comprehensive damage.

Professional treatments, on the other hand, are backed up extensively by evidence. Your dentist won’t recommend a treatment unless he or she knows this to be the case.

Your treatment will have been applied to hundreds and thousands of teeth before yours–with guaranteed and substantiated results. When it comes to the health and look of your teeth, it’s important to go with something that is proven to work and maintain the health of your teeth themselves.

5. DIY Kits Don’t Keep You in Mind

The final reason why you should get rid of a teeth whitening kit is the fact that it doesn’t keep you and your dental history in mind.

Over the counter teeth whitening solutions are designed for general users, maybe with some variation on sensitivities. They are meant for really anyone who simply wants whiter teeth.

But some people have had a history of sensitive teeth, cavities, gum damage, and even smoking. Different people with different stories all point in one direction–different needs.

A professional whitening treatment will be recommended based off of your dental history and needs as a patient.

A dentist will be able to offer a treatment that is designed specifically for you. When it comes to medical treatment of any kind, this should be a priority.

Ditch Your Teeth Whitening Kit

There are many reasons why professional whitening is the best way to go if you want whiter teeth. Over the counter, whitening solutions are simply not as effective, and many can cause severe mouth and tooth damage.

While these DIY kits are often cheaper, they may be expensive in the long run due to their minimal effectiveness and bad side effects.

All in all, professional whitening will be tailored to you. You’ll receive effective and safe whitening treatment you can take with you for the rest of your life.

Interested in booking your whitening appointment today? Learn more about getting a dental treatment plan at Advance Dental in Costa Rica.

We offer professional whitening services to all of our clients with the promise of effective and professional service. We look forward to your visit!

Costa Rica dental

Are you dissatisfied with your smile? Would you love to improve your appearance, but you ommenan’t justify the high price tag?

If so, you’re not alone. That’s why many people are choosing Costa Rica dental care as a safe and affordable option.

What are some procedures you might seek at a Costa Rica dental clinic? One common procedure is porcelain veneers.

What are veneers? How can they enhance your smile? And how complicated (or simple) is the procedure?

Read on for everything you need to know about Costa Rica dental veneers.

What Are Veneers?

To start, what exactly is a veneer?

Porcelain veneers are thin, customized “shells” that cover the front portion of a tooth. They’re used mainly for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of the smile.

Veneers can be used to alter the color, size, shape, or length of the tooth. They’re designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, including light-reflecting properties.

You can get one veneer to cover an unsightly tooth or several veneers (up to a dozen or more) to improve your smile. Veneers are priced per tooth.

What Does the Process Involve?

To get Costa Rice dental veneers, you’ll need to schedule three separate appointments.

During the first appointment (or consultation), you’ll spend about an hour discussing your goals with the dentist. He’ll take pictures and X-rays and recommend the best course of treatment for your situation.

At the next appointment, the dentist will make a model of your mouth. He’ll use this to prepare the veneers.

He’ll also do some minor work to prepare your tooth (or teeth) for the veneer. This involves removing about half a millimeter of enamel from the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer covering.

During the final appointment, the dentist will place the new veneers on your teeth and examine the fit and color. If any changes are necessary, he’ll make them before permanently bonding the veneers to your teeth.

After that, you’re finished! You’ll walk out of the office with a beautiful new smile.

5 Reasons to Consider Veneers

With so many dental options out there, how can you decide if veneers are right for you?

Here are five benefits of choosing veneers to enhance your smile.

1. They Hide Flaws

The main reason people use veneers is to hide imperfections in their teeth.

What are some common flaws that veneers can correct?

  • Discoloration
  • Stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small gaps
  • Minor misalignments

You can also use veneers to alter the shape or length of your teeth.

If you feel longer teeth would better complement your face, you can choose veneers that are slightly longer than your natural teeth. If your teeth are thin with small gaps, wider veneers can fill in the gaps.

One important note: Veneers aren’t a magic “fix-all” for your mouth. They’re wonderful for minor cosmetic changes, but they can’t correct major gaps or misalignment issues.

2. They Improve Teeth Color

Another common reason people seek Costa Rica dental veneers is to improve the color of their teeth.

While teeth-whitening procedures are popular and effective, it’s only a matter of time before your teeth get stained again.

With veneers, this isn’t an issue. Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant and won’t change color over time. This means you can continue to drink coffee, red wine, and other favorites without fear of discoloring your teeth.

In other cases, you may only have one or two teeth that are discolored. Your dentist can match veneers to the rest of your teeth so your smile is one consistent color.

3. They Appear Natural

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, many people fear that the results will look “fake.”

This isn’t the case with veneers. Porcelain reflects the light much the same way that natural teeth do. Veneers will improve and brighten your smile while still looking very natural.

Your dentist will skillfully match your veneers to the shape and color of surrounding teeth. It will be impossible to tell which teeth are natural and which have been “improved” by a veneer.

4. They Are Easy to Care For

Another great benefit of veneers is that they’re low-maintenance and easy to care for.

Veneers require no more attention than your standard oral care routine. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings will keep them in good condition for years to come.

Wondering how long your new veneers will last? No dental implant lasts forever, but you can expect your veneers to remain intact and beautiful for many years or even decades.

5. They Are Affordable

We don’t often hear “dental work” and “affordable” in the same sentence.

Sadly, most dental work in the U.S. is not affordable. The average cost of a porcelain veneer in the US is around $1,000.

In some parts of the country, this price can go up to $2,500 per tooth. Imagine the costs if you needed half a dozen or more veneers!

This is yet another reason to consider Costa Rica dental veneers. You can get the same great results from a U.S.-trained dentist for a fraction of what you’d pay at home.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

While veneers are suitable for most people, there are a few cases where veneers may not be the best choice.

These include anyone with:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Root canal infection
  • Significant gaps or misalignments
  • Habitual teeth-grinding

If you have any of the above issues, you’ll need to get these corrected before you’re ready for veneers.

Why Choose Costa Rica Dental Veneers?

Now that you know more about veneers, where should you go to get them?

You have sound reasons to choose Costa Rica dental care. Why pay outrageous prices at home when you can get the same results for so much less?

At Advance Dental Costa Rica, we pride ourselves on offering affordable, high-quality dental work.

Please contact us today to learn more about Costa Rica dental care.

teeth whitening in Costa Rica

Teeth whitening in Costa Rica is becoming more and more popular with the rise of dental tourism. With affordable prices and high-quality dental care, visitors have been coming to Costa Rica for their dentistry since the 1970s.

With the unreasonable and rising costs of dentistry in America, it can be a far cheaper and more pleasant experience to get the sparkling white smile you’re looking for in Costa Rica.

But once you’ve made the decision to go for your teeth whitening in Costa Rica, what should you expect when you get there?

Check out our handy tips that’ll make your next trip to the dentist a breeze.

Laser Light, or Tray Teeth Whitening in Costa Rica?

The surface of a tooth is full of tiny ridges. These are actually microtubules – the kind of holes you’d find in a sponge. These microtubules are filled with saliva, which protects the nerve within the tooth from changes in temperature.

The tubules also fill with colorants, like the dark hue of your coffee, or the beautiful rich deep-red of your wine.

When your dentist fills these microtubules with the whitening mixture, this activates the process of whitening your teeth. When the saliva reenters the tubes, the process stops.

There are 2 popular methods of teeth whitening – laser light, and whitening trays.

Both methods include the use of a hydrogen peroxide solution but have distinct differences.

Laser Whitening

When you choose laser teeth whitening in Costa Rica, you’re in for immediate and painless results!

Laser whitening is a very safe process and is made more comfortable by the precautions your dentist will take.


First, your dentist will place a lip-retractor into your mouth. This is to expose your teeth for maximum accessibility and coverage. Then they’ll paint a rubber solution onto the gums, to protect them from the laser process.

You’ll also get a protective coating on the inside of your cheeks, and on your lips.

Bleach Solution

Your dentist will mix together a combination of hydrogen peroxide gel and an activator in a quantity that’ll work perfectly together to give you the gleaming smile you’re after.

The Whitening Cycle

With what’ll look like a tiny paintbrush, they’ll start to paint the mixture onto each individual tooth. Once it’s on, the fun starts!

A high-intensity laser light will be aimed at your teeth and will stay there for 20 minutes. The light changes the chemical composition of the gel solution and forces it inside the tubules. This removes the stains and colorants that have penetrated into each tooth, from the inside.

After 20 minutes, the light switches off. Your layer of bleaching solution will be wiped off, and a fresh coat applied.

This happens up to four times, depending on the original color of your teeth, so the process will take between 1.5 to 2 hours.

The Reveal

Once you’re finished, your dentist or hygienist will remove the protective barriers and lip-retractor, and you can have a rinse.

Then… take a look in the mirror. Within just 2 hours, your teeth will have been transformed by the laser whitening process. They’ll be up to 10 shades whiter than before!

Take-Home Trays

Once your treatment is over, you’ll be given a set of whitening trays to take home, and use to maintain your treatment between visits. Keep reading to find out more about them.

Whitening Trays

Whitening trays are made by your dentist and are perfectly molded to fit your teeth. These are usually an at-home treatment, so won’t require a lengthy seat in the dentist’s chair.

Preparatory Work

First, an impression is made of both sets of teeth. Using this, your dentist will then make trays that slip over and grip your teeth tightly, yet comfortably. You’ll also be given some vials of a clear hydrogen peroxide gel to use along with your trays.


Once you’re at home with your whitening kit, you’ll syringe a little gel into each tooth impression in your trays. Dry teeth work best, so blot yours a little with a paper towel, and then slip your trays on.

The gel will probably ooze a bit. To counter this, run a damp paper towel around the inside of your mouth to mop up some of the excess gel. But don’t remove your trays!

Keep your trays in for the length of time specified by your dentist, and keep up the routine as per your dentist’s instructions.

Timeframe and Results

Using whitening trays as your sole method of teeth whitening reduces the cost, and doesn’t require much time at the dentist compared to laser whitening. The end result is a beautiful set of white teeth.

The process takes much longer, though (up to 6 weeks), as the peroxide concentration is low and takes longer to work.


Hydrogen peroxide bleach can make a person’s teeth more sensitive, as it is a strong chemical solution. However, these effects should go away within a couple of days.

If you feel any sensitivity at all while in the dentist chair, tell your dentist immediately, and they’ll adjust your treatment accordingly.

If you experience sensitivity after an at-home treatment, again, it’s best to speak to your dentist.

There are ways to manage the sensitivity you may experience, including things like avoiding hot and cold foods for a couple of days, avoiding sugary treats, and brushing your teeth more gently during this time.

Maintain that Brilliant Smile

All whitening treatments require some maintenance. After all, you got the stains from things like food, drink, and tobacco. But, you’ve gotta eat! So what next?

For the week following your treatment, avoid food and drink that’ll stain your teeth. Once that week is up, try and minimise your contact with these foods, to prolong the effects of your whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening aficionados swear by tricks like drinking their stain-inducing beverages through a straw. But dentists recommend drinking water between sips, or even brushing your teeth afterward.

The Takeaway

With highly professional treatment at dramatically lower prices than you’ll find in America, going for teeth whitening in Costa Rica is a no-brainer.

Depending on the treatment you choose, you could have the pearly white smile you’ve always dreamed of in just a couple of hours.

With so much going for teeth whitening in this gorgeous country, why wait!

Liked what you read, but are after something different? Check out our range of services so that you, too, can achieve your perfect smile.

Costa Rica full mouth restoration

In the immortal words of the Little Orphan Annie, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

But if your teeth are damaged, missing, or discolored, smiling can be embarrassing. Your bad smile can lower your self-esteem, which can hurt your success in business, lead to failure in romance, and cause depression.

Fixing your smile can do more than making it easier to eat apples: it can increase confidence and help you feel better about yourself.

Modern dentistry has made it easier than ever to get a full mouth restoration without awkwardly fitting dentures or obvious crowns.

But there’s one catch: American dentists are expensive. Dental implants can cost over $4,000 per tooth.

It might be worth it to change your life, but not many of us have that much extra cash lying around.

But don’t worry: there’s a way to get the same service at a fraction of the cost…a Costa Rica full mouth restoration.

Dental Tourism

If you pay attention to the news at all, you’re probably aware that the United States has the highest healthcare costs in the world.

In many cases, it’s cheaper to pay for a plane ticket to another country, get the procedure done there, and fly back after you’ve recovered.

That’s true of so many cases that there’s a word for it: “medical tourism.” And it’s been growing in popularity.

Many countries, such as Costa Rica, have comparable medical care to the United States, at a fraction of the cost.

It’s especially popular for dental procedures. In fact, Costa Rica has been a popular destination for dental tourism since the 1970s.

While a number of dental procedures bring patients to the country, Costa Rica full mouth restoration is especially popular.

Have you been dreaming of getting that perfect smile, but the price of the procedures are more than you can afford? A Costa Rica full mouth restoration is your ticket to the smile you’ve always wanted.

Costa Rica Full Mouth Restoration Procedures

In centuries past, false teeth were carved out of wood, ivory, or even other people’s teeth.

More recently, dentures and dental bridges have been the go-to techniques for tooth replacement.

These days, there are a number of different procedures a dentist might use to repair your smile, depending on the kind and extent of your smile’s damage.


One of the most tried-and-true methods of tooth replacement is the crown.

A crown is essentially a false tooth that fits over the existing tooth. For a crown to work, the tooth needs to have a healthy root. Crowns are usually used when a tooth is cracked or discolored.

In a dental crown, the existing tooth is not extracted. Instead, the tooth is “shaved down” and the crown is cemented on top of it.

Crowns are made out of a number of different materials, but the most effective are coated with ceramic.

Dental crowns can be either permanent or temporary. Temporary crowns are usually used to help the teeth align properly before a permanent crown is installed.

Crowns are the most common form of tooth repair because it is noninvasive and effective. Many Costa Rica full mouth restoration packages primarily use crowns to build a new smile.


If a tooth is not as badly damaged, your dentist might use a dental veneer.

Dental veneers are similar to crowns, except they don’t go over the entire tooth. Instead, the veneer only covers the front of the tooth that people see.

Veneers are used to repair cosmetic damage only. If you have several missing or cracked teeth, your dentist likely won’t use veneers.

Dental Bridges

If a tooth is entirely missing–or if you have multiple missing teeth–you won’t be able to get a crown.

Instead, you might be able to get a dental bridge.

In a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of an empty space are prepared as if they are getting a crown. These teeth are called “pillars.”

Then, the pillars are “crowned” with a special prosthetic that covers the missing teeth. This prosthetic is anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap.

A dental bridge is a popular choice because it requires no surgery and looks very natural.

Dental Implants

While bridges are a popular choice, they aren’t perfect. Because the bridge is not connected to the jawbone, the bone may deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation.

That is not an issue with dental implants.

Implants are considered by most dentists to be the most effective and long-lasting form of tooth repair. But it isn’t easy.

The dentist will remove all parts of the existing tooth and drill into the jaw, removing the root and nerves.

A metal screw is then inserted into the jawbone in place of the roots. A replacement tooth made of dental ceramic, similar to a crown, is then fastened into place.

When completed, a dental implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. And because the jawbone is used as an anchor, you don’t have to worry about bone loss.

Many people go without implants because they are too expensive in the United States. However, the same procedure can be performed in Costa Rica for half the price.

What About Lodging?

You might be ready to book the next flight to San Rafael to come see us for your Costa Rica full mouth restoration, except for one thing.

“Where am I going to stay?”

The stress of finding a hotel and paying for it yourself might be enough to keep you dealing with a bad smile forever.

However, many of our Costa Rica full mouth restoration packages include lodging at a five-star hotel. And while you’re in beautiful Costa Rica, you can even get a full vacation out of your trip.

Ready to Smile?

If you’ve been living with an embarrassing smile for years because of the cost of American dental work, you need a Costa Rica full mouth restoration.

Don’t wait any longer for a beautiful smile. Book your flight and call us today.

Costa Rica dental implants

If you have dental problems, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss, mostly due to decay and injury.

Costa Rica dental implants can improve the feel and appearance of your smile.

Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth. They provide a very strong foundation for replacement teeth that can be made to match your natural ones.

Based on your preferences and needs, these individual teeth can be removable or permanently cemented. This convenience and flexibility make dental implants an excellent choice for anyone dealing with the effects of tooth decay.

Keep reading to find out how Costa Rica dental implants can restructure your smile and give you your confidence back.

What Does a Dental Implant Involve?

Before the benefits of implants are discussed, it’s important to understand completely what the procedure involves.

The first step will be to create a treatment plan that addresses your needs. They can recommend different materials based on a variety of factors.

Then, after materials are selected, your tooth root implant post is placed in the bone socket where your tooth was.

As your jawbone heals, it will grow around the implanted post, forcing it to stay securely in your jaw. This process takes about six to twelve weeks.

If time is an issue, there are also some options available that have a shorter healing process.

To make your new implant, your dentist will make an impression of your current teeth. He’ll make a model of your bite, capturing all your teeth, to make sure that the new implant matches up perfectly.

Finally, your new tooth, called a crown, is installed. Rather than individual crowns attached to each post, some people choose to have a few attachments anchored to a removable denture.

Now that you know more about the process, let’s discuss the benefits of dental implants.

7 Benefits of Dental Implants

1. Improve Your Appearance

By using an implant, you’re getting the most natural-looking solution to tooth loss and decay. There are existing products that can temporarily create a similar look, but implants are permanent.

They’ll look and feel just like your own teeth. And since they’re modeled after your original teeth, you’ll feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.

2. Improve Your Speech

Many people who suffer from tooth loss use dentures so they can eat normally. Unfortunately, this piece of equipment has some drawbacks.

One is that when your dentures don’t fit properly, the teeth can slip into your mouth. This may cause you to slur your words or mumble.

With implants, your teeth will be fused into place. This makes it impossible for them to shift in your mouth, which can be very embarrassing.

3. Make Eating Easier

In addition to impairing your speech, dentures can make eating a chore. Besides the work required in using them to chew, you also have to take care of them.

Dentures should be cleaned often to prevent bacteria build-up. This process can take a long time. With implants, you can simply eat and go on with your day.

In addition, sliding dentures make it nearly impossible to chew. When you use implants instead, they function like your own teeth. This allows you to eat anything you like with confidence and no pain.

4. Give You Comfort

Having something foreign in your body is always going to feel a little uncomfortable. With Costa Rica dental implants, they’ll feel like a natural part of you.

We can’t stress enough how life-changing it is to feel like a “normal” eater again.

The days of contemplating your every bite can be over anytime you wish.

5. Improve Your Self Esteem

When you walk out of the office with your new Costa Rica dental implants, you’ll feel great about yourself. You’ll carry your body with renewed poise and confidence.

Having dentures can make you feel like everyone else can eat things that you can’t.

With implants, you won’t have to say no to your favorite foods anymore.

6. Give You a Lasting Improvement

Since Costa Rica dental implants are permanent, they’ll be in your mouth constantly. They’re remarkably durable and have been known to last many years.

With proper care, many patients report being able to use their implants for a lifetime. It’s this sense of permanence that should give you security in the future of your dental work.

In addition, Costa Rica dental implants offer a convenience factor. Since you have to take removable dentures in and out, they require a lot of extra work.

One of the worst offenses of dentures is the messy adhesives to keep them in place. It can be a nightmare to try to get the perfect placement and keep your teeth clean on a daily basis.

With dental implants, you can throw that adhesive tube in the bin.

Dentures can also be inconveniently embarrassing. When you’re out to lunch with friends at a fancy restaurant, adjusting your teeth during the meal can be very frustrating.

7. Improve Your Oral Health

One of the best parts about dental implants is they don’t require the dentist to file down your existing teeth. This is how a tooth-supported bridge functions.

Since the teeth near your implant aren’t affected by it, these teeth can all be left intact. That gives you a better shot at maintaining lifelong oral health.

In addition, when you have individual implants, they give you better access to the spaces between your teeth. This means you have easier access to those hard-to-reach places when you brush.

Where to Go for Costa Rica Dental Implants

Trying to get dental implants in the United States can be exorbitantly expensive. And many people these days don’t carry dental insurance to absorb some of the costs.

One way to get around this issue is by traveling to Costa Rica. There you can find a USA-trained and certified dentist to perform your procedure.

If you’re looking for a practice, contact us at Advance Dental in Costa Rica. We guarantee you’ll receive excellent care during your transformation.

costa rica dental tourism

Costa Rica is known for its high-quality medical tourism. In fact, a 2016 survey found that Costa Rica ranked 4th for medical tourism services in America. And Costa Rica dental tourism has long since been a common way for foreigners to receive quality dental care at affordable prices.

Medical tourism is thought by many to be a relatively recent trend. But it turns out that Americans and Europeans have been coming to Costa Rica for dental services for decades.

It is believed that Costa Rica’s high-quality dental care become popular in the 1970s when travelers and Peace Corps members received care for common dental issues. Word spread that quality care was being provided at a much lower cost.

Many people unfamiliar with medical tourism don’t realize how much money can be saved. By avoiding the consistently rising cost of health care in America, patients can get quality service at shockingly lower rates.

Taking Advantage of Costa Rica Dental Tourism

If you’re planning a vacation to Costa Rica and taking advantage of dental services while you’re there, you should be aware of some things. For the most part you can treat going to the dentist in Costa Rica a lot like you would at home.

It’s important to remember that not every doctor is the same. You need to make sure the dentist you visit is experienced in providing the type of care you require.

If you need oral surgery, make sure the dentist you visit in Costa Rica is an oral surgeon and not only a general dentist. And just like seeking out a dentist at home, you’ll want to make sure and look up patient reviews to ensure you’re getting proper care.

Many people think that a dentist in a foreign country will not have the same state-of-the-art tools and materials used in dentist offices in America. This is a huge misconception when it comes to Costa Rican dentists.

In fact, many dentists operating in this region studied in America and are certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery. Many also use materials and equipment that are FDA approved.

Costa Rica has a growing reputation as a regional leader in dental care due to high-quality healthcare, top-notch facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. And this is provided at a much more affordable price than in America.

Lower Costs and Close Proximity

Foreigners receiving dental treatment in Costa Rica will find high-quality services at 50 to sometimes 70 percent cheaper than dental care in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Those are serious savings.

Costa Rica dental tourism is especially desirable to people living in the United States and Canada. Because of its close proximity, airfare is cheaper and travel time is much shorter. This is great for patients who need to return again for further treatment.

This region is also known for its natural beauty and entertainment. It’s already a tourist destination for many people. Why not take advantage of quality dental care at affordable prices and also enjoy an unforgettable vacation?

Costa Rica is also one of the safest and cheapest travel destinations in Latin America. If you’re planning on staying and enjoying the region while getting dental work done, you’re coming to the right place.

Be Prepared Before Your Trip

In order to get the best service and save the most money, you need to be prepared before your trip. You should have an idea of what type of care you need. Know beforehand what will be involved in your treatment plan.

It’s a good idea to contact the office you intend to visit in advance and talk to them about your procedure. Don’t risk wasting money with a dentist that cannot provide the proper care you need when you get there.

Try to get your treatment history or X-rays from a previous dentist and send them to your dentist in Costa Rica. That way they know what work needs to be done and can provide a timeline and cost estimate.

If you’re having extensive work done you may need to schedule multiple visits in one trip. Giving the office as much information as you can before you get there will help you better schedule your vacation. It will also allow them to give you a better estimate of the price.

Know Your Dentist’s Payment Options

Before you take advantage of the great prices of Costa Rica dental tourism, you should know what your dentist’s payment options are. Contact the office before you leave and make sure you understand their payment methods. Do they accept credit cards or will you need to use cash?

It’s also a good idea to know the cost ahead of time if possible. Of course the price may be determined once the dentist examines you and determines what work must be done. But it doesn’t hurt to know as much as you can before you go.

This is another reason to provide medical history documents or X-rays beforehand. An office may be able to provide a more accurate estimate after reviewing them.

Many Costa Rica dental tourism packages offer a fixed price program for certain dental services. This will take away the uncertainty of your final cost. It won’t hurt to check if an office provides this service.

Quality Care and Reasonable Prices

The unreasonable cost of healthcare in America is an ever-growing problem. Many people are choosing to cut out visits to the dentist all together in order to avoid high costs. Even with insurance, many people can’t afford the price of healthcare today.

Unfortunately this is not a new problem and it’s one that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Medical tourism provides a low-cost option for those stuck with outrageous prices for healthcare. It’s a growing trend for Americans and it will likely keep growing.

Advance Dental provides Costa Rica dental tourism services including fillings, crowns, oral surgery and much more. If you’re considering traveling to Costa Rica and want to take care of dental procedures during your visit, contact us today.


dentist in costa rica

Did you know that for certain procedures you can save more than $4000 by going to a dentist in Costa Rica instead of one in the USA?

Costa Rica is one of the most cost-effective countries to visit for dental tourism. Not only that but there are literally dozens of beautiful landscapes and attractions that make a trip out here affordable, fun, and exciting for the whole family.

It’s an easy choice. You can either spend upwards of $5000 for one visit in an American office, or you can pay less than $1000 at a Costa Rican dentist and use the rest of the money on a much-needed vacation.

If you’ve decided to go with option B, just know you’re not alone. Over 400,000 Americans traveled outside the country for dental work in 2013, and that number has continued to grow since then.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to discuss how to make your dental tourism trip a success.

Here are our 6 tips for finding a great dentist in Costa Rica.

1. Understand Your Dental Needs

The first step to determining the best dentist to visit in Costa Rica is understanding your dental needs.

While there are many talented dentists our here, some specialize only in a few procedures. Knowing what procedure you need will make it easier to ask questions and determine the best dentist for you.

The most advantageous trips are the ones where a large amount of dental work needs to be completed. Some good examples of this are dental crowns and implants.

If you are preparing to get dental crowns in Costa Rica check out our comprehensive guide! You’ll want to make sure the place you pick can handle all of your needs.

2. Do a Quick Google Search

The next step is the simplest, check on Google! This will give you a good idea of some of the places out there.

However, it’s important to note that not all of the information out there is accurate. Don’t let Google be the last stop in the search for you. Try finding alternative ways to learn more about the dental offices.

One way you can do this is through referrals.

If you don’t know anyone in Costa Rica, post on your social media accounts. People love to give advice and you’re sure to get a couple of leads.

If you have family and friends out in Costa Rica, don’t forget to leverage their knowledge as well. A personal recommendation can go a long way.

3. Check their Certification

Many dentists outside of the country go through extensive training and classes to become USA certified.

You can even verify that their certifications are accurate is through unbiased websites. Two examples of this are the American Dental Association and the American College of Prosthodontist.

Both these organizations have places where you can search for a certified and verified dentist. If dentists claim to be certified, but you can’t seem to find them in one of the searches, that’s a major red flag.

4. Search for Reviews

Testimonials and reviews are extra tools you can use to gain a better understanding of the facility. Unfortunately, it is harder to verify the authenticity of reviews than it is the certification.

Even if the people leaving reviews and testimonials are real people, they still might have some unknown bias towards the company. Some dentists might ask friends or family to write reviews for them.

If the dental office has a hundred or more reviews, those reviews will most likely be more realistic than an office that has 10 or 15.

Another helpful tip is to look for before and after shots. Many people will post these shots either on social media or give it to the office to use.

These photos can give you an idea of the kind of work that the offices have completed. Perhaps you’ll even be able to see how they’ve handled cases similar to yours.

5. Talk with the Office

One of the best ways to get to know the potential dentist in Costa Rica is to talk with their office. Just be wary of long-distance phone call fees when you do.

Calling the office will give you a good idea of how easy they are to work with and how they treat their customers.

While you are on the phone with them, ask them any lingering questions left from your research. This is your time to really interview them, and get to know as much as you can.

Most dentists understand that you feel nervous about traveling to a different country for your dental work. The best dental offices will take the time to answer your questions and help you feel that this is the best plan for you.

And if they don’t?

Well, then there are probably better dental offices out there that you should find.

6. Talk with Your Insurance Provider

The final step in choosing a dentist in Costa Rica is to see if they work with your insurance provider.

Even though the procedures are less expensive, prices can still add up and take a toll out of your wallet. Luckily though, that’s what insurance is for!

Many dentists in Costa Rica work with American insurance companies. However, even if you know that the office has worked with your insurance, it’s still important to talk with your representative ahead of time.

On the other hand, if you don’t have dental insurance, as 40% of Americans claim, you’ll have to cover all of the costs yourself. Be sure to take into account the cost of flights, hotels, and food as you plan your trip.

Find a Dentist in Costa Rica

Finding a dentist in Costa Rica doesn’t seem so bad now, does it? If you’re still worried just follow our 8 simple rules and you’ll have a fantastic dental trip.

Need some help getting started? Send us a message. We love helping people get the best dental service they deserve!


Dental Crowns in Costa Rica

In the United States, getting a crown or another dental procedure has gotten prohibitively expensive. So, dental tourism is on the rise.

Sure, traveling will cost you some cash, but your dollar stretches a lot further when you head to Costa Rica to get your crowns done.

Plus, you’ll be taking a trip, too—talk about getting major bang for your buck.

Still, before you book that flight, there are a few things you need to know. We at Advance Dental are happy to break things down for you. Below, we’ll explain why you should go on how to prepare for a dental trip to Costa Rica.

1. You’ll Save Big Bucks

For people who have no coverage or inadequate coverage, looking outside the US for care presents a unique opportunity to save money and travel to a different country.

Crowns are one of the more common services to have done abroad.

It’s also worth pointing out that dental crowns in Costa Rica cost significantly less than in the United States.

International patients often request dental crowns from Costa Rica, as they provide a consistent level of quality.

2. Many Services Come with Accommodations

When you travel out of the country for a procedure, often there’s a package deal that comes along with the dental service.

Many overseas providers style these packages as “dental vacations.” This means that you’ll get to take in some of the sights and sounds of Costa Rica while you’re there to take care of your teeth.

3. Safety

Perhaps one of the more important things to consider when considering getting dental crowns in Costa Rica is safety. For this reason, look for a US-certified professional.

One of the biggest myths facing dental tourism is that it isn’t safe. Sure, there are some cases of people having a negative experience when getting their teeth done abroad. However, Costa Rica is a safe country, one that’s popular with tourists and ex-pats.

While you definitely should do some research, getting a crown in Costa Rica is a relatively safe endeavor.

4. Cost Also Depends on Materials

Crowns aren’t a one-size-fits-all affair. Your dentist can install a range of materials—ceramic, steel, porcelain or resin. Here’s a quick look at some of the pros and cons of each:

Porcelain or Ceramic

Most dentists recommend porcelain crowns, as they most closely resemble the texture and appearance of real teeth.

However, they aren’t the best bet for everyone. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are more delicate than other dental materials, and they tend to be more expensive.

Stainless Steel, Gold, Silver

Metal crowns are essentially indestructible. They can last up to 50 years, meaning many people will never need to get them replaced. They tend to be the most viable option for many patients, though some metals may cause wear and tear on the surrounding teeth.

The drawback with metal crowns is, they are very noticeable–contrasting with natural teeth.

Users may prefer to use metal on teeth that are located towards the back of the mouth for this reason.


PFM (porcelain fused metal) brings the best of both worlds to your crown. This option consists of a metal crown, coated in porcelain.

This brings more durability to the table while blending in with surrounding teeth. The outer porcelain-layer may need to be replaced every so often, as this material erodes over time.


Zirconia crowns are the most expensive type of crown, but also the most durable.

Made from blocks of zirconia, these crowns are extremely hard. So, they do pose a risk of wearing down surrounding teeth. But, the advantage over PFM or metal crowns is that the installation process allows the patient to keep more of their original tooth.

5. You’ll Probably Need to Make Two Appointments

If you’ve been to the dentist, you know that getting a crown installed is not a one and done procedure. First, you’ll need to make an appointment so the dentist can assess the damage and get you fitted for a crown.

During the interim, you’ll already be in Costa Rica—think of this as an opportunity to take in the sights.

Hit the beach, explore the jungle—you name it.

At the second appointment, the dentist will install the crown and complete any other services that need to be performed.

6. Schedule Enough Time for the Full Process

Crowns usually take about a week from start to finish. As we’ve mentioned already, you’ll need to make two appointments. We’d recommend scheduling the first appointment at the beginning of the week, and the other at the end.

If you’re planning on getting dental crowns in Costa Rica, we suggest building extra time to your stay. This helps to account for things like root canals or other procedures or any delays during the crown-making process.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you schedule your appointment as far in advance as possible. This ensures your treatment can be completed quickly and within the confines of your stay.

7. Costa Rican Dentists Provide the Same Level of Care You’d Get in the US

Sadly, many people believe US dental work is superior to work done in Costa Rica or elsewhere because it costs more. Costa Rica offers a universal health care system, as well as a top-notch talent pool.

Plus, many Costa Rican dental offices, Advance Dental included, are accredited by North American or European organizations. These organizations have a set of standards for everything from sanitation to the quality of equipment.

8. Planning Isn’t as Hard as it Sounds

If you’re concerned about the logistics of traveling to Costa Rica for dental work, it may be worth it to enlist the help of a dental tourism concierge. They can help you to coordinate flights, appointments, accommodations, and more.

Learn More About Dental Crowns in Costa Rica

Looking for quality dental crowns in Costa Rica?

Our head director, Dr. Eugenio J. Brenes, DDS,  is a US-trained dentist and an expert in crowns and bridges. Give us a call today to learn more the procedure, and while you’re at it, booking a stay.


Dental Implants in Costa Rica

If you’re looking for dental implants in Costa Rica, you’ve probably been suffering from tooth loss for awhile.

When you don’t have a perfect smile, it threatens every part of your life, including your career. It is difficult to go on job interviews or ask for a raise when you are experiencing the embarrassment of tooth loss and decay.

Dental Implants in Costa Rica can be a great option to make the smile you wear on the outside match the one on the inside.

U.S.-educated dentists are available to perform these costly procedures for a fraction of the price. Before you write-off the idea of traveling for your medical care, take the time to truly examine what is involved.

The Guide to Dental Implants in Costa Rica

When you are finally ready to combat your tooth loss and decay, the first question you need to ask yourself is, “What are dental implants?”


When you have experienced issues with tooth loss, dental implants can provide a permanent solution.

They consist of two parts: the post and the crown. The post is surgically positioned in your jawbone and attaches to the visible portion called the crown.

The Post

Posts are known as a “tooth-root replacement” because they act in the same way roots would, securing your implants. Some posts are standardized, while others can be customized to fit your teeth properly.

The Crown

When deciding what material to select for your crown, there are many factors to consider.

A good dentist will be able to guide you in this selection. However, having a basic understanding of the process yourself can help you to make informed decisions.

You should consider the following:

  • How much force the implants will experience from your bite
  • What materials your body tolerates well
  • Your expected results

Current crown implant options include layered zirconia, porcelain-filled composites, e.max, and porcelain fused to metal. If you’re not afraid to get mistaken for Flavor Flav at the airport, you can even install a full mouth of gold.

This is far from an exhaustive list of materials used for dental implants in Costa Rica, but now you are familiar with the most popular.

The Necessary Preparations

If you are going to get dental implants in Costa Rica, you will need to do your research to find a dentist with a good reputation.

You should also obtain your dental records, and any other relevant medical records you may have.

The Procedure

The truth is that this procedure, like so many other dental treatments, is not for the faint of heart. Many people would rather not know what is going on in their mouths while they’re numb.

But for those that crave this disturbing knowledge, continue reading.

The first half of your procedure will be a root canal. If you have ever seen Finding Nemo, then you may be somewhat familiar with this term.

If not, then let me explain.

A root canal is when the roots of your teeth are removed, sometimes down to the jaw bone. This can be done partially, preserving the natural tooth, or completely, to allow for a full implant.

Once your dentist has cleared the way, he will drill a small hole into your jaw where he will place a very tiny screw. A temporary crown may be put in place while you wait for your jaw to heal.

Later, you will have a permanent crown installed in its place.

The Same-Day Option

If you don’t have the time to wait four to six months for your post to cement itself to your jaw, then you may want to consider the same-day option.

These procedures can be completed in a single appointment.

Rather than bone grafting, a bridge is used to secure your implants in place. This allows for a less-invasive procedure.

Fun fact: With this method, it only takes four posts to secure an entire row of teeth (bottom or top.)

Recovery Options

Patients who receive traditional dental implants in Costa Rica will have a bit of discomfort for a few days following the surgery. It is best to find a nice, relaxing place to rest while you heal.

If you opt for the same day choice, you will have a much easier recovery. No bone grafting is necessary. You will be able to return to your activities the same day.

Caring for Your New Implants

The best part about getting dental implants in Costa Rica is their low upkeep. Implants are designed to be brushed, flossed, and treated just like their natural counterparts.

Some dentists will recommend “water irrigation” to their patients with implants when they go for their bi-annual cleaning. This is just a fancy term for taking a water pick. Essentially, this means shooting an intense stream at your pearly whites. In a way, you could say they pressure wash your implants.

Where to get Dental Implants in Costa Rica

When you are looking for a medical provider, there are a lot of places to look to for advice.

You will be swamped with information, between the online reviews, blogs that are written by previous patients, blogs authored by practicing dentists, and the rest of your pages of Google results.

However, it’s important to not have information overload.

Seek out the answers to your questions, but don’t start reading through people’s life stories on forums looking for nuggets of wisdom.

You don’t need to hear a bunch of horror stories.

This is a serious decision that should be weighed with medical acumen. No two people are alike. So, of course, no two dental procedures are alike either.

You don’t need to be worried about the issues someone else was having while you’re trying to organize your own procedure. Cut the noise and contact the practices you’re considering using directly.

If getting dental implants in Costa Rica might be the right option for you, contact Advance Dental at (831)250-8105 to find out more information.

We have a team in place to make your trip from the United States simple and rewarding.


There is currently a trend in the United States, where more and more Americans travel abroad for various medical and dental procedures offered by specialists around the globe.

It is not a secret that a great number of Americans are not covered by dental insurance. For those who have dental insurance, their insurance generally does not cover cosmetic or aesthetic procedures, such as veneers, crowns, bleaching or dental implants. Even though these procedures offer superior treatment results, and provide patients with an improvement in their quality of life, insurance companies do not consider them basic dental treatments, and usually reject any claims filed by the patients. The only solution for some patients is to pay out of pocket for dental treatments at typically very high prices. The underlying factors creating the high cost of dental procedures in the U.S. include the high cost of materials that are used, unusually high cost of malpractice insurance, overpriced labor and the unaffordable cost of living in the U.S. Additionally, the number of years of training that are required by the dental doctors providing these types of procedures is very high in order to provide their patients with predictable and successful treatments.

People often may ask themselves why travel abroad? Which procedures can be done in foreign countries? How does one choose the right Doctor? How does one contact these professionals?

Finances – An Important Factor That Drives People to Travel Abroad for Dental Treatments

In order to answer these questions, it is important to understand that a very important factor that drives people to travel outside the U.S. for dental treatment is finances. As emphasized, dental treatments in the U.S. can be extremely expensive, leaving most procedures out of reach for a great percentage of the population. As a result, Americans are traveling abroad seeking more affordable dental care.

One of the countries that is fast becoming a Mecca for dental treatments is Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a large number of dental specialists, many of whom are trained in the U.S. at the highest levels and standards, and they provide dental treatment at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

In my case, I had five years of dental training in Costa Rica, followed by four years of post graduate training and residency in aesthetics, restorative, and prosthodontics procedures at Loma Linda University, in California. Dr Retana on the other hand, studied in Costa Rica for five years and continued his post graduate education in Argentina with a Fellowship of two years in Implants in New York University. We both speak fluent English and perform the same treatments that are performed in the U.S.

We both decided to return to our country and open our practice using all the knowledge and experience we gained, training at some of the top ranked dental schools in the U.S., to help the people in our country.

Why Dental Procedures in Costa Rica Are Two Thirds Cheaper Than in The USA

One may wonder how U.S. trained specialists in Costa Rica can charge a third of what a U.S. based specialist will charge. There are a number of reasons for this. First, Costa Rica has a lower cost of labor and fees charged by dental labs (labs that custom make crowns, veneers, dentures, etc.). Costa Rican dental labs provide excellent quality of work and some of the biggest American commercial dental labs outsource a great percentage of their U.S. business to Costa Rica. That means that a lot of crowns, veneers, and partial dentures, and all sort of dental work used by U.S. doctors in the United States, are manufactured in Costa Rica.

Another factor is that the cost of living in Costa Rica is almost one third of what it is in the U.S. When one considers states such as California and Florida, Costa Rica is about one fourth less expensive, and this shows in the final price of the dental treatments.

Some people wonder about the quality of the materials used in dental clinics in Costa Rica. Most of the materials used in Costa Rica are manufactured by multinational corporations that sell the same products in the U.S. These manufacturers distribute their products worldwide, but they have variable pricing in order to be competitive in different markets. Our clinic in Costa Rica uses state of the art equipment and the highest quality in all of our clinical and laboratory materials. This gives us the certainty that the final results and treatments are at the same level as those performed in the best clinics anywhere in the world.

Another question commonly asked is which dental treatments can be done in foreign countries. Well, this is a question that is closely related with the question of how to choose the right dentist. In the U.S., the association that regulates dentistry is the American Dental Association. It recognizes Prosthodontics as the only specialty in dentistry that deals with aesthetics, function, and oral rehabilitations. In other words, the name of the specialty that deals in full detail with the appearance of your smile is called Prosthodontics.

How do I know if my dentist is a Prosthodontist? The easiest way is asking them directly, or by doing a little research on your own. The American Association that certifies dentists with the proper training to become a Prosthodontist is called the American College of Prosthodontics. On their webpage, you can find Prosthodontists in specific areas, both in the U.S. and other countries.

It is important to do your research because the Prosthodontist is trained as “a quarterback of dental treatments.” He is the best person to coordinate a treatment plan, he knows about the results and outcomes of the different dental specialties and their procedures such as periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, and he can guide you in order to achieve your goals, and expectations regarding your smile.

Dental treatments that are done and supervised by a Prosthodontist can go from aesthetic concerns, crooked teeth, missing teeth due to different factors such as accidents, congenital oral defects, or other reasons, to help you improve your quality of life by having a healthy, functional and beautiful smile.

Why choose Costa Rica and not another country?

Besides having world class professionals and state of the art hospitals and clinics, Costa Rica has become one of the most sought after places for travel. Costa Rica has luscious jungles, breathtaking beaches, amazing volcanoes and everything in between. Visitors to Costa Rica have increased form 784,610, in 1995 to 1,452,926 in 2004. Along with the increase in the number of tourists, is the development of tourist infrastructure. Another factor is the social and economic stability of the country. Since abolishing its army over fifty years ago, Costa Rica has become one of the most developed countries in Latin America, having redirected previously budgeted military funds to furthering education. It is known for its high rates of literacy and the warmth of its people and their love for their country. As an independent country, Costa Rica has excellent economic and diplomatic relationships with the U.S. Costa Rica is very American friendly, and is a preferred country for American expatriates, with over 8,000 Americans permanently living in Costa Rica, making it the country with the most U.S. citizens per capita in Latin America. And finally, you might wonder how to get in contact with the right professionals. A good way of getting appointments set and procedures done are by solid institutions, and always look for the right accreditations of such establishments. Look to the top hospitals first for their specialized dental departments to find the right professional for you.

Eugenio J. Brenes, DDS, Advanced Prosthodontics, certified at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA. He is the Director of Advance Dental Costa Rica


Dr. Eugenio J. Brenes, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A.

Nowadays, a common tendency has grown in the population to have a more critical perception of what we externally project, and many of the physical characteristics that have been scrutinized, those that people are willing to put time and resources into changing if they are not satisfied with them, are physical features that do not fulfill their expectations.

In my field, which is prosthetic and dental aesthetics, I have seen the rise of “Perfect smiles” requests and have been able to help patients and resolve their requests in a successful and predictable way.

Nowadays, we can rely on an arsenal of instruments, materials and dental procedures that allow us to modify, outline and restore the form of our teeth with complete invisibility. Things that only 15 years ago were not as predictable or even possible.

Understanding the Conformation of a Perfect Smile

To understand the conformation of a perfect smile, we have to take in account several anatomic elements and their condition.

A smile does not depend only on its teeth, but has many more dimensions and elements.

Architecture of the Gums

Amongst them you can find a good architecture of the gums, catalogued as the frame of the teeth; many times we have seen how a beautiful painting can look bad on an ugly frame.

Gums must be healthy, with no swelling, and they must have an adequate shape, so that the tooth can have a protagonist role.

The Lips & The Line of The Smile

Another element of the smile are the lips, and the line of the smile. It must be evaluated in a qualitative way: how many teeth are shown when you smile. It must be done with different smiles, since it is not the same for a tiny smile or for a burst of laughter. This has to be taken into account, so that the teeth look nice in every aspect of our daily lives.

The lips have to be evaluated too when designing a smile. Wide lips will cover the tooth more when compared with thin lips.

Characteristics of The Teeth

Most of the population pays attention only to the color. There is a lot more we have to evaluate: the texture; if the teeth present any kind of wear or restoration, their length, how the tooth looks compared to other pieces present in the mouth, if it is symmetric, the shape and the action it performs when it works together with other teeth.

The Mirror Test – Step One For Obtaining The Perfect Smile

To obtain a perfect smile, the first thing to be done is a self-evaluation. I call it the mirror test, and suggest patients to look in the mirror and ask themselves the following questions:

  • Do I like the color of my teeth?
  • Do I like the position of my teeth?
  • Am I happy with the shape of my teeth?
  • Do I have any visible cavities?
  • Do I have tartar or stains in my teeth?
  • Do my gums look healthy and pink?
  • Do I lack any teeth?
  • Do I have any restoration, crown, or filling that I am not happy with?

If you are happy with the way your teeth look, then you have a perfect smile. As one of my mentors on my residency at Loma Linda University, Los Angeles, Dr. Wayne Campagni, used to say: the best dentistry is non-dentistry.

However, if your oral condition is not ideal, if you have old restorations that have lost their properties or if you simply want a change, there are several ways to improve your smile.

Ways to Improve Your Smile

For example, if the shape, length and relation of the teeth with the other elements we have mentioned are ok, and all that bothers you is the color, that can be solved with prophylaxis and a dental whitening.

If the shape is the issue, resin or porcelain veneers, or even ceramic crowns could be the solution.

If you are lacking a tooth and wish to restore that space, a bridge or a dental implant are very good options to resolve that situation.

Pricing is a Fundamental Factor For Deciding Which Dental Treatment to Choose

In the present, pricing is a fundamental factor when it comes to deciding which dental treatment to choose. The key lies in establishing a plan of goals and being both honest and realistic in both parts. On my practice we have been able to make work plans based on periods of 2 to 3 years and in that period we change in a constant and organized way the dental pieces, so that in the end the patient will achieve the expected result.

There are procedures, such as dental implants, which are done in two phases and between them there is a period of 6 months in which the patient can work out a savings or credit plan so that he can finish the treatment.

Regarding whitening treatments, it is good to have a “pot” or a piggy bank and establish the whitening as a goal. Usually whitening at my practice has a cost of $350, and includes whitening at the office with laser and a treatment to take home. That is, if we save 4 dollars a day for three months that would be enough to get the treatment.

Defining a treatment as expensive is a personal affair, since everyone has their own priorities, according to their needs and reality.

For example, it has been scientifically proven that a person who gets a dental cleaning every six months will have a more favorable health condition, less cardiac problem risks, will have better probabilities of not suffering chronic problems such as diabetes, systemic diseases, and their teeth will be under the care of a professional person who will look after them and make sure there health is the optimum.

This treatment of having 2 cleanings a year costs $170, which is only $0.50 a day to guarantee both physical and oral health. Nevertheless, in many occasions, we may think it is expensive and use that money for other things that does not give such a tangible result.

If you have financial restrictions, the daily use of dental floss and brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that is in a decent state, at least 3 times a day, is a good way to begin. Also putting into our priority list a dental cleaning performed by a professional every six months. That would be a great way of keeping your teeth and health in good control.

It is good to stick to one professional, since he will be able to get familiar with your mouth and will have a more strict control with photographs and x-rays of what is happening and he will notice if there is a change in your mouth.

A smile we feel comfortable with will bring a series of benefits in all aspects. Functionally it will allow us to enjoy different foods that are necessary for our health. It will help us have a better social presence: studies of the American Association of Orthodontics have revealed very interesting things about what our smiles project, for example: 48% of the Americans from 18 to 24 years of age have untagged themselves from Facebook because they don’t like their smile; a third part of the population of the United States is not happy with the way their teeth look. On the same study, of 1000 adults that were interviewed, 78% perceived people with twisted teeth as unsuccessful and 14% said their smile was a factor that kept them from getting a good job.

In the present, the population is looking for different options to be healthier and at the same time looking better. It is never too late to have a nice smile and currently we have so many treatments and materials that help us solve defects in a successful way.


According to the latest studies, in 2007, 750.000 Americans travel abroad for medical care, and is estimated that this number will multiply up to 6.000.000 medical travelers in 2010.

Among the factors that create this phenomenon are: soaring cost in health care, high deductible insurance plans, and lack of insurance.

The decision of traveling abroad should be well informed and educated, that is the reason of this article, I will try to shed some light on the basic information that you need to ask and research in order to have a pleasant and productive experience.

Learn Locally, Act Globally – Research your treatment

Is always advisable, to create a link with a local dentist, that way you an evaluation of what is your current dental condition, ask for a full set of X-Rays and a Treatment Plan. With treatment options in your hands is easier for your to make educated comparisons between what is offer you at home and what is offer in other countries. A Prosthodontist is a great option for treatment coordination since he is a Dentist that trained for 3-4 extra years to specialized in restoring the mouth. Be certain to compare the dentists based on curriculums and education. In my particular case, I like to have as much information, so I often get in touch with dentists based in the area that way we can have a Post opt plan when the patient returns home and we can have a solid information of how everything is developing.

Know your Doctor

You can find a lot of information on the internet this days, but some of them is useful, and some of them bogus, when you find a dentist on line you can check how his facilities and practice looks, but a good way to find out who your doctor is by their credentials. Check unbiased sources for example I am a member of the American College of Prosthodontist and the American Dental Association so I tell patients to look for me in those websites. Is also useful for them to read testimonials, but those can be also bias.

There is a Whole World Out There

Where to do your treatment? That is a hard question to answer. Some of the factors to have in consideration are: which is the procedure that is needed, for examples when we are talking of 4-5 crowns on natural teeth we are requiring the patient to travel one single time for a period of 12 days, so we can have a predictable result. When we are talking about implants in 80% of the cases we need 2 separated visits. One for the placement of the implant and the provisional restoration followed by a period of 4-5 months for the implant to heal and integrate with the bone, and a second visit for the final restoration. Another factor to have in consideration is the facilities, and credentials of your treating Dentist. Political and economical stability of the country is important, Costa Rica is well known for having a great relationship with the United States, is the only country in Latin-American without an army, It has been very stable both politically and economical for the last 60 years, is very American friendly, and is a short and cheap flight from any part of the U.S Territory.

Sharing is caring

Once you decided what treatment you are going to have, which doctor is going to do it, and where is going to be performed, share as much of you personal, financial and health history as possible. It s important to send Panoramic Radiographs, Dental X-Rays, digital pictures of yourself, Health questionnaires, and any other information that you might think is relevant for a success. If you have allergies, or systemic diseases such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, etc, Be sure to let your dentist know about it so he can be prepared and take the correct measures to your specific needs.

Get your Facts right:Before you are ready to leave, I recommend to have an itemized list with all the information regarding your dental treatment in order, and this have to include:

  • Scheduling list: this should be itemized as well and indicated, how many appointments are required, what treatment is going to be done in each appointment, and how many visits are going to be needed for the final treatment to be done.
  • Fee list: This should include as well final fees, fees and visits, can vary because up to this point you have only seem each other electronically, when this first physical contact happens, your dentist might find some other issues that he might address in order to have the result you are looking for. That is the reason why the give you an estimate. Collecting wise is customary to collect 50% of the treatment in the first consultation, and the rest during the following appointments.
  • Amount of trips: As I mention earlier in some treatments, you need 2 or more visits to have your treatment done, so have that clear before boarding that plane.
  • Warranties: Ask for warranties on the work, the majority of the dentists that are comfortable and confident with their treatments their provide some warranties as long as you follow their outlines and instructions.

Protect your investment

Once you have cleared the air make sure that you have a follow up plan, with my patients I help them find a local dentist which whom I stay in touch so I know that my patient investment is secure. As a patient you have to follow all the instructions provided that way you don’t run into complications.

In god we trust, but we also demand

As a routine, ask for your doctor’s notes in your native language, as well as pictures and x-rays. In most of the countries you are entitled to a copy not the original file, and it can only be handed to you, a third person can be allowed to have your chart only with your written permission.

Be Smart and Inquisitive

The best advise is to find out every single thing and if there is something that does not make sense to you is because it does not makes sense at all. Important things is to compare curriculums, where your Dentist did his training and for how long, if you have any question contact his school they can give you information. Financial wise, the fees in Costa Rica, are almost 50% of those in the U.S. so if you find something below that, be skeptical about it, and ask more questions.

Hopefully I was able provide you with a few key items with this article and help you in an educated decision towards your dental treatments abroad.

Dr. Eugenio J. Brenes D.D.S is a Certified Prosthodontist by Loma Linda University, CA, U.SA, he is a member of the American College of Prosthodontist, the American Dental Association, and has his private practice in San Jose, Costa Rica. For further information contact us here


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