Our English-speaking, US trained dentists will provide personal, attentive service in our world-class facilities located in San José, Costa Rica. Our dental services are equal or BETTER than most US dentists…at savings of 50%-70% over US dental service prices. Why wait when you can get the smile you want at prices you can afford.
When I boarded my plane from Houston to San Jose on October 23, 2016 to have my mouth fully restored at the Costa Rica Dental Team clinic I was pretty sure on what I would be writing today. It was something like “Got through it. Great price and good work. I recommend”. I was sure because I did my research on all of the clinics and San Jose and I decided on Costa Rica Dental Team in April of 2016.
I do have business interests in Costa Rica and I fell in love with the culture and the city from those dealings. I decided to wait until my slow season in Houston and combine a working and dental trip at the end of October and with considerable nervousness and dread I booked the trip and made my dental appointments.
I think I am similar to most Americans who end up in Costa Rica for dental work. Finances were not the issue that led to my many dental issues that severely impacted my looks and how I saw myself. It generally starts with multiple bad dental appointments that involved a ton of pain and arrogance from the dentist. That begins to steamroll into more problems and more pain but the reluctance to see another dentist far outweighs that until you get to the point you can’t stand how the person in the mirror looking back at you looks. Then you become too embarrassed to actually go see the dentist, even when in pain, because now the embarrassment of what you let happen far outweighs the pain. At some point you can’t take the pain of your teeth so you do go to a local dentist and you are lectured at for what you let happen to your mouth and then given an astronomical price to fix what you have done to yourself. Some pay that price and others, like me, continue the cycle of shame and temporally stopping the pain. I decided to man up and do something about it because I was tired of not having one picture of me smiling, embarrassed to meet new people because I was being judged on my mouth, letting it affect intimacy with my wife because I was embarrassed, wondering what my kids and their friends thought of me if I let my guard down and let somebody actually see my mouth…
I am now home in Houston and at work on Monday AM and reflecting on my experience. At this time last week I was terrified (hard to admit) and just telling myself “you have been through worse, you can take the pain so just man up and do this so you can live your life without constantly focusing on the shape you let your mouth get in. Take your life back”. Paul picks me up at my hotel and starts to set me at ease on the drive to the clinic. We pull into a beautiful and modern facility and I take the tour. Everyone is smiling and friendly. I meet my dentist, DR Jessica Mora, and we start the initial exam. So now I am comfortable and ready for the pain. Not a bit during the exam. Jessica takes the time to explain my treatment plan to me in a way a layman like me can understand. No judging, no lecturing and just taking the time to set me at ease. We agree and the work begins…
I just threw out the review I thought I would give. Now it starts with “Compassion” and “Professionalism” and not “I made it through it”. Instead of “Great price and good work” I can only say “If American dentists treated their patients the way Jessica and the entire team at Costa Rica Dental Team treated me there would be zero fear in going to the dentist. People like me wouldn’t let their appearance and mental well-being suffer for years because how you are treated at your American dentist.”
The pain management and communication was exceptional. I was treated with compassion and respect because they know you already beat yourself up for letting your mouth become what it has become so they don’t have to prove they are the experts by lecturing you.
I figured I would spend the week knocked out but all my work was done with Novocain. I spent 7 hours in the chair the first day getting all my bottom teeth ground down for veneers. If even the day before you told me I would spend 7 hours in a chair I would tell you that I would be an emotional wreck for day 2. Paul once again picked me up on Tuesday and I, ME, was excited to get day 2 (through 5) underway. I was once again treated with compassion and professionalism on each day but I won’t bore you on the subject, just know I could go on endlessly on how awesome the people are and the care and respect you are given. Not only was Jessica compassionate I can honestly say I felt very little pain the 26 hours I spent in her chair. On Wednesday I had 3 root canals (American dentists should learn from them the way to do them pain free) and then had a few more hours of grinding, poking and prodding. I can honestly say I may be the first person to fall asleep in a dental chair while getting a major mouth reconstruction.
Not only was Jessica compassionate and always communicating to me what was going she was a perfectionist and an artist in crafting my new smile. The same goes for the lab. On Thursday the lab techs making my new teeth were in the install with here. Every new tooth was inspected by her and the techs and any adjustments were made right there and then to make sure every new tooth was perfect. In most cases in America you get a temporary crown or tooth while your permanents are made offsite. Then your dentist installs them two weeks later. Many don’t fit perfect, color is off… That is not the case here. My review needs to include “Perfectionist” as well.
To end this I can honestly say I consider myself a tough guy that doesn’t give into emotion. On Thursday night, and while alone in my hotel, I looked in the mirror and cried. Not because of pain but because for the first time in my life I had the perfect smile. That I won’t have to hide my mouth in social functions covering it when I laugh, make sure my mouth is closed for every picture, worried about meeting new people and being judged on my mouth (even those of us with bad teeth judge others with the same issue). The cost savings is at the very bottom of my list of why I recommend Costa Rica Dental Team to anyone who wants/needs the work done. I am embarrassed that I can’t remember the names of everyone who treated me last week but I will be forever grateful for the entire team giving me my life and respect back. That is not hyperbole or an over exaggeration.
We used a stock photo. We asked Mr. Fritzer to send us on of his own and will replace it with his as soon as we get it. - Olaf Klein - Webdesigner of CRDT
From: Matt Fritzer <********@******mail.com> Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM Subject: Re: Monday's confirmation To: Paola Rodriguez
Besides our location in Costa Rica we have the great advantage to have all specialists on site! This includes our friendly dentists, implant specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental lab technicians, our front desk staff, medical travel concierge and customer service specialists. Our own dental lab is part of Costa Rica Dental Team. For this reason we can not only work most cost effective, but also very time efficient. Most dental procedures we can finish on the same day!
We work with modern technology. 3D scanners replaced X-Ray. On dental surgery never go without digitally fabricated surgical guides!
Save 50% - 70% compared to US prices!
Dental procedures can take long. But they don't have to! Because we have everything on site, most of our clients come once and for good!
We use Surgical Guides in order to enhance the precision of our work, so that dental implants are positioned accurately for the best result...