I couldn’t be happier!
Dr. Diego is a bright young Doctor meticulous in his work, who speaks excellent English and does everything in his power to make the experience hassle free. He arraigned transportation from the airport, and to and from each visit. Talk about making it easy.
My work was porcelain crowns on my six upper front teeth, and five upper implants.
Monday: Transport to Santa Cruz for a CAT scan, two hundred bucks. Try that in the US. On to the office where Dr. Diego reviewed the CAT scan, examined the teeth, and came up with a treatment plan to which I eagerly agreed. I would note that on one side of my upper, I have only one remaining molar (for now). My US Dentist wanted to pull that tooth and put in an implant. Dr. Diego pointed out that the jaw on that side would be able to collapse in the six month before the implants were crowned. Good catch doctor.
Tuesday: Dr. Diego prepared my upper front teeth for crowns, made impressions, and fitted temporaries. The guy is a wizard with the needle, even the palate shot didn’t hurt. I asked why he was being so meticulous with the forming of my teeth. He pointed out that the upper front teeth have to be perfect on the curve, or they look terrible. He certainly did mine right as the results are fantastic.
Thursday: Dr. Diego brought in a surgeon for the five implants. Another late thirties doctor with good English that knows what he is doing. A little more than an hour later, I was done. No pain, none, for the first three days, then aspirin level tenderness for two days.
Following Wednesday: The new crowns were put on, and I was done for now. You just can’t know what it means to me to be able to smile again.
In six months, back to have crowns put on the implants.
Cost: Less than half of what my dentist in the US proposed.
The experience was a little different than with a dentist in the US. When you call, you reach the doctor. No receptionist, no assistant, just the doctor who has everything he needs within reach. Not bad, just not what we are used to in the US.
As to the area, Tamarindo is a beautiful long beach that attracts surfers from all over the world. It is not as cheap as other places in Costa Rica, but the view, and compact little town are worth it. For a beach front hotel, I paid about what I would pay for a regular, in town hotel in the US. It is the food that is a little pricy unless you go to a Soda (Café). The food is great to fantastic either place.
Would I do it again with Dr. Diego, in a heartbeat. Back down for the new crowns in six months, and I am so happy, I may have him crown my lower front teeth.
Professional office, everything he needed was within reach. As I noted, the doctor took care of everything, and answered himself whenever I called. It is not a bad thing when you reach the doctor directly, instead of going through a receptionist.