I visited Dr. Diego Vernava to replace a 15-year old partial denture with an "All on 4” dental implant. Communication with Dr. Diego was always prompt and informative whether by email or in person. Dr. Diego is an extremely likable guy who, with his easy-going manner, has a talent for putting his patients at ease. Our first face-to-face meeting was in February 2017 where he examined my teeth, recommended the “All on 4” treatment and arranged for me to get a CT Scan to check bone loss in my upper jaw.
The next visit, two months later in late April / early May 2017, involved multiple appointments over an 11-day span where I had 10 teeth extracted, four titanium posts installed, all culminating in the fitting of the dental implant. The entire 2-hour process was flawlessly executed and thanks to local anesthesia, completely painless. Following the extractions and the drilling of the post holes and installation of posts, Dr. Diego prescribed some pain killers in case I experienced some pain – incredibly, I had no need to take them. I experienced some mild discomfort due to swelling, but medication was prescribed to deal with that and it did so effectively.
The surgical process itself was conducted by Dr. Alejandro Marin and assistant surgeon Dr. Joaquin Vega who flew in from the capital, San Jose. They went to great lengths to make sure I was comfortable and feeling no pain.
Since returning to Houston, other than sounding a little like Sean Connery, I have had no problems with my new dentures and assume that my speech will adapt to them in time. After checking pricing for the same process in Houston I would conclude that this is great value for money since it was a third of the price I would have paid here. I should add that my wife was so impressed with Dr. Diego that she too decided to have him replace a crown which he did for a reasonable price.
I found Dr. Diego on the web and selected him based on reviews I read. The North Pacific Dental office, only a 10 minute drive from Tamarindo, is clean, air-conditioned and well-equipped. I would have absolutely no reservations recommending North Pacific Dental for any dental needs. All in all a very professional team.