What is Dental Tourism in Costa Rica?

Dental tourism in Costa Rica is the act of traveling outside of your home country to obtain dental care. While dental tourists may travel for a variety of reasons, those reasons are generally driven by cost considerations.

While cost is still a determining factor, today many travelers see dental tourism as an opportunity to get the medical care they need at an affordable cost, while taking advantage of their recovery time in an exotic and desirable vacation destination.

Our patients come to us for great rates on the dental work they need. They are receiving care from some of the best dentists in the world who have as many (if not more) accreditations as their dentists back home. Also, while they heal, they spend their days in a tropical paradise, instead of their living rooms.

Is dental tourism safe in Costa Rica?

As the cost of dental care rises in countries like the United States and Canada, more and more people are looking abroad for their dental health needs. However, the most common question that keeps coming up is: is dental tourism safe? It's a valid question and one that prospective dental travelers should consider very carefully. The answer to that question is that it depends.

The fact is that there are very talented dentists all over the world who are as good as what you can find in your own country. However, just like you would at home, you need to do your research and find the right dentist for your needs. While many turn to dentists abroad because they are a cheaper option, the cost should be secondary to the dentist's history and qualifications. Dental tourism can be very safe if you find the right doctor in the right country.

Our patients come to us for great rates on the dental work they need. They are receiving care from some of the best dentists in the world who have as many (if not more) accreditations as their dentists back home. Also, while they heal, they spend their days in a tropical paradise, instead of their living rooms.

Why choose Costa Rica for dental tourism?

With so many countries in the world marketing themselves as dental tourism destinations, why should anyone choose Costa Rica? Well, we think the answer is easy, because Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, here are a few more reasons for you to consider.

 

Quality
Costa Rica is world-renowned for its extremely high medical standards and protocols. The country has a long history of being a safe destination for tourists of all kinds: dental health, cosmetic surgery, fertility, and hormone treatments, among others. And Costa Rica's hospitals are considered among the most modern and advanced in all of Latin America; rivaling what you'd find in the US and Canada.

 

Cost
Costa Rica offers unparalleled value when it comes to the level of service you receive. The cost of medical services in Costa Rica is generally less than half of what you might pay in the US or Canada.

 

Safe
Costa Rica is possibly one of the safest countries in all of Latin America. In fact, the crime rate in Costa Rica is lower than many major cities in the United States. Costa Rica also enjoys one of the most stable governments in the world. So stable, in fact, that it has no need of an army and hasn't had one since 1948.

 

People
Costa Ricans or "Ticos" are known for being extremely friendly and very well educated. Costa Rica has a 97.8% literacy rate and most Ticos speak English fluently.

 

Tropical paradise
For more than 30 years, Costa Rica has been considered one of the main ecotourism destinations in the world. 25% of the country is made up of national parks and protected areas. In short, it is paradise on earth.

 

Location
Many of our patients choose Costa Rica as their dental destination because it is a relatively short flight away. San Jose is only a 3-hour flight from Miami International Airport.

Why are dental treatments cheaper in Costa Rica?

Many people make the false assumption that health care in Costa Rica is less expensive than in places like Canada or the United States because it is of inferior quality. But in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. At BiodentalEsthetics clinic we use the same brand name materials used by dentists in the US.

These are the two main reasons why we can offer such excellent value.

The cost for the exact same brand of dental materials that you would find at home is lower in Latin America because our economies are smaller. Manufacturers adjust their costs accordingly.

Because fixed costs such as rent, taxes, etc., as well as labor costs for skilled help are lower in Costa Rica than in the United States or Canada, and in this way we are able to pass on those savings to our patients.