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Most Common Types of Dental Implants

Meza values you and your time, our aim is to provide the best attention with as little disruption to your daily life as possible. We strive to maintain excellent communication between patients and doctors, taking the time to explain the diagnosis, treatment options, and inform you about each procedure as we advance through the treatment.

Dental implants are artificial roots which support and retain prosthetic teeth. They are the most consistent and durable way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants come in different sizes, heights and types. One of our AACD accredited dentists can help you determine the best option for you and your particular needs. Today we’d like to take the time to expand upon on a dental treatment many of our patients opt for; Dental Implants.

There are many types of treatments, but the following are the most common types of dental implants:

  • All on 2 Dental Implant (Removable Denture)

This type of implant can be used to replace a whole set of teeth or arch (top and bottom). This means a replacement of 14 teeth for each arch.

In this case, the patient will need at least two dental implants to attach two dentures onto those implants. This option can be used to avoid planked or removable dentures. Although it can be a better option in certain cases, it is generally not the most comfortable one.

At Meza Dental Care we commonly recommend the all on 4 or all on 6 dental implant procedure.

  • All on 4 Dental Implant

The all-on-4 concept comes from placing 4 implants that will support a whole non-removable denture (bridge). These four dental implants act like pillars to the denture that supports the prosthetic teeth.

This denture is formed by a metal frame called a hybrid denture, and the teeth, which are made with an acrylic material. We insert each tooth individually on the metal frame and we add simulated gums. This requires a certain level of artistry in addition to technical expertise.

Because of this careful attention to detail, your smile will look as if it was a part of your natural bone structure.

  • All on 6 Dental Implant

The difference between the all-on-4 implant and the all-on-6 implant is the number of implants that are used. All-on-6 has six implants. The decision on which method to use depends on the clinical opinion of the dental practice.

At Meza Dental, we recommend the All-on-6 procedure because, in our experience, it provides better strength and stability, especially when you chew or bite. Having 6 dental implants allows for an even dispersal of the pressure from your bite to your implants and through the jaw, resulting in a significant amount of added strength, stability and long lasting benefit.

Esthetically speaking, the all-on-6 dental implant looks more natural that other types. This is because we use porcelain to make the teeth, this material looks even more similar to your natural teeth. Additionally, the structure for each tooth is custom molded directly onto the metal frame for a more natural look and longer lasting results. This is the closest thing to having natural teeth. The porcelain teeth are artistically custom made by the lab technician so that they fit perfectly to your unique physical features.

  • Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.

The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear over time.

We believe that the best patient is an educated patient. Our aim is to assist you in making informed decisions about your oral health.

Assisting you in a respectful, caring, and knowledgeable fashion is one of our priorities. Dozens of satisfied patients have given us their testimonial of Meza Dental and we’d love nothing more than to earn yours! We understand that having a great relationship with your healthcare providers can help you achieve a healthy life. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

Meet Dr. Marin

Dr. Marianella Marin is a fundamental part of the Meza Team. Dr. Marín has been practicing dentistry at Meza Dental for more than 10 years; completing hundreds of complex full mouth restorations and always delivers beautiful smiles to our patients. She’s had a passion for working with people through healthcare from a young age.

Dr. Marín focuses on cosmetic solutions for patients seeking total oral health. She received a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología ULACIT in 2003.

After being recognized by the Costa Rican Board of Dentists back in 2003, she joined the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in 2006, which is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.

As an accomplished dentist, Dr. Marin knows that excellence is something you pursue on a daily basis, this encouraged her to complete a Postgraduate Training of Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry at UCLA. Later she became a member of the American Dental Association, an organization that exists to empower the profession of dentistry and to assist their members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients.

In 2018, Dr. Marin becomes the first woman to be accredited by the AACD in all of Latin America. The AACD Accreditation process serves to set the standard for excellence in cosmetic dentistry. The process encourages further education, interaction with like-minded colleagues, and the opportunity for professional growth. Accreditation requires dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care.

"I would like to congratulate Dr. Marín for achieving AACD Accreditation," said Dr. Alberto Meza, CEO and Founder of Meza Dental Care.

Dr. Meza goes on to say, "While the Accreditation process is rigorous, it's the ultimate display of one's skills and commitment to the field of cosmetic dentistry. This accomplishment shows her commitment to excellence in the dental profession, and makes Meza Dental Care in Costa Rica the only practice with 2 AACD accredited cosmetic dentists.”

Meza Dental Care is home for two of the most talented doctors in the American Continent, if you are looking for a service bound to excellence and knowledge Meza Dental is your place to go.

Feel free to contact us for further assistance by calling us or sending us a message.

How to Plan your Dental Tourism Trip to Costa Rica

If you’re planning your trip to Costa Rica for dental treatment, we’re ready to welcome you with the best dental services! If you’re looking for affordable dental implants or a full mouth restoration and have not yet considered coming to Costa Rica, what are you waiting for? Meza Dental offers high-end cosmetic dentistry at affordable prices in one of the safest and most beautiful places in the world!

Embarking on a journey for dental tourism can seem daunting at first. So we’d like to share with you a few pointers on how to plan your trip to Costa Rica in order to maximize the benefits and take full advantage of this transformation journey!

The Meza Dental team is here to help you through the various stages of planning your trip, but there are some things you’ll need to do on your own. This article will help guide you through the steps you need to take, in order to make the most out of your trip.

Remember that you can plan your dental tourism trip any way you like. You can enjoy your vacation first and then come to Meza Dental, or have the procedure done first and then relax at the beach. It’s all up to you!

Let’s start with the travel arrangements.

  1. Flights: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), is the central valley’s international point of arrival. It’s located near the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and it’s also the closest airport to the clinic. There are many airlines and itinerary options to choose from. Websites such as Google flights, Expedia, and Travelocity are great places to start looking. If you have any doubts, we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have, but you will have to purchase the tickets directly.
  1. Lodging: We have a list of hotels that are close to our offices and we even have preferential rates at some of these. If you find another hotel you prefer, we’ll gladly let you know if it’s within our pick-up zone for the courtesy transportation we provide. There are also AirBnB options available in the area.
  1. Transportation: We provide courtesy transportation from the airport to your lodging accommodations. We also provide courtesy pick-up and drop-off for all of your appointments as long your lodging arrangement is within our pick up zone (4-5 miles away from the clinic). To know if your hotel selection is within our pick up zone, please feel free to ask us.
  1. Required Travel Documents: For international travel, you will need a valid government issued passport. Moreover, you must make sure that your passport is valid for at least another 6 months past your departure date. Keep in mind that a passport can take up to 8 weeks to be processed and received. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for yours or to check your passport’s current expiration date.

Once the basics have been sorted out, you can get started with the fun stuff! There are multiple ways you can take advantage of your dental tourism trip to Costa Rica.

  1. Choose places to visit: You aren’t just “going to Costa Rica,” you are going to a great country with lots of great places to visit.  Do a little research and then decide which destinations are a “must” for your itinerary. Costa Rica is divided into provinces, equivalent to states in the US. The northern region includes Alajuela, and Heredia. The central region includes San José and Cartago. Limón is on the Caribbean Coast, while Puntarenas and Guanacaste are on the Pacific Coast.Each province has its own unique attractions.

San José: Where Meza Dental Care is located! San José is your likely point of arrival. You’ll find yourself with lots to do here, including visiting museums, restaurants and national parks. It’s also a convenient gateway to other locations in Costa Rica. In general, this province is culturally diverse, and boasts a large population.

Must do: San Jose Museum Tours.

This tour includes: Gold Museum, Jade Museum, and The Children’s Museum. The Gold Museum is pretty much what you’d expect – a large collection of gold – but it is worth seeing.  Most of the rare pieces are indigenous gold jewelry.

Cartago: While Cartago is the smallest province in terms of square miles, it is one of the biggest in terms of landscape, and it’s pretty close to San José. The Orosi valley presents fantastic views, rivers, lakes and great gourmet restaurants.

Must do: Irazú Volcano National Park.

The volcano is active, and in fact, is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. While you’re there, you should climb the Diego de la Haya crater.

Heredia: Most folks are drawn by either the coffee plantations or the stunning waterfalls.

Must do: La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens are a breathtaking experience and can be visited in a half-day trip. The zoo and the waterfalls make it well-worth the trip.

Alajuela:  The Poás volcano is a great leisurely day trip. There are tours that take you to see the crater, one of the largest in the world, and then visit the nearby town of Poasito, for fresh strawberries, cheese tortillas and great coffee.

San Carlos, located within the province of Alajuela about 90 km from San José, is the location of another famous volcano: The Arenal. An active conically shaped volcano approximately 5,358 ft high.

Must do: Hiking the Arenal Volcano.
For the more adventurous, this hike is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. The only thing is that you need to take at least a couple of days to visit the volcano, due to the distance from San José.

Puntarenas:. If your timing is right, between August and October, you could consider going on a whale watching excursion. This is an unbelievably awesome experience that will surely be memorable!.

Must do: Surfing

If you’re already a surfer, or have always wanted to surf, don’t miss the opportunity to surf in Playa Hermosa. The waves here are world­-renowned, and the beach has received awards for its cleanliness.

Limon: Limón is paradise on the Caribbean coast, complete with white sand beaches, and calm blue waters. Limón has great biodiversity too, featuring everything from wetlands to mountains.

Must do: Tortuguero National Park and Boat Sailing.

Tortuguero National Park, is a protected nesting spot to the green and leatherback sea turtles. If you’re coming to Costa Rica between the months of July and October, you can take a tour to see the nesting and hatching of these amazing turtles.

Guanacaste: This province is a shoreline paradise on the Pacific coast. You can spend your days outside exploring the beach, watching the exotic wildlife, horseback riding or going on a canopy adventure.

Must do: Relax under the sun!

Located in the northwestern corner of Costa Rica, this lively province is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Travelers can do everything from surfing, ATV Tours, snorkeling, zipline, horseback riding, hiking or just sit at the beach and relax!

The description above is meant as a brief introduction to help steer you into the right direction. Knowing your interests will help you pick which areas to research and identify the activities you are interested in. One of the many great things about Costa Rica, is that there is something for everyone at every budget. If you like adventure, you’re in luck! If you want to just relax and bask in the sun, we got that as well...

  1. Research local restaurants: If you’re into serious cuisine, there are many places to satisfy your palette. The first thing we research when traveling anywhere is where we can get fabulous food. There is plenty of information online about restaurants, local food spots, and much more. Our advice would be to look for positive reviews in sites like Trip Advisor, as those are key elements to finding a good place to eat.
  1. Check your budget: Now that you have planned where you want to go and what you want to see, it’s time to complete your budget. Get quotes for all the things you’d like to do and estimate your budget.
  1. Ready, Set, Go: It’s time to live your next great adventure, receiving dental treatment in Costa Rica at Meza Dental Care. We’ll be waiting for you!

If you’re still unsure about traveling to Costa Rica for dental tourism, here are some other articles you may be interested in:

Still have questions about our dental services or how we can help you plan your visit to Meza Dental Care? Please feel free to call or contact us by email.

What is the AACD?

Meza Dental Care is home for two AACD accredited doctors. Two highly-skilled and experienced doctors working together to deliver an outstanding service to patients worldwide, which is something you don’t see very often.

But before discussing why you should select an AACD dentist, you should know exactly what an AACD Dentist is.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was founded in 1984 and is the world’s largest international dental organization. With more than 6,000 members in more than 80 countries, it is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD encourages and expects the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care through the use of responsible esthetics.

Members of the AACD include a variety of dental professionals: cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, researchers, hygienists, and dental assistants. These professionals have displayed an interest in furthering their education in order to bring their patients the latest advancements in cosmetic dental techniques, materials, and technology. Today than ever, continuing education is very important for practitioners because the field of cosmetic dentistry is on the cutting edge of technology.

The accreditation is a very arduous and laborious process, it starts with a high level written examination, once someone passes the exam the five-year period begins. During this period different workshops, reviews of clinical cases and more examinations take place. After all clinical cases have been passed, the candidate receives an invitation to an oral examination.

The Accreditation Oral Examination is an opportunity for the dentist to verify and authenticate passed casework and treatment planning abilities. The candidate may be asked questions about case selection, diagnosis and treatment planning, or materials and techniques on any of their passed clinical case submissions. Knowledge should clearly demonstrate a familiarity and understanding of these cases.

Just becoming eligible for the Oral Examination is a huge achievement, these are the requirements any dentist has to meet in order to apply:

  • The dentist must have passed all five required clinical cases/lab technicians must have passed all three required clinical cases
  • Attended at least half of the annual scientific sessions, beginning with the session or testing center that the dentist/lab technician took and passed the written examination
  • Application, fee, and external flash drive must be received at the AACD Executive Office by the specified date. The fee is $500 for members and $725 for non-members (USD) and is non-refundable.
  • The dentist/lab technician may defer appearance for the oral examination as long as all three phases of the Accreditation process are completed within the time limit. If the oral examination is postponed in writing at least two months in advance an administrative fee of $125 (USD) must be paid to reschedule. If the oral examination is postponed with less than two months notice, the fee will be forfeited.

By choosing an AACD cosmetic dentist at Meza Dental in Costa Rica, you’ve selected a professional that cares enough to stay at the forefront of their expertise, ensuring that you receive the most current and beneficial care available today.

The Meza Team understands that your smile is a direct expression of who you are. If you are looking for the best option to perfect your smile, then it is always worthwhile to consider an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist like the one you will find at Meza Dental Care.

For information or a free estimate, please contact us today! OR Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

Why you should choose Meza Dental Care Clinic

We know you have many choices when choosing a dental clinic abroad. If you are traveling as a dental tourist or just looking for affordable dental treatment, the list of dental clinics that would welcome you as a patient is extensive.

Anyone can claim they’re the best, but the reasons to choose Meza Dental Care over any other dental practice in America, goes far beyond having a modern office and the best cosmetic dentists. We’d like to list just a few of them here for you.

  1. You will be treated as a Meza Family Member.

    We believe patients should have options. As experienced dentists, our doctors are there to provide expert opinion, but they will never pressure you to choose one particular dental treatment over another. The Meza Team takes extra steps to make sure every patient is comfortable and relaxed during their visit. We treat you like family and take the time to get to know you better, review your goals, and create a dental treatment plan custom-made to meet your needs.

  2. Wide variety of dental services to meet all needs.

    We strive to provide an unparalleled experience to all of our patients. That’s why we offer a wide range of dental treatments all under one roof, so we don’t need to refer you to another doctor. These are some of the major dental services we offer:

  3. The best equipment available and our own dental laboratory.

    Meza Dental Care is a high-end, state of the art dental clinic that uses all of the best dental equipment available.

    Many dental offices outsource their lab work to other companies or clinics. In most cases, they do this to cut costs, which can also have a negative effect on the quality of service you receive in return.

    At Meza Dental Care, technology meets artistry. All necessary lab work is completed at our own dental laboratory. Whether it is custom-crafting a set of porcelain veneers, or an orthodontic device for you, everything created by our office is proudly made by one of the best dental laboratories in Costa Rica.

    It’s an important point, because the last thing you want to do is spend a significant amount of money on a dental or orthodontic device, only to receive a product that is of lesser quality.

  4. Doctors accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

    Since the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the most recognized and prestigious oversight authority in the Cosmetic Dental industry, this  designation propels Dr. Meza and his dental clinic to a level of its own. While there may be other talented dentists in Costa Rica, it takes an exceptional level of dedication, skill and effort to become an AACD accredited dentist.

    If Meza Dental boasted just one AACD accredited dentist, it would be noteworthy, but Meza Dental has TWO! This level of dedication to excellence in dentistry, is virtually unheard of anywhere on the American continent.

    We know patients are often presented with just too many options online, do you know what to consider when choosing a dental clinic? Check Meza Dental blog to find out how to identify a good dental clinic when you see it.

    After doing some research, we are sure that you will find Meza Dental Care is one of the top providers of dental healthcare and cosmetic dentistry anywhere in the world. Feel free to contact us through our website or social media!

    Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

Is replacing missing teeth important?

Teeth are important. You need teeth to chew, to help you speak clearly and, of course, to smile. Every tooth plays a crucial role in supporting the structure of your mouth. Leaving a gap if you lose a tooth can have serious consequences. When the natural balance between teeth and bone becomes unstable the jaw bone starts to shrink, gums recede and the bone loss can become even worse! Opposing teeth, if left unsupported, can then move into the missing tooth space causing orthodontic problems and restorative dental problems.

Using the two-stage dental implant method to replace missing teeth

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. This solution feels and acts like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling.  A dental implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and provides a base for the crown of your new artificial tooth. 

At Meza Dental Care, we only use the safest and most effective method, which is the two-stage dental implant method. During the first stage, we place the dental implant directly into the bone, and wait for it to heal. During this healing period, the body is able to create a strong junction between the titanium dental implants and the bone structure, resulting in a long-lasting dental restoration.  This natural process is called “Osseo Integration”.

During the second stage, after the Osseo integration has occurred, we place the prosthetic tooth.  If you were to place the dental crown immediately after the surgery, chances are that the pressure of your bite on the abutment dental crown or new prosthetic tooth would prevent the Osseo integration of the dental implant and result in a failed procedure.

Single tooth implant

A major advantage of a single tooth implant is that there is no need to alter any other teeth.  Dental implants can also be a great solution for multiple missing teeth.  When smiling or talking, there is no way to tell the difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth.

A Successful Full Mouth Restoration for a Brighter Smile!

Although a cosmetic dentist’s skill is very important to a achieve a successful mouth restoration, the materials used in the treatment are equally important. Not every clinic has the same level of commitment to using quality materials. At Meza Dental Clinic, we only use US-made implants, which come with a lifetime guarantee.

Although the initial cost of a dental implant treatment is higher, it can be more cost effective in the long run. An dental implant restoration will not require replacement as often as a dental bridge. Additionally, an implant preserves the jawbone and the gum tissue, and there is no need for your cosmetic dentist to grind down healthy teeth.

The best possible option for your oral health and your general health would be to replace each tooth with a dental implant, as implants are the closest thing to restoring a natural tooth.

If you are interested in traveling to Costa Rica’s best cosmetic dental clinic for a dental implant,  visit our contact page, request a free estimate and learn how easy it can be to get the smile you have desired for so long!

Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

4 Things to Consider when Choosing a Clinic for Dental Tourism

How far would you be willing to travel to see a dentist? Across the city? Maybe even interstate? Would you fly to another country? It may sound excessive but, as dental costs continue to rise, some people are choosing to travel overseas for dental treatment. With reported savings of up to 75% in some countries, it's not surprising that a growing number of people are packing their bags to seek alternative dentistry care via dental tourism abroad.

It’s understandable to be a little worried about visiting a dentist in another country. When flying abroad for dental tourism, one thing is absolutely indispensable. You need to  become informed about your prospective dental clinic. Find out what accreditations they hold and be sure they have all the requirements to perform your dental procedure in a safe quality-effective manner.

You may find that not all dental clinics meet the same quality standards. If you’re looking to save money with affordable dental care, you need to make an informed decision. What factors should you be looking for when choosing a dentist worth traveling for? Here we’ll show you some key points to identify when doing your research.

1.Dental Experience:

Getting to know your doctor or cosmetic dentist before undergoing a dental procedure helps to develop the essential trust needed for a successful treatment procedure. Strong cooperation between a patient and its dentist is vital so it’s always a nice if the trust building begins as early as possible.

If you’d like to begin your research, Meza Dental Care is home to two very well known doctors. Dr. Alberto Meza and Dr. Marianella Marin are two of only three dentists accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in Latin America and form part of a select group of dentists. Furthermore, Meza Dental believes strongly in the value of continuous education. Their doctors are always seeking personal growth through training and postgraduate studies in the USA and Europe in order to maintain the clinic’s reputation for excellence.

2. Facilities & Clinical Equipment:

Another important part of choosing the best dental clinic is to take a closer look at their installations and equipment. You don’t need to know every piece of equipment in detail  at a particular dental practice. But you can get a good idea whether or not they are up to par by just looking at them. Try giving the dental clinic a call, check out their website, look for pictures of the clinic itself. Does it look like the type of place you would feel comfortable being treated in? Do they have an on-site laboratory or do they outsource everything?

Meza Dental is a modern boutique dental clinic, which relies on top notch equipment by any means of measurement. We also have an on-site laboratory, where we prepare custom dental pieces and much more. We even have the AAAHC accreditation, a US-based certification of a dental clinic’s dedication to quality standards.

3. Patient Management:

The outcome of your dental treatment and your overall experience doesn’t only depend on the facilities, equipment, and the clinical skill of your doctor. A great patient experience requires a special human touch. The quality of equipment and materials, combined with the expertise of the medical professional and the amount of individual attention provided to the patient by the staff, all have a strong influence on the level of satisfaction.

At Meza Dental, our dedication to excellence extends to every part of the customer experience. While Costa Ricans are world renowned for their hospitality and friendliness,  we specialize in dental tourism. In a country such as Costa Rica, that is known for great medical tourism experiences, Meza Dental excels at patient management.

Each patient has a dedicated english speaking representative who will assist you with all of the logistics, and explain every detail about the planned treatments and the costs involved in order to make the journey as relaxing as possible. We’ll meet you at the airport and take care of all your transportations needs between the airport, hotel and the clinic. They will also be more than happy to answer any questions, offer tips or suggestions on things to do while in town, and resolve any doubts you may have.

4. Testimonials or Reviews:

The best thing to look for when selecting a dental clinic for dental tourism are testimonials or reviews. Few things carry more weight than the advice of patients who’ve already been treated by the clinic you’re considering. Look for patient testimonial and reviews, patient stories or videos on their website if possible.

ABC Eyewitness News reviewed Meza Dental and interviewed one of our many satisfied patients. We have many testimonials and patient stories on our site and we are always uploading new ones for you to read about and hear from them about their experiences.

Keep in mind that when traveling overseas for dental care, you will incur costs typically associated with international travel. Remember to budget for hotels, visas, food, and airfare, as you would for any international trip.

If you have some questions, contact us, or call our Toll Free number from U.S. & Canada: 1-(877)-337-6392 and talk with one of our representatives to learn more about traveling to Costa Rica for the best cosmetic dental treatment!

Get to know one of the best dentists in Costa Rica: Dr. Meza

Dr. Alberto Meza is the Founder and Director of the well known Meza Dental Clinic, and a one of the pioneers in the Dental Tourism industry in Costa Rica. He led the field in Costa Rica in providing upscale high-end cosmetic dental solutions to Americans, Canadians and other dental tourists who fly in from all over the world. But he’s not only a top class professional, he’s also a fantastic father and husband. In this article, we’ll talk about his expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry, share some of his personal story and how he achieved the recognition as one of Latin America’s most recommended dentists.

His family emigrated from Europe, and he is now the 5th generation of Meza dentists. He started studying english in Pittsburgh as an exchange student. When Alberto came back to Costa Rica, his hometown, he started studying dentistry at the University of Costa Rica.

Passionate about his career he decided to take a step further and take his skills to a whole new level. He decided to attend UCLA, which is ranked in the top-20 best universities of the United States. The Postgraduate Training Programs at the UCLA School of Dentistry are designed for graduates of dental schools looking to enhance their dental education and pursue advanced training in general dentistry or to specialize in a particular area of dentistry.

After having completed his postgraduate training, he had an idea that would forever change his career path. If Costa Rica is such an amazing place full of nature and beauty, he thought, why not bring patients from abroad? Thus, he oriented his professional practice to cater to foreign patients and became the founding father of  dental tourism in Costa Rica.

Dr. Meza is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry  

At Meza Dental Care, he started training a select group of dentists in order to provide world-class service and deliver outstanding and consistent results to North American and European patients alike. Meza Dental Care and Dr. Meza have since gained over 20 years of experience in dental tourism and has forged a solid reputation for professionalism and excellence.

Dr. Alberto Meza, Meza Dental Care

However, Dr. Meza realized that excellence isn’t a destination, but something you must continually pursue.  In 2005, Dr. Meza set out to join the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and become AACD accredited. Not all were convinced he could reach this goal, but Alberto was determined and in 2015 he successfully achieved the highly sought after accreditation. This was a particularly high-bar considering he was only the 2nd Dentist in all of Latin American to achieve this prestigious accreditation at that point in time.

The AACD accreditation demonstrates a very high level of clinical skill and ability in Cosmetic Dentistry, and is a distinction that very few dentists will ever achieve. In fact, he was only the 2nd person south of the U.S. border who can claim AACD accreditation.

Patients who are unable to afford dental treatment by an AACD Accredited Dentist in the United States or Canada now have a trustworthy alternative to be treated by the best cosmetic dentists in Costa Rica.

Meza Dental Care’s lengthy track record makes it the best alternatives for those who require dental implants, cosmetic dentistry or a full mouth restoration. Meza offers safe affordable dental care, providing world class treatment at accessible prices. If you are considering traveling abroad for dental treatment, contact Meza Dental.

Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

5 Reasons to Choose Costa Rica as your Dental Tourism Destination

Costa Rica has become an increasingly popular travel destination for Americans and Europeans engaging in medical and dental tourism. This can be attributed to many reasons including cost, medical expertise, and the experience of getting to know one of the world’s most beautiful tropical countries. With so many reasons and factors to consider, however, it's hard to know which aspects are most relevant and what you should really be looking for when choosing a destination for medical tourism.

Here, we’ll point out the top 5 reasons why Costa Rica is the best destination for dental tourism.

Reason #1 - Dental Specialization:

Many doctors in Costa Rica specialize in Medical Tourism. Most of those doctors and their assistants speak English at an advanced conversational level. Moreover, Costa Rica is home to multiple accredited clinics, and many doctors have training, certifications and experience in the U.S.

Meza Dental Care has some of the best dentists in Costa Rica. Meza Dental is home to two of the only three doctors in all of Latin America with accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Meza and Dr. Marin.

Aside from having all of their required local Costa Rican license and certification, all of the dentists at Meza have studied and trained in cosmetic dentistry in the United States at the premier dental institution, UCLA in California.

Reason #2 - High Quality Dental Standards:

The quality of dental work in Costa Rica meets or exceeds the standard of dental care in many other countries, including the United States and Canada. While some countries can’t claim the same quality dental care standards, Costa Rican clinics often boast accreditations from international organizations in order to cater to foreign patients.

Meza Dental Care is certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The AAAHC certificate of accreditation is a symbol representing that  a healthcare organization meets or exceeds US nationally-recognized Standards. Our dental clinic is also proud for having its own in-house dental laboratory to ensure that all dental prosthetics are custom made for your particular physical features.

Meza Dental boasts some of the most demanding accreditations, and yet we continue to pursue excellence by staying up-to-date with the latest in global technology and medical procedures.

Reason #3 - Geographical Location:

If you live in the United States or Canada, traveling to Costa Rica is relatively quick and simple. The average duration of a flight to Costa Rica is 4 to 6 hours. Chances are that it is not too far from your hometown, so planning and packing for the trip is a simple task. For many first time foreign travelers, it’s important the location they choose for dental services is both nearby and easy to get to, Costa Rica fits the bill on both accounts.

On the other hand, Meza Dental is committed to your safe travel to and from Costa Rica. A member of our staff will greet you at the airport and take care of all your transportation needs between the airport, hotel and dental clinic. We’ll even help you select a nearby hotel to fit your budget and offer recommendations on things to do for fun, upon request.  We’re dedicated to providing the best customer experience possible and will accompany you every step of the way during your dental treatment.

Reason #4 - Cost:

With the price of dental care on the rise and an often difficult economy, the cost of dental care is likely the main reason that patients choose Costa Rica as one of the best places to undergo dental procedures as dental tourism patients.

With almost 30 percent of the American population avoiding dental care because of the prohibitive cost, it is no wonder that more and more people are becoming dental tourists. By traveling to Costa Rica, you can both save money and receive high quality dental care in a friendly and safe atmosphere.

Reason #5 - Professional experience:

We as doctors often see patients struggling with their visits to the dentist at their hometowns because it’s either boring or they just don’t like the experience. But imagine having a vacation after a successful cosmetic dentistry procedure. It’s basically the perfect time to show the world your new beautiful smile… One of the most incredible benefits of having medical procedures done in Costa Rica is that this country is a paradise of nature full of adventures and things to explore. Once you come to Costa Rica for any reason, you’re already vacationing because you are in a tropical paradise.

Whether you are looking for a cosmetic dental treatment, an all-on-4 or all-on-6 dental implant or require a full mouth reconstruction, Meza Dental is the best reason to travel to Costa Rica and become a dental tourist.

Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

Dental crowns or veneers, which option is best for you?

Crowns or Veneers, Which Option is Best for you?

Whenever a tooth or even several teeth become cracked, chipped, damaged or discoloured, there are several cosmetic dental treatments available that can help to quickly and effectively restore your smile. Two of the most common cosmetic dental procedures used to restore the aesthetics of natural teeth are “crowns” and “veneers”.  Meza Dental, the best clinic for dental tourism in Costa Rica, explains here which of these options may be the best fit for you.

Definition of dental crown and veneer

Let’s start with the basics. First of all, what is a dental crown? A crown, also known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration, which completely caps or encircles a tooth or the metal frame that will be placed on a dental implant.  The crown restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of the tooth.

On the other hand, the veneers, as mentioned in our previous blog entry; is a thin, custom-made shell or layer made of a special material, normally composite or porcelain, placed over a tooth to improve the aesthetics of a smile and to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.

Both dental crowns and veneers can achieve excellent results, but they are often confused as the same thing. In fact, these dental treatments are very different procedures with different applications.

To help you understand the differences between crowns and veneers, we have summarized the two dental treatments, explaining the procedure and recovery involved in each case and the reasons why you should consider one dental treatment over the other depending on your specific situation.

Differences between a dental crown and a veneer


Veneers are typically used for issues such as chipped or broken teeth, intrinsic discoloration which won’t respond to tooth whitening, and for misalignment or gaps in teeth. If there is significant damage or decay to the tooth, a crown may be more appropriate. For a veneer, your dentist at Meza will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth; just enough to be able to place it.

Meza´s in-house world-class laboratory will manufacture a permanent custom veneer made specially for you and your physical features. A temporary veneer is placed while the lab is preparing your permanent veneer.

The amount of time it takes to prepare your custom veneer depends on how many teeth will be covered. A full mouth restoration for example, can take the lab approximately 10 business days to prepare the veneers. However, a single tooth veneer may take as little as 1 business day.

The recovery period for a veneer treatment is little to none. You may experience numbness and sensitivity to hot or cold foods in the first 24 hours. Otherwise, patients receiving a veneer are pretty much free to continue their daily routine directly after treatment.

To recap, here are some of the most common situations for using Veneers:

  • To restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored
  • To restore multiple teeth for a full smile makeover
  • To close gaps between teeth
  • To improve the appearance of teeth when they have worn edges or appeared crooked

Veneers allow you to totally transform aesthetics of your smile in an effective non-invasive manner.


A dental crown fits over your entire tooth, right down to your gum line, replacing the natural tooth’s outer surface and masking decay, cracks or chips. Crowns are a long lasting way to improve the look of your smile.

In certain circumstances where the tooth has suffered major damage, a crown may be a better option than a veneer. These situations include teeth that are severely cracked or largely chipped and are causing ongoing pain, or where a root canal treatment has already taken place. In such cases a crown will be used to keep the tooth intact and prevent it from any further damage which could lead to an extraction becoming necessary.  Also, a crown may be used when having large fillings placed in a tooth.

Crowns are designed to match the look of surrounding teeth and generally improve the appearance of your smile as well as their masticatory functions.

Here are some uses for Dental Crowns:

  • To protect a tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To protect a tooth after a root canal treatment.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place.
  • To cover severely discolored or crooked teeth.
  • To be placed on top of a dental implant.

If you’re considering a cosmetic treatment in Costa Rica, including crowns or veneers, consult with one of our experienced dentists at Meza Dental.

We provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry options. Contact us today for a free estimate and we'll formulate a treatment plan that's just right you.