F.A.Q.

You've got questions. We've got answers!

We know that you probably have a lot of questions about your dental care. Especially when you're considering going to another country for it. It's only natural. We've compiled a list of the most common questions we get from our patients. However, if you don't find what you're looking for on this page, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you. Click here to contact us.

 

When we lose our upper back molars our sinus cavities have a tendency of dropping down because what kept them up high (the roots of the molars) is gone, so in order to place implants we need to bring the sinus cavity up again in order to gain space to place the implants.

We use bovine bone graft material (called xenograft), which is basically a calcified mineral matrix that is going to promote bone growth.

After your implants are placed they are usually covered by gum, if by the time you come to complete the restorative work that gum is still on top of the implant we will need to make a small incision to access/expose you implants and this is the connection surgery.

In the process of doing crowns we need to make sure that the tooth/ teeth we are working on are completely healthy so if there are any cavities or failing fillings we need to take them out in order to clean the tooth and reconstruct the tooth with a new filling.

A post is needed in order to create more stability to the core of a tooth that’s going to receive a crown. Posts can only be placed when there is a root canal, however having a root canal does not always mean that you need a post, your doctor in charge will let you know whether or not you need one.

We work with: Zimmer Dental and Biohorizons

This depends on the amount of work you are having done, but here are some general timeframes:

  • Just implant placement/ surgical phases: 5 business days
  • 1-3 units: 5 business days.
  • 4 or more units: 10 business days

When it comes to restorative work, the lab requires a certain amount of days in order to deliver the work that is necessary and during that process there might be some intermediate appointments to make sure that the work is going in the right track.

There is a need to wait because the implants need to heal in your jawbones, they need to fuse (integrate) to your bone and the time depends on where the implant is placed: if it’s on your upper arch you’ll need to wait 6 months and if it is on your lower arch you’ll need to wait 4 months.

Flights: You’ll have to purchase them on your own, we don’t get involved in this process because of the wide variety of options (hours, airline preference, etc.) to get your flights but it is useful to use Google Flghts as a reference. Search for Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Lodging: We have a list of hotels that are close to our office and in some of them we have preferential rates, you can pick also pick a hotel and we’ll gladly let you know if it’s close enough to our office and there are Air BnB available in the zone.

Transportation: We provide courtesy airport pick ups and drop offs to the airport and courtesy pick ups and drop offs for all of your appointments as long your lodging arrangement is within our pick up zone (4-5 miles away from the clinic). If you don’t know if your hotel selection is within our pick up zone please feel free to ask us.

We give prescription medicines, and they have an additional cost that depends on the meds that Dr. prescribes. But our office manager will help you to get your prescriptions filled.

We use local anesthetics, such as Novacaine or similar. We can’t provide Nitrous oxide due to a national health regulation.

Yes. We offer the option of full sedation during your procedure. Please make sure to let us know this during your consultation.

Zimmer Dental & Biohorizons

We offer a variety of material selection: full porcelain crowns (pressed ceramics), porcelain fused to metal or zirconia restorations.

At least 2 weeks of anticipation, however, please check with our office first is there is availability upon your selected date or before you decide to buy your plane tickets.

We accept cash, wire transfers, and most credit cards. Unfortunately, because of the difficulty with international banking, we cannot accept any type of checks.

No we don’t.

No, we don’t have a financial entity that can provide financial aid, however if you have a financial entity that requests information from the dental service provider, we’ll gladly help you.

Yes! We offer complimentary transportation to and from the airport. We also offer complimentary transportation for all of your appointments as long your hotel is within our pick up zone (max 5 miles away from the clinic)

We offer a lifetime guarantee on implants and a 5 year guarantee on crowns and veneers.