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N.B.: Due to my own needs, I have focused on dentists who do implants.


Official Sites

The Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica currently lists six dentists in Costa Rica who are certified in oral implantology:  Dr. Anglada, Dr. Garita, Dr. Ruiz, Dr. Navarro, Dr. Obando, and Dr. Ocampo.  Here is the relevant page (in English, courtesy of Google Translate.)


Personal Stories and Articles

‘Dental Tourism’ in Costa Rica is Booming. 2009 article about a couple’s trip to Costa Rica to have dental work done by Dr. Enrique Parra.

Dentists in Paradise, by Don Laytner.  Article about a trip to Costa Rica to see Dr. Garita.

GOT SMILE?  Or, How I Got Dental Implants in Costa Rica, Saved a Bundle, And Learned to Laugh Again, by Carolyn Kaiser.  2006 article about dental work done with Dr. Garita.

I took my teeth on a trip to Costa Rica and came back with a new smile (for half the price), by Jeff Schult. 2004 article about dental work done with Prisma. Note that Jeff Schult is now affiliated with Prisma and does spokesperson work for them;  he is not an unbiased source (and I have found very mixed reviews about Prisma online).

Quality Dental Care in Costa Rica, by Larry Snyder.  Story of an American couple’s visit to Dr. Anglada.



Central America by Motorcycle – blog about driving a motorcycle from the States down to Costa Rica for dental care (at the CLEO clinic). Most of the blog does not specifically discuss dentistry; this link takes you to a post that does.

Costa Rica Dental Medical Reviews – currently there are a couple of posts here about dentists, including Dr. Aníbal González (positively reviewed), and Dr. Telma Rubinstein of Prisma (negatively reviewed).

Dentist in Costa Rica – this is someone’s attempt to create a resource for people researching dentists in Costa Rica, as well as for people who have had dental work done there.  Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned.  I have it in my RSS feeds just in case it ever gets updated…

Living in Costa Rica – this is a direct link to two posts about a Canadian couple’s experience with the CLEO clinic.

Scott in Costa Rica – the blog of an American who has emigrated to Costa Rica;  he has four posts about getting dental implants from Dr. Anglada in 2005-06 (one, two, three, four).

Tarafied77’s Blog – a still ongoing story about an American’s experience with Dr. Anglada.


Online Threads Discussing Specific Costa Rican Dentists

Costaricaticas – Dental surgery in CR? – 2007 thread.

Lonely Planet:

2007 thread – Costa Rica – Where to find good dental work?

2007 thread – Hate to ask, Dentists

2008 thread – Dental Vacation in CR…trip report

2009 thread – Costa Rica Dentist

2010 thread – Dental Tourism?

Makemeheal – Bad dental experience in Costa Rica – 2008 thread, with a few more comments on it from 2010.

Medtripinfo – Dental implants – 2007-08 thread.  (I gave the Internet Archive link because the site now seems to be down, and I don’t know if that’s because they’re having server problems or if they actually don’t exist anymore.  Here’s the regular link if their site starts working again.)

Topix – Dentist in Costa Rica – Looong thread, started in 2007 and still active.  Pay attention to the poster names; there are a few regular posters in that thread.


2008-09 thread – Dental Procedures

2008-10 thread – San Jose, Costa Rica – Considering Medical/Dental Tourism

2009-10 thread – Dental work in Costa Rica, do your research first


Dentist Sites

Please note that inclusion of a dentist in this list does not constitute an endorsement of that dentist on my part!  It is merely an alphabetical list of some dentists I found comments about online.  Do your homework before choosing any dentist, and remember there are sockpuppets out there.

Adult Dentistry of Costa Rica (Dr. Mario Garita)

CLEO clinic (Dr. Anglada works there)

Costa Rica Implants (Dr. Anglada’s own site)

DentaVac Dental Clinic (seem to be a number of sockpuppet posts about these guys)

Enrique Parra Clinique Dental (Dr. Parra)

International Dental Clinic (Dr. Cavallini)

Meza Dental Care (Dr. Obando works there)

Prisma Cosmetic Dentistry


Dentists about whom I’ve received commentspam so far (I refuse to give them links – you can Google them if you want) (Only one in this list so far, but I suspect the category may grow…)

Dr. Flikier


Spanish Language

Dental Terms in Spanish – Most of the Costa Rican dentists mentioned here seem to speak English pretty well;  they are, I suppose, the ones who cater to a clientele from abroad.  Still, I figure I might as well learn the dental terms while I’m studying up on my Spanish!

LoMasTV (link takes you to their page of sample videos) – website with tons of Spanish video clips, all with Spanish + English subtitles, and with a “Slow” button you can use to slow the video down. They do charge $9.95 USD/month for access to their entire video collection, but I think that’s a reasonable fee for such a great resource.


Any links I should add to this list? (especially to personal stories or reviews?)  Leave a comment and tell me!

Last updated: November 2010.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheryl permalink
    July 12, 2010 5:42 PM

    Wonderful, wonderful blog/website!!!

  2. July 14, 2010 10:21 PM

    Here is a link of someone who traveled by motorcycle to CR to get his mouth done!

    • July 15, 2010 8:24 PM

      Thanks, Cheryl! 🙂 I’m going to have to read that blog – looks interesting! I’ve added it to my blog links list.

  3. cometrainbow permalink
    October 15, 2014 8:36 PM

    Hi Laura! What happened to the updates?

    • October 17, 2014 5:41 PM

      Well, I am happy enough with the implants I got on my trip, but I don’t seem to have the motivation to keep this site up to date anymore. I did mean to do a final post, and maybe I will at least do that. A lot of stuff has happened in my life since I was posting to this blog…being diagnosed with cancer among them. :/ I’m doing okay though.

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