Choosing a Dental Clinic Abroad

Choosing a Dental Clinic Abroad

With many destinations and doctors to select from, choosing a dental clinic abroad can be tricky So. how does one go about picking the right clinic? With the increasing popularity of dental vacations in Costa Rica, it’s more important than ever to take the time to do your research before choosing a dental clinic for your own needs. Just as you’d check out a new dentist in the States, it’s a good idea to investigate potential providers when considering services outside the country.

Dental tourism is a quickly growing option for many individuals in need of dental implants, crowns, fillings, and other intricate procedures. Though many providers offer dental tourism packages in Costa Rica, getting the exact details of what you can expect can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s exactly what you should be looking for when choosing a dental clinic abroad:

Doing the Research

When you’re looking for a dentist abroad, there are several things you should consider.

Education & experience

Choosing a dental clinic abroad with astounding reviews and an impressive dental education is always a great place to begin. You can typically source these details from clinic sites and doctor profiles. However, some providers might not give you all the facts you need. In truth, the majority of dentists in Costa Rica study for 5 to 6 years, which is 1-2 years longer than in the States. This training emphasizes more clinical experience than schools in the U.S. and Canada, and specialist training requires another 2 years. In some cases, as is the case with Dr. Mario Garita, Costa Rican dentists go to the States for their specialized training. Of course, this only happens when finances, educational prerequisites, and proficiency in English permit.

The demand for dental services in Costa Rica means dental surgeons in the busiest clinics might perform as many as 200 implants a month, compared to about 30 a month in the States. That translates to a wealth of experience in techniques, research, and protocols—which adds up to your benefit.


Every dentist in Costa Rica must register with the National College of Dental Surgeons (Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas). A visit to colegiodentistas.org will show the registration status of any dentist in Costa Rica, ensuring that you find someone qualified to do your procedure.

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Quality materials

You should also ask about the materials used in your planned procedure. This is a critical consideration, and a reputable clinic will be happy to tell you about its materials and methods. Another way to evaluate is to compare pricing and the brands of materials that these clinics use.

You should ask what the advantages are of using one material over another. Some (but not all, so do your research!) Costa Rican dental clinics, such as Mario Garita Dental Experience MP, use the same cutting-edge technology that is used in developed countries such as the United States and Canada.

Facility & Location

Traveling to a new country is always an exciting experience, but it is paramount to be aware of not only the facility itself but where the clinic is located within the country. Directions and travel guides can become convoluted, especially when choosing a dental clinic abroad. A reputable provider should offer concise directions, which you can then use to familiarize yourself with the area via maps or on the web. Safety should always be the top priority when traveling, and this goes for your dental clinic as well.

References & reviews

Chances are good that any dentist you find online will have Google reviews, as well as dental testimonials. Use these to your advantage, and gain insights from other patients’ feedback to ensure that your choice is one that has garnered success.

Services Offered

It’s hard to imagine something more frustrating than choosing a dental clinic abroad, only to find that they don’t offer the service you require. Be sure to do your research to make sure that your clinic offers every aspect of your dental needs, and call if something isn’t clear enough online.

Vacation Packages

The best dental clinics in Costa Rica are usually those that offer dental vacation packages. These tourism packages, like those offered at Dr. Mario Garita, often include airport arrival, free shuttles, hotel accommodations, and even activities to get the most out of your trip. These packages can save you time, money, and effort when planning your trip, as well as when you’re on it!

Cost benefit

Finally, it’s important to take a look at the cost-benefit of traveling to Costa Rica for your dental work. One major benefit of traveling to receive medical care is affordability. Unless you have phenomenal insurance with dental coverage, chances are that the work you do on your smile will be an out-of-pocket expense. Unfortunately, that can quickly become prohibitive in North America. Traveling to Costa Rica for your dental care can actually mean the difference between fixing your teeth or doing nothing at all. The good news is, when you do travel to Costa Rica for your dental care, you get so much more than just a healthier mouth; you get a vacation too.

Best Dental Clinics in Costa Rica

At the Dental Experience, we pride ourselves on being one of the best dental clinics in Costa Rica for all of your procedural needs. We offer detailed dental vacation packages and plenty of travel accommodations to make your journey a seamless and enjoyable process. Our educated and experienced staff members are ready to help you each and every step of the way, from planning to travel, and even during recovery. For more information regarding our services, contact Dr. Mario Garita today.



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