September, 23, 2013
Hello Dr. Mario and Dr. Alvarado, and of course your exceptional staff.¬† It\'s been five weeks since you and Dr. Alvarado finished my masterpiece.¬† The comments about my teeth have been wonderful and being able to eat and smile again well there are no words to describe how I feel except to say thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!!
Once again God Bless you and Dr. Alvarado.
October 23, 2013 - I instead selected
After suffering failing teeth and getting many estimates here in the states (80,000¬†to 100,000) dollars to get a full mouth restoration, I began searching for alternatives outside of the USA.
I finally selected¬†Costa Rica,¬†only 8 to 9 hours from my home in the Washington D.C. area.¬†A country that is safe and its¬†people¬†warm and friendly.¬† My search for an implant dentist took just a few months.¬† After speaking and numerous e-mails with over 10¬†doctors I narrowed my search to 3 doctors and¬†thankfully selected Dr. Mario Garita and Dr. Juan Alvarado.
This was a very easy decision.¬† I emailed my panoramic x-ray to Dr. Garita and within 24 hours I received his recommendations.
He¬†explained to me that my existing teeth (12) would have to be removed (as I expected)¬†the same answer I received from the dentist here in the states.¬†I did¬†not want four implants¬†with basically dentures attached to the implants like what is offered at (other trademark) with a price of 60,000 dollars. I instead selected to receive a total of 16 implants, 8 upper¬†implants¬†and 8 lower implants and then bridges attached to the implants. I would receive bridges that look and feel just like natural teeth.
Nicer and more modern
I¬†arrived in Costa Rica on the¬†January 15,¬†2013 and had selected Las Cumbres Inn (a surgery¬†retreat)¬†to stay at during my visit.¬† At my first appointment I was amazed at Dr. Garita's practice, a brand new stand alone building¬†with everything I would need all in one place. (Check out his YouTube video with a tour of his dental facility).¬† By the way his practice was (not kidding) nicer and¬†more modern¬†then you could¬†find anywhere in the states.
We began with his own panoramic x-ray and then we discussed in detail my options.¬† Dr. Garita spent over an hour explaining what he could do and during this time I¬†was thinking my dentist back home rarely spent 15 minutes with me.¬†¬†By the way, Dr. Garita and Dr. Alvarado speak perfect English.¬†¬†¬†I selected the 16 implants with the Bridges and they got to work.¬† Dr. Alvarado began by¬†numbing me.¬† I barely felt the needle and after a few minutes Dr. Garita got to work.¬† He extracted my remaining 12 teeth and completed 2 upper¬†bone grafts.¬† Dr. Alvarado checked me and gave me¬†some additional shots to be sure I would¬†have no pain as Dr.¬†Garita continued his work.
After the extractions were completed¬†Dr. Garita began to place the¬†implants.¬† The implants were placed and then I was stitched up.¬† I remained in the practice for awhile to ensure I was doing okay.¬† I was made comfortable with blankets and water.¬† I was prescribed pain medication and given written and oral instructions for the next 48 hours.¬†¬†They called Las Cumbres Inn. I was picked up and spent the next couple¬†of days recuperating.¬†¬†¬†I had numerous follow-up visits to check my progress and was fitted with dentures (ugh) to wear for the next 6 months while my implants healed.¬†
The teeth feel like a perfect fit and color.
On my return trip I arrived in Costa Rica¬†on August 4,¬†2013,¬†to see how my implants had healed and to receive my¬†new teeth.¬†¬†Dr. Garita and Dr. Alvarado examined their work and¬†it was all good.¬†Now¬†they started the process of actually making the new teeth.¬† I was measured and impressions were taken. I was shown from a dental book the style and color that I could select for my new teeth.¬† The bridges were made from the impressions that were¬†taken.¬† Their lab is co-located which is very convenient. ¬†Dr.¬† Alvarado worked for 2 weeks making sure the color, style, and fit were perfect and they were perfect.¬† I now have a mouth full of teeth¬†which has taken a little time to get use to¬†but¬†now 2 months later the teeth feel like a perfect fit and¬†color.
So completing this review I would have to say it was a¬†remarkable experience.¬† Dr. Garita and Dr. Alvarado are without a doubt the most talented professionals in the dental field.¬†¬† They simply would not be satisfied until¬†all my¬†concerns¬†were answered.¬† So today¬†I am a 60 yr old guy who for the last 20 years¬†had forgotten how to smile and now I cannot stop smiling.....
To Dr. Mario and Dr. Juan¬†and your exceptional staff of professionals may¬†GOD BLESS YOU....
Able to eat and smile again
Client: Paul Neal
Date: October 23, 2013
Charles Town, West Virginia
16 implants, 8 upper¬†implants¬†and 8 lower implants and then bridges attached to the implants. Dridges that look and feel just like natural teeth.¬†