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positive

Houston, TX

#1 Mar 3, 2011
anyone had any experience with good dentist in costa rica.
skmax

Tulsa, OK

#3 Mar 5, 2011
positive wrote:
anyone had any experience with good dentist in costa rica.
Dear Positive:

Phil has directed you to the correct blog on Topix - "Dentist in Costa Rica" - so you can go read what others are saying. This blog sometimes gets kinda crazy, so take it for what it's worth. Sometimes it seems that there are "shills" on it - i.e. people who may be getting paid by a dentist to post either good or bad "experiences".

I am also a patient of Anglada's (oral surgeon who does the bone grafts/implants) & his partner, Dr. Castro,(prosthodontist) who will do my final crowns. Phil P & I are both very happy that we chose Anglada/Castro - and neither one of us are shills or trying to get anybody to go to Anglada/Castro. They just do great work, use the best materials, & are honest.
jerry6665

Winnetka, CA

#4 Mar 7, 2011
hi all,
good advice on going over to the other blog. phil and skmax are correct! they also write well.

i'm not a patient of drs. anglada and castro but their work is good. i've spoken with phil and he was very satisfied with his work.

i am a very satisfied client of a different dental office, the offices of dr. cavallini and, also not a shill <grin>. dr. cavallini's work is superb and his materials are u.s. made and approved at the highest level, as well.

i live at the beach in california, run my own company and have nothing whatsoever to do with dentists or dentistry. i'm a headhunter and recognize good work ethics or my company would not have succeeded for so long and during this economy.

there are only a couple of dental offices in c.r. that you should stay away from. otherwise, you'll be going to a safe place with work comparable to or even better than that in the u.s. you'll also save quite a lot. in my case, i saved about $100K!!!

going to c.r. is a good plan,
jerry6665@yahoo.com
Matthew Burns

Lebanon, NH

#5 Jun 11, 2011
My wife and I just returned from San Jose where we were treated by doctors Castro, Anglada and Selgado. We had root canals, implants, bone grafts and deep cleanings. Overall we were impressed with these dentists and their work. I have had dental treatment in New York and Boston performed by dentists trained at pretigious dental schools. Anglada, Castro and Selgados office, the technology they employed, their professionalism and the staff in their office where superior to anything we have experienced to date. (I am 65 years old) At this point, although we live in New England, we consider Anglado, Castro and Selgado our dentists. From now on we will gladly take the trip to Costa Rica for dental care although the trip is, of course, somewhat inconvenient.
Concerned Poster

Parsippany, NJ

#6 Aug 3, 2011
Positive,

Please be aware that there are MANY shills for the Drs. Cavallini on that forum as well as posters that post quite frequently as to drown dissenting voices in the discussion. It wasn't always that way, but slowly became overrun with them.

In my opinion, I'd be wary of Cary USA (Cavallini), Jerry6665 (sorry, but you pop up a LOT), Jeff Schult (Prisma Dental), and anyone frequently posting things about how great the Cavallinis are.
Concerned Poster

Parsippany, NJ

#7 Aug 3, 2011
From the same suggested forum:

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/costa-rica/T...

BEWARE OF DR CAVALINI:
I am Costa Rican. I live in an area called San Isidro. I want to tell my story because I do not want anybody to suffer what I suffered.
Some years ago I received a full mouth reconstruction with implants from Dr. Cavalini. At the beginning I was very happy, so many of my friends had implants and crowns done by him too, recommended by me. Three years later I started to have infections over and over. I went to his office several times, but he never found a solution. Finally I decided to look for a second opinion. First I went to a general dentist, who was very worried about my infections. He recommended going to an specialist. I saw three different specialists and they all said more or less the same: the implants I received from Dr. Cavallini are the inexpensive type called mini implants, combined with something called subperiosteal implant. After many months of fighting with infections, one of the specialists in Costa Rica eliminated the subperioteal and mini implants. The infection and pain stopped. I told Dr. Cavallini to honor his guaranty for life, and he denied. He said those implants were placed years ago (seven in total, but the only the first three were ok)
Some months after eliminating Cavallini´s implants, I received from another dentist extensive bone grafts and 8 implants. Now I have my teeth back, no pain, no infection, and I owe the bank a lot of money.
Two months ago I met one of my friends from San Isidro who was living in Florida for the last years, and she told me her story was very similar with Dr. Cavallini: After big infections, she saw an specialist in Florida named Garg, who said the cheap implants she received from Cavallini had to be eliminated and replaced by “real” implants. She came to Costa Rica to ask Dr. Cavallini to solve the problem…and he said the guaranty was expired, even though she was offered a guaranty for life five years before. Weeks later she had Cavallini´s implant eliminated by Dr. Garg, and the infection stopped. Then she came to Costa Rica (she could not afford Dr. Garg in Florida) and received Nobel implants from an specialist here. Her problem is solved now, but she had to pay for my mistakes.
I felt very bad because it was me who recommended Dr. Cavallini. I trusted him, and his office looked nice. His bed side manners are very nice, but I regret I chose him.
My friend also told me that her sister is now going through the same process with Dr. Cavallini. She is asking for money back, since she cannot afford to solve her problem with another dentist. She went to the Colegio the Dentistas (what rules dentists here), and she found out Dr. Cavallini IS NOT an specialist in surgery or implants. He IS an specialist only in crowns and bridges (prosthodontist). She also found the best clinics here have the prosthodontist do the crown work (what they are certified for) and an implantologist to do the surgical stage. She also needed a root canal, so an specialist in root canals is supposed to make it.
After all this experience, I know implants do work without further suffering than the first days after surgery. Just please, stay away from Dr. Cavallini.
S P U N K Y

United States

#8 Sep 10, 2011
Those that have used Dr. Anglada, about how much did he charge per implant? I know he must be good, but I really need to judge thr travel compared to the savings. Thanks guys!
RK Dallas

Little Elm, TX

#11 Sep 11, 2011
I'm starting to gather info CR dentists. Can anyone tell me about New Smile Dental Group in San Jose. Dr Mario Bonilla D.D.S.
Jacob

Jacó, Costa Rica

#12 Sep 11, 2011
It is sad that a majority of people leave their common sense back home when traveling. If you were being pitched on a product and you kept hearing how great it is over and over, you would begin to become wary. But something happens to people when they get online or travel to a foreign country and seem to leave that same common sense back or just plain business sense. I have seen it time and again.

BE AWARE: If someone spends an inordinate amount of time online talking about this doctor or that doctor, YOU MUST think about what is in it for them? Please do not be so naive and think it is altruism.

Here is my advice. Find real people who are WILLING to talk to you, not just post replies on a forum and discuss with them their experiences.

If you are searching for CHEAP, then why bother even asking for a reference, you are going to get hype and bogus references. Seek out a dentist and take the time to call them. Ask yourself; Are they professional in handling my questions? Do they respond right away? Are they interested and asking me questions about my history?

The thread that Phil referred to is one sided and they attack anyone who attempts to refute or contradict their comments. To me, that says more about their credibility than anything else.

It is time to start another thread called Real advice for Dentists in Costa Rica :-)

Best of luck
Infoseeker

Midlothian, VA

#13 Nov 14, 2011
RK Dallas wrote:
I'm starting to gather info CR dentists. Can anyone tell me about New Smile Dental Group in San Jose. Dr Mario Bonilla D.D.S.
I have no direct knowledge of him, but I have read some rather awful complaints regarding his dental work. Most probably I read it on the Cavallini fan club's topix thread, or it may have been on www.tripadvisor.com
Infoseeker

Midlothian, VA

#14 Nov 14, 2011
I am hoping this thread will take off. The other topix thread is all but worthless for research purposes because of the lack of info regarding anyone other than Dr. Cavallini.

Last year, Dr. Castro did 16 crowns for my daughter. We were extremely happy with the results as it actually corrected her overbite. My husband needed a couple of implants and crowns this fall, and his first choice was Dr. Anglada and Castro, but unfortunately, it would have taken too long to get the work done, so he ended up going to Dr. Obando and that, too, went very well. He was very pleased with his resuls. He crowned 7 of his front teeth and they look incredibly natural and much better than his "real" teeth. If someone asked me who is better, I'd say it's impossibe to choose. Obando is a little more expensive, he has a fancier office but he can get crowns out in 5 days and Dr. Castro requires 10. They were both excellent. I am of the opinion that there are many excellent dentists in CR and the trick is to find the one that best meets your needs. From my ressearch, Drs. Meza, Kaver and Flikier all are skilled and honest, in addition to Anglada/Castro and Dr. Obando.

Just for curiosity's sake, I would love to get info on Dr. Aborn, and the Hernandez brothers (Symmetry Dental). When I was first researching dentists for my daughter, Dr. Aborn was my first choice but I couldn't get any references from former patients or info on him online, so I moved on. He is an American and his resume is impressive.

I"m hoping Cavallini's satisfied patients will stay on the other thread and leave this thread for all the other dentists.
Shane

San José, Costa Rica

#17 May 18, 2012
positive wrote:
anyone had any experience with good dentist in costa rica.
I highly recommend dr marco munoz cavallini in san jose costa rica. I was amazed at the level of professionalism and how efficient and honestly the clinic was ran. Plus it was half the price of american dentists and it was not only as good it was better!
GETTING REAL

United States

#18 Jun 2, 2012
Is there any where to get some real people reviews of ALL the dentists in costa Rica, Guatemala? These all seem rather staged to me. I really doubt that everyone who goes to CR go to these few dentists.

I will look for dentists who are NOT mentioned on this board.

I just wasted my time coming on here.

Since: Feb 12

Rathdrum, ID

#19 Jun 2, 2012
Getting Real,
I know for a fact that Jerry, Infoseeker, Phil, and myself have all been to Costa Rica. We have used different dentist.

I have sent a few people pictures and Xrays. One person on another thread even posted her blog with actual pictures.

Many times people who are going to Costa Rica actually meet each other down there from these message boards.

I will be going back in August to finish my dental work.

Anyhow I understand you are skeptical but many people on these threads are real and would be willing to communicate with you if you are really interested in dental tourism. Just as many people in the past had helped and communicated with me.

Good luck finding what you need!
jerry6665

Chatsworth, CA

#20 Jun 2, 2012
hi all,

i just noticed that someone has called me and other clients of cavallini's offices 'shills' because we posted about our excellent experiences. they also maligned clients of other offices.

it really shocked me because if you note at the beginning of this blog, i mention good work i have seen done by other dental offices as well as my very high opinion of cavallini. i had visited many offices in an effort to choose the one to do a major mouth restoration. i chose cavallini because of the work i saw in his facility. this is 3 years later and my work is still just as wonderful as it was the day i got home.

did it ever occur to the folks who post over and over that we're shills that we just are so grateful for the difference in our lives made by the cavallini offices (or any other office, for that matter) that we want to help other dental tourists know about excellent care? makes me wonder why the 'haters' are trying to steer folks who have never been to c.r. away from the top dentists.

i never mention many of the less than excellent offices i visited doing the research while i was IN costa rica. why would i?! i've heard negative comments about everyone from anglada (yes, anglada) to cavallini but i was IN costa rica, i checked out the offices and found those comments to be unimpressive when i saw the excellent work coming out of those places.

usually, by the time a person looks to costa rica, their mouths are in major need. one cannot expect to remediate a lifetime's worth of dental neglect overnight and have a 100% positive outcome 100% of the time. get real! sometimes the work needs to be revisited. sometimes, there's no good answer. but a rational person understands that. cavallini understands that, too, and gives a lifetime guarantee. use your brain... would YOU give a lifetime guarantee on any of YOUR work no matter WHAT your job is???

i can unequivocably say that i was thrilled with the outcome of my work at cavallinis' offices. others are thrilled with the work done at other offices. but, almost all will tell you that the care they received from dentists in c.r. was compassionate and expert.

mine certainly was.
and, as you all know... i'm a businessperson living at the beach in los angeles area and very easy to contact.

jerry6665@yahoo.com
jerry6665

Chatsworth, CA

#21 Jun 2, 2012
p.s. for those who don't know the work i had done, i had 10 implants, 24 crowns, gum remediation, delicate oral surgery, removal of a disintegrated back molar, etc. the estimate in los angeles was between $100K-$130K which included 2 sinus lifts. cavallini's final price was under $12K and included several things the l.a. prosthodontist didn't notice. and, i did NOT need the sinus lifts. cavallini didn't pad his bill with them.

and, in answer to a question just sent to me privately, the title 'implantologist' does not exist in the U.S. implantologists are not full prosthodontists and are authorized by the colegio in costa rica to only do implants in c.r.. prosthodontists are not only implantologists but also do all other dental work including cosmetic dental restoration and full dental surgery.

jerry6665@yahoo.com

Since: Jun 12

San José, Costa Rica

#22 Jun 3, 2012
I have met Dr. Cavallini and have been in his office. The one person I knew who had dental work performed by him was very satisfied. He is considered by many of his competitors to be a low cost alternative, but that does not mean that he does not do quality work. The wait times can be long, I had an appointment and waited nearly 2 hours to have a chat with him, and other patients I spoke to in the waiting room had been there even longer than I. I have visited many dental clinics in Costa Rica and there are some great ones and some bad ones just like anywhere else. I would advise anyone seeking dental care in Costa Rica try a referral service or patient advocacy group. Perhaps www.johnshopkinsdentalgroup.com can point you in the right direction. If I needed dental work today, I would pay a few more dollars and choose a dentist who handles a lower volume of patients. Options are great, not everyone can afford a new BMW, and even some who can prefer to drive around in an old crapper. Good luck with your dental!
Good luck!
jerry6665

Chatsworth, CA

#23 Jun 4, 2012
DentalFlyer wrote:
I have met Dr. Cavallini and have been in his office. The one person I knew who had dental work performed by him was very satisfied. He is considered by many of his competitors to be a low cost alternative, but that does not mean that he does not do quality work. The wait times can be long, I had an appointment and waited nearly 2 hours to have a chat with him, and other patients I spoke to in the waiting room had been there even longer than I. I have visited many dental clinics in Costa Rica and there are some great ones and some bad ones just like anywhere else. I would advise anyone seeking dental care in Costa Rica try a referral service or patient advocacy group. Perhaps www.johnshopkinsdentalgroup.com can point you in the right direction. If I needed dental work today, I would pay a few more dollars and choose a dentist who handles a lower volume of patients. Options are great, not everyone can afford a new BMW, and even some who can prefer to drive around in an old crapper. Good luck with your dental!
Good luck!
just a note: the renowned johns hopkins university is NOT affiliated with that website. it's a website that dentists pay to advertise on. i called. the 2 numbers are magic jack phones. i have a magic jack telephone, too, so the numbers i.d. themselves as magic jacks to my phone calls.
there are many 'facilitators'- patient advocacy groups, referral services and 'healthbase' companies that do this sort of thing (listing or recommending specific dentists) but be aware that these 'facilitators' get a percentage of what you spend at the dentists' offices - usually up to 15% of your bill. PLUS, they pay to be listed as if they are 'chosen'. if the facilitators recommend a dentist, good or bad, it may be because the company has a financial interest in getting you to go to a specific dentist.
as for the 'low cost alternative', wellllll.... to be honest, after all my research, i kinda thought of the others as the 'high cost alternatives'. just remember that SOMEone needs to pony up for the rent and expenses and that cost will be spread out among the clients. the fewer clients, the higher the cost has to be. it's just logical! the quality of care is not necessarily related to the cost of that care in this case.
some of the nice things about going to costa rica include the vacation fun, the compassionate care and the interesting people you meet. lots of travellers from all over the world - great energy and some will be life-long friends. i've been back several times since my first dental adventure and each time is more fun than the last!
jerry6665@yahoo.com
gcs

Social Circle, GA

#25 Jun 20, 2012
Well, I had extensive dental work done. Upon the one week completion of the implants, and the horrible denture plates (top and bottom) the Dr. told me that if there were any problems (he promised) that he would bring me back and correct the situation at his expense. Well, this was and is not true. My dental work is falling apart and for some mysterious reason I am not able to reach the doctor to get a resolution to my falling apart dental implant job. Actually, I paid thousands of dollars for inferior dental plates that are horrible...but, what can you do when you live in the USA and the Dr. is in Costa Rica. Beware simply beware. By the way this Dr. was ADA approved. Scary is all I can say!
judy

Heredia, Costa Rica

#26 Jun 29, 2012
skmax wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear Positive:
Phil has directed you to the correct blog on Topix - "Dentist in Costa Rica" - so you can go read what others are saying. This blog sometimes gets kinda crazy, so take it for what it's worth. Sometimes it seems that there are "shills" on it - i.e. people who may be getting paid by a dentist to post either good or bad "experiences".
I am also a patient of Anglada's (oral surgeon who does the bone grafts/implants) & his partner, Dr. Castro,(prosthodontist) who will do my final crowns. Phil P & I are both very happy that we chose Anglada/Castro - and neither one of us are shills or trying to get anybody to go to Anglada/Castro. They just do great work, use the best materials, & are honest.
How much did you pay per implant?
Thank you

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