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Is it really that much less expensive?!

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Is it really that much less expensive?!

I am very excited to hear a real $$$ number. The cost of my treatment plan just blew my mind.

Please share if you van. My dentist plan is over 16K

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Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

Really this is a travel forum. We have no idea whether 16k for unspecified dental work is a good deal or a rotten one.

If you’re foolish enough to trust a travel forum for medical or dental advice, please do a search for dentists and pull up previous threads.

Nowhere
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2. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

You must be from the US.

Literally EVERYWHERE in the world is less expensive for dental or medical treatment than the US. Heck, you could fly to Europe and have your dental work done there before or after touring Rome or Paris and it would still be cheaper than having work done in the US. If you go to CR, you'll obviously also pay a lot less.

You want real numbers: My full mouth restoration - all but five teeth - in the US would cost roughly US$170,000 (the number was given to me by my former US dentist when he saw the extend and quality of the work I had done.) I paid roughly US$15,000 in CR.

Martinsburg...
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3. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

Wow, Framptonian, that's like 5 grand per tooth! I'm glad I live in a low-cost part of the States. That price seems almost unfathomable to me, but I can believe it, seeing as how there are lots of cities here where a tiny apartment costs more than a nice 3BR/2BA does in my area. Funny, the wide range of costs of living within a country.

Nowhere
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4. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

It's roughly $6k per tooth. And that's NOT in an expensive part of the country... I can't even begin to imagine how much they would charge me in California, NYC, or Miami!

Edited: 12 August 2018, 08:15
Martinsburg...
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5. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

I meant the US price... 32 teeth in a mouth (though I guess you had a few less done) for $170k would be north of $5k per. If you had five good ones, that's a little over $6k per for the other 27.

But like I said, the US is certainly not monolithic in terms of prices/costs for some things. The roughly $200k my house and acre is worth in my area, would be lucky to buy you a portapotty and 100 square feet to put it in, in a number of US cities.

Martinsburg...
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6. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

Either which way, I'm glad for your sake you were able to have the work done in CR! :)

Nowhere
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7. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

Exactly. I am very lucky as well to have had this work done in CR and not the US. Alas, I have lived all over the US (admittedly, usually in large cities where prices are much higher), but my last residence in the US was in rural Georgia - as was my dentist.

That said, my work is so extensive and impressive that the treating dentist or dental assistants have a tendency to call the entire staff into the room to check out the work I had done. The x-rays alone are something most dentists have never seen.

Still, in the end, the OP wanted some concrete numbers regarding potential savings. Those are mine...

Nowhere
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8. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

I have some more numbers that I can share. Last year, I had an infected root canal and needed an apicoectomy.

I contacted three specialist in my area (US) and was quoted, $1300, $1100, and $1400 for the procedure.

My dentist in CR wanted $400 (but you would need to add costs for flights, hotel, food, rental car, etc.).

I eventually had the work done in the EU (where I have health insurance these days) and got it done at no cost to me since such procedures are covered under general health insurance plans. I REALLY liked Option #3!

Las Vegas, Nevada
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9. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

My husbands treatment plan in the US was $60k. We paid $18k for a much better quality treatment in Costa Rica. His blog is thedentaltourist.com if you're interested in reading about his research and experience.

JENSEN BEACH
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10. Re: Is it really that much less expensive?!

I was quoted $35,000 in Florida for my dental work. I paid $7,500 for the work at Nova Dental and had more work done than was included in the US quote. The CR clinic was more modern and the Customer Care far superior to the Oral Surgeon here in FL. So, yes "it really is that much less expensive".

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