Dental Implant Costa Rica

PO Box 333-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Escazu, Plaza Iskatzu, Suite #201
305-517-5172 (USA)
+506 288-5184 (main)


Dental Implant Costa Rica is the dental clinic of Dr. Luis Obando, a specialist in Oral Implantology. As such, the clinic’s services are centered on oral implantology. Along with the dental implants themselves, other procedures performed are bone expansions, bone grafts, sinus lifts, single tooth replacements, bridges, and overdentures.1 Dental Implant Costa Rica is located in Costa Rica’s capital city of San José, 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Dr. Obando, who is fluent in English and Spanish, attended universities in Chile and Costa Rica. His time is spent between the clinic, Hospital Mexico where he also performs surgery, and speaking at conferences. Dr. Obando is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and Implant Prosthodontics, the School of Surgeons and Dentists of Costa Rica, and the Academy of Osseointegration.  He is also a guest lecturer for dental symposiums hosted by Nobel Biocare, of which he is also a member. Nobel Biocare acts as innovator and educator for restorative esthetic dentistry.

Costa Rica has become a popular destination for people to seek medical treatment for many reasons. The country has one of the best health care systems in Latin America and, on occasion, has been ranked higher than the United States.2 In their analysis of health systems world-wide, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Costa Rica 36th and the United States 37th for their overall performance.3

Healthcare in Costa Rica costs 40%-60% less than that in the United States, without sacrificing quality. At the clinic, dental implants cost between $750 and $850,4 which is the average cost in Costa Rica. Stateside, the basic procedure runs from $1,250 to $3,000, but the price can rise to $30,000, depending on any other necessary work.5 Although laboratory work is cheaper, Costa Rica’s materials are FDA approved and imported from the United States.6

Tropical Costa Rica draws in 1 million visitors each year for its cultural, historical, and wildlife attractions. There are over 50 beaches, more than 160 parks and reserves, and 5 active volcanoes one can visit. Between its gardens and museums, rainforests and wetlands, spas and resorts Costa Rica has something for everyone.

The clinic’s English website provides information about treatments and procedures. Available for viewing is Dr. Obando’s resume, a FAQ, a photo gallery, and basic information about Costa Rica. One can make inquiries and appointments via online forms. The website is simple and straightforward, but professional.

Testimonials about the clinic are either nonexistent or extremely difficult to locate. The lack of readily available information may or may not speak for the quality of care provided at Dental Implant Costa Rica. However, one blogger went into detail about the excellent health care he received in Costa Rica. Originally seeking treatment in the United States, Scott was given estimates between $31,000 and $43,000. After several visits to two medical facilities and undergoing numerous procedures, his bill totaled less than $8,100. Scott concluded by saying, “So there you have it if you want to live on the wild side and visit with friendly people who aren’t out to rob you blind - maybe it’s time to schedule a medical vacation.”7




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