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The Complete Guide to Dental Care in San Jose


San Jose, Costa Rica is one of the most popular international destinations for American and Canadian travelers. San Jose is also home to high quality, affordable dental care and in recent years it has become a dental tourism hub. 

In this guide, we will take a thorough look at getting dental care in San Jose. Read on for all the information you need to plan a safe and successful visit!

How much does it cost to go to the Dentist in San Jose?

Price is one of the biggest drivers of dental tourism to San Jose. Dental tourists can expect to save 50-70% on a wide range of dental services. In this article, we’ll be looking at the 5 most common procedures our partners offer in depth. The procedures we will cover are dental implants, crowns, veneers, dentures, and teeth whitening. 

Cost of Dental Implants in San Jose

Dental implants are the most common procedure for dental tourism in San Jose because they can cost more than $4,000 each in the United States. In San Jose, travelers can expect to pay just $1,200 USD for a dental implant, abutment, and high-end zirconia crown.

Getting dental implants in San Jose requires 2 visits, with 2-3 appointments per visit to complete. This procedure varies somewhat from patient to patient since some people may need additional procedures like bone grafts or sinus lifts to compensate for bone loss. 

For more extensive dental implant procedures, like implant supported dentures, the savings can be even higher. All-on-4 procedures can cost $20,500+ in the United States per arch but start at just $7,500 USD at OG Center.

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10-unit bridge of dental crowns made with CAD/CAM technology

Cost of Crowns in San Jose

Crowns typically cost $1,250-1,600 USD in the United States, but start at just $350 USD in San Jose. The cost varies by material, with porcelain fused to metal crowns being relatively less expensive and high end materials like porcelain and zirconia making up the high end of prices. 

Some patients travel to San Jose to complete dental work started in the United States, including placing crowns over recently placed dental implants. Crowns over dental implants cost approximately $200 to $300 USD more because they also require the placement of an abutment, which connects the crown to the implant.

Crowns can be made in 2-3 days at clinics with in-house dental labs using computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology.

Cost of Veneers in San Jose

While ceramic veneers typically cost $1,100 to $1,500 USD in the United States per tooth, they cost just $350 USD per tooth in San Jose.

Veneers can take as little as 2-3 days to complete the entire procedure at clinics with in-house dental labs using the same CAD/CAM technology used to make crowns. 

Cost of Dentures in San Jose

Dentures can cost $1,800 per arch in the United States, but start at just $350 USD per arch in San Jose for traditional, removable prosthetics. 

Implant supported dentures cost $20,500+ USD in the United States, but start at just $7,500 USD per arch for an All-on-4 at OG Center.

Dentures also require additional work besides just the denture itself, including x-rays, extractions, and a cleaning. All told, the price tends to be about 70% less than in the United States.

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Cost of Teeth Whitening in San Jose

In San Jose, teeth whitening costs $350 USD for a laser whitening session. In the United States or Canada, this same procedure can cost $650+. Teeth whitening is very popular since noticeable results can be seen in just a single session. Teeth whitening is commonly combined with other aesthetic procedures such as botox, laser resurfacing, and carbon peels.

Is it Safe to Go to the Dentist in San Jose?

Costa Rica is home to some very highly trained dentists. At Apollo Medical Travel, we have done the legwork to find some of the best dentists in San Jose. We’ve done site visits, background checks, and reviews to make sure that these clinics offer great service and excellent clinical outcomes. 

As for the safety of San Jose itself, check out the guidance from the US State Department. Having done site visits in San Jose, we are confident that we can safely facilitate medical and dental tourism in the area.

*** Note from the Author- I sent my mom to get dental care abroad, and I took her to San Jose due to the safety of the city and the high quality of the dental care available ***

Where is the Best Place to Get Dental Care in in San Jose?

OG Center, located on the east side of the city in the exclusive Curridabat neighborhood, is the best dental clinic in San Jose. Check out their profile for detailed information about what the clinic has to offer.

OG Center offers a range of procedures from All-on-4 to dentures

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How Do I Get to San Jose, Costa Rica?

San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) boasts direct flights from 14 major international airports in the United States and 2 in Canada.

Costa Rica offers visa free travel from the United States. Travel information can be found on the State Department’s website.

Where Should I Stay in San Jose, Costa Rica?

We recommend that travelers stay in San Jose’s downtown district known as “El Centro” or “El Chepe” or in the upper middle class neighborhoods on the East side of the city such as the Escalante or Curridabat. 

Our patients typically stay at the reasonably priced Hotel Presidente or Hotel Balmoral downtown or the Radisson located just north of the city. 

If you would like to splurge a little, the Hotel Barcelo offers a phenomenal resort style experience on the west side of town.

How do I get started?

We are here to help ensure that your trip to get dental care in San Jose is a success. At Apollo Medical Travel, we can help you get high quality, affordable dental care in San Jose at a fair and transparent price. The prices listed on our site are the same as what you’d pay walking into the clinic. We can help give you the peace of mind to pull out your passport for your health.

The first step is to get a free, no obligation quote for the care you need. From there, we can help arrange for an appointment and a free, in-country shuttle.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via chat or give us a call at +1 (888) 382-4929.

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