Dr Stephanie Solís
Cosmetic and Restoration Dentistry Specialist
- Postgraduate Training of Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry at UCLA (2014).
- DSD Digital Smile Design Residency with Dr. Christian Coachman (2014).
- Implant Continuing Education at Odontopolis Dental Training Center (2011).
- Member of the American Dental Association (ADA) (2010).
- Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) (2011).
- Member of the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry (2006).
- Doctor in Dental Surgery, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología ULACIT (2005).
Cost and Savings
Why is dental care so affordable in Costa Rica?
Dental care is more affordable because of the lower cost of operations of the clinics in Costa Rica. The cost of living in Costa Rica is more affordable as well as labor salaries for qualified dental assistance. Income taxes and property taxes are significantly cheaper than the United States. All of this adds up to lower prices for you as a patient for the same high quality service you would expect at home.
Is it a good idea to receive dental treatment abroad?
The idea to travel abroad for dental work in a foreign country may seem strange. However, the number of Americans that are finding relief from high insurance costs through dental tourism continues to increase.
Let’s check some facts:
- According to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) by March 2015, over 108 million Americans lack dental insurance and thus access to dental care.
- Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders estimated in 2012, around 400,000 Americans travel abroad for dental care.
Before and After
Different Approach to Dentistry
Do you help with reservations for foreign patients?
Yes, we are happy to help arrange accommodations for your trip. Please send a message with your trip details and any questions by clicking here.
How many days do you recommend staying in Costa Rica for a dental procedure?
This depends on the amount of work you require. For restoration, cosmetics and smile design, 7 working days are required to deliver the porcelains.
How far in advance should I schedule the appointment?
Your appointment must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.
What materials do you use for dental cosmetics?
We offer a variety of porcelains used in contemporary dentistry , without metal, such as: pressed porcelain, zirconium and porcelain carved in computerized lathes for a perfect fit and high aesthetics.
What type of anesthesia is used?
We use local anesthesia. We cannot provide Nitrous Oxide gas due to national health regulations.
Will I have to buy medications after treatment?
The doctor will give you a prescription for any follow up medication that might be required after a particular procedure. The medications can be purchased at the pharmacy of your choice.
When do I need a maxillary sinus lift to place a dental implant?
Once we lose our upper molar parts, our maxillary sinuses tend to expand, reabsorbing the amount of bone because there are no dental roots.
If the amount of bone is insufficient for the placement of dental implants, we must re-raise the maxillary sinus cavity with artificial bone.
What type of bone do you use for bone grafting?
We use synthetic graft for better success. This graft is basically a calcified mineral matrix that promotes bone growth.
How do you take the impression of the implant to make the crown?
Normally, the implant will be covered with gum at the time you return for the impression to make the restoration.
We will need to make a small incision in the gum to access the implant.
What is a nerve treatment?
Nerve treatment is a necessary procedure when the inside of a tooth is damaged or infected. It consists of the removal and cleaning of the root system.
We will determine the need based on symptoms with a radio-graphic examination after the first appointment.
Why do I need to wait 3 to 6 months to place the restoration on my implant?
It is necessary to ensure that the implant is integrated into the bone, which will depend on the quantity and quality of bone in the area where the implant was placed.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, wire transfer and most major credit cards.
Let Us Take Care of the Details
Benefits of traveling to Costa Rica for extensive dental work
- Great prices. You will save from 50-70% in comparison to the significantly higher dental costs in the U.S. Even after adding together the other expenses (flights, accommodations, food, tours) most people still end up paying less.
- Quality work. As we mentioned before Costa Rican dentists are well and a large percentage have completed their post graduate studies and specialties in the United States. As a result of their training abroad, a significant number of the dentists speak fluent English.
- Proximity. Costa Rica is relatively close to the United States and Canada. Many flight options are available at reasonable prices. This is an important consideration if you will need to make a return trip for a 6 month check up on dental implant work for example.
- Vacation. Relaxation is the main motivations to come to Costa Rica for your dental treatments. Enjoy the beaches, hot springs and national parks, all while saving money on your dental care.