Costa Rica Dental Implants

Start smiling again with high-quality affordable dental implants in Costa Rica!

At Meza Dental Care, we have found that dental implants are able to enhance the quality of life and overall health of our patients, helping them gain the self-confidence that comes from having a beautiful, well-functioning smile. 

Costa Rica has emerged as a leading destination for affordable and high-quality dental care, and dental implants are no exception.

If you have lost one or more teeth and would like to replace them at a much lower price than in the United States, here is what you need to know about getting dental implants in Costa Rica at the best dental implants center!

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a cutting-edge solution for replacing missing teeth. They are surgically placed artificial tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are a permanent solution that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants offer one of the best options for restoring functionality, comfort, and aesthetics. The surrounding teeth are not altered during implant placement, so there is no need to damage healthy teeth. Furthermore, dental implants are known for their excellent durability, even for decades!

Keep in mind that healthy and adequate bone tissue is required for dental implants, so they are not suitable for all cases.

Why Costa Rica for dental implants?

Costa Rica has gained a reputation as a top dental tourism destination for several compelling reasons:

  • Cost Savings: Dentistry in the United States has become prohibitively expensive for some patients, with bills that can reach tens of thousands of dollars. Even among Americans with health insurance, many are not covered for certain treatments, only basic treatments. That is why thousands of Americans have been traveling to Costa Rica for dental care, as dental services in Costa Rica are of very high quality and at a fraction of the cost they would pay back home.
  • Quality of Care: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Costa Rica’s healthcare system is one of the best in Latin America. Costa Rican dental clinics adhere to high international standards, offering the same quality of care you’d expect in your home country.
  • Experienced Dentists: Costa Rican dentists are highly skilled and often trained abroad, with many holding international certifications. Our dentists have honed their skills at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, including UCLA and Loma Linda University in California.
  • Modern Facilities: Dental clinics in Costa Rica are equipped with cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest quality in dental procedures offered to patients.
  • Beautiful Setting: For over 30 years, Costa Rica has been considered one of the premier ecotourism destinations in the entire world. This way, you have the opportunity to combine your dental work with an unforgettable vacation in some of the best tourist destinations in the world!
  • Quality Standards: Dental care in Costa Rica is regulated by the Costa Rican Association of Dentistry and by the College of Dental Surgeons of Costa Rica to ensure patient safety and quality treatment. Also, many clinics hold international certifications or accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to excellence.

Cost of dental implants in Costa Rica

Cost is often a primary consideration for dental tourists. Dental implants in Costa Rica are significantly more affordable than in many other countries, such as the United States. You can typically save 40-70% on the cost of the procedure.

Particularly in the case of the dental implants treatment, the cost of a single dental implant with abutment and standard crown in the United States costs an average of $4,500, and in Costa Rica, it starts from an average of $1,300, which represents a very significant saving that grows as the number of dental implants that are needed increases.

For more information visit our page about the cost of dental implants in Costa Rica.

Our dental implants service

In our case, our facilities are comfortable, modern and equipped with the latest technology. In addition, we have received international accreditations that certify that we offer dental services of the highest quality.

Besides the AACD we also have the AAAHC accreditation which means that we participate in ongoing self-evaluation, peer review, and education to continuously improve our care and services.

All of our dentists have had many years of postgraduate training from UCLA (one of the top dental schools in the world), and Dr. Meza is one of the only two dentists in Latin America accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Information required to diagnose

In today’s dentistry, a CT Scan is mandatory for a surgical diagnostic, x rays, pictures, models, and videos are also helpful to create a treatment plan.

If you are looking for dental implants treatment, we cordially invite you to contact us to request a treatment estimate, as it is the best way for you to know how much your treatment will cost before arriving in Costa Rica.

We can assure you that our doctors will help you find the best treatment option for you in terms of need and cost.

Costa Rica dental implants FAQs

Is it safe to get dental implants in Costa Rica?

When considering dental implants in Costa Rica, we always recommend conducting thorough research to ensure your safety and the quality of care. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Dentist qualifications: Look for an experienced dentist with a good reputation in performing dental implant procedures. Check their credentials, qualifications, and reviews from previous patients.
  • Clinic accreditation: Verify if the dental clinic you’re considering is accredited by reputable organizations or if it adheres to international standards of hygiene and patient care.
  • Communication and language: Ensure you can effectively communicate with the dental team. If you don’t speak Spanish, confirm that the clinic has English-speaking staff or interpreters available to avoid misunderstandings during your treatment.
  • Reviews and testimonials: Read reviews or seek testimonials from previous patients who have had dental implant procedures in Costa Rica. Their experiences can provide insights into the quality of care and overall satisfaction.
  • Consultation and treatment planning: Before undergoing any dental procedure, it’s essential to have a thorough consultation with the dentist. At Meza Dental Care, our doctors evaluate your oral health, discuss treatment options, and create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs and budget.
  • Aftercare and follow-up: Inquire about the post-operative care and follow-up appointments required after the implant procedure. It’s important to ensure you have access to proper aftercare even if you return to your home country.
  • Travel arrangements: Consider the logistics of traveling to Costa Rica, including transportation, accommodation, and any visa requirements—also, factor in the time needed for recovery before you can safely travel back home.


Our clinic meets all these considerations. We invite you to browse our site to learn more about us and to get in touch with us so that we can provide you with everything you need to make an informed and accurate decision.

How much are dental implants in Costa Rica?

The cost of dental implants in Costa Rica can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the number of implants needed, the type of implant used, the clinic or dentist chosen, and additional procedures required, such as bone grafting or extractions. 

On average, a single dental implant in our practice costs $1,600 USD. This cost includes the implant placement surgery and the implant crown. Keep in mind that this price may vary.

Compared to some other countries, Costa Rica often offers lower prices for dental implants, which has contributed to its popularity as a dental tourism destination. However, it’s crucial to consider the overall value of the treatment, including the quality of care, dentist expertise, materials used, and aftercare provided.

Get more information about the cost of dental implants in Costa Rica here!

How painful are dental implants?

The pain associated with dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s pain tolerance, the complexity of the procedure, and the overall oral health of the patient.

During the dental implant procedure, the area where the implant will be placed is typically numbed with local anesthesia. This ensures that the patient won’t feel any pain during the surgery. However, it’s not uncommon to experience some discomfort and soreness in the days following the procedure.

After the anesthesia wears off, the patient may experience some mild to moderate pain and swelling around the implant site. This is a normal part of the healing process, and it can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. The oral surgeon will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to help you manage any discomfort and aid in the healing process.

It’s important to note that everyone’s experience is unique, and some individuals may have minimal pain and a quick recovery, while others may experience more discomfort and a longer healing period. In general, most patients find the discomfort associated with dental implants to be manageable and well worth the benefits of having a permanent and functional tooth replacement.

Do dental insurance cover dental implants?

Dental implants in the USA can vary significantly depending on the specific insurance plan and provider. While some dental insurance plans may provide partial coverage for dental implants, others may not cover them at all or may consider them as elective procedures.

Traditional dental insurance plans typically focus more on preventive and basic dental services such as cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Dental implants, being a more complex and costly procedure, may fall under major dental services or be considered a cosmetic procedure in some cases.

When considering dental implants, it’s crucial to review the details of your dental insurance plan carefully. You can contact your insurance provider directly or review your policy documents to determine if dental implants are covered and to what extent. Some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost, while others may have waiting periods or limitations on the number of implants covered.

Patient Testimonials

Based on 95 reviews
Celene Ambriz
Celene Ambriz
November 29, 2023.
I had amazing results that exceeded my expectations! Dr. Meza truly has an eye for the aesthetic and his office is very responsive and attentive throughout.
Roberta Chambers
Roberta Chambers
September 27, 2023.
It was indeed a pleasure to be treated by Dr Meza and his dental team. Very satisfied outcomes. Customer service under the leadership of Rebecca Bianchini was first class. Cannot beat hospitable pick up to and from the airport by Jose who is bilingual. Always on time. also liked that they supported my trip with suggestions of affordable decent housing options and also tours to fill in the off clinic days. . Great way to marry business and vacation. Awesome memorable experience. !!👋
julius merrell
julius merrell
September 14, 2023.
Meza Dental Clinic is a superior operation. The entire staff, from Rebecca the office manager, who is a treasure, to Jose, the very friendly and very prompt driver, and the dental team are all professionals. I had implant surgery and a new set of upper teeth installed and everything met all my expectations. Dr Umana is a talented doctor. His thoroughness, attention to detail , and patience in taking the time to explain every aspect of the procedure is testimony to his dedication and professionalism . This is THE PLACE to go for dental procedures!
Ray Kafi
Ray Kafi
September 13, 2023.
Dr, Meza, you not only fixed my teeth in the best possible way, also added a good friend in my life. Thank you and all your colleagues who were very experienced and kind. I felt like I have known you for years. And I am very satisfied .
Paul Leasure
Paul Leasure
September 2, 2023.
Meza Review Dr. Meza and his entire staff were extremely friendly. I loved how often I would hear the phrase “excuse me” as they would begin working in my mouth. This was my fourth visit to Meza Dental and I have been delighted with the whole team every time. The office is clean and well-maintained, and very modern. The staff has always greeted me with a smile, and they were very considerate of how I was feeling. The doctor was sure to be aware of minimizing any discomfort, and was sensitive to my needs while maintaining professionalism. My safety, and the best possible outcome has always been a priority. Anytime I had a question or concern, the doctor would pause and listen attentively, and then thoroughly address it with a well thought out and very informative answer. As always, I am departing with a healthy smile that is reflecting, not only Meza Dental’s excellent work, but my heartfelt satisfaction.
Deb Houde
Deb Houde
August 24, 2023.
My husband and I have traveled to Meza Dental Care several times. Bob has had extensive work done, and I have had some work done as well. In our opinion, Meza Dental is the Best Dental care by far in quality and price. Thank you, Dr. Meza.
Nylaya Smith
Nylaya Smith
August 18, 2023.
I had an amazing experience at Meza Dental. From start to finish, everything was super simple and easy. Everyone who works there is very friendly and helpful. The dentists are very informative and really help you understand what is happening. I will gladly come back to Meza for any future dental work, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone.
August 5, 2023.
What can I say? I have been going to Meza Dentale Care since 2005. This round I had Doctor Jose Umana. Amazing doctor. I walked out looking like a star!!!!!! I recommend all dentists at Meza.
D Stacy
D Stacy
June 23, 2023.
I have not been to a dentist in a very long time. Due to some really bad past experiences, I avoided dentists as much as possible. However, I recently lost a crown that was over 20 years old. I also felt my 5 other crowns were coming loose so I had no choice but to go have the one that came off repaired. I decided to check into complete mouth dental implants. I went to a well known local dentist and found out my teeth were still in good enough shape to just get the crowns replaced, teeth cleaned and whitened, and he told me I had gum issues and needed two other crowns to teeth that had cavities. Total cost $31,000.00. WHAT??? That is when I decided to check into dental tourism as I had heard from someone it was way less expensive. I did some research and decided to take a chance and do the dental tourism. After reading many reviews etc., I chose Meza Dental in Costa Rica. I picked up my X-rays and CT scan from my local dentist and sent it to them for review. I soon received a video appointment with Dr. Umana which was great. From the first contact with them, I was very impressed. They offered to assist in arranging my lodging etc., and upon my arrival, they arranged transportation from the airport to my hotel, and to and from every appointment. Upon my first exam I was told I did not need all of the work my local dentist had told me I needed. I was not at all surprised my local dentist tried to do way more than I needed. I went with the plan Meza chose and that included removal and replacement of my 5 old crowns. During that process, I needed a new root canal and a redo of an old root canal so they could place posts in the teeth to allow them to build up the teeth so they could hold the crowns properly. I had my teeth cleaned and whitened and they recommended a mouth guard for when I sleep because I grind and clinch my teeth which I am now using, and by the way, all of this dental work with absolutely ZERO pain. Amazing. One of the most amazing things was how Dr. Umana informed me about things I never ever knew and should have been told by any one of the many dentists I have used over the years. One of which was that my crowns were not loose, my teeth were loose because my bottom teeth were hitting my old crowns on my upper teeth causing my teeth to loosen. After all of the work I had done, the cost of my flights, lodging, etc., I did not spend the $31,000.00 my local dentist wanted to charge, but after everything, I only spent $5500.00 with Meza. My other expenses including flights, lodging etc, was about $1800.00 so all total about $7300.00, incredible savings and I had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. I honestly can not describe in words how appreciative I am and how impressive this practice is. I mean ever single person is amazing. Thanks to the great care I received I no longer have fear of dentists. I would give them 100 stars if I could that is how amazing they are. For the first time in probably 20+ years, I smile like crazy and I never smiled before due to my ugly teeth. My teeth now look like they did 30 years ago. I highly recommend them to anyone needing any kind of dental work, they literally changed my life… A special thanks to Dr. Umana and his assistants. Dr. Sanchez, Rebecca, Howard, and my driver Jose. You guys are rock stars. You are now not just my dental go to, you have become part of my family. See you in 6 months for my check up.
Julius Tepp
Julius Tepp
June 3, 2023.
My wife and I have been seeing Dr Meza and his staff for a few years now. I must say we are very pleased with their care. Very thorough in their explanations, gentle touch, excellent care at affordable prices. Especially in comparison to US prices. Can squeeze in a tropical vacation in addition to world class dental care for what we would spend back home just on the dental care. Update June 2023. Just visited Dr Meza again in his Cancun clinic. I am so very impressed with Dr Meza. Just got 3 new implants. Quick, efficient and relatively painless. Dr Meza and his staff always take such excellent care of my wife and I. I highly recommend them for your cosmetic and implant needs.

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