Dental care is expensive in the United States and Canada. One of the reasons many Americans and Canadians lose one or more of their teeth is because they can’t afford dental care where they live. For more than 30 years North Americans have been coming to Costa Rica for affordable dental care. In Costa Rica, patients can get the care they need at prices that are often 50% to 80% lower than prices in the US and Canada. In addition, the quality of care and the type of equipment is the same as they would get at home.

What is the cost savings for dental services in Costa Rica?

Dental Service US Costa Rica Savings
All-on-Four (Full Mouth Reconstruction) $45,000-$60,000 $15,000-$24,000 65%+
Dental Implant $5,000 $750-$1,000 80%+
Dentures $3,000 $600-$1000 65%+
Porcelain Veneers $1,000 $350-$400 60%+
Teeth Whitening $650 $330 50%+
Crowns $1,100 $260-$400 60%+
Fillings $200 $50-$75 60%+
Root Canal $1,100 $300-$450 60%+

Note: Prices are an approximation. Please call a dental provider in Costa Rica for specific procedure pricing. Flight from US or Canada: $650-$850 Hotel: (7-10 days) $800-$1000

The prices shown are approximate. The actual price will depend on many factors, including the dentist, the scope of the procedure, materials used, personal dental health and travel preferences. Other costs may apply, such as medications. Contact a dentist or a clinic in Costa Rica in order to get a more accurate price.


The cost of the flight is based on a one-week round trip New York City to San Jose, Costa Rica. It may vary depending on your departure city and the time of year. The price of the hotel is based on a week’s stay at an American chain hotel. Other hotels may charge different rates, and the length and timing of your stay may also affect the price.

The Greater Your Need…the More You Save

As you can see, the more complex the procedure you need and the more procedures you need, the greater the cost-savings when you choose to receive your dental care in Costa Rica. Many international patients take advantage of the trip to receive additional procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening or even cosmetic surgery, which is very affordable in Costa Rica.

Why is dental care so expensive in the US?

  • The costs of running a dental clinic are very high. From 60% to 80% of the money you pay to a dentist goes to covering these costs.
  • The benefits of dental insurance is marginal at best. It is likely that even if you have dental insurance, you will end up paying a substantial portion of your dental costs. In reality, dental insurance in the US, actually works much more like a discount plan than an insurance policy.
  • High prices lead to neglect, which in turn lead to even higher prices. If you don’t get a filling because they’re expensive, then later on, you will need to get a crown, which is more expensive. And if you don’t get a crown, eventually you’ll need an extraction and a dental implant, which is even more expensive. When you postpone dental care, you are inviting higher dental prices later in your life.

Get A Quote from a Top Costa Rica Dentist

If you are interested in receiving a quote for dental care in Costa Rica, contact one of our dentists or dental clinics today, and recover your smile at a price that will make you smile.

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