The American Association of Endodontists says that a Root Canal Treatment or RCT is needed when there is infection or inflammation in the roots of the tooth.1
During this procedure, the infected pulp – a mass of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue – is taken out. The area is then sealed, and the tooth opening restored with a filling and is covered with a crown.
The cost of dental treatment in Costa Rica is affordable and the treatment received is of good quality. Having root canal here also gives you an opportunity to combine dental work with your vacation time.
Myth: Root Canals are painful.Fact: Modern Dentistry has made root canal treatment comparatively painless.Read on to know how the cost of Root Canal Treatment in the United States compares with that in Costa Rica.2
How Much Does Root Canal Cost in Costa Rica?
They start at $300*. Dental trips to Costa Rica can help foreign dental patients save between 45–70% on the prices charged in their local clinics.
How Much for RCT in the United States?
For the anterior teeth, root canal treatment can cost anywhere between $300 and $1,500. For premolars, the cost ranges from $400 to $1,800, whereas it lies between $500 and $2,000 for molars.
The exact cost is determined after a thorough check-up that tells the exact situation i.e., the level of damage and how complex the treatment will be.
On an average, in the United States, a root canal treatment can cost between $1,000 and $1,200.
*Prices are subject to change without prior notice. For the latest price, please fill out the estimate-request form.
- All the doctors are affiliated to American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), American Dental Association (ADA) and Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica (CCDCR).
- The dental clinic in San Jose, CR has received accreditations by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (PROMED).
- We use all the latest technologies in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
- The dental center is located just 11 miles from the San Jose International Airport (IATA: SJO).
- There are four on-demand surgeons and specialists on the team, and six permanent doctors in general dentistry.
- The clinic extends a lifetime guarantee on dental implants and in case of dental crowns and veneers, a 7-year guarantee is offered (terms and conditions apply).
There is an on-site full-service dental laboratory with twelve experienced technicians and their knowledge is regularly updated. The lab utilizes a dental CAD/CAM capture system manufactured by Shutz Dental in Germany and CAD/CAM computer technology as well.
Special Facilities for Dental Tourists
- All dental tourists are provided with parking space, access to Wi-Fi and unlimited free phone calls to Canada and the United States
- There is a comfortable waiting room for dental tourists and their companions
- The clinic also offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport
- The clinic has multilingual staff, so there aren’t any language barriers
Standard of Care in the Dental Clinic
Many people worry that a cheap root canal would put them at the risk of infection or low quality care.
While, as with any dental procedure, there’s always a chance of complications, most patients report that private hospitals and dental clinics in Costa Rica compare favorably to their American counterparts.
Mike Green from Florida traveled all the way to Costa Rica for his root canal and dental implant treatment. Watch him talk about his dental tourism experience.
How Many Appointments for RCT?
Normally, RCT takes 1-2 appointments but the exact number of appointments would be contingent on the severity of the infection. Contrary to popular belief, root canal does not ‘kill’ the treated tooth. Its surface is still alive and healthy after the infected pulp is taken out.
When is a Dental Crown Required
- After an RCT, the tooth becomes fragile as the pulp which nourishes the tooth is removed. This makes the tooth susceptible to breakage while eating. To make the tooth strong and functional, it is inevitable to get it filled and then covered with a crown.
- A dental crown is a cap that is shaped like a tooth. It is positioned over the treated tooth to improve its strength and aesthetic appearance. Dental crowns need to be taken care of. On an average, they last 8-10 years.3
- The front teeth may not need the dental crown for strength but for improved appearance.
How Long Will the Treated Tooth Last?
Did you know: The highest number of procedural errors during an RCT occurs in the lower molar. Be careful when selecting your dentist. Take into account their credentials and experience.4
- You can expect your newly treated tooth to create no problems for over 10 years provided you undertake measures to maintain oral hygiene as recommended by your dentist.
- Since the procedure has a relatively quick recovery time, it is fun and easy to incorporate conventional tourist activities into your trip.
Traveling to Costa Rica for Dental Work
- San Jose International Airport is about 17 km from the dental clinic. A local bus service is available right outside the airport that costs 1US$ to take you downtown. The Alajuela bus takes you back to the airport and that also costs less than $1.
- On departing the country via air, one has to pay a sum of $29 as the exit fee and this receipt has to be shown at the check-in counter, as of February 2018.
- Our dental clinic offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport.
There are dental vacation packages for Costa Rica that you could avail. It is advised that you check dentist review and then, pick your clinic of choice. Various dental services like dental bleaching and dental bridges are also available.
For MORE information on Root Canal Treatment in Costa Rica and a FREE quote, please fill the contact form!
- American Association of Endodontists “Root Canal Treatment” 18 Jan. 2018.
- Colgate, Reviews by the Faculty of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine “Myths About Root Canal Treatment” 18 Jan. 2018.
- Aldeqheishem A, Ionnidis G et al. “Success and Survival of Various Types of All-Ceramic Single Crowns: A Critical Review and Analysis of Studies with a Mean Follow-up of 5 Years or Longer” The International Journal of Prosthodontics 2017: 30(2) PMC. Web. 8 Jan. 2018.
- AlRahabi, Mothanna K. “Evaluation of Complications of Root Canal Treatment Performed by Undergraduate Dental Students.” The Libyan Journal of Medicine12.1 (2017): 1345582. PMC. Web. 8 Jan. 2018.