Check Costa Rica’s Dental Tourism Scene for an Affordable Root Canal

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Access to affordable dental care is something many Americans are struggling with. Nevertheless, alternatives exist and savvy people are combining their vacation with dental work. If you are in need of a root canal, review Costa Rica as a destination for your treatment and take the opportunity to save money on your vacation.

Do I need a Root Canal?

Chances are, you have already seen a dentist at home who has confirmed that a root canal is required. Although it is not unusual a root canal is asymptomatic, most people routinely experience pain, discomfort and swelling around the infected tooth. You may also experience a foul taste in your mouth and pus draining from the gum as the infection takes a hold.

What Causes an Infection in the Tooth?

Typically, it is a result of tooth decay when the decayed part of the tooth reaches the soft area in the center of the tooth (the pulp chamber). This contains nerves and other soft tissues. The nerves travel down the root canals to the tip of the tooth roots, but apart from providing the sensation of hot and cold they serve little purpose once a tooth has emerged from the gum. Thus, they can safely be removed, and the pulp chamber filled to prevent further infection. The absence of the nerves will not affect the everyday function of the tooth whatsoever.

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What is entailed in a Root Canal Procedure?

Many people are horrified by the thought of a root canal procedure, no doubt the words bringing to mind the fate of Dustin Hoffman’s character at the hands of Laurence Olivier’s Nazi dentist in the film Marathon Man. In truth, it is no more painful than a filling but takes a while longer to complete the procedure.

The treatment may require a number of stages, depending on whether there is an infection present. Before any treatment begins, the infection must be cleared with a course of antibiotics. This may take 10 days so it is best to commence antibiotics at home before you take a trip to a dentist in Costa Rica.

Once the infection is cleared, the procedure can take place. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the tooth in question. The dentist drills a hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. All the debris is removed from the chamber, as well as down each root canal. Some teeth have only one root containing one root canal, but the back teeth have two or three roots with one or two root canals each, which obviously mean the procedure will take longer

When the dentist cleared all the debris from the tooth and root canals, a temporary filling is placed and you will be asked to return a few days later. If there is no sign of infection, a permanent filling will be installed. In some cases, once your dentist has removed the decay, the structure of the tooth may not be strong enough and you will need a crown installed to stop the tooth from breaking.

How Much is a Root Canal in Costa Rica?

The root canal price in Costa Rica is around 70% lower than at home:

 

US $

CAN $

UK £

EUR €

AUS $

NZ $

Root Canal Price – Home

1,100

1,600

927

1,100

1,573

1,600

Root Canal Price – Costa Rica

400

540

312

350

530

600

If you need an additional crown, you will need to factor in the price of that too:

 

US $

CAN $

UK £

EUR €

AUS $

NZ $

Crowns Price – Home

1,300

1,700

1,000

1,200

1,700

1,800

Crowns Price – Costa Rica

485

650

350

400

650

680

How do I Find a Good Clinic in Costa Rica for a Root Canal?

All the clinics listed on the Dental Departures’ website have been quality-assured and verified by us, so you are certain of dependable dental care. These clinics are in San Jose; although there are plenty of others around the country thus one should be near to where you vacation:

Costa Rica All on four

Prisma Dental

Clinica Mario Garita The Dental Experience

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, if you need a root canal, review Costa Rica’s dental clinics listed with Dental Departures and save your tooth while on vacation. Besides costing less, a relaxing holiday will be just the thing to calm your nerves.

David De Los Santos

David De Los Santos has a master's degree in Psychology in Organizational Development and is currently writing for both Dental and Medical Departures.
To get in touch with this author, or for more info regarding this article, please contact us at author@dentaldepartures.com
This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment