Comparison of dentist prices in Costa Rica with USA and Canada


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Are you shocked by your local dentist's prices? Costa Rica offers a reasonable alternative, particularly if you are having some major dental work attended to. Most people can save around 60% on their dental care by going to Costa Rica, but how do the prices and the actual treatments compare?

What’s the catch?

There is no catch. The prices are less because the cost of living in Costa Rica is a lot lower than it is in North America. Office rents, staff wages, cost of materials etc. are all a lot less and these savings are naturally reflected in the cost of your dental procedure.

Can I rely on the dental care I receive in Costa Rica?

Generally, yes. The standard of dentistry in Costa Rica is typically good and if you are searching for the best clinic in Costa Rica it will compare favorably with the best clinics in the United States.

When you are researching Costa Rica dentists you will get a feel for the kind of prices being charged – and it is worth remembering the caveat that if you are being offered a price that is way lower than anywhere else then it may well be too-good-to-be-true. Sure – there’s nothing wrong with wanting to save money but not at the expense of your health.

According to the World Health Organization, Costa Rica’s healthcare system is one of the best in Latin America, which in part has fueled the growth of medical and dental tourism in the country.

 Healthcare facilities are generally good. You will find that many dental clinics are modern and equipped with first-class diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to deliver accurate and expected results. 

If you are in the market for specific treatments, like dental implants in Costa Rica, you will find a number of good-quality specialist clinics, as well as facilities like Prisma Dental, which offer holistic dentistry and whose international customers are more than 80% of its total clientele.



Popular dental treatment costs in Costa Rica, compared to the United States and Canada.

Cost of a dental crown in the United States $1,200 (CAD $1,600)

Cost of a dental crown in Costa Rica $350 (CAD $460)


Cost of a root canal (including post-core and crown) in the United States $2,200 (CAD $2,900)

Cost of a root canal (including post-core and crown) in Costa Rica $750 (CAD $1,000)


Cost of a dental implant in the United States $3,900 (CAD $5,000)

Cost of a dental implant in Costa Rica $1,600 (CAD $2,100)


Cost of the All-on-4® treatment concept by Nobel Biocare the United States $26,000 (CAD $33,000)

Cost of the All-on-4® treatment concept by Nobel Biocare in Costa Rica $10,500 (CAD $14,000)


Cost of dental veneers in the United States $1,245 (CAD $1,600)

Cost of dental veneers in Costa Rica $438 ($583)


Cost of dentures in the United States $1,800 (CAD $2,300)

Cost of dentures in Costa Rica $525 (CAD $700

Low-cost, high-quality dentistry is available throughout Costa Rica – so why not think about getting the treatment you need and enjoying a holiday at the same time? It’ll still cost you less than just the price of the treatment at home.

Patthanan Mariah Sangkularb

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