After experiencing many years of painful and less than successful dental work in the U.S.,
culminating in very expensive and poor quality work at one dentist in Washington, D.C. , I began
Modern implant technology seemed to be the way for me to go but the prices quoted in the
States were beyond the pale. I wanted state of the art techniques with a more caring, people
oriented and affordable approach. Searching through the Internet led me to Costa Rica and
He is a ‘dental patient co-ordinator’ and he is an English/Spanish speaking ex pat (USA). I felt
an immediate rapport with Charlie when I first contacted him by phone, and I sensed his sincerity.
This proved to be an assessment founded in fact and is why I am submitting this reference.
Based upon the type and extent of dental work contemplated, Charlie recommended Dr.
Mario whose excellent clinic is in Escazu, a high-end suburb of San Jose, the population
center and capitol of Costa Rica.
Charlie was entrusted to make the initial contacts and arrangements with Dr. Mario who,
incidentally, comes from a long line of family dentists. Dr. Mario studied in the U.S. and speaks
excellent English, as does many of his very friendly and competent staff.
It was obvious that Charlie interfaced well with everyone and freely shared a wealth of information
and helpful insights that were invaluable during my stay both during and after the dental procedures.
Charlie is trustworthy, has practical insights and is knowledgeable over a wide range of topics, and
also has interesting friends and contacts. We had a great time watching the World Series -
- Rangers vs. Cardinals – at an Escazu sports bar owned and operated by friends of his whose
employees and patrons are an interesting and eclectic mix of friendly folks. The food was great
and the local Imperial cerveza is very tasty.
Charlie arranged very satisfactory lodging for me during the dental work, which included 13
extractions and 16 implants. All work was carefully planned, explained and completed by Dr. Mario
with maximum efficiency and minimal pain. The CAT scans necessary before commencing work were
performed at the nearby new Cima medical facility.
This high-tech imaging was professionally handled by a friendly technician who spoke excellent English,
used state-of-the-art equipment, and evidenced advanced skills and training compared to my
experience in D.C. where the cost was much higher, the equipment older, and the technician less skilled.
In fact, it was necessary to repeat the same scans in Costa Rica because the U.S. pictures were inadequate
and wholly inferior as a basis for the extensive implant procedures.
This was just another example affirming my decision to go to Costa Rica for quality dental care. This
same conclusion was echoed by other individuals from all over the globe who were also having dental
On the morning of my surgery, Charlie brought over a tub of ice cream to Ginette’s bed and breakfast,
where I was staying; very thoughtful of him. What more can I say – life is good – Pura Vida.
In summation, I saved enough money to pay cash for a new SUV and a great vacation in a beautiful
country as well. I would be glad to give further information and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrell M. Tucker
November 26, 2011