***UPDATE!: I have returned home after my 2nd & final dental trip to Costa Rica. A wrap-up post will be coming soon. If You're A New Visitor Then Please Use The Archive Menu To The Right To Start At Post #1 (2013 Dec)***

Sunday, August 16, 2015

51: EMAILS LIKE THIS... exactly why I created this blog. It makes me incredibly happy when I hear that sharing my experience is helping others. I received the below email today and quickly asked the author if I could share it as it's that good!

"Wow! First, I must say that your blog is amazing and it's helped me take so much out of the guesswork for my trip to Costa Rica for dental work. I had a rough idea of what I was doing but, now I feel more certain of my plan thanks to you and your blog. You did so much research and I'm so grateful. I had also narrowed my search down to Nova dental and Dr. Anglada, but now I'll be giving Dr. Prada a call too.

If all goes well I'll be off to Costa Rica in a few weeks. I'm familiar with dental tourism and had implants placed on some top back teeth in Tijuana. That was an interesting experience, but to make a long story short, I WON'T be going back there! It's been almost 3 years and the implants have healed and it's time for the new final product.

I was especially touched by your post about getting personal. I too have battled alcoholism most of my life. I'm now 34 and almost 7 months sober. It's crazy to think how differently I was living my life and treating my body this time last year. I (drunkenly) fell off my bicycle and chipped then hell out of my front teeth in December. I also found myself homeless after getting kicked out of my place for never paying rent on time. I had to move in with my sister and her husband for a month and that's when my family finally got to see just how badly my alcoholism was progressing. They knew I couldn't be counted on and that loved to party but they didn't know I was drinking all day, every day just to get by. I did manage to find an amazing place for rent at the beach that was way out of my current budget. If I kicked the booze, I might be able to swing in. So, on January 23rd I broke up with alcohol for good. By February 1st, I was painting and moving into my new beach cottage and a new way of life. Quitting drinking hasn't been that hard for me either. I had my moments in the beginning but once my head cleared up the urge began to subside. I'm happy to say I now begin my mornings with a bike ride at sunrise on the beach with my dog at my side. My bills are paid and I'm a happier, healthier, truer version of myself. But, like you I have one last matter to clear up: my teeth. It's the final reminder of how bad I let myself go. I can't hide it. I can't truly smile a genuine smile to express how great I feel now. The bad teeth have to go. I cashed in some stocks I didn't know I had (my sister never told me, because I was a drunk mess). She protected me from myself until she knew I was ready to use that money wisely.

I thought your blog was great before reading this particular post and now I feel like it's some sort of destiny. We have lived parallel experiences and suffered similar fates. It's just another one of those signs I've been getting since I sobered up that I'm on the right path, and I GOT THIS!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time and energy to really put it all out there and be honest with your entire experience. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Costa Rica and new teeth here I come!


Friday, May 15, 2015


Received another email from a very satisfied person who went to CR for dental work and thought I would share it here...after getting their permission of course. I love receiving emails like this and I'm so glad my blog has helped others as that is the primary reason for starting it.

"Hi Rod,

I'm sitting here in Escazu and felt the need to write and thank you. Your blog was definitely the tipping point in my decision making process to come here & I can't express enough what a positive experience this has been.
I'm staying at Victoria's (Liza's?)  and was telling her about my internet searches etc. & she said that you'd also stayed here. (she says hello btw)

Anyway, she's laughing at me a little bit because I'm just so excited about the whole process...perhaps it's only something that another person with serious dental phobias would understand. All of the doctors have been amazing! Dr. Prada is so kind and gentle....& incredibly patient!

I could go on & on about this amazing experience but I won't bore you (you've been thru it!) but I just wanted to thank you for your blog, to let you know that you are reaching a lot of people, and that you are (I'm sure) helping to make a huge difference in people's lives.

Good job!!!

Kind regards,


Thank you for the kind words Sharon and I wish you the best!!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


This coming May it will be my 1 year new smile anniversary!!! Can't believe how the time has flown by. I'm heading to Vegas in May but when I return I will be recording a video update and posting it here on my blog. Everything has been great and have had zero problems with my new teeth! Stay tuned!!!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


I was contacted by the person who made this infographic, asking me if I wouldn't mind posting it here on my blog. I think it's very well done and has some quick yet valuable information regarding implants and the care of them.

This infographic was made for Surprise Dental & Denture in Surprise, Arizona.

EDIT: The below picture doesn't enlarge as well as I had hoped and has small type. Click on this link to see a much larger version (may need to click on pic after going to link to see full size...depends on your browser settings)--->

(as on photo to enlarge)

Friday, February 13, 2015

47: Topix CR Dental Forum

If you are looking for the very popular "Dentists In Costa Rica" forum, Topix decided to move it's location for some reason. It can now be found here --->

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Someone that I met over at the Topix forums when I first started my dental research, and who I now call "friend", has created a site with some very good and useful info on the subject. Check it out and feel free to ask him questions as he has quite a bit of knowledge in that noggin of his.

just click below and away you will go...but please come back ;)

Saturday, November 8, 2014


So the audio in the video isn't the greatest and for that I do apologize. I could have spent a lot of time on editing and polishing this up but....well I just didn't. It is what it is, a basic tour of the clinic but mainly talking with the man...Mr. Favini.

Lorenzo Favini is from Italy who has found his way to Costa Rica and man I'm glad he did. He is the maker, the artist who created my new teeth and I will always be grateful for his talent and expertise. He is the only person in Costa Rica who uses the famed Zirkonzahn Prettau Zirconia. You can find more info on exactly what that is here:

Some will say that, "zirconia is's all the same", but that is either the one's who have not done their research or who don't want you to consider Zirkonzahn because they don't work with it or offer it. It's the cream of the crop...the "Rolls-Royce" of zirconia based restorations.

The video is 24 minutes long so go grab something to drink, get comfortable and I hope you find it informative...

Mr. Favini's lab is a bit out of the city in a beautiful, lush and private setting. It's not like a regular business that you can just walk up to on a whims notice so I want to thank Mr. Favini for allowing me to come out to his place to meet him and see how he does his work. He was fantastic in answering my questions and it was an experience I'll never forget. THANK YOU LORENZO FAVINI!!!

Thanks for watching!!!