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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Wow...over a year since my last post???? Where has all that time gone? I've been wanting to do a video post but just keep finding ways to put that off for some reason. Camera shy I guess. Anyhow I still want to do that as I feel I can convey a lot of information in a video over text. So I'll probably get on that when I get back from vacation. Oh yeah...I'm on vacation! Currently in Puerto Rico spending about a week here before we go on our 1st cruise. Not sure if I'll enjoy cruising on a ship with 3,000 other souls but I bet I'm about to find out. The picture below is one that I just took as I stood on the balcony of our AirBnB rental in Rincon, PR. My teeth and mouth are still healthy and I've experienced zero problems. Every once in awhile I'll have a dream that my new teeth are chipped or falling out of my head and that freaks me out for about a second when I wake up. "Thank God that was just a dream", I think to myself as I run my tongue over my teeth to make sure all is well.



  1. Hey Rod,
    I have read your complete blog and found it immensely invaluable. Thank you! It is funny that you posted an update as I wondered how you were doing and how the new chompers were treating you. I am about to embark on a similar path you so graciously shared on your site. I have to say many times I found myself cracking up as you explained your experiences in CR. I even bought the book you recommended, "Costa Rica - The Complete Guide -Kaiser."

    The toughest part have been choosing a dentists/clinic. The quotes and recommended treatments have been kind of all over the board. Pricing seems to be very quite a bit as well.

    I have been to Puerto Rico (PR) myself and I think I saw about as much of it I needed to see in about 3 days. I am sure you will have a fun on your cruise. There are so many cool places to visit. If you can swing it, I highly recommend Tahiti.

    I plan on heading to Costa Rica in February. Should be interesting.

    Take care and all the best.

    1. Hi Doug and thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad my experience can be of some value to others and I enjoy hearing from people regarding it. Please keep me updated on your progress and happy journey

  2. Hi Rod,
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with all of us. I have just finalized my treatment at the DDS clinic and I'm feeling excited but also nervous. Can you share a little more about the healing process after phase one and how it was to adjust to temporary dentures? I'd like to be as prepared as possible for what to expect! Thanks :)

    1. Hi Steph...I think the healing process will vary depending on the person but with that said I was surprised at how well my mouth healed and very surprised at the lack of pain. Getting use to the temporary was not that big of a deal. I ate mainly using the natural teeth I still had and experienced no pain with the temporary. Also Dr. Prada will tell you what to expect in each phase of your treatment. It of course depends on your treatment plan, type of work being done, how well your body normally heals and so on. I wish you the best of luck!!!

  3. Good to hear from you. Happy for your progress. I am still wearing dentures but still have CR on my bucket list. Cheers!

  4. Rod, thanks for this journal. My lower denture broke two years ago and I never had that hated item fixed or replaced. Somewhere I'd read about CR implants but being a basically I never quite got around to doing the research. Then, one day while cruising the internet, I discovered your journal. You did all the research! All I need do is get an appointment, airfare, dog sitter, and hotel. My newly retired spouse and I will be traveling to CR in October where I'll have DDS Dental handle the work. Besides the savings my bonus is two trips to CR, a country I've always wanted to visit, with a spouse who would never have gone without this plan.
    As you mentioned, Maria Fernanda has been very helpful in assisting with setting the appointment and some advice. Now all I have to do is get that guide book you mentioned...

    Pat in Minnesota


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