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Monday, February 11, 2019

61: THE LAB!

Wow, what a last few weeks it has been! I should have had this post done a long time ago but sometimes life gets in the way and it sure did this time. I finally had so much on my plate that I had to get done, that I finally decided to take a couple days off of work to get caught up. I do apologize for the delay and I hope you can forgive me. Now on with the post!

As I eluded to in my earlier post, DDS Dental now has their own lab right inside the clinic. This is HUGE people and let me tell you why. Most clinics are at the mercy of outside labs. Labs that are separate from the clinic you choose and managed by someone who you will more than likely never meet. These labs serve many dental offices and are often very, very busy with a lot of work to do. The turn around time to get your work done could be weeks. When I went to CR for my 2nd trip, to get my final restoration done, I was there for 2 weeks and the main reason for that length was having to wait for the lab that Dr. Prada used at the time. It would have been 3 weeks but Prada had asked for a rush on mine since I couldn't stay a 3rd week. Another negative about dealing with an outside lab is your dentist has no control over what is going on with the making of your prosthesis. If something is wrong with it then it won't be known until it is finished, sent to the dental clinic and only then will the Dr. have a chance to see it.

That all changes when your doctor has his/her own lab right inside the clinic. Now the turn around time can often be cut by half and your doctor has full control over all aspects of the fabrication process. I had a chance to look at the lab inside of DDS Dental and they are doing it right! The materials they are using are top of the best. The same materials and manufacturing process that the Favini lab used when creating my teeth but without the Favini $$$$$$! Yes, it was quite a bit more expensive to get my teeth made at the Favini lab due to the materials he used compared to other labs in San Jose, but at the time it was the only choice I had to get the top-notch teeth that I wanted. But now Dr. Prada and his wonderful staff in the lab are making those same top of the line, super high-quality prosthesis but without the middle man which means more $ in your pocket. I mean how can you go wrong with that? I love the teeth that I have now but man I sure wish Dr. Prada had this lab up and running when I was there 5 years ago. Quicker turn around time, cutting out the added costs of an outside lab and beautiful teeth with the best materials available. That is a win for all involved!!!

I was able to capture some video of the lab and I do apologize for the audio quality. I tried to clean it up by reducing the background noise in my video editing software but it also reduced my voice so I had to leave it as is. Now even though this is a single 9-minute video, it is actually in 2 parts. In the first part, we are being shown around the lab by one of the technicians and then in the 2nd part, it is just me and the camera showing you around. The reason for this is that in part one, it was sometimes hard to hear the description that the tech was giving.

(once the video starts, you can view it full screen by clicking on the square in the lower right)


  1. Hi Rod,

    Came across your site researching dental treatments abroad in Mexico, Costa Rica..I selected to go to Dr Prada based on your recommendation and my own research..I noticed you also interviewed Dr Ablondo from Nova Dental ..What was your decision making to choose Dr Prada and are you still satisfied with your treatment results ?



    1. Hi Tom, yes still very satisfied with the work I received. Once I narrowed it down to just a few dentists, I just had to go with my gut feeling on who would be the best for me. What may work for me, may not necessarily be the best choice for another. So do your diligent research and then once you have the info in you head, follow your gut and instinct.

  2. Great blog, Rod. I really appreciate your whole story. And you're still telling your story after all these years.
    I'm just getting into my dental adventure. I may be getting some work similar to yours, on your top front teeth. It depends.
    Thanks alot.

    1. Glad my story can help you in your journey. Wish you the best!

  3. very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

  4. Hi Rod
    I tried to email you a couple of times but never heard back and that’s okay. But I am going to DDS Dr Prada the week of 5 October as my state (MA) is permitted to wnter CR now. Getting 4-5 extractions with implants this round. Any last minute advice on how to prepare for the post op discomfortt and manage for the week? Am staying at Villa del Rio across street. Given the expected discomfort and covid pandemic I don’t anticipate much sightseeing and only staying 5 days anyway. So I can report back once I return. But your blog was very helpful in choosing Dr Prada

    Russ J.


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