Individuals considering dental tourism in Costa Rica, have many questions and concerns, where should I stay, how much will it cost, how long should I stay for, is the country safe, and perhaps their biggest concern is whether getting dental implant surgery is safe.
Here are some facts that will help anyone thinking of having implant surgery in Costa Rica decide if this is, in fact, the right choice for them.
· Dentists in Costa Rica must complete a 5-year dental program before they are allowed to practice dentistry. In comparison, dentists in the US only need to complete a 4-year program.
· Dentists cannot practice unless they are an active member of the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentales, an entity that both accredits and regulates dental practitioners in the country.
· In Costa Rica, dentists and specialists are trained with the same strict criteria as their counterparts in the United States and Canada.
· Many dental specialists have received their training from acclaimed universities in various countries including the United States.
The Flikier Dental Institute is a prime example how safe it is to receive complex dental surgeries including dental implant surgery in the country. Our list of local and international credentials and accreditations are unrivaled in the country.
The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP): Recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as the organization for the dental specialty of Prosthodontics, its membership is based solely on education credentials. Members must have successfully completed an ADA accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP): Professional organization for periodontists a specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supportive structures of the teeth as well as the placement of dental implants. All international members of the academy must be an active member of the National Dental Association.
The American Association of Endodontists (AAE): A global resource for knowledge, research, and education in the field of endodontics, it is the most prominent voice of the national and international endodontics community. Only professionals who have successfully completed a specialization in endodontics and are accredited by their respective governments can become members.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO): The world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization, it encourages, sponsors, and shares key research that enables its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients.
The Academy of Osteointegration: Recognized as the top international association for dental professionals and specialists interested in implant dentistry. The Academy acts as a liaison between implantologists and other dental professionals providing a platform where all parties can evaluate emerging research, technology, and treatment protocols, share information, and coordinate optimal patient care.
International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI): Members of the ICOI include general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, and laboratory technicians, as well as other professionals related to dentistry. They are devoted to providing the latest implant education to the entire dental team with the sole purpose of improving patient care.
PROMED: This entity was created to ensure that all international patients visiting Costa Rica receive consistent, high-quality medical and dental services from its members. To receive the PROMED quality stamp medical and dental providers must comply with a strict list of requirements.
Canadian Healthcare Council (CEHC): This organization specializes in certification of healthcare institutions and professionals to whom they provide the necessary information to pursue and maintain international standards and best practices related to patient safety.
As you can see, the professionals working at the Flikier Dental Institute take our work and our patients safety and satisfaction very seriously, we continuously travel abroad to update our training and learn new techniques and treatment protocols to ensure that patients always receive the best quality of care.
Not only is receiving implant surgery at our facilities safe, you will most likely receive a higher standard of care than you could hope to receive in the United States, Canada or Europe.