WPTV Local Floridian Travels to Costa Rica for Dental Tourism

WPTV Local Floridian Travels to Costa Rica for Dental Tourism

Some Americans, like Melissa Freihofer, feel their dollar will go a long ways overseas. As a surprise for her birthday her friends & family put together funds to treat her on a much deserved trip to Costa Rica. Melissa will get her teeth fixed at Meza Dental, located in Costa Rica a country popular with American tourists, known for it’s beauty, but also for its dentists. Melissa will be rejuvenating her smile through two sessions that will replace her teeth with a full set of implants totaling $22,000 including travel and accommodations; at a fraction of the cost for the same treatment in the states.

State leaders recently proposed a bill that would put millions of dollars towards medical tourism advertisement. “Medical tourism isn’t a new trend, ” said Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association. She said for decades, millions have traveled to other countries for medical procedures. Visit Florida, the official tourism marketing group for the state, has created a 2.5 million dollar grant program to encourage medical tourism here. With alluring beaches and tropical weather, Stephano said Florida could become a top destination for medical tourism, while also cashing in on a million-dollar industry.


  1. My friend did the dental tourism thing in Costa Rica… yup where tons of people from Florida go. Returned home , kept getting infections had three U.S dentist evaluate the implants. She was told all 3 possibly 4 dental implants need to be removed they were all done wrong! An oral surgeon is going to remove them. Did she save any money by going to Costa Rica ? No, in fact it cost her four times over She was told the dentist here the dentist in C.R is not doing the work up to the U.S standards in dentistry. Buyer beware.

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  3. OH please. who the hell is this David Soria guy? I’m suppose to believe this boso’s words? I’m a Prosthodontist in Denver and I’ve seen so much garbage coming out of "dental tourism" it’s ridiculous. I understand it’s cheaper, but you really get what you pay for. You might pay 20k instead of 40, but when it fails (OH IT WILL) It’ll cost you twice as much to fix and twice as long to heal.

  4. Stay away from Meza Dental. Has a horrific experience with Dr. Marin. She keeps smiling and will tell you anything but does what ever she wants. Temporary teeth broke and fell out. Gaps, bite had to be adjusted, gaps, and glued two teeth togeather.

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