Nova Dental Clinic

San José, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

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The Nova Dental Clinic has gained accreditations from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. They are committed to maintaining sophisticated technical dental skills as well as continued research into the most up-to-date technologies. The clinic prioritizes the patient's comfort and unique needs through comprehensive dental examination, thorough diagnosis, and appropriate prognosis. An individual treatment plan is prepared and presented to the patient. In order to provide for the patient with the most advanced dental treatments, continuing education and improvements are upheld. Consultation with other dental and medical specialists and timely referrals when indicated are part of the continuing devotion to the patient’s oral health.


Nova Dental Clinic is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is 8 km or a 15 min drive from the Tobias Bolanos International Airport. The clinic is also a 10 min drive from Hospital Nacional Psiquiatrico Manuel Antonio Chapui y Torres. Barrio Amon is an historic neighborhood, home to many coffee-growing mansions which were built in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of the historic buildings in the area are now hotels, restaurants and offices. This is therefore an attractive district for tourists who enjoy walking and taking in the architectural sites. It acts as an important center of San Jose's culture, including art-deco concrete facades and vibrant and boldly painted exotic Victorian structures.



International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)

American Association of Endodontics (AAE)

Languages spoken

English, Spanish


Nova Dental Clinic offers a variety of services to their international patients such as airport pickup, translation services and concierge service.

Online doctor consultation
Medical records transfer
Translation services
Personal assistance / Concierge
Airport pickup
Hotel booking
Flight booking
Local tourism options
Free Wifi
Phone in the room
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Foreign currency exchange office


38 procedures across 2 specialties


(37 procedures)


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  • The All-on-4 dental implant treatment was designed by Nobel Biocare, and is used to replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. The procedure creates a permanent prosthesis by using four dental implants that act as an anchor for a bridge or overdenture of 12-to-14 teeth.

    The dentist performs or examines diagnostic tests (such as panoramic X-rays and a CT scan) to assess the patient's jaw bone density. These scans are then often followed up by computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (known as CAD/CAM) processes that plan the All-on-4 procedure and allow the dentist to precisely insert the dental implants into the jaw.

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  • The All-on-6 treatment was designed by Nobel Biocare, and is used to replace the entire upper or lower set of teeth. The procedure creates a permanent prosthesis by using 6 dental implants which act as an anchor for a bridge or overdenture of 12 to 14 teeth.

  • 1 - 2 weeks


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(1 procedure)


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See 1 type of Sedation procedures:
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
  from $ 600

More about available treatments at Nova Dental Clinic

The Nova Dental Clinic specializes in Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Endodontics, Routine Dentistry, Facial Aesthetic Design and Smile Design. Additional treatments include Dental Treatments, Bridges, Dental Crowns, Dental Surgery, Dentures, Fillings, Orthodontics, Porcelain Veneers, Root Canal, and Teeth Whitening. The clinic also uses advanced technology including an Intraoral X-Ray System and methods for Infection Control.



Many of the professional dental staff at Nova Dental Clinic are specialists in Oral Implantology and Cosmetic Dentistry. Staff members attended New York University, the University of Chile, and Universidad de San Luis Potosi, Mexico. They studied Prosthodontics, and are on the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry as well as holding Professorships at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. They are also fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at the New York University and have attended workshops in NobelReplace Tapered and the Abend-Event NobelGuide in Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Luis Obando

Luis Obando, DDS specializes in Oral Implantology and Cosmetic Dentistry. He studied at the New York University and University of Chile and earned a fellowship at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at the New York University. He specialized in Esthetic Implant Dentistry. Nobel Biocare Training Institute. Yorba Linda, California, USA and completed a comprehensive Training Program at Zimmer Dental Institute Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Osseointegration, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist and the section dedicated to Implant Prosthodontics. He is a Professor at the International University of the Americas in the area of Oral Implantology and University Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología.

Dr. Paola Truque

Paola Truque, DDS obtained a Master of Science and Specialist in Endodontics from the Universidad de San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 2004 to 2005. She is a doctor in Dental Surgery, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica 2000 and a member of the American Association of Endodontics. She is an active member of the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry and a specialist in Endodontics. She is recognized as a specialist in Endodontics by Costa Rican Board of Dentistry and a professor for the Endodontic Clinic at the Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica, 2006.


Dr. Javier Chavarría

Javier Chavarría DDS is a specialist in prosthodontics. He studied at the Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia and completed a doctorate in Dental Surgery, at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. He is an active member of the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry, as a specialist in Prosthodontics and is recognized as a specialist in Prosthodontics by the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry.


Dr. Manrique Fonseca

Manrique Fonseca, DDS is a doctor in Dental Surgery and studied at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Dr. Fonseca has a fellowship in Prosthodontics at the University of Costa Rica and completed a workshop in NobelReplace Tapered (Basel, Switzerland), the Abend-Event NobelGuide (Zurich, Switzerland) and is an active member of the Costa Rican Board of Dentistry as well as being a Professor at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.



The clinic was visited by a member of the MEDIGO Team

The clinic is located on the way out of Escazu which is a very accessible town near the capital. It has spacious parking areas and good visibility on the main road. The building, waiting rooms and facilities were good. The equipment was in good condition.

External Reviews from Google

  • Toula Megalis, March 2019


    I am 38 years old and unfortunately inherited my father's terrible teeth. From a young age I started having major work done. I ended up wasting a bunch of money on dental work for root canals that eventually went bad and resulted in having to get multiple molars extracted. I knew my only two options were dentures or implants and when I was quoted something close to a down payment on a house, I said there has got to be a better way to do this. I started researching Dental Tourism and somehow came across a trip advisor thread that led to me finding Nova Dental.
    I was freaked out at the thought of traveling to a country that i've never visited and not speaking or understanding Spanish had me nervous as well.
    Like others have said, Dr Obando is amazing. I am a straight shooter so we exchanged a few emails, mainly about cost and availability.
    I wasn't nervous until we drove up to the office and then my stomach sank. I was getting 6 dental implants and it was something I had not experienced before but knew from research what the process would be.
    The surgery was surprisingly quick and painless. I was awake, staring at the tv on the ceiling. It was tuned to CNN which turned out to be good because I needed a good laugh. Nothing like some good comedy while you're getting major mouth surgery.
    It has been one week since my surgery and I feel great. I already scheduled my phase 2 appointment and can not wait for the end result!
    If you have any fears or anxieties about the dentist chair/dental tourism or anything of the sort, please know that this is the best thing you can do for yourself, dental health, and bank account.
    The staff at Nova Dental is top notch. The office is located in a very nice part of San Jose.
    No need to look elsewhere, just do it!

  • M M, February 2019


    Dr Obando is the absolute best. The office is gorgeous, the staff is wonderful and I just cannot say enough nice things about how I was comforted and reassured during the whole process.
    No need to go any further if you are considering getting an implant or any other procedure from Dr. Obando you can do it knowing that you are in the hands of a true professional and a man who truly cares about his patients.
    I would definitely give him and his staff the highest rating in every aspect of their practice.
    Thank you again,

  • Mary Hval, January 2019


    I highly recommend Nova Dental - from first email to me walking out the door SMILING!

    It started with emails - patiently and thoroughly answered (and there were many!) by Dr Obando. Together, we talked about options and costs, and then made a final decision. A full mouth restoration is what I had done. It took two trips, 6 months apart (approx 2 weeks each).

    The care and dedication is obvious in every interaction. One Saturday, about 2 months after my first visit, I had an abutment fall out. However, I didn’t know what it was, and it fell out of my mouth!!! I frantically called Dr. Obando (on his personal cellphone), he answered immediately (again, on a Saturday - I could hear his family in the background). He calmly explained to me it was just a cap on my implant and not to worry; and after apologizing to him for bothering he and his family, he assured me it wasn’t a problem and to call with any concerns.

    Obviously, this was not the most pleasant experience of my life. That said, it was much better than I thought. And when I had issues, they were addressed. To the extent that, during one appointment, I was watching the TV on the ceiling, and must have flinched or made a noise about something I saw, and Dr. Obando stopped and asked what hurt. I told him Trump hurt me by talking (haha). He laughed and went back to work.

    Last note on Nova Dental - I have never seen a dental office like this. It was immaculate, and the equipment was all new. But it was something more - I felt different there from other dental offices. I guess it’s that they care more and you can tell.

    Also, there are days off - go explore San Jose and Costa Rica! The people are kind and welcoming, the landscape beautiful, and the food - everything we tried was mouth-watering.

  • Tony B, September 2018


    First, let me say—AWESOME! ...and thank you! It's been just over two months since completion of my oral restoration by the team at Nova Dental in Costa Rica (in two stages). Dr. Obando and the team demonstrated great professionalism in every way and throughout each phase of the process; their approach to complete care solutions, the expertise in "smile design", their personal respect and passion for quality of service is ...amazing.

    Since completion I've followed advice on steps to re-learn in small bites, careful chewing, brush/rinse often, and eating wisely... It had been decades of processed foods and snaggle-toothed smiles; however, I am so thankful to the team at Nova Dental-CR (because those conditions are no more). I have re-gained the ability and benefits of consuming real unprocessed foods. I eat raw vegetables, fruits, nuts & seeds—without boiling, pureeing, and beating foods into a pulp, buttered spreads, or stews... I can enjoy carrot sticks, crunchy salads or steak—and it's a pleasure to eat! On the flip side of that coin is that I now must watch the absence of those limitations too.

    Aside from that, Nova Dental CR made the process possible (for me) in a manner I could not have afford at home ...including the round-trip expenses for accommodations in beautiful Costa Rica!

    You all, will always have my gratitude and appreciation for this change in circumstances—I do count this experience as one of my life's blessings.

  • Kate The Great, August 2018


    This is my second time visiting Nova Dental and I can say enthusiastically they are the best dental experience you will ever have. Clean and calm office with new equipment and private rooms. The staff is wonderful and friendly with incredible care. Most importantly, they are HONEST!!

    My new dentist at home quoted me $6,000 for work "needed immediately". I had the same quote 8 years prior and nothing had changed. Obviously it was not required. Horrible & deceiving. I knew I would need a root canal soon and Nova gave me several options ranging in prices with potential outcomes.

    They also agreed that the many other "cavity potential" teeth were in no way needing immediate attention. Exam, cavity removal, Root canal, post, crown. Grand total? $850.

    Thank you!