Today, I sit here missing another tooth, and as I stated before, circumstances have decided my fate. I can no longer wait. I can no longer make excuses. I can no longer hope that things will get better, for I know, I'm on a downward spiral and rocking my hillbilly roots is not the look I'm going for.
I opted out of the choice for dentures. So, now it becomes my responsibility to find a suitable alternative that is right for me, my family and my budget. As a travel writer, I have heard the term medical tourism batted around lots. Stories abound where individuals, even businesses and industries, travel to foreign countries for needed or elective procedures, many paying a quarter of the cost in the states. It makes sense financially. I makes sense for me. Since dental insurance is almost non-existent for baby boomers - granted we have a policy that covers cleaning, x-rays, but not implants or crowns - we must consider the expense and how it will affect our family.
Counting on my expertise in research to carry me through this, it's Meza Dental Care in San Jose', Costa Rica, that I will be putting my faith in. Dr. Alberto Meza to be exact. He's a graduate of UCLA and fully accredited through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (a must for all who seek international care). Reviews are impeccable and patient stories are nothing less than extraordinary. Correspondence is almost immediate, and at this point, this impresses me most.
For the type of treatment I require, cost in the United States ranges from $50K to 80K. At Meza, around $25 plus travel expenses. The cost of everything is less; the professionalism the same, if not greater - at least from a distance.
Yesterday, I was approved through their preferred lender, lendingusa.com. Today, I begin juggling schedules and responsibilities.
Here we go . . . andiamo . . . we usually say when we're hitting the road for travel. Yes, Costa Rica should be amazing but forefront on my mind, pain and fear. Still, andiamo.