DDS Dental

We are located in San Jose, Escazu, the prime area of San José, 20 minutes away from Juan Santamaria Airport, close to tourist attractions and away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city.

Our clinic follows the strictest safety and hygiene standards in accordance with the ADA (American Dental Association) regulations in order to prevent disease and infection. Also, we use the latest technologies and techniques available to give our patients they smile they deserve.

Our comfortable and modern facilities have been designed to provide you with state of the art dental treatments as well as dedicated personalized attention. At our clinic you will find free Wi-Fi, internet access, and TV cable in our waiting room and in each cubicle.

 

Meet our Dental Specialists

 

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Dr. A. Enrique Gonzalez, DDS

Specialist in Periodontics and Dental Implants with emphasis on Periodontal Plastic Surgery.

Periodontics is one of the nine dental disciplines recognized by the American Dental Association.The specialty involves the study of the supporting structure of teeth and the diseases that affect them. The periodontist is a specialized surgeon treating all forms of periodontal disease, oral pathology and all phases of dental implant treatment and surgery.

Education
1992 Graduated as Doctor in Dental Surgery at the University of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.
2002 Specialty training program in Periodontics and Implant Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
2002 Master of Science at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
2003 Periodontics Board Certification. Specialty in Periodontics
Experience
1993-1999 Social Service at the Costa Rican Social Security System at the Dentistry Department. San José, Costa Rica
1993 to date Private practice in general dentistry and periodontics at Clinica Dr. Gonzalez. Alajuela, Costa Rica.
1997-1999 / 2005 to date Professor at the Department of Periodontics of the College of Dentistry. University of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.
2000 Internship at the Department of Anesthesiology of Baylor Medical University Hospital. Dallas, Texas. U.S.A.
2000-2002 Clinical Instructor, Pre-doctoral Clinic at Baylor College of Dentistry. Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
2002 to date Private practice limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants at DDS Dental. San José, Costa Rica.

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Dr. Paola Carranza, DDS

Specialist in Endodontics

The practice of endodontics is also known as “root canal treatment”. An endodontist is a dentist with special training in diagnosing and treating problems associated with the inside of the tooth. They do only endodontic procedures in their practices because they are specialists. To become pecialists, they complete dental school and additional two or more years of advanced training in endodontics, one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

They perform routine, as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including retreatment of previous root canals that have not healed completely, as well as endodontic surgery. Endodontists are also experienced at finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnose.

If you want to find additional information about Endodontics, please go to: www.aae.org

Education
1995-1998 Graduated as Doctor in Dental Surgery from ULACIT University, San José, Costa Rica.
1998 Highest grade of the General Dentistry Program, ULACIT, San José, Costa Rica.
2001-2003 Endodontic Postgraduate Studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Experience
1997-1998 Social Service at the National Children’s Patronage (PANI). San José, Costa Rica.
1999-2000 Social Service at the Costa Rican Social Security System at the Dentistry Department. Limón, Costa Rica.
2001-2003 Professor at Tufts University at the Department of Preclinic Endodontics during postgraduate studies. Boston, U.S.A.
2003 to date Private practice limited to Endodontics at DDS Dental. San José, Costa Rica.
2003-2005 Professor at Veritas University, Endodontics Department. San José, Costa Rica.
2004-2007 Professor at the Department of Endodontics of the Dentistry School at the University of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.

To see Dr. Carranza complete resume, click here.

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Dr. Vinicio Prada, DDS

Specialist in Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth. Cosmetic dentistry and implants fall under the field of prosthodontics.

Prosthodonodists are the only specialists who are trained as cosmetic dentists, as recognized by the ADA, and often encounter clinical challenges to fix failed treatments rendered by non qualified “cosmetic dentists”.

Education
1985-1990 Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
1992-1994 Post graduate degree as a Specialist in Prosthodontics, Louisiana State University. New Orleans, U.S.A.
Experience
1991 Social service, Costa Rican Ministry of Health. Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
1992 Head of the Dental Department. Ministry of Health. Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
1991-1992 Private practice in General Dentistry. Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
1992-1994 Clinical internship. School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University. New Orleans, U.S.A.
1994-1996 Clinical internship in Maxilofacial Prosthetics at Charity Hospital. Louisiana, New Orleans, U.S.A.
1994 to date Private practice limited to Prosthodontics at DDS Dental Clinic. San José, Costa Rica.
1995 to date Professor at the Prosthodontics Department of the University of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.
1995-1997 Head of Prosthodontics. Latin-American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT). San José, Costa Rica.
1997 to date Professor of Prosthodontics at “Universidad Latina”. San José, Costa Rica.
2002 to date Private practice limited to Prosthodontics at Galerias Dental Specialists. San José, Costa Rica.
Participation at several lectures and table clinics in Costa Rica, Colombia, México, Panamá and the United States.
Publications in prestigious journals such as Implant Dentistry and Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

To see Dr. Vinicio Prada complete resume, click here.

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Dr. Alejandro Saenz, DDS

Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery. Their advanced training in anesthesia allows them to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting.

Education
1991 Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
2000 Post graduate degree as a Maxillofacial Surgeon. Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
Experience
1992 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Ricca.
1992 Social Service and Head of the Department of Dentistry at the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS). Río Frío, Costa Rica.
1993-1997 Oral Surgeon-Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Hospital Mexico. Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS). San Jose, Costa Rica.
1993 to date Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Costa Rica in the sections of Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery.
2001-2005 / 2009-2010 Section Chief of Surgery at the Faculty of Dentistry. University of Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2001-2006 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Hospital Calderon Guardia. Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS). San Jose, Costa Rica.
2004-2007 Professor graduate Specialization in Maxillofacial Surgery, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia.
Exclusive Private Practice at Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Coordinator Hospital La Católica. San José, Costa Rica.

To see Dr. Alejandro Saenz complete resume, click here.

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Dr. Rolando Guzman, DDS, MDS

Specialist in Orthodontics

Orthodontics, is the first specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusion (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth, which is achieved using different kinds of forces.

Education
1977-1982 Doctor in Dental Surgery, University of Costa Rica (UCR). San Jose, Costa Rica.
1984-1987 Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1988 Master in Dental Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1987-1989 Specialty in Orthodontics, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Experience
1984-1987 Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1986-1987 Chief Residents, Graduate Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1984-1989 Resident in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1989 Coordinator of Summer School Term for first-year residents of the Specialty in Orthodontics. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1990-1994 Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry. University of Costa Rica (UCR), San Jose, Costa Rica.
1995-1998 Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry. University of Costa Rica (UCR), San Jose, Costa Rica.
1990 to date Private practice exclusively in Orthodontics at San Pedro and Escazu. San Jose, Costa Rica.

To see Dr. Rolando Guzman complete resume, click here.

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Dra. Gabriela Atmetlla, DDS

Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists are dedicated to look up for the oral health care of children from infancy through age 10. These types of dentists are experienced and qualified to take care of teeth, gums and mouth of children at different stages of childhood.

Education
2001 Doctor in Oral Surgery – Degree in Dentistry. Universidad Latina. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2003 Specialist in Odontopediatrics, Universidad Pontificia Javeriana. Bogota, Colombia.
Experience
2001 Volunteer work in odontopediatrics, consultation and operating room. National Children Hospital. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2001-2002 Private practice in general dentistry. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2004-2009 Coordintator of the theoretical course of odontopediatrics. Universidad Latina. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2004-2011 Instructor at the clinics of odontopediatrics. Universidad Latina. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2004-2011 Private practice limited to odontopediatrics at Dental Clinic Atmetlla. San Jose, Costa Rica.
2004-2011 Private practice limited to odontopediatrics at DDS Dental Dental Specialists. San Jose, Costa Rica.

To see Dr. Atmetlla complete resume, click here.