Dr. Luciano Retana has not only given me back my smile and laughter but stopped my periodontal disease and contained, with professionalism and patience, my dental phobia.
With fear I consulted various specialists, and received the most disparate proposals to solve the irreversible loss of my teeth due to periodontitis. With lots of information and misinformation, with more questions than answers, I went to the office of Dr. Retana and I took all my worries.
The first time I went with my husband, the second with my daughter, both as concerned as I. We talked for a long time, while all doubts were cleared by the doctor, with clarity and examples, I felt safely because of his practice, and humanity, so necessary to understand not only the clinical issues but the person that stood before him.
What he proposed to me seemed almost science fiction, in my very little knowledge about dentistry and implants, of course. However, and because his empathy, his credentials and experience as implant dentistry, I decided to put myself in his hands, his eyes, and in his experience.
The first operation lasted almost five hours, with Dr. Retana and his team. What I remember is that everything was perfect, and I was impressed by the professionalism and warmth of everyone from the wonderful work of the doctor, the accuracy of his assistant, Sharon, to the impeccable work of the anesthesiologist.
And from there on, I left with a smile, even better than I had before. The postoperative recovery was not short, but under the care and impeccable attention of Dr. Retana, it was carried without any problems.
Today I smile and laugh with the whole mouth, not only because I have a beautiful smile, aesthetically impeccable, but because I have a healthy mouth, which I learned to take care with everything the doctor taught me. Never too late to learn. And implants are mine, they are as my own teeth and so I feel them.
Today, nearly a year of starting and seven months after finishing, I have nothing but an enormous sense of gratitude and joy for placing myself in the hands,
experience and human qualities of Dr. Luciano Retana.
I just wanted to drop a note and say Thanks! I can’t believe how well everything has gone I had 9 teeth pulled and 5 implants put in. By day 2 I didn’t even need pain killers anymore. Considering the huge amount of work you did my mouth is feeling great! Even the temporary retainer/bridge feels good. Thanks Again!
The work you did over a year ago, where you did a full mouth with fixed teeth in one day, was excellent, I have not had any complications, is a beautiful work nobody noticed they are not my teeth and I can pronounce without difficulty. I
am still grateful.
I want to thank you for such a good job, and tell you that my recovery was great, no bleeding, no pain, I didn’t get swell, everything was perfect because of your great hand. I imagine this will make you proud of your work.
If you are considering dental work in Costa Rica, you will be pleased with Dr. Luciano Retana. After suffering for weeks he skillfully extracted a molar that was beyond further repair. After we reviewed my options, I opted for an implant. Sitting in a dentist’s chair is one of my least favorite activities as I would rather be tied to a mound of fire ants than have work done on my mouth. ‘Voluntering’ for this ‘duty’ was difficult for me. But no one anywhere has a more gentle touch than Luciano. His injections of Novocaine are done without prior spraying of a numbing agent and it doesn’t matter, I literally felt almost nothing, his technique is that smooth. I have an embarrassing gag reflex but he works quickly and he didn’t require my mouth to be gaping open. He noted that I lacked sufficient bone for the implant to adhere to, so a little bovine calcium was added at a fair cost for this rare, imported material. The implant was painlessly installed. And though he prescribed pills for discomfort, there was no need for them. After four months of healing, the implant was tested and found secure and his partner Dra. Julie Feinzaig worked with him to fabricate a crown and install the titanium screw. She graduated summa cum laud from the University of Mexico City and follows in the footsteps of her highly regarded father who owns the modern, well-equipped practice in San Jose. She ultimately installed the crown, taking care that my bite was perfect and that it fit perfectly in the space provided. It’s great to chew on both sides of my mouth again. As a child, I spent three years with metal braces being tightened monthly, so I started life equating dentists with pain and suffering. Now 58 years old, I’ve lived and worked in many country’s around the world. In Florida I’ve utilized fine dentists with state-of-the-art facilities, but this is very expensive. I needed emergency work in the provincial Philippines where they didn’t think anything of drilling without Novocaine and where sterility is dubious. I am recommending both of these dentists as the best in my life’s experience. If you desire World class attention at fair prices from skilled, expert practitioners with excellent demeanor who are truly interested that you present your best smile, Dr. Retana and Dra. Feinzag should be your first choice.
My name is Ken Hirsch and I live in Chicago, Il USA. While in Costa Rica for 3 months I was recommended to Dr. Luciano Retana for dental implants by Dr. Annette Marne, a Periodontist from Chicago that practices in San Jose,Costa Rica. I have to say that I was 100% satisfied with Dr.Retana. Dr.Retana and his staff treated me with respect and a great deal of professionalism. They explained all of the procedures and worked their schedule around my schedule. In his explanation he used a laptop as he explained in English the steps of the surgery. I also want to add that all of the equipment was state of art. They even made my temporary bridge in a lab while they operated on me so I did not have to leave with a gap in my mouth. Again I want to reiterate that I am very, very pleased with my painless, fast and excellent service. If anyone would like to email me with any questions feel free to do so.
Dr.Luciano Retana; thank you for the work you did in placing my implants. It’s Wednesday evening and I feel very little pain. I have very little swelling and I believe that is a testament to your expertise . The blue angels are in Pensacola Florida . Come down and see us some time . Sincerely