My name is Kimberly. I am an American who lives in the south Florida area. I went to Doctor Alberto Coto Calvo just outside of San Jose Costa Rica for some dental work and to have veneers put on all of my at the time healthy teeth. After doctor Coto finished placing the veneers, all of my teeth were in a lot of pain. Doctor Coto stated that the pain was from the grinding of my teeth and I was placed on a liquid diet for a month.
One month later ( still under the rescission period on my debit card ) I called doctor Coto and told him that all of my teeth were still in a lot of pain. I also told Doctor Coto that I had been to 3 American dentists who all confirmed that the veneers were put on incorrectly and needed to be re-done.
Doctor Coto told me to fly back to Costa Rica and he would re-do my dentistry. After I flew back to Costa Rica, Doctor Coto looked at the x-ray's from the American dentists and apologized. [continued below]....
..... He also stated that he would do a better job this time. Doctor Coto put zerconia crowns on my teeth this time because zerconia crowns are made by a computer. Doctor Coto claimed that he could not possibly make another mistake because the computer would make them perfectly.
I need to mention that Doctor Coto used some type of plastic strips across rows of approximately 6 teeth at a time to be used as temporaries. These strips were cemented on much too tightly.
Instead of cutting off the strips, Doctor Coto struggled for several minutes with bruit force until I screamed at which point he broke one of my teeth. At that point, Doctor Coto called in a man by the name of Marco Aguilar to do a partial root canal on me. Afterward, Doctor Coto told me that Doctor Aguilar would finish the root canal the next day. I was then sent back to my bed & breakfast. Approximately 20 minutes later the Novocaine in my mouth began to wear off. I was in excruciating pain in 2 other teeth where the plastic strip was ripped off my grounded down teeth. I then called, e-mailed and left messages with Doctor Doctor Coto's staff explaining that I was in unbearable pain. Doctor Coto did not call me back until the next day.
The following day a driver took me to Doctor Aguilars office to finish the root canal. Doctor Aguilar took x-ray's and then called Doctor Coto and stated that I was going to need 2 additional root canals where the strips were ripped off my grounded down teeth. For a total of 3 root canals preformed.
After doctor Coto placed all the crowns on my teeth, several of the teeth were still in a lot of pain. Doctor Coto told me it was from the trauma of having the bad veneers on my teeth for an entire month. He stated that it was going to take another month for my teeth to heal.
One month later ( past the rescission period on my debit card ) I called Doctor Coto and stated that I was still in pain and that I had been to see several American dentists again. The long and short of it was that Doctor Coto refused to have my teeth fixed. The damaged Doctor Coto caused this time was far worse than the first time. I've had to have 2 more root canals preformed in the area where doctor Coto ripped the strip off my grounded down teeth. Doctor Coto screwed up my bite so badly that I now suffer from severe TMJ.
I've been living with horrible pain in my face, ears, jaw and teeth for 18 months. Half of the teeth in my mouth have become open margin ( the crowns are popped off my teeth ). Several American dental specialists have explained that my teeth will now start falling out one by one because of all the open margins. When I become toothless, no dentist can give me dentures. I have a seizure disorder and dentures tend to slip during a seizure in which case I could choke to death. Therefore, no dentist will risk my life with non-permanent dentures. The cost to re-do my crowns is $35,000 ( which I don't have ) plus thousands more for additional work that I need because of Doctor Coto's negligence and incompetence.
I wrote a review about my botched dentistry with whatclinic.com ( The medical travel company where I found doctor Coto in the first place ). Whatclinic.com refused to post my review to warn the public and did not care about my medical evidence. I then filed complaints with placidway and several other medical tourism providers who use Doctor Coto as one of their dentists. Neither Whatclinic.com, Placidway nor any of the other medical tourism providers who use this man would post my review or stop using Doctor Coto as one of their dentists to the unaware public. In addition, I filed complaints against doctor Coto about my botched dentistry to several other complaint boards.
I hired a Costa Rican attorney to try to get doctor Coto to pay to have my teeth fixed. My Costa Rican attorney explained that if I tried to file criminal charges on doctor Coto or sue him that Doctor Coto would just bribe an official and make the case go away. I had to take my case in front of the Costa Rican dental coleigo because they had the power to take a dentists license away. In addition to my American dentist medical report, I had to be seen by a dentist in Costa Rican. I was actually examined by 3 Costa Rican dentists including a specialist who was on the board for approved opinions with the Costa Rican dental coleigo. All 3 Costa Rican dentists agreed with the American dental report which confirmed severe criminal negligence against doctor Coto. I also had medical evidence with before and after x-ray's proving my case as well.
When I got to the Dental Coleigo meeting, all they cared about was the fact that I filed complaints against Doctor Coto. According to Costa Rican law, it is considered a felony to speak against the reputation of a Costa rican citizen unless or until they have first been found guilty of a crime in a Costa Rican court of law. ( no freedom of speech in Costa Rica ). It did not matter that I filed those complaints from my own home in America. I had to flee Costa Rica immediately and I was extremely lucky that I wasn't arrested first and lock up abroad.
There are multiple consequences that can occur from an improper bite. They include, but are not limited to fracture of the teeth, fracture of the porcelain, loosened of the teeth in the bone, bone loss around the teeth, infection, jaw pain, pain in the facial muscles, neck pain, shoulder pain, inability to eat or speak properly, pain in the teeth, etc. My botched dentistry and severely improper bite caused from Doctor Coto's negligence has led to and endless amount of dental and medical problems. I now suffer from almost every symptom listed above. My condition continues to get worse because I can not afford to fix the mess that Doctor Coto left me with. I am only in my 40's. My quality of life has changed from that of a happy and active woman to horrible daily suffering, terrible constant pain and depression.
Knowing that I will become toothless soon and can't even have dentures has almost paralyzed me. I am willing to send copies of my medical reports to anyone who asks !
When Doctor Coto butchered me, the name of his company was high tech dental clinic. Doctor Coto has since moved his practice to another area in San Jose Costa Rica. He has also changed the name of his company to "IMPLANT AND COSMETICS SOLUTIONS". I have no doubt that Doctor Coto will change his company name and move his location over and over in an attempt to deceive the public.
I am not writing this complaint out of revenge. I am a christian woman and I am truly writing this to help innocent people who are desperate for less expensive dentistry. I understand that vengeance is for God and not for me. I have been praying about this nightmare for 18 months now. As much as I am suffering, I also know is that there is a reason for everything and that God uses people for good. I have spoken to several other people since this has happened to me who have also been butchered with medical tourism. I've even discussed it with a few church ministers as well. Almost every victim that I have spoken to or person who knew a victim, received their botched treatment in Costa Rica. The 2nd worst place for botched medical tourism in my research was Mexico.
Before you or anyone you know gets any medical and or dentistry abroad, please watch either of my u-tube medical tourism nightmare video's. I have become much sicker than when I made them but, they are both very powerful and something everyone considering medical treatment abroad should watch. Again, I am willing to send anyone a copies of my medical reports to anyone who asks.