Firm taps dental travel aimed at saving money

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Five years ago, Richard Dziurda discovered he needed thousands of dollars in dental work - but didn't think he could afford to follow through with his dentist's advice.

The predicament led the now-56-year-old high school teacher-turned adjunct college professor to get the job done for thousands of dollars less than expected. He also helped create a patient-to-dentist website that assists consumers in reducing their dentistry costs. The site,, allows those seeking dental work to seek bids from dentists.

Dziurda says his experience helped him identify a growing trend in which U.S. residents venture outside the country to score a better deal on dental work. He spent months researching Costa Rican dentists before he settled on one.

A two-week vacation later, the dental work was done.

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