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2018 Costa Rica Dental Guide Awards
Every year, Costa Rica Dental Guide visits, reviews and rates the leading dental clinics in Costa Rica. We are proud to report our findings and highlight the best dental clinic in Costa Rica, as determined by our international patient care survey.
This is the second consecutive year that Goodness Dental has been named the best dental clinic in Costa Rica. Goodness Dental employs the top-ranked dental specialists in Costa Rica. In 2018, Goodness Dental specialists received the top rankings in the following categories: Prosthodontists, Dental Implantologists, Periodontists, Maxillofacial Surgeons and Endodontists.Read More
More about Dental Implants
Implants are dental prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. They are becoming popular because they offer stability and strength comparable to a natural tooth.
More about Dental Crowns
Unlike fillings, a dental crown is normally prepared in a dental laboratory with a sample taken by the dentist.
Dentures & Partials
More about Dentures and Partials
Dentures come in a great variety of sizes, form, and materials. Most of them are removable, although a few of them are semi-fixed.
Full Mouth Restoration
More about Full Mouth Restoration
Unlike other dental procedures, there is no set process for a full-mouth restoration. Each restoration must be customized for each patient.
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2018 Best Dentists in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has some of the best, most experienced dentists in the world. Due to the popularity of Costa Rica as a dental tourism destination, many of the best dentists in Costa Rica have extraordinary experience with some of the most complex dental procedures, such as dental implants, full mouth restorations, orthognathic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, cosmetic dentistry and more. Dentists in Costa Rica are better because they get lots of practice. In the USA, the average dental surgeon or periodontist places 20-30 dental implants per month. In Costa Rica, dental surgeons in some of the leading dental clinics place 150-200 implants per month. Patients benefit from doctors that have more experience and keep up with the latest research and protocols.
Our goal is to help connect dental tourism patients with the leading dental clinics and specialists in Costa Rica. With this goal in mind, we have surveyed industry leaders, researched doctor credentials, conducted patient interviews and investigated the leading dental specialists in Costa Rica to create our 2018 Best Dentists in Costa Rica list.Discover Best Dentists
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Seeking Affordable Dental Implants and All-on-4 Solutions?
16 October 2018
If you are missing a single tooth or more, you have probably discovered that dental implants as well as more complete solutions, such as All-on-4s, are expensive enough that you either can’t afford them or paying for them is so prohibitive that you choose an alternative fix. In either case, you’ll have to settle for second-best or no solution at all. If that’s the case for you, you’ll be interested to know that you no longer have to resign yourself to inadequate solutions. Many Americans are getting their teeth back without incurring huge debt by going to Costa Rica and getting affordable dental implants, all-on-4s, or even full-mouth restorations for half the price—sometimes even less—and that’s including air and hotel costs in most cases. Let’s start with the basics and understand what affordable dental implants are. Dental implants are posts that are placed into the bony part of your jaw using minor surgery. The implants fuse to the jawbone over 4-6 months in a process called osseointegration. After osseointegration, a dentist can attach a crown or bridge to give the patient full function. So, your new implant or implants will give you both the appearance and the functionality of an […]
Dental Implants in Costa Rica – Let’s Talk Numbers
13 August 2018
Many Americans and Canadians are choosing to have dental implants in Costa Rica to replace lost teeth—sometimes a single tooth and sometimes as part of a whole-mouth restoration. While Costa Rica is a cultural and natural paradise, the main reason dental patients go to Costa Rica is the savings they get. However, they wouldn’t be going unless they were completely confident in the quality of dental care they will receive. Like any medical or dental procedure, you should do some research about the outcomes and costs before committing to a dentist and getting those plane tickets and a hotel room. However, here are some numbers that you can start with and tips for saving money. Dental Implants in Costa Rica A single tooth implant in the United States will cost you about $5,000 US. The same implant in Costa Rica will cost you about $800 -$1000 US depending on the quality of the care. A round plane ticket for one person from most US destinations will cost from $400-$800 US, and a week in a Marriott Hotel would cost you about $800 US. Many patients choose to stay in smaller, boutique hotels with rates from $30-$60 per night. An average […]
Free Airfare with Dental Care
7 May 2018
Imagine this scenario: You live in Alaska and you need complex dental care. Instead of staying in Alaska for your dental treatments, you choose a dental clinic in Texas to receive care. After your treatment in Texas, you arrive back home to Alaska to discover that one of your new crowns has come loose and needs to be fixed. Would you ask your dentist in Texas to pay for your airfare or hotel bill to return to Texas? Of course not. You understand that the dental clinic has no responsibility to pay for your travel expenses. It was your decision to choose dental care in Texas and you wouldn’t demand that your Texas dental clinic needs to pay for your return travel. The dental clinic may have responsibility to provide the needed follow-up care at no additional charge depending on their warranties. But the clinic is not responsible for any travel expenses, whether it’s taking a taxi across town or an international flight. However, some American dental patients that choose dental care in Costa Rica, Guatemala or Mexico expect that their chosen dental clinic should be responsible for their airfare, hotel and even their meal expenses if they need […]
Dental Health & Happiness in the Happiest Place on Earth
3 May 2018
In a recent National Geographic article, Costa Rica was highlighted as the happiest place on earth. Years of studies and surveys arrived at a simple conclusion that people living in Costa Rica have known for years…that the perfect mix of warm weather, free education and healthcare, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, kind-hearted generous people and lots of national celebrations makes Costa Rica a truly happy place to live. Tourists discovered Costa Rica back in the 1970’s and for the past five decades, have made this tiny nation on the Central American isthmus one of the most popular tourist destinations among Americans and Europeans. Tourists flock to Costa Rica to experience a blend of pristine jungles, rainforests, cloud forests, hundreds of miles of natural coasts and chance encounters with monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws and toucans. But unbeknownst to many, Costa Rica has steadily become one of the world’s leading dental destinations. Patients from across the USA and Canada arrive at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria airport in the capital city of San Jose every week to take advantage of affordable, high quality dental care. Global Clinic Rating is an international accreditation organization that ranks the top dental clinics in the world. […]
Is Dental Tourism a Smart Choice?
30 April 2018
As the price of dental care in the USA continues to increase, many patients are discovering that they simply cannot afford dental procedures such as dental implants, full mouth restorations or cosmetic dental care. High-priced dental care at home is pushing some patients to seek dental care outside of the USA. This popular trend is called dental tourism. Dental Schools: Dental schools in the United States produce some of the finest dentists and specialists in the world. Likewise, dental schools in Central America, Europe, India and other nations also produce a great number of highly-skilled dentists and leading specialists. Conversely, many students from Latin America study in the USA at top dental schools and then return to their home countries. In short, well-trained dentists and specialists can be found all over the world…not just in the USA. Standard of Care: The standard of dental care in the USA is very high. This high-quality care also comes with a high price-tag that puts dental care out of financial reach for most Americans. It might come as a surprise to many that the quality of dental care in nations like Costa Rica and Guatemala is equally as good as the USA, but […]
Affordable Dental Care Options: Dental School or Dental Tourism
23 April 2018
A visit to the local dentist is becoming too expensive for most Americans. While prices for routine check-ups and cleanings are somewhat reasonable, prices for dental implants, crowns and full mouth restorations have reached stratospheric heights. Across the USA, dental implants are priced at $1900-$2500. In some markets, a dental implant can cost as much as $4000. Add a crown to the dental implant and the price almost doubles. These high prices have pushed many patients to consider alternative sources for treatment. Some patients, living near major metro areas with dental schools, opt to receive more affordable care at a dental school. Others seek treatment with leading specialists in foreign countries to save money. Which is better? Let’s discuss the risks and benefits of each scenario. Dental School Benefits: Affordable Rates: Patients report savings of 30% or more when compared to dental clinics in the USA. On complex procedures, this can amount to large savings. Close to Home: Most dental schools are located close to major metro markets, making them accessible to most patients living near a big city. In the case of any problems, patients do not have to travel far to receive support care. Supervised Care: Care is […]
Sex and Dental Care in Costa Rica
30 December 2017
It was Rudyard Kipling who originally described prostitution as the “world’s oldest profession.” For millennia, men have paid women for the pleasure of their company. While prostitution is illegal in the USA and many other countries, today, men “of a certain age” seek exotic destinations, mostly in Asia and Latin America to explore the wild side of legal prostitution, escort services and low-cost female companionship. What’s surprising is how many of these men are combining a trip to the brothel with a trip to the dentist. Welcome to the crossroads of sex and dental tourism. While the numbers are vague, what’s clear is that almost every plane that arrives at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose, Costa Rica has at least two types of travelers. The first type of traveler is the older single gentleman coming to Costa Rica to live a little dangerously. These men visit local pharmacies and purchase quantities of low-priced Viagra or Cialis, hoping to use at least some of it during their time here. Many make a bee line for the well-known brothels and hotels that cater to American men seeking a good time. The other type of traveler is the dental tourist; mostly American […]
Costa Rica Dental Clinic Provides Free Dental Care to Children in Need
13 November 2017
Costa Rica, a nation of more than 4 million citizens, offers free healthcare and basic dental care to all. More than 6000 dentists provide abundant access to dental care for most middle class citizens. However, a growing number of Costa Ricans living at or below the poverty line still lack access to quality dental care. By some estimates, as many as 50,000 children have decaying teeth that are ignored by parents and remain untreated for years, causing teeth to fall out prematurely. Children that receive fillings often receive unsightly metal fillings that make children feel self-conscious and afraid to smile. Many teenagers lack adequate access to dental care items, and experience tooth decay at an alarming rate. Other have crooked or protruding teeth that require orthodontic treatment. Since most orthodontic treatments are not covered by the national insurance, low-income families simply cannot afford braces for their children. Even adults with missing teeth are unable to afford dental implants or quality crowns, a reality reflected in the toothless smiles of many low-income seniors in Costa Rica. Goodness Dental, a leading Costa Rica dental tourism clinic, provides free dental care to children in need through a unique program that brings dental care […]
Using Dental Insurance in Costa Rica
13 November 2017
We hear complaints daily that dental care in the USA is unaffordable, with prices so high that most average Americans cannot afford even basic dental care. But if you have dental insurance, care is affordable in the USA right? Nope. Even with insurance, most Americans cannot afford major dental care like dental implants or an all on 4. The average insurance plan typically covers only about $2,000 worth of dental procedures per year, and the cost for a single dental implant is generally $4000 or more not including the crown. Typical Dental Insurance Costs Full dentures, for instance, usually cost around $5,000 in the USA. In Costa Rica the price for dentures is $900-$1500. Complex full mouth restoration treatments like the All-on-4 implant system average around $56,000 in the USA, while the cost in Costa Rica averages around $24,000 for both arches. That’s the main reason All-on-4 solutions are still relatively rare in the United States. Even with airfare and hotel expenses, most patients report savings of $25,000-$40,000 or more. One of the leading all on 4 dental clinics in Costa Rica is Goodness Dental. “Almost every week we have two or three patients receiving the all on four treatment […]
Costa Rica: A Dental Destination
7 August 2017
A recent NBC news story highlighted the phenomenon of low-cost dental care in Los Algodones, Mexico, better known to those that live along the Mexican border as Molar City. Up to seven thousand people cross from Yuma Arizona into Los Algodones almost every day during the winter high season to save money on dirt-cheap pharmaceuticals and dental care. Recent reports show that more than 140 Million Americans have no dental insurance, forcing many to forego critical dental care or to seek more affordable care outside of the USA. While many Americans choose Mexico for low-cost dental care, an increasing number of savvy dental patients are choosing Costa Rica as their dental destination. Why? For starters, dental care in Costa Rica is equal and in some respects better and more attentive than the care in the USA and Canada. But the reason that almost every flight to Costa Rica has at least a few dental tourists on board is because of the pricing. While most people correctly surmise that Mexico has low dental prices, many soon discover that dental pricing in Costa Rica is almost equal to the low pricing in Mexico. In fact, a recent patient survey conducted with LosAlgodonesDentalGuide.com […]
Does Smoking Impact Dental Implants?
24 April 2017
We are all aware of the negative health risks associated with smoking – heart disease, emphysema, lung cancer, etc. But if you plan to have dental implants, and want the best possible results, We want to answer the question, does smoking impact dental implants? As you might imagine, your mouth and lungs are on the front lines of the smoking “assault” on your oral health in these and other ways: Inhaled smoke actually burns the oral tissues producing a thickening of the top layer of skin cells, and decreases the body’s ability to regenerate new tissue. It also damages the salivary glands, resulting in mouth dryness, which promotes growth of disease-causing bacteria, increasing the risk of infection, while decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease, oral cancer, root decay, delayed healing after oral surgery, and implant failure. Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials compatible to the human body. It has special surface properties that allow live bone to fuse with it. The first three weeks after oral surgery is a critical time for healing. Your recovery will be delayed if you are smoking during this time, and you will have an increased […]
Platelet Rich Fibrin PRF
26 February 2017
There are many important advantages of Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) when used during dental implant surgery and oral surgery, including its low cost, convenience and safety. It is readily available and safe because it comes from your own blood. Platelet Rich Fibrin is a valuable treatment option to aid in healing and blood clotting during your dental implant or oral surgery procedure. PRF promotes better healing from within your own body. And because it is made from your own blood, it is bio-compatible. All natural, 100% YOU Simple holistic procedure Latest healing technology No chemicals, foreign substances or additives – just you FDA cleared for medical use It has often been said, the best dental material of all is the natural tooth. There’s simply nothing better. However when decay or damage means a tooth must be repaired or replaced, then the next best material is one that’s biocompatible with the human body, whether it’s a composite, ceramic, gold or platinum. This simply means your body has no reaction to it. When surgery is required, platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is an absolutely bio-compatible option for stimulating and speeding up healing and lessening post-op pain and discomfort. Because PRF is made from […]
Thailand, Colombia or Costa Rica – Which country has the best dental prices?
11 December 2016
Every week, we receive hundreds of emails from patients seeking affordable dental care. They often ask about which country is the cheapest. Anytime a patient starts by asking which destination offers the lowest priced care, I get nervous. I would never refer my family or friends to the lowest priced dentist, without first verifying the quality of the care. Over the years, we have built a global network of some of the best dental providers in the world. We’ve had a chance to compare quality and pricing to help our patients make the best decision. Recently, a patient from Florida contacted us with dental estimates from Cartagena Colombia and the popular Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC) in Bangkok Thailand. We reviewed the estimates with our team of dentists, dental surgeons and lab technicians and were able to provide the patient with a competitive quote. Spoiler Alert: Costa Rica remains the best destination for high quality, low cost, high value dental care. Please see the comparisons below: Patient Case: Six Dental Implants: Titanium Straumann or Nobel Biocare (Teeth #13,14,16,25,36,37) Two Dental Implants: (Supporting a 3-unit bridge for teeth #45-x-47) Bone Grafts (Teeth #16,26) Temporary Crowns (Teeth #17,15,12-24,26,35-44) (While waiting for the […]
Dental Implants in Patients with Osteoporosis
28 November 2016
Getting dental implants in the USA is expensive, but for patients with osteoporosis, saving for the procedure may be pointless because some dentists tell patients with osteoporosis that they will never be able to have dental implants. Many with osteoporosis believe that their condition, which results in a deterioration of their bone structure, will disqualify them from being candidates for implants. So, while an increasing number of Americans travel to Costa Rica for affordable dental treatment, those with osteoporosis stay home and settle for less desirable solutions. The good news is that advancements in the field of dentistry now allow patients with osteoporosis to consider dental implants. Dental implants are popular because they work exactly like natural teeth. They are drilled into the jawbone, and after a period of 3 to 5 months, they fuse with it. It’s this fusion process that makes them strong and stable. After that, a crown is placed securely atop the implant. Because osteoporosis degrades bone, in the past it was considered a condition that prevented one from getting implants. The belief was that the fusion would wear off and the implant would become loose, creating all sorts of dental complications. However, new studies show […]
Get the Best Fit With Digital Technology
16 November 2016
Whether you need a new dental restoration or a replacement for an old one, we think it’s very important to have the best one possible. That’s why top dentists in Costa Rica treat each restoration as if it were being prepared to last for the rest of your life and use digital technology. Best Fit With Digital Technology When designing a dental fixture, accuracy is the most important factor for achieving a superior fit. A new crown, for example, has to fit the tooth that’s been prepared for it exactly. A perfect fit is critical to prevent air or bacteria from becoming trapped or the crown coming loose in the future. And if the crown doesn’t have precisely the right shape, it may cause problems with alignment or chewing. So, precision is critical. In the past, problems with precise fit were common and were often caused by human error as each dentist made his or her own molds by hand. If you remember sitting with a mold tray in your mouth, waiting until the dentist could pull it out, you’re going to love the new state-of-the-art technology. Today, top dentists in Costa Rica take advantage of modern digital technology and […]
Dental Work in Costa Rica. Are the Prices Too Good to Be True?
26 August 2016
If you have been considering dental care in the USA, you’ve probably been shocked at the high prices. Most Americans simply can’t even consider complex dental work in the USA without breaking the bank. Dental implants often cost $3000-$4500, and a full mouth reconstruction can easily cost $35,000-$60,000 depending on where you live. So, when you start reading about prices for the same dental work in Costa Rica at prices that are almost 50% to 80% less, it can make you suspicious. “What’s the catch?” we hear from many patients. For most dental clinics in Costa Rica, the cost of doing business is simply much less than it is in the USA. When clinics spend considerably less on salaries, insurance and dental supplies, this savings allows them to offer rates that are much less than the same dental care in the USA. But what should patients do when they encounter rates that seem too low? If you have received quotes from several dental clinics, but one of the quotes seems very low when compared to the others, it should raise some concern. Sure, you’d like to save more money. Who wouldn’t? But if you’re already saving 50% to 70% when […]
All Inclusive Packages for All on 4 in Costa Rica
25 August 2016
Americans love the idea of all-inclusive packages. As an American myself, I enjoy all-inclusive resorts… and as my growing waistline will attest, I adore all you can eat buffets. But recently, I have started to see promotions for all-inclusive dental care. Is it for real? And is it a good deal for patients? I set out to discover more about all-inclusive dental care deals in Costa Rica. On one website, we discovered a dentist that offers an all-inclusive dental care, transportation and accommodations package, with a complimentary day tour for two adults. Sounds great right? The All Inclusive All on 4 Package includes the following: All-on-4: (Immediate Loading) Implants + Prosthesis. Lodging (Comfortable Bed and Breakfast) Transportation (Airport & Hotel) Medical Aftercare Package Med-Concierge Assistance (Patient Advocate) Gift: A Day-Tour x 2 to a National Park Total Stay = 8 days including arrival day, procedure days and lab time — departure on the 9th day. Cost: $11,600 – Dental Implants + Medical Service + Dental Prosthesis $1,500 – Concierge Service + Hotel Accommodations $13,100 – Total All-Inclusive Cost Seems like a great package for a great price…until you look closely at the details. Do Your Homework Most patients do not […]
Smoking Can Adversely Affect Any Type Of Oral Surgery
21 July 2016
There are many confirmed reasons for quitting smoking that have included addiction, healthy appearance of teeth, lung health, not to mention a wide array of different cancers that are directly linked to smoking and the many chemicals put in cigarettes. Another reason in the long list that can be added to the reason people should quit includes the confirmed fact that smoking can have heavily negative effects in the healing of oral surgery. Smoking Affects Healing Every dentist or oral surgeon will tell a patient that they need to stop smoking for as long as possible during or after a procedure. After a wisdom tooth extraction or damaged tooth removal, for example, smoking can make it much harder for the blood to clot and even loosen blood clots that are in place, reopening the wound and making it much slower and much more painful to heal. The longer that damage is open, the more likely infection will rear its ugly head, as well. In addition to that, the sucking motion from smoking is similar to the same reason you are not supposed to drink out of a straw. It pulls on the blood clots and hurts your overall dental health. […]
Crown Lengthening To Fix A Gummy Smile
20 July 2016
Not everyone is blessed with a perfect smile by the luck of their genetics. If you have always been unsatisfied with the way your smile looks and think that the ratio of gum and teeth that you’re showing off could use some improvement, crown lengthening is a procedure you should look into. How Crown Lengthening Works Crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure that specifically targets the front upper teeth to improve their health and appearance. It involves a dentist, periodontist, or gum specialist removing a small amount of gum tissue from the upper ends of the teeth, exposing more of the crowns. In some cases, small areas of bone are also removed to achieve the desired results. As suggested by the name, crown lengthening usually involves reducing the amount of gum and increasing the area of teeth that your smile exposes, but it can also be performed to improve symmetry. While crown lengthening is primarily thought of as an aesthetic procedure designed to improve the way your smile looks, it can also have real health benefits. Exposing more of the roots of your teeth makes it easier to care for them, and it can help you prevent tooth decay […]
Zirconia Crowns & Bridges in Costa Rica
6 May 2016
When teeth have been damaged or lost, they are often restored or replaced with a bridge or a crown. These dental devices return the tooth’s original form, strength, and functionality. A crown is a piece that restores or replaces the visible part of a tooth. When a tooth is missing, the tooth is often attached to a bridge that connects it to other teeth. New techniques also allow it to be attached to a dental implant. Sometimes, the damage to the tooth is severe but not enough to lose the tooth, for example, when a root canal is performed. In those cases, a crown is created in the shape of the part of the tooth that is missing in order to restore it. A bridge is typically used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by attaching the crown or crowns to a prosthesis. The prosthesis is then attached to the two teeth (or implants) on each side of the missing tooth or teeth to provide stability and strength. Bridges and crowns are created out of many materials. Developments in dental research have allowed laboratories to create bridges and crowns that look and function more like natural teeth. Zirconia Crowns […]
Why See a Prosthodontist?
1 May 2016
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has had training in the study of missing teeth or parts of the mouth. Prosthodontic specialists treat areas that are affected by deep dental loss or oral damage that affects breathing and swallowing. Prosthodontists also treat areas close to the teeth such as facial bone and esophagus, and use methods and prosthetics to deal with such problems. Learn more about Prosthodontists Most of the time, prosthodontists deal with missing teeth or malocclusions, which are uneven bites caused by misaligned teeth. They work a lot with seniors, who are the most likely to suffer the loss of several teeth and seek solutions to restore their smile and their ability to bite and chew normally. Visiting a prosthodontist is the best way to make sure that you can recover both your chewing function and your smile. Prosthodontists also make sure that breathing and swallowing are not affected. If these functions are already affected, they might offer a solution that restores them, partially or totally. In order to offer the best solutions, prosthodontists have to be familiar with the latest in prosthetics and materials used to replace teeth or other facial tissue. Prosthodontists understand the benefits […]
“Surgical Guides” Improve on Dental Implants
20 April 2016
Dental implants are the state-of-the art approach to replacing missing teeth. Whether you are missing a single tooth or nearly all of your teeth, dental implants provide the durability, stability and strength that endures for decades. Implants perform almost like your natural teeth. And when dental implants are truly affordable, as they are in Costa Rica, it’s a “can’t lose” situation. But did you know that there is now an approach to dental implants that makes insertion less invasive and their placement more precise? It is called a “surgical guide.” To really appreciate the difference between implants with and without the use of surgical guides, you have to understand some of the technical aspects of a dental implant. Let’s start with what we mean by “invasive.” Dental implants require a hole that is drilled into the bone of the jaw. The hole must be placed at the most ideal location, drilled at a precise 90-degree angle to the jawbone and drilled to the exact depth specified by the manufacturer. In order to achieve the precision needed, most dentists cut the gums away from the bone to better judge where to drill, and clearly see the angle and depth. Dental implants […]
The Price of Dental Care in Costa Rica Compared to Dental Pricing in the USA
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19 April 2016
Equal Quality with a Different Cost If you’re from the USA and you’re visiting this website, you’ve probably discovered that dental care is outrageously expensive in the USA. As a dentist from the USA, I had my doubts about the quality of care in Costa Rica. I did my homework. Here’s what I discovered. In Costa Rica, dentists and specialists are trained with the same criteria as dentists in the USA and Canada. In Costa Rica, dentists are required to attend a 5-year dental program. The program in the USA is only 4 years. In Costa Rica, specialists are trained in the same high quality programs in the USA or other countries. Costa Rican clinics use ADA approved materials and the same materials your dentist probably uses. For most patients that choose Costa Rica, they discover that the quality of care is equal if not better than dental care in the USA. The bottom line is that you get better or equal quality dentistry from highly skilled dentists, specialists and staff for a fraction of the cost. How can Costa Rica dentists offer such low prices? It simply costs less to do business in Costa Rica. Lower staff salaries, lower income taxes, lower product […]
Surgical Guides: The Future of Dental Implants
23 March 2016
When choosing a clinic for dental implants in Costa Rica, many patients focus only on price. Most clinics offer similar pricing for implants, with a range of only $100-$200 in difference per implant. If patients are only focused on price however, they will miss out on providers that promise better processes, reduced pain and higher quality results. But quality isn’t simply about paying more for materials. Partnering with a reputable dental lab is also critical. Dental clinics with onsite dental labs ensure an improved patient experience by offering faster results, improved communication and quality control. There are significant differences in dental technology that separate leading clinics from the rest of the followers. For example, not all dentists use “surgical guides” to aid in making highly precise placement of dental implants. A surgical guide is a device that is produced from digital images of a patient’s teeth and bone structure. The device fits over the implant area and controls the precise location, angle and depth of drilling for insertion of dental implants. This is a recommended approach because it both minimizes the amount of surgery required and speeds healing. Using a surgical guide avoids many of the complications that sometimes happen […]
Price vs. Quality: The Critical Choice
22 March 2016
When looking for a dentist anywhere in the world, the price is the primary factor that most patients consider. And who can blame them? With soaring dental costs and little or no insurance, just affording dental care is a struggle for most people. But is the price the only, or even the best factor to consider? Quality should always be your top priority—quality of care, top-notch qualifications, quality materials and something that patients seldom think about—the best quality technology for the procedures you are seeking. “We understand that most patients have tight budgets for dental care. But we encourage patients to seek the best possible care…and not choose a provider just because the price is lower.” Most patients that choose a dental provider in Costa Rica will save from 50% to 70% on dental care. Is it wise to compromise on the quality of materials and care just to save 2-5% more? Will savings of $300-$500 or even $1000 matter in 2-3 years if your dental care is substandard and requires additional work? “We encourage patients to work with quality dental clinics that offer reliable guarantees for the highest quality work. Clinics that stand behind their work, will offer patients […]
How Much Are Dental Implants in Costa Rica?
25 November 2015
What is a dental implant? Did your dentist tell you that you need a dental implant, but you’re not sure what a dental implant really is, or what a dental implant includes? Missing one or more of your teeth creates an imbalance in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can change your eating habits, which leads many to become undernourished by eating the wrong foods just because they are easy to eat. If a tooth remains missing for too long, it can lead to bone loss in your jaw, which will further complicate the need to get dental implants. When you lose a tooth, your mandible begins to contract and becomes fragile from lack of function. When this happens, a bone graft is often necessary before an implant can be placed. Losing a tooth affects your smile. Losing several teeth can affect the proportions of your face causing you to appear older and unhealthy. Dental implants are effectively replacement teeth with dental screws introduced into the bone to provide extended reinforcement and support for crowns and dentures. Dental implants are the cutting-edge of tooth replacement. Most dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and are often […]
Maxillary Sinus Lift
7 September 2015
The maxillary sinus is a cavity located within the cheek bone. It is a pyramid shaped, growing space with a membrane lining the sinus called the Schneider Membrane. The ends of the roots of the upper back teeth are close to the maxillary sinus and in some cases, even inside of it. The maxillary sinus helps in moisturizing and heating up the air when breathing, also playing an important role in vocal resonance and diminishing the weight of the head. A baby’s maxillary sinus is almost nonexistent; as opposed to an elder person whose sinus is expected to be large. The maxillary sinus’ volume in an adult is 15mL, growing an average of 2mm per year. The natural process of sinus enlargement is called pneumatization. Who needs a Sinus Lift? After losing one or more teeth in the upper jaw, the maxillary sinus grows in size even further from the normal limits. This is because the bone in the sockets reabsorbs itself when there are no longer teeth to support, but implants need bone to support them. X-rays allow the visualization of the remaining bone’s thickness. A minimum of 5mm is required to consider placing dental implants; otherwise, the case […]
Veneers or Crowns: Which is the Best Choice for You?
27 August 2015
When teeth appear worn, chipped, broken or stained the use of dental veneers or crowns are a great option for improving aesthetics and functionality. Although both veneers and crowns present similar characteristics, they have important differences that must be taken into account by the dentist and the patient when developing a dental treatment. It is about choosing the most favorable treatment that ensures optimal results that last. Main Differences Dental veneers are commonly used when there is an aesthetic need. Veneers offer the possibility of permanently whiter teeth and allow patients to achieve the perfect smile. On the other hand, dental crowns not only offer great aesthetics but crowns strengthen the tooth that has been weakened by either fractures, loss of structure or root canal treatment. Dental crowns are the ideal restoration choice when the tooth is also affected by extensive decay; this is also a reason why crowns are far more common in bicuspids and molars as opposed to front teeth. In fact, crowns initially were meant to improve functionality and not to satisfy aesthetic demands. However, technology and advances in dentistry have allowed patients to obtain both. Crowns are complete caps placed on top of the remainder tooth […]
Preparing for Your All-on-4 in Costa Rica
30 June 2015
All-on-4 solutions (teeth replaced with a denture or a bridge affixed to four dental implants) are often recommended to replace lost teeth. Unfortunately, in the USA, All on 4 solutions are also very expensive. While prices will vary from state to state and from dentist to dentist, you can expect to pay at least $50,000 for a completed All-on-4 in the low end of the price range. Better materials used in the implant, the bridge, or the crowns can quickly increase this number. Depending on where you live, the price for an All on 4 procedure can reach as high as $90,000 in the USA. However, if you want to save 50% to 70% or perhaps even more, join tens of thousands of Americans and Canadians and come to Costa Rica for your All-on-4. If you choose Costa Rica for your dental care, it’s best to start preparing yourself before your trip begins. Your dentist may require you to follow one or more of the following instructions: 1. Stop Smoking Smoking is a high-risk factor when performing an All-on-4. It can cause infections in the teeth or the gums, and as a result, increases the odds that the patient’s body […]
What is the difference between All-on-4, All-on-6 or All-on-8 dental solutions?
30 June 2015
All-on-4 is a dental procedure used to reconstruct a person’s mouth when he or she has lost a significant number of teeth in one or both jaws. It belongs to a family of similar procedures that also includes All-on-6 and All-on-8. Many people don’t understand what the difference is between an All-on-4 and its alternative procedures. When they search online for an answer, they find out that the difference is that an All-on-4 involves the implantation of four dental implants, whereas All-on-6 and All-on-8 involve the implantation of six and eight dental implants respectively. That information by itself doesn’t tell a person much. Patients wonder if it’s better to have fewer or more dental implants. They want to know if they should go for an All-on-4 or an All-on-6 if possible, and what the dental benefits are. There is no clear answer to which of these options is better. It all depends on the patient. Let’s understand a bit how these solutions work. Dental implants are a preferred dental solution for obtaining the same level of strength and stability as natural teeth, since they naturally integrate themselves into the bone of the jaw. In an All-on-4 solution, after the four […]
Should I Replace My Silver and Mercury Fillings?
3 June 2015
Dental Fillings If you have teeth…you probably have a filling. In the past, the most popular material for fillings was silver (amalgam). However in recent years there has been controversy about the safety of silver amalgam fillings. Let’s take a closer look at the reality of amalgams so you can decide whether to remove them or not, or consider getting new fillings made with today’s recommended materials. Amalgams are metallic alloys. The majority of the alloy is made of silver and tin, while copper and mercury exist in minor quantities, among other materials. Mercury represents a health hazard because it is poisonous when introduced into the air or blood. Free mercury can be in the form of vapor or liquid droplets. The greatest danger of mercury toxicity comes when the vapor is inhaled. This can occur when the dentist is mixing the alloy. Also, some people can be allergic to mercury, however this condition is very rare. To minimize exposure, amalgams come in pill form. A machine mixes the content without opening the pill. When the dentist accesses it, the mixture is ready to be placed in the tooth. Dentists also use techniques to isolate the tooth that is being […]
Lumineers in Costa Rica
3 June 2015
Lumineers are a modern way of getting dental veneers and preserving the tooth structure. This modern addition for cosmetic dentistry is an exclusive product of the DenMat Lab. Lumineers are a very thin type of a porcelain dental veneer, comparable in thickness to a contact lens. The approximate thickness for this type of veneer is of 0.2mm although it may vary according to each case. A dental veneer is a highly polished layer of porcelain or composite that is bonded to the surface of the front teeth, to improve aesthetics. They deliver great results when teeth appear stained, worn or chipped, with structural defects or in unflattering positions. Lumineers can also fix all of these conditions when the patient’s case allows it. It is possible to remove Lumineers , and the teeth will look just like before. How does it work? The method for a common veneer is to grind down the enamel surface (outer white layer of teeth), to make space for the veneer to be placed. Anesthesia is commonly needed for this part of the procedure. The veneer is built in a dental laboratory, and on a further appointment, after a few aesthetic checks, it is finally bonded. […]
Care for Dentures
2 June 2015
Dentures are removable or fixed dental prosthesis that need proper care to be preserved in good condition and to last many years. Total or Partial Removable Dentures Dentures are a prosthetic option for individuals who have lost all of their teeth. Having a total or partial denture may never replace natural teeth, but it allows the patient to eat, talk and smile with confidence. Dentures need to be removed daily. Many people fail to do so, because having them out of the mouth makes them feel insecure. However, it is very important for the soft tissues of the mouth to not be covered by the denture all of the time otherwise, oral thrush and other conditions may appear. Thrush is a fungal infection of the tissues by Candida Albicans and it is called candidiasis. It causes white patches in the mouth, and sometimes a white discharge and itch may occur. Thrush is commonly located on the roof of the mouth where the denture covers it, but it may also appear on the tongue or cheeks. When these patches are wiped off, they may leave a red or bloody surface. Therefore, treatment is usually in the form of mouth rinses of […]
I Cracked My Tooth. What Should I Do?
14 May 2015
Teeth fractures vary according to many factors including the magnitude and direction of the impact, hardness and shape of teeth, etc. All of the layers of the tooth structure may be impacted by the fracture, and may require restoration treatment. Enamel is the visible white part of teeth, and it is the hardest tissue in the human body. Underneath the enamel, there is the dentin: a softer yellow layer that connects to the core of the tooth. The core is known as the pulp chamber and is the space that holds the blood vessels and nerve endings. Crown Fractures Crown fractures are the most common type of dental fracture, and can range from chipped enamel to chipped enamel and dentin, and exposed pulp. The treatments can range from a small restoration like a composite filling with a special dental material, to performing a root canal and placing a dental crown. Root Fractures Sometimes it may not be obvious that the root is broken, therefore an x-ray is needed to see the full extent of the fracture. Depending on the level of damage, it may be possible to save the tooth. Vertical fractures almost always require replacement with an implant or […]
What is a Dental Crown?
12 May 2015
Dental crowns refer to the area of the teeth that are visible when we smile. Hidden beneath the gums is the root, and like a king’s crown, the dental crown is located on top of each tooth. Crowns are responsible for cutting, crushing and tearing up the food when we eat, while keeping the bite from collapsing when teeth have contact on one another, not to mention the ever important task of maintaining a proper facial profile. When a tooth is lost, other teeth will naturally start to fill the space it creates, causing bite and position problems. Anatomically, a tooth is divided into two parts: the root(s) and the natural crown. Natural crowns are exposed to bacteria and debris in the mouth, and are therefore prone to decay when oral hygiene is poor. Roots can also become affected, leading to periodontal problems. When natural crowns are extensively damaged, fillings are no longer the preferred treatment due to a higher probability of fracture. False or manmade crowns then become the treatment of choice. False crowns are classified according to their extension, which is dictated by the amount of crown damage. Classification is as follows: ½ crown ¾ crown 4/5 crown […]
What is the Dental Crown Procedure?
12 May 2015
When natural teeth are extensively damaged but the root is not decayed, the only way to restore the function and aesthetics is by placing dental crowns. If one or more adjacent teeth are missing, other teeth will naturally start to fill the space it creates, causing bite and position problems. Space can be reduced when crowns have large cavities at the margins. Therefore crown placement is important to preserve the integrity of the dental arch. Crown placement procedure follows a series of steps: The dentist will take impressions (molds) of your current teeth and register your bite. The tooth is ground down, and a more accurate dental impression is taken so that the crown can be built on this cast. Also color for the final crown is chosen. In the lab, the metal core for the crown is built. If the crown chosen is a full ceramic crown, then it is created immediately. Porcelain crowns are handmade using brushes, different colors and baking the porcelain multiple times in special furnaces. The metal core is usually tested on the tooth to ensure a good fit. Porcelain is applied on the metal core. Final crown is glued to the tooth to ensure […]
What is the Procedure for Receiving Dental Implants?
7 May 2015
Receiving dental implants is considered a minor dental surgery. Dental implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia, working to minimize or eliminate pain for the patient. Several factors are considered to maximize treatment success including bone quantity, proximity to important anatomic structures and stability. Implants should not be a treatment planned for young individuals when their growth has not yet been completed. First surgery If any pieces of the tooth remain intact, these pieces are extracted and the socket is cleaned and prepared for receiving the implant. The next step is creating space for the implant and placing it in the jawbone. After the implants have been inserted, the patient must wait several weeks, often 3-4 months to allow the tissues to heal and for the implants to become integrated within the bone. There will be only one surgery if the implant is non-submerged. Second surgery In some cases a second surgery needs to be performed in order to place abutments in the implants. During this procedure the implant is uncovered to make sure there is access to it and the abutment is inserted. This is done when the implants are submerged. Another period of healing is needed at this […]
Is It Worth It To Travel To Costa Rica for One Dental Implant?
24 April 2015
It’s no secret that dental implants are less expensive in Costa Rica than in the United States. In general, dental costs in Costa Rica are 50% to 70% lower than the costs in the US. This is one of the reasons why Americans are flying to San Jose, the capital of this Central American country, to get their dental care. But what if you only need one dental implant? While the dental implant costs less, the trip to Costa Rica involves traveling to the country twice, with the usual costs associated, such as plane tickets, hotel rooms, and meals. This question is not as simple as it seems. Dental implant prices can vary widely in the United States from area to area and from dentist to dentist (general practitioners tend to refer patients to oral surgeons, periodontists, or prosthodontists, who will charge more). Also, the material of the crown will affect its price. Obviously, the best materials will be more expensive. Having said that, let’s put some numbers to it. The average cost of a dental implant in the United States involves the implant, which will vary from $2,000 to $3,000, plus the abutment and crown, which can vary from […]
Affordable All-on-Six System Implants in Costa Rica
24 April 2015
An implant-supported bridge or full denture is a great alternative for replacing large sections of missing teeth. The six-implant system (All-on-Six) is designed for patients whose alveolar bone has been naturally reduced over time due the absence of teeth. To maximize the available bone, six implants are strategically placed in areas of the mouth where sufficient bone height and volume can be found. After implants are successfully inserted and bonded to the bone, a new denture can be created that will rest on the implants permanently. There are many benefits of All-on-six implants: Ability to eat and speak is greatly improved. No need to remove it at night. Nothing to accidentally misplaced. Easy to clean. It looks natural and, over time, it feels natural. Excellent longevity. Self-confidence is significantly regained. Fixed dental appliances can be very expensive in the United States. Don’t be surprised if you get quotations of tens of thousands of dollars, especially in big cities. High prices have forced many Americans to live with their old dentures and in some cases to go without any type of replacement apparatus. You don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability in Costa Rica. Many dentists are top-notch professionals in their […]
24 April 2015
There are plenty of methods to improve the appearance of teeth. Among the non-invasive methods, one of the most popular is professional dental whitening. Professional dental whitening uses a whitening agent such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in different concentrations. These compounds release oxygen molecules that force stain molecules out of the tooth by breaking their molecular bonds. Not all types of stains can be removed with this method, depending on their nature. Stains can be classified as intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains Intrinsic stains come from the inside of the tooth and can be caused by many factors, such as abnormalities in the development of the tooth during early stages, excessive ingestion of fluorides, loss of vitality, etc. Intrinsic stains are hard to eliminate and in this case, teeth whitening can be shown to diminish their appearance. Internal bleaching is another option to consider in these cases. Extrinsic stains Extrinsic stains are the more common type, and they are also the easiest to remove. Periodic cleanings and polishing performed by your dentist can help, but whitening treatment delivers the best results. Types of whitening treatments In-office whitening treatment Light activated whitening is a popular in-office method. This includes […]
Are Dental Implants Worth The Wait?
24 April 2015
Dental implants are popular with both patients and dentists thanks to the benefits they offer, which typically last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many American patients seeking affordable implants in Costa Rica get discouraged when they learn that the procedure to get dental implants typically takes several months and requires two trips to Costa Rica. This is because after the first visit and surgery, a patient might have to wait up to six months to get the second part of the treatment. As a result, American patients might decide that the procedure is not worth the time or the trouble. They may choose to “make do,” hoping they can “get by” without the teeth they are missing or settle for a less desirable procedure such as a bridge that involves grinding down healthy teeth. However, this is usually not a good decision. First of all, a missing tooth creates the risk of losing even more teeth for one or more reasons. Absent teeth leave a gap that may cause other teeth to shift and move their position. The changes in tooth position may also cause malocclusions (changes in the bite), which may lead to the fracture of other teeth. Also, teeth […]
Types of Dental Implants
24 April 2015
Dental implants are a prosthetic option for replacing missing teeth. They are popular among patients and dentists alike because they not only look and feel like natural teeth, but also because they offer great stability and strength. Generally speaking, dental implants can be cared for just the same as normal teeth. An implant is basically a screw that is inserted into the jawbone, and once it has been successfully bonded to the bone (this process is called osseointegration), it is ready to have a crown placed on top of it or, if several implants are placed, they work as abutments so a partial or complete denture can be anchored to it. Types of Implants Dental implant solutions come in four varieties: Single Tooth Implant, the All-on-8 dental implant solution, and its derivative solutions: All-on-6, and All-on-4. Single Tooth Implants These implants usually have a dental crown on top. They resemble natural teeth the most because they are single implants that replace individual teeth that have been lost. When more teeth in the upper or lower jaw are missing, dentists may consider creating a denture supported by implants, to ensure stability and confidence for the user. Dental implant solutions come in […]
Am I a Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
24 April 2015
Not every patient is a good candidate for receiving dental implants. There are many factors your dentist will consider after a careful evaluation of your case. But here are some details you might want to know: 1. Available Jawbone Space Regardless if you are getting implants in the upper or lower jaw, there are vital structures that must be protected such as the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw and the inferior alveolar nerve in the lower jaw. This is why there has to be sufficient bone height to place the implant(s). This consideration requires x-rays and your dentist will be responsible for assessing the space availability. 2. Smoking If you are a smoker, you might want to consider quitting for a while. Smoking adversely affects the healing process of the bone and tissue. You should be able to discuss with your dentist about this matter if you’re serious about getting dental implants. 3. Location Not all locations in the jawbone are suitable for implants. There could be irregularities of the bone and other structures keeping your from being a good candidate. Also, different locations have different success rates. The evaluation done by your dentist will help you find the […]
23 April 2015
Getting porcelain veneers is one of the most popular dental treatments for improving the beauty of your teeth. It is a relatively simple procedure that results in an amazing, beautiful smile. Veneers allow dentists to modify the shape and appearance of the front teeth and allow patients to whiten their teeth permanently. Veneers are like fake nails for teeth because they are a thin, whitish layer of composite or porcelain that changes the appearance. However, veneers are carefully customized for you and they are generally made out of porcelain or ceramic. The Veneers Procedure 1. Your dentist will evaluate if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers or composite veneers. Dental models (molds) of your teeth will be taken for further study of your case. 2. Once your case is approved, shape and color must be chosen. 3. The next step is to grind down the superficial layer of enamel on your existing teeth in order to make space for the veneer. The color choice is also reconfirmed at this stage. In some cases, veneers can be placed without the need to grind down the surface. 4. A mold of your teeth must be taken so that the veneer […]
23 April 2015
Composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers, but they differ in the material used. Composite is dental resin commonly used for fillings. A special, highly esthetic resin is chosen for veneers to allow for a highly polished finish. Veneers are like fake nails for teeth because they are a thin, whitish layer of composite or porcelain that changes the appearance. However, veneers are carefully customized for you regardless of the material used. Indirect Veneers This procedure is almost the same as porcelain or ceramic veneers. Indirect veneers are made using the molds of your teeth. Because this process takes two appointments, provisional veneers are also required. The veneers will be permanently glued on the second appointment. Direct Veneers When doing direct veneers, every tooth is treated individually or in small sections because the surface of the enamel must be reduced and the composite veneer is put on afterwards. Upon placement of the individual veneers, they are polished to make each tooth look natural.
All Ceramic Crowns
23 April 2015
All ceramic or all porcelain crowns are a natural looking, aesthetically pleasing option for restoring teeth that have been seriously compromised and cannot be restored with simple resins. The procedure for placing all ceramic crowns is similar to any kind of dental crown, it is almost the same as porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns (PFMs). However, teeth must meet minimum height and position requirements in order to qualify for crown placement. As the name states, all ceramic crowns lack the metal core PFMs have. This core is meant to hold the porcelain and it greatly reduces its brittleness. This does not mean that all ceramic crowns will easily break or fail, but it is known that they have low flexural strength and have a tendency to fracture more easily than metal based crowns. On the other hand, ceramic crowns are highly aesthetic and provide a natural look. This is why ceramic crowns are favorites among those concerned with having the perfect smile.
Are You Qualified for a Full-Mouth Restoration?
26 February 2015
For many people, a full-mouth restoration (also called a full-mouth reconstruction) is nearly miraculous. Full-mouth restorations are complex procedures that restore a patient’s full chewing capacity, while providing the patient with a complete set of beautiful, functional teeth. A full-mouth restoration makes it possible for someone with a mouth that is painful or disfigured with diseased, missing or damaged teeth—whether from trauma or neglect—to be made healthy and whole again. Unfortunately, not everyone can qualify for a full mouth restoration. Your dentist may require you to take some tests to establish the viability of the procedure. In addition, he or she will talk to you about your oral condition, your general health condition, and the lifestyle that you lead, in order to establish whether you can obtain a full-mouth restoration. In some cases, some changes will be asked of you, for example, to stop taking a certain medication or to explore with your doctor the possibility of taking a different one, modify, stop, or start an exercise program, or to make a change in diet. By far, the most common factor that may disqualify a patient is smoking. Smoking before, during, and after the procedure greatly increases the chances of […]
Full Mouth Restorations: Restoring More Than Your Ability to Chew
26 February 2015
Full mouth reconstructions (also called full mouth restorations) are a complex series of dental procedures typically used for people who have lost all or almost all of their teeth. One of the primary purposes of full mouth reconstruction is to restore a patient’s lost chewing ability. Nevertheless, a full mouth restoration also carries significant psychological benefits for the patient. These benefits should be considered as part of the overall value of this dental work. There are dramatic difference in prices for full mouth restorations, with pricing often predicated on where you live. The US and Canada have some of the highest prices in the world. There are significantly more affordable high-quality options in Costa Rica. Many patients report a drastic increase in their self-esteem after a full mouth restoration. Of course, since teeth are an important feature of the face, any patient that goes from no teeth to restored teeth will look better and this is a major factor in the positive outcomes people report. People feel better because they look better. In addition to being able to eat nearly any type of food—a happy result of having strong new teeth that are permanently affixed to implants that have become […]
What’s Behind Cosmetic Dental Procedures?
27 January 2015
Cosmetic dental procedures are services that many Americans seek. But for many, these procedures aren’t affordable because they’re not typically covered by dental insurance. The same cosmetic procedures are available from highly trained dentists in Costa Rica making it a popular destination for those who want to improve the appearance of their smile. Since the procedures are typically complex enough to justify the trip, it’s important to understand what factors must be considered when designing sophisticated dental restorations and smile enhancements. Aesthetic considerations are definitely important. Here are some of the main considerations in cosmetic dentistry: Lips In order for your dental solution to look good, dentists have to take into account your lips. Like people, lips come in different forms, colors, and sizes, and thus dental solutions have to take them into account in order to be a perfect fit. Lips might affect the form, size, and color of the dental restoration. Ideally, dental work should consider both a closed mouth and smiling lips when designing dental solutions. Vertical Symmetry Vertical symmetry is evaluated by what is known as a midline: an imaginary vertical line that separates your front teeth. This line helps dentists design solutions that will make […]
All-on-4: Not a One Size Fits All Solution
27 January 2015
All-on-4 solutions are dental restorative processes that involve inserting dental implants in one of the jaws of a patient in order to provide support for a bridge with prosthetic teeth. An All-on-4 dental procedure is typically used when a patient has lost several teeth in one of his or her jaws. Nevertheless, while being one of the most efficient and convenient treatments for tooth loss, All-on-4 solutions are not for everyone. First, there are some health conditions or lifestyle choices that may disqualify or prevent patients from getting the procedure. Cancer and diabetes for example, might mean that a patient would need another method for replacing teeth. Since All-on-4 solutions involve surgery, patients that can’t have surgery will usually not be able to receive an All-on-4 treatment. A common problem that prevents a patient from having surgery is blood issues, such as the inability to coagulate. Regarding lifestyle choices, by far the most common impediment to getting an All-on-4 solution is smoking. Smoking is highly correlated to infections in the mouth after surgery. Patients who smoke might lose the dental implants very soon after the surgery. A period of non-smoking both before and after the treatment is necessary for the […]
Will Insurance Cover All-on-6 Dental Solutions?
27 January 2015
When a patient loses many teeth, All-on-6 solutions and their related procedures, All-on-4 and All-on-8, are perhaps the most effective treatments for restoration. They are permanent, feel and look like real teeth and are stable and strong. However, it is just natural for patients to wonder about the price of the procedure and whether it is covered under their dental insurance plan. Well, the answer is yes and no. Most dental insurance policies do cover All-on-6 dental solutions. However, they almost never cover the whole treatment. At best, the dental insurance policy works as a “discount coupon” that will reduce the cost of the procedure. Exactly how much the reduction in cost would be will depend greatly on your specific dental insurance. Unfortunately, even with the discount, many people find that they are unable to afford the procedure. This is the main reason why All-on-6 solutions are still rare in the United States. Instead, many people of modest means are either encouraged to obtain dentures instead or they just go without any treatment at all. We recommend that every patient consult with their insurance company and your dentist about what the actual cost of the procedure will be for you. […]
Full Mouth Restoration: The Procedures
27 November 2014
Full mouth restorations are exactly what they sound like: a group of dental procedures that fully restore teeth for people that have lost all or almost all of their teeth. Full mouth restorations are perhaps the most customized of dental solutions. Each patient is different and there is no standard treatment that is used for every single case. Each patient has to be evaluated by a dentist and then a course of action, typically involving several procedures is set. What procedures will be selected will depend greatly on many factors, including the number of teeth lost, the level of damage to the teeth, whether any remaining teeth are worth saving, the placement of both the lost and the remaining teeth, the structure of the jawbone, as well as any other health conditions or lifestyle choices that may affect the procedures, such as diabetes or smoking. Here’s a list of the most common procedures involved in full mouth restorations. Dental Implants Dental implants are the best way to restore lost teeth. They are a type of artificial screw that’s inserted into the jawbone. The material of the screw eventually fuses with the bone and gives the implant strength and stability. When […]
Dental Tattoos on Crowns
13 November 2014
Crowns are the most common devices for dental restoration. They are used when the tooth has received extensive damage, such as when the top of the tooth has been lost due to disease or trauma. They are also used to replace teeth that have been lost. When used in this way, the crown is typically mounted on top of a dental implant or on a bridge that in turn is mounted on dental implants. Crowns are popular because they work. They are strong, stable, long lasting and they look like natural teeth. And now, many people are getting tattoos on their crowns. The tattoo designs that you can get on your crowns are impressive. For example, they can be complex and multi-colored. Basically, you can get any design you want. However, keep in mind that the area that they’re going to cover is very small, so a design with a lot of detail on your computer screen might not be as impressive when reduced to the size of a crown. There are two types of dental tattoos: temporary and permanent. Temporary tattoos are applied directly to your natural teeth and wear off over a period of time. (Normally they do […]
What is an Implant-Supported Dental Bridge?
13 November 2014
An implant supported dental bridge is a dental structure used to replace a great number of teeth that have been lost to disease or trauma. It is used on patients who have very few teeth and is considered by most dental professionals to be a much better solution than the old-fashioned denture. What makes the implant-supported bridge a better solution is its stability, strength and natural looks. These bridges are based on the principle of osseo-integration, which is the fusion of the implant with the bone in the jaw. This means that the implant literally becomes part of the bone, and therefore has the full strength and stability of natural teeth. In addition, an implant-supported dental bridge is permanently “fixed.” Unlike a denture, there is no need to take it out each night for cleaning. You will just have to brush your teeth as you normally would and visit your dentist once or twice a year. Moreover, there is no risk that such a bridge would shift out of place and need to be taken out or adjusted, like a denture. As if that weren’t enough, an implant-supported dental bridge looks and feels like your own natural teeth. After a […]
Pros and Cons of All-on-4 Dental Implant Solutions
12 November 2014
All-on-4 dental implant solutions are one of the most complete solutions for patients with extensive tooth damage or missing teeth. However, there is no solution that can be applied to every person in every situation. This article will help you weigh the pros and cons. Before deciding whether to get an all-4 dental implants solution or not, take a moment and consider the advantages and disadvantages that this type of solution offers you. If you have questions or doubts, or just need more information, feel free to consult one of dentists found on this site. Advantages Dental implant solutions are extremely stable. In fact, dental implants are almost as stable as natural teeth. Dental implants are literally integrated into your jawbone. They allow you to move your mouth naturally, both in speech and chewing, without any worry that anything might come out of place. Dental implants are durable and resistant. All-on-4 dental implant solutions will allow you to eat any type of food you want. There is no need to avoid certain types of food. Dental implants are easy to maintain. Implants don’t require much more care than regular brushing and one or two visits to the dentist per year […]
Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica
20 June 2014
What is Cosmetic Dentistry Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that strives to improve the appearance of the teeth. Many dental boards don’t accept cosmetic dentistry as a dental specialty, although many dental schools and professionals specialize in the area. In almost every country, a person needs to be a certified dentist in order to practice cosmetic dentistry. Also, cosmetic procedures can be combined with other dental procedures that aim at restoring the functions of the teeth. Treatments that are done for restoration purposes typically fall within this mixed category. There are many procedures practiced in cosmetic dentistry. The most common ones are: Teeth Whitening: A procedure that returns discolored teeth to their natural color. Teeth Reshaping: A procedure that removes part of the enamel from teeth that have received damage in order to improve their appearance, often paired with restoration procedures. Bonding: A procedure that uses a quick-hardening dental material to reconstruct part of a tooth. The material can then be subject to shaping. Bridge: A device that is used to replace teeth by putting the replacement teeth on a structure that is attached to the teeth on each side of a gap. Veneer: A procedure that applies […]
3 June 2014
Reconstructing mouths that have suffered extensive or total tooth loss is not easy. There are many solutions for restoring the teeth in this situation and one of them is implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported over dentures are based on the same principle as dentures, except that they are attached to the top end of implants instead of placed over the gums, like regular dentures. This makes them more stable, less prone to movement and it eliminates the need of a top that covers the roof of the mouth. For these reasons, implant-supported over dentures are more practical and feel more like natural teeth. The procedure to get an implant-supported over dentures takes some time. Because it requires surgery and the integration of implants with the bone, it may take a few months. It also requires enough strong bone, although this can be solved with bone grafting if the dental surgeon thinks it’s needed. Advantages More stable. Less prone to movement. Eliminates the need of a top that covers the roof of the mouth. The procedure starts with a visual examination of the mouth and x-rays. Depending on the patient’s conditions, further tests may be needed. The dentist may want the patient’s dental […]
Dental Crowns in Costa Rica
15 May 2014
Dental crowns are used to reconstruct teeth that have been greatly damaged but are still complete and healthy enough to preserve. For example, a tooth with extensive decay caused by caries may be a candidate for a crown. Crowns are also used as part of other types of dental reconstruction, such as bridges and implants or restorations after root canal therapy. Crowns are produced in laboratories with molds that a dentist prepares. They are placed on top of the tooth and glued to it with a specific type of dental cement. Depending on their material, there are different types of crowns. Metal Metal crowns are made with metal alloys. Common metals used in these alloys are chromium, gold, nickel, and palladium. They are very resistant to wear and tear, although they do not resemble natural teeth. Unless the patient doesn’t mind the aesthetics of metal crowns, they are used mostly for teeth that are regularly out of sight, like the deep molars. Price They are very reasonably priced in Costa Rica, while crowns can be terribly expensive in the United States. Stainless Steel Stainless steel crowns are not as resistant as other crowns, but they are cheap and practical in […]
Dental Bridges Available in Costa Rica
30 April 2014
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, when left unchecked, it can lead to the loss of several teeth. Bridges are one of the solutions for replacing lost teeth, especially if the gaps are close to each other. Dental Bridges A bridge is a dental prosthesis that consists of one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. It is preferred sometimes to implants because it doesn’t require surgery or waiting several months. However, unlike implants, a bridge often requires the side teeth to be reduced or adapted, which might not be convenient if the side teeth are healthy and in good condition. Bridges that are attached to implants are also popular these days. There are several types of bridges. The most common ones are: Traditional Bridge It is the most common type of bridge. The bridge is attached to the side teeth and it has a crown or other type of restoration that replaces the missing tooth. Cantilever Bridge A cantilever bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge, except that it’s attached to only one of the side teeth, typically because there is no other tooth on the […]
Types of Implants Available in Costa Rica
28 April 2014
Dental implants are metallic posts that are inserted into the jawbone through dental surgery. After a while, they fuse with the bone, a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, the implant can be used as an extremely stable base for something else, usually a crown. In some cases, several dental implants can be used as a base for a bridge. There are several types of dental implants. Your dentist can help you select the best one for your case, depending on your specific needs. The following are types of implants: Endosteal Implants Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant. They consist on a metal structure that resembles either a screw or a nail. They are typically made of titanium or ceramic. They are recommended in cases where the jawbone is healthy and strong. Subperiosteal Implants In some cases, the jawbone is not strong or thick enough to support an endosteal implant. In such cases, the dentist uses a subperiosteal implant instead. A subperiosteal implant consists of a metal frame that’s inserted under the gum tissue and attached to the jawbone. It has one or more posts that serve as a base for crowns or other structures. […]
Dental Rehabilitation: All-on-Four Implants
23 April 2014
Removable Dentures are Being Replaced by All-on-4 Unfortunately, some people lose several teeth. When the number of teeth lost is considerable and the missing teeth were on the same side of the mouth, a denture was typically used. Today, removable dentures are being replaced by sets composed of a bridge with implants. One of the most common of these sets is the all-on-four solution, a bridge that is supported by four implants. The main reason both dentists and patients prefer a bridge over a denture is because a bridge is fixed, while a denture is removable. An all-on-four solution doesn’t have to be taken out for cleaning every night. It stays in place and it is cleaned mostly like natural teeth, although regular visits to the dentist that include cleaning are still necessary. An all-on-four solution doesn’t get loose during conversations or meals. After a couple of weeks, the patient doesn’t even feel that the new bridge is any different from natural teeth. Most importantly, it never needs to be pulled out in public, a situation that many people who use dentures fear. The procedure requires at least two visits. During the first one, the dental surgeon will evaluate your […]
Costa Rica Cosmetic Dentistry
25 March 2014
Cosmetic Dentistry We see fashion models and big movie stars posing for the cameras all the time. What do most of them have in common? The answer is…picture perfect smiles. All of us want to have straight white teeth. This is where “Cosmetic dentistry” comes in. Cosmetic Dentistry, by definition, is the term used to refer to any and all kind of dental work that is used with the aim of improving the appearance of one’s teeth. There have been some controversies regarding whether cosmetic dentistry is a formal specialty or not. Still, many dentists practice the art of creating the perfect smile and promote themselves as Cosmetic Dentists all over the world. Costa Rica however is the grand capital for cosmetic dentistry and has been a dental leader for many years. Costa Rica has thousands of cosmetic dentists who, with their extensive experience, have mastered the art of cosmetic dentistry. They also possess the latest equipment and technology needed to produce effective and beautiful permanent results. Costa Rica maintains strict dental care standards. Additionally, most dentists adhere to the strict sanitary and sterilization guidelines established by the American Dental Association in order to promote patient safety. As a result […]
Costa Rica Dental Implants
25 March 2014
Your oral health is a window to your overall health. You need to take good care of your teeth in order to protect your rest of the body. But sometimes disease or an unfortunate injury may cause you to lose one or more teeth. For many, dental implants are a good option. It’s helpful to know that Costa Rica has become a global leader in dental implants. Dental tourism is a hot trend because treatment abroad offers comparable quality, is relatively cheap and provides patients with the backdrop for a little vacation time. Medical Tourism in Costa Rica provides affordable, high-quality healthcare, and a world-class vacation experience in beautiful Costa Rica. There are thousands of dentists in Costa Rica that provide dental implant services. Costa Rica Dental Guide is here to help you find the right dentist for your needs. What is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which is placed into your jaw to support and hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are used when you have lost a tooth or teeth due to some disease or injury. There are two types of dental implants. Endosteal implants are inserted in the bone. Subperiosteal […]
High Quality Dental Crowns
25 March 2014
Costa Rica is a recognized global center for high quality dentistry, with highly skilled dentists that utilize cutting edge dental technology. If you are looking for dental crowns at affordable prices, Costa Rica may be the place for you. A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape and strength and improve its appearance. A dental crown might be a good option for you if you suffer from the following conditions: Cracked tooth: A dental crown will protect it from decaying or from breaking. Severely worn out tooth: A dental crown will protect the tooth from increased wear. When not much tooth is left: A dental crown covers the tooth. A crown will hold a dental bridge in the right place. A crown is used to improve the appearance of a tooth or cover a dental implant. A crown must be placed on a tooth or implant with a long dental root that will hold the gums and bone firmly. This root acts as pillar of the renovation. If the root is too short, the restoration might not be successful. Healthy gums are also significant […]
What are Hybrid Over Dentures?
5 March 2014
Hybrid Over Dentures Over dentures are prosthetic teeth manufactured to fit over remaining natural teeth or, if necessary, implants. The support for the over denture comes from the roots of natural teeth or the implants. The hybrid over denture is generally used when most, if not all, of the natural teeth are missing. Dentists also recommend hybrid over dentures when there is a high level of jaw bone loss and the patient cannot support a full denture. Hybrids are manufactured from acrylic with a titanium bar or stud fixing. They are called hybrids because they are a combination of fixed teeth or implants and a removable over denture. When a hybrid over denture is used on teeth, these are subjected to root canal treatment and are reshaped so that the over denture can be fitted to them. Metal caps, or copings, cover these teeth, to avoid erosion of the natural tooth. When a hybrid over denture is used on implants, the dentist inserts between 4 and 6 implants into the jawbone. The dentist also inserts connectors into the over denture, using these to fix it to the implants after they have properly healed. There are 2 types of hybrid over […]
Having Your Teeth Whitened in Costa Rica
3 March 2014
Teeth Whitening Dental care is expensive and people who need treatment in the United States often go without it because they can’t afford it. When they can, they obviously go for treatment that restores the natural functions of the mouth, and very seldom do they opt to have cosmetic procedures, like teeth whitening. However, with the advent of dental tourism in Costa Rica, more and more Americans are able to get the dental care they need to restore lost speech and chew functionality AND get their teeth whitening at the same time, all with the same level of quality and service that they’d get from dentists in the USA. How Teeth Whitening Is Done Like any dental procedure, whitening requires an evaluation from the dentist that will help him or her decide if the patient is a candidate and the scope of the work. More specifically, the dentist will evaluate the state of teeth and the gums. Some x-rays may be needed if the dentist suspects there is tooth damage (which will disqualify you for teeth whitening until the problem is addressed). If there is suspicion of allergies or if the patient has had specific conditions on his or her […]
Understanding Porcelain Veneers
2 March 2014
Quality Porcelain Veneers People that suffer dental trauma or need work that requires drilling to the surface of the tooth may be prime candidates for dental veneers. While health benefits always take priority with your teeth, how your teeth look is important as well. When your teeth don’t look good, you feel self-conscious and you may have a hard time laughing or speaking in front of other people. In some cases, people even avoid smiling around others because of this embarrassment. Depending on your dental needs, porcelain veneers may be the best option for you, especially if the affected teeth are at the front, where they’re the most visible. Sadly, the rising costs of dental care in the United States make them unaffordable for many people, which is one reason why some of them visit Costa Rica for porcelain veneers. Other reasons many are delighted with Costa Rica for dental care are: the quality of the dental care is on a par with that of care in the US, the staff is typically fluent in English, and Costa Rica is an ideal vacation destination. What Are Veneers? A veneer is a “cover” for a tooth. It is used for both […]
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants in Costa Rica
27 February 2014
Patients from the USA, Canada and around the world are heading to Costa Rica to obtain dental implants that they can’t afford at home. High quality care and significant savings are among the best reasons to get dental implants in Costa Rica. But before talking more about these benefits, let’s explain what implants are. High Quality Dental Implants Dental implants are surgical components inserted into the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, or to act as an orthodontic anchor. In simpler terms, a dental implant is a structure attached to the jaw that is used as the base for an artificial tooth or teeth. Dental implants are one of the best solutions for people who have lost permanent teeth due to accidents, periodontal disease or another cause. The main disadvantage of a dental implant is its cost, which tends to be very high in the United States. Implants are often not covered by health or dental insurance. Because of the high cost of implants, and the fact that a missing tooth is not a life-threatening condition, many Americans have simply learned to live without these teeth. But when missing […]
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