Dental implants are the closest approximation to the dream of those who have lost part or all of their teeth, of having a solution to regain their ability to chew, speak and smile that a natural teeth provide.
They are metallic elements that are located through a surgical procedure in the jawbones, under the gums, on which the dentist places fixed crowns or bridges that replace the missing teeth.
With the characteristic fixation of the implants, which prevents the prosthesis from slipping, the irritations and injuries that usually cause the edges of artificial dentures also disappear.
And they have the added advantage that it is not necessary to wear down adjacent teeth, when they still exist, to support the replacement teeth.
Due to the specialized knowledge and the materials used, implants are more expensive than other dental replacement techniques, but the treatment in Costa Rica has attractions that far exceed the dental services available in developed countries.
The materials used are the same; dentists have comparable academic qualifications; but the prices of dental implants established for a similar treatment are substantially cheaper in Costa Rica in relation to countries like the United States.
The figures are overwhelming. While, in Costa Rica, a dental implant costs $ 800 (US dollars), in the United States it ranges between $ 3,000 and $ 4,500 per unit, a price that doubles three or four months later, with the placement of the crown, when the implant it is osseointegrated.
The favorable prices of dental implants and the high quality of the service explain why Costa Rica is one of the main destinations for medical tourism in the world.
Treatment of All on 4
The procedure consists of the implantation of four titanium posts in one jaw (four in the upper one and / or four in the lower one) that are fused with the bone. The new teeth are placed on them, which simulate natural teeth and work perfectly.
Over time, the person forgets that they have dental implants. In order to receive implants, it is necessary for the patient to have healthy gums and adequate bone for implant placement, in addition to assuming the commitment to maintain healthy structures.
Treatment imposes the need for the patient to maintain rigorous oral hygiene and make regular visits to the dentist, to ensure that the implants will fulfill a long-term successful function.