As is typical of all medical care, diagnosis is an essential requirement for making therapeutic decisions and the performance of any subsequent procedure.
Since it is a necessary act of compliance in medicine and dentistry, the diagnosis is also part of an implant treatment and the patient’s medical history could not be ignored.
This is the starting point of any diagnosis. It consists of obtaining personal data of the patient and their close relatives, in order to determine the patient’s health status and habits such as alcohol and tobacco consumption.
The aim is to determine what type of diseases and which family and personal dental history can interfere as risk factors for implant surgery and determine possible medical and psychological contraindications.
Simultaneously, dentists perform an extraoral inspection, which consists of observing the lips and teeth (if any) in order to discover possible asymmetries, gummy smiles, loss of tone in the lips and gestures, among other peculiarities.
We also carry out an intraoral inspection to assess the state of the remaining teeth and, among other details, the number, position and shape of the edentulous sections, oral hygiene, the state of the tongue and the floor of the mouth and if it has muscular attachments.
In addition to the review and visual inspection, the diagnosis for the treatment of dental implants in Costa Rica requires the use of radiological techniques. This procedure is necessary to assess the availability of bone for implant placement.
The existing radiological techniques are varied, from retroalveolar radiography (exploration with plates impressed from the outside, by an X-ray machine) and orthopantomography (to obtain a general image of the maxilla, mandible and teeth) to computed tomography.
Among the most accurate diagnostic methods is the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), which provides us with a tomographic image with a different view from conventional images, by showing us the dimensions of the maxillary mandibular bone in three dimensions.
By providing us with greater scientific knowledge of the patient’s structures, the TCCB technique allows us to see important anatomical structures to avoid damage, better determine implant sizes, and make a better implant prognosis.
Even the tomography provides us with information to better analyze the type of bone, the depth and the thickness of the jaw and confirm that there is no pathology, something that cannot be achieved by a simple operiapical (intra-oral) or panoramic radiography.
With such an exact diagnosis, as knowledge and technology allow, we proceed to define the characteristics of the implant.
Although in Costa Rica we have the possibility of making dental implants with various materials, we consider titanium as the element par excellence, because it is light, easily moldable and extremely hard.
We are developing a dental project that works through collaborative payments, and by purchasing the Panoramic Radiography membership, you acquire the possibility of obtaining a digital panoramic radiography once a year or when the specialist requires it, for a period of ten years.