Costa Rica Dental Tourism News – Because of gum disease, sustained injury due to an accident, tooth decay or plain old age all of us have lost a tooth or 2, sometimes even more. However, no matter what the reason is, we all visit a dentist to have those missing teeth replaced.
When deciding on what dental procedure we will undergo, we usually go for something that is cheaper, believing that we are saving money in the process; in other words we opt to get dental bridges or dentures to replace our missing teeth instead of the more reliable dental implant procedure.
Depending on the type and quality, the cost of dentures can run from $500 to $2,500 or more, per piece for the upper or lower arch.
The cost of dental bridges range from $250 -$500 for each attaching wing and $600 -$1,200 for each false tooth, or $850 -$1,200 for one false tooth with two metal wings and $1,700 -$2,900 with two false teeth. A three-unit bridge can cost anywhere from $500 -$1,500 per tooth (unit), or $1,500 -$4,500 but can go as high as $6,000 -$9,000. The most expensive type is the four-unit bridge (two false teeth, two anchor crowns) that costs about $2,000 -$12,000.
Now compare the above mentioned prices to the price of dental implant. A single dental implant costs around $3000-$3500, which as you can see is a little too pricey. However you can always look to go on a dental vacation to Costa Rica and pay about 30% of that price. Options for Dental Tourism with US trained dentists in Costa Rica is becoming a valid option for many dental implant patients.
However, consider this, the lifespan of dentures and bridges are only for 5 years and if you are lucky may go up to 7 or 8 years. On the other hand dental implants are good for life. So if you lose your teeth at an early age and decided to get dentures or bridges, the amount you would spend for the replacement of those until you get old will be so much more compared to spending one time big time on dental implants.
Aside from cost and length of time it can be used, there are also other benefits dental patients can get from dental implants. So before rushing into a decision you may want to think carefully and consider the things below:
- Dental Implants help prevent bone loss because it preserves and protects the bones on the area where a tooth was extracted. In doing so, the natural strength and shape of the bone and jaw are maintained.
- Dental Implants can restore oral functionality because the patient’s real tooth is replicated in the best way, plus patients can fully enjoy the flavor and taste of food they are eating since the implants do not cover the palate unlike dentures and bridges. Patients won’t also worry that their false teeth will fall off when they eat gummy food or laugh out loud when in public.
- Dental Implants reduce the load on the patient’s remaining teeth since they are attached into the jawbone unlike bridges and dentures that solely depend on the surrounding remaining teeth and gum. Because of this, the neighboring teeth are safe from deterioration from too much strain.
- Dental Implants can improve a patient’s speech in that they do not hinder or affect a person’s speech and articulation. Furthermore, they fill the spaces left by missing tooth and in the process they restore the proper interaction of tongue, teeth and lips when speaking.
There is a lot of information to digest when it comes to preparing for your dental vacation to Costa Rica. Entry requirements to Costa Rica, how to find a dentist or dental clinic, what to expect for your specific procedure and so much more.
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