Costa Rica Dental Tourism – If you have lost a tooth due to an accident, disease or dental decay, you are not in a league of your own. In the United States alone, over 100 million people are reported to have lost 11-15 of their natural teeth and around 20 million people have lost all their natural teeth, according to the American Dental Association.
Researchers and dental care providers claim that when a tooth is lost, the adjoining teeth move to fill the area where the missing tooth used to be at. When this happens there will be gaps in between teeth where food gets trapped and increases the risk of tooth decay, and worse, may cause gum disease. Furthermore, when a tooth is lost, the jawbone deteriorates which in turn results to bone loss; the facial muscle and skin become saggy and make it impossible for the patient to eat and speak.
If you are looking for a way to get your teeth replaced and get back the beautiful smile you lost along with your teeth, there are a number of dental procedures you can choose from that are being offered by dental practitioners; root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants are among the few. Specialists are arguing on which dental procedure is second best but everyone agrees that the best procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth are dental implants.
Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth because the success rate of this procedure is 95% or higher over 10-years time. This success rate is notably higher than all other traditional and known services or therapies.
For patients who are missing a single tooth, an implant and crown can be used to replace it. First, the dentist will place a surgical-grade titanium alloy post (that looks like a screw) into the patient’s jaw. The patient then needs to wait for a couple of months for the implant and surrounding bone to fuse. When this happens the crown is attached to the metal post.
For patients who have lost all of their natural teeth, implant supported dentures is highly recommended. It is somehow similar to a regular dentures in a way that it is used on an individual who doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but that is where their similarities end. Unlike a regular denture that sits atop the gums and is held in place by an adhesive, implant supported dentures snap into metal frameworks anchored to several dental implants that are placed along the jaw to provide better anchor and support.
With the help of implant supported dentures, individuals who have lost their teeth can start enjoying their food once again and regain the confidence they have lost. Other advantages gained by having dental implants are, an improved smile, restored chewing for better digestion and a restored facial structure that allows greater ease when speaking. These combined advantages are not offered by other dental procedures and only come along with dental implants. So, even if you find dental implant procedures that are a little more expensive than the rest, you can be assured that it is well worth your hard-earned money especially when the price of dental implants in Costa Rica are about 50 to 70% off the price in the USA. With it, you can get your life back!
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 ( dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, full mouth restorations and much more) and so much more.
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