WILL DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK FOR ME?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, congenital missing teeth or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. We will carefully evaluate if dental implants are a viable solution for you.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The first step is a comprehensive examination of existing teeth, bone and gums. This allows for an accurate diagnosis and discovery of the potential solutions to your condition. After a careful evaluation of your dental and health history, during the first visit, we will do a visual examination, evaluate X-Rays and we take a plaster mold of your teeth. We will then share our findings with you, recommend treatment solutions, and help you determine the most appropriate treatment for you. In addition, any financial matters will be discussed in detail and in a confidential setting before any treatment is started.
IS AGE A PROBLEM FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Virtually anyone over age 18 may be suitable for placement of dental implants. Patients over age 60 show an almost equal success rate as younger patients. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants.
CAN EVERYONE RECEIVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
At present, the knowledge, techniques, and materials available have reduced the proportion of people who are not candidates for dental implants. These restrictions primarily involve serious illnesses that affect general health status. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment. Of course, each patient should be carefully evaluated to determine feasibility.
WHY ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS BETTER THAN OTHER OPTIONS?
Dental implants are the result of the very latest advancements in dental technology, improving the esthetic beauty and functionality of your mouth better than other alternatives. Unlike dentures, they don't have to be removed each night or glued into place every morning. They fit so naturally and are so comfortable that you will soon forget you ever lost your original teeth. Quite simply, dental implants offer the chance to talk, eat and smile with confidence once more.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT?
In most cases there are two stages: first a surgical procedure where dental implants are placed and if necessary, bone graft, and after a period ranging from 2 to 5 months restorations are placed, which can be porcelain crowns or dentures anchored to the dental implants. During this period, we place temporary crowns or temporary dentures.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without mild sedation.
CAN MY BODY REJECT DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is biocompatible metal well tolerated and accepted by the human body. Very rarely, a patient may exhibit an allergic reaction to this metal. On rare occasions, a dental implant does not bond with the bone. If the dental implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then is removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another dental implant can be placed there.
I DON´T HAVE ENOUGH BONE, CAN I REPLACE MY MISSING TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Yes. You have choices. In most cases, we can use advanced surgical techniques such as bone grafts and sinus lift to fill gaps in deficient bone areas to place dental implants there.
CAN I EAT NORMALLY AFTER THE CROWNS ARE FIXED IN THE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
After the placement of dental implants, you can return to your normal life in a few days. When your porcelain crowns are placed and fixed to the dental implants, you can eat immediately in an absolutely normal manner.
WHO CAN PLACE A DENTAL IMPLANT IN MY MOUTH?
An Oral Implantologist places dental implants, performing the entire procedure from beginning to end. Oral Implantology is a highly specialized profession where dentists trained in both dental implant surgery and dental prosthesis restoration are able to perform this specialized treatment. An Oral Implantologist will do both the surgery and the restoration, and there will be only one dentist during the course of treatment.
By contrast, a Maxillofacial Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist is trained to place dental implants, but they do not restore your teeth. They place dental implants in your jaw, and then a Restorative Dentist -called Prosthodontist- completes the process by placing a crowns or overlying appliance in the desired location. In this case, you will have appointments with two dentists during the course of treatment.
WHO CAN RESTORE THE TEETH FIXED ON DENTAL IMPLANTS?
An Oral Implantologist can restore teeth. He is trained to do both the surgery and the restoration in a "one doctor approach".
A Restorative Dentist or a General Dentist can also restore teeth, but will not perform any surgery. Therefore, the surgery and restoration are performed by two different members of the dental profession, in a "two doctor approach".
DO DENTAL IMPLANTS REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?
Like your natural teeth, dental implants require daily cleaning and oral care. In other words, toothbrushing and flossing. The success of your dental implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned and examined by a dentist periodically. Your attention to a regular dental checkout is important.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants.
Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee for attaching the abutments and constructing your replacement teeth. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to examine your mouth.
WHY IN COSTA RICA THE DRASTIC DIFFERENCE IN PRICE?
One likely factor is the cost of infrastructure: facility costs, building and land in particular, is much lower than in the U.S. So is the cost of other overhead items, like insurance, labor, office maintenance, rental and utilities.