One of the most versatile dental treatments
If you have one or several missing teeth, dental implants are a great option for you. In reality they are one of the most versatile dental treatments available as they permit many variations that adapt to your budget, preferences, medical or anatomical conditions, and professional recommendations. Whether it is a single tooth implant, a three-unit bridge, a removable implant-supported denture (snap in dentures), or permanent denture over implants (All-on-4 or All-on-6), our Team is ready to help you!
Single tooth implant
For one missing tooth, your dental implant will consist of three parts. The implant screw, which will be surgically placed by a dental specialist, will serve as a tooth root. This is the base that will support the full-zirconium crown. The implant is made of 100% tested titanium. The second part is the abutment, also known as post. It screws into the implant and rises up to the surface of your gums. A crown then sits over this titanium support. A completed implant case should include all these components, which are generally charged separately.
Implant-supported fixed bridge
When you are missing three adjacent teeth or when your dentist has advised against a long bridge, a fixed bridge over implants will be the best option. It consists of two implants that will hold a permanent 3-unit full-zirconium bridge. The cost will involve two separate implants, two abutments, and three splinted zirconium units.
Removable Implant-supported Denture
A great alternative to the fixed denture, the implant-retained removable denture (also known as snap-in) uses 2 to 4 implants to increase retention in dentures. Dentures are made of acrylic, known for its flexibility and lightness. The possibility of removing the denture will be of great help in maintaining cleanliness, and since the implants work with locators instead of abutments, they are very affordable.
Fixed implant-supported denture
Known commercially as the All on four or the All on six, the fixed denture is retained permanently by 4,5, or 6 implants as the case permits. It is horseshoe-shaped and made of a high-end triton bar and Crystal Ultra, also known for its incredible esthetics. This will be a great way to replace your teeth permanently, but keep in mind that you must assist regular revisions for professional cleanings, as hygiene is vital for healthy implants.
Why go to Costa Rica for a dental implant?
There are so many reasons to choose Costa Rica Dental Team for your dental implants.
Advantages of the Costa Rica Dental Team
We count with bilingual surgical and restorative specialists accredited by the Costa Rican Board of Dentists who have been trained to work on even the most complex cases.
An experienced practice
Our clinic has been operating for more than 10 years on patients like you, who come from overseas to receive extensive treatment. The Costa Rica Dental Team was actually one of the first clinics in Costa Rica to do so.
An onsite lab
One of the largest dental laboratories operates right on the second floor of our facility. This allows faster turnaround times and greater attention to detail. We will make sure you love your final restoration.
State of the art equipment
For dental implants, we use a 3D computerized tomography that helps us measure your bone density and height. This is vital in implant planning because with it our surgeon knows in what position and angulation to place the implant for the best possible outcome. The surgical guide is then designed and fabricated based on the CT Scan. We will know if you are a candidate for implants and before you come in for surgery! We also use an intraoral scanner that recreates a digital image of your mouth. This increases precision and does away with traditional “putty and tray” impressions.
These efforts combined permit us to have a 95% success rates on our implant cases.
Advantages on your budget
Getting dental implants at Costa Rica can cut expenses in half when compared to treatments elsewhere, and you don’t have to compromise quality to do so. Apart from affordable prices for implants, abutments, and restorations we consider many procedures as inclusive to the treatments. These include the clinical evaluation, periapical and bitewing x-rays, local anesthesia (novocaine), intraoral scanning, models, and transportation from the hotel*. We also offer an incredible warrantee that will take care of any defects in the material or failure of implants.
*Free transportation is available within a certain pickup range. Contact us to make sure your hotel is within range.
Teeth in a Day
Why do we do implants in two stages?
After placement, implants must undergo a process of integration prior to definitive loading. This is a biological process in which bone cells grow around the threads of the implant and become hard bone. It generally takes 4 to 5 months to occur. In the meantime, your implant is only loosely placed and the tissues of your gums are in constant change due to the inflammation of the surgery. There is some misleading information that makes it seem as if there is technology available to receive the implant and the permanent crown or denture on the day of surgery. Although certain biological conditions permit an immediate load, this restoration will only be temporary it will require periodic revisions, and you must return for the final restoration 4-5 months after placement. Since this has an extra cost and does not dispose entirely of the second visit, we prefer to go the safe way, especially with patients who must travel for treatment.
There is no technology that can replace the natural process of osseointegration.
The implant process
The implant process divided into steps.
Step 1: The clinical evaluation
Your dentist will make a thorough exam. She will take x-rays of all your teeth, probe your gums, and record all findings. If you have missing teeth, she will then take a 3D CT Scan. Alongside our surgeon, they will measure your bone density and evaluate the possibility of getting one or several dental implants. With this information, we will present a detailed treatment plan for your approval.
Step 2: Bone preparation
If your bone condition is less than ideal, the surgeon might decide you must undergo some preparation before the implant placement. This might include extractions and bone grafts.
Step 3: Implant planning
Once the grafts have integrated (generally 4-5 months later), a new CT Scan will be taken to verify density again. If satisfactory, one of our technicians will use an implant planning software to create a surgical guide. This includes the protocol of how deep should the implant be drilled into the bone. The technician also informs us of the implant that will be used in surgery.
Step 4: The implant placement
You come to the office and the surgeon will administer local anesthesia on the implant site. He places the surgical guide and uses burs of different length and diameter to drill the implant into position. He uses the protocol as a guide.
Step 5: Interim prosthesis and integration
The implant must be left to integrate for at least 4 months. It undergoes a process called osseointegration in which bone cells grow around the threads and then become hard bone. This is necessary before loading the implant. In the meantime, you will wear an interim prosthetic, which can be either removable or, in some cases, fixed.
Step 6: Final restoration
The dentist will expose the implant, which is now covered by gum tissue, and using an impression coping she will take a final impression. This is sent to the lab and they will fabricate the final restoration. A titanium abutment is installed from the implant and the final restoration permanently placed. If this is a denture, several try-ins will be made prior to final delivery.
Step 7: Maintenance
Implants need an impeccable oral hygiene in order to function properly. We recommend returning to Costa Rica at least once a year for a professional cleaning. Your local dentist can also help in maintaining cleanliness. Failure to do so may result in complications.
Contraindications for dental implants
Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth, but there are some medical or anatomical conditions that can limit candidacy for them. These can endanger the success of the implant or can even pose a risk for your health.
- Recent stroke or severe cardiac insufficiency
- Recent radiotherapy or chemotherapy
- Active cancer
- Osteoporosis or bone conditions
- Certain immunological diseases, including clinical AIDS
- Drug abuse
- Certain mental diseases
- Heavy smoking
- Active infection on implant site
- Active bruxism
- Unformed maxillary or mandibular bone in children
- Bone brittleness due to advanced age
- Insufficient bone structure to support a dental implant
- Collapsed Sinuses
- Poor oral hygiene
Some anatomical contraindications can be removed with certain procedures (bone grafts, sinus lifts) prior to implant surgery. Undergoing these procedures can represent an extra trip to Costa Rica.
Preparing for surgery
Here is a quick checklist to help you prepare for your implant surgery. Remember our surgeries are mostly on Wednesdays.
Inform our surgeon of your list of medications.
Suspend anticoagulant or blood thinner medication a week prior to surgery. Ask your doctor for permission.
If you have been through major surgery before (heart surgery, knee or hip replacement, transplants, among others) take prophylactic antibiotics at least 3 days before surgery.
Suspend alcohol ingest while on antibiotic treatment.
Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication 2-3 days before your surgery. Get the medication and take it as prescribed. Doing so will have an effect on how you will feel after surgery.
After your surgery, you will be under a soft and cold diet for 24 hours. Get ice creams, yogurts, and milkshakes so you can rest on surgery day. Do not forget ice packs and fresh gauze.
Suspend smoking habits. Dental implants and smoking should not go together. Smoking slows recovery and elevates the possibility of infection.
Rest and eat properly. A healthy body propitiates faster healing. Eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
Dental implants enjoy our 10-year warranty. This includes both the implant screw and the restoration.
Once the implant has integrated, it has nowhere to go, but if it does, it will be covered under warranty. We will replace it at no additional cost. If your restoration gets loose, chips, or breaks within a 10-year period we will also fix it.
Some limitations may apply, and these include:
- Implant failure due to heavy smoking.
- Implants or restorations placed elsewhere.
- Implant failure due to poor oral hygiene or to untreated bruxism.
- Bone grafts, block grafts, and sinus lifts are not covered under warranty.
- Uncompleted treatments or failure to return to Costa Rica within recommended timeframes.
- The warranty does not cover hotel and airfare expenses.
- If there has been implant failure, the warranty will be honored with its replacement. There will be no monetary compensations.
10 Year Replacement Guarantee!
We have been placing and restoring BioHorizons dental implants for many years. However, we are able to restore any implant brand whose system is available in the United States. If you have had a dental implant back home and you’d like to restore it with us, please inform us of your implant brand, size, and model prior to your visit. Post operative x-rays and intraoral pictures will be also very helpful to determine the most appropriate abutment for you. We generally have to import these parts, and we prefer to do so time in advance in order to save you days of waiting in Costa Rica. Also, the price of the abutments can vary depending on the brand of your implant. We will be able to set a final price until the abutment order is placed.
Brands we have restored include Zimmer, Intralock, Biomet 3i, Straumann, Nobel Biocare, MIS and Implant Direct.
Contact us now! We can help you find the best solution for your missing teeth, and we can do so at affordable prices.