Dental Implants in Costa Rica

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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. This device is usually made out of titanium metal and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Dental implants act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown or a set of replacement teeth.

What are the benefits of having dental implants?
Dental implants significantly improve the appearance of your teeth and give you back your smile. They are permanent and stable. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

Dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. That is, they do not require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Furthermore, individual implants allow easier access between teeth, thus improving oral hygiene.

Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. They also prevent future bone loss in place of missing teeth.

What is the success rate of dental implants?
The overall success rate for dental implants is 96%. The highest rate of success is for implants which are placed in the front portion of the lower jaw. Here success rate can be as high as 98-100%. Success rates for the front part of the upper jaw range between 90% and 95%. The lowest success rates occur in placement of implants in the back part of the upper and lower jaw. Here the success rates can be in the 85-95% range. It is also worthwhile to note that success rate for individuals who do not smoke is higher than that for people who smoke.

What can go wrong with dental implants?
Very few things can go wrong with dental implants. They can occasionally fail to integrate into the bone and come out. A minor infection or an inflammatory condition in the soft tissue and sometimes in the bone caused by the implant placement is the most common reason of dental implant rejection.

Dental implants rarely fracture or break. There can be problems with the connection between the implant and the prosthesis. There can beDental Implants Screws damage to the nerves in the lower jaw and there can be damage to the maxillary sinus or the nasal cavity.

All of these complications are rare and usually account for less than 5% of all dental implant treatments. These complications can usually be easily corrected.

What happens if your dental implant fails or is rejected?
As stated earlier, occasionally dental implants do fail or as we say they are rejected. In many instances, they can be replaced with another implant, usually of a slightly larger size. We will replace the failed implant at no additional cost to you. For more information on our guarantees, please either visit our Dental Implant Package Information page or contact us on the phone.


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