In the immortal words of the Little Orphan Annie, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.”
But if your teeth are damaged, missing, or discolored, smiling can be embarrassing. Your bad smile can lower your self-esteem, which can hurt your success in business, lead to failure in romance, and cause depression.
Fixing your smile can do more than making it easier to eat apples: it can increase confidence and help you feel better about yourself.
Modern dentistry has made it easier than ever to get a full mouth restoration without awkwardly fitting dentures or obvious crowns.
But there’s one catch: American dentists are expensive. Dental implants can cost over $4,000 per tooth.
It might be worth it to change your life, but not many of us have that much extra cash lying around.
But don’t worry: there’s a way to get the same service at a fraction of the cost…a Costa Rica full mouth restoration.
If you pay attention to the news at all, you’re probably aware that the United States has the highest healthcare costs in the world.
In many cases, it’s cheaper to pay for a plane ticket to another country, get the procedure done there, and fly back after you’ve recovered.
That’s true of so many cases that there’s a word for it: “medical tourism.” And it’s been growing in popularity.
Many countries, such as Costa Rica, have comparable medical care to the United States, at a fraction of the cost.
It’s especially popular for dental procedures. In fact, Costa Rica has been a popular destination for dental tourism since the 1970s.
While a number of dental procedures bring patients to the country, Costa Rica full mouth restoration is especially popular.
Have you been dreaming of getting that perfect smile, but the price of the procedures are more than you can afford? A Costa Rica full mouth restoration is your ticket to the smile you’ve always wanted.
Costa Rica Full Mouth Restoration Procedures
In centuries past, false teeth were carved out of wood, ivory, or even other people’s teeth.
More recently, dentures and dental bridges have been the go-to techniques for tooth replacement.
These days, there are a number of different procedures a dentist might use to repair your smile, depending on the kind and extent of your smile’s damage.
One of the most tried-and-true methods of tooth replacement is the crown.
A crown is essentially a false tooth that fits over the existing tooth. For a crown to work, the tooth needs to have a healthy root. Crowns are usually used when a tooth is cracked or discolored.
In a dental crown, the existing tooth is not extracted. Instead, the tooth is “shaved down” and the crown is cemented on top of it.
Crowns are made out of a number of different materials, but the most effective are coated with ceramic.
Dental crowns can be either permanent or temporary. Temporary crowns are usually used to help the teeth align properly before a permanent crown is installed.
Crowns are the most common form of tooth repair because it is noninvasive and effective. Many Costa Rica full mouth restoration packages primarily use crowns to build a new smile.
If a tooth is not as badly damaged, your dentist might use a dental veneer.
Dental veneers are similar to crowns, except they don’t go over the entire tooth. Instead, the veneer only covers the front of the tooth that people see.
Veneers are used to repair cosmetic damage only. If you have several missing or cracked teeth, your dentist likely won’t use veneers.
If a tooth is entirely missing–or if you have multiple missing teeth–you won’t be able to get a crown.
Instead, you might be able to get a dental bridge.
In a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of an empty space are prepared as if they are getting a crown. These teeth are called “pillars.”
Then, the pillars are “crowned” with a special prosthetic that covers the missing teeth. This prosthetic is anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap.
A dental bridge is a popular choice because it requires no surgery and looks very natural.
While bridges are a popular choice, they aren’t perfect. Because the bridge is not connected to the jawbone, the bone may deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation.
That is not an issue with dental implants.
Implants are considered by most dentists to be the most effective and long-lasting form of tooth repair. But it isn’t easy.
The dentist will remove all parts of the existing tooth and drill into the jaw, removing the root and nerves.
A metal screw is then inserted into the jawbone in place of the roots. A replacement tooth made of dental ceramic, similar to a crown, is then fastened into place.
When completed, a dental implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. And because the jawbone is used as an anchor, you don’t have to worry about bone loss.
Many people go without implants because they are too expensive in the United States. However, the same procedure can be performed in Costa Rica for half the price.
What About Lodging?
You might be ready to book the next flight to San Rafael to come see us for your Costa Rica full mouth restoration, except for one thing.
“Where am I going to stay?”
The stress of finding a hotel and paying for it yourself might be enough to keep you dealing with a bad smile forever.
Ready to Smile?
If you’ve been living with an embarrassing smile for years because of the cost of American dental work, you need a Costa Rica full mouth restoration.
Don’t wait any longer for a beautiful smile. Book your flight and call us today.