Dental implants offer several advantages over other methods of restoration for missing teeth. The primary advantage is that you can eat, drink, smile, and talk in public without worry or self-consciousness. Dental implants also require the same basic maintenance as natural teeth. Patients are encouraged to brush regularly and go for routine dental appointments every six months to maintain the implants and crowns or bridges in good condition.
Dental Implants Success
The success of dental implants is based on their fusion with the jawbone. They literally become part of the bone and this gives them the leverage and strength of natural teeth. In addition, dental implants can be part of a number of solutions that can replace a single tooth, several teeth or an entire upper or lower dental arch.
Regardless of the choice, all dental implants are made with materials designed to resist pressure and wear, typically titanium. A porcelain, zirconia or porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM) is chosen to match the shade of the teeth of the patient. Thus, the crown gives the system the chewing ability, appearance, and resistance of a regular tooth.
However, those advantages aren’t the only ones that dental implants offer. Implants also provide some technical and health advantages. For example, they preserve the bone that would otherwise tend to naturally deteriorate when teeth are lost. They also preserve the integrity of adjacent teeth, since other solutions, such as bridges, call for the modification of the neighboring teeth in order to make the restoration fit. For this reason, dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but they also respect the integrity of the healthy teeth around them.
In addition, the success rate for dental implants is very high, with 95% or more presenting no long-term complications. That rate is even higher than the success rate of other, more traditional procedures. Moreover, dental implants are virtually a lifetime solution. Unless some other bone degradation condition develops later in life, a patient can expect his or her dental implants to be permanent.
Finally, dental implants are cost-effective. Although their price is typically high throughout the USA, patients that choose Costa Rica for dental implants can expect significant savings. Patients are encouraged to choose dental clinics that have a periodontist or a maxillofacial surgeon to place all implants. In Costa Rica, you can expect to find skilled dental specialists with laboratories that uses the same technology that you’d find at home. Most patients report savings 50% to 70% or more when compared to prices in the USA. That’s a bargain for being able to smile confidently or to speak in public without worrying about a missing tooth or a loose denture again.
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