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Dental
Bridges

An alternative treatment in the case of a patient who has lost a tooth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge permanently replaces a missing tooth or teeth.

dental bridge essentially fills a gap in the dentition. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a prosthetic tooth attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. There are two main types of dental bridges. The most common consists of two crowns, permanently attached to the natural teeth on either side of the interval, with the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) connecting them all together —hence the name dental bridge.

  • HOW MUCH DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?
    It is important to be clear that there is no standard price for this procedure because each mouth/patient is unique. Therefore, while you may see it published that the cost of a dental implant is generally between $1,500 and $2,000 per implant, this is not the true value for your case or treatment. This is mainly because this value is only for the implant and not for the entire procedure required. Proof of this is that some patients will only need a single implant, while others will need several because they are missing several teeth. Consider the following additional costs included in this treatment: The crown (the tooth itself), which can be custom or stock. The abutment (the part that connects the implant and the crown). The cost of the tooth and root extraction. The cost of visits to the clinic. Pre-operative care Post-operative care Again there is no standard price but these additional costs can range from $1,500 to $2,800, bringing the total cost of a single implant to between $3,000 and $4,800 per procedure. It has become evident that the total costs of dental implants can always vary greatly depending on the individual patient's case. Multiple variables such as requiring a single implant, multiple implants or even a full arch. Additionally the patient and the physical characteristics of the mouth will be a factor in the work that will be required and ultimately the type and price of the implants. The best way to know what your implants will cost is to evaluate through an initial consultation with our doctors at Medforless. Our doctors will use your dental information during the consultation to determine bone density and to see if you are a candidate for an immediate implant or if any additional grafting will be needed prior to implant placement. After the consultation, the doctor will be able to communicate exactly what will need to be done and what the total cost will be.
  • ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?
    The real reason why there is a popular belief that dental implants are painful is because of access to images on the internet, which can indeed be impressive or intimidating by showing a perforated or open top. These images can be frightening if you are not aware of what is going on and the treatment in general. The good news is that there is really no reason to be alarmed, as the procedure itself is visually more impressive than it is painful, and the patient does not really get to see what the images openly show on the internet. A practical way to explain is to use a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing minimal discomfort and 10 representing excruciating pain. In favorable conditions with a patient with good bones and who does not need excessive soft tissue surgery, the procedure would have a pain level of only 2 to 3 and this in the first 24 to 48 hours of the procedure. In this analogy pain levels below 5 can be easily treated or suppressed with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or your pain reliever of choice. Understanding pain helps patients, the images create the idea that the perceived pain is due to the hole required in the surgery and subsequent implant placement. When in reality most of the discomfort or pain presented is due to the soft tissue manipulation during the entire medical procedure. Therefore, if your dental implant treatment does not require the lifting of gum tissue, it becomes an almost painless treatment. With this in mind, dental implants that do not require the lifting of gum tissue are actually painless, and patients report pain levels of one to two after the procedure. If a small flap of gum tissue is lifted, the pain level is three to four during the first night and decreases thereafter. If bone has to be grafted for the procedure, the pain level is higher and patients are at a five-five or six in terms of the pain they experience for the first three days after the procedure, which will require giving them a strong pain reliever. Regardless of how much gum tissue is lifted or whether grafting is required, the pain lasts for one to three days and subsides thereafter. Another factor that influences the amount of pain experienced is the patient's individual pain threshold. Some people can endure more pain than others, which means that even if two different people undergo the same procedure, their pain levels will be different.
  • ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
    Health insurance coverage can be a complex issue for most people. Undoubtedly coverage issues, minimum payments, the so-called fine print on what is and is not included in an insurance policy make the search and selection of a health insurance policy a careful one. This situation becomes even more complex with special procedures such as dental implants. Patients often ask if their insurance will cover the cost of dental implants, but it all depends on the insurance you have and the type of implant treatment you receive. A common practice among insurance companies is to consider dental implants to be a purely cosmetic procedure and therefore not medically necessary, so they are not covered under their plans. But anyone with missing teeth knows that replacing them is critical to their overall health and well-being. To cover the dental implant procedure, it is possible to require the use of medical insurance in addition to dental insurance. We recommend taking some time and checking your insurance policy to see if it is listed in the insurance information you were given when you started the policy. Before you begin treatment, it is important to ask questions of the insurance company to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises: Does your plan cover implants? What percentage of the procedure does the policy cover? What is the maximum annual out-of-pocket cost? Do I need a referral before receiving dental implants? To determine if your insurance covers implants, it is important to understand the different parts of the treatment and how much preparation of the mouth is needed for the implant. The amount of coverage also depends on whether it is a full restorative arch or just replacing one or two missing teeth. Tooth extraction: The need for this depends on whether you are already missing teeth or if the tooth is damaged and needs to be extracted before being replaced. If the damaged tooth is still present, this procedure will be part of your dental implant treatment and is covered by most insurance companies in whole or at least in part. Bone grafting: Some patients need to have the underlying jaw bone reinforced prior to the implant procedure to ensure that the implant is stable and secure. This part of the procedure may not be covered, although it is a crucial step in the implant procedure. Implant placement: The implant placement procedure is considered a "major" dental procedure. However, do not be afraid of the word "major": it is a term used by insurance companies that reflects the cost rather than the intensity of the treatment. Some dental insurance plans cover up to 50% of major procedures. Artificial tooth placement: The artificial tooth - called a crown in dental parlance - that provides the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth is also considered a major procedure. However, some insurance plans consider it the same as crown placement to stop decay and may cover more of the cost, so check directly with your insurance company.
  • COSTA RICA MEDICAL TOURISM
    Medical tourism in Costa Rica is positioned as a unique, exotic, sustainable and recently as a paradise of health services, which allows to have a growing number of foreigners visiting the country. Why Costa Rica? Medical treatments here cost between 45% and 70% less, offering the same standards as in the USA at a more affordable price. The best surgeons and doctors usually have studied and gained professional experience abroad. Whether in the United States, Canada or Europe. In addition, the proximity of Costa Rica allows direct flights from major U.S. and Canadian cities. The immigration policy allows these markets to not require a visa to enter the country, facilitating the decision to visit Costa Rica for their medical procedures and take advantage and enjoy its tropical beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests and more. Medical tourism in Costa Rica started focused on cosmetic and dental surgery, however now there is an expanding medical tourism. Especially for other types of medical procedures and surgeries such as orthopedics. The impressive natural beauty of Costa Rica with its richness as its exceptional ecosystem, biodiversity and microclimates, added to its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, its offer of excursions in National Parks and Refuges make it one of the main destinations for exotic vacations. The entire 100% preserved undeveloped beaches, vibrant volcanoes and mystical cloud forests, dense wildlife including mammals, birds and reptiles make it one of the most popular countries of our time. Few medical tourism destinations can be as good from the medical point of view and quality of its professionals and supplies. And adding the additional beauties of the country makes it evident that Costa Rica is the number one choice for medical care. The medical offer in Costa Rica has been professionalizing the medical tourism segment, with the main objective of providing patients and their guests with a medical experience at the height of the popularity and excellence that already characterizes Costa Rica as a destination. The private hospitals in the San José area are state-of-the-art, where the country's best surgeons treat their patients. The capital city of San Jose offers a variety of lodging companies so that the patient can choose from limited service to chain hotels with assured luxury. Costa Rica is much more than the San Jose area, therefore Medforless also offers the opportunity to visit and stay in any destination in the country, enjoying its nature, beauty and human quality. Costa Rica is the ideal destination for medical tourism. In short, if you need to undergo any medical treatment or procedure, there is no doubt that Costa Rica is your best option; with its convenient location and accessibility, cheaper prices, large and modern hospitals, top of the line surgeons and the possibility to visit some fantastic popular destinations such as Guanacaste, Arenal, the beaches of the Central Pacific, National Parks such as volcanoes, and the exotic beaches of the Caribbean coast. All of this makes the trip a magnificent occasion and opportunity to spend some time in one of the most wonderful countries in the world. There is simply no better place to unwind, relax and recuperate.
  • COSTA RICAN DENTAL IMPLANTS
    The cost of a standard implant and crown in the United States averages $4,500, and in Costa Rica the same procedure costs around $1,300. The final cost of a dental implant varies depending on the patient's oral health, the quality of the materials used (FDA-approved implants), the type of anesthesia and other treatments performed in conjunction, such as bone grafting if required by the patient. For patients traveling from abroad, one of the most attractive features is to get the same dental implants offered in the U.S. in Costa Rica, but at a fraction of the cost, saving an average of 50% on the procedure. The final investment made by our patients here is not as much as one might expect due to the fact that our costs here are lower, therefore our prices are lower and our patients end up having the same procedure done that they would get in the United States, with FDA approved materials. All this translates into quality but much more affordable implants and the same high quality procedure that allows any eventuality to be taken care of even in the USA, because of the implants and supplies used. In short, implants in Costa Rica are much cheaper than in the United States and with a first class quality.

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