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5 things you need to know about Dental Implants

5 things you need to know about Dental Implants.

A dental implant is a metal post or frame that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, it allows  replacement teeth to be mounted on top. Dental implants have an impressively high success rate. So, this article will point out some important facts about this state-of-the-art dental treatment.

 

1. Dental Implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth.

There is only one replacement tooth option that nearly matches the strength of a natural tooth, and that’s a dental Implant. They not only look good when you get the crown, but they will also help you to recover the strength and stability in your bite. Unlike dentures, which move or slide out of place when you start chewing, implants are integrated into the jawbone, allowing you to chew your food comfortably without having to worry about pain or discomfort.

 

2. They look and feel natural.

A well done dental implant, will give you a result as close to the real thing by using a crown over the implant. What makes it look real natural is the porcelain of the crown and not the dental implant itself; a near perfect clone of the missing tooth. More so, if the dental procedure is performed by a dental specialist like Dr. Meza. Because the implant is fused to your bone, it feels extremely natural in your mouth. Special care must also be taken when designing the crown of the tooth, the visible part,  to ensure that it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

 

3. Dental Implants can improve your overall health.

Without teeth, it’s hard to maintain a healthy diet. Dental implants will allow you to eat and digest food just like you would with natural teeth. Dental implants also help ensure that healthy teeth stay healthy, as well as your jawbone. This dental prosthesis, firmly embedded in your jawbone, provides an even distribution across your entire bite.  It prevents overusing your healthy teeth in order to compensate for the unhealthy ones, which can result in deterioration and other complications.

 

4. Dental implants don’t get cavities.

Unlike natural teeth, the dental crowns placed over implants will not get cavities,  no matter what you eat. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t need to watch your oral hygiene to maintain your overall oral health.

Our natural teeth can fail due to various reasons, including wear and tear, gum disease, or cavities.  Cavities weaken a tooth and need to be filled to ensure that the decay doesn’t spread. But since the implants are made from titanium, they don’t get cavities. Once the implant has healed, you can brush and floss the same way as usual.

 

5. General cost of a dental implant in Costa Rica.

While dental clinics in the U.S. and Canada often charge over a thousand dollars per implant, the cost of a dental treatment in Costa Rica is much lower. Here it is possible to save 50% or more on your dental implant procedure. This is possible due to the difference in the cost of living of the Central American countries in comparison to some first world countries. But that doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice quality. Quality standards in Costa Rica are generally as high, if not higher, than in your local dental clinic.

 

At Meza Dental Clinic, we take your well-being very seriously. Today dental implants are the best method available for teeth replacement, but it shouldn’t cost you a fortune to recover your oral health. Read more about our doctors here and find out why you should choose Meza Dental Care!

When do I need a Dental Implant?

A question that often comes up while treating or talking to cosmetic dentistry patients is  “when is a good time to start thinking about a dental implant?” Damaged or missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious when talking to others, smiling or even just eating. Nowadays, however,  dental implants can serve as replacement teeth, which work great and look as natural as the real thing.

What is a dental implant?

A simple definition, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, is that an implant is an “artificial tooth root" surgically placed in your mouth. Dental implants replace missing teeth with durable alternatives that look exactly like natural teeth.

The first step involves installing the implant itself and then, after the gum has healed, a dental crown is attached to the end of the dental implant to replace the original tooth.

If you are missing teeth for whatever reason, your jawbone recedes. Unless tooth roots are there to stimulate the bone, it continues to shrivel away. Bone loss is a painless and silent process, so you may think it's not happening to you.  Nevertheless, for those with missing teeth, dental implants are the best option available to maintain your dental and overall health.

 

Common causes that require a dental implant

Aside from what has already been mentioned, other situations that might require a dental implant include:

  • Securing a denture or dental bridge, resulting in a more comfortable experience.
  • Helping a patient restore a confident healthy smile.
  • Resolving bite problems or joint pain caused by teeth shifting.
  • Avoiding adjacent teeth from moving to an area with missing teeth.

Most dentists, including us, agree that healthy teeth are not just a luxury, but a necessity. Teeth are one of the first things we see when looking at another person’s face.  A healthy smile will not only allow you to feel more confident with your personal appearance, but with your personality too! When people are confident about themselves everything changes, you feel more secure, you tend to have better interpersonal relationships, and even help you get the job you always wanted.

 

Meza Dental Care is one of the only dental clinics in Costa Rica with an on-site dental laboratory. An on-site dental laboratory means that any crowns, bridges and implants are being fabricated with the best of the equipment available, while paying attention to details we can make sure that everything we create follows the highest standards and quality controls. Much better than if they were sent out to be made. It also allows us to maintain stricter quality control. So if you’re considering a dental implant or need a procedure, click here to contact us.

Top Misconceptions about Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become an increasingly popular destination for Americans engaging in medical tourism. The reason is because of it’s highly specialized doctors, bilingual staff, it’s proximity to the United States and, of course, it’s beautiful tropical landscape. But nowadays information travels faster than the truth and that’s especially true regarding Medical Tourism in Costa Rica.

To help shed some light, the Meza Dental team has built a list exposing the most common misconceptions about medical tourism in Costa Rica.

Misconception #1 - Costa Rica doesn’t have technology available in other countries.

  • That may have been somewhat true 20 years ago. Today, Costa Rican Dentists invest heavily in acquiring the latest and greatest equipment in the dental field. That’s especially true of Meza Dental. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Meza has the same medical equipment, if not better, than what your local doctor has.
  • International Organizations, which accredit many costa rican dental clinics, require specific standards be met, including equipment. Most of the devices used are imported from the US or Europe. Aside from boasting some of the most demanding accreditations, Meza Dental is always pursuing excellence by being up to date with the latest in global technology.

 

Misconception #2 - Dentists in Costa Rica are not as qualified as those in Europe or in the US.

  • Many US school might have the latest technology, but it isn’t available until students are in their later years. Dentists in Costa Rica, however, gain experience with the latest equipment from the very early stages of their dental schooling, giving them an advantage in the learning process and overall handling of their equipment.
  • All the dentists at Meza Dental count with top-tier certifications that are internationally recognized. Far from being satisfied with what they know, the staff at Meza Dental is always working and striving towards new certifications with the latest technology and trends in order to deliver a world class service which competes with any clinic around the world.

Misconception #3 - Dental care in Costa Rica is cheap because it’s low quality.

  • The main reason Costa Rica has an advantage in cost is because the country has a universal health care system, which is used by the majority of the population, thereby lowering the costs of medical services in many fields.
  • Cost and quality are not always directly proportional. Costa Rican dentists are up-to-date with the most current medical procedures and use only the best technology available. It’s one of the reasons why Costa Rica is one of the top countries for dental tourism. At Meza Dental, great effort is taken to provide a world-class service to compete with the best clinics worldwide.

Misconception #4 - Dentists in Costa Rica don’t speak English.

  • This is actually a huge misconception as English is mandatory from high-school and many go on to study or do their residency in the US. The vast majority of dentists in Costa Rica are fully bilingual and the staff at Meza Dental takes great pride in the english fluency.  

The entire Medical team and staff at Meza Dental Care is equipped and ready to meet your dental needs. Contact us today and find out why Meza Dental is the premier high-end cosmetic dentistry clinic for medical tourism in Costa Rica.

Medical Tourism, the right choice?

Healthcare costs had skyrocketed in the last decade, many patients face high demand for cosmetic surgeries and expensive procedure costs. People from all over the world seek quality healthcare services and surgeries, even though some of these procedures are denied by regular  health insurance.

Lately a considerable amount of individuals are discovering the benefits of medical tourism as they listen stories of success and experiences.

Shorter travel time, cost effective, and an opportunity for a memorable vacation are the most highlighted benefits.

Even though patients are travelling abroad they manage to conserve from 30% to 90% of the total cost on a procedure, including their travel expenditures.

If you’re worried about quality, medical centers all over the world have acquired accreditation from well known international organizations to express their dedication to excellence. In fact, Meza Dental Care counts with two of the most recognized accreditations in the world.

  • AAAHC (Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Healthcare).
  • AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry).

That means that we are positioned as one of the best centers in Costa Rica and even in Latin America. Our procedures follow top class world-wide guidelines known in dental health.

Just a quick example of Latin America healthcare:

  1. www.who.int/whr/2000/en/whr00_en.pdf
  2. https://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

In most cases, surgical procedures are performed by well trained experts using top notch technology. You will be accompanied by a variety of board-certified surgeons who are trained and certified in either North America or Europe.

Most procedures performed abroad can be scheduled via the internet or by phone. People have the flexibility to book flights and schedule surgery procedures from the comfort of their own home.

For some medical tourists, especially those seeking dental care, cosmetic care or wellness treatments, these procedures help them enjoy the opportunity to travel overseas.

Meet Our Patient Jae Chong from Atlanta, GA

In our latest patient testimonial, you'll meet one of our most recent patients, Jae Chong. Jae traveled to us from Atlanta, GA a few months ago to begin his treatment. He had lost most of his teeth in a sports accident when he was in high school. He had worn a bridge for decades, but in recent years, they had lost their fit and had become uncomfortable and unnatural looking. We gave Jae a full mouth restoration, and in the process, not only improved his oral health and self esteem, but saved him a ton of money as well. The last time Jae came to see us, we asked him to tell us about his experience. In this video, you'll hear Jae discuss how he first learned about Meza Dental and what his experience was like throughout his dental tourism journey (spoiler alert...he's quite happy with his decision). We gave Jae many reasons to smile, and we can do the same for you!

Contact us today to learn how Meza Dental can help you Find Your Smile in Costa Rica!

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Dr. Meza Becomes Costa Rica's First AACD Accredited Dentist

Dr. Alberto Meza D.D.S., founder and Director of the famed Meza Dental Clinic, and a pioneer in the Dental Tourism industry, has successfully completed the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)Accreditation process. In doing so, he becomes the first Accredited Member of the AACD in Costa Rica. Dr. Meza said, “Receiving the call from the Academy and hearing the great news about my accreditation made me smile from ear to ear! The only happier moments I can think of off-hand are the day the most beautiful woman in the world agreed to marry me, and the two special days my wife told me we were expecting our sons! I have been fortunate to win awards in the past for my dental accomplishments, but to me, this Accreditation is kind of like the Holy Grail of accomplishments in the field of Cosmetic Dentistry!” Read more