Our smiles say so much about us: they can light up a room and are contagious, spreading cheer to others. However the cost to maintain a healthy smile, or correct an imperfect smile, can be costly, and sometimes completely out of reach to some in North America. However, safe quality care is available in Costa Rica and Mexico, in most cases for substantially less then would be available in North America. There are US accreditations that monitor the level of care received such as Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) or ProMed (a Costa Rican accreditation service for medical tourism).
Bridges and implants are two ways to replace a missing tooth (or teeth). Bridges are false teeth anchored in place by neighboring teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on the anchoring teeth along with the false tooth in the centre. Dental implants use artificial roots to support replacement teeth.
Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.
A severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted. Permanent teeth may also need to be removed for orthodontic treatment.
Dentures are prosthetic devices which replace lost teeth. There are two types of dentures – partial and full. Full dentures are often referred to as “false teeth”.
Dental fillings and repairs use restorative materials used to repair teeth which have been compromised due to cavities or trauma.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and jaw bone, which can lead to a loss of gum and teeth. There are two major stages — gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the milder and reversible form; periodontal disease is often more severe. In some cases, gum surgery is required to reverse the effect of the disease.
Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth, tongue or throat. Oral cancer screening is usually a routine part of a dental examination. In this exam, your dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and inside your mouth. Your dentist will also look for sores or discolored tissue in your mouth.
Root canals treat diseases or abscessed teeth. Once a tooth is injured, cracked or decayed, it is necessary to open the tooth and clean out the infected tissue in the centre. This space is then filled and the opening sealed.
Dental sealants, usually applied to the chewing surface of teeth, act as a barrier against decay-causing bacteria. Most often, the sealants are applied to the back teeth, e.g., premolars and molars.
Teeth naturally darken with age, however staining may be caused by various foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and berries, some drugs such as tetracycline, smoking, or a trauma to a tooth. There are various teeth whitening options available, including in-office and at-home bleaching.
Veneers are strong, thin pieces of ceramic or resin material that are bonded to the teeth. Veneers are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and may help in closing gaps between teeth.
The cost savings available to those receiving treatment can range from 50 to 80% vs North American procedures.
The benefit of Medical Travel is that you are able to receive safe, quality care at reduced prices while being able to relax and enjoy your vacation. A new smile can be yours in as little as 5 to 7 days, with specific recovery retreats available to cater to your needs and desires pre, post, or between procedures.