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If you have multiple missing teeth, discolored or damaged teeth and may be considering dentures, a full mouth restoration with a fixed denture using an all on 4 procedure may be an option. An all on 4 simply means that the fixed denture is permanently secured using 4 dental implants on the upper jawbone and 4 dental implants on the lower jawbone.
Instead of dentures which are loose and must be removed for cleaning, an all on 4 uses dental implants, which will fuse with your jawbone. The fixed dentures are secured for a permanent set of teeth. The process typically requires at least two visits, but the end result is a fixed solution that looks, feels, and works just like natural teeth.
For most patients with average jawbones, four implants provide enough stability and strength to support a fixed dental bridge for a lifetime. Today, the all on 4 is the most recommended dental implant solution for international patients coming to Costa Rica and Guatemala.
We recommend that patients plan to stay for at least two additional days after we have completed our care to allow time for rest and healing. These two days also allow us time to make any final adjustments to ensure an ideal fit.
Please speak with the Patient Coordinator to determine the exact number of days to plan for your stay in Costa Rica. However, you may use the following as a general guideline.
Implants/Surgical Phase: 5-6 Business Days
1-3 Crowns/Bridges: 5-6 Business Days
4+ Crowns/Bridges: 8-10 Business Days
When you receive your dental implants, we will send you home with a beautiful set of temporary teeth. They will look so good that everyone will think they are real. These temporary teeth have a lifespan of 6 months.
During these four- six months, your dental implants will need to heal and integrate into your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. In short, it means that your jawbone will grow through your dental implants, fusing your implants to your jaw for life.
Your surgeon and Patient Coordinator can tell you exactly how long you will need to wait for your permanent teeth. However, as a general rule, your upper arch requires 6 months to fuse completely and your lower arch will require only 4 months.
Conscious sedation involves a combination of sedatives to help you relax and anesthetics to block the pain during a dental procedure. Most patients are able to stay awake but may not be able to speak. Conscious sedation allows patients the ability to recover quickly after a procedure.
A dentist or anesthesiologist administers conscious sedation in clinic. Patients may receive the medicine through an intravenous line in a vein or a shot into a muscle. You will begin to feel drowsy and relaxed almost immediately. If the sedation is administered orally, the effects begin in approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
An attendant or anesthesiologist will monitor you during the procedure and will stay with you at all times during the procedure. You may fall asleep, however you will be able to wake up easily and may be able to respond to people in the room. After conscious sedation, you will likely feel a bit drowsy and may remember the details of your procedure.
Flights: Please purchase your flights once we provide you with your treatment dates. It’s best to arrive 1 day before your treatment and plan to depart 2 days after treatment if possible. Plan to arrive earlier if you want to go sightseeing before your dental care. Please fly into San Jose’s Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO).
Lodging: Your Patient Coordinator will send you a list of our recommended hotels and B&Bs. We have negotiated discounted rates for our patients that often include breakfast, but you will need to follow the instructions and book through our approved contact to get the discounted rates and amenities. If you book through third party sites like Expedia.com, Travelocity or Booking.com, you will not receive the discounted rates or benefits.
Know Thyself! Please consider what type of traveler you are before booking your accommodations. If you prefer US chain hotels like Marriott, Holiday Inn or Sheraton, these brands are available close to our clinic. If you prefer more simple accommodations, a B&B may be a good option.
Transfers: Goodness Dental is pleased to arrange your transportation needs while you are with us for dental care. Some of our recommended accommodations offer free airport transfers and free transfers to our clinic. If your hotel does not offer these services, we will gladly pick you up for free, as long as your hotel is located within our pick-up zone (4-5 miles from the clinic). If you have any questions about which hotel is best for you, please ask! If you choose a hotel located outside of our pick-up zone, we can help you arrange and Uber or taxi. Costs for transportation services are very affordable in Costa Rica and Guatemala.
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