In the early days of dental tourism in Costa Rica, patients who did not plan their dental vacation in advance would show up unannounced at a clinic and ask for porcelain crowns. These days, Costa Rica dental crowns are still heavily requested by dental tourists, and thus it is important to understand what they are and how they should be applied.
In general terms, a dental crown is a part of a prosthetic device used in dental restoration procedures. Porcelain is one of the most common materials used to fabricate crowns, which are essentially caps placed over teeth for various reasons.
Porcelain crowns in Costa Rica can be used as part of a treatment plan that may feature implantation, a prosthetic bridge, a partial restoration, or full mouth reconstruction. Although appearance tends to be one of the most important reasons cited by dental tourists as their motivation to get crowns, the specialists at the Flikier Institute of Dental Rehabilitation also consider other factors such as strength, shape and how crowns may affect contiguous teeth, other prosthetic devices or implants.
When You May Need Costa Rica Dental Crowns
If you end up with a broken tooth, a crown may be what you need to restore that tooth to full health and wholesome appearance. Crowns are often ideal treatments when teeth have been weakened through trauma or decay. Patients should remember that removing teeth the last thing the dental professionals at the Flikier Institute will consider; in many cases, dental crowns may be used to save a tooth.
Even though a tooth may have been extensively worn down by decay or due to an accident, it may still require future treatments. In such case, a porcelain crown can salvage what is left of a damaged tooth for the purpose of providing some protection before a more comprehensive procedure is applied.
When a Costa Rica dental bridge is being applied as part of a restoration strategy, crowns may be chosen by the dental team as a means of holding bridges firmly in place.
Crowns can also be used for purely cosmetic and aesthetic purposes. For example, teeth that have been thoroughly discolored on their own may not respond positively to whitening techniques; in this case, a set of crowns may provide the desired effect. A similar approach may be taken in case of teeth that are extensively misshapen; if the least invasive technique is a crown, a dental professional may choose it.
Crowns are not exclusively for adults. From time to time, children may develop a high risk for tooth decay, and it may not always be related to poor hygiene. At the Flikier Institute, the resident pediatrics dental professional may recommend crowns in a few, special cases.
Types of Crowns Used in Costa Rica
Most dental tourists who decide on getting dental crowns in Costa Rica plan to get permanent restorations. If for some reason a determination is made that permanent crowns cannot be applied at a certain moment, temporary crowns can be used until an adequate treatment plan is carried out.
Although porcelain is one of the most common materials mentioned in relation to dental crowns, it is by no means the only one used. Crowns can also be made of various metal alloys; in fact, crowns made of gold (also known as gold caps) were a fashion staple in the late 20th century. Stainless steel crowns can be used for very temporary or therapeutic purposes. Porcelain-to-metal is a material often used for the purpose of matching the color of caps to adjacent teeth. Resin crowns are usually inexpensive but prone to wear over time, and thus can be considered to be temporary to a longer extent. Finally there is Zirconia dioxide, an advanced type of dental ceramic that is often cited as the material that is most stable and as the one that can withstand just about any type of potential fracture.
The choice of material to be used in dental crown treatments will be up to the specialist, and this is a choice that is made on a case-by-case basis. In Costa Rica, the Flikier Institute prefers to use Zirconia crowns whenever possible because it can be molded in just one day thanks to the investment in technology equipment made by this clinic. When it comes to dental tourist, the Flikier Institute firmly believes that Zirconia dioxide is undoubtedly the best option.