There is a very good reason why Costa Rica has become the darling of the Americas in terms of medical tourism, and the ability of a few select dental practices to perform a full mouth reconstruction in just one day is one of these reasons.
The Costa Rica All On 4 has become the most emblematic procedure of dental tourism in our country. In fact, this happens to be one of the most requested procedures by dental tourists who contact the Flikier Institute of Dental Rehabilitation from North America or from Europe. Some patients believe that this is a cosmetic procedure, but it isn’t; this is an efficient technique to perform a full mouth reconstruction.
The Costa Rica All-On-4 is a technique that has been made possible by research and technological advancement. For some patients, it is possible to apply this technique in just one day of surgery and placement; for this reason, the technique is often called “Teeth-In-a-Day.”
It is easy to understand the strong appeal of the All-On-4 technique for North American and European tourists who are pressed for time. Indeed, the Flikier Institute may be able to recommend an evaluation for this technique or others that are similar prior to the arrival of dental tourists in Costa Rica.
Accurate diagnosis is at the heart of the All-On-4 technique, which is ultimately recommended when the patient is already in Costa Rica; however, the diagnostic process can start at a dental clinic near the patient’s home as long as it is equipped with SCANORA 3D imaging equipment and software. The digital images can then be emailed as attachments, as long as they are PNG 16-bit files, to the Flikier Institute for further review.
Once the ultimate determination is made to proceed with the All-On-4 technique in Costa Rica, the patient may be able to undergo the oral surgery process and the setting of new teeth in just one day.
Although the Flikier Institute often recommends the All-On-4 technique to all dental tourists who are good candidates for this restoration procedure, it is important to understand that some cases may call for alternative treatments such as the All-On-6 or All-On-8.
The numeral in the name of these reconstruction techniques refers to the number of bridges implanted. The reason the Costa Rica All On 4 can be performed in one day is because the angled implants allow their placement on the anterior portion of the jaws, which greatly reduces the need for bone grafting.
In the end, the advanced Costa Rica All On 4 technique can be a very efficient dental restoration for dental tourists.