In addition to graduating from university, dentists are required to pass a rigorous exam to become members of the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentales (Dental surgeons Guild), if they fail this examination, they are not allowed to practice dentistry in Costa Rica.
While this certainly ensures patients a certain degree of security that their dental professional is qualified to perform general dentistry procedures, it does not mean that all dentists or dental clinics offer the same level of quality care.
Dental tourism patients who come to Costa Rica, are generally not looking to replace a filling, they are seeking more complex treatments like the acclaimed All on 4® dental implant systems. General dentists are not qualified to perform these procedures, only specialists who have had extensive training can perform the surgery.
There even vast differences between the quality of the work and the materials used by specialists. There is a general misconception that ALL on 4® is an actual brand of implants, the reality is that All on 4® is a surgical and prosthetic protocol, in other words, it is the actual surgical procedure. This has led some specialists to take advantage of the public’s unfamiliarity with the treatment, and advertise All on 4® implant devices as being manufactured by Nobel Biocare, the company who owns the All on 4® trademarks, but, in reality, they use cheaper implants manufactured by other companies.
Studies have shown that the lifespan of the implants manufactured by Nobel Biocare significantly outlast the lifespan of generic implants, therefore, using original implants from Nobel Biocare improves patient related success and lifespan of the treatment. It is because of these results that the Flikier Dental Institute only utilizes original Nobel Biocare implants on all their All on 4® procedures.
When it comes to the final aesthetics of the treatment, we also find significant differences, the Flikier Dental Institute uses the highest quality final prosthesis made from ZirkonZahn Zirconia which has the look and feel of real teeth, or Metal Acrylic prosthesis that closely resemble natural teeth. In comparison, other clinics use cheap materials that do not provide the aesthetics patients are seeking.
All on 4® implants are meant to improve the quality of life of the patient, this is achieved by improving the patient’s mastication and smile aesthetics. However, when specialists choose to use generic implants, they are increasing the risk of the patient rejecting the implant entirely or diminishing the duration of the implant. In addition, cheap prosthetics that do not closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth have a negative impact on the patient’s self-esteem, and can, in fact, lower their overall quality of life.
Patient safety and satisfaction is the number one priority for all the doctors working at the Flikier Dental Institute, for this reason, they often travel abroad to receive training and have made significant investments in acquiring the most advanced dental technology, and make use of original Nobel Biocare implants in all their All on 4® implant procedures.
Don’t put your dental health at risk, contact the Flikier Dental Institute today for a free consultation.