Dental implants have been widely used in prosthetic dentistry to restore or maintain occlusion, function and esthetics in edentulous patients. Advances in research and technology in recent years have created or improved the techniques and procedures to increase the lifespan, beauty and function of dental implants.
One treatment that has benefited from this in Costa Rica, is the All on 8 implant system. It is considered by most prosthodontists and implantologists as the most reliable dental implant option. The reason for this is, a healthy mount has 32 teeth distributed along the maxillary and mandibular bones; the roots of these teeth support each other, offering stability and strength. When we lose teeth the entire mouth over time weakens and bone loss starts to occur.
Therefore, by using a significantly higher number of implants, prosthodontists attempt to recreate the natural occurring force in the root system, providing more stability and functionality to the rehabilitated arch.
There are several techniques of All On 8 surgeries, some use as little as 4 or 6 implants or a maximum of 8 as is the case of the All on 8 dentures offered in Costa Rica. These techniques have a very high success rate and the treatment options vary depending on the patient’s needs and health conditions.
When circumstances allow, most dentists prefer to perform an All on 8 implant procedure. Because of
the placement of the implants, the result is the creation of a tridimensional trapezoid force in the mouth that better distributes the bite force within it, preserving the implants and improving the functionality.
In the case of the All on 4’s procedure, implants are placed in the front of the mouth, no implants are
added to the posterior or molar area where the maximum bite force is achieved. The lack of implants in
the area could eventually lead to bone loss. In Costa Rica, All on 8’s are distributed along a larger
portion of the arch, allowing for a more efficient distribution of pressure in the crowns, preventing them from chipping, and elongating the lifespan of the implants.
The use of the All on 8’s as a treatment for a full mouth rehabilitation offers patients immediate results, it significantly improves appearance; because of the added stability provided by this treatment, it is possible to utilize a metal bridge with ceramic crowns. These crowns are crafted with such artistry that they resemble natural teeth; they have a translucent quality that makes it look real.
Aside from this,recovery times are short and you will soon be able to eat all your favorite foods.
There are certain considerations for patients who grind their teeth or have a habit of clenching their
jaws. Too much pressure on the implants could damage them over time, not to mention that occlusion
overload could lead to bone loss around the implants causing them fail. If you suffer from bruxism your
dentist may recommend the use of a nightguard to prevent damage.
The possibility of implant failure has diminished with the advances in technology, implants are now
available in different sizes and shapes. Depending on where the implant is being placed, the shape and
size will differ; for example, larger implants are utilized in the posterior part of the mouth so they can withstand the increase in bite force common to this area.
The procedure has a very high success rate, unfortunately, not every patient is a suitable candidate for
the All on 8’s procedure which involves major surgery, either because of inadequate bone quality and/or
quantity or for health reasons.
When you visit the Flikier Dental Institute in Costa Rica, your dentist will perform a series of medical
tests including a CT Scan of your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure or
not. Regardless of the results, you are guaranteed to receive the best treatment available to restore
To schedule an appointment, call the toll-free number 1-866- 638-1102 or send an email with your
inquiry, please provide as many details as possible about your needs as well as dental records.