Implants

Preparation before surgery: Your dentist will do a comprehensive examination. During the exam, he or she will review your medical and dental history, take x-rays or have you send them to us, and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made.

In some cases, the dentist also may order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth ($180 downstairs). This scan will help your dentist determine how much jawbone is available to hold the implants in place. It also will show the location of structures such as nerves and sinuses (located above your upper teeth) so they can be avoided during surgery.

If the X-rays show that your jaw does not have enough bone to hold an implant, the dentist can discuss options for building up the bone. These may include bone grafting or bone distraction. Grafting involves taking bone from another source and adding it to your jaw. A graft could be your own bone, from your mouth, chin or hip. Processed cadaver, cow or pig bone also can be used. Another option is a synthetic material such as hydroxyapatite or calcium phosphate. Bone distraction is a surgical procedure at the site where more bone is needed. It causes the body to grow more bone by slowly pulling apart the existing bone using pins and screws. We typically use a type of bonegraft called PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). The procedure involves removing blood from the patient and that induces the formation of bone tissue. This will help the regeneration of bone and is much more biocompatible than a horse or other animal, because the patient's blood is much more bio-compatible than other compounds. Less than 200 ML is extracted from the patient and the entire process is overseen by a blood lab. This procedure is very common now in the U.S. and exist's worldwide. 

Estimated Recovery Time: 1 week

Estimated Hospital Stay:  No hospitalization necessary

What to do after surgery: You care for your implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. If you have any problems, see your dentist before your six- month recall visit. On an x-ray, you will be able to see the implant in the bone, the abutment and the crown. Your dentist can look at how the implant, abutment and crown fit together and make sure that there are no problems. The success rate is around 96%.

Cost of procedure in Ecuador:  $1000+

Estimated savings:  76%

 

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