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How to get a bone graft in Costa Rica

Are you planning on getting dental implants in Costa Rica?

If you have teeth extracted and plan to receive dental implants the same day, so, you will probably need a bone graft. Oral surgeons place bone grafts to help the new dental implant osseointegrate properly.

Imagine removing a screw from a fencepost. Removing the screw would leave behind a hole. If you tried to put the same size screw back into the hole again, it would likely be loose. By adding a bone graft with the placement of the dental implant, the surgeon increases the success rate of the dental implant. Bone grafting is expensive in the United States and many other countries. This is why American, Canadian and even European patients seek affordable bone grafts in Costa Rica.

Goodness Dental, located in Escazú, near San José, is a leading clinic, offering premium bone grafts at affordable rates. Bone grafting is a complex dental procedure that involves adding bone or bone-like material to the jaw. Some patients receiving dental implants may opt to receive the bone graft at the time of the implant placement. Other patients may choose to wait several months for the bone graft to heal before receiving dental implants. Both processes have high success rates with Goodness Dental.

Under normal circumstances, dentists usually wait between 4 to 6 months after the bone graft surgery before placing the dental implant. However, dental tourists often combine the bone graft with placement of the dental implant to save time. This process, when performed by a skilled oral surgeon has a very high success rate. Less experienced clinics that perform this procedure often see a higher level of dental implant failures. It is important to choose a reputable dental clinic for your care. Goodness Dental is ranked as the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica by and Global Clinic Rating. This clinic is also accredited, ensuring the highest quality of care and safety.

Is Costa Rica ideal for a dental bone graft surgery?

There are a number of good reasons why you should choose Costa Rica for your bone grafts.

  • Costa Rica has numerous well-equipped dental facilities.
  • Costa Rican dentists are highly experienced and meet international industry standards.
  • If you are a patient coming from the US or Canada, Costa Rica is a close-proximity destination with a reputation as a safe, high-quality tourism destination.
  • Pricing for most dental procedures is fifty to eighty percent less than pricing for the same care in the USA and Canada.

Dental bone graft categories:

Autograft – bone typically from another part of the jaw of the patient is used. There are instances where bone from the hip is used.

Allograft – bone from the cadaver is used, it could be ordered from a bone bank.

Xenograft – bone from an animal (typically a cow) is used. This is the best type of bone grafting material as presents a minimal risk of rejection.

Synthetic – artificial material is used. It is a type of dental ceramic, one that resembles the physical properties of a jaw bone.

Expect the following after a bone graft surgery:

  • Minor bleeding
  • Swelling or bruising which might take from 24 – 48 hours to reduce
  • Feeling of numbness after anesthesia may last for up 6 hours
  • Discomfort may last 1-2 days
  • Minor facial and sinus pressure
  • Some patients experience gritty white particles in the mouth up to 7-10 days after the bone graft procedure. These are small pieces of the bone graft material that come loose during the healing process.

What to do after a bone graft procedure:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid salty, spicy and crunchy foods.
  • Avoid mouthwashes. It is better to rinse your mouth with saltwater three times a day for at least one week.

To learn more about bone grafts in Costa Rica, please call Goodness Dental at 866-406-2744 or send an email with your questions to

Patrick Goodness of Goodness DentalPatrick Goodness of Goodness Dental.

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