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Small adjustments can make a perfect smile

By Dr. Bernal A. Soto*
Special to Medical Vacations in Costa Rica
Scientific advances have led into less invasive and more modern techniques for resolving esthetic problems in front teeth, such as: medication caused stains, enamel defects, imperfect tooth positioning, abrasions, or shape and size abnormalities.

These mentioned problems can severely impair oral functioning and psychology in patients.

conposite veneers
Composite veneers are used to close gap and reshape teeth.
The development of new materials in resins offers good resistance to weathering, hardness and fine polish, accomplishing functional and satisfactory esthetic results which allow patients to obtain the smile they have always desired, using minimal corrections only.

cl;ose gap
This is an example of how the gap is closed.
It is very important to perform a good diagnosis for these types of treatments, as not all patients are good candidates for composite restorations in front teeth.

The most important difference with this type of treatment is that it is a direct process that does not involve major weathering of natural teeth in order to be able to change their color and shape.

This is due to the fact that what is done is an actual adding of material on top of the teeth which allows closing gaps, improving color, and shape. There is no sending cases to a laboratory involved, providing the patient with the opportunity of getting the treatment done in just one visit.

One of the most attractive benefits of composite restorations is the lower cost in comparison to regular porcelain restorations. At the same time that if there was to be a fracture on one tooth, it can easily be repaired, whereas on a regular crown it would have to be completely remade and replaced.

Composite restorations do not achieve the polish that can be obtained with porcelain veneers. However, the finish is very similar to a natural tooth.

Throughout time, composite restorations can suffer certain types of pigmentations. However, with periodical visits and polishing the discolorations can be eliminated.

Patients with bruxism, or grinding of teeth, are not ideal candidates for composite restorations of the front teeth, but in case they were performed, it is imperative that patients wear a night guard that will prevent fractures and will guarantee the success of the treatment.

This patient chose porcelain veneers.

Composite restorations have become one of the most popular solutions for small front tooth imperfections, which is why a correct diagnosis and a good treatment can be the answer to being able to smile freely with a healthy and esthetic looking smile.

For more information, please contact Prisma Dental in Rohrmoser, San José, at 2291-5151 in Costa Rica and toll free from the United states at +866 741-8194.

*Dr. Soto was graduated from the University ULACIT in general dentistry in 2002. He earned a fellowship in esthetic dentistry in 2004 at the Universidad de Costa Rica. He spent 2005 to 2008 in Span where he received a master's degree in esthetic dentistry at the  UIC Barcelona. He is country chairman for the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry.
— Sept. 9, 2014

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New course for medical device engineers

By the Medical Vacation in Costa Rica staff

Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the Cartago-based public university, said it is starting a master's degree program in the development of medical devices.

The program has the support of the  Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo. The program will be in the university's materials engineering school.

Costa Rica has become a leader in the production of many types of medical devices. The new program will use appropriate software to create processes for the construction of these medical devices. The program also will focus on the analysis of shortcomings and the resolution of problems as well as research into materials, said the university.

The University of Minnesota also is a sponsor.

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