High Quality Dental Service
Transform Your Smile
We can enhance or totally transform your smile in many ways here at Prisma Dental. All aspects of cosmetic dentistry are offered, from laser whitening, to crowns, veneers, and implants. You can have the shape, color, and smile that you have always desired with Prisma’s on-site state-of-the-art lab. We have a selection of many versatile materials that can be utilized to perform the fine art of excellent cosmetic dentistry.
Excellent Cosmetic Dentistry
Using the many versatile, long-lasting and excellent dental materials at our disposal we can change and perfect the shape, color, and alignment of your teeth with crowns, veneers, implants, or whitening, giving you a radiant and aesthetically beautiful smile. The smile of your dreams can be fulfilled with your visit to Prisma Dental.
International Patient Coordinator
Here at Prisma Dental, we have a patient coordinator on staff that can assist you with appointment scheduling, arranging your hotel reservations, or booking sightseeing tours for your stay here in Costa Rica. You can contact our patient coordinator at any time by phone, e-mail or even Skype®. All our information is conveniently located at the bottom of our web page. We would like your stay here in Costa Rica to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible so you will have a wonderful vacation and an even better dental experience.
Prisma schedules its patients so that we are able to perform an intensive amount of work in a short period of time. Work that would normally take weeks, months or even years in the U.S. is accomplished in a matter of days to one or two weeks. Our scheduling allows our patients the luxury to travel in beautiful, tropical Costa Rica after they have the first part of their work finished and are waiting for lab work to be completed.
Prisma Dental General Dentistry Services
Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning, and dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits not removed by routine cleaning.
Panoramic & Digital X-Rays
We use both Panoramic and digital x-rays to examine our patient’s oral health.. These are x-rays that are performed not only to view all of your teeth, but we can also measure your bone density with this x-ray.
Fillings or Resins
This procedure is commonly performed when you have a “cavity” In the past cavities have been filled with mercury, but now we use a white material called resin. These fillings can be performed to create a healthier and more appealing look of your molars or to simply fill a cavity.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
This cosmetic procedure is performed instead of a resin filling to fill a cavity in a molar. The custom made inlays and onlays are made from 100% pure porcelain and they require additional time complete rather then the immediate resin fillings.
Root Canal (Endodontics)
Root canals are used to repair and save a badly decaying or infected tooth. During the root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Abscesses may form if the infected area is not treated properly with a root canal.
Custom Made Posts
A custom made metal or ceramic pin that is inserted into the root of the tooth to stabilize the tooth. This is usually performed after a root canal or prior to performing a crown.
Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. Bonding is different than veneers, which are manufactured in our laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.
A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
Periodontal scaling procedures “include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth. Root planing is a specialized skill involving scaling of the root of the tooth. Often time a scaling device may be electric, also known as an ultrasonic or sonic scaler. Ultrasonic scalers vibrate at a frequency that breaks down bacterial cell. The ultrasonic scaler removes a lot of both plaque and calculus. Hand instruments are used to complete the fine hand scaling that removes anything the ultrasonic scaler left behind.
Wisdom or Molar Surgery
A wisdom tooth, also named a third molar, usually erupts (breaks through the gum tissue) in early adulthood from the ages of 17 to 25. The wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth that will come in close to the jaw bone joint at the back of the jaw. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it possible to have more, resulting in a condition called Supernumerary teeth. Typically, when wisdom molars come in, they will break through the gum tissue and appear to be a normal molar tooth. However, in most cases there are some complications with at least one of the teeth erupting.
Pain Management and Sedation Options
Novacaine is a local anesthetic used to suppress pain in conscious patients and is administered by the dentist. Novocaine is given via an injection near or in the problem area of your mouth. Generally, novocaine takes less than five minutes to take effect; and typically doesn’t last more than 15 minutes. Our dentists´ will determine the appropriate dosage amount.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. General anesthesia may be indicated for individuals with extensive dental needs who are extremely fearful or anxious. General anesthesia also can be helpful for patients requiring significant surgical procedures or who have special health care needs. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility such as Prisma Dental.
Calming Tablets, or oral sedation, usually come in the form of anti-anxiety pills. These are often prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment. Our dentists can visit with you about your dental anxiety and provide the appropriate form of sedation.
Nitrous oxide sedation is great benefit in relieving anxiety. It is effective for people who are anxious about their dental care. Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide works very rapidly – it reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes. Inhalation sedation is very safe. It has very few side effects and the drugs used have no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. Inhalation sedation has also been found to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimizing severe gagging.
Accredited Standards of Dental Care
Prisma Dental has earned the prestigious accreditation of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.
The certificate of accreditation is a symbol to patients that the accredited facility has taken the additional step of opening its practice to the scrutiny of an international organization dedicated to patient safety. This could be a deciding factor for those patients seeking the highest quality results in the safest environments
- Dr. Ronald Iverson, President of AAAASFI