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cheryl j

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Why are dental implants so expensive.
« on: 16/10/2014 15:25:09 »
I had a tooth pulled a few weeks ago. It was a back molar, and it doesn't show, and I can chew without it. Never the less it was my second one so far, and I asked my dentist about dental implants. They are $4-6,000 a piece.

Is it the actual implant itself, or the procedure that is so costly, and why? Will 3-D printing ever be able to create artificial teeth?

I was also asked my dentist why dentistry isnt covered by national health insurance, why we have this 19th century view that teeth are somehow a cosmetic luxury item, not really a necessary part of the body, even though studies are showing connections between tooth decay and inflammatory processes like heart disease.

She it will probably never be covered because it would cost the system too much, especially since people are retaining their teeth longer into old age.

Actually though, dentistry seems very cost efficient. My dentist can almost always quickly figure out what's wrong, what needs to be done with nothing more than a tiny x-ray. You don't have months of repeated doctors visits and extensive testing until a diagnosis is reached, and referrals to specialists. Everything is handled on site usually. What's more it's not likely to be an abused benefit. People rarely go to the dentist because they're bored or lonely or a hypochondriac.
« Last Edit: 16/10/2014 15:26:54 by cheryl j »

David Cooper

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Re: Why are dental implants so expensive.
« Reply #1 on: 16/10/2014 17:30:09 »
It must be the act of fitting it that's costly. Perhaps having it done in combination with a holiday in India would be worth looking at.

cheryl j

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Re: Why are dental implants so expensive.
« Reply #2 on: 18/10/2014 18:29:52 »
I did manage to find a few articles about 3d printing or carving of teeth.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110714101509.htm

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/a-new-tooth-made-to-order-in-under-an-hour/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

But it probably won't be feasible or common place for a while.

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Re: Why are dental implants so expensive.
« Reply #3 on: 30/10/2014 15:46:51 »
The price for dental implants varies from place to place and also with the type of material that you want to use. In the US price for dental procedures seems high compared to other countries like India and Mexico. Usually these are the top countries where people go to to have their medical including dental treatments done.

Here's a page I found online showing you the price for dental implants per country. You would really see some difference. http://www.placidway.com/cost-sub-treatment-searchlist/Dentistry,Dental_Implants/

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Re: Why are dental implants so expensive.
« Reply #4 on: Today at 09:20:21 »
It is cheaper to retain the shell of your existing tooth and its existing root system, if it is in good shape. This is done with root canal therapy, followed by building a crown on the stump of the tooth.
I had this done recently, and it was partially covered by my health plan (in Australia).

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Re: Why are dental implants so expensive.
« Reply #5 on: Today at 17:13:47 »
you may get it done in india at economical prices.

 

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