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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Why is dentistry so expensive?

We get asked this question a lot, and in real terms yes it is expensive. But what about in relative terms?
A bit of background first, I run a dental laboratory, we make crowns, bridges, veneers etc. A dentist decides on the course of treament for you, he cuts the tooth down and takes an impression, this is then sent to me. I then make a mould of your mouth from the impression and make the restoration on this mould. It is then all sent back to the dentist for fitting. A dentist is my customer, but to me, you the patient are the consumer. Although I charge all my customers the same price, they each have their own pricing scale and charge the consumer, you, varyig amounts.

I would say that an average crown from one of my dentists would be approximately £700. Sounds a lot, £700 per tooth. If you needed 6 front teeth treated with crowns that would be £4,200!!

But wait...what else could you buy for £4,200 that will be used 24hours a day (many people grind their teeth a little at night), for 15 years, that is on permanent show and says something about the way you look?

I would say not many things; even a car would not last that long, under those conditions!

So all in all I think the RELATIVE cost of dentistry is good value, and worth spending money on. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

A crown that costs £100-£200 (from a dentist) will not be the highest quality, no matter what you are told! I will make about 6 crowns a day to a high standard, if you pay £100 for a crown the laboratory technician that made it is likely to be making 20-30 crowns in a day...I will leave you to draw your own conclusions!

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