By Laura MeyersDUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(BUSYSHEETS: 073-876-4233, LAMY [email protected])As the cost of tooth implants continues to soar, it’s no wonder many people in the U.S. and around the world are not able to afford them.
According to a new report, dental care providers, dentists and hospitals in the United States are spending over $100 billion a year to replace tooth implants.
In addition, more than 20 million people in North America and Europe are missing a tooth due to a lost one.
But what happens to the rest of your teeth?
That’s a question that experts are trying to answer in a new study that will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association (ADA) on Tuesday.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Dentistry (UCSD) and the University at Buffalo Medical Center examined the medical costs and outcomes of over 3,000 people in 15 U.K. communities who underwent a procedure called tooth extraction to replace a lost tooth.
They found that dental care and hospitals, like dentists, are spending an average of $60,000 per person annually on tooth implants, or $16,600 for a total of $1,600,000 annually in dental care, medical care and other costs.
This means that in the long run, the total cost to the consumer is over $700,000, according to the study.
The study also found that the average cost to dentists is around $70,000 to replace lost teeth.
“People in the US are seeing an increasing number of dental implants being removed and replacement,” said Dr. James E. Johnson, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in UCSD’s Department of Dentition.
“It’s becoming more and more clear that replacing lost teeth is not going to be cheap.
In the United Kingdom, the average time to complete the procedure is about seven months.
In Europe, that is four years.”
A dental assistant walks the patient out of the dental clinic at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, England, on May 2, 2018.
The study found that about 50 percent of people who were left with a lost, lost, or dislocated tooth experienced some pain and a loss of oral function.
The most common symptoms included difficulty speaking, difficulty eating, difficulty sleeping and difficulty urinating.
Other symptoms included: difficulty speaking with others, difficulty speaking to oneself, trouble sleeping, and difficulty speaking when drinking.
The researchers found that people with lost or disloded teeth were most likely to experience pain, as the procedure typically involves removing a tooth that is already damaged and causing it to fall out of place.
People who experienced tooth pain were also more likely to report experiencing problems with swallowing, as they typically swallow a tooth from one side of the mouth, rather than swallowing the entire tooth.
“Dentists are treating people in these situations with pain medication, and there is a risk of infection, but there is also a benefit in having this procedure done,” said Johnson.
“I think it’s important to recognize that people are going to have some pain,” said UCSD Professor of Denture and Oral Biology Dr. David A. Miller, “and they may not want to take medication.
We should take a cautious approach and not be overly concerned.”
The study also shows that the number of people with missing teeth continues to rise.
About 17 percent of Americans are estimated to have lost a tooth in the last year.
Nearly 1.7 million people were estimated to be missing teeth at any given time in 2017.
Miller said that as dentistry becomes more and a growing part of the health care delivery system, the costs will continue to rise because people will be using more devices that don’t necessarily need to be replaced.
“When you have a device that doesn’t need replacing, that’s a problem,” Miller said.
“If we can do that and not cost more than $1 million to replace the tooth, then the dental care industry can survive.”
Johnson said dentists will have to learn to use more technology to make tooth extraction easier for patients, such as using a tooth extractor to extract the tooth from the bone.
The research, titled “Tough-to-Find Dental Care: The Price of Tooth Extraction in the UK,” was published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.