Archive for September 2015


Root canal treatment of a tooth plus crown (cap) which is recommended afterwards can approach the cost of a used car. Placing crowns on all teeth, sometimes desirable for maximum aesthetics, function and health, can cost as much as a mid-range new car. A mouthful of implant-supported teeth can add up to the price of a high-end new car. Such treatment changes lives; a new car does that briefly.
 
Depending on your sources, the average new car today lasts between 8 and 11.5 years.  Average.
 
Reviewing ALL high-quality reports in the professional literature (a meta analysis) shows that after five years, 93.8% of all crowns placed are still functioning. After ten years, 89.2% are still doing their job. If they are supported by implants 87% survive after TWENTY years.
 
Similar high survival rates are reported for simple fillings, root canal treatment and other dentistry. Some of our TEMPORARY caps have lasted decades! (Our experience, your benefit.)
 
The value of dentistry is unmatched. It cannot be challenged. Additionally, how we make dental treatment affordable will be my next posting.