Porcelain dental crowns can cost thousands of dollars, and dental implants and braces can cost even more, new research shows.
But a new study from Harvard researchers suggests that even after the dental implant and braces are removed, they are still more expensive than the dental crown.
The findings were published Tuesday in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study is the first to examine the costs of dental implant replacement in the U.S. over the past 30 years.
The researchers examined the cost of replacing dental implants, or crowns, at the beginning of the 21st century and the cost after the implant was removed.
The research team examined dental crown costs for the five largest counties in the United States.
The cost of the implants in the top five counties averaged $1,400, and in the bottom five counties, the average cost of dental implants was $1.00, the researchers said.
The top five dentists in the counties with the highest costs for crowns were:Cecile G. DeAngelis, MD, Harvard University; David A. Stempel, MD; William L. Rader, MD and Edward D. O’Brien, MD.
The bottom five dentistry in the county were:James R. McKean, MD of the University of California, San Diego; Robert E. J. DeMarco, MD from the University College London; and John B. Roper, MD at the University Health Network.
The dentists who were paid $300 or less were:George M. Brown, MD (University of California at San Diego) and David B. DeAngelo, MD & Elizabeth M. Ladd, MD(University of Maryland School of Dentistry) in Baltimore.