Dentist Referrals: Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry & Braces

Dentist Referrals: Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry & BracesDentists tend to restore dental implants but refer out dental implant surgery, this survey found.

The average dentist often refers out braces, sedation dentistry, and root canals, while keeping cosmetic dentistry, and denture patients.

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When it comes to pediatric dentistry and gum disease, dentists refer some patients out and treat others in house.

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Overall, the average dentist refers out less than 20% of patients.

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Here are some dentist comments on referring patients:

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Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists Offer

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists OfferWhen asked what services their dental practice offers, the dentists who responded with cosmetic dentistry were the clear majority in this survey.

More aging baby boomers are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, which may explain the increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental implants are the most popular dental treatment among this demographic for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth.

A California dentist shared, “More than half of our practice is dental implants now!”

Here at The Wealthy Dentist, we were curious what services dentists are currently offering. The top services offered by dentists who responded to this survey are cosmetic, tooth whitening, dental implants, dentures, and children’s dentistry.

Here’s a breakdown of the services dentists are offering —

List of Services Dentists Offer

Dentists were disappointed that other services were not included in this survey, like Botox, oral cancer screenings, or offering custom mouthguards for patient athletes.

One prosthodontist noted, “Oral cancer screening and testing was not on the survey list. Also, it would be interesting to know how many offices provide Botox.”

A general dentist responded that he now offers same day service for CEREC restorations as part of his dental practice services.

Another dentist answered tongue-in-cheek, “I don’t offer gum disease, I treat it.”

What dental services does your dental practice offer? Has the demand for cosmetic dentistry increased?

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Cost of Veneers: Around $1100 per Tooth

dental veneersWhen we asked dentists what they charge for a dental veneer, the average answer was $1,100 for both a traditional porcelain veneer and for a Lumineer.

“Veneers are harder to do correctly from a technical aspect than a ceramic crown,” said one dentist. Agreed another, “I wish I could do them cheaper, but good lab work and planning takes time and money.”

“We do not do many partial veneers, mostly ‘full’ veneers: porcelain fused to zirconia. Actually, we never say ‘crown’ in our prosthodontic practice! Our patients come back and say they ‘just love their new veneers!’ Think about it; crowns are really full veneers,” said a prosthodontist.Cost of veneers

Here’s what else dentists had to say about dental veneers:

  • “I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, and therefore I charge the same amount. I charge more for dental implant crowns.” (California dentist)
  • “Depending upon the number of teeth to be done, I will discount my per-tooth fee.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “I charge more for the Lumineers because of the higher lab fee.” (California dentist)
  • “I do not like Lumineers except in certain situations. More marketing than good product.” (Mississippi dentist)
  • “I love the look of Lumineers.” (Wisconsin dental office worker)
  • “We charge the same for Lumineers as porcelain veneers. Lab bills are comparable as well. Patients seem to be more concerned with whether or not you need to cut the teeth than the cost differential.” (Ohio dentist)

Read more: Veneers: A Real Investment in Your Smile

Dental Botox is Big Business These Days (video)

Americans spent $1.9 billion on injectable procedures in 2010. Botox™ is big business these days and some dentists are getting in on the action by offering cosmetic Botox™ for their dental patients.

One dentist told The Wealthy Dentist, “I want to do Botox™. I don’t know why we have not started earlier. Who better to give injections than a dentist? We do it all day long. We have great touch. It is a great add-on to all the cosmetics we do!”

In this TWD survey, we asked dentists if cosmetic dentists should offer non-dental cosmetic treatments, such as Botox™ injections.

Click on Play to hear how dentists responded to this dental survey question –

Dentists Offer Botox in the Dental Office

 

Scottish Dentists Cash in on Cosmetic Craze

It’s a deadly toxin whose paralytic properties make wrinkles disappear instantly, and consumers love it. In Scotland, more and more dentists are cashing in on the popularity of Botox. With each treatment costing hundreds of dollars, the profits are hard to resist. However, some are concerned that dentists aren’t receiving adequate training before offering the injections in their dental practices.

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