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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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Dental Museum Honors Cosmetic Dentist

Dental museumMost dentists, particularly those who identify as “aesthetic dentists,” consider themselves artists. And it turns out that some museum curators might not disagree…

Baltimore’s National Museum of Dentistry has just introduced a new exhibition called “The Smile Experience,” offering historical information about how people have altered their smiles.

It also examines the work of cosmetic dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel. Dr. Smigel’s advancements in tooth bonding are often credited with launching cosmetic dentistry into the modern mainstream.

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Survey: What Questions Do Patients Ask About Dental Implants?

top 5 questions patients ask about implantsWe conducted a survey that asked dentists what questions dental patients ask when considering getting implants. It turns out that there’s a real difference between the questions dental implant patients do ask — and which questions they should be asking.

Dentists responded with the following . . .

The top 5 questions dental patients ask –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. How long do dental implants last?
  3. Are implants painful?
  4. How long will it take to get my new teeth?
  5. Does dental insurance cover implant surgery?

Versus . . .

The top 5 questions dentists want patients to ask –

  1. Am I a good candidate for implants?
  2. What are the potential complications of dental implant therapy?
  3. How much implant experience does the doctor have?
  4. What is the healing time for my implants?
  5. Can implants improve my appearance?

Many dental implant patients seem to have the same questions about dental implant therapy. Unfortunately, these questions aren’t necessarily the ones dentists think they should be asking.

The 2 main questions patients ask are –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. Will dental implant surgery be painful?

When dentists feel their very first question should be –

  1. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

There is really a disconnect between the doctor and patient. This is no surprise, since patients are thinking about how they are going to pay for the implants, and whether the procedure will be painful.

But doctors can’t afford not to address the primary concerns of the patient first: cost and pain.

One dentist wrote, “Long term, when the conditions are favorable, proper bone density, height and width, proper biomechanical considerations, proper occlusal load. A dental implant is more cost effective over a 3 unit bridge. However, when the above conditions are not meet — the 3 unit bridge (with sufficient ferule, impressions taken with custom made tray and properly impressioned, properly articulated, preprosthetic endodontic treatment performed by an endodontist, core-restoration — not in composite) will be more cost effective (for the patient).”

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Dental Care: The Truth About Who is Placing Dental Implants (video)

Dental Care: The Truth About Who is Placing Dental Implants (video)Prosthodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons love dental implants, and so do general dentists. Specialists claim they are more qualified to place dental implants, but a lot of general dentists place dental implants.

Said one general dentist, “I place implants myself, but only in ideal situations.”

Another general dentist said, “After referring to specialists and getting back poor work , I thought: How much worse can I do? Now I offer implants.”

This The Wealthy Dentist survey asked the question  that many dentists requested we ask: Do you place your own dental implants?

Click on Play to hear how dentists and specialists responded —

Ever since American Idol judge and Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler received dental implants this year to restore his two front teeth by a dentist in Paraguay, there’s been a new surge of interest in implant technology.

What are your thoughts on who should be placing dental implants?

Cosmetic Dentistry: Dentists Say It’s Not a Specialty

Cosmetic dentistry: dentists say it's not a specialtyWith all the money to be made in cosmetic dentistry, it’s no surprise that dentists aren’t eager to have cosmetic dentistry be a recognized specialty like Periodontics or Ortho.

The majority of dentists say that cosmetic dentistry is just a part of practicing good dentistry.

Read more: Dentists Don’t Want Board Certification for Cosmetic Dentistry

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