The most popular and expensive dental procedures are being performed in Australia this week, according to a new study from the Australian Dental Association.
In a survey of more than 100,000 Australians, more than 60 per cent of respondents reported having done a combination of dentistry and elective cosmetic procedures, including a combination or combination of dental fillings, dental fillers, dentures, implants, fillings for teeth and crowns, fillers for teeth, fillants for eyes and nose, fillant treatments, filling for eyes, crowns for lips, denture fillings and fillings on the teeth, filling for ears and mouth and fillant injections.
The survey also revealed the average cost of dental procedures was $2,500 per procedure, a figure that was almost double the $1,600 average cost for elective procedures in 2013.
“It is a fairly high cost for a procedure that has no proven benefits,” Dr John Ryders, a consultant and president of the Australian Institute of Dental Research, told ABC News.
The study also found that in 2016, dental procedures were performed by the highest-earning dental surgeons in Australia, with the average annual salary of a dental surgeon being $1.4 million.
The average cost per dental procedure was $1 and $1 respectively for fillings performed by dentists and electives, Dr RydERS said.
Most dentists reported doing fillings that cost $200 or less, and electists performed fillings costing between $200 and $500, the survey found.
The findings came as a result of the study, which looked at the top 10 most expensive procedures performed in the United States.
The top 10:Dr Rydrs survey of over 100,007 Australian adults was commissioned by the Australian Chamber of Dents, and is published in the Australian Journal of Dentistry.
The study surveyed the dental professionals of the world’s leading dentists, who had an average salary of $1 million.
“Dentistry is a relatively new and relatively under-funded, yet widely used and well-respected profession in the country,” Dr Rysers said.
“It has become an increasingly important part of our healthcare system, and for that reason is one of the fastest-growing professions.”
Dr Ryser said the Australian dental industry had been under pressure to increase revenue, with more than $200 billion being spent on cosmetic procedures in Australia last year, and many dentists believed their work would be paid by the public.
“Many of our dentists are doing fillers and fillers of a lower cost than the average, and therefore they feel a greater sense of entitlement, and they feel that they are the most successful practitioners in their profession,” Dr Mandy Purdie, a lecturer in dentistry at the University of Sydney, said.
She said the practice of dentists performing cosmetic procedures was increasingly seen as a career choice, as more and more Australians were becoming aware of the benefits of dental health.
“The demand for dental health services is growing, and so are the supply of dentures and fillants, and that has created a real demand for these services,” Dr Purdies said.
Dr Rypers said the increasing cost of cosmetic procedures had not deterred dentists from their practice, and had not negatively affected their earning power.
“There is certainly no evidence that the cosmetic dental procedure is less profitable than other types of procedures, such as the fillings,” he said.