Half Priced Dentistry..
There are millions of people suffering while they wait years for public dental care. The problem is not government apathy, The problem is that the taxpayers can't afford the average $400 for each of those millions of teeth. Expert analysis of the time and components involved indicates that $400 is about 3 times higher than it should be.
That extreme price is largely due to the exorbitant pricing on everything the Dentist uses. The drill tips; The drugs; The compounds; The insurance; Even the chair. The proposed Prices Justification Commission (PJC) could reduce all those components to half price - and the manufacturers would still make a large profit.
Current dental methods are very labor intensive.
A typical Root Canal takes several man hours, and there are a million of them to be done. The incremental improvements currently taking place are vastly inadequate. We need to engage the best engineering minds in the world to rush a new generation of techniques into practice.
Even if it takes a few billion dollars to achieve a breakthrough, that will still represent a large saving.
• Stem cell research could soon allow for new teeth to be grown in situ for under $50
• Within a year, we hope to have perfected a 'Full Ceramic' replacement tooth. This would entail a tooth extraction, an overnight 3D laser cut exact replica in sintered ceramic. The root half of this new tooth is re-inserted. A month later, the crown half is attached.
Total labor on this method would be about an hour. The POEM plants could produce these teeth for under $40. Thus the time required is a third and the cost is about $120 instead of $900 for a root canal.
The future cost of Dental Care is a serious threat to the taxpayer and the "National Debt".. We will initiate an emergency program where mineral taxes are directed to this research and Patents are strictly controlled and shared..
There are many laboratories working on "Bio-Teeth" via Stem cells.. Eg.
The Department of Craniofacial Development, Dental Institute, Kings College London, UK
(see work by Rachel Sartaj and Paul Sharpe. - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2100358 )