The answer to this question may be more than what we think. Naturally, all treatment costs must be reasonable and within the financial reach of the patients we treat in our private practices. What we actually charge for our services needs to be based upon overhead expense, degree of difficulty, our expertise, and what we feel our time, education, judgment, and personal financial needs require. However, once the case is completed and the patient has the pleasure of using the “nice new teeth,” what do patients really think these teeth are worth? How much money would it take for the patient to “sell” these “nice, new teeth”?

Several studies have examined the patient's improved quality of life (QOL) when treated with implant-retained dentures.1,2  The majority of studies evaluate QOL by descriptive methods or health evaluations. Oh et al, found that implant supported over-dentures provided...

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