Gepubliceerd op: 21-06-2013

Implantaten en kosteneffectiviteit

Patiënt kiest voor implantaat

Er is nog weinig bekend over de vraag of implantaten op de lange duur meer kosten dan conventionele restauraties. De wereldwijde toename van het aantal implantaten maakt de beantwoording van deze vraag voor tandheelkundige patiënten en ziektekostenverzekeraars actueel. Uit een literatuuronderzoek blijkt dat een implantologische behandeling veelal kosteneffectief is en dat patiënten bovendien een toename van levenskwaliteit ervaren na deze behandeling.

To review the available literature on the costs and cost-effectiveness of dental implant-supported or -retained prostheses versus tooth-supported fixed partial denture restorations or mucosa-borne conventional complete or partial dentures. A systematic literature review of the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases was conducted, restricted to studies published in English between November 2000 and November 2010. The searches returned a total of 381 unique hits, and a total of 14 studies on the long-term costs or cost-effectiveness of dental implants were included in the final review. A true systemic review was complicated by the heterogeneity of the conducted studies. For single-tooth replacement, dental implants were generally either cost saving or cost-effective in comparison with tooth replacement using traditional fixed dental prostheses. For patients with mandibular edentulism, dental implants were associated with higher initial costs in comparison with conventional mucosa-borne dentures. However, the consensus among most studies was that, over the long term, dental implants represent a cost-effective treatment option. Additionally, patient acceptance, satisfaction, and willingness to pay for dental implants were high, particularly in elderly edentulous patients. A trend toward improved overall health and decreased health care costs was also reported. For single-tooth replacement, a single implant was a cost-effective treatment option in comparison with a traditional three-unit fixed dental prosthesis. For the replacement of multiple teeth, dental implants (fixed or removable prostheses) were associated with higher initial costs but better improvements in oral health-related quality of life compared with other treatment options.

Bron

Vogel R, Smith-Palmer J, Valentine W. Evaluating the health economic implications and cost-effectiveness of dental implants: a literature review. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2013; 28: 343-356.

Hartelijk dank voor uw reactie. Uw reactie zal in behandeling genomen worden en na controle worden geplaatst.