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Dental fees to jump as palladium prices surge on Ukraine war

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You’d think that with modern technology, that hard, durable plastics as well as porcelain would not be so expensive, so as to make dental work less offensive to the eye.

Maybe now that metal prices are climbing, this will be considered as an option, covered by insurance.

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To be clear:

As of the time of this writing:

Palladium is priced internationally at 2325.74 USD/t.oz. It traded down today -4.38%. For the week, it is up 3.91%, but for the month down -2.58%, and year on year it is down -13.54%.

The biggest producers of palladium are by far Russia and South Africa (70-80% of world output), followed by United States, Canada and Zimbabwe. Palladium Futures are available for trading in London Platinum and Palladium Market, and on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The standard contact weights 100 troy ounces.

Silver you said?

It is currently priced at 25.360 USD/t.oz. It traded up today 1.14%, up 4.32% for the week, up 1.38% for the month; and only 0.12% YOY.

If there are long term difficulties in obtaining palladium, or it seems really expensive, it is likely because of where you chose to buy it. You can buy the stuff from six countries, and of course where is your decision, but . . .

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Who the heck is using silver fillings nowadays? I thought they phased those out when ceramic and composite materials started to be used.

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purple_depressed_baconToday  07:40 am JST

Who the heck is using silver fillings nowadays? I thought they phased those out when ceramic and composite materials started to be used.

In Japan, if you just opt for your health insurance to cover the cost of fillings a mouthful of silver is what you get.

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You’d think that with modern technology, that hard, durable plastics as well as porcelain would not be so expensive, so as to make dental work less offensive to the eyes

And

Who the heck is using silver fillings nowadays? I thought they phased those out when ceramic and composite materials started to be used.

By fillings they mean molded casting and not amalgam silver fillings.

Composite is to weak for molars ceramic are not as simple to make as "casting" isn't really a simple thing.

And outside the USA most places still use metal based caps for rear teeth cost less last longer.

The USA obsession of having overly white teeth and everything capped isn't found in most of the world.

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You’d think that with modern technology, that hard, durable plastics as well as porcelain would not be so expensive, so as to make dental work less offensive to the eye.

agree

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And don't forget to brush and floss daily, and keep the sugar low. Prevention will save you most of the time.

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Yup, and its not just precious metal prices that are going to skyrocket, its also agricultural chemicals and fertilizers like phosphorus, sulfur, nitrogen that are going to become more expensive. Supply is depleting globally. Affordable phosphorus supply is expected to only last another 50-100 years. Time to buy good productive farmland.

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actually palladium is used for production of catalyzers for cars,without palladium you cant make car without it.

and guess what-Russia is one from main exporters of that.

so yes -"sanctions works" but remaining question is for whos benefit-definitely not ours.

i did not mentioned nickel or even lithium needed for production of EV cars...

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This is BS. Just another way to try and control the masses, like every human on earth has teeth.

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Dear Japan, your silver fillings are obsolete. Dentistry has come a long way since the early 80s.

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So the remunerations paid from tax payers money to the dentists are up!

Good for them so they can drive their expensive foreign cars!

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Dentists seem to have it pretty good in Japan. There sure are a lot of them. I had all my silver fillings removed over 20 years ago. The plastic/resin is good enough for most fixes - including molars. Not that expensive really.

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With dental not covered with national health insurance in Canada, one of the first things I did when I came to Japan 20 years ago, was to have all my metal replaced with ceramics and composites.

All my metal is gone now. It cost me roughly ¥1000 per tooth give or take.

Obviously, metal is an option here in Japan but it certainly isn’t the only one. there are plenty of options here.

Some people have some funny ideas about what they “think” Japan is like…

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Come to think of it, I think it was resins as Nadrew mentioned above

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The price review is expected to translate into a rise of several hundred yen in the cost patients younger than 70 years shoulder for each tooth treated with a silver filling,

So a filling will cost a few hundred yen more? That means those getting 4 or so fillings a year (nobody?) will be a thousand yen worse off... Seems like some Kyodo are scrapping the barrel for anti-Russia content.

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purple_depressed_bacon

Who the heck is using silver fillings nowadays? I thought they phased those out when ceramic and composite materials started to be used.

For some weird reason, Japan's national health insurance only covers the "silver" fillings, unlike most dental insurance in the US. You need to pay extra for composite. But, the out-of-pocket for composite fillings is pretty cheap here. So, it's worth it to pay extra.

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Isn’t it fantastic that the Japanese government is setting the price of all sorts of stuff and subsidizing anything that is almost dead?

Imagine needing to sell something at a certain price just to break even but the government won’t let you - you can only set a price at which you lose money… incredible.

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Who’s losing money?

All insurance sets maximum costs for all procedures.

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@Kenchi

Agree totally

The health system dentists are good now but private work in Japan is up there with the rest of the world!

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Ukraine hit Moskva , stay tune

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Who’s losing money?

Dentists, in this instance, but centrally planned prices are a disaster for all.

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