The new tooth cost in Ireland is up more than €7,000 per month, according to the dental union.

This is up from the previous figure of €4,000.

The union says the rise in the cost of a tooth comes at a time when people are being asked to pay more.

“There is a sense of urgency with people being asked, ‘How can I save my money for my dental procedure’,” said Dr Richard McQuaid from the union’s National Dentists Association.

“This is part of a long-term trend towards higher costs.”

In the last 12 months, dentists in Ireland have reported an average of €15,600 in dental bills.

“It’s about the average amount of the bill for people who have a serious infection and a problem with their dental implants,” said Dr McQuee.

The average bill in the city of Dublin is €2,900.

Dr McSweeney said people need to be reminded of their dental needs and be able to negotiate the prices they are paying.

“They need to have the right dental care plan that is flexible to what they are looking at, and it’s not just what they can afford but what they think they can handle,” he said.

This year, the dental association wants to see a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the rising cost of dental care.

It also wants the Irish Dental Association to make it clear to the public that they have a right to have their dental treatment free of charge.

“We want to make sure that people have the opportunity to negotiate their dental costs,” Dr McShoey said.

He said people had the right to ask for dental treatment but were being pushed to pay out of pocket.

“I think people are not being held to account, but they are being penalised for being in debt,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Irish Government said the dental costs of people with dental problems were set out in the Dental Health Act which applies to everyone.

“The costs of treatment, including the cost for the treatment of infection, include: the costs of any dental implants (except in some rare circumstances), any treatments, or any other treatment that is part and parcel of the procedure, such as dental implant replacement and any other dental treatment, whether free or for a fee,” she said.

“Dental health services are funded by the state.

Any additional costs to pay this cost, including hospital charges, are borne by the patient.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Health said they are aware of the dental bill increase.

“These figures are published annually on the Department’s website, and the cost increases are included in the Departmental Budget,” they said.

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