No matter which teeth you are missing for what reason, you probably have several options for replacement. But for many people, dentures are the best bet.
Here, we will go into detail on how much dentures cost. Then, we’ll elaborate on how to find decent discount dentures or reduce your out of pocket costs.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
There are a few different types of dentures with different price ranges. See table below:
|Denture Type||Cost per plate||Cost per set|
|Full dentures||$300 to $5,000||$600-$10,000|
There are several factors that contribute to this wide pricing disparity. We’ll get to that later in this article, so please continue reading.
Complete, Permanent Dentures Costs
Also referred to as “conventional” or “full”, this is the type that comes to mind for most people when they hear the word “denture.”
Complete dentures can cost anywhere from $300 to $5,000 per plate. For top and bottom plates together, you’d be looking at $600-$10,000.
On the cheap or “discount denture” end, you get units with premade fits that often look artificial. Less expensive sets are generally made with lower quality materials and their warranties reflect that. In the end, cheap dentures lack the desired lifelike look, are more prone to crack or break outright, may have poor bite alignment, and are typically less comfortable.
$800-$1500 per plate is usually the price point where you’ll begin to find best dentures.
But this is the also the point where you’ll find the most variance. So if this is what fits your budget, make sure that you compare what your local dental professionals are offering.
The most expensive sets are custom made out of high-quality materials. Often, they come with long warranties and/or maintenance service included. This is where you begin to find sets with lifetime warranties. Plus, you get the choice of having your false teeth look like your real teeth.
Many dentists even offer several different grades with corresponding pricing. Whatever the case, it’s vital that you learn enough to know what exactly you’re paying for.
More on some of the extra costs later. For now, let’s talk about:
Partial Dentures Costs
Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth still remain.
The price range of partial dentures is about $300-5,000 for a plate, $600-10,000 for a full set—just like complete dentures. The variance for partial dentures has a little more to do with situational factors but quality cannot be discounted.
Instead of creating a new smile, dental partials fill in the gaps of your existing smile.
There are several different configurations for partial dentures that depend somewhat on the situation in your mouth.
Same as with any dental procedure, educate yourself enough about your options to know exactly what you’re paying for.
If you can afford them, higher quality solutions will lead to a lot less stress over time.
Which is exactly what implant-supported dentures are.
Implant-Supported Dentures Cost
These are complete denture sets taken to the next level.
On average, implant supported dentures for the top or bottom cost $3,500-30,000. A full set may cost $7,000-90,000, with the average falling at about $34,000.
The plates themselves are only slightly more expensive, but the total increases based on a wide range of potential associated costs.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will install metal (usually titanium) implants into your gums. These implants then attach with your complete set of dentures. The plates are modified so that they attach to these implants.
Upper implant-supported sets also cover less surface area because they don’t rely on suction between the plate and the roof of your mouth to stay in place.
Implant-supported dentures are more common for the lower set because gum-supported dentures are often less stable there. It is easier to create a better gum-fit for upper jaw sets.
Getting implant-supported dentures requires several procedures spanning a few months. Despite this, many who have gone the implant-supported route report high levels of satisfaction. See dental implants resource and cost page page for more information.
During their wait, they often receive some sort of “immediate” dentures to keep from going about toothless for months on end. (Continue reading on the next page).