Dentures Cost Guide – How To Make False Teeth Affordable?

Immediate Dentures Cost

The term immediate dentures refers to dentures that are prepared to go in the same day that other procedures are performed to clear the way for dentures.

You could say that immediate dentures are generally a few hundred dollars more than conventional dentures of the same cosmetic quality. Emphasis on the word cosmetic.

They are best suited as stop-gap solutions or “transitional dentures”. Their main benefit is that you don’t have to worry about being seen without teeth until your permanent set arrives. And you have a backup should anything unexpected happen to that conventional set.

Too often though, they are kept as permanent sets. This often leads to a lower quality end product.

Here’s why:

Immediate dentures are often made from stock molds. Sometimes they are specialized stock molds, but they are stock molds nonetheless. And while some are custom-made in advance, the fit always involves guesswork as they are made based on an estimate of your oral landscape rather than the real thing.

As your jaw heals from tooth removal and whatever other pre-denture procedures you need, your dentist will reline the fit of your dentures. This process takes several extra visits over time.

But the return visits aren’t the issue, as relining is important for dentures of all types. The issue is that you are left with an inferior denture, but you paid more than it was worth because it was put in immediately.

Yet, if you use them for their transitional purpose they are more of an associated cost of conventional dentures. In this role, they perform admirably.

Associated Denture Costs

working dentistDepending on what is going on in your individual mouth, you may need a lot of work to prepare for your new dentures.These additional costs can end up being greater in value than the plates themselves.

For instance, tooth extraction can cost anywhere from $50 to $900 per tooth. Add in alveoloplasty — a surgery to reshape the jawline that helps reduce other complications — and the total cost starts to look expensive indeed.

On top of this, you’ll almost definitely need consistent relining of your dentures over time. This is basically just a process by which the fit of your dentures is adjusted.

In fact, if you get immediate dentures you may need one or several relinings as your mouth heals over the the first 4-6 months.

The highest quality dentures may come with some reline appointments built in over time. On average, you can expect to pay about $300 for “chairside” relines and $500 for “laboratory” relines. But in most cases, it can cost a lot more.

Ongoing costs with dentures include denture adhesives and a denture cleaning machine.

When you incorporate all of the potential associated costs and quality ranges:

A full set of dentures can total $1,500-$90,000.

A little much right?

Thus the subtitle:

How to Make Tooth Replacement Affordable?

saving money

Despite the potentially outlandish price tag, you can almost certainly find some ways to save money on dentures.

The private sector offers a variety of ways to help shoulder the load.

You can find many scathing articles across the net about the American healthcare system and the dental industry is the focal point of many of them.

Part of the issues is this:

Dental benefits don’t come standard with health insurance. And alone, dental insurance seems expensive. Furthermore, many who do have it complain that it offers little to no help when they need it.

But the average American has faulty thinking:

At least, they value their teeth too little.

Would this still be true if more people knew that those without dental benefits are 67 percent more likely to have heart disease, 50 percent more likely to have osteoporosis, and 29 percent more likely to have diabetes?

When we understand the true cost of not having dental benefits, we’ll start to change.

Dental Insurance for False Teeth

If you might need dentures in the near-to-distant future, you’re better off getting insured sooner rather than later. You may even be able to buy time before you need tooth replacement.

Go with trusted providers like Care Credit, Delta Dental, and Humana. And make absolutely sure your plan includes benefits for dentures: the higher quality coverage the better.

However, most dental insurance plans have a yearly limit of $1,000 or $1,500. So even if you quality for dental insurance, it is unlikely to cover your total costs. You also need to be sure that you select a plan that covers dentures.

Luckily, there is a lot more you can do.

Dental Discount Plans

Dental discount plans can work as to supplement dental insurance, or replace it altogether. You pay a yearly fee as a member. For that fee, you have access to dental care at a reduced cost.

Most dental discount plans support low-cost dentures and all associated procedures. See table below for more details. Discounted fee is a price for upper dentures for plan members.

Dental Plan NameYearly Plan CostUsual Dentist FeeDiscounted Fee
$154.95$1,987$643
$124.95$1,987$835
$124.95$1,987$759

Dental discount programs tend to be more manageable than insurance. Plus, they aren’t subject to the low yearly limits of most dental insurance policies. Whatever your discount, you receive it from the first procedure to the last. Give it a try!