I heard this story the other day about a couple going out to eat at a nice restaurant.
As they were eating, the man took a bite of his food. To his horror, his dentures stayed behind in his food while he pulled away!
He quickly picked his teeth up and put them back in. But it wasn’t quick enough, because the couple sitting next to him were staring in shock.
What a sight.
I couldn’t imagine how embarrassed that made him feel.
Every year this happens to a lot of people. It happens in public and also in front of friends and family.
But having the right type and fit of dentures can help this from happening to you. And they won’t cost you an arm or a leg either. As a matter of fact, I’ll even show you a way to save big.
So read below to find out the different types of dentures, what you can expect to pay, and how to save big!
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.
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 dental implant cost 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.
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.
The answer is simple: Get a discount dental plan. You can save hundreds of dollars on your dentures and every other dental procedure.
Too often though, they are kept as permanent sets. This often leads to a lower quality end product.
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
Depending 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.
When you incorporate all of the potential associated costs and quality ranges: A full set of dentures can total $1,500-$90,000.
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