Dentures are considered an affordable solution to missing teeth. It may seem odd, but the prices of full and partial dentures are actually quite similar. The average cost is $1,800.
Without the help of dental insurance or dental plans, those values will be coming out of your pocket. What’s more, you might come across unexpected charges while prepping your mouth for dentures. Can you get false teeth at a bargain?Creative Commons
Full dentures cost
The most important factor in determining the cost of a full denture is how much time it takes to make it. If you need teeth fast, be prepared to pay a bit more.
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This is the most popular option. It is an affordable solution in comparison to other full-mouth restorations, costing $1,800 on average.
Traditional dentures come with additional costs such as cleaning materials, adhesives, and reline costs.
Immediate dentures are a bit more expensive, at about $1,900. They are ready to wear the same day teeth are removed. They are made before any extractions take place.
This means that they involve some guesswork. There is no waiting for them, but additional costs will probably play a role, as they will have to be adjusted. They generally do not fit very well.
They are a great option for those who do not want to go without teeth for any period of time. An immediate denture is often the first a patient will have.
Interim dentures are the cheapest of the three full-mouth solutions. They cost $900 on average.
They are meant to be worn between procedures. Interims are popular as transitional dentures after teeth are removed but before a full bridge is fitted.
They are cheaper because they are not made to withstand daily, long-term use. More often than not, however, patients will wear them indefinitely.
The calculator below can help you see how much you might have to pay for a full denture bearing in mind your circumstances. If you are unsure which could apply to you, scroll down.
Another option you might be interested in is an implant-supported denture. This is a more stable solution. It does, however, involve surgery.
You can have a look at how much one could cost on our dental implant cost page.
Partial dentures cost
Partial dentures are a great choice if you still have some healthy teeth left. They are designed to fit around your natural teeth and prevent those from falling out too.
The biggest cost factors are the materials and the time it takes for you to get your denture.
Traditional partial dentures
The average price for a resin base traditional partial denture is $1,400.
A resin base denture is the most economical option.This type of replacement may be less comfortable and stable in the mouth and may have metal clasps to hold on to the remaining teeth.
You will find yourself paying $1,800 on average for a metal cast traditional partial denture.
A metal cast is much more sturdy and not as prone to breakage as a resin base. Metal cast dentures, however, are much less attractive; the metal parts are often discernible.
They also put less force on the remaining teeth and are least likely to cause further problems
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Traditional partial dentures are much cheaper than permanent options. However, they may get loose over time and sometimes have a metal clasp that may show through when you smile.
A flexible traditional partial denture costs $1,700 on average.
This type might be best if you want a lightweight denture that is more dainty. The grips will also be gum-colored; this makes for a cosmetically satisfying solution. If many teeth are missing, however, this may not be an option.
Immediate partial dentures
Immediate partial dentures can be slightly more expensive. The average cost across the US is $1,500 for a resin base denture while a metal cast comes to about $2,100. The prices range from $900 up to $3,500.
A resin base partial denture looks quite natural but is more prone to breakage than a metal cast. This could mean additional repair costs.
If you are worried that you might lose more of your teeth soon, you might want to consider a metal cast partial denture. It is easy to add teeth to it when the need arises. This will be cheaper than getting a whole new denture.
Interim partial dentures
Interim partial dentures are quite affordable in comparison. The average cost across the US is $700 and the prices range from $400 up to $1,200.
This third type is a short-term solution. The price depends greatly on which teeth (and how many) are missing.
These are usually worn as a temporary solution while a sturdier, long-term prosthesis is being made.
Play around with the calculator below to estimate how much a partial denture might cost in your case.
You may have to visit the dental office more often than you would expect. Scroll down to see procedures that your dentist might deem necessary.
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Your dentist will let you know what additional procedures need to be performed. Below are just some of the most common ones.
The first charge you will encounter when thinking about a denture is the fee for dental exam. An oral evaluation will help asses what kind of denture is best for you. You can make clear what you are expecting and ask any questions you may have.
The dentist will have a look at which teeth are still present in your mouth. Minor issues like cavities might have to be resolved. He or she will also have a look at the state of your gums. If they are receded, inflamed, or infected, you may need additional treatments.
At this stage, you will be informed whether any procedures need to be done before a denture is fitted. If some teeth need to be extracted or treated, an appointment will be set up.
Your dentist may decide that some of your teeth aren’t salvageable. If that is the case, they will have to be removed. This might be a steep, additional fee, as tooth extraction can cost almost as much as the dentures itself.
How much you will have to pay depends on the condition of the tooth and whether or not you will need sedation.
A diagnostic cast, also referred to as a study model, lets the dental professional know what your current and adjusting bite is.
You might be asked to use a tongue depressor. That will ensure that your mouth is at its most relaxed state. This is vital for assessing your bite. Your jaw will be moved to a central position.
A silicone or wax mold will be made of your teeth. It will be sent to a lab, where it will be converted to a mold of dental stone.
It will be placed in a machine to mimic the movement of your jaw. This way the dentist will know what shape the denture has to take.
Sometimes the dentist might need to see what your jaw looks like inside and out. This means the cost of an X-ray should be included in the budget for a denture.
A panoramic radiograph, the most common type of X-ray conducted in conjunction with fitting dentures, is taken by a device that moves slowly around your head. You will have to remain motionless as to not make the image distorted. The resulting image will be two-dimensional, but will show all your teeth on one plane.
If your current denture is ill-fitting or causing you pain, or if you recently had teeth extracted, you may need tissue conditioning.
This procedure requires a denture of some sort, so you may be fitted with a temporary one. A lining is placed along the surface that touches your gums. It will help your gums take the shape they need to for fully-functioning replacement teeth.
The lining is soft and flexible but can make it harder for you to speak or eat. The goal is to help your gums heal and take the right shape. It is not meant to be a permanent solution. You will have to wear a denture with lining for a couple of weeks at most.
Adjustments are small changes in your dentures, either cosmetic or functional. They are especially common with immediate dentures. Your gums change with time and an immediate denture is fashioned even before your mouth is ready for it. This means adjustments are inevitable.
A number of adjustments might be included in the cost of your dentures. It is worth checking with your dentist or dental plan whether this is the case.
If your gums have drastically changed shape (which does happen, especially after teeth are removed) an adjustment might not be enough. You might have to consider a reline.
A chairside relining will take place at the dentist’s office and your denture will be ready during your visit. A laboratory relining usually takes about a day.
The three types of relines consist of a hard reline, a soft one, and a temporary one. A hard reline will alter your denture to take the exact shape of your mouth. A soft one will remain so for about a year and will be more gentle on the gums. A temporary reline contains a medicated material and should only be worn for a couple of weeks.
There are also at-home solutions. A do-it-yourself denture reline kit is a lot cheaper but comes nowhere near the level of quality you can expect from a dentist or lab. The prices range from $10-$50.
Does insurance cover dentures?
The quickest answer is: it depends. Standard, low-cost dentures are more likely to be covered. Most people, however, prefer having better quality, better-looking dentures.
Here is a rundown of how three popular insurance plans treat denture financing:
|Name||Dental Blue for Individuals: Core Plan||Cigna Dental 1000||Renaissance Dental: MAX Choice Plus Plan|
|Fee per person per month||$35.95 (if you’re under 65)||$30 or more||$89.49|
|Dentures||50% (50% coinsurance)||50% (50% coinsurance)*||20% (80% coinsurance)***|
|Relining||not covered||not covered||20% (80% coinsurance)***|
|Waiting period||12 months||12 months**||No waiting period|
|In-network dentists||Quotes provided for in-network dentists||Quotes provided for in-network dentists||Quotes provided for in-network dentists|
*1 per arch per consecutive 84-month period
**Waiting periods are waived at Cigna if you’ve had valid dental insurance for a year.
The condition is that dentures have to be medically necessary. Getting a denture, however, will always require putting in some money yourself. It is also worth checking if your provider is willing to sponsor relines. This is a running cost alongside cleaning materials.
Alternative methods of saving on dentures
The easiest way to find a good deal on dentures is to take advantage of the so-called dental plans. They work similarly to memberships; you pay an annual fee and get a discount on dental procedures. There is no paperwork or yearly maximums.
Bear in mind that you will probably be using your denture for a long time. It may be a good idea to consider an implant-supported one. Yes, you will pay more initially, but the upkeep costs are much lower.
There are ways to stop money from escaping your wallet though. But those methods are not “traditional” and you will have to do some research. We have prepared guides to find both affordable and free dentures. Make sure to check them out before visiting your dentist.
If well cared for, dentures typically last for up to eight years. They are, however, prone to breakage and require regular relines. This generates regular fees you will have to continue making at the dentist.
Comment down below if you have dentures yourself. What type? Were they expensive? Or maybe you are thinking of something else altogether?