Dentures nothing more than replacement teeth for missing ones. Full or partial plates are available as are upper or lower denture plates. Regardless of your needs and choice, dentures allow you to retain your speaking ability, facial appearance, and eating skills.
False teeth are not a cheap item to purchase. However, if you consider the function they play in your life and how many years you will be wearing them, the cost of dentures is suddenly put into perspective. Being able to communicate, eat and drink as well as continue to have a dazzling smile for many years is of much more importance.
It is still important to know how much dentures cost. So here we will look at the different false teeth options available, and give you an idea of how much they will cost.
Please note that pricing for false teeth will vary considerably depending on many factors including between different dentists and your specific circumstances. So your local dentist will be the best person to ask for more precise pricing.
How Much Do Permanent Dentures Cost?
A conventional denture is what is used when a patient has had all of their teeth removed. The advantage to this method is that gum tissue and the jawbone have time to heal before denture construction begins and that the construction is easier for the dentist at this point.
The downside to conventional dentures is that the patient may have to go without having teeth in their mouth for several weeks. This may be bothersome as it will have an impact on speaking, the facial appearance as well as eating to the point where diet changes will be required.
Conventional full dentures cost between $1,275.00 and $2,950.00 (uppers or lowers).
There may also be a lab fee ranging from between $160.00 and $210.00
How Much Do Upper Dentures Cost?
There is no real pricing distinction for upper dentures alone. The only major difference in cost of permanent dentures would be if the upper denture was a full plate or a partial. Other than that, cost differences will result from the types of material used in the construction of the denture.
How Much Do Lower Dentures Cost?
Lower dentures cost approximately the same price as uppers simply because the methods and materials used in the construction are the same for lowers as they are for uppers. It is not recommended to have cast metal lowers and acrylic uppers if cost is a factor. Both sets should be of the same style.
How Much Do Partial Dentures Cost?
A partial denture is different to a full upper or lower plate in that it does not replace all missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A partial replaces one or a few teeth and is typically fashioned to attach to neighboring natural teeth with clips or other attachments.
A cast metal partial denture is removable and made from plastic that is fitted onto a metal framework. This kind of partial denture is considered one of the strongest and most durable of the kinds available. They provide excellent fit and are the most common of the styles in use.
A cast metal partial denture will generally cost between $935.00 and $1,975.00 (uppers or lowers).
There may also be a lab fee ranging from $167.00 and $229.00.
Removable Partial Denture Cost
In addition to the cast metal partial denture mentioned above, a removable partial denture can be made from acrylic material. They also use clips to attach to natural teeth in order to stay in place. The acrylic material is cheaper which has an impact on cost. However, due to the quality of the plastic compared to cast metal, these may not last as long.
An acrylic partial may not have as much durability, strength or can have a greater effect on natural teeth than cast metal partials, but there is one major advantage. With acrylic partials, if you lose more natural teeth, this partial can be altered to add additional replacement teeth.
An acrylic partial denture can cost between $650.00 and $1,110.00 (uppers or lowers).
Flexible Partial Dentures Cost
Acrylic is also used in the construction of flexible removable partial dentures. The term flexible is used in reference to the fact that both the partial base and the tooth clasps used to hold the appliance in place is made from a pliable plastic. The plastic is in a pinkish color.
The main advantage to wearing a flexible partial denture over the other two styles comes directly from comfort. Because the base and clasps are flexible, they are less likely to become irritating to either the mouth or soft tissue nor will the create irritation to teeth.
Acrylic flexible dentures cost can be between $1,075.00 and $1,487.00.
Immediate Dentures Cost
Immediate dentures are a completely different method involving false teeth. The term immediate comes from the fact that denture construction begins when the patient still has some teeth. Once the final remaining teeth are removed, the pre-fit dentures are installed immediately afterwards.
The advantage to this method is that the patient does not go without teeth for any length of time. Plus, the dentures speed up the healing process of the gum tissue and jawbone. The immediate denture will either need relining or replacing after approximately 6 months due to bone shrinkage. At this point, they may be replaced with permanent dentures.
For more information on the process required for getting dentures in a day, click here.
Immediate dentures can cost between $1,495.00 and $3,270.00 (uppers or lowers).
Economy Dentures Cost
An economy denture differs a great deal from a regular denture. The economy style is typically constructed from the material that is of a lesser quality of normal dentures. Because the lesser quality materials are cheaper in cost for the dentist, this saving is passed on to the patient.
Another form of inexpensive dentures is one that is made from a ‘stock’ denture. This is a pre-made denture that is then fashioned to fit into the patient’s mouth. As this skips several mold making and fitting steps, it is far more affordable than a regular denture is.
Economy low cost dentures can cost between $570.00 and $1,350.00 (uppers or lowers).
Temporary Dentures Cost
The term temporary is often confused with immediate dentures because they are the same thing. An immediate denture, which often has to be replaced within six months of installation, makes an immediate denture actually a temporary style of false teeth.
Because immediate dentures are not intended for long-term use, they are meant to be transitional in that they give a patient a full set of teeth faster than conventional dentures can. However, after six months, the patient will most likely be looking at permanent, conventional dentures anyway.
Single Tooth Denture Cost
There are many different types of single tooth dentures. Each one is related specifically to the style required for the replacement tooth.
There is a soft tissue borne single tooth denture. This is typically a tooth with a bracket or gripping appliance that fits over the gum to stay in place.
Another style is the tooth borne dentures which are held in place by other teeth.
The final type of single tooth denture is a tooth and tissue borne partial. It is held in place by the gum tissue and clips or brackets that wrap around adjoining teeth.
A single tooth denture can cost between $100.00 and $350.00
For more information on some different options available to replace a single tooth, click here.
Denture Reline Cost
As you age, the fit of your dentures will differ slightly. This is primarily due to changes taking place in your jaw bone and the gum tissue. Ordinarily, the two tend to shrink slightly over time. When this happens, dentures become loose and can rub against the mouth and gums.
This rubbing action can develop into serious problems if not treated quickly. The best solution is often to have your dentures relined. A relining involves an application of a resin that is molded to the shape of your gum line. It makes a better fit in the long run and can be done by your dentist.
There are two different ways in which a reline can be completed. A lab reline involves a new gum impression and dentures having to be fit with the new impression. A chair-side reline involves the plastic compound applied to the denture and placed in the mouth to set.
A complete denture reline (chair-side) can cost between $280.00 and $395.00 (uppers or lowers).
A complete denture reline (lab) can cost between $350.00 and $475.00 (uppers or lowers).
There may also be a lab fee ranging from $50.00 to $75.00.
There are also denture reliner and cushion kits available. These may not do as good a job as professional relines by dentists, but may be able to help you out if money is a bit tight or if you need a quick reliner option. For information on the best denture reliner and cushion DIY options, click here.
For a quick overview of how a dentist performs a denture reline, watch this short video below…
Additional Costs Associated With Dentures:
Aside from the lab fees noted above, for some types of dentures and under specific circumstances there are other costs to consider. This could include:
1. Tooth Extractions
If you have not had all of your teeth removed, you may require extractions of the remaining teeth. This is common when immediate dentures are being purchased. Tooth extraction costs vary:
A simple extraction can add to the cost of permanent dentures by between $75.00 and $450.00 per tooth
Surgical extractions can cost between $150 and $650 per tooth.
2. Denture Repairs
Dentures are not made of material that will not get damaged in some way. Unfortunately, dropping dentures accidentally can end up breaking or cracking them.
While there are several over-the-counter and do-it-yourself options for various repairs, your dentist will do the best denture repair good job.
Dentist office repairs for dentures can cost between $50.00 and $200.00 (uppers or lowers).
Drugstore DIY repair kits for dentures can cost between $10.00 and $50.00 (uppers or lowers). For more information on how to repair a broken denture, click here for an in-depth article on the different options available.
3. Caring For Dentures
Once you have your dentures, you have to then take care of them to ensure they look great and last as long as possible. Unfortunately, your denture cleaning routine will differ somewhat to your natural teeth cleaning procedure.
There are a few extra things to consider when cleaning your dentures. For an in-depth look at what is involved, click here.
What Does It Cost To Go Without Dentures?
For some, the cost of permanent dentures, or any other types of false teeth option, is way out of their budget. However, if you have lost all or some of your teeth the most logical replacement is with denture appliances.
False teeth allow you to continue to function normally in speaking, smiling and eating. And there are many options for styles and materials available… many of which may be more affordable than you may think. As such, there should be no reason to go without dentures.
For many, the cost of dentures may be more than they would like to spend. However, the inconvenience, as well as the look and feel of alternatives (one of which is obviously to have no teeth at all) means that they will find a way to get false teeth, and then look after them so they will look great and last as long as possible.
For more information on your specific needs and the costs associated with your false teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today and you’ll be smiling again soon.