What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a dental prosthesis to replace missing teeth. There are many different types of dentures. There are permanent and removable dentures; permanent dentures cost more than removal dentures. There are also implanted, flexible, full and partial dentures. Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing, while a full denture replaces either all of the lower or upper teeth or both. Full dentures cost more than partial dentures. Implanted dentures are the most expensive type of denture. Patients should speak to their dentist about what type of dentures is best suited for them. Some insurance companies will only cover certain types of dentures.
The cost of dentures varies greatly per location and dentist. Denture prices also vary depending on what type of dentures are required, and if they are needed for both the upper and lower teeth. In addition, denture cost is affected by what the dentures are made of; cast metal dentures cost more than acrylic equivalents, for instance. Denture cost ranges from $300-$100,000; however, the average cost of dentures is $1000-$3000. Complete upper and lower dentures are $500-$2000. Complete upper or lower dentures cost around $250-$1000. Permanent partial dentures cost from $1000-$5000. Upper or lower removable partial denture prices range from $250-$1000. Implant dentures are the most expensive type of denture; they cost $800-$4000 per tooth.
Either a dentist or an orthodontist can help patients acquire dentures. Dentures cost more from an orthodontist than from a dentist. The cost of dentures from an orthodontist is about $500 more than the cost at a dentist. In the United States, dentures cost more in the north-eastern states than the rest of the country, and denture prices from a rural dentist are less than prices at a city dentist. Most dental insurance companies cover some or all the cost of dentures; most insurance companies cover 15%-50% of denture costs. Patients should check their insurance carrier to find out exactly what dentures will cost them. Some insurance companies only cover certain types of dentures.
How Much Do Permanent Dentures Cost?
Permanent dentures can be either partial or full. Permanent dentures are far more stable and comfortable than removable equivalents. However, permanent denture prices are far higher than removable denture prices. Permanent denture costs range from $800-$10,000 depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Permanent denture prices for a single tooth are around $800-$1000, while permanent dentures for an entire mouth can be $10,000 or higher. Of course, cost varies per location and dentist. Prices are also affected by the overall health of the patient’s mouth.
Partial Denture Cost
Many people wonder how much partial dentures cost. Partial dentures cost $300-$5000 depending on whether the dentures are permanent or removable. Permanent partial dentures are more expensive than removable equivalents. Removal partial dentures cost about $300-$1000. Permanent partial dentures prices range from $1000-$5000. The cost is also affected by what the denture is made from; cast metal partial dentures cost more than acrylic equivalents.
How Much Do Flexible Dentures Cost?
Flexible dentures tend to be more comfortable than non-flexible traditional dentures. Flexible dentures are available as both permanent and removable. Flexible dentures help to maintain the shape of the patient’s face, help with chewing and speech and help to stop teeth from shifting. Flexible partial dentures cost more than traditional partial dentures cost. Flexible dentures are one of the more expensive types of dentures. Flexible partial dentures cost ranges from $400-$8000, depending on dentist, the size of dentures and the extent of the work that needs to be done.
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
Implant dentures are the most expensive type of dentures. Impact retained dentures cost significantly more than fixed bridge, permanent, full or partial dentures. Mini implant dentures cost significantly more than fixed bridge dentures, permanent, full or partial dentures. Implant denture prices range $800-$4000 per tooth. Average implant retained dentures cost $1000-$2000 per tooth. Average mini implants dentures cost $3500-$4000.
How Much Do Dentures Cost Without Insurance?
Denture cost without insurance ranges from $300-$100,000, depending on the type of denture, and the healthiness of the patient’s mouth. Without insurance, complete upper and lower denture prices range between $500 and $2000, while whole complete dentures for either the upper or lower mouth are around $250 to $1000. Without insurance, upper or lower removable partial denture prices range from $250-$1000, while upper or lower partial permanent dentures cost $1000-$5000. Without insurance, implant denture price is $800-$4000 per tooth. Denture cost without insurance also varies per location and on the dentist or orthodontist that does the work. Denture cost without insurance is usually around $500 more from an orthodontist than a dentist. Some dentists give a discount to the elderly, low-income families and to those who pay in cash. The cost of dentures varies greatly per location and dentist – patients are best to shop around to get the best price possible.
Dentures are a good solution for people that have lost all or numerous teeth. However, they are not without problems. Dentures usually take around 2-5 weeks to get used to and during that time patients may find them uncomfortable and have difficulties talking or eating. When well cared for dentures should last 5-10 years; however, they should be checked by a dentist every two years to ensure they are in good shape and fitting correctly. A bi-annual trip to the dentist to have dentures checked costs around $200-$300. Other common denture problems are denture slipping, problems eating difficult foods, impaired speech, lack of suction, wrinkles around the mouth, and soreness in the mouth. To help stop denture problems from occurring, proper denture care is necessary and a dentist should be seen every two years to adjust the dentures to the shape of the ever-changing mouth.