Types of Dentures
When it comes to dentures, there are different types: complete, partial, and implant-supported dentures. The cost will vary for each type of denture.
Complete dentures are designed for the top jaw or bottom jaw when teeth on either are all missing.
Partial dentures replace either one tooth or a few teeth in a row.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored in the mouth by dental implants. These dentures attach to implants that have been surgically attached to your jaw.
Complete dentures typically cost more than partial dentures, and because implant-supported dentures require a surgical procedure to place the implant in the jaw, this option can also be more expensive.
Materials & Customizations
There are, of course, more inexpensive options when it comes to dentures – but as with most things, you get what you pay for.
The cheapest dentures can look more artificial than their more expensive counterparts. They are also made of cheaper materials and are not custom-made for each patient, resulting in a poor fit.
Higher quality dentures may cost more but may be worth the price for comfort, functionality, and aesthetics. They are custom-made with materials to fit your mouth and come with multiple fitting sessions ahead of time, and realignment fittings after they have been placed.
Immediate dentures are prepared and fitted on the same day that your teeth are extracted. They serve a primarily aesthetic purpose because they allow you to get your new teeth immediately, rather than going for weeks without any teeth, as is typically the case for patients seeking this option.
As your mouth heals, it will change shape, and your dentures will likely have to be re-fitted so that they sit comfortably and stay in place.
As a result of these additional steps, immediate dentures may end up costing somewhat more than traditional dentures.
There are a variety of costs associated with getting dentures, aside from the cost of the dentures themselves.
For instance, the preparatory work of extracting teeth, and surgically reshaping the jawline to reduce the risk of complications, both have costs associated with them.
Ongoing costs include dental adhesives, a denture cleaning machine, and cleaning products.
Will Insurance Cover My Bill?
If you are concerned about the cost of dentures, you might be wondering if your private dental care plan will cover it.
While it would be nice to be able to assume all dental plans cover this kind of procedure, it's something you will need to look into with your provider.
Dentures are considered a "Major Service" so if your plan covers this kind of service then you know your dentures will be paid for by your insurance, but if you are unsure, contact your provider, or your dentist, and they may be able to look into it for you.