Cost of Dentures
The cost of dentures is affected by many factors. Will this be a first set of dentures or a replacement set? Do you need partial dentures or full dentures? Will you choose standard dentures, and if so, which type? Or will you opt for denture implants, and will you choose to have each tooth mounted individually, or will you choose to permanently mount a set of dentures attached to one denture base. The type of material used will also affect the final cost of your dentures. Do you now feel like you are swimming in a sea of confusion? Well relax, and let's break this information down into bite size pieces.
Basically the cost of any denture is related directly to it's quality. That's the bottom line. You get what you pay for. A good quality denture made by a top of the line denturist is going to give you the best value for the dollars you spend.
Denture insurance coverage is also a factor. Many dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of dentures. It's best to consult with your provider to find out the specifics of your denture coverage, namely, what the policy will cover, and what it won't cover. A little homework beforehand can save you the unpleasant surprise of finding out you have to pay for a non-covered procedure out of your own pocket.
Now let's take a look at some of the variables. In the first place, a full set of dentures is going to cost more than a partial set since less materials are required to make them.
Standard or removable type dentures, whether partial or full dentures, can be made of various materials, each providing an increasing level of comfort and therefore an increasing level of cost. Acrylic denture bases are the most common, and this material usually costs less than flexible or soft type dentures that use a flexible resin in their manufacture.
Finally, we'll take a look at denture implants. As the name implies, denture implants involve surgically implanting metal rods directly into the boney ridge for mounting the dentures on to later. The more rods you have implanted, the higher the cost of this denture. The number of rods needed is determined on whether each denture tooth will be mounted separately, or if only a few rods are needed to mount a partial or full denture plate.
While it wouldn't be possible to quote actual prices for each type and procedure, those vary by denturist, hopefully you will now understand that there a varying degrees of cost according to the type of denture you finally choose.