How Much Do Dentures Actually Cost?

Staff WriterLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 6:48:03 PM ET
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Dentures are dental appliances that replace missing teeth in your mouth. People often require dentures if they're missing all or most of their teeth. Dentures attach to a plate or other supporting structure that fits over your gums. You can remove them at night or whenever you wish. It takes several appointments to get fitted for dentures and each set is unique to the wearer's mouth. Dentures can be expensive, but they greatly improve the quality of a person's life. Check out the factors that affect the price of dentures to estimate how much you can expect to pay.

Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures are removable. They stay in place with suction or an adhesive. The cost of a single denture plate, which would be either the upper or lower portion, ranges from $300 to $500. You can expect to pay between $600 and $1,000 for the complete denture set. This price includes a limited warranty to protect your dentures from damage. These prices reflect affordable dentures made from lower quality materials. They may not be as comfortable, last as long or look as realistic as more expensive models.

Denture Materials

Mid to high-end dentures often contain composite acrylic resins and are the most natural looking dentures. Additionally, they last a long time and are more durable than other options. Prices for mid-range dentures might be as low as $500 for a single plate or as high as $3,000 for a full set. Prices for high-end dentures range from $2,000 for single dentures to $8,000 or more for a full set.

Removable Partial Dentures

Unlike conventional dentures, removable partial dentures rest on a metal framework and attach to the remaining teeth that you have in your mouth. The average cost of a partial denture is between $700 and $1,800, but the price can be higher or lower depending on your unique needs.

Tooth Extractions

It's often necessary for your dentist to extract teeth from your mouth before fitting you for dentures. Your teeth may be damaged or causing you issues. Removing them makes room for dentures. The cost of extracting a tooth is $75 on the low end. This is for a simple procedure done in the dentist's office under local anesthetic. If your tooth requires surgical removal, expect to pay as much as $650 for a single extraction.

Dental Implants

Dental implants fit directly into the jaw and replace the root of a missing tooth. Your dentist can then attach a post and fit a crown or cap in place of the missing tooth. Your dentist can also create a permanent denture by fitting several dental implants into your jaw and then placing artificial teeth on the base. In addition, your dentist may place a couple of dental implants to attach removable dentures. The price for permanent dentures can range from $3,500 to over $30,000 depending on your needs. Though they are more expensive upfront, they last a lifetime and, with proper care, you won't need to replace them.

Number of Appointments for Fitting Dentures

Fitting dentures requires multiple appointments. First, a dentist may need to remove your teeth, and your mouth needs to have a chance to heal. This can take six to eight weeks. Then, your dentist takes impressions and measurements of your mouth to create dentures that are the proper fit. You'll then come back for a fitting so the dentist can make adjustments for comfort. Same-day or one-day dentures are usually made in advance so you can insert them the same day of your tooth extraction.

Denture Repair Costs

Dentures can break or crack, or the way they fit can change over time. When this happens, you might have trouble eating or talking. Broken denture repair costs range from $50 to $200 depending on the extent of the damage. Denture reline cost is $250 to $450 to get a proper fit.

Low-Cost Dentures

Low-cost dentures for seniors, veterans and others are often available through dental clinics. Those looking for cheap same-day dentures can work out a payment plan with their dentist or apply for a no-interest line of credit to spread the payments out over time.