When it comes to dentures there are a number of choices to make. Coverage, materials, and more… where does one begin? How much do premium and other dentures cost? In today’s article we will talk about the different types of dentures an give you an idea of approximate costs so that you make your decision with the information that you need. Let’s talk about how much premium and other dentures and their cost and care!
What types of dentures are available?
Depending on what you need done there are different types of dentures available at different price ranges. First let’s discuss the different denture types which are out there which you can select from:
- Basic dentures – Basic dentures consist of a full set of functional dentures which tend to be cold-cured, which is to say that the acrylic components do not need to be heated when creating a set. While this makes them more affordable, they are not as cosmetically pleasing or durable as a more expensive set.
- Mid-Range dentures – More durable and pleasing than a basic set, there is a bit more customization which goes into a set of mid-range dentures. These dentures look more realistic and will often come with a 90 days – 2 year warranty.
- Premium dentures – The cream of the crop if you do not wish to go the implant route, Premium dentures possess the highest cosmetic reproduction value both for the teeth as well as the acrylics employed for the gums. These often come with a 5 to 10 year warranty as well and this is something to consider.
- Partial dentures – If you are only needing to replace a few teeth, then partial dentures are an option. These come in various kinds, with some of the cheaper ones easy enough to fabricate during your first dental office visit and with others (known as snap ins) employing dental implants and magnets.
- Full fixed implant-supported dentures – The most expensive option, these dentures are typically set with implants (much like the snap-ins) but for a larger area of coverage.
Cost is going to vary a lot between the types as well as the materials. For instance, do you want your dentures to be porcelain or acrylic? With many factors to count in you will need to consult your dentist for a more concrete price but we can give you a ‘ballpark figure’ on some of the different types. Here are the basics:
- Partial dentures – Partial dentures can run as low as $300 to as high as $4000. This is going to depend on their style, as some anchor to bridges or crowned teeth, whereas the more basic are a fitted mouthpiece that provides the missing teeth where needed.
- Basic dentures – Basic dentures are the most cost-effective if you are needing a full set but are on a limited budget. For a upper or lower set only, expect anywhere from $300 – $500, with a full set running from $600 to $1000.
- Mid-Range dentures – As these are more personalized and more durable there will be an additional cost over the basic dentures. For mid-range dentures you are looking at a range of $500- $1500 for an upper or lower set, up to $1000 – $3000 for a full set of dentures.
- Premium dentures – Premium dentures start at approximately $2000 – $4000 for an upper or lower set, with a full set ranging at $4000 – $8000. We should note that adjustment visits to keep your dentures fitting snugly are often included in the price.
- Full fixed implant-supported dentures – These are the most coveted of the dentures on the list, generally employing an implant structure and with a selection of various materials which you can employ. A full set can run between $30,000 an $50,000, or you can get an upper or lower set for $15,000 to $24,000 .
Other costs to consider
- Location, location, location – Where you get your dentures is going to make a lot of difference in the price. It is actually not uncommon for some people to take ‘dental tours’ in locations such as the Philippines where they can vacation and receive dental care at a fraction of the cost. Something to consider if you want to save money and have some fun with it.
- Additional dental work – Extractions, tooth shaving, or any other procedures that the dentist might need to do will have to be factored in. Don’t worry, your dentist can apprise you of what needs to be done.
“A good warranty can be a godsend sometimes.”
- Insurance factors– Depending on your insurance, a large portion of the cost or even none at all may be covered, so check your dental plan to see what assistance may be offered.
- Warranty – Warranties are great and something to consider if you want a ‘higher end’ set of dentures. If you don’t like warranties, you could always get a spare pair, but a good warranty can be a godsend sometimes.
- Materials used – Various materials will affect the look, durability, and overall longevity of your dentures, so be sure to review what is available in detail with your dentist. A little extra investment now can make years of difference.
In this article we have discussed the costs of Premium and other available dentures for those who are looking to invest in a set. Remember to take your time when you are selecting your new teeth. A good set of dentures not only looks good but will also function as-advertised. So use the information that we have given you today and set up that dental consult… you’ve got an investment to make in your smile!