Basic Dentures, Plate: $300-$500, Upper And Lower: $600-$1,000.
February 2, 2012 by staff
Basic Dentures, Plate: $300-$500, Upper And Lower: $600-$1,000., How Much Do Dentures Cost?
Low: Partial Dentures Average $700-$1,800, Can Run $2,000+
Basic Dentures, Plate: $300-$500, Upper and Lower: $600-$1,000. Pa
Mid-Range Dentures, Plate: $500-$1,000; Upper and Lower: $1,000-$2,000
Crafted of resin, porcelain, acrylic and/or metal, dentures are removable devices used to replace missing teeth. A denture plate replaces all the teeth on either the upper or lower arch. If some healthy teeth remain, a partial denture replaces just the missing ones.
Prices vary depending on the complexity of the denture needed. Any tooth extractions to remove remaining (but damaged/loosened) teeth will add to the total cost.
A basic denture plate starts around $300 -$500, or $600 -$1,000 for a full set of both upper and lower teeth. At this price range the dentures usually have extremely limited warranties, don’t last as long as higher-end models and tend to not look lifelike.
A mid-range denture costs $500 -$1,000 per plate or $1,000 -$2,000 for a set of two. These look reasonably good and usually come with a 1- or 2-year warranty.
Premium dentures can cost $1,000 -$4,000 per plate, or $2,000 -$8,000 for a full set. Dentures in this price range use high-end materials to simulate the look of gums and teeth as closely as possible, last a long time and are warranted against chipping and cracking. Often the price includes several follow-up visits to fine-tune the fit.
Partial dentures can start as low as $300 -$500, average around $700 -$1,800, and can run $2,000 -$4,000 or more in gold (instead of acrylic or another metal).
Dentures are generally done by a cosmetic dentist or a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist specializes in crafting dentures and may charge fees at the higher end of the price range. Dental insurance often pays anywhere from 15-50 percent of the costs of full or partial dentures, if they are considered medically necessary rather than cosmetic.
What should be included:
The process for getting dentures usually takes about three weeks to 1.5 months, and can include separate appointments for: impressions and measurements; checking an initial “try-in” model for fit; inserting and adjusting the final denture; and follow-up appointments to check comfort and function. The American Dental Association answers commonly asked questions about dentures.
Partial dentures use a metal framework to hold artificial teeth in place, and can be attached to the natural teeth with metal clasps or with precision attachments that are nearly invisible but require crowns on the real teeth.
Dentures can get chipped or cracked, and do wear out; they should be checked and replaced every few years, depending on their care and quality. Extremely high-quality dentures will last longer.
For dental college clinics charging reduced rates for work by supervised students or faculty, visit DentalSite.com. Getting dentures from a college clinic will take about twice as long because the students are slower and they have to stop at specified points to have their work approved.
Dental societies may pay part of the costs for low-income patients; visit the American Dental Association for your state organization.
Shopping for dentures:
Check with the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Association or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists for members in your area. If you have dental insurance, the insurance company will list approved dentists. EHow.com gives tips for finding a good dentist, including questions to ask.
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