Dentures are one of the most popular options for patients who are missing multiple teeth. This is because they’re generally affordable, functional, and customized to look natural. When looking at the cost of dentures, there are a few main factors that will contribute to the price because not all of them are created equally. Continue reading to learn more about dentures and how to determine how affordable they will be.
The quality and type of material chosen for your dentures will have a big impact on the amount that it costs. For instance, the least expensive dentures you can find are made from a brittle, pink plastic. The teeth are made from the same material. The only difference is that they’re white. With these, you will pay less but need to have them replaced again after just a couple years. When you invest in higher quality dentures, they will have an acrylic body with special teeth made from either acrylic or porcelain. They are much stronger, look more natural, and last anywhere from 5 to 7 years.
Type of Denture
There are different types of dentures available depending on how many teeth you have lost. If you haven’t lost all of your teeth, you may want a partial denture which will generally be more affordable than a full denture. These only replace the missing teeth and lock onto your teeth at you still have. Partial dentures also have different materials that can be made from. The most inexpensive ones are made from pink plastic and have pieces of bent wire sticking out that will wrap around the natural teeth. These are thicker and heavier in order to prevent breaking. A higher quality partial will have a thin metal framework with metal clasps that will fit to your teeth.
Before you get your dentures, your dentist will need to examine your mouth to search for any signs of infection, tooth decay, or previous dental work that could impede on the denture process. They will also search for other teeth that may need to be removed before you can have your dentures placed. When determining the price of your dentures, you will also need to consider the cost of any extractions or other dental work you may need beforehand.
Most full dental insurance polices include some restorative coverage. Usually this is up to 50% of the cost. Ask your dentist if they accept your dental insurance plan and about other financing options they have. You’ll have your smile back in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Martin T. Barco III is an experienced dentist who has been practicing for more than decade. He earned his DDS from the University of North Carolina and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Indiana Dental Association. For more information on dentures or to schedule an appointment at Dr. Barco’s office in Bloomington, visit his website or call (812) 332-8290.