Denture Cost

There’s an old buyer’s axiom that goes: you get what you pay for, and nothing more.  It’s not often that this saying is wrong, and it couldn’t be more right than with denture prices.

The dentures cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.  Usually the price reflects both the complexity and the robustness of the designed dentures.  Of course, there are also some basic dentist’s fees related to the daily operation of the office, administration, and any checkups that may be required first.

Most dentists offer a range of dentures from the high-end to the low-end.  Higher end models tend to have more guarantees and warranties, while with the lower end models most of the liability shifts to the client.  The following price estimates are for a full set (upper and lower jaw) of dentures.  For a single denture simply divide the price in half for a rough estimate, though this is not always the case.

High-end ’premium’ models are anywhere from $1000 up to $5000.  That’s a serious investment of cash and you do end up getting a fair bit in the deal.  With a high-end model you can expect many things.  First of all, they’ll probably be the most life-like dentures money can buy.  Often the materials have a very realistic color to them.  The ’gum’ portion of the denture is often the hardest to realistically replicate.  High-end models use advanced materials to simulate the look and color of the gums.  Next come the teeth.  They’re usually long lasting, life-like, and use composite acrylic resins.  Most come with some sort warranty against chipping and cracking that can last several years.

Working our way down to the low end, most of the warranties slowly diminish from years to months.  A basic denture can be as cheap as $300.   However, these basic dentures look phony, don’t last very long, and have limited warranties.  Overall the quality difference is very noticeable, especially to the person wearing it.

On average, the mid-range options usually offer the best mix of comfort, quality, price, and longevity.  A mid-range denture costs no more than $1000, and should have a basic warranty that lasts 1 to 2 years.  Unless you have a lot of money to spend on a top-of-the-line denture, the mid-range is probably the best choice for you.  Spending $300 on the basic denture can seem tempting, but considering their short useful life spans and unsightly appearance, it’s usually not even worth the money.

Dentures are a serious investment of your time and money.  Be sure to consult a dentist for prices specifically related to your situation.  Good luck with your search for that perfect set of dentures to suit your needs!

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