The Cost of False Teeth
Because there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all denture, one price definitely doesn’t fit all. You can find a wide range of prices for dentures, with a basic partial denture starting in the $300 to 500 range, and a full set of dentures costing between $600 and $1,000. But higher quality false teeth — ones that are more realistic and built to last — can run into the $8,000 range. The average price for a full set of dentures in a 2009 survey was $2,900.
In addition to the type of denture you want, there are many other factors that contribute to the cost of dentures.
Factors that Dictate the Cost of False Teeth
- Denture Type. Partial dentures that take the place of just a few teeth may cost significantly less than a full mouth of false teeth.
- Complexity. The cost of dentures may be higher if your jaw is irregularly shaped or you have other dental issues that make creating your dentures a more difficult task.
- Denture Materials. Cheaper dentures may be made of lower quality plastic and look more fake than their more expensive counterparts. They may also have a shorter life span than the more expensive dentures.
- Location, Location, Location. Where you live can affect the cost of false teeth — people in urban areas can expect to pay more for their dentures than people in areas where the cost of living is lower.
- Your Dentist’s Expertise. Dentists and dental labs who have more experience at producing dentures may command a premium. If you use the services of a prosthodontist, an expert who specializes in producing false teeth, expect to pay even more. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, look into dental schools in the area, where aspiring dentists (overseen by their experienced teachers), may be able to fit you for your dentures.
- Warranty. Some dentists will offer an extended warranty for their dentures, enabling you to get free revisions and repairs for a period of time. That extra level of service and protection will cost you extra.
Ways to Pay for Your Dentures
While a few thousand dollars for dentures may seem steep for most family’s budgets, there are ways to make the burden a little easier to bear. Here’s how to help cover the cost of your dentures.
- Health insurance. If you have dental insurance, most plans cover at least a portion of the cost of your false teeth. Check your coverage to see how much they will pay toward your new dentures.
- Flexible spending account. If you set aside money each year in a flexible spending account to cover healthcare costs, you can use that pre-tax money to cover the cost of your dentures.
- Financing. Some dentists will allow you to pay your bill over time, allowing you to spread the cost over a number of months.