Generally speaking, dentures are one of the more cost-effective ways to replace missing teeth. Here, Calgary dentists explain some of the cost factors that influence denture prices.
Types of Dentures
When it comes to dentures, there are different types: complete, partial, and implant-supported dentures. The cost will vary for each type of denture.
Complete dentures are designed for the top jaw or bottom jaw when teeth on either are all missing.
Partial dentures replace either one tooth or a few teeth in a row.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored in the mouth by dental implants. These dentures attach to implants that have been surgically secured in your jaw.
Complete dentures typically cost more than partial dentures, and because implant-supported dentures require a surgical procedure to place the implant in the jaw, this option also tends to be more expensive.
Materials & Customizations
There are different materials dentures can be made of, however, the less expensive materials tend to create dentures that look more artificial than their more expensive counterparts.
Higher quality dentures may cost more but may be worth the price for comfort, functionality, and aesthetics. They are custom-made with materials to fit your mouth and come with multiple fitting sessions ahead of time, and realignment fittings after they have been placed.
Immediate dentures are prepared and fitted on the same day that your teeth are extracted. They serve a primarily aesthetic purpose because they allow you to get your new teeth immediately, rather than going for weeks without any teeth, as is typically the case.
As your mouth heals, it will change shape, and your dentures will likely have to be re-fitted so that they sit comfortably and stay in place.
You may opt for immediate dentures while your custom dentures are being made, but remember you will have to cover the cost of two sets of dentures.
There are a variety of costs associated with getting dentures, aside from the cost of the dentures themselves.
For instance, the preparatory work of extracting teeth, and surgically reshaping the jawline to reduce the risk of complications, both have costs associated with them.
Ongoing costs include dental adhesives, a denture cleaning machine, and cleaning products.
Will my insurance cover my dentures?
If you are concerned about the cost of dentures, you might be wondering if your private dental care plan will cover it.
While it would be nice to be able to assume all dental plans cover this kind of procedure, it's something you will need to look into with your provider.
Dentures are considered a "Major Service" so if your plan covers this kind of service then you know your dentures will be paid for by your insurance, but if you are unsure, contact your provider, or your dentist, and they may be able to look into it for you.