If you’ve lost most or all of your natural teeth, nothing should stand in your way of replacing them, not even your financial situation. Contrary to rumors, dentures are more affordable than you might realize. You can get the high-quality, comfortable, and attractive prosthetic you deserve, even if money is tight. There’s not a flat rate because every smile is unique, so various factors affect the cost of dentures. Here are 4 things that can raise or lower the cost of your new smile.
1. Preparatory Procedures
During your consultation for dentures, your dentist will examine your mouth. Besides the examination and imaging, you might need preparatory procedures, such as tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or bone grafting. It’s not uncommon for dental insurance to cover a portion of the cost of some prep-work after meeting your annual deductible.
2. Type of Denture
There are more options than ever to replace missing teeth. You can choose from traditional dentures or an implant-retained one depending on your severity of tooth loss. After examining your mouth, your dentist will recommend a prosthetic, which may include:
- Partial Denture: Restores multiple missing teeth throughout an arch. Prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum-colored base. It has a metal framework to clip or clasp onto your natural teeth while filling the spaces of those you’ve lost.
- Full Denture: An impression of your mouth is used to create an acrylic base to hold your new teeth. The denture is held in place using suction or an adhesive to replace an entire arch.
- Implant Denture: 4 to 10 dental implants are placed into the jawbone to mimic tooth roots. A denture is connected to the posts to create a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile.
3. Quality of Materials
Although everyone enjoys saving money, don’t pinch pennies when choosing materials for your new smile. You’ll find discounted materials, but they are often low quality. You’ll save money upfront, but you’ll pay more when it comes to aesthetics, comfort, and durability. If a denture costs more, it’s probably because it’s made of better materials. You should choose quality materials for a more realistic prosthetic that will last longer. Don’t settle for anything less than the best when restoring your beautiful smile.
4. Dental Insurance Coverage
Every policy is different, but most dental insurances can be used to offset the cost of dentures. Depending on your plan, your benefits can cover 50% to 80% of the cost after meeting your yearly deductible until hitting your limit.
If you don’t have dental insurance, you can still replace your lost teeth, even if you’re on a budget. You can pay for your new smile using monthly installments through a third-party financing company. Investing in your smile is always money well-spent.
About Dr. Larry C. Young
Dr. Young earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry before continuing his training in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. He has the qualifications and experience you can trust to rebuild your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.