You’ve lost one or more teeth. You want to replace them. One of the first questions that pops into your head is “what’s that going to cost me?”
If money were no object, then dental implants is the best, most permanent way to replace missing teeth. However, costs for implants can range anywhere from $4000 per tooth to $100,000 or so for a top of the line replacement of all your teeth. And that simply isn’t an option for many.
Another good option (and one that costs less money) for replacing teeth are dentures. Unlike dental implants, dentures are not permanent options. In fact, many dentures are removable. Which can be a plus or a minus depending on the situation and how you look at it. In any case, the big advantage of dentures compared to implants is their price tag. Below we’re going to look at how much dentures cost (on average) in the US, what factors affect how much they cost and some of the hidden costs of dentures not many people consider.
Average Cost of Dentures In the US
If you’re just looking for one simple number to get an idea of what dentures cost these days, figure the average cost is about $2750 per arch (an arch is either the top or bottom of your mouth). But there’s more to the story here. The range that dentures can cost starts around $500 on the low end and runs up to $5000 on the high end. To narrow things down further, you can figure on the range most people end up paying for dentures to be between $1000 and $1500. Again, these costs are all per arch so, if you need both arches done, you can pretty much just double the prices above.
If you are looking to be somewhere in the $1000 to $1500 range, you should be able to find some nice quality dentures. If you’re looking for cheaper dentures than that, you can definitely find them. However they’re going to be made with cheaper materials and are more likely to crack, chip or break. Also they are not going to look as good as those made with better quality materials.
There are a few key factors that go into determining the ultimate cost of dentures. If you need teeth extracted (and how many teeth you may need extracted) is one thing that can add a bit to the final cost of getting dentures. Where you live is another. You’ll typically pay more in large, highly populated metro areas than smaller, rural areas. Also the experience level of your dentists can affect pricing as well.
Some of the Hidden Costs of Dentures
Dentures definitely cost less than dental implants. However, there are some hidden costs associated with them to consider. 3 of the main hidden costs are:
Dentures are not permanent options. And they’re removable. This makes them more likely to chip, crack or become otherwise damaged somehow. Because of this dentures have a higher likelihood of needing replacement at some point.
Some people like the facts that dentures are removable. However, there are downsides to that features. Because they are not attached to the jawbone, it’s more likely that they could fall out when you’re not expecting them to causing you some embarrassment.
Implants basically just need the same kind of care as real teeth – regular brushing, flossing, cleanings at the dentist, etc. Dentures require a bit more work. They need to be removed and cleaned regularly to keep them looking their best. It’s just an inconvenience that you won’t have with implants to keep in mind.
Overall, however, dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth that come at a more affordable price tag than implants.