October 27, 2015
How do you determine what a reasonable cost for dentures would be? Like many orthodontic services, this depends on exactly what you need and where you are willing to go for these dentures. The typical cost of dentures is between $300 to $5000 per plate and many high-end denture models can cost between $1000 and $5000 depending on precisely what you’re looking for, so there is a bit of a trade-off between getting highly functional dentures that look like your natural teeth and finding a more “affordable” denture that costs $300 but may not be as durable or aesthetically pleasing. However, that doesn’t mean you need to overpay for denture options that you can’t afford and don’t really need if you can find a workable denture within your preferred price range.
That makes setting a reasonable budget worth the extra effort even though you might think that it’s “just” a denture. When you shop for dentures, you want to decide how much you are willing to spend when discussing options with your orthodontist so that you don’t get talked into something you won’t be able to afford. Ask for prices up front and the ones that are within your set budget are going to be your real options. While it may be worth it to spend an extra $100 for a more realistic looking denture or one with reduced maintenance needs, this eliminates the hidden sticker shock involved in shopping for dentures.
The amount of money that the orthodontist charges can be one major factor in the total cost of your dentures. You’d be surprised by how much this can vary between orthodontists in your area and those costs may even vary between region due to variances in the cost of doing business that orthodontists have to factor into the amount they charge. While you always want to makes sure you’re comparing apples to apples when looking around for an orthodontist and that includes asking for reference or looking for reputable review sites that feature orthodontists, it pays to get a few quotes from orthodontists in your area before you get dentures.
Most of us who have health insurance also have insurance that covers routine visits to the dentist, but is that insurance policy going to cover dentures? This is one common insurance “gotcha” for people who need dentures or any other kind of specialized orthodontic service. Making sure your dentures are covered before you go to the orthodontist can help to keep your out-of-pocket expenses down.
Dentures are not cheap, but shopping for orthodontic procedures like denture installation using many of the same tactics that you would use while shop for any other major purchases will help to keep the costs under control. That means knowing what you need in advance and what a reasonable price range would be regardless of whether you’re just looking to have a single tooth replaced by a denture or need a full bridge. It might also include visiting several orthodontists in your area to collect quotes and following up on the references they provide to see whether other real clients were happy with their work.
For more information please visit the American Dental Association.