The saying goes that the best things in life are free. It’s true: neither smiles nor laughter costs a single penny. To do either of them with confidence, however, you need to have great teeth. Or, if that’s no longer a possibility, you need to invest in great dentures. One thing is for sure: getting dentures is not exactly a cheap endeavour. Read on to get the answers to questions like how much do dentures cost without insurance, where to find affordable dentures and more.
What Are the Defining Factors Behind Denture Prices
There are three main factors that go into defining your dentures’ price: material, type, and level of customization. Full (or complete) dentures cost more than partial dentures, for example.
Additional denture price factors include:
- the price of possible teeth extractions,
- the cost of immediate dentures until your permanent dentures are ready for wear,
- and the cost of follow-up appointments for adjustments if needed.
Price Range of Dentures
So, how much are dentures? Well, the average price of dentures varies greatly, depending on the denture making process and the materials used in their production. On average though, the cost is from £270 to £2500 for a traditional, full set of dentures, however all the prices listed below are just a guideline, and may vary from dentist to dentist, and whether you get dentures on the NHS or privately.
- Low-cost dentures go for £270 if you get them on the NHS and the price is fixed for both partial and complete dentures. NHS dentures are usually made from solid acrylic and can be bulkier and less comfortable than some private options. If you get dentures privately, the costs vary, usually beginning at £355 for partials. Complete dentures will cost around £500-700 in the lower end of the spectrum. They’re generally made less aesthetically attractive, resulting in a less natural look.
- A complete set of mid-priced dentures typically costs from £900 to £1250. They look more natural and have greater longevity compared lower-cost dentures.
- Dentures in the premium price range will cost more than £1500 are made using only top-quality materials, and are completely customized for the most authentic look achievable.
|Dentures on the NHS ||£270 |
|Low cost dentures privately (solid acrylic) ||£500-£700|
|Mid-range dentures ||£900-£1250|
|Premium dentures ||£1500-£2500|
If money is not a problem and you’d like a more permanent solution to your dental problems, consider looking into getting dental implants.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
It’s possible to get dentures on the NHS at £270, so discuss your options with your dentist. If you have private insurance, whether or not your new dentures are covered by your insurance company depends on the type of dental plan you have. Some plans include insurance for dentures, but others don’t. Still, it’s worth noting that most dental insurance plans have an annual spending cap, which is better than nothing, but probably won’t cover your total costs if you want anything better than standard, low-cost dentures. Check your insurance company if they offer dental insurance for dentures and for how much.
Regardless of which type of denture you choose, it’s important to take good care of your dentures to ensure you two have a long and healthy relationship ahead of you. A daily clean and a nightly soak goes a long way when it comes to extending the lifespan of your dentures.