What are Dentures?
Dentures are a replacement for no teeth. Dentures are not real teeth. They are artificial.
Compared to natural teeth, dentures offer 15-20% efficiency.
Dentures are custom-made to restore the appearance and sometimes improve the beauty of a person. They can also restore part of the oral function that was lost due to the missing teeth of a person.
What are different types of dentures?
Depending on the number of missing teeth, there are two types of dentures:
Complete dentures are made when all teeth are missing. A complete denture has a denture base that is made of acrylic resin. The denture base is colored like the gum tissue of the patient. It supports resin teeth or porcelain denture teeth.
Complete dentures are retained by denture-bearing tissue with the help of greater atmospheric pressure on the outer surface of the dentures.
Partial dentures are made for a partially dentate person. They are retained by the remaining teeth and denture-bearing tissues through clasps and/or attachments and/or intimate contact of the denture and the soft tissues.
How are dentures made?
Dentures are made by your dentist with the help of a dental technician. At first, the preliminary impression of the patient’s lower and upper jaws will be made by the dentist. Your dentist will use the impressions to make study models (casts).
Study casts will guide your dentist in planning your whole prosthodontic treatment. Your dentist will also make custom impression trays which he will use for the final impression-making procedure.
After final impression making, your maxillomandibular relation registration will be recorded. Final models (casts) will be made from the final impressions. The final models will be mounted on an articulator using the maxillomandibular relation registration records as guides.
The trial dentures/wax dentures will be set by your dentist and dental technician from the mounted final models.
Next, your dentist will try-in the wax dentures to you to ensure proper fit and to attain a desirable appearance.
After try-in, the wax dentures will be processed by the dental lab. The next stage is the trimming and polishing of the processed dentures.
When the dentures are done, they will be issued to you by your dentist on the next appointment. Adjustments will be made on the day of issuance.
Further adjustments, if needed, will be made on your next dental appointments.
Are there alternatives to removable dentures?
Yes. Bridges and implants are alternatives to removable dentures.
Fixed Bridges are made for a partially dentate person. The bridge is held by crowns on both ends of the bridge that are cemented on natural teeth or implant abutments. Also called fixed dentures, bridges can be made from reinforced resin, metal, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that a dentist places into a jaw to hold replacement teeth or bridge in place.
Will dentures affect the way a person looks, feels, eats, and speaks?
Yes. Dentures can restore a person’s appearance to a certain degree.
Dentures do affect how you speak – an improved way of speaking compared to no teeth.
Dentures affect how you eat. Compared to natural teeth, you have 15 – 20 % chewing efficiency with your dentures on.
Are dentures worn throughout the day?
Your dentist will tell you if you wear them throughout the day. But generally, it should be taken out at night to allow your gum tissue to rest.
The factors are arranged from the least affordable to the most affordable – being the most expensive option to the least expensive option.
1. Type of Denture
Fixed Denture > Removable Denture
A Fixed Denture (Fixed Bridge) is more expensive than a removable partial denture.
Type of material
All-Ceramic bridge > Porcelain fused to metal bridge > Acrylic bridge with metal substructure >
All-ceramic bridge type is ranked the most expensive among the four, making Acrylic bridge the least
Type of abutment
Implant > Milled Crown > Natural Tooth
An Implant abutment is more costly than a Milled Crown and Natural tooth as abutments.
Coverage of retainer
The overall cost of full-coverage crown retainers is more expensive than the Resin Retained type.
Type of support
Implant-supported denture > Tooth supported denture > Tooth-tissue supported > Soft tissue supported
The price cost of a removable denture will also depend on the support it will depend on. An implant-supported denture is more expensive among them all, making a soft tissue supported the least
Type of retainer
Implant retained removable denture > Precision attachment retained removable denture > Clasp retained
removable denture > Soft tissue retained removable denture
Another factor that affects the cost of denture is the type of retainer. Implant retained removable
a denture is the most expensive while ranking a soft tissue retained removable denture the least
1. The rigidity of the denture framework
Flexible framework > Dentures with cast metal framework > All acrylic dentures
The rigidity of denture also affects the denture cost. Dentures with a flexible framework are the most
expensive, making acrylic dentures the least expensive option.
2. Number of missing teeth.
5 missing teeth > 3 missing teeth > 1 missing tooth.
The number of missing teeth is another factor that affects the price of a denture. Rule of thumb: The more
missing teeth, the more expensive dentures are. Hence, a denture with a case of 5 missing teeth
will be more expensive than a denture with 1-3 missing teeth.
3. Location of the missing
3rd factor is the location of missing teeth. Dentures Replacing missing anterior teeth will be more
costly than missing posterior teeth.
4. Specialty of the dentist
The fourth factor is the specialty of the dentist. A dentist that has specialized in a certain field (e.g.
Prosthodontist) will have a more expensive cost of treatment than a General Dentist.
5. Number of treating Dentists
5th factor is the number of treating Dentists working in a particular case. A multi-specialty dental
team will be more costly as it will involve more people of different expertise than a general
6. Location of the dental office
Large city dental offices will be more costly than small-town dental offices.
Dental offices located in the US and European countries will have more expensive dental treatment than dental offices found in Asian Countries.
7. Dental laboratory
7th factor that plays a role in the cost of a denture is the type of Dental Laboratory the dentist works with.
The mark-up price of a denture made by a specialty dental lab is more expensive than a General dental
lab. The location of dental laboratories also plays a role in the cost aspect. Dental laboratories in the US and European countries will charge more, hence dentures will cost more, as compared to Dental Laboratories in Asian Countries.
The 8th factor is demand. Fabrication of a denture that is requested by the patient will greatly affect
the cost, making it more expensive than dentures fabricated according to what the patient needs.
For more information about Dentures Cost, please consult a Dentist. There is no online material nor website that can substitute for professional advice.