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Updated on October 3, 2022

Cheap Dentures

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What are Cheap Dentures?

Dentures are false teeth that replace missing natural teeth. Wearing them may feel uncomfortable at first. Speaking and eating may also feel different.

Your dentist will first see you periodically to ensure your dentures fit. Over time, your mouth will change, and your dentist will adjust or replace your dentures.

Some dentists and dental offices offer basic dentures where production is outsourced to a dental lab. At the lab, dental technicians will create the denture according to the dentist's specifications.

Sometimes dental labs use the lowest-cost materials to meet the dentist's price. Then, the dentist will mark up the dentures' price to cover the fees of taking the impression, administering the dentures, and any post-denture care they may provide.

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If your dentures shift too much in your mouth, a dental adhesive may help. In some circumstances, your dentist may advise that you switch to dental implants. Dental implants are permanent and replace the roots of teeth. Dentures can "snap" into implants, resulting in a better fit, especially if you have lost a lot of bone.

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Summary

Dentures replace some or all missing teeth in a patient's mouth. They come in removable and fixed forms. Cheap dentures consist of lower-cost materials. These restorations are less natural-looking than traditional dentures but may be a good option for those on a budget.

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Complete vs. Partial Dentures: Which is Right for You?

Partial dentures are artificial replacement teeth that restore a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can consist of false teeth, metal or plastic clasps, and a gum-colored base. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, removable partial dentures are the ideal option. 

Complete dentures are removable false teeth that replace an entire set of teeth. Full dentures are necessary if you have no teeth remaining in your upper and/or lower jaws. 

Many people will opt for a removable partial or full denture as a stepping stone to an implant retained denture. Implant retained dentures are more costly. However, they are a great permanent solution for those with missing teeth.

Benefits of removable partial or complete dentures include:

  • Less invasive
  • Easy to clean
  • You can remove them any time you want
  • More affordable than permanent dentures
  • Preserve the contour of the face

Summary

Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all missing teeth.

How Much are the Cheapest Dentures?

The average price of dentures differs significantly, depending on the production process and the materials used. On average, the price of full dentures is around $1,800 for a traditional set. However, prices vary from dentist to dentist.

Low-cost dentures cost anywhere between $300 and $500 per plate.  These are called removable economy dentures. They are affordable because they are a one-size-fits-all solution.

These dentures are also not as comfortable as dentures that are customized to fit your mouth. They may make talking and eating difficult and/or cause discomfort, at least until you get used to them.

A complete set of low-cost lower and upper dentures cost between $600 to $1,000. They are typically cold-cured and produced with lower-quality materials, leading to an artificial look. Sometimes a cheap denture is not as well-fitting because of the poor materials that can cause the denture to distort in shape.

Summary

Dentures cost between $300 and $1,800. Low-cost dentures cost up to $500 per plate.

How Long Do Cheap Dentures Last?

Although dentures can last many years, dentures made from cheaper materials may not last as long. There are many factors that impact how long your dentures last, including how well you take care of them.

Dentures wear down and stain with age (as natural teeth do). Additionally, your mouth is always changing. To ensure that your dentures fit correctly, they will require adjustments now and then. 

It is best to visit your dentist annually for a denture check-up. Be sure to notify your dentist if you experience any irritation, no matter how minor it seems. Your comfort and health are essential.

Summary

Low-cost dentures typically last up to five years with proper care.

Pros and Cons of Cheap Dentures

The main pro of affordable dentures is the cost. Many people would otherwise struggle to pay for higher-priced dentures.

Unfortunately, cheap dentures come with plenty of cons. They are prone to breakage, cracking, and may not be as cosmetic due to limited teeth and gum options. This makes them appear less natural and more like false teeth.

Low-quality basic dentures commonly have shrinkage issues. They often shrink more than 0.1%, and this adversely affects the fit and bite functionality.

In most cases, once dentures are produced, there is little room for adjustments because this would increase the labs' costs. As a result, many patients wear ill-fitted dentures that create discomfort and unhappiness.

Many of these patients end up purchasing new dentures within a few months to a year. This is due to the unbearable discomfort. In some cases, medical conditions can develop like inflamed gum tissue or digestive issues (since eating is affected with poorly made dentures).

Summary

Low-cost dentures are affordable. However, they are more prone to damage than traditional dentures. They also don't last as long.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Low-Cost Dentures?

Many dental plans cover at least part of the cost of dentures, though you will have to contact your insurance company for details about your specific plan.

Standard deductibles and co-pays still apply, so the cost to the patient is always a significant amount.

Due to the annual maximum coverage limit, timing is essential. If you receive dentures in a year when you have had treatment for other procedures, your coverage may end up being minimal.

It is also essential to know that most insurance plans have a waiting timeframe for new patients. However, some do not.

Also, be aware that some dental plans have frequency limitations on how many pairs of dentures they will cover within a specific period if you need a replacement. This waiting period typically applies to non-emergency treatments and procedures, including dentures. The waiting period usually ranges anywhere from a few to 12 months, but it can be as long as two years.

Summary

Many dental insurance plans cover at least some of the cost of dentures, including low-cost versions.

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How to Find Cheap, High-Quality Dentures

There are various ways to get cheap, high-quality dentures, including:

Local Health Departments

The Bureau of Primary Health Care is a service of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The organization supports federally-funded community health centers across the United States that provide free or affordable health services, including dental care.

Dental Schools

Dental schools can be an excellent source of quality and reduced-cost dental treatment. Most dental schools have clinics that enable students to obtain experience treating patients at reduced costs. Experienced and licensed dentists closely monitor the students during treatment.

Post-graduate and faculty clinics are also found at most schools.

State and Local Resources

Your state or local health department may connect you to programs in your area offering free or reduced-cost dental care. Speak with your local or state health department to learn about their financial assistance programs. Browse your local telephone book to find the number to call.

United Way

The United Way may be able to connect you with free or reduced-cost dental services in your area. Check the United Way website for more information.

Clinical Trials and Research Studies

The National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sometimes requires volunteers with specific dental, oral, and craniofacial conditions to participate in clinical trials. Clinical trials are otherwise known as research studies.

Researchers may offer study participants free or affordable dental treatment for the specific condition they are studying. Learn if there are any NIDCR clinical trials that you might fit by visiting ClinicalTrials.gov

Discount Dental Plans

Dental savings plans provide discounts on preventative and restorative dental work, including dentures. These programs work like a club membership. You’ll pay an annual fee and receive discounts on dental services throughout the membership course. 

After you sign up, you’ll have access to a network of dentists, orthodontists, dental specialists, and oral surgeons in your area who offer reduced rates on a variety of procedures. What procedures are covered depends on the plan you choose. 

In addition, discount dental plans do not require you to fill out time-consuming paperwork or claims. There are also no pre-existing condition restrictions. 

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Summary

There are a few ways to get low-cost dentures, including through local health departments, at dental schools, or during a clinical study. State/local resources and discount dental plans are other ways to find affordable dentures.

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Last updated on October 3, 2022
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