Dentures are a necessity for people who have lost their teeth due to old age or any other causes. It allows the person to chew his food and speak correctly. Though dentures are necessary, choosing one can be confusing when you dont understand the costs involved, making forming a budget hard.
If you are currently looking to buy dentures for yourself or your close ones, allow us to help you make financial decisions better by -listing out the costs of the different types of dentures, the different materials that you can choose, and the various other added costs that come with the process. So let’s have a look at all of them!
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth made to replace missing or damaged teeth and allow the person to retain his ability to chew. Dentures are suggested to people who have lost a significant amount of teeth but still possess healthy gums and tissue bones. Dentures are worn mainly by people in their old age.
If a person is missing only one or two teeth, in that case, you won’t require dentures; a dental bridge will work fine. Consult your dentists before deciding on one.
How much do dentures cost?
A denture, on average, costs between 5000 to 85000 rupees; this amount can vary based on the type of dentures that you choose, the material of which the denture is made, and your dentist, you may incur additional miscellaneous costs during sittings and medications. To get a more precise idea of how much a denture can cost, you can have a look at the types –
Types of dentures-
The decision of which type of denture to choose should be made by discussing it with your dentists as he/she/they are most correctly acquainted with your dental needs and will be able to give the best suggestions. The types of dentures that you can buy are-
Full dentures, or complete dentures as the name suggests, are dentures that replace the complete set of your teeth. After all teeth restoration processes are deemed ineffective, this is the last option that is suggested. Complete dentures are made by replicating the shape of your gums and teeth to fit you perfectly. These are removable in nature.
There are two types of full dentures – conventional and immediate. The conventional full dentures take about 8- 12 weeks before you can use them, while the immediate full dentures are immediately available. Based on the material selected by you, a full denture can cost between 12000 to 85000 rupees.
Fixed partial dentures
Fixed partial dentures are used when the patient has lost one or two teeth, and the lost teeth are between two healthy teeth. A fixed partial denture is fitted between two healthy teeth, which supports the denture. As the name suggests, the user cannot remove fixed partial dentures once fitted.
The cost of a fixed partial denture can range between 8000 to 90 000 rupees, based on the material and the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
Removable partial dentures
Removable partial dentures are used to replace a few damaged or removed teeth in your gums, the healthy teeth are kept intact, and the dentures fill the part where there are no teeth. Removable dentures are built on cast metalwork and hence built for lasting; they can be easily removed and replaced by the wearer.
A removable partial dentures’ cost can vary according to the material used and the required number, but approximately, you can consider it to vary between 10,000 – 80,000.
Also known as implant-retained dentures, for these dentures to be used, metal fixtures are fixed on to your gums, so when you wear the dentures, they fix into place on the abutments and sit there. These dentures can be used for some tooths and also to replace the whole arc.
According to the one you require, the cost will vary – the can cost anywhere between 5000 to 100,000. As overdentures are the best option for someone looking for a long-term option, they can be a bit more expensive than the other types.
Types of materials used Indentures-
There are basically three materials of dentures that you can choose from while deciding on dentures. Choosing from these three will cause the total price you pay for dentures to vary, with the length of the dentures the type of the dentures; this makes up the third important thing that will govern your pricing.
Porcelain dentures are made of ceramic material that closely resembles and hence is a bit translucent, helping it appear similar to your natural teeth. They are flexible and hence comfortable dentures. Porcelain dentures are most popularly used only in full dentures and not in partial dentures because porcelain dentures can wear out the teeth next to it when worn as partial dentures. Porcelain dentures are durable and do not break away easily.
In India, porcelain dentures can cost between 5000 to 15000 for a crown, which means the cost will be multiplied by the number of teeth that need to be replicated, and then you can know the total cost.
The most popular type of dentures material used because of its ease of adjustment and comfort factor. They are also lightweight hence allowing you to speak and chew comfortably. Dentures made out of acrylic resins or plastic are cheaper than their porcelain counterpart, but they also tend to have lower durability and have chances of breaking away faster. In acrylic resin dentures, you need to pay close attention to their maintenance, or it can cause gum infections.
Acrylic dentures can cost around 900 for a crown. Acrylic resin dentures usually wear out after five years, so keep this in mind while deciding which one to choose, as even though this is a cheaper option, you will have to replace it on an average every five years.
As suggested by the name, Metal dentures make use of a metal base. Dentures made using metal are usually smaller than their other two counterparts, making them a bit more comfortable for the patient. The metal will be just the base above the teeth and can be made using resins or composite to match your existing teeth.
Metal dentures are the most expensive material used for dentures. The starting price of a metal denture is 5000 rupees per crown, remember for using metal dentures, you will first have to surgically attach the hooks required for the dentures to sit in place; hence that will have added cost. Also, metal dentures can take a long time to be made as they have to be made to fit your gums perfectly.
While making dentures, you will have to have around 5- 6 sittings with the dentist for a complete denture. To help make the perfect dentures for you during this time, your dentists will take impressions of your jaw and create a wax model of the same. Based on the type and material you use, the dentures will be made, and after that, you will be asked to try on the dentures, and any changes, if necessary, will be made.
During this time, the number of times you will be asked to visit the dentists, there will be a visitation cost associated; this varies from dentist to dentist.
Surgery costs (for overdentures)
If your doctor recommends you an overdenture, you will have to go through a surgical procedure to fit abutments on your gums to which the dentures will latch on. The cost of the surgery will vary according to the dentists you choose and the number of abutments required by you.
Q. Can you eat while wearing dentures?
Yes, at first, eating with dentures may seem foreign and complicated, but you will get the hang of it over time, and it will become much more manageable.
Consult your dentist on the food you should eat and the food you should avoid. In the earlier stages of wearing a denture, you should try eating soft foods that dont require much chewing.
Q. My dentures are not fitting correctly. Can I repair them myself?
No, you should never try to repair a denture on your own as you might end up damaging it even more; visit your dentist to get them fixed.
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Getting a denture can be confusing at first when you dont know the prices involved and the types you can get. This article has written down the approximate cost of the different types of dentures and the materials you can buy them in.
This will help you make an informed decision while choosing one and forecast your expenses effectively, so you dont get shocked when you look at the bill later. It is advised that before you choose any denture, have a consultation with your dentist and get a clear idea of all the costs involved.
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