How much you pay for dentures depends on a number of factors. One of which is where you live.
Below we’ll help answer the question “what do dentures cost near me?” by looking at some average costs of dentures in different cities in the U.S.
You’ll also learn what factors will impact how much you pay for dentures, some tips on ways to save on those costs and also about ways to pay for dentures that will make them easier on your bank account.
What Do Dentures Cost Near Me?
How much you pay for dentures will depend on you and your situation. There’s only one way to know for sure how much dentures will cost you. And that is to get a consultation at a local dentist’s office (the initial consultation may be free).
However, we can at least help you out here by sharing some average cost data so you know what you can expect to pay. A full set of dentures can cost anywhere between around $300 to around $8,000 per arch. Double that if you need dentures on both your upper and lower jaw, so the costs will range from $600 to $16,000.
One factor that will affect those costs is where you live. In fact, costs for dentures will vary even within the same state. Let’s look at the average costs of removable dentures in a few cities in Illinois.
Chicago: $1,700 – $2,500
Waukegan: $2,000 – $2,600
Cicero: $1,700 – $2,500
Round Lake: $2,000 – $2,600
Aurora: $1,900 – $2,550
Bolingbrook: $1,950 – $2,550
Elgin: $2,050 – $2,500
Moline: $1,675 – $2,250
Granite City: $1,500 – $2,200
So not a huge difference (at least not as much as you’ll see with dental implants), but it could be $500 or so depending on where you live.
Just to compare, here are the costs of removable dentures in some other cities in the United States.
Bangor, ME: $1,600 – $2,200
Topeka, KS: $1,800 – $2,100
Tampa, FL: $1,775 – $2,300
Colorado Springs, CO: $1,825 – $2,700
Asheville, NC: $1,550 – $2,000
Brooklyn, NY: $2,000 – $3,000
Portland, OR: $1,575 – $2,900
Santa Fe, NM: $1,750 – $2,200
Sugarland, TX: $1,600 – $2,500
Overall, the range for removable dentures will usually fall in the $1,500 – $3,000 range. But where you live definitely plays a role in determining how much you’ll end up paying.
The prices above are the average for removable dentures but there are definitely ways you can save on costs. You’ll find some tips on how to do that a bit further below in this article.
Before that, however, let’s look at what factors, besides where you live, will determine how much you end up paying for your dentures.
Factors That Affect Pricing For Dentures
The Number of Dentures You Need
This will affect how much you pay more than anything else. If you need a full set of dentures, then it will cost a lot more than if you just need one or two.
The Quality of the Dentures
The lowest quality dentures tend to range from around $500 to $1,000 for a full set. But, as with most things, you get what you pay for. Lower quality dentures often look artificial. They also don’t last as long as higher quality ones.
The highest quality dentures generally fall somewhere between $4,000 and $8,000 for a full set. These last longer than those made of lower quality materials. And they look very much like your real teeth due to the high-end materials they use. These high-end dentures also are customized for the patient.
Then you have the mid-range option that falls between the low end and high end in pretty much every way. A complete set will run in the $1,000 to $3,000 range.
What The Dentures Are Made Of
What materials your dentures are made of will also affect the cost. Dentures (the actually artificial teeth) are usually either made of an acrylic resin or porcelain. Resin is the less expensive option here.
There’s also the part that hold your dentures in place. These are often made of metal such as base metal alloys or chrome cobalt. Acrylic and resin are also used for this. If you want to splurge, you can even get them made of gold. But, as you might imagine, that’s a very expensive option!
Any “Prep” Work That You Need
In order to get dentures, you may need other work done to get your mouth ready. Tooth extraction is one of the more common things people need before getting dentures. People who suffer from gum disease may need other work done such as bone grafting.
Any of these procedures or treatments will add to your total cost.
The Dentist You Go To
The dentist you get your dentures from will play a role in your overall costs. So it pays to shop around!
But we do not recommend just calling up a number of practices and asking for pricing. Unless they evaluate your mouth in person, you won’t really get a true cost estimate. It may very well be worth visiting a few dental offices to get a custom estimate on your dentures.
And the cheapest option may not be the best option. Going to a more experienced dentist and using higher quality materials may save you money in the long run. You are also more likely to be happy with the end results!
Common Types of Dentures + Costs
The type of dentures you get are another big factor that affect how much you’ll pay. Below are the more common types of dentures and what you can expect to pay, on average, to get them.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are a good option when you don’t have to replace all your teeth. They are also a good option for people who can’t get a dental bridge.
These are not supported by implants, but rather are attached to a plastic base. Depending on what kind you get and how many teeth you’re replacing, expect removable partial dentures to cost between $600 and $2,500. That is per jaw (either upper or lower).
Fixed Partial Dentures
Unlike removable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures use implants to secure them in the mouth. They are not removable. Because they rely on implants, they tend to be more expensive. Average costs here range from $1,500 – $6,500.
Full dentures are for those who need to replace all their teeth either on top and/or on the bottom of the jaw. They will range in cost from between $1,200 and $3,000 per jaw.
Overdentures don’t attach to dental implants permanently. Instead they snap onto the implants (usually 2 – 4 implants) but you can remove them whenever you want.
Prices for these can vary widely, anywhere from $1,000 to $11,000. But generally they’ll end up in the range of $1,500 to $4,500.
It takes time to get most types of dentures – up to 2 months or so. But with immediate dentures, you don’t have to wait. They are a temporary solution for the most part. And they are not custom-made for your mouth so tend to not fit very well.
On the low end, they cost around $600 but can go up to $4,000 (per arch/jaw) or so for a high-end set.
Ways To Save on Denture Costs
It’s always nice to save money on anything you buy. Especially for things that cost as much as dentures do. Below are some tips to help you save on denture costs.
Dental Discount Plans
Dental discount plans are not the same thing as insurance. They are like a membership club. And membership can get you some nice cost savings on dentures and other dental services.
To get a plan like this, you’ll pay an annual fee to join. Then you’ll get your dental discount card that you present to your dentist each time you visit. And, yes, you will have to visit a dentist in your plan’s network to get discounts.
These plans typically cost about $100 or less per year. And you can get between 10% to 50% (20% is a good average) savings off dental services. For those who don’t have dental insurance and/or plan to have expensive dental procedures done, these plans can offer some nice savings.
As you can tell from the prices ranges above for different cities, prices vary even on a local level. It can be worth your while to get an initial consultation at a few different denture dentists near you.
By shopping around, you may be able to save quite a bit of money. But remember, the dentist with the lowest costs may not necessarily be the best option.
Get In Touch With a Local Dental School
Dental schools often let their students (under the watchful eye of an experienced professor) do the work on patients who need dentures. This option can cost about half of what it would cost to go to a dentist.
A lot of people travel to other countries because getting dentures is so much cheaper there. Especially if dentures will cost you $10,000 or more, it may be worth going overseas to get them. You’ll save money and get a vacation as well!
You’ll just want to do your research and make sure you go to a highly qualified dentist.
Grants or State Programs
There are programs available for those who need financial assistance. These programs may cover part, or even all, the costs of your dentures.
One good place to check out is the Dental Lifeline Network. Options vary by state. You can see what’s available in your state and if you qualify for assistance here.
Paying For Dentures
Because dentures can get pricey, figuring out how to pay for them is a big concern for many. Here are some options for paying for your dentures.
If you have dental insurance, then your plan may help pay for some of your costs. Most dental insurance plans will pay for up to 50% of the costs of dentures. However, plans usually have annual caps on how much they’ll cover. That means you may not get 50% of your entire costs for dentures covered by insurance.
You can look into financing your dentures. Dentists will often have financing options available. There are also 3rd party finance companies you can use.
Set Up a Payment Plan
This is another common option many dentists offer to patients. Instead of paying for your dentures in one lump sum, you can spread the costs out over time.
Health Spending Accounts
For those who have a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account, you can use the money you have there to pay for dentures.
While the most common dentures questions are about costs, there’s a lot of other things people want to know about them. Below you’ll find links to articles that answer some of the most common questions people ask about dentures.