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October 1, 2013

Cost is a major factor in denture placement. The cost of dentures depends on several factors such as materials used, complexity of treatment and type of dentures chosen. It would also depend on whether the treatment was done through the NHS or privately. Here are some of the important factors that impact the cost of dentures:

• Type of denture: There are many different types of dentures, including implant retained dentures, partial dentures and complete dentures. A complete denture would cost much more than a partial denture which replaces only a few teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more expensive than tooth-supported dentures and tooth-tissue supported dentures. The cost of fixed dentures is also higher than the cost of removable dentures. A denture for missing anterior teeth is more expensive than a denture for missing posterior teeth.

• Type of material used: The price of dentures will also vary depending on the material used to make them and the framework in which the denture is placed (metal or nylon). Dentures can be made of ceramic, porcelain, acrylic or resin. Less expensive material may tend to look artificial. Although cost is significant, quality should not be compromised.

• Treatment plan: The cost of dentures also depends on what is involved in the individual treatment plan. If an additional procedure such as tooth removal is required before denture placement, treatment cost will go up.

• Dental specialist: Dentures are usually fixed by a prosthodontist or a cosmetic dentist and these specialists may charge differently. The specialist’s level of experience and education and the time spent on the treatment will influence the cost. The location of the dentist is also an important factor and costs for dental work will tend to be higher in major metropolitan areas than in less populated regions.

Though dental treatment is not free of charge with NHS, it is much cheaper than private dental treatment. Some types of dentures are not available on the NHS and private costs can be in the region of hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Repairs to dentures are free of charge with NHS.

Poor-fitting dentures can be very uncomfortable and even result in health issues. Make sure to find an expert dentist who can provide safe and effective treatment. Dental implants, though expensive, are an effective alternative to dentures.

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