How much do dentures cost?

Now you’re going to have dentures fitted, you might be thinking about when and where to have treatment, and how much it will cost. The cost of your dentures will depend on a number of different factors, such as whether you get them on the NHS or privately, what treatment you need, what materials your dentures are made from, and more.

Keep reading to learn more about the things that can affect the cost of your dentures, so you can find the most budget-friendly solution for you.

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NHS vs. private dental charges

Most dentists in the UK offer both NHS and private dental treatment.i The cost of NHS dental treatment is broken down into several price ‘bands’. Dentures fall into Band 3, the cost of which is £282.80.i

This might sound like quite a chunk of change, but the good news is that this is a flat fee that covers:i

  • any additional treatment from Band 1 or 2 that you might also need, for example root canal work or removal of teeth.
  • multiple visits to your dentist (if required to complete your course of treatment).
  • future repairs to your dentures, if required (however, if the damage to your dentures is so extensive that it’s not possible to repair them, you'll have to pay for replacements).

This charge also covers any additional treatment from Band 1, 2 or 3 that you need within 2 months of completing your original course of treatment.i It may also cover any repair work or replacement dentures needed within a year of the original work being done (but certain conditions apply, which your dentist should discuss with you).i

Whether you need partial dentures or a full set of false teeth (complete dentures), the cost if you get them on the UK’s National Health Service is the same (£282.80).i In contrast, private dental charges for partial versus complete dentures can vary quite dramatically. Keep reading to learn more, and for some general guidelines when it comes to the cost of getting dentures privately.

 

TYPES OF DENTURE

Depending on whether you’ve had all or some of your teeth removed, the kind of dentures you are fitted for will vary, as will the price. Dentures can be made up of different materials, too, which is one of the factors that will determine how much they cost.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures – also known as full dentures – are used to replace a full set of lower or upper missing teeth, and rest on the gums that cover your jaw bones. Complete dentures usually have bases made from a rigid acrylic, and are made using moulded impressions of your mouth taken during visits to the dentist. This ensures that you can wear your dentures comfortably.

The teeth on dentures are usually made from plastic or acrylic. You may prefer to have them made from porcelain, although this can cost more.

Getting complete dentures made privately can cost anywhere from £500 to more than £1,500, depending on the techniques and materials used and the time needed to complete the work.ii

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are a great choice if you still have some healthy teeth left. Designed to fit around your natural teeth, they help to prevent tooth loss or extraction and can be removed between meals and while you sleep.

Partial dentures are made from a mix of acrylic and a small amount of metal, which is used to help clasp it in place inside your mouth. The bases of some partial dentures are made from a more flexible type of thermoplastic such as nylon – this can be a more expensive method but can look and feel more natural.

The cost of getting partial dentures made privately depends on the complexity of the case, the number of teeth to be replaced, and the techniques and materials used, but you can expect prices to start from around £400.ii

Dental implants

While dental implants technically aren’t a type of denture, we’ve included them because they are a common tooth replacement option, and may even be necessary in some situations. For example, if your mouth shrinks following the loss of your teeth such that it can’t support dentures, dental implants may be the only solution.iii

Dental implants are a fixed alternative to removable dentures.iii To fit an implant, titanium screws are drilled into the jaw bone to support a crown, bridge or denture.iii Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several teeth.iii

Implants are typically only available privately, and are quite expensive.iii You can expect to pay between £1,500 and £2,000 per dental implant.ii It’s also worth considering that the private cost of implant-retained dentures will be higher than standard removable dentures, due to the materials used.ii

 

Choosing a tooth replacement option

As you can see, the question “How much do dentures cost?” isn’t always so easy to answer! Generally speaking, the total cost of your dentures depends on many factors: whether you get them through the NHS or privately, the type of dentures you have fitted, the work that needs to be done, and more.

To make sure you get the right dentures for you, your dentist will be able to advise on the best plan and denture type depending on your budget, as some options may cost more than others.

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SOURCES

i. Understanding NHS dental charges. NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/dentists/understanding-nhs-dental-charges/. Accessed 27/08/2021. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.

ii. How Much Do Dentures Cost? Dentures.org.uk. https://www.dentures.org.uk/dentures-cost/. Accessed 27/08/2021. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.

iii. Dental treatments. NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/dental-treatments/. Accessed 27/08/2021. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.