Let’s talk about partial dentures, how much they cost, what they’re made of, and if you need them.
If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, it is important for your dental health to have them replaced. Even if the missing tooth is completely in the back, it can still have adverse effects. Fortunately, you have a few options to replace that tooth or teeth, and one of the most affordable options is partial dentures, although partial dentures cost a lot if they’re made well and with quality dental materials .
To help you learn about your options, we’ll include information in this article about:
- How much do partial dentures cost?
- How much do partial dentures cost without insurance?
- partial denture eligibility
- types of partial dentures
- how they differ from regular dentures
- partial dental financing options
- soft and comfortable
- no metal clasps
- translucent material looks natural against gums
so read on to find out everything you need to know about this tooth replacement option.
what is a partial denture?
A partial denture is a type of dental prosthesis consisting of a plate with one or more false teeth attached. The base of this denture is gum-colored and the frame is made of cobalt-chrome metal or plastic. This plate is used by people who are missing a tooth or teeth, but who are not missing all of their teeth. A partial plate fits into the mouth with hooks that fit around existing teeth and help hold the partial denture in place. Partial dentures are removable just like regular dentures, but unlike dental implants they act as tooth root replacements.
how long do partial dentures last?
Partial dentures wear a lot and no matter how good they are, they won’t be as strong as implants or regular teeth. your dentures may become cracked, stained, or eroded, causing you to have to replace them.
Another thing that can happen is that your mouth naturally changes shape as you age, and bone loss can occur when you have missing teeth. this can cause your partial dentures to not fit as well as they used to. if this happens, you will need to replace them as well.
That said, with proper care, they should be able to last 5 years or more until you need new ones.
can you eat with a partial denture?
Your partial dentures are designed so you don’t have to remove them when you’re eating. you should avoid eating foods that are particularly sticky or hard, so as not to damage them. When you first get them, it will probably be a bit difficult to navigate eating, but start with soft foods cut into small pieces, and before long you’ll find that it’s much easier eating with false teeth than without. your dentist will also give you instructions on proper care.
types of partial dentures
There is more than one type of partial denture, in fact there are plastic dentures, metal dentures such as chrome, and flexible partial dentures. Flexible dentures, like Valplast, tend to be the most expensive and plastic dentures the cheapest, but that shouldn’t be the only factor in deciding which one is right for you.
In fact, your dentist may prefer a cheaper material to a more expensive one. every mouth is different and some people may find a certain material too uncomfortable, while for others it is the best solution, but your dentist will help you choose the best option for you.
Let’s take a closer look at the different types of partial dentures available.
acrylic removable partial dentures
An acrylic (or plastic) removable partial denture has a plate made of plastic and false teeth sit on the base. they are then secured in the mouth with small metal clasps that attach to existing teeth.
These can sometimes be bulkier than metal partials, which we’ll talk about later, but they’re also easier to fit and more affordable. A common type of partial denture when only one or two teeth are missing is a dental flipper. you can read more about dental fins in our full article.
cast metal removable partial dentures
This is probably the most common type of partial denture. It consists of a cobalt chrome frame and has precision fittings or metal fittings. Precision attachments are preferred as they are less noticeable, but they are also the most expensive option. the frame is not visible because it is covered by a rubber-colored synthetic material. cast metal frames are preferred over plastic, except in the event that the patient has periodontal disease. That’s because periodontal disease can cause more drastic changes in the shape of your mouth than the changes that occur with aging, so you’ll need to have your dentures adjusted more often. and plastic dentures are easier to modify.
flexible partial dentures
Flexible partial dentures are an option for those who are allergic to acrylic or experience discomfort from typical plastic or cast metal partial dentures. These flexible partial dentures are made from a very thin plastic that is actually flexible. They usually have gum-colored clasps that fit between your natural teeth. These are more expensive than traditional partial dentures and may not be covered by dental insurance if you have it. Some of the advantages of flexible partial dentures include:
watch the following video where dr. Tamisha Denis explains the pros and cons of flexible metal partial dentures.
who can get partial dentures?
Anyone who is missing some, but not all, teeth is eligible for a partial denture. That means you can get partial dentures for your front teeth, partial dentures for your back teeth, and partial upper and lower dentures.
many people wonder if you can get a partial denture for one tooth, and the answer is yes, as long as you are missing one or more teeth, you can get a partial denture. (as long as you don’t have all your teeth missing).
cost of partial dentures
Partial dentures cost approximately $500 to $1,500. The price of partial dentures will vary from patient to patient, depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the dental clinic you go to, and the materials used to make your partial dentures.
If you have Medicaid, whether or not your dentures are covered depends on the state you live in. you’ll need to contact your state’s medicaid agency to find out if they cover dental.
Alternatively, if you have dental insurance that provides coverage for restorative services, you could pay up to 50% of the cost of your partial dentures.
how much do partial dentures cost without insurance?
Partial dentures cost a few hundred dollars at the low end and over a thousand dollars at the high end of the scale. The price will depend on the number of teeth you need to replace and the materials used to make your dentures. See the table below to compare the prices of different types of partial dentures.
As you can see, plastic partials are the cheapest and flexible partials are the most expensive.
where can i find cheap replacement teeth?
The bad news is that quality dentures can be too expensive for many people who need them. The good news is that there are a host of federally funded charities and programs that provide people in need with access to free or affordable partial dentures and other dental work. To learn more about your options, read our complete guide to free dentures or our article on dental financing.
If you have missing teeth, it is important to replace them, and not only for aesthetic reasons but also for your health. If you go a long time without replacing your teeth, your jaw bone can start to deteriorate and your other teeth can move into the empty space left by the missing tooth. dentures can’t do much about bone loss (you’ll need implants for that), but they can keep your other teeth from moving into the empty space and can help keep your facial muscles from sinking inward.
You’ll also find it easier to chew and eat a wide variety of nutritious foods, and it’ll be easier to talk, too. Not to mention that he will be able to leave behind any shyness that he may experience as a result of having gaps in his smile.
Then, we hope this article has told you exactly what a partial denture is and how much you may have to pay, so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
frequently asked questions
which material for partial dentures is better?
The best material depends on your particular situation. metal is generally more durable than plastic and is more expensive. however, it is not the best material for people with periodontal disease. If you have gum disease, the shape of your mouth will change more and you will need to have your partial dentures or teeth adjusted more often. Plastic partial dentures are easier to modify than metal ones. however, some people may be allergic to plastic, in which case they will need metal or flexible dentures. your dentist will help you decide which is the best material for you.
can i get an upper partial denture?
Most people are eligible for upper partial dentures. You can get a partial denture for any of your missing teeth, as long as you don’t have all of your teeth missing.
where can i find cheap partial dentures?
There are several ways to find free or affordable partial dentures, many of which are funded by the federal government or offered by charities. ask your dentist about a payment plan. You can also go to a dental school or find a free dental clinic.