How much do complete (full) dentures cost?

Price estimates for -  1) Full dentures (conventional, immediate and replacement),  2) "Economy" full dentures  and  3) Relines (chairside and laboratory). | Details about insurance coverage with examples.

This page gives prices estimates for "complete," also referred to as "full," dentures.

These terms are interchangeable and simply mean that the denture replaces all of the patient's teeth on the arch (upper or lower jaw) on which it is worn.

"Per unit" fees.

In all cases, the price ranges shown on this page are for a single "unit," meaning one upper or lower denture. The cost for a set of dentures would typically be twice the fee we show.

Is any additional work required?

It's also important to understand that the prices shown on this page are just for a patient's denture work alone. If any other type of treatment is required (such as tooth extraction or jawbone recontouring, see links below) an additional fee will apply for those procedures.

Denture costs, by type of appliance -

1) Compete (full) dentures.

FYI: The fee that a dentist charges for making dentures will depend in part on exactly what technique is used when the appliance is constructed, "conventional" or "immediate." We explain both below.

a) Conventional dentures -

  • Complete denture (conventional) - Upper or lower.

        $1275.00 - $2950.00
        Low fee = Small rural city or town.
        High fee = Large metropolitan area.
        [How we calculate our cost estimates for procedures.]

What does the term "conventional" mean?

The word "conventional" refers to the situation where all of the patient's teeth have already been removed by the time denture construction is actually begun.

  • All replacement full dentures are conventional.
  • Sometimes a patient's initial set is too, depending on how concerned they are about not having teeth during the weeks while their appliance is being made.
  • As advantages for choosing conventional technique for first-time cases: 1) It can allow time for gum tissue and jawbone healing ("curing") to take place before denture construction is begun. 2) The construction process is more straightforward for the dentist.

b) Immediate dentures -

  • Complete denture (immediate) - Upper or lower.

        $1495.00 - $3270.00

What does the term "immediate" mean?

The term "immediate" refers to the situation where some of the patient's teeth still remain at the time when denture construction is begun.

  • It's usually just front teeth that are kept. The back ones are removed some weeks earlier so some gum tissue and jawbone healing can take place.
  • Even with just front teeth, the patient's appearance remains fairly normal. And although different and challenging, the patient also retains some chewing ability during the weeks while their denture is being fabricated.

At that point when their new denture is ready, the dentist will extract their remaining teeth and 'immediately' place the new appliance. The patient is never without teeth (always having either natural or 'false' teeth).

"Immediates" can be transitional or permanent appliances.

  • Some dentists categorize immediate dentures as transitional appliances, intended to be replaced in 6 months to a year after suitable post-extraction healing has taken place. At that time a new cost, for the new appliance, will be incurred by the patient.
  • Other dentists intend for their immediates to provide more extended service (measured in years).

    In this case, as bone and soft tissue healing transforms the shape of the patient's jaws, relines will be needed (see fee estimate below).

Either way, you'll need to ask your dentist what your additional costs will ultimately be.

c) Replacement dentures -

  • Complete denture (replacement) - Upper or lower.

        $1275.00 - $2950.00

What does the term "replacement denture" mean?

Generally speaking, it simply means that the new prosthesis being made replaces a previously existing one. It might be that it replaces an appliance that has broken, been lost or has simply worn out.

"Replacements" don't really constitute their own unique category.

There's no special dental office or insurance classification for "replacement dentures." We only list them as a separate category on this page for those who might be unclear on this point.

They are simply billed out by dentists and benefits paid for by insurance plans as regular "full" dentures. Hence the price range we show here is the same as the one shown above.

Why is the fee the same?

The reason the cost for either "new" (conventional, non-immediate) or "replacement" full dentures is the same is that for the most part all of the steps that the dentist must take, and the number of appointments needed, are essentially the same in both cases. Also, all of the costs they encounter (like the price they pay a dental laboratory to fabricate the appliance) are the same too.

Insurance limitations.

Dental insurance policies won't always pay benefits for replacement dentures.

  • Generally speaking, insurance companies typically allow for replacement dentures once every so many years (5 years would be a common interval). So if your current needs lie outside of that time window, you should be OK.
  • For cases where the full duration has not yet elapsed, we're aware of policies that specifically list in their exclusions section: "Replacement of a lost, missing or stolen denture."

    But don't be swayed by what we state. Read your own policy to know if this type of restriction applies to you too. If you're in need of this service, hopefully it isn't.

  • See below for more details about insurance coverage for complete dentures.

Additional factors in the cost of having dentures made.

1) Don't overlook the cost of tooth extractions.

When trying to estimate their treatment expenses, a prospective denture patient shouldn't overlook the cost of extracting their remaining teeth (if any exist).

In some cases, this can add a considerable amount to the total bill. (We provide cost estimates for tooth extractions here.) As a point of interest, in some situations a dentist may be able to charge less than expected.


Alveoloplasty may be required too. This is a surgical procedure that's used to reshape the jawbone ridge so it's idealized for wearing dentures. (More details.)

Since the extent of correction that's need will vary on a case-by-case basis (for example: quadrant, upper or lower arch or full-mouth), the associated fee can vary substantially.

2) Does dental insurance cover complete dentures?

It's common that a dental plan will provide benefits toward the cost of full dentures. If so, this procedure is usually listed under the category of Major Dental Services.

As such, benefits are frequently/typically limited to 1/2 the cost of the denture(s), after subtracting the policy's deductible (if there is one). The amount paid is also limited by the plan's yearly maximum benefits. (This page provides a more thorough description of how benefits are typically calculated.)

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Insurance limitations on denture coverage.

Many plans have restrictions that affect when benefits for full dentures are paid. They can include:

  • Benefits may only be allowed for dentures (one upper, one lower) once during a prescribed time frame (5-years is common).

    Example #1 - You have a set of dentures made 3 years ago while you were insured under your current plan. Benefits toward a replacement set will not be available until that point when 5 years have lapsed since the completion of your current set.

    Example #2 - You currently wear a set of dentures that you personally paid for 3 years ago. You now have enrolled in a dental plan. It could be expected that the plan will provide coverage for a new set being made now. (The limitation doesn't apply because the company paid no benefits toward your current set.)

  • Benefits for denture relines or rebases (see below) are frequently limited to once every 3 years for the appliance (either the upper or lower denture).
Coverage for associated denture work.

If any additional procedures are required for the placement of your denture, such as tooth extraction or jawbone alveoloplasty, insurance benefits for those procedures will be determined separately according to that procedure's coverage and policy limitations (see links above).

3) How much does your dentist pay to have your denture made?

While your dentist may do some of the lab work needed to construct your new appliances (such as perfecting the alignment of their teeth), it's usually a dental technician who does the bulk of the work. And for this reason, one portion of the expense involved with providing this procedure for you is paying their dental laboratory's bill.

Estimate of complete denture dental lab fees: (Your dentist's cost.)

  • Complete denture (upper or lower)  -  $180.00 to $330.00

The quality of materials used (both teeth and denture base plastic) will affect the price, as well as the specific technique the dentist uses for denture construction.

Section references - LMTmag

2) Complete denture relines.

As the shape of a patient's jaws naturally change over time, the "internal" surface (and therefore the fit of their denture) can be renewed. This procedure is termed "relining."

  • Complete denture reline (chairside) - Upper or lower.

        $280.00 - $395.00

  • Complete denture reline (laboratory) - Upper or lower.

        $350.00 - $475.00

Chairside vs. laboratory relines.

The terms "laboratory" and "chairside" refer to the technique used for the relining process.

Laboratory -

When a laboratory reline is performed, the dentist places impression paste in the patient's denture and then inserts the denture into the patient's mouth (thus capturing an imprint of the patient's gum tissue).

The denture (with this impression in it) is then sent to a dental laboratory where a new internal surface for the denture is created.

Chairside -

With a chairside reline, a runny plastic is placed directly into the patient's denture. The denture is then seated in the patient's mouth. As the plastic hardens, it captures the shape of the patient's gum tissue.

Advantages / Disadvantages

Each technique has its own individual strengths and weaknesses. In general:

  • Laboratory relines take longer to complete (sometimes the dentist keeps the patient's denture until the next day) but the replacement plastic that's used is very lasting.
  • Chairside relines can be completed in just one office visit but the plastic that is placed is typically less durable.

How much does your dentist pay for a laboratory reline?

Laboratory denture relines cost more than chairside ones in part because the dentist incurs an expense from the dental lab that performs the work.

Fee estimate for laboratory reline: (Your dentist's cost.)

  • Reline services, complete denture, hard plastic.  -  $75.00 to $130.00

Section references - LMTmag

3) Discount / Economy dentures.

To help make their services more affordable, some dentists offer lesser-quality dentures. The terms "affordable" and "economy" dentures are sometimes used to describe this type of product.

Economy dentures -

  • Complete denture (economy) - Upper or lower.

        $570.00 - $1350.00

Since most people know very little about how dentures are made, we'd like to describe this process (in brief) so to explain how economy dentures can differ from the ideal.

a) "Ideal" denture construction.

This isn't the only way to make a denture, but it is the only one your dentist learned in dental school. The process involves:

  • Taking impressions of the patient's mouth, from which plaster casts (used to fabricate the denture) are made.
  • Selecting a set of high-quality denture teeth that have an appropriate size and shape and appropriate over-all look.
  • Creation of a wax mock-up of the denture (a 'set-up') that is used during a 'try-in' appointment where the teeth can be moved around and adjusted so they have the proper alignment and bite.
  • Transformation of the wax set-up into the actual denture (composed of a high-quality plastic).

b) Techniques used to make dentures more affordable.

Two ways that a dentist can make their dentures more affordable are:

  • Using relatively lower-quality materials.
  • Taking a 'stock' (pre-made) denture and then fitting it to the patient's mouth (a non-custom denture).

If you're considering a discount denture, you should ask your dentist questions so you know precisely what type of appliance you'll get.

Ask about the materials that will be used.

The teeth.

Lower-quality denture teeth typically don't have the same "life-like" (translucent) appearance of higher-quality ones. They may also be less resistant to wear and staining. Additionally, they may not be available in as many shades, sizes and shapes.

The plastic.

Lower-quality denture base plastics (pink denture plastic) may not be as colorfast, as resistant to staining or fracture, or come in as many shades as higher-quality ones.

Is the denture pre-made?

Some "economy" appliances are stock (pre-made) denture shells that are then relined to "fit" the patient.

It's important to understand that a denture's function, stability and comfort are all substantially affected by both its occlusion (the way its teeth bite against opposing ones) and the overall shape of its plastic base over the jawbone.

The technique where a stock item is fitted to the patient's mouth affords the dentist very little control over these factors.

While cheap and quick, this type of product typically makes a poor choice. (Ask the dentist if they would fit one of these dentures for their own mother. They wouldn't.)


Update log -

03/05/2019 - Laboratory fees updated. Reference link added.

03/04/2019 - Reference link added.


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 Page references sources: Removable Prosthetic Fees.

Because the procedure estimates we show are developed by different means, you may find the survey of dental fees published by DentistryIQ an interesting independent source: DentistryIQ - 2017 dental fee analysis by region and CDT procedure code

All reference sources for topic Complete Dentures.


denture price

If the denture only cost the dentist $140 to $240 then why why is there a 1000% mark up for the patient?


You're paying the dentist for their time, work and materials used.
Generally it takes 5 to 6 office visits for them to construct a denture for a patient.
Here's what happens during those appointments:
1) Taking the preliminary impression.
2) Taking the final impression.
3) Establishing "vertical" (determining the needed height of the denture teeth) and taking the bite registration.
4) Evaluating the "set up" during a "try in" process. (Meaning evaluating a mock up of the denture and the alignment of its teeth in the patient's mouth prior final denture fabrication.)
5) "Inserting" the denture, meaning adjusting the finished denture so it fits in the patient's mouth properly.
6) Post-insertion denture adjustments. (As needed.)

xxxxxx xxx xxxx Dentures

My mom got the xxxxxx xxx xxxx denture, a full set, about 4 years ago. They were less than half the price of regular dentures and are the most comfortable she ever wore. they still look great and she can eat most foods. They talk about economy dentures being bad but these are great. They fit better than any of her others and were done in 1 visit. we are thrilled


We redacted the name of denture system you mentioned. We wanted to make sure that readers didn't interpret our allowing the mention of a brand of 1-visit economy dentures on our pages as an endorsement.

We were unfamiliar with the system you mentioned. We Googled it and found a YouTube video by the system's founder, a Dr. Wallace, and have viewed it.

(From the details in those two paragraphs, anyone who wants to know more now has enough info that they can Google and do so.)

We think it's wonderful that this type of denture has worked out well for your mother. For others reading, we want to make it clear that even the founder of this system states "The one-step dentures are not meant to replace conventional dentures, but to be an alternative in these difficult economic times." (Wallace 2012) [page references]

We interpret that as meaning that conventional custom denture construction offers advantages over this technique (we would think in just about all ways). And that this option is best chosen only due to financial considerations.

It was our impression from viewing the video that this technique is very dependent on the dentist's skill in performing the needed steps (more so than with conventional construction, primarily due to time constraints needed to accomplish certain steps, and accomplish them the first time, properly, before the denture materials set). So in that regard, likely the dentist who fabricated your mother's denture is due as much credit as the system itself.

Lowest cost dentures

Can anyone tell me what states have the lowest cost arches?


We're assuming you mean "the lowest cost for dentures per arch"?

We're not going to have much of an answer for you. The fees dentist charge generally reflect the cost of living in their area. So yes, some states might have lower fees by nature. Also, don't overlook that fees will typically vary by way of large metropolitan area vs. rural community. We discuss shopping for fees and fee estimates on this page.

3D dentures

Are 3D dentures printed (made in a 3D printer), or, are they 3D topographical maps made of the mouth to aid in automatic carving dentures. And, have they proven their quality?

Art S.

There seems to be a couple variations on 3D / cad-cam dentures. So we're not entirely sure what has been proposed to you.

The impression taking involved can either be traditional (impression paste) or optical/digital (scanner).
In the case of a traditional impression, it is scanned (converted into digital) at the dental laboratory. So either way, the copy of your mouth that the laboratory has is a digital one.

Using that copy of your mouth the denture is then designed via computer. (So no, they don't print a copy of your gums, they print appliances that go into your mouth.)

The denture you go home with isn't a printed one. (During the denture construction process, some of the test appliances used in your mouth are printed items.)

Once the final form for the denture has been determined, then the actual denture is made. The (pink) base portion might either be:

1) Milled (cad/cam) out of a block of plastic. Then holes for the teeth are made and they are bonded into place.
2) Created using a process similar to conventional denture construction (kind of like injection molding), with the teeth then added later (a step that is not like the way conventional dentures are made).

As far as materials and "quality." Every thing we saw in videos and such was either associated with a dental school, a lab whose reputation we are familiar with or a well-known denture plastics manufacturer.

We anticipate that the materials involved (teeth, pink plastic) are very similar to those used to make conventional dentures (you should ask).

The biggest difference we noticed is how the teeth are embedded in the denture's plastic.

1) With 3D systems they are bonded in place as a later step, after the plastic is already hard.
2) With conventional denture construction, soft denture plastic is allowed to work it's way around the the teeth under pressure, thus helping to create a mechanical lock, not just a bonded one.

As your dentist about this point: Is there a history of teeth debonding from the denture base more so than with conventional dentures. We don't know that that's a problem but it would be our biggest concern/question.

Teeth either comes out from my denture or it breaks while eating

I am wearing full denture since last 20 years, My dentist charged $ 2400 to 2800 for last pare. I am 70 years old & only living on my social
security income. I can not afford dental insurance or $2800 foe new denture. I live in NJ.state. Please help me find some alternate way to
make my denture, I need badly. I am waiting for your reply. thanks for your time.


You don't really mention what your history is in regard to denture repair, which is usually an option and can therefore avoid the cost of a new set.

In regard to discounted services, here's a link to our page that explains where a person might look for information about dental assistance programs in their area. Beyond just a web search, finding out about all that's available will probably take phone calls or emails too. Good luck.

This site

This site is AWESOME. It really helped me make some informed decisions regarding insurance coverage comparisons.
Thank you!!

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