How Much Do Dentures Cost in the UK? How You Could Get Them For Free

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Our dentists explain how much dentures cost in the UK, and why it might be worth paying a little more

Dentures are a popular and affordable option for replacing missing teeth, but many people are unsure about the cost. As a dentist, I often get asked how much dentures cost in the UK. The truth is, the cost of dentures can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of denture, the materials used, and the complexity of the case.

In general, there are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The cost of full dentures can range from £500 to £1500 or more, depending on the materials used and the complexity of the case. Partial dentures are generally less expensive, with costs ranging from £200 to £800 or more.

It’s important to note that while some types of dentures are available on the NHS, there may be a set fee that you will need to pay. The current cost of complete and partial dentures on the NHS is £319.10 (Band 3 Charge). If you are entitled to certain benefits, your dentures could be made free of charge under the NHS.

What different kinds of denture are available?

When it comes to dentures, there are several different types available. Depending on your needs and budget, your dentist will recommend the best option for you. Here are the three main types of dentures:

Complete Dentures

If you have lost all of your natural teeth, you will need complete dentures. These dentures are designed to fit snugly over your gums and are held in place by suction and the muscles in your mouth once you adapt to wearing them. They are usually made of acrylic however some can have a metal base for strength. The cost of complete dentures can vary depending on the materials used, but typically range from £600 to £2000.

Partial Dentures

If you still have some of your natural teeth, partial dentures may be the best option for you. These dentures are designed to fit around your remaining natural teeth and can be made from different materials, including acrylic or cobalt chrome metal framework. The cost of partial dentures can vary depending on the materials used, but typically range from £200 to £1000.

Flexible Dentures

These have become more popular over the last 10 years. They’re made from flexible pink nylon with acrylic teeth added, and are best for when you have few teeth missing, mainly on one side. Clasps wrap around teeth adjacent to the gap helping to keep the denture in place. Not all dentists make flexible dentures, and there are fewer cases where they are suitable.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a more permanent solution for those who have lost all of their natural teeth. These dentures are held in place by dental implants, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. They offer better stability and chewing ability than traditional dentures, but are also more expensive, with costs ranging from £4,000 to £14,000.

It’s important to note that the cost of dentures can vary depending on several factors, including the materials used, the complexity of the case, and the time needed to complete the work. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate based on your individual needs.

Factors Affecting Dentures Cost in the UK?

Materials Used

The materials used in constructing dentures can significantly affect the cost. The type of material used for the base, teeth, and other components can vary in quality and price. High-quality materials such as high impact acrylic resin, and chrome cobalt are more expensive than low-quality materials. Chrome cobalt is a type of metal alloy that is strong and lightweight, making it a popular choice for denture bases.

The quality of teeth can vary too, plainer and monotone ones being cheaper, and more natural and detailed teeth being more expensive.

dentures cost in the UK

Number of Teeth

The number of teeth needed for the dentures can also affect the cost. The more teeth needed, the higher the cost. Partial dentures, which replace only a few missing teeth, are generally less expensive than full dentures, which replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

Additionally, the complexity of the case can also affect the cost. If there are any complications, such as bone loss or gum disease, additional procedures may be necessary, which can increase the cost.

Number of teeth on dentureAverage Acrylic Denture Cost
1-3 teeth~ £300
4-8 teeth~ £500
8+~ £750

Dentist Experience and Qualifications

A denture made by a specialist prosthodontist may cost more than one made by a general dentist because of the expertise and specialised training required to create a high-quality, custom-fitted denture.

Prosthodontists undergo additional years of training specifically focused on the restoration and replacement of teeth, making them experts in creating dentures that not only fit comfortably but also look natural and function effectively.

While a general dentist may have the skills to create a basic denture, a prosthodontist can provide a more comprehensive and personalized approach, taking into account factors such as jaw alignment, bite function, and facial aesthetics to create a denture that truly meets the patient’s individual needs.

Cost of Denture Repairs and Maintenance

Dentures are a long-term investment in your oral health, but they do require maintenance and occasional repairs. The cost of denture repairs and maintenance can vary depending on the type of denture you have and the extent of the damage. 

In our practice, the average cost of denture repair is between £60 and £120. However, the cost can be higher if the damage is extensive or if you need a same-day repair. 

It’s important to take good care of your dentures to avoid costly repairs.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain your dentures:

  • Remove and rinse your dentures after eating to remove any food particles
  • Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap or denture cleaner
  • Soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution
  • Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals on your dentures as this can damage them

If you notice any damage to your dentures, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage and discomfort. Contact your dentist or denture clinic to schedule a repair appointment.

So how do I go about getting them made?

Overall, the cost of dentures in the UK can vary widely depending on a number of factors. Private dentists tend to charge more than NHS dentists, with prices ranging from £250 to £2,500 for premium materials and finishes. A denture made by a specialist prosthodontist will cost more that from a general dentist, as they have more experience and specialise in dealing with challenging cases.

It’s important to keep in mind that the cost of dentures is just one factor to consider when making your decision. You’ll also want to think about the quality of the materials used, the skill and experience of the dentist, and the level of care and support you can expect to receive throughout the process.

If you’re considering dentures, it’s always a good idea to do your research and find a qualified dentist or specialist prosthodontist who can help you understand your options and make an informed decision based on your individual needs and budget.

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Dr Jarri Amini

BDS (Honours) London 2012. Jarri has worked as a General Dentist in West Yorkshire for over 10 years. He firmly believes that educating patients about their oral health is one of the most impactful aspects of his job. He has worked on the NHS and in Private Practice.

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