How Much Do Dentures Cost With Medicare?

Original Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover dentures or other dental devices, including partial plates.

Medicare also does not cover routine dental care such as dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, or other procedures such as root canals. Denture expenses can vary significantly depending on the material, type of dentures, geographical location, and individual requirements.

How Much Do They Cost?

The estimated out-of-pocket cost for lower or upper removable dentures, which are traditional false teeth that rest on the gums and are secured with adhesive, typically ranges from $1,600 to $3,000. This cost may vary depending on factors such as the type of denture material used, the complexity of the dental procedure, and additional services required for customization and fitting.

It is advisable to consult with a dental professional to discuss your specific needs and obtain an accurate cost estimate for dentures that best suit you.

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain intact, while complete dentures are necessary when all teeth are missing.

Partial dentures cost less than complete dentures as they need fewer materials. The average price of partial dentures ranges from $500 to $2,500, while complete dentures cost between $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the quality level and materials used.

Denture Materials

The choice of materials for dentures also impacts the overall cost.

  • Porcelain dentures are pricier but offer enhanced strength and durability, providing a natural appearance.
  • Acrylic resin dentures are more affordable, lightweight, and easier to adjust.
  • Sometimes, a combination of materials may be used to ensure the best fit and aesthetic appeal.

Your dentist will collaborate with you to determine the most suitable material for your dentures, considering your budget, lifestyle, and desired outcome.

Dental Plan Options

Dental insurance coverage or a discount plan may ease the costs of dentures or other dental services with Medicare. Private dental insurance may cover some of the expenses associated with denture treatment, depending on your plan size and coverage.

Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) are another option to consider if eligible. These plans offer services beyond what traditional Medicare covers, sometimes including dental coverage, with some plans covering dentures.

Discount dental plans often provide an exclusive deal to program members; however, note that they are not insurance plans. 

Bottom Line

Dentures are a practical solution to restore missing teeth, improve nutrition, and support quality of life, especially for Medicare beneficiaries. The cost of dentures with Medicare depends on several factors, such as the type of dentures, materials, Medicare coverage, and out-of-pocket costs.

Researching and consulting your Medicare provider and dentist can help you make the best decision for your needs. Dental issues often occur unexpectedly, so being prepared with the proper knowledge will help alleviate any concerns when the time comes.

Sources: Medicare.govKFF.orgCMS.org

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