Restoring your teeth is necessary if at least half of your teeth are in poor condition or missing. But what is the cost of full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth restoration: the planning
As soon as the dentist has examined your teeth, they can start planning. First, he needs to create a report. This gives you an initial idea of the cost of your complete dental restoration. Your dentist will analyze each of your teeth individually:
- They treat diseased teeth with tooth-preserving measures
- They remove destroyed or loose teeth
- They can use the remaining healthy tooth material as the basis for dentures
Before starting dental treatment, your dentist should introduce you to various options. If you are a statutory health insurance patient, it is important to know that not all dental prosthesis solutions are covered by statutory health insurance or correspond to standard care. These solutions are often of higher quality, but also expensive.
If you want general anesthesia, you usually must pay for it privately.
Please think carefully about which proposed dental prosthesis corresponds to your ideas. This is the only way to stay happy with your new teeth for a long time.
Preparation for treatment
Before being provided with dentures, all teeth worth preserving must be treated. Your dentist will treat you with root canal treatments, fillings, and gum treatments.
The size of the filling determines the price. There are also services for root canal treatments that you must pay for privately.
Extraction therapy and transitional care
During the dental restoration, it removes all teeth that are not worth preserving. We can do this treatment under general anesthesia. However, the costs for this are not covered by the statutory health insurance fund. The dentist will usually give you a local anesthetic to pull your teeth (extraction).
If they must remove several teeth, you will usually receive a temporary denture. This is usually a simple denture with a bracket. After the healing period, you will get the new teeth inserted.
Complete dental restoration: options for definitive dentures
- If all teeth are missing, you will get a full denture
- Larger tooth gaps can be closed with partial dentures
- Large area filled it supplies teeth should with crowns
- It can bridge smaller gaps with bridges
- In single-tooth gaps implants can be offered
Note: Dental implants are not covered by statutory health insurance. Like many other types of dentures, they do not meet the standard care suggested by the health insurance company. This so-called “different type of supply” is often a higher quality denture.
Option 1: Fixed dentures
Fixed dentures include crowns, bridges, and implant-supported crowns and bridges. These are firmly glued to the teeth or implants and cannot be taken out of the mouth.
Crowns and bridges
Teeth that comprise over 50% filling should be crowned to be resilient again. To do this, they are ground down under local anesthesia so that the tooth crown fits between the jaws.
Dental bridges are used to replace individual missing teeth. For this purpose, the two teeth next to the tooth gap are ground for a crown. They attach a pontic between the two tooth crowns.
Ceramic dental bridges and crowns look like real teeth. But be careful: In the posterior region, expect a larger contribution to ceramic crowns. The standard care of statutory health insurance is a metallic denture.
Implants are screws made of titanium or ceramic. As an artificial tooth root, it twists them into your jawbone. After three to four months, it will fit you with implant crowns.
Dental implants have many functions:
- Replace missing teeth
- Close small tooth gaps
- Providing a secure hold for implant-borne prostheses
- Fixed dentures in the upper and lower jaw (All-on-4, All-on-6)
Implant-supported dentures offer a good hold compared to dentures, but the dentist costs are extremely high. Implants are hardly subsidized by the statutory health insurance so that the patient’s own contribution is higher than for dental prostheses.
Option 2: Removable dentures
There is a different kind of removable dentures. Partial dentures are dentures that attach to your teeth with brackets or crowns. If there are no more teeth in the mouth, it must make a full denture.
Partial dentures for large tooth gaps
A prerequisite for a partial denture is a remaining tooth stock. The removable partial denture only replaces the missing teeth.
There are different partial dentures:
- Clamp prostheses
- Telescopic prostheses
- Attachment prostheses
Clamp prostheses are the simplest solution. It attaches them to the rest of your teeth with metal clips.
Are your remaining teeth filled? Or do you attach great importance to aesthetics? Then the dentist can attach this prosthesis to crowns with attachments or double crowns. When attached, a minor element is attached to the tooth crown that fits into a groove in the partial denture like a key.
The alternative is double crowns (telescopic prosthesis). Here your tooth gets a metallic cap. It also incorporates a crown into the prosthesis, which fits exactly into the coping. These possibilities offer a secure hold.
The standard care recommended by the health insurance company depends on your remaining teeth. If there are any remaining teeth, these are usually clasping dentures. If there are only three or fewer teeth left in the jaw, the telescopic prosthesis is the standard care.
If there are no more teeth in the mouth, mucous membrane-supported, removable full dentures can be made. These artificial teeth are total dentures. We also know such dentures as “third teeth”.
Since there are no options for anchoring, the third parties do not have good hold as partial dentures. To improve the hold of full dentures, we can anchor them to implants. However, these costs are not covered by your statutory health insurance.
Full prostheses are always the standard of care for a toothless mouth. You get the maximum allowance from the health insurance company.
Costs for a complete dental restoration: What does the statutory health insurance pay?
Dental restoration can be awfully expensive. Especially when dental care and visits to the dentist have been neglected. The actual costs can only be calculated if you know how many teeth need to be treated first to preserve the teeth and then prosthetically.
Statutory health insurance pays part of the costs for statutory health insurance patients, but the insured person always pays his own share for dentures. The standard care proposed by the health insurance company is usually the cheapest alternative (for example, a prosthesis).
Other types of supplies often offer greater comfort. They are supported by the health fund with the same grant but are technically more complex and therefore more expensive. As a result, your dental prosthesis costs are higher.
Are the costs of a complete dental restoration abroad cheaper?
Have you ever thought about dental rehabilitation abroad? Many patients combine dental treatment with a trip to another country. Advertising attracts with lower prices for high-quality dentures and modern dentistry.
Before deciding on dental treatment abroad, consider the following points:
- Dentures from abroad are not always covered by statutory health insurance
- Compare the costs with offers from local dentists
- Once the treatment has been completed, the guarantee is also available abroad
The costs of dental restoration are quite different. Depending on the desired treatment, however, it can quickly be several thousand euros.