Have you lost many or even all your natural teeth? Then you will ask yourself a lot of questions: Which denture is the right one for you and how much will this prosthesis cost? What prosthesis costs does the health insurance company cover, and how can I save money?
What dentures are there?
Removable dentures replace multiple teeth. We distinguish between the full denture which replaces all teeth, and the partial denture which is used in the case of residual teeth.
Partial prostheses can be attached to the remaining teeth in different ways: Clamp prostheses or model cast prostheses are held by cast metal clamps, telescopic prostheses, or combined dentures are attached with double crowns.
Depending on which type of prosthesis you are interested in and decide, the cost of your denture also fluctuates significantly.
What do the costs for your prosthesis comprise?
- Fee for the dentist
- material costs
- Laboratory costs
The fee for the dentist
The more effort and time it takes for the dentist to treat you, to prepare your teeth for the denture, and finally to insert them, the higher the fee for the dentist. With a full denture, for example, it makes a relatively complex impression. For a telescopic prosthesis grinding the teeth is complex. This means that the cost of your dentures is also heavily influenced by the cost of the dentist.
The material cost
The material costs refer to the material used by the dentist, such as impression material, which is often awfully expensive. If particularly expensive materials must be used by the dentist, this also affects the cost of the patient’s dental prosthesis.
The laboratory costs
Laboratory costs play the most important role in the cost of a denture. The more complex the processing and the material, the more expensive the denture will be for the patient. Metal costs more than plastic and is also more complex to process. The laboratory costs are therefore the cheapest for the fully plastic full prosthesis and the most expensive for the telescopic prosthesis with its high-precision metal double crowns.
An overview of the cost of the dentures
The full denture
The full denture is the cheapest option among removable dentures and the standard care for toothless jaws. The material and laboratory costs are relatively low.
This dental prosthesis costs around €500.00 – €850.00 per jaw.
The prosthesis for the lower jaw is always a little more expensive than the prosthesis for the upper jaw, as it requires more effort to enable a good hold of the denture. Of these total costs, the health insurance company pays the fixed allowance of €330.00 to €435.00, which results in an own contribution for the patient of approx. €170.00 to €520.00 per dental prosthesis.
The clasp prosthesis
The dental prosthesis anchored with cast brackets represent the standard care for patients with many missing teeth who cannot be restored with a bridge. The costs for these dentures are higher than for the full denture, as they are much more complex to manufacture.
You must reckon with €600.00 to €900.00 for each clasp prosthesis. The cash grant of approx. €340.00 to €440.00 results in an own contribution of approx. €260.00 to €560.00.
The telescopic prosthesis
This dental prosthesis is not a standard supply and is only subsidized with the fixed allowance for the standard supply corresponding to the dental situation. Besides, both the treatment at the dentist and the laboratory production are complex and expensive. Therefore, this denture is the most expensive removable partial denture.
This partial denture costs between €600.00 and €700.00, although this does not yet include the costs for the expensive double crowns: These cost an additional €800.00 to €1,050.00 per crown. The total costs for such a removable partial prosthesis can therefore quickly reach €5,000.00 to €6,000.00 and more.
How much the cost of the individual crown depends heavily on the material. For example, if you want to use gold, the cost is even higher than using non-precious metal.
Even if the costs for a telescopic prosthesis are extremely high compared to other partial prostheses, they offer patients considerable advantages. Removable dentures on telescopes hold much more securely and stably in the jaw, protect the remaining teeth through even load, and offer the best visual results among dentures. A better restoration with partial dentures is only possible using implants.
What prosthesis costs does the health insurance fund?
The health insurance company pays the fixed allowance for the standard care for your dentures. If you opt for a different removable denture, you will still only receive the intended allowance for the fixed partial or full denture. For the toothless upper jaw and lower jaw, the full denture is the intended denture. If over four teeth are missing, it is the clasp denture. All other types of third teeth are more expensive and are not subsidized accordingly.
If you have kept your bonus booklet without gaps for 5 or 10 years, the amount of the fixed grant increases to 20 or 30%. As a hardship case, the fixed allowance doubles if you fall below a certain income limit. You must apply for dentures from the health insurance company before starting treatment.