One question that many people ask is about how much it costs to get new teeth. One of the benefits of living in the modern world with advanced technology is that implants are an option for tooth replacement.
Do you want to have your teeth completely renewed? Then it is worthwhile to compare the costs & treatment options in advance. You will find an overview in this guide.
Smiling like a movie star – that’s what many dream of. Others just want to be able to eat normally again. To achieve this, it is sometimes necessary to have the teeth completely renewed.
- What options you have to choose from when you want to have your teeth completely renewed.
- What are the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the various types of treatment.
- What costs you should expect and how you can save on treatment abroad.
I have looked for you, which treatment methods are currently available. Whether health or aesthetic reasons are the deciding factor, the restoration of all teeth should be well considered in any case.
In the following chapters, you will find more detailed information on these topics:
Whoever has his teeth completely renewed, usually does so out of a deep-seated desire. If the cost of the treatment is not an issue, you just need to start looking for the right dental practice.
To avoid getting into the position of having to have all your teeth completely replaced in the first place, you should focus on thorough dental care right from the start. These guides to dental care will provide you with important information.
When is it advisable to have your teeth completely renewed?
There are several reasons to have all your teeth renewed at once. For some patients, it is the most effective way to have a functional set of teeth again; for others, aesthetic reasons are the deciding factor.
Complete tooth replacement makes sense if the majority of your teeth are no longer healthy. As an alternative, other options than tooth replacement are also available.
Generally, experts recommend complete tooth renovation when more than half of your natural teeth are in need of restoration. In these cases, it simply makes more sense to directly replace all of the teeth completely.
There are patients who are so afraid of dental treatment that they postpone it until there is no other solution than to renew all their teeth.
Also, there are people who are not satisfied with their natural teeth and want to renew them completely in order to achieve a new bright smile.
Regardless of your motivations, I encourage you to read on to learn about the different options for dentures.
A cost plan and consultation with your health insurance company as well as your dentist will make the cost of treatment clear.
In addition, you can find out what costs are involved in the complete renewal of the teeth. A cost plan prepared in advance by a dentist helps to keep track.
Dentures: dentures & implants
In this chapter, I present the main tooth replacement options available if you want to completely replace all of your teeth. Generally, dentures or implants replace missing or diseased teeth
In the following, I will only discuss so-called full dentures and complete tooth replacements.
Info: If you are interested in general information about dentures, I can recommend this article: Dentures – Comprehensive Guide to All Variants, Treatments & Costs.
A full denture is a complete artificial set of teeth for the lower and upper jaw. These full dentures sit on top of the oral mucosa and you can remove them.
Full dentures are one of the more affordable options for complete tooth replacement.
The wearing comfort of full dentures is not as good as when implants are used. However, full dentures are much cheaper to purchase.
Since full dentures are removable, you can easily clean and maintain them. For the same reason, they are also much easier to repair.
A complete dental restoration with implants is a very aesthetic and effective way to completely replace all your teeth. However, the cost is very high.
Implants last a long time and are very stable. The quality is also noticeable in the cost. These are significantly higher than for prostheses.
Even the insertion of a single implant can cost between 1400 and 2500 euros. Even with a generous volume discount, the cost to have the teeth completely renewed with implants is quickly in the five-digit range.
The course of treatment to have teeth completely renewed depends on the method you choose
For full dentures, your dentist must first remove all remaining teeth and roots. He then takes an impression of your lower and upper jaw, and a dental lab fabricates the dentures from acrylic.
Implants require multiple sessions, during which the dentist cuts open the gums and then countersinks the inner part of the implant into the jawbone.
There are usually eight implants required for a complete restoration in the upper jaw and six in the lower jaw.
It is possible to perform complete tooth replacement in one operation with general anesthesia. After a healing period of about 6 months, the dentist then places dental crowns on the ingrown implants.
New methods such as all-in-4 or all-in-6 techniques are lowering the cost of implants. These relatively new techniques use fewer implants, but still provide a secure and strong hold for the new rows of teeth.
Info: If implants are on the shortlist for you, this article is certainly also interesting for you: Bioimplants & Co: These innovations are coming to you in the tooth replacement.
Cost: Completely renew teeth
As already explained above, full dentures are much cheaper than implants. You can get a simple prosthesis in some cases for around 1,000 euros. Elaborate full dentures, however, can cost up to 7,000 euros.
If you have your teeth completely replaced, you should expect a high cost. Talk to your dentist and get a cost estimate.
For implants, you should ask your dentist for a cost estimate. Since you have to pay the cost of implants yourself, it is worthwhile to obtain different prices. To have all teeth completely renewed, costs of at least 20,000 euros are incurred.
For new techniques such as All-in-4 or All-in-6, you can expect to pay between 15,000 and 18,000 euros.
How are the costs made up?
Whether you choose a full denture or implants, there are some important factors that affect the costs incurred. Here is an overview of the most important billing items:
- Labor costs dentist
- Cost of materials
- Costs dental laboratory
Since different dental offices charge different fees and different materials are also possible when choosing dentures or implants, you should always get a binding estimate.
Tip: It is worthwhile to request at least two or three prices.
The statutory health insurance companies pay a fixed subsidy for fixed full dentures. Depending on your dentist’s cost plan and your personal preventive care plan (bonus booklet), the co-payment can be up to 50%.
The public health insurance companies pay only conditionally and then only partially if you have your teeth completely renewed.
Important: Present the cost plan to your health insurance company before the start of treatment and ask for a cost acceptance decision.
Statutory health insurance companies do not cover costs for implants.
Private health insurance
With private health insurance companies, it depends entirely on what insurance coverage you have agreed upon. Depending on the contract, cost coverage of up to 100 percent is possible for both dentures and implants.
Renew teeth completely abroad & save
Since the cost to have teeth completely replaced can be very high, a trend has developed to have dental restoration or implants placed abroad
Many Germans, as well as Austrians, now travel to other Eastern European countries for dentures. At the top of the list are countries like Hungary or the Czech Republic. There, if you choose a dentist well, you will get comparable quality at a much lower price.
In countries such as Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic or Turkey, dental practices advertise low-cost options for dentures.
Even though the working methodology and materials used abroad do not differ from German standards in most cases, you should still be cautious.
Since it is difficult for you as a patient to verify the quality of the procedure or the materials used, trust is important in such extensive procedures.
If in doubt, I would always recommend that you rely on a dentist you have known for some time. If they can’t help you, they will at least give you advice on a practice that will completely renew your teeth without the cost being too high.
And if something should happen to your dentures, you’ll always have a practice nearby to help you out. That can sometimes be difficult with foreign products.
For treatments within the EU, the statutory health insurance companies cover the costs that a comparable treatment would cost in Germany. Additional costs such as transportation or accommodation must always be paid by yourself.
Care & Durability
With implants, care of the denture is simple. Because they are firmly attached to the jaw, you can use and care for them just like natural teeth.
With full dentures, it’s more complicated. For one thing, it takes time to get used to the unfamiliar foreign object in the mouth. Problems with chewing and speaking are common in the first few weeks.
You must clean full dentures thoroughly on a regular basis. You can keep the dentures overnight in appropriate cleaning solutions. Manual cleaning with a toothbrush and dishwashing detergent is also possible.
Tip: How you can do this in detail, read in the article: Dentures – The “third” properly care.
Since the use of a full denture also causes the jaw bones to recede, it is advisable to have the denture adjusted at regular intervals so that it fits well. Poorly fitting full dentures can provoke painful pressure points.
Summary: Completely replacing teeth is affordable
For complete dentures, you generally have a choice between full denture or implant treatment options
- Are removable and the insert is significantly cheaper. Are fixed and are associated with significantly higher costs.
So you get a complete denture for all teeth partly already from $1000. Upwards, on the other hand, the costs are no limits.
As a rule of thumb: The more comfortable, practical and resistant the dentures are in the long term, the more expensive the treatment.
It’s reassuring to know that complete tooth restoration is possible and affordable for everyone.
If you can afford it financially, you should definitely look into implants as a fixed tooth replacement solution.
Since you use your dentures day in and day out, it’s worth investing in aesthetic and effective dentures.