What is the Cost to Replace a Tooth in Dentures?

By Lon Quist

The cost of replacing a single tooth in a denture can vary widely, depending on where you live and whether you go to a dentist, an independent denturist or do it yourself using a kit.

The cost of replacing a single tooth in a denture can vary widely, depending on where you live and whether you go to a dentist, an independent denturist or do it yourself using a kit.

Denturist

States where denturists are licensed include Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Maine, Colorado and Arizona, according to the National Denturist Association. If you reside in one of these states, you may be able to take the denture in for an on-the-spot repair. The charge is usually $50 to $100, with $75 as the average. The charge will be lower if you have the tooth that broke off from the denture.

Dentist

In other states, a visit to the dentist may be required. The dentist may have a dental technician and laboratory where the repair can be made. Other dentists may send the denture to a dental lab or denturist to replace the tooth. This will usually result in higher charges. The cost of replacement by a dentist may include both his charge for an office visit as well as the charge of the dental technician or denturist who does the actual repair. The repair could cost between $75 and $150.

Mail Order Repair

For an affordable alternative, you may consider mail order denture repair. The charge can be as low as $39.00. These labs usually require you to provide the tooth that broke off the denture. If the lab has to supply the missing tooth, the cost will be higher.

Do It Yourself

You can also at least temporarily fix your denture using a do-it-yourself repair kit, available from most drug stores. Some kits have only a resin and adhesive product which you mix together and apply to the tooth and denture. These kits usually go for less than $10. Other kits supply the adhesive product and several teeth in different sizes and colors. These kits are usually priced at less than $20.

Choices

Where you live and who does the repair will affect the cost of permanently replacing a tooth in a denture. It's most affordable in those states that license denturists who can create and repair dentures in their own lab or clinic, without a dentist's supervision.

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About the Author

Lon Quist wrote news and scripts for radio stations. His novel "Pennyman" was published by MtSky Press. He has a broadcasting degree from the American Institute of the Air and engineering degree from Brown Institute. Licensed by the FCC, he was a radio station chief engineer and has been a writer for 40 years.

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