The question asked most often when someone first calls our clinic is typically “How much is my denture going to cost?”. Our response to this question is “The Denturist will need to see you to examine your mouth and determine what needs to be done. After this he can quote you a price”. This statement then normally gets a response of “I just need a denture”.
Let’s try turning things around for a minute and think of needing to replace the shingles on your house. If you call a roofing company and ask “How much is it going to cost to replace my roof?”, they won’t be able to tell you because they don’t know anything about your roof. It’s the same with your dentures. I don’t know anything about your mouth. Do you need a full or partial denture? Do you want premium teeth vs. standard teeth? Do you need extractions or not? Is there any pathology or irritations in your mouth that needs to be addressed first? Could you benefit from implants or not? These are all questions that we can’t answer over the phone and are all issues that will affect the final cost of treatment. The best answer I could give to someone over the phone who is insisting on getting a price would be “Your denture could cost anywhere between $300 to $50,000 dollars”.
Now let’s look at a scenario where we did quote you over the phone. Let’s say you called and we quoted you a price of “X” over the phone. You then come into the office to get started on your new teeth, I have a look in your mouth, and then tell you that it’s going to cost “X” for the denture but I also need to perform treatment “Y” & “Z” in order to make your new teeth. People then get frustrated because we have already quoted them a price of “X” and now it’s considerably more than what “X” was when you take into consideration the cost for treatments “Y” and “Z”. Most reputable practices will not quote prices over the phone for this very reason. It’s not that we’re trying to be sneaky and lure you into our clinic for a consultation, it’s just that we don’t know exactly what needs to be done and we don’t want to mislead you.
If you do receive a quote over the phone from a clinic most people will typically go to the clinic who offered the lowest fee. With dentures, like everything in life, you get what you pay for.
What you’ll want to do when visiting the clinic who gave you the quote is ask them what procedures and materials are used in making the denture. There are different qualities of denture teeth and different methods of fabricating a denture. Better quality dentures will have premium teeth like Vita Physiodens or Ivoclar Phonares and will use injection processing and impact resistant acrylics and demand a higher price. Lower quality dentures will have teeth from manufacturers like Kenson or Duratone and will use a simple “press” method of curing the acrylic and will demand a lower price. To clarify, when I say better or lower quality dentures I am not referring to the practitioners capabilities, I am referring to the quality of the materials that are used in the dentures(Trust me, there is a staggering difference between the quality of a Vita Physiodens tooth and a Kenson tooth). If the practitioner is telling you that all of the materials in the denture are the best in the industry, however, his fee is lower than anybody else’s in the city… proceed at your own discretion.
I hope this sheds some light as to why many clinics will not quote fees over the phone. This is also the very reason that many Denturists will offer a free consultation; So that we can see what needs to be done and give you a proper quote so we are not misleading you. If you’re of the mind that you’re not going to visit a clinic unless they give you a price over the phone please keep in mind that what was quoted over the phone could end up being completely different once you’re in the dental chair.share