In the news today, papers in Australia are reporting that Winston Churchill’s dentures have just sold at auction for $25,000. Another set of his dentures went on the auction block last year, and fetched $24,000. It was Churchill’s dentures that gave him his characteristic lisp.
Today I am looking at the price of dentures in Australia. And not surprisingly dentures under $25,000. By the way, $25,000 would be the price for full arch, either upper or lower arch, restoration with dental implants and permanent fixed teeth in Australia.
There are different types of dentures, such as full dentures, immediate dentures, partial dentures, and even dentures implants. Below is the average price for upper and lower and partial dentures.
In Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, a full upper and lower denture can cost up to $3000. A partial denture $1300. With a dental plan, like those from Nobel Dentist, the costs are around $1600 for upper and lower and $740 for a partial denture.
Full upper and lower dentures are dental appliances used to replace a person’s teeth, when no natural teeth remain. The full denture can be removed and cleaned daily.
A partial is a denture that has spaces or holes in the denture to allow one or more natural teeth to fit though the denture to help keep the denture more secure. If a person has remaining stable natural teeth these teeth can help to hold the denture in place.
Implant supported dentures are dentures or a dental hybrid bridge that is secured in place by dental implants. With implant supported dentures, there is no need for denture adhesive, also, they will not slip or drop like conventional dentures. Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone, the implant then fuses with the jaw bone firmly in place. Then a dental crown, or in the case of dentures implants, a implant supported denture or hybrid dental bridge is fitted to the dental implants. Fixed, non removable implant dentures in Australia start at around $20,000. Fixed means that only a dentist with implant tools can remove the teeth once they are loaded ‘fixed’ onto the implants. Many Australians travel overseas for immediate implant dentures in Thailand starting at 350,000 Thai Baht (around $13,888) per arch, using a fixed, non removable, full arch, hybrid bridge screwed onto the implants. (these are prices at the current 2015 AUD to THB exchange).
UPDATE: This blog post was originally written in 2011. Between then and 2015 a lot has happened in regards to the cost of full arch implants treatments. For example, the All-on-4, All-on-5 and All-on-6 implant technique has become more affordable in Australia. Online there are All-on-4 prices starting at around $17,500, $19,000 and up to over $20,000 per arch in Australia.
In 2015, Smile Planners has begun facilitating All-on-4, All-on-5 and All-on-6 Dental Implants holidays to Perth, Australia with the All-on-4 Technique starting at $14,500 AUD per arch. See our Perth page for more information.