Q: A friend of mine told me that she paid $10,000 for a set of dentures. Is this not excessive?
A: I have an unusual philosophy about dentures. (And an even stranger philosophy about life in general, but we will save that one for the analyst’s couch) To a patient, a denture that fits well, is comfortable, looks decent and can actually cut food is worth $30,000. A denture that spends most of the time inside a Tupperware container is worth $0.00.
B: Toothless areas will shrink a couple of millimeters every year, eventually leaving very little ridge for dentures to hang on to at any cost. If you don’t have enough bone for implants or are limited by finances, you must resort to full dentures.
For years I thought there was not much progress in the denture world until I attended seminars given by a famous denture dude named Dr. Barotz of Colorado. On average a good set of upper and lower full dentures run about $4000.
A set made for $10,000 would have custom porcelain teeth (not acrylic), special matching pink fake gums with artificial capillaries to mimic real human oral tissues, fake fillings in the back teeth, and intentionally crooked teeth for “realism”.