Dentures: options, costs, advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Dentures: options, costs, advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Do you want to have missing or badly damaged teeth replaced, but are unsure about the costs, options and treatment options? You have general questions about dentures that you would like to clarify before starting treatment?

The following article explains the differences and similarities of different therapeutic approaches, explains the specific advantages and disadvantages of different dentures and gives you important tips and hints so that you can close your gaps permanently and unobtrusively and smile, speak and smile again with bright teeth be able to live.

Important selection criteria are:

  • Function: The dentures must easy, natural chewing and enable speech.
  • Comfort: The dentures must fit, sit and comfortable to wear his.
  • Compatibility: The dentures must be out biocompatible (body compatible)materials exist that do not cause irritation or allergies.
  • Aesthetics: The dentures must be optically harmonious insert into your bit and you like it.
  • Durability: The dentures must resilient and durable his.
  • Price: Of course you have to get yours desired supply can also afford. There are more denture options available if your doctor approves the Dentures abroad can be made. You can also get advice on this.

What denture options are there?

Dentures are anything that goes beyond simple tooth filling and is manufactured by the dental technician and can replace one, several or all of your own teeth. If a lot of tooth substance is damaged or lost due to tooth decay, accident, illness or age-related wear, sometimes only a part of the tooth has to be replaced. There are many denture options. Ultimately, you and your dentist decide which one is suitable. The dentist collects the findings, draws up a treatment and cost plan and is happy to advise you on standard care (standard solution of the health insurance companies) and all possible alternatives for your dentures. ‘

Overview of dentures options:

Crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays

Bar prosthesis, attachment prosthesis, telescopic prosthesis, cover denture prosthesis

Crown or bridge on implant, bar prosthesis, ball head prosthesis, locator prosthesis

Fixed dentures

Most patients prefer fixed dentures, because they are anchored securely and stably like their own teeth, making them particularly comfortable to wear. There are different versions of fixed dentures, which we will introduce you to in more detail below:


Crowns replace larger tooth parts if the tooth is badly damaged but still firmly anchored and stable. Pillar teeth, to which dental prostheses are attached, also wear crowns, depending on the type of restoration. If the root is replaced by a dental implant, a crown will later appear as a visible denture. Before the crown is over, the affected tooth must be prepared (ground or prepared) by the dentist. The finished crown is permanently attached to the remaining tooth using special adhesive or dental cement. There are full cast crowns made of metal or precious metal alloys, ceramic veneer crowns and tooth crowns made of zircon (all-ceramic).

  • Dental crowns feel like real teeth in the mouth
  • Secure, stable fit
  • The tooth root and remaining tooth are preserved
  • Even strongly carious teeth can be preserved with it
  • routine treatment
  • As preparation, natural tooth substance has to be ground down; in rare cases the tooth nerve can be damaged
  • Limited shelf life (10-15 years)

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Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. So-called end pillar or floating bridges are attached to pillar teeth (so-called bridge pillars) on both sides of the tooth gap. If there is only one pillar tooth on one side of the tooth gap, a so-called free-end or extension bridge is produced. If the abutment teeth are not to be crowned, the dentist can measure an adhesive bridge (Maryland Bridge). However, adhesive bridges are less stable and therefore do not last as long as conventional dental bridges. But these adhesive bridges in particular are often used in the front as a temporary solution for young patients, in order to provide a final restoration when the remaining teeth are properly overgrown and formed. Fixed dental bridges are permanently fixed in the dentition with dental cement. There are also fixed but removable bridges that are anchored to telescopic crowns on the abutment teeth (telescopic bridge). Attachment prostheses can be securely attached to the abutment teeth by the wearer using special precision mechanics. Bridges consist of a bridge base and the fasteners. Depending on how many teeth are replaced, the dentist speaks of one- or multi-unit dental bridges. Bridges are usually veneered with ceramics, but bridges made of plastic, whether with or without a metal base, serve as a temporary solution.

  • Firm fit in the bit
  • Functional and aesthetic
  • routine treatment
  • Healthy tooth structure of the neighboring teeth must be ground down
  • The supporting abutment teeth can be overloaded with large spans and can loosen or fail over time
  • Bone removal in the bridged area due to missing tooth root

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Veneers are thin, translucent ceramic shells, that permanently improve the visual impression of visible tooth areas. The facing shells are usually no thicker than a millimeter and can visually conceal and correct discoloration as well as misaligned teeth. Unlike a crown, for veneers only a very thin layer of the enamel (between 0.3 and 1.0 mm) has to be ground in the visible area. Then the custom-made veneers are glued to the prepared tooth. In addition, MDH AG in Germany also offers so-called non-prep veneers, in which the tooth does not need to be ground. Long-term clinical studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the durability of veneers is in the range of many years to decades.

  • Aesthetic correction of the visible front teeth
  • Fast treatment result
  • Can be individually adapted to the patient’s tooth shape and tooth shade
  • Grinding of healthy tooth substance required
  • prepared tooth may become more sensitive to pain
  • Pure private benefit, no subsidy from the statutory health insurance

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Inlays (cast insert fillings) are precisely fitting fillings that are manufactured in the dental laboratory and then glued into the tooth. They are used when little tooth substance is missing but simple filling is not possible. An inlay is made of gold, ceramic, zircon or non-precious metal (dental steel).

Inlays (cast insert fillings) represent a long-lasting and high-quality alternative to amalgam or plastic fillings and, with good care, last considerably longer than the cheaper filling alternatives. Inlays made of ceramic or zircon are also optically indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth and thus represent the aesthetically optimal restoration.

  • Maximum buying stability
  • Precision adjustment, as individually made in the laboratory
  • Exact tooth replication
  • Long durability
  • more expensive than amalgam or composite fillings
  • Health insurance companies only cover costs up to the amount of comparable amalgam fillings
  • multi-stage treatment required

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Onlays (dome fillings) – unlike inlays – reach beyond the cusps of the tooth. They are made from the same materials as inlays.

Onlays (cupola fillings) are inlay fillings made of ceramic, zircon, gold or dental steel, with which medium to large defects on the tooth can be treated. Compared to inlays, onlays cover the entire occlusal surface and often also the tooth bumps. Like inlays, onlays are made individually for each patient in the dental laboratory and then glued to the prepared tooth by the dentist. With good care, onlays last considerably longer than classic tooth fillings made of amalgam or composite.

  • Maximum buying stability
  • Precision adjustment, as individually made in the laboratory
  • Exact tooth replication
  • Long durability
  • More expensive than amalgam or composite fillings
  • Health insurance companies only cover costs up to the amount of comparable amalgam fillings
  • Multi-stage treatment required

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Removable dentures

Removable dentures are understood to mean all forms of prostheses. Prostheses are mostly used when there are only a few or no remaining teeth in the jaw and the chewing and speaking function is significantly impaired. In the following we will present the different prosthesis designs to you in more detail and explain the respective advantages and disadvantages.

telescope prosthesis

If there are still single, firmly anchored teeth in the jaw, they can be used to place a telescopic prosthesis (also called a double crown prosthesis) on them. Compared to a partial denture, this has the advantage that the rest of the teeth are optimally loaded and are thus preserved longer. Telescopic prostheses can be used in both the upper and lower jaw. For this purpose, the remaining teeth are supplied with so-called telescopic or inner crowns, which are cylindrical in shape and fit exactly into the outer crowns enclosed in the prosthesis. This ensures a particularly strong and reliable hold in the mouth. Nevertheless, a telescopic prosthesis can easily be inserted and removed again.

  • Stable, secure hold in the mouth
  • Not recognizable as a prosthesis from the outside
  • Optimal load on the remaining teeth
  • More expensive than other prosthetic supplies

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attachment prosthesis

A attachment prosthesis consists of a fixed and a removable part: the precision mechanical attachment is attached to the existing crowns and is not visible from the outside has a locking system, with which the removable prosthesis can be attached in the mouth after insertion. As with the telescopic prosthesis, the remaining teeth have to be ground in order to insert the crowns with the matrix. The counterpart, the matching male, is located on the prosthesis. Both slide gently into each other when inserted, thus ensuring that the prosthesis is held securely.

  • Very good aesthetic effect, no visible anchoring
  • Secure hold on the abutment teeth
  • Simple and safe application
  • If the hold decreases, the dentist can readjust the prosthesis
  • If one or more abutment teeth fail, the prosthesis must be completely rebuilt
  • More expensive than other prosthetic supplies
  • Healthy abutment teeth must also be ground

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Riegel prosthesis

The removable latch prosthesis is well suited to close smaller tooth gaps or to treat free-end situations. It works in a similar way to a attachment prosthesis, because even with a bar prosthesis, crowns are attached to the teeth next to the gap as fastening elements to which the actual prosthesis is then reliably attached. Bar prostheses are mostly used when only 1 – 2 missing teeth have to be replaced and a bridge or other restoration with fixed dentures is not possible or is not desired.

  • Appealing aesthetics, not recognizable as a prosthesis from the outside
  • High chewing comfort
  • Secure prosthesis hold
  • Small denture base
  • More expensive than standard care
  • Integration and outsourcing takes getting used to and only possible with good fine motor skills
  • Locking mechanism can irritate the tongue

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clasp denture

Place clip prostheses (also called model cast prostheses) the technically simplest and therefore the cheapest option to replace a missing single tooth or to close a smaller tooth gap. Clamp prostheses can be used both for provisional, temporary restoration and as permanent dentures. The prosthesis is clamped to the adjacent teeth using bent wire clips or cast steel alloy clips. In the case of larger gaps in the upper jaw, the palate can also be covered by the prosthesis to ensure a better hold.

  • Standard care of the statutory health insurance companies
  • No need to grind the teeth
  • Easy integration and outsourcing
  • Visible clip parts
  • Damage to the clasp teeth possible due to the insertion and removal of the prosthesis
  • Large-scale fastening required

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full denture

Full dentures are made when there are no more natural teeth. There are full dentures for the upper jaw and for the lower jaw. A traditional, removable full denture adheres to the gums of the alveolar ridge by means of negative pressure. In addition, a palate plate in the upper jaw ensures more stability. Full dentures can also be implant-supported. For this, several implants are used per jaw. Full dentures are also made from a denture base and a plastic structure.

  • Cheapest restoration for a completely edentulous jaw
  • Easy integration and outsourcing
  • Impairment of chewing and speaking functions
  • Limited shelf life
  • Prosthesis hold (especially in the lower jaw) can wear off over time

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travel prosthesis

A travel or replacement prosthesis is always useful if you are planning a vacation trip and want to make sure that you do too if your prosthesis is lost or damaged, you do not have to do without your removable dentures. With a travel prosthesis in your luggage, you can continue your vacation without worries and then have your primary prosthesis professionally repaired by your dentist after your return. As with any other full denture, you should also regularly check your travel prosthesis for a correct and secure fit and, if necessary, have it relined by the dentist before you go on vacation.

  • Replacement prosthesis for the vacation
  • If the prosthesis is lost or damaged, the travel prosthesis can be used and the holiday can be continued without a care
  • The statutory health insurance companies do not share the costs

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Dental implants

Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root (implant body, implant root), which is firmly fixed in the jawbone, and the visible dentures (implant structure, implant crown) Teeth, for closing larger gaps or for full restoration. They can be a very good alternative to bridges, partial dentures or full dentures. Because they are anchored in the jaw bone, no abutment teeth need to be ground. Due to the loss of the posterior molars, implants are the ideal solution to design fixed dentures (bridges) and cement them firmly. Dental implants and the respective abutments are part of modern dentistry and the denture options of the future, but so far not one of the standard benefits of the health insurance companies. They are not cheap, but can be obtained much cheaper as a denture from abroad and then used in the German dental practice.

  • The artificial tooth root stimulates the jawbone and thus prevents bone loss
  • High wearing comfort
  • With good care, lifelong durability
  • Optically and aesthetically high-quality care
  • No damage to surrounding teeth
  • Suitable for both fixed and removable dentures
  • Increase in quality of life
  • Lengthy treatment over several months
  • High own contribution for the insured

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Crown on implant

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Crown on implant

Not replacing a missing tooth with a bridge, but with a crown that is fixed on an implant, has decisive advantages: While a bridge is a free-floating construction that has no connection to the jawbone and therefore does not prevent natural bone loss, an artificial tooth root made of titanium is used for an implant. This grows stably in the jaw over the course of several months and can then be supplied with a crown that is firmly connected to the implant and not only looks like a real tooth, but also feels like it. Although more and more patients want a crown on an implant instead of a bridge, the statutory health insurance companies only cover the costs of the crown assembly, while the implant itself has to be financed as a private service by the patient.

  • Technically and medically best possible care
  • Stable fit
  • Long lifetime
  • Optimal function and aesthetics
  • Implant (tooth root) is a purely private service
  • Long healing time

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Which dentures are right for me?

Dentures are always used where tooth substance has to be replaced – be it as Filling, inlay, crown, bridge, full or partial denture. Dentistry, prosthetic dentistry and laboratory technology are constantly evolving to offer people of all ages dentures that not only look like their own teeth, but feel as natural as possible. A missing tooth can now be replaced by a dental implant, which, like the previous tooth root, sits firmly in the bone and optimally supports the chewing and speech function.

A basic distinction is made between fixed, removable, combined and implant-supported dentures. Inlays, partial crowns, crowns and bridges are part of the fixed dentures. When talking about a prosthesis, it usually means removable dentures, such as a partial or full denture. So-called combined dentures, which consist of a firmly anchored and a removable part, are also possible.

Regardless of whether it is a bridge, a removable prosthesis or a dental implant with the appropriate restoration – the decision for the best individual prosthesis is often difficult because many factors have to be considered. In addition to the medical necessity and the patient’s demands for the comfort and aesthetics of his dentures, the technical possibilities must also be taken into account. They depend, among other things, on the number and condition of the remaining teeth, the health of the gums, and the nature and load-bearing capacity of the jawbone.

Medical requirements

Depending on the individual findings and your personal situation, different types of dentures can be considered for you. Which one is best suited to your individual situation depends on your jaw and tooth situation. After an in-depth examination, possibly supplemented by X-rays of the jaw, your dentist can explain to you exactly what types of dentures are possible and what options are available to you.

For example, crowns can only be used on teeth that are worth preserving, bridge constructions or telescopic prostheses require sufficient stability of the abutment teeth, and implants need sufficient bone substance to heal safely and stably.


Most patients also play a role in deciding for or against a specific restoration cost plays a crucial role. Because that statutory health insurance companies usually take over only part of the total cost, while the additional costs for higher quality (and therefore more expensive) dentures must be borne by the patient.

What is decisive here is the so-called standard care, which is defined by the legislator as "sufficient, appropriate and economical care with dentures". For example, base metals are part of the standard supply for bridges or crowns. With removable dentures, full or staple dentures meet the requirements for adequate, functional and economical dentures. However, there are a few exceptions: For example, the dentist can cite the medical need for a higher-quality denture, and there are statutory hardship regulations for people with low incomes. However, even cases of hardship cannot receive more than 100% of the costs for regular care from the health insurance. If you still want better care, for example a ceramic crown instead of non-precious metal, you have to pay for the additional costs yourself.


Above all, dentures must (again) enable the normal chewing and speaking function. But especially when it comes to teeth, many patients also need the most natural look and aesthetics possible. From this point of view, crowns and bridges made of ceramic or zircon as well as telescopic prostheses are best suited because they are optically inconspicuous and do not differ from real teeth.

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