Dental prostheses: types and costs at a glance

A dental prosthesis (or restoration) can be essential to restore not only the aesthetics but also the function of the bite. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about different types of dental prostheses, how they differ and how much they cost in Switzerland.

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Topic: Dental restoration

Dental prosthesis

What is a dental prosthesis?

A dental prosthesis or restoration provides a personalised solution for replacing lost or damaged teeth. This is crucial to maintain the aesthetics, function and health of the mouth. Various types of prostheses provide appropriate choices tailored to diverse needs and situations.

Why are dental prostheses so important for oral health?

The loss of teeth can have a serious impact on one’s quality of life. The aesthetics and functionality of one’s teeth not only influence the smile but also impact factors such as pronunciation and the ability to chew food effectively. Dental restorations or prostheses play a central role in restoring these aspects and help to improve overall well-being.

What types of dental prostheses are there?

There are many different types of dental prostheses that are more suitable than others depending on the situation. The most common dental prostheses are:

  Use case Material Target group/indication Lifespan Price

Replaces larger part of a tooth

Ceramic, metal, gold, composite, zirconium

Often for large cavities, worn down teeth, after root canal treatment

At least 15 years

from CHF 1,200


Replacement for missing teeth

Ceramic, metal, other

For missing teeth

At least 10 years

from CHF 3,000


Fixed restoration

Ceramic, titanium

Larger tooth gaps, missing teeth

At least 10 years

from CHF 3,000

Removable prosthesis

Removable restoration

Various options

For major tooth loss

At least 10 years

from CHF 2,000


Dental crown
  • Purpose: Fixed “cap” for damaged teeth

  • Material: From ceramics to metal alloys, gold, composite, zirconium

  • Use case: For example in the case of heavily worn-down teeth due to extensive cavities or after root canal treatment

  • Lifespan: Depending on material and care, on average between 10 and 20 years

  • Advantage: Aesthetic improvements and protection

  • Cons: Requires removal of tooth enamel

  • Pricing: Depending on the material, from CHF 50 per month at bestsmile


Dental bridge
  • Purpose: Replacement for missing teeth, anchored to neighbouring teeth
  • Material: Various options available, such as all-ceramics, precious metals, composite or mixed materials
  • Target group: People with gaps between natural teeth
  • Lifespan: Depending on material and care, on average between 10 and 20 years
  • Advantage: Improved aesthetics and function
  • Cons: Requires to prepare neighbouring teeth
  • Pricing: Depending on the number of teeth and material, from CHF 60 per month at bestsmile

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  • Purpose: Permanent replacement with an artificial tooth root in the jaw
  • Material: Titanium or ceramic
  • Use case: For single or multiple tooth gaps
  • Lifespan: Long-lasting, typically last around 10 to 20 years depending on how well they’re cared for
  • Advantage: Natural look and function, strengthens the jawbone and restores chewing function
  • Cons: Require surgical intervention
  • Pricing: Depends on the number of implants and materials, on average from CHF 3,000

Partial and complete dentures

  • Purpose: Removable restoration for several missing teeth
  • Material: Various materials available
  • Use case: For major tooth loss
  • Lifespan: Depends on care, on average between 10 and 20 years
  • Advantage: Affordable
  • Cons: Less firm than fixed alternatives
  • Pricing: Depending on the type of prosthesis and the materials used, from CHF 2,000

Get new teeth with veneers, inlays, onlays and overlays

Dental restorations always take over the function of natural teeth. There are also restorations that do not replace a tooth per se, but are nevertheless suitable solutions for minor damage. Ceramic restorations that can restore function:


Veneers are wafer-thin ceramic shells that beautify the front teeth. They can correct discolourations, uneven tooth lengths and other flaws.

They are not strictly considered dental prostheses. However, they can be an ideal alternative to a crown in the case of chipped teeth or similar flaws: The treatment is minimally invasive and much less tooth substance is removed to attach them.


wafer-thin ceramic shells


Inlays, onlays and overlays

Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

These are indirect and custom-made fillings that are prepared in the laboratory and then applied to the tooth. They prove to be an efficient method for restoring teeth affected by cavities. Depending on the extent of the damage, different types of these fillings can be used. They are not considered conventional dental restorations either, but can be the ideal solution for restoring aesthetics and function, depending on the initial situation.

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Inlays, overlays and onlays at bestsmile

All bestsmile crowns, Veneers, inlays, onlays and overlays are made from high-quality ceramic in our own production facility in Switzerland. Inlays, onlays and overlays can be added to your Aligner or Veneers treatment starting at CHF 1,200. Our expert dental team will be happy to advise you further.

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How much does a dental prosthesis cost in Switzerland?

How much does a dental crown cost?

The cost of dental crowns in Switzerland typically starts at CHF 1,000 and varies based on the chosen material. At bestsmile, we only use high-quality ceramic that blends in perfectly with your natural teeth. At bestsmile, you can pay for your crowns in convenient monthly instalments from CHF 50.

The costs of a dental crown can vary depending on the material, dentist and location. Your health insurance provider may potentially cover the costs of a dental crown. For more details regarding your individual case, it is best to reach out directly to your health insurance company.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

As with crowns, also the cost of bridges varies greatly. Generally speaking, the costs of a dental bridge in Switzerland start at CHF 900, depending on the material. At bestsmile we only use high-quality ceramics to achieve the most natural result possible. At bestsmile, a three-unit bridge starts at CHF 3,000 or can be financed at CHF 60 per month.

The number of bridge units and the materials selected play an important role in the final price. Depending on the individual conditions, the costs may be covered by health insurance. For further information, it is best to contact your health insurance company directly.

How much does an implant or new teeth cost in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, the prices for an implant in Switzerland start at CHF 3,000.

Implants offer a long-term solution, but are often associated with higher costs. However, the advantages in terms of durability and functionality can justify the investment. Based on the insurance coverage, your health insurance provider might partially cover the expenses.

How much do partial and complete dentures cost?

Generally speaking, the costs of dentures in Switzerland start at CHF 2,000, depending on whether they’re partial or complete dentures and are quite affordable. The costs depend on the type of dentures, the materials used and other individual factors. Similar to other dental restorations, the extent of cost coverage by health insurance depends on various factors. For more detailed information, it’s best to contact your health insurance provider directly.

What types of dental prostheses does bestsmile offer?

Woman smiling with dental prosthesis

bestsmile offers a wide range of options to restore dental function and aesthetics. All products are custom-made in our own production facility in Winterthur with state-of-the-art technology and the best materials. The treatment process at bestsmile is designed to fulfil individual needs in the best possible way. bestsmile offers the following dental restorations:

Regardless of your choice, thanks to a personalised consultation at bestsmile, you’ll find the perfect option tailored to your needs. Schedule an appointment now to find out about the various options and get advice from our specialists.

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Last update: 27.11.2023


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