Can Implants Reduce Your Dental Bills In The Long Term?

by Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD | Jan 8, 2024

If you have multiple damaged or missing teeth and are seeking a comprehensive tooth replacement solution, you’ve likely already come across a variety of options, including conventional dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Undoubtedly, you’ll have noticed that dental implants are the most expensive option—initially. But as you explore the alternatives, remember that tooth replacement is a lifelong investment and that initial cost can be very different from total costs over the long term.

Factoring in the financial cost of maintenance and repairs over the decades (not to mention factors such as comfort, convenience, and overall oral health), you may discover that dental implants actually offer substantial savings in the long run.

How is this possible? Below, we’ll shine a light on some of the unexpected costs associated with traditional tooth replacement options and why we believe that dental implants truly pay for themselves over time.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

For individuals with healthy mouths, dental implants can represent a one-time investment. The titanium implants we use at Doctors Implants should last a lifetime.

Implants offer a long-lasting tooth replacement solution that looks and functions just like natural teeth.  Many treatment options don’t even come close to providing similar comfort and longevity.  

The Unexpected Costs of Alternative Treatments

It may be tempting to calculate costs based on initial investment only, but this approach doesn’t take into account the many ongoing costs associated with traditional tooth replacement treatments—financial costs, health costs, convenience costs, and social costs. Let’s take a closer look:

Dental Bridges

  • Dental bridges are not a permanent tooth replacement solution; they must be replaced every 5-15 years. 
  • They can weaken surrounding healthy teeth, which must be reshaped to support the bridge. 
  • A dental bridge can feel bulky in the mouth and permanently alter your smile. 


  • Traditional dentures are not a permanent tooth replacement solution and must be replaced every 5-15 years.
  • They involve ongoing maintenance costs such as adhesives, cleaning products, and periodic relining.
  • Dentures are often uncomfortable and can be painful on the gums.
  • They do not prevent bone loss.
  • Dentures can limit your diet (no sticky, tough, or crunchy foods) .
  • They often require ongoing repairs and replacements.  
  • You may feel self-conscious about dentures if they impact your speech, diet, or appearance.

Dental Implants Pay for Themselves

While it’s true that full mouth dental implants represent a significant investment, that investment pays off in many different ways over time. Let’s do the math:

  • Dental implants are a more permanent option to replace missing teeth .
  • They are associated with less frequent repairs than many other tooth replacement options, which can translate to lower overall cost throughout their lifetime.  
  • Dental implants can improve overall oral health and may reduce the risk of future issues and expenses.  
  • They stimulate the jawbone and may prevent bone loss .
  • For most patients, there’s no need for extra care and maintenance other than brushing, using a Waterpik, and attending annual cleanings.  
  • A beautiful smile is priceless, and with full mouth dental implants, you’ll have the confidence to flash those pearly whites whenever you feel like it.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Doctors Implants

At Doctors Implants, our team of doctors stands firmly behind our belief that dental implants are, by far, the best tooth replacement option available. Permanent, comfortable, functional, and beautiful, they pay for themselves many times over by saving you time and money and improving your oral health over the long term.

Ready to learn more about what full mouth dental implants cost and how Doctors Implants can support you in making them affordable? Book a free initial consultation with our exceptional team to have all of your questions answered in detail and discover what your personal treatment plan will look like.

At Doctors Implants, home of the 6 Hour Smile, we believe that full mouth dental implants should be accessible to all and we’ll do everything in our power to help make them a viable option for your specific needs and circumstances.

Contact us today at 1-844-SMILES2!

About the Author

Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD

Dr. Andrew Mueller loves being an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. After completing both dental and then medical school, he did a general surgery residency and an oral/maxillofacial surgery residency (both at Parkland hospital in Dallas, Texas). He has performed countless general anesthetics in the operating room, learning how to safely put patients to sleep and wake them back up.

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