How Dental Implants Reduce Long Term Dental Costs
Updated: Jul 29, 2022
Did you know that dental implants can save you money in the long run when it comes to your dental expenses? When you consider the long term effectiveness and improved quality of life that comes with dental implants, you may be surprised at how affordable dental implants really are.
Dr. Bebeau at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix is the leading dental implant surgeon, and particularly the leading all-on-four dental implant surgeon in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. He has performed hundreds of “teeth-in-a-day” procedures, giving patients a smile that ultimately reduces their long term dental costs.
Dental Implants: Initial Cost vs. Total Cost
If you are considering tooth replacement options, it is important to take into consideration the initial costs as well as the total cost. For example, dentures and bridges tend to have lower initial costs than those associated with dental implants. However, dentures and bridges require regular maintenance, upkeep, and replacements. These costs can add up quickly, bringing the total closer to the initial cost of the implants.
Dentures and bridges typically need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years. Beyond replacement costs, dentures must also be cleaned regularly in a special solution that you’ll need to purchase along with an adhesive that keeps the dentures in your mouth. The ongoing purchases and costs associated with maintaining your dentures add up considerably over time.
On the other hand, dental implants require significantly less upkeep, and fewer replacements and accessories in the long run. For most patients, dental implants can last for decades, as long as they are cared for properly. Because of these savings, dental implants are typically the smarter long-term investment for your smile.
The Hidden Costs of Dental Implant Alternatives
The required accessories, maintenance, and replacement costs associated with dentures are just a few financial factors that should be considered when choosing a smile replacement. The hidden costs of dental implant alternatives can go beyond simply having to replace dentures every 5 to 15 years. These hidden costs include:
The use of bridges and dentures can lead to bone deterioration in the face, specifically in the jawbones, which can leave your face looking and feeling sunken and aged, and can make daily activities such as eating and speaking difficult.
Unlike dental implants, dentures must be removed, cleaned, and left to soak overnight every night. The care and cleaning process for dental implants is much simpler, requiring regular brushing and flossing, just like you would your natural teeth.
A common issue in patients with dentures is fear of their dentures slipping out when they eat, laugh, or talk. With dental implants, there is no risk of your teeth falling out, because implants function very similarly to normal teeth.
Dental Implants at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix
If you’re considering getting dental implants, one of the most important things you can do is find a Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who specializes in this procedure. Contact us to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants for patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, and give yourself a reason to smile.