The Complete Guide to Dentures and Implants

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Research shows that frequent smiling can make people happier. However, not everyone always feels confident about their smile.

Thankfully dental procedures like dentures or implants exist to improve your smile and impress others. But which one would work better for you? What are the pros and cons of each?

In this article, you'll learn more about dental implants and dentures and why both of them are a great choice.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement. They consist of three parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown or false tooth. The implant is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth (or teeth) is and serves to function like a normal tooth.

Since the implant embeds and fuses to the jawbone, the abutment or hook keeps the crown in place making for secure placement. You can get one implant or several to replace missing teeth.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a very common dental treatment used for the same purpose, to replace missing teeth. They are a preferred treatment with great success.

Similar to dental implants, dentures give you the look and feel of real teeth. They're completely removable and very affordable. You can choose a complete set of dentures or a partial which fill the gaps of missing teeth.

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Both dental implants and dentures are effective replacements for missing teeth and can help you maintain a normal life. However, there are some key differences that could swing your choice.

Here are the pros and cons of dental implants.


1. Longevity
Because the implant is fused to the jawbone, this means that the implant is permanent. In rare cases, it may have to be removed, but dental implants have an impressive 90% or higher success rate.

The implants are made of titanium and made to last, so you can feel confident that they won't budge or loosen and fall out.

2. Blends in Easily
The false tooth of the dental implant is crafted to match the color and size of your surrounding teeth. This means that the dental implant blends in extremely well with your current teeth. People may not even notice that you have dental implants because they look natural and realistic.

3. Functionality
Dental implants are secure in your jawbone, which means you don't have to worry about them falling out during eating, drinking, or talking, because they maintain the structure of your jawbone. They work like your real teeth and blend seamlessly into your everyday life.

4. Easy Maintenance
Dental implants are very easy to maintain. You can brush your teeth, floss, eat and drink normally without having to worry about extra steps for cleaning. Keep up to date on your dental visits to make sure the implant stays healthy.


1. Expensive
The cost of dental implants may invoke sticker shock. Since they're considered a surgical procedure you have the cost of more than the implant itself. The cost rises if you need more than one tooth.

Most dental offices work with you to help you pay for the cost by offering financial aid or financial plans.

2. You May Not Qualify
Even though dental implants are a great solution, they're not for everyone. People with a weak jawbone may not qualify, or you may need skin grafts to improve your jawbone. Only your dentist can determine if you're a candidate for dental implants.

3. Waiting
Dental implants are not a one-and-done dental visit and it may take several months before completion. You'll need a consultation and possible bone grafts, and factor in ordering crowns, sheduling surgery, time for healing, and so forth.

Pros and Cons of Dentures

Pros and Cons of Dentures

Now that you know why dental implants are a solution for missing teeth, here are the pros and cons for dentures, and how they compare with implants.


1. Affordable
Dentures are one of the most affordable options for replacing missing teeth. Compared to implants they're less expensive and not as intrusive as surgery. Even if you think you cannot afford it, dental offices may offer financial help.

2. Functionality
With missing teeth it's difficult to maintain a normal life that involves eating, talking, and professionalism at your job. Dentures help solve this problem by improving your ability to eat and speak to your friends and family without problems.

3. Appearance
Individuals who have a full-tooth smile tend to land jobs and are received better than those who lack teeth. Your appearance does say a lot about you and with dentures, you can alter your appearance entirely. Not only your appearance but keeping your teeth as a whole is healthy for your body.


1. Cleaning
Dentures are removable, but they do need regular cleaning and maintenance. You will need to be diligent about cleaning them so they don't harbor bacteria and invoke infections. If they're not cleaned regularly, they may break and you'll need an entirely new set.

2. Difficulty Eating and Talking
Sometimes the jawbone changes shape and this may make your dentures uncomfortable or contribute to difficulty eating or drinking. Eating sticky foods is likely off-limits because it could ruin your dentures or cause them to loosen.

If your dentures do cause you pain, see your dentist so they can fix the problem before your gums became sore or unbearable.

Dentures or Dental Implants: Which One Is Right for You?

Both denture and dental implants are solutions to missing teeth, but deciding which one is right for you is a conversation for you and your dentist.

If you're looking to improve your smile and your life, and you're having trouble deciding between dentures and dental implants, contact us today and we will be happy to walk you through the process or set up a consultation.

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