Are You Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dentures?

Posted on: June 3, 2018

Dental implants and dentures are two of the most popular options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dentures are typically the more affordable option, especially when you are missing multiple teeth, but implants are a lot easier to take care of.

Most people hope for some level of healthy teeth. Teeth are one of the first things people notice about you when you interact with them. People see bright, white teeth as a sign of attractiveness, success and youth. While people see badly-stained teeth as a sign of aging and financial difficulty.

That can certainly wreak havoc on your self-esteem as you find yourself constantly worrying about what others think about you. When you replace your missing teeth with an appropriate dental prosthetic, you do not just restore your smile, you also restore your self-confidence. To make it easier for you to decide which option is best to address your missing teeth, here is a closer look at these two dental prosthetics.

Dental implants

Dental implants are the closest dental prosthetic to your natural teeth. These devices mimic the natural function of your teeth and their roots. An implant typically consists of two parts. A metal screw – often made out of titanium – and a crown that goes on the external-facing end of the screw.

During the procedure, an oral surgeon will insert the screw – called an implant – into your jawbone. The implant is then given a few months to fuse with it. Finally, a crown is attached to the implant, completing the procedure.


Dentures do not require any form of surgery. During your examination, the dentist will carefully take measurements of your mouth before sending the dimensions to a lab. The dental lab will customize the dentures to your specific size. Dentures typically consist of two parts, a plastic base that keeps the denture in place in the patient's mouth and artificial teeth.

There are a few different types of dentures like partial, full, and implant-supported dentures. Now that you have a better idea of what these two dental prosthetics are, it is important to understand the key features of both and how effective they are at replacing missing teeth.

Key features of implants

  • The implant can last a lifetime when properly maintained
  • Implants are a permanent solution
  • Implants look and function just like your regular teeth
  • Implants promote healthy bone tissue
  • Implants prevent your teeth from shifting due to missing teeth
  • Taking care of implants is no different from taking care of your regular teeth.

Key features of dentures

  • Dentures do not require surgery
  • Cleaning dentures can be time-consuming
  • Dentures are constantly moving in your mouth as you speak and eat
  • Dentures often require the use of dental adhesives to keep them in place
  • Dentures last about five years with proper maintenance
  • Dentures have to be regularly adjusted as your face changes

Still not sure which one of these dental prosthetics is best for you? Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today. 

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