Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental Implants vs. Dentures? Learn how dental implants may be a superior option for replacement of missing teeth.

Dental Implants Give You:

Improved Appearance:

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth.

Learn about the advantages of dental implants vs. dentures:

Improved Comfort:

Unlike removable dentures, dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures.

Since removable dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue caused by constant rubbing of the denture against gum tissues may add also to the discomfort.

On the other hand, dental implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.

Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated with dental implants.

Improved Speech:

With ill fitting dentures, teeth slip and slide around the mouth. Facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises.

Replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

Improved Self Esteem:

Considering all other benefits, dental implants unquestionably can improve your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself. You can regain nearly all the capabilities that most people have with natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, and allowing you to enjoy life, do what everyone else is doing and not think twice about it.

Compare the differences between dental implants vs. removable denturesEat Better:

The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth.

This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces your ability to taste foods. With dental implants, your palate is exposed so you can taste and enjoy your food.


Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. Above all, you will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down.

Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth:

Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for the replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, the teeth surrounding missing teeth must be ground down. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.

Removable Dentures:

Some of the dilemmas removable denture wearers experience are sore spots on the gums from rubbing, a decrease in bite force, loose dentures that move around and cause embarrassment in public, difficulty speaking, whistling or clicking of denture teeth, and an inability to eat many foods.  Additionally, many people who wear dentures also complain that food tastes bland.

In contrast to removable dentures, dental implants are clearly a superior option for tooth replacement.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures Comparison Table:

Removable Denture

Implant Supported  Prosthesis

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Long Term Cost


Biologic Costs


Bone Preservation



Hygiene Access


Long-Term Maintenance

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