Dentures Or Denture Implants?

Losing teeth, whether it is due to age, injury or disease, can be very distressing. However, there are many great replacement options available including dentures and denture implants.

Which option is right for you depends on many factors and while you may be overwhelmed with considerations such as denture cost, convenience, and your oral health, it is important to visit your denturist and replace your teeth as quickly as possible to resume eating and talking normally and restore your natural smile.


What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth as well as gum tissue. Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw while partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth still remain.

While complete dentures will rest on your gums, partial dentures are supported by metal clasps around existing teeth and both have a pink gum colored acrylic base that supports the denture teeth.

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What are Denture Implants?

A denture implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, replicating the root of a natural tooth.

Once completely fused with the jawbone, a carefully crafted replacement tooth is attached to the implant to support the denture. This can be used to replace single or many missing teeth.

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Dentures Vs Dental Implants - Pros & Cons

While most denturists strongly encourage the use of denture implants to replace missing teeth, there are some cases where dentures may be more suited to your specific needs.

Here are the pros and cons of each tooth replacement option:

  Dentures Denture Implants
  • Dentures are less costly than implants
  • Getting dentures are a simple and quick procedure that doesn’t require surgery
  • Dentures are covered by most insurance plans
  • Can restore a more youthful look to your face by fixing the sunken look caused by tooth loss
  • Protects the jawbone from further deterioration
  • Increased comfort as there is no risk of movement or dislodging
  • Denture implants look, feel and function more like natural teeth
  • Requires less maintenance than dentures in the long run
  • Easier to eat and speak with denture implants
  • If taken care of, denture implants can last for years, even a lifetime

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  • Require frequent repairs or replacement
  • Need to be removed and cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis
  • Need to be removed at night
  • Without denture adhesive, dentures may slip or dislodge while talking or eating
  • Food can get trapped beneath dentures, increasing risk of infection
  • May prevent you from eating certain foods, making it difficult to follow a nutritious diet
  • Can cause discomfort, irritation or sores
  • Denture implants cost more than dentures (usually a few thousand dollars for each implant)
  • Denture implants require some surgery & minimal post-operative discomfort
  • Require several months of healing time (3-6 months) before the treatment is complete
  • Denture implants are sometimes considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by insurance
  • Not suitable for every patient (e.g. smokers)
  • Like all surgical procedures, it carries a risk of some complications


Denture Implants vs Dentures: Costs

Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing your tooth replacement options and while denture implants may cost more initially than dentures, there are additional denture costs to consider such as repair and maintenance, cleaning solutions and denture adhesives which implants don’t require.

For replacing multiple teeth, denture implants do have higher initial costs but better improvements in oral health-related quality of life compared to other tooth replacement options.

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Simplifying Your Denture Costs

At Future Smiles, our denturists strive to provide high-quality, comfortable tooth replacement services no matter your financial situation which is why we offer direct billing and financing options to all our patients.


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To find out more about the pros, cons and costs of dentures and denture implants, contact our Calgary denture clinic today at (403) 475-0016.


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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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