How to Choose Between Partial Dentures and Denture Implants

Are you suffering from tooth loss? At our Calgary denture clinic, we offer a wide range of affordable and quality tooth replacement options including dental implants and traditional partial dentures to suit all your unique needs.

If you are suffering from missing teeth, there are several convenient and natural-looking tooth replacement options available to you including traditional full/partial dentures, as well as dental implants and flexible partials.

Whatever denture solution you choose, it’s imperative that you NEVER ignore tooth loss because this can have serious consequences and lead to:

  • Further tooth loss
  • Higher risk of developing tooth decay and/or gum infections
  • Unwanted shifting of remaining natural teeth
  • Difficulty speaking and chewing
  • Lower quality of life
  • Aged appearance

Quality and Affordable Denture Solutions in Calgary

At Future Smiles, we believe all of our patients have the right to a beautiful and healthy smile. That’s why we offer a wide range of denture solutions, from partial dentures to denture implants, as well as flexible payment plans and home calls, to ensure you receive the most convenient and stress-free denture experience possible.

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Partial Dentures vs Denture Implants: What’s The Right Choice For You?

Replacing missing teeth has become easier and more convenient and today, there are a number of tooth replacement options that a patient can choose from, if they suffer from tooth loss due to age, decay, or an accident.

Two of the most popular solutions are partial dentures and denture implants. To decide which one is right for you, there are several factors you must take into consideration.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are replacement teeth which are made out of acrylic, cast metal, or porcelain. Your denturist will make a mould of your teeth and jaw and create a custom denture to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.

Initial Fitting For Partial Dentures

Once your denture is designed, your denturist will do an initial fitting to ensure that they fit comfortably. Subsequent appointments may be scheduled for any adjustments that need to be made.

Partial Denture Pros

  • Quick process and the partial denture can be completed soon after the initial fitting.
  • More cost-effective than dental implants.
  • Excellent choice for patients with weak jaws, sensitive gums, or those who aren’t candidates for denture implants.

Partial Denture Cons

  • They require regular maintenance to ensure they stay in good condition.
  • Partial dentures last approximately 5-7 years, much shorter than denture implants.
  • Adhesives are required to ensure that your partial denture doesn’t slip while you’re eating or talking.
  • They can cause mouth sores if the fit isn’t correct.


Denture Implants

Compared to partial dentures, dental implants are a more permanent tooth replacement option. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone, replicating the root of a natural tooth. Once it has fused with your jaw bone, a partial denture is attached to the implant for increased stability.

Denture Implant Pros

  • It’s much more secure than a denture
  • It functions, feels, and looks more like natural teeth
  • Requires much less maintenance than a partial denture
  • Protects your jawbone from further deterioration
  • Denture implants can last a lifetime if taken care of properly


Denture Implants Cons

  • Higher short term costs
  • Not suitable for every patient, especially those with weak jaws.
  • Surgery is required.
  • Requires several months of healing (approximately 3-6 months)

Am  I a Good Candidate For Denture Implants?

Denture implants are a popular choice for patients with healthy gums and those that are looking for a more stable and secure solution for missing teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last for up to 20 years.

However, you may not be a good candidate for implants if you have:

  • Inadequate bone structure
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bite complications
  • Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of partial dentures and denture implants, and to find out which tooth replacement option is right for you, visit one of our two branches located in North Calgary (23 Coral Springs Blvd NE) or South Calgary (7015 Macleod Trail SW, Unit 113).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at (403) 475-0016 or fill in our online contact form.

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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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