The Pros And Cons Of Denture Implants

The Pros And Cons Of Denture Implants

When all of your natural teeth are gone, you have tooth replacement options other than complete dentures. Denture implants are a permanent denture solution that many people opt for, but are they right for you? There is no one type of denture that is best, and learning the potential benefits and drawbacks can help you make your decision between complete dentures and denture implants. If you read the list of pros and cons and still don’t know if denture implants are the right choice for you, speak with your denturist about which tooth replacement solution can help you eat, speak, and smile like yourself again.

Pros Of Denture Implants

  • Low Maintenance
    Because denture implants are a permanent denture solution that functions similarly to natural teeth, there won’t be much of a change in your oral care routine. You will still need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, although you will no longer need to floss between all of your teeth, and you should drink water to rinse your mouth out after eating, but in general denture implant care is fairly simple. You won’t need to worry about taking your dentures out at night or that certain foods might become lodged under your teeth as with complete dentures. Your denturist can answer any questions you have about specific kinds of toothpaste or products to use or avoid.
  • Longevity
    Denture implants are made to last. The crown (the tooth portion) of permanent dentures typically lasts anywhere between 5 and 15 years, but the implanted segment that the dentures are secured to will last a lifetime. If damage occurs to the crown of the denture implants, it can be replaced, but the implant body won’t take the brunt of the damage and should be perfectly fine.
  • Aesthetics
    Denture implants look and feel like natural teeth and because they are permanently secured, they won’t ever slip out of place. No one will even know your denture implants aren’t your original teeth. Your natural face shape also benefits from denture implants. When people lose their teeth, the lack of tooth root stimulation typically signals to the brain that the jaw is no longer in use, which can cause the jawbone to become weaker and smaller in a process called resorption. Because denture implants have an implant section that is fused with the jawbone, this stimulates your jawbone the way that real teeth and tooth roots do. This stimulation tells your body that the jawbone is still in use, which helps to maintain face shape by reducing jawbone resorption. Although wearing complete dentures regularly helps to reduce some jawbone loss, denture implants help a lot more.

Cons Of Denture Implants

  • Surgery
    In order for denture implants to be placed and secured, you need to undergo dental surgery. This will take several months from the start of the implant process with a few rounds of healing in between each surgery. You may also need to undergo jaw-grafting surgery first if your jaw is too weak for denture implants, which will add more surgery and recovery time.
  • Permanency
    Since denture implants are a permanent option, they are a long-term commitment. Although denture implants can be removed, the implant body needs to be surgically extracted and will take time to heal. Normally when a person has denture implants, these are the only dentures they use for the rest of their life so you need to be sure this is a good option for you.
  • Cost
    Denture implants have a higher up-front cost than complete dentures. If you are looking for an affordable up-front solution or if you don’t have insurance coverage, you may want to opt for complete dentures instead. Another important cost factor to consider is the long-term costs; denture implants are an investment because they help to maintain face shape and jawbone strength and since denture implants are secured, they are less likely to suffer damage that needs denture repairs, denture rebases, or denture relines. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we offer affordable denture solutions to help you get the dentures you want and need.

Find Out If Denture Implants Are For You

If you aren’t sure if denture implants are the right choice for you, speak to a Calgary denturist at Future Smiles Denture Clinic. We will discuss what you want in a denture and determine which type of dentures are ideal for your lifestyle so you can get the best dentures for your needs. If you are interested in denture implants, our team will be happy to examine your gums and begin the denture implant process. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How do I know if I’m a good candidate for denture implants?
A: You are likely eligible for denture implants if you have healthy gums, a healthy jawbone, and you don’t use tobacco. To learn more, read Am I A Good Candidate For Denture Implants?

Q: How long will dental implants take?
A: It will take 2 surgeries and a minimum of 5 months, as you will need time to heal from both surgeries.

Q: I need dentures. Where do I start?
A: The best place to start when considering replacement teeth is visiting a qualified denturist. During a free consultation, our denturist will be able to advise if dentures are the right treatment solution for you and which denture type works best for your specific needs.

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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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