Your Easy, Quick and Simple Guide to Choosing Between Denture Implants and Traditional Dentures

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Torn between denture implants and traditional ones? Not sure which will best meet your specific needs? Our Calgary denture clinic has you covered with this week's article on the topic.

It can be tough knowing which denture solution is right for you, especially if this is your first experience with them. Denture implants — or implant-supported dentures as they're medically known — represent one of the biggest technological advancements in the field of denture care. This prosthesis is snapped into place via four titanium roots, which have been surgically inserted into a patient's jawbone. Some of the main benefits of denture implants include:

  • Extremely durable and attractive
  • No risk of slipping or falling out when eating, talking, or smiling
  • Improved speaking and chewing ability
  • No sore spots
  • Preserving the strength of your jawbone
  • Better overall oral health
  • Easy to remove and maintain
  • Greater self-confidence for the wearer

While there are many great benefits to choosing denture implants to solve your tooth loss problem, traditional full dentures are also an excellent option. Let's take a closer look at some of the main factors that go into deciding between the two denture solutions, which will make choosing between them easier for you.

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How to Choose Between Denture Implants and Traditional Full Dentures

At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we pride ourselves on informing our patients as best we can about all the denture solutions available to them. Two of the most common solutions we discuss with our customers are implant-supported dentures and complete dentures. Both help the wearer eat, talk, and smile comfortably and confidently. But how they go about achieving this is where they differ. 

Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself so you can determine which denture solution is right for you. 

Do I want to undergo surgery for my dentures?

Denture implants require two surgeries for the procedure to be completed. The first one will see the titanium roots inserted into the jawbone. The implants will then need between three to six months to fuse with the jawbone. Once the implants have successfully fused, root heads will be placed onto the implants. It's these root heads that allow the denture to snap into place.

If you are uneasy with surgery or do not want to undergo two surgical procedures to get your dentures, then traditional full dentures may be a better option for you.


How much am I willing to spend upfront on my dentures?

Implant-supported dentures do come with a higher initial cost compared to traditional complete dentures. This is due to the surgical component and the greater complexity of the prosthesis. That being said, denture implants result in lower long-term costs thanks to their increased durability and reduced maintenance needs. 

When deciding between traditional complete dentures and denture implants, knowing how much you can afford to spend initially on your denture solution will have an impact on your decision. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we provide flexible financing options to our patients to help them select the ideal dentures for their needs and lifestyle. Contact us today to find out more about our affordable denture options.

Factors that may prevent you from receiving denture implants

While most of our patients will be considered ideal candidates for implant-supported dentures, there are some factors that could prohibit or prevent them from pursuing this tooth replacement solution. This includes:

  • Poor or inadequate bone density in their jaw
  • Periodontal disease
  • Complications with their bite
  • If they are a smoker
  • If they take certain medications like blood thinners

It's important to note that having any of the above apply to you does not immediately disqualify you from being a candidate for denture implants. Bone grafts or other measures can be taken to improve your chances of being a good candidate. You should speak with your denturist to get more information and find out what steps can be taken to make implant-supported dentures possible for you.

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If you need affordable dentures in Calgary or would like more information about our implant-supported dentures, Future Smiles Denture Clinic has you covered. Just get in touch with our helpful denture team by calling 403-475-0016 or by booking a FREE consultation or by visiting our Coral Springs NE or Macleod SW Calgary clinics. We'd love to help get you smiling again!

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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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