Dentures vs Implants

Have you been weighing on which option to get? On one side, you have dentures, and on the other, implants. Here are a few pointers about these 2 dental appliances.


There are 2 types of dentures: complete and partial. When all the teeth are missing, complete dentures are ideal; when some teeth remain, partial dentures. The primary purpose of dentures is to replace lost or missing teeth. The good thing about dentures is that they are removable, and you can easily clean them simply by getting them out of the mouth and wash it.

Complete dentures are either immediate or conventional. Conventional complete dentures are used when all the teeth are removed and the gums have healed. These dental appliances are usually set in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the removal of the teeth. Immediate complete dentures, on the other hand, can be placed in the mouth right after the teeth are removed. The patient need not wait for the gums to heal. However, this is just a temporary solution while waiting for conventional dentures to be made.

Partial dentures usually has replacement false teeth on top of its gum-colored base; thus, it is known by its other name, false teeth dentures. In order to hold it in place in the mouth, this type of denture has a metal framework. It is commonly used to fill the gap left by the missing teeth, preventing the remaining teeth from moving and changing its position.

There are alternative to dentures. For years, people thought the only solution for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Today, we have dental implants. While it may be a bit more expensive compared to dentures, dental implants have the look and feel of real teeth. In fact, dental implants are becoming more popular these days.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth from its roots, giving it a strong foundation and the look and feel of natural teeth. Aside from its aesthetics, these dental appliances offer wonderful benefits:

Peace of mind: There is comfort in knowing that they would not fall while you speak. Unlike poorly fitted dental appliances, dental implants will slip and cause you to mumble your words.

Improved comfort and self-esteem: Dental implants do not have the discomfort as that of removable dental appliances. Thus, it makes eating and chewing easier. What’s more, they can make you feel good about yourself because you can smile confidently with it.

Durability and reliability: With proper maintenance, you can count on dental implants to last for many years. In addition, dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent.

The downside, however, to dental implants is that not everyone can be a candidate for this dental treatment. But as a general rule, anyone who is healthy enough to go through a normal dental extraction procedure can become a candidate for dental implants. In addition, the candidate must follow good oral care and do regular dental visits. People who smoke, diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes, or have undergone radiation therapy in the head or neck region must have to be evaluated first before they can be made suitable for dental implants. For those that can’t meet the requirements to become eligible for dental implants, false teeth dentures are still an option.

If you are considering dental implants or false teeth dentures are an option, talk to the friendly dentists at Alpenglow Dental. To discuss your dental care needs, schedule an appointment today by calling (801) 878-1700.