What Is the Difference Between Dental Implants and Traditional Dentures?

Why choose dental implants?

Unlike dentures dental implants are fixed; there is no slurring, slipping, or clicking associated with wearing dentures.

Dental implants are cleaned and cared for like natural teeth; with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and standard oral health visits with your regular dentist.

And, unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are fused into the jawbone, preventing bone loss and atrophy normally caused from missing teeth.

Dentures and dental implants are the two most common solutions for missing teeth.


There are many people wearing conventional upper and lower dentures or partials who are unhappy with them. Lower dentures never fit and feel like natural teeth. Due to the shrinking of the gum tissue, dentures will become loose fitting and cause irritation to the mouth, sores and pain. Lower dentures restrict your ability to eat or talk as you had with natural teeth. The only relief is in using messy dental adhesive to improve the fit.

Upper dentures are different in that they are easier to wear because the suction in the upper palate (roof of the mouth) helps keep them in place. However, by covering the palate you also reduce the taste of foods that you are eating. Sores and pain can also develop here too as the gum tissue shrinks and many are forced to use dental adhesive with upper dentures as well.

Removable partial dentures might be used when only several teeth are missing. A partial anchors to the teeth on either side using a metal clasp. This can be damaging to the these teeth. They can also be hard on the gum tissue when chewing and talking.

The advantage to upper and lower dentures is that they can be made quickly and initially cost less than implants. They may last a lifetime, but over the years with aging new sets will need to be made to fit the changing gum tissue.

Dental Implant:

Dental implants are permanent dental replacements that are both natural looking and very functional. Implants offer the same force of biting as natural teeth. They look better and feel better. And for non-smokers with good oral hygiene they should last a lifetime.

They are a major investment and procedure can be time consuming. As will any surgery, there is always the risk of complication even after a through exam and consultation prior to care. Compared to dentures implants can provide a permanent solution that is both functional and natural in appearance.