What Are The Differences Between Dentures And Dental Implants?

If you’re dealing with missing teeth and are not sure whether to choose dentures or dental implants, check out six key differences between these procedures that could help you decide:

 How They Work

 A dental implant is an artificial tooth made from three distinct elements: a metal post, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal post is inserted into the jawbone, after which your bone and gums will fuse to it, just like in the case of a natural tooth root.

The process can take around six months on average, but it has the benefit of being a permanent tooth replacement. 

Dentures, on the other hand, are a type of prosthetic that can replace both missing teeth and gum tissue. They’re made using an impression of your mouth and are attached to your jaw either by anchoring them on your remaining teeth or gum tissue in the case of full-arch dentures. 

Fixed vs. Removable

A dental implant is a fixed prosthetic, so the moment your restoration is complete, it functions just like a natural tooth. This provides a higher level of comfort, confidence, and ease of maintenance.

Dentures are removable, which means the patient needs to take them out to clean and even to give their gums a break. This can also make some people feel self-conscious due to the fear that the dentures could fall out when they speak or eat. However, custom-fit dentures should not have this problem.

Extent of the Restoration

Dentures can replace part or the entire arch with one prosthetic, making them a great solution for patients with extensive tooth loss or dental damage. 

Implants usually replace just one tooth, which could mean a costly restoration for some. However, you may have implant-supported denture options available that combine the two procedures.

Bone Stimulation

Implants help maintain a healthy jawbone by stimulating it when eating. This prevents the bone from shrinking and even changes your physical appearance. Dentures cannot offer this level of stimulation, so there is a risk of jawbone shrinkage with them.

Eligibility Criteria

Dentures are a good solution for most patients and don’t have many eligibility criteria. On the other hand, to get dental implants, you’ll need to meet several conditions, such as having healthy bones and gums, no titanium allergy, and no pre-existing condition that could impact implant healing. 


Dentures are a more affordable way to restore your smile, especially when you consider the extent of the restoration. But considering the lifelong benefits of implants, they are the more cost-effective solution.

Find Out Which Is Right for You 

Our Denton dentist can help you go through both procedures to make an informed decision about your smile. Whether it’s dentures, implants, or other types of tooth replacements, you can rest assured that your oral health is in great hands.

Request a visit to Timberlake Dental today.