Things to Consider Before Deciding Between Dental Implants or Dentures

set of dentures held in two hands

A restored smile improves the functionality of your mouth and can help restore your confidence. Implants and dentures are great options for patients, but each has advantages and disadvantages. We’ll walk you through them to help inform and empower your decision.


Dentures are a non-invasive tooth replacement option. Your dentist simply takes a mold of your mouth and then has the dentures made. This is a great option for patients who may suffer from anxiety surrounding the dentist or medical procedures.

Dentures do not use a base or support system. They’re held in place either by suction or by oral adhesives. This can make them susceptible to falling out. If you’re concerned about losing your teeth at inopportune moments, this may not be the best option for you.


Dental implants are a method that surgically inserts a metal post into the jawbone. The jawbone will fuse with the metal, creating a base that works similarly to the root of a natural tooth. From here, an abutment attaches to the healed implant, and a prosthetic tooth is placed onto the abutment.

This method creates a sturdy and permanent replacement tooth that resembles your other teeth. This method has a long healing time before you can have your replacement tooth placed and requires surgery. If you experience medical anxieties or need to restore your smile quickly, this may not be the best option for you.

Implant-Supported Dentures

A bit of the best of both worlds, this type of denture attaches to dental implants to remove the risk of them falling out. Like traditional implants, this denture can stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss.

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