Dentures Versus Implants - A Comparison

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If you've suffered multiple tooth loss, you'll be faced with the choice of dentures or implants in order to repair your smile.  But how do the two options compare and what's best for you?  Read on for a helpful point by point comparison.


There are a number of advantages to having dentures fitted including,

  • having dentures fitted is a completely non-invasive process and consequently there is no recovery time required
  • dentures are easily customisable
  • dentures are easily replaced
  • dentures can be removed when required
  • dentures are generally less expensive than implants

Although there are undoubtedly plenty of pros to wearing dentures, there are also some cons to bear in mind including,

  • dentures are not secure and can move around when you are speaking or eating
  • the fitting process can be lengthy, requiring multiple visits to your dental prosthetist
  • dentures require special care and cleaning
  • dentures can have a rather unnatural appearance
  • as you become older, your lips and mouth can shrink, meaning that your dentures will cease to fit properly and you'll have to have them replaced


Dental implants are more permanent in nature than removable dentures and have other advantages including,

  • implants can be used to replace individual teeth as well as groups of teeth
  • implants look completely natural and are crafted to match your existing teeth
  • dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth and require no special cleaning
  • dental implants can help to strengthen the bone in your jaw by improving blood flow
  • dental implants feel totally natural, just like your own teeth
  • implants are designed to last a lifetime and should not require replacement or adjustment once they have been fitted

Implants also have a few disadvantages including,

  • the procedure to fit implants involves surgery, which can present a risk
  • there is a lengthy healing process following implants and complications can arise
  • dental implants tend to be more costly to have fitted than traditional dentures
  • if you lost your teeth following trauma to your face or disease that resulted in damage to your jawbone, it may not be possible to have implants fitted

In summary

Both dentures and implants present advantages and disadvantages.  If you have lost several single teeth, implants may be the best choice for you.  They look and feel just like your natural teeth and are simple to care for, although they can be expensive, depending on how many you need.  However, if you don't like the idea of invasive surgery and would prefer a cheaper option for multiple tooth loss, removable dentures could be the best solution for you.

Have a chat with your dentist or dental prosthetist for more advice and information on which option would best suit your circumstances.


8 August 2016

Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.