Dentures vs. Dental Implants: What’s Right for You?

When it comes to restoring your smile, dentures and dental implants are popular options. Both solutions replace missing teeth, but they differ significantly in terms of functionality, aesthetics and long-term benefits.


Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. While they can restore basic chewing and speaking functions, they may not provide the same level of stability as natural teeth.

When it comes to aesthetics, dentures can offer a reasonably natural appearance. However, they may not fully replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. The fit of dentures may also change over time, affecting their aesthetic appeal.

If you have bone loss, dentures may not be right for you. Traditional dentures do not address the issue of bone loss in the jaw. Over time, the absence of tooth roots can lead to bone resorption, potentially affecting facial structure and causing a sunken appearance.

Dentures require regular removal for cleaning, and may need adjustments over time to maintain a proper fit. Adhesives are often used to keep dentures in place, but they may not provide the same stability as natural teeth. While modern dentures and adhesives have greatly improved, there’s always a chance that dentures may loosen while you’re chewing or speaking.

Dental implants

Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically implanted into the jawbone. They provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth, and their functionality is comparable to natural teeth. This stability allows for normal chewing and speaking.

Dental implants closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. The custom-designed crowns or bridges attached to the implants are crafted to match the color, shape and size of surrounding teeth. This results in a seamless fit and natural-looking smile. Better yet, dental implants actively stimulate the jawbone, which helps prevent bone loss. This stimulation helps maintain facial structure and reduces the risk of a sunken appearance over time. If you don’t have sufficient bone density to support implants, bone grafts and alternative implant placement techniques can provide the stability you need for successful implants.

Finally, implant maintenance is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. Dental implants are fixed in place and do not require removal for cleaning. Regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, are sufficient to maintain the health of the implant-supported restoration. Dr. Mike and your care team can recommend oral healthcare solutions to ensure your smile stays bright and healthy for decades to come.

Which is right for you?

While both dentures and dental implants replace missing teeth, dental implants are often the better solution. If you’re a good candidate for implants, they can provide unmatched stability and actively contribute to your oral health and overall well-being. They’re a permanent, attractive solution that mimic the look and function of natural teeth.

To learn more about dental implants and whether they’re right for you, schedule an appointment with the Cleveland Implant Institute today.

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