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Dr. Hunter Dawson

Medically reviewed by Dr. Hunter Dawson

For many generations, dentures were the most viable option to replace missing teeth. To this day, many patients choose dentures to restore their smile, even though dental implants have become widely considered the gold standard.

Even if you already have dentures, you may wonder about the benefits of switching to dental implants. For most patients, this is not only possible but highly advantageous. In this article, we will delve into some reasons why making this change is beneficial and discuss any potential complications that may arise.

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Dentures and dental implants are both viable options for replacing missing teeth. However, they are also different in some critical ways.

Dentures sit on top of the gums, meaning they do not stimulate the jawbone. Because of this, denture wearers will eventually experience the reabsorption of their jawbone, which can lead to unwanted changes in their facial appearance. Dentures are often less comfortable than other tooth replacement methods, as even the best-fitting dentures can slide or otherwise feel unstable.

Dental implants are titanium rods surgically secured to the jawbone, acting as replacement roots. They provide a steady and stable anchor for artificial replacement teeth, which look and behave like natural teeth. Implants offer greater comfort and quality of life. You will not have to worry about your implants sliding out of place, and you can enjoy your favorite foods without worry.

Additionally, dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that stimulates the jawbone, actively preserving your bone density and preventing any unwanted changes to your facial appearance.

Replacing Dentures with Dental Implants

Most dentures are impermanent and removable, so removing the denture to place dental implants is no problem.

Complications arise if you lost your teeth long ago, which likely means you have experienced jawbone loss. There is no way to anchor the implants without adequate bone, making dental restoration more difficult.

To overcome this challenge, your surgeon may recommend bone grafting. This procedure is simple and commonplace and involves the regeneration of bone where you need it most. A bone graft can make you a viable candidate for safe and successful dental implant placement.

Reasons to Switch from Dentures to Dental Implants

As you consider whether to opt for implants over dentures, there are several benefits to remember.

  • Dental implants are permanent, stationary, and do not move.
  • Once fully healed, implants allow you to enjoy your favorite foods as normal.
  • Implants generally offer a more natural-looking result.
  • Dental implants will actively guard against future bone reabsorption.
  • With the right hygiene, your implants can potentially last much longer than dentures.

Dental implants provide a permanent and secure solution to replace lost or missing teeth. Compared to dentures, implants look and feel natural, reduce oral health issues due to poor fit, and are easier to maintain. They can also bridge the gap between multiple missing teeth and offer an increase in overall quality of life. Learn more about dental implant placement and bone grafting procedures from CCOFS.