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Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures

  • 2021/08/12
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures

Do you know which tooth replacement options are right for you? Each patient is different which is why it’s important to know the pros and cons of each. We are here to help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment. For more information, contact our office today to request a consultation with our dentist in McCordsville, IN.


DeDentures are an appliance that replaces missing tooth function and appearance. Depending on your tooth loss and various needs, the dentist may recommend a partial or full denture. A full denture replaces a full arch of teeth, whereas a partial denture only replaces a few teeth. ntal Implants are considered a safe method of tooth restoration when performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. Dental implant surgery is a common surgery in the United States and is growing in popularity. It is seen by most dentists and patients as the most effective and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, either individually, or in groups of teeth. Dentures rest in your mouth on top of your gums, and you should take them out before bedtime so your gums have time to recover. Dentures will need to be submerged in water or denture cleanser so they don't dry out, crack, or warp.

Dentures Types

Different denture options are available, such as immediate, conventional full dentures, and removable partial dentures. Let’s briefly run through each type.

Immediate Dentures: These types of dentures are usually temporary and used for transitional periods. They are often placed right after tooth extraction. These may not fit as well because of the muscular readjustment that is required and the natural shrinkage of gums.

Conventional Full Dentures: These are a more long term solution. They conform to your gums and mouth. They are made to look like your natural teeth. They can also assist in chewing food to a large degree although they are not as effective at this as natural teeth or dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures: Also known as RPDs, dentures are typically made of a resin or plastic base and include false teeth that are placed in a custom-made model of your mouth, and come from the lab.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an artificial root (usually made of titanium) that’s fused in your jaw in order to support a crown. Many patients favor dental implants over dentures because they are similar in appearance and feel to natural teeth.

That means you’ll be able to enjoy many of your favorite foods without the worry of ill-fitting dentures which are not as easy to use for chewing. Brushing and flossing are necessary for maintaining dental implants just as you maintain natural teeth.