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  • Writer's pictureDr Bebeau

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

Missing teeth can seriously impact your life, from your self-esteem to overall mouth health. Tooth loss is common for many, with almost 70% of adults between the ages of 35-44 missing at least one tooth. If you’re missing teeth, you’ve likely considered both dentures and dental implants as tooth replacement options. However, it can be difficult to decide which is the best choice for you. Read on to learn more about both options, and weigh the pros and cons of dental implants and dentures.


By definition, a denture “is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.” Two types of dentures are available—complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Pros of Dentures

  • Dentures are much less expensive than dental implants.

  • Dentures can be used by patients who have experienced deterioration or loss of the bone and gum tissue.

  • Dentures are non-invasive and won’t require any surgical procedures.

  • The process of making dentures is relatively simple and quick, requiring only about 4 trips to the dentist.

Cons of Dentures

  • With dentures, the integrity of your jaw and facial structure is not maintained.

  • Adjustments or changes will likely be necessary as you age and the structure of your face and gums changes.

  • Dentures can cause your face to have a “sunken in” or “old” look.

  • Dentures require an adjustment period and you may be uncomfortable with wearing them at first. You may experience more salivation, difficulty eating, drinking, and speaking.

  • Dentures require thorough cleaning daily. Infection can occur if your dentures aren’t properly cared for and cleaned regularly.

Dental Implants

If you’re looking for an easier, more permanent option, you may be more interested in dental implants, defined as “an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.” Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Dental Implant Pros

  • Dental implants have over a 95% success rate in all patients making them a highly successful option for most eligible patients.

  • Dental Implants are long-lasting and can hold up for over 20 years.

  • Caring for your implants is the same as caring for natural teeth.

  • Implants can help to preserve your facial structure and jawbones.

  • Implants are just like regular teeth and allow your bone to continue to grow.

  • You can eat, drink, and speak just as easily as with regular teeth.

  • It is possible to get dental implants in a single day with an All-on-4 dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant Cons

  • Dentures are a cheaper choice compared to dental implants, which tend to be more expensive.

  • Not everyone is an eligible candidate for dental implants, as dental implants require healthy bone and gum tissue in order to heal properly into the jaw.

Contact Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix

If you’re considering getting dental implants—particularly the All-on-4 procedure—one of the most important things you can do is find a Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who specializes in this procedure. Contact us to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants for patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, and give yourself a reason to smile again.


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