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Clash of Restorations: Dental Implant Vs Denture

Posted: Nov, 30, 2023

Dental implant vs denture is a popular comparison regarding restoration of missing teeth. However, their selection is not based on their effectiveness. They are quite good at doing their jobs. This selection depends on the health of your jawbone, the number of remaining teeth, and sometimes the cost. It is better to deeply understand their pros and cons and discuss them with your dentist.

Is a Denture or Implant Better for One Tooth?

A denture is a removable device, and it's bulkier and feels heavy inside your mouth. It can also have a movement in your mouth, like a loose fit, which can be discomforting. It is still a great solution to fix the bad appearance of missing teeth. But as mentioned above, this choice depends on your need; a dental implant is better for you if you have a healthy jawbone and only one tooth missing. 

Dentures Vs. Implants: Pros & Cons

It's common to lose confidence after tooth loss. You stay cautious when you have to smile or eat in public. Therefore, if you are exploring your options for tooth replacement, let us help you weigh their pros and cons.

Pros of Dentures:

  • Dentures are more affordable than dental implants.
  • Dentures require no surgery to be performed.
  • Dentures are removable and convenient to clean.


  • Dentures can slip away from their position quite easily; they cannot provide stability as dental implants do. Lower dentures are more likely to move and cause discomfort.
  • They require alterations now and then due to jaw modifications with time.
  • As time passes, the jaw shape of a denture wearer can trigger bone resorption, causing the mouth to sag.

Pros of Dental Implant:

  • Dental implants offer the same level of stability as your natural teeth with the same look and feel.
  • An appropriate cleaning routine can make the implants last a lifetime.
  • Dental implants support organic bone growth to stop the process of bone resorption, which dentures fail to address.


  • Dental implants are costly and require more dental visits. 
  • Surgery is not right for everyone, especially for older people. Dental implants require invasive surgery to be placed. 
  • A significant is needed for the dental implants to heal before placing the final restoration. Doing so increases the entire treatment length.

Key Takeaways

With dental implants, you never have to be concerned about your teeth while speaking or laughing in public. On the other hand, dentures are less expensive and non-invasive. It's hard to straightaway declare which option works better than the other. They both have their features, advantages, and shortcomings.

 It is always best to consult an expert, Dr. Ram Nallapaneni, at Riverside Family Dental. Our doctor attends every educational dental seminar to stay up-to-date with the latest treatments in dentistry. Call us at (586) 468-0983 to schedule an appointment.

Dr Nallapaneni

Dr. Nallapaneni

Dr. Nallapaneni, a Clinton Township dentist, prioritizes skilled, compassionate care. With a DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he's committed to ongoing education, staying updated with advancements in dentistry for personalized patient treatment. He is actively involved with the Macomb Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association.

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