Dental Implants Vs Dentures

As we age, many of us may lose a tooth or two to some accident or dental complication. While there is little we can do to save the tooth, there are things available to us that can restore the function and aesthetics of our teeth. Here we discuss the positives and negatives of two possible solutions if you lose a tooth – dental implants and dentures.


Dentures are sets of false or fake teeth that you place on the space of the missing tooth using some dental adhesive. Dentures require a much shorter time span to prepare compared to dental implants and less time in the dentist’s office. Dentures work best for people who have fragile gums or a weak jaw. However, the problem with dentures is that despite dental adhesives, there are still chances where the dentures can become dislodged from your mouth which can be an embarrassing experience. You also can’t use dentures to bite into hard foods as they may break. Dentures also feel somewhat unnatural and can make speaking clearly difficult.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is all about replacing the tooth you lost by surgically installing a root for a new tooth prosthetic. This is fixed, does not move and no longer needs adhesive. Dental implants take longer to install and require several trips to the dentist and will need dental procedures to set up the implant. They are also more expensive compared to dentures. However, there are many benefits associated with dental implants. They feel more natural as if it was a part of your normal teeth structure. They are also very sturdy and functions like your normal teeth and promotes healthy bone growth.

There is much to talk about the dental implants vs dentures discussion. As with any oral or dental health queries, it is best to ask a professional in the field. Apple Dental Implant Centre can give you insights as to which procedure will work best for you based on your dental health.

Learn more about the two types of dentures we offer:

Implant Stabilized Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures

Apple Dental Implant Centre Prices

* Price does not include CT scan to ensure suitability for a selected type of implant(s), which is an additional $100. Price reflects current costs for implants and crown or denture manufacture for a typical patient. Most patients will fall within those typical requirements, but some cases may require additional work and/or additional cost based on the patient’s condition, so price may vary based on the patient. Price is also subject to change if our purchase cost for implants, crowns, or dentures changes.

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Implant-Stabilized Dentures

Tired of loose fitting dentures?
Cannot eat the food you love because of your dentures?
Do you feel uneasy or ashamed because of your dentures?
Thinking twice prior to you grin or laugh?

If you’re tired of your current dentures moving around in your mouth our Vancouver implant-stabilized denture replacement option might be right for you.

Now, this unique, affordable dental implant treatment can be among the fastest methods to change and improve your denture smile in Vancouver. It can often be carried out in a single day so that you never ever have to go without teeth. Patients who have gotten this treatment say they feel a restored sense of self-confidence, enjoy an enhanced lifestyle, and have actually gained back the ability to consume and taste the foods they like.

Before dental implants, there was no set solution offered for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to change a full jaw with dental implants and a supported denture that results in an irreversible, steady and high aesthetic solution.

Thankfully, with recent developments in dental implant research, offices across the world offer implants that will let you:

  • Eat and work like having natural teeth.
  • Have a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Protect your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

In circumstances where a complete recovery of the missing teeth making use of implant-supported crowns and bridges is not an alternative, a few short strategically installed mini or full-sized implants are a contemporary solution that combines standard denture technology with modern improvements in Vancouver cosmetic dental implants for optimized partial or complete denture fit.

An implant-supported denture is a kind of over-denture that is attached directly to oral implants. A routine denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.

An implant-supported fixed denture is a lifelike set of teeth– full with prosthetic gum tissue– that remains in your mouth all the time. It is securely and conveniently anchored by a number of dental implants that become an important part of your jawbone as soon as inserted during a minor surgical procedure done in the dental workplace.

Implant-supported fixed dentures are perfect for individuals who have actually experienced deterioration of the gums and jawbone, which is an inescapable result of tooth loss. Since bone is a living tissue that requires continuous stimulation to preserve its volume and density, implants can keep your gums active and well supported. The necessary stimulation typically originates from the teeth; when they are lost, the bone that made use of to surround and support them begins to break down. If this is allowed to continue, your face might start to sag from a lack of bone structure.

For those clients who have actually lost all their teeth, but have actually not lost substantial bone, a fixed bridge (irreversible non-removable teeth) might be the treatment of option because the new bridge is not needed for facial and lip support. Not all patients are prospects for this treatment. For our Lower Mainland patients who have lost all their teeth and/or substantial bone, facial and lip assistance, a removable denture, which fits “over” the implants, will often be the treatment of choice.

A removable denture will certainly be similar to the repaired bridgework, both supported by implants, in terms of convenience and capability to chew, however the denture will provide substantial advantages for those clients with severe loss of bone, gum, lip and cheek assistance. The bottom line is that the loss of teeth affects individuals on an entirely personal level, which means the treatment needs to be highly individualized to be effective. Make sure to share all of your dental goals with your expectations to your dental implant professional so your objectives can be fulfilled and exceeded.

Small implants are small-diameter implants are also available. They can be installed to anchor and stabilize an existing removable denture. Placing mini implants is an easy treatment that is usually performed in a single see, with no cut or stitches, and requiring only a local anaesthetic.

Implant-Supported Prosthesis (Removable)

Another common form of dental implant are removable prosthesis or implant supported dentures. It is relatively common in the Lower Mainland for clients to come in with pre-existing clinical issues which make it impossible to use implant-supported fixed partial dentures. The implant supported detachable partial dentures can be a treatment option that offers the multitude of advantages of implant-based treatment.

Dental Implant Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis supported by several implants replacing three or more teeth. When many, but not all, teeth are missing a removable partial denture supported by implants can be made. This removes the metal clasps connected with partial dentures. Lots of teeth can be replaced with a minimum number of implants, thus lowering costs. The implants avoid the partial denture from moving around or coming loose. The remaining teeth are protected because the partial denture does not grip on them with wires.

If all your lower teeth are missing, five implants may be used to support a lower denture.

If all your upper teeth are missing, six or more implants may be used to support an upper denture.

The implants are positioned just below the gum tissue and given time to fuse with the bone. Temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete. Your existing denture can be modified so that it may be worn without disturbing the implants during the healing process.

You will be fitted for a custom-made bar by your trusted Apple implant experts, that attaches to the implants to support a new denture. Your existing denture may be modified to be worn during this period.

The new denture will have attachments which snap or clip it into place. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the jaw, stimulating it and halting bone loss. You will be able to remove the denture easily for cleaning.

At Apple Dental Implant Centre we understand how difficult full dentures can be to wear. Implants can be used beneath detachable dentures to eliminate numerous of the problems associated with denture wear.

In the upper denture, many people grumble about having the palate of their mouth covered, hence decreasing the ability to feel and taste food. 4 implants under an upper denture hold it securely so that the size of the plate can be reduced, removing the flavour from the denture altogether.

The lower denture is more difficult to use than the upper (there is no suction to hold it in place). It constantly moves, presses on the gums, and has to be held in by the cheeks and tongue. Simply pair of implants under a lower denture enhance it a lot that it makes for a few of our happiest patients!

The improved ability to chew is one of the most significant benefits patients report in Vancouver. Considering that the dentures anchor on the implants instead of resting on the gums, they enable patients to bite much harder without any pain. Another benefit – no messy adhesives! An implant-supported partial denture offers an aesthetically-pleasing, strong tooth restoration. The implants hold the partial denture firmly in place, permitting you eat and speak correctly. It can revive your smile to a really natural-looking and healthy state.