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Dental implants versus dentures: what are the differences?

Are you considering a solution for missing teeth? Are you unsure whether to opt for dental implants or better go for dentures? Making this choice can be complex, especially because of the subtle differences between the two options. In this article, we look at the key aspects that differentiate dental implants from dentures, to help you make an informed decision for your dental health.

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial roots, often made of titanium, surgically inserted into the jawbone. They form a solid base for permanent replacement teeth, which match your natural teeth in appearance.


Dentures are removable dentures that serve to replace lost teeth and surrounding gums. They usually consist of synthetic resin and are manufactured in full or in part, depending on the user’s needs.

What are the differences between dental implants and dentures?

  1. Differences in longevity and stability

Dental implants are known for their longevity and, if properly maintained, can last a very long time. They are firmly anchored in the jaw, providing excellent stability.

Modern dentures are generally comfortable to wear and already look much more natural than their predecessors, but they do not have the same lifespan as implants. They need to be readjusted to your mouth every few years and will eventually need complete replacement. Dentures can also move around in the mouth and potentially put pressure on gums and jaw, causing discomfort or pain.

  1. Differences in wearing comfort and appearance

Implants are permanently fixed in the jawbone, making them look like real teeth. They do not affect speaking or eating.

Dentures, on the other hand, are removable and can therefore move, which can make speaking or eating more difficult. Getting used to dentures may take some time, unlike implants.

  1. Differences in maintenance and hygiene

Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth: brushing, flossing and regular checkups. Dentures, on the other hand, require daily, thorough cleaning and special maintenance to prevent irritations and infections. It is recommended to take them out at night and soak them in a special cleaning solution.

  1. Differences in costs

Dental implants are an investment and are also not always covered by insurance. However, given their longevity, they are often more cost-effective than dentures in the long run.

Dentures are usually cheaper and are also more likely to be reimbursed by insurance, but they also wear out faster, leading to additional costs.

  1. Differences in the effect on jaw health

Dental implants support the preservation of jawbone, while prolonged use of dentures can just lead to bone loss.


Choosing between dentures and dental implants is crucial for your oral health and overall well-being. Consider your personal needs, lifestyle and budget and consult your dentist or oral surgeon for expert advice. After all, the right choice will allow you to enjoy life carefree with a more beautiful smile!

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