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Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures: Pros and Cons

Individuals who need to replace missing teeth may not be sure whether implant-supported dentures or traditional dentures are the right option. Each type of denture has its advantages and disadvantages, which you should compare when deciding between the two. Here are some pros and cons to consider for traditional and implant-supported dentures.

 Traditional Dentures


  1. Cost-Effective: Traditional dentures are generally more affordable than implant-supported dentures, although the cost of maintenance over time should also be considered.
  2. Non-Invasive: The process of getting traditional dentures is less invasive compared to implants, as it doesn’t involve surgery.
  3. Adaptable: Traditional dentures are an excellent option for individuals with insufficient bone for implants, particularly if they are not candidates for bone grafting or do not want to undergo invasive surgery.



  1. Stability: Traditional dentures can sometimes be less stable, leading to issues with slippage or movement while eating or speaking.
  2. Bone Resorption: Over time, wearing traditional dentures can contribute to bone loss in the jaw due to lack of stimulation, which might affect fit and comfort. Bone resorption also leads to sunken facial features, which can lead to a prematurely aged appearance.
  3. Maintenance: Regular adjustments and relining might be necessary as the jaw shape changes, affecting the fit of the dentures.
  4. Inconvenience: Traditional dentures must be removed at night and to clean them. You need to soak them overnight, clean them with special cleansers, and make sure they don’t dry out, crack, or break.


Implant-Supported Dentures


  1. Enhanced Stability: Implant-supported dentures are more stable and secure. They’re anchored to the jawbone through dental implants fused to the surrounding bone. Because the implants become integrated with the jawbone like natural tooth roots, there is no movement or slippage of the dentures.
  2. Preservation of Jawbone: Dental implants stimulate the surrounding jawbone, preventing bone loss by mimicking the function of natural teeth roots. The facial contours are preserved, avoiding the prematurely aged appearance often seen in individuals wearing dentures for long periods.
  3. Improved Functionality: Implant-supported dentures offer better chewing efficiency and feel more natural than traditional dentures.
  4. Easy Care: Implant-supported dentures are cared for like natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups are all that are needed to keep them functioning properly and looking great.



  1. Cost: Implant-supported dentures are typically more expensive due to the surgery required for implant placement.
  2. Surgical Procedure: The dental implants must be surgically placed in the jawbone. This surgery might not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions or those averse to surgical procedures.
  3. Healing Time: The treatment process for implant-supported dentures takes longer, requiring time for the implants to integrate with the bone before the dentures can be attached. Getting implant-supported dentures requires a time commitment of several months from the consultation to complete healing.

Ultimately, the choice between traditional and implant-supported dentures depends on various factors such as budget, oral health, bone structure, and personal preferences. If you are considering either option for replacing your missing teeth, Dr. Szutz is happy to answer any questions you may have. The first step is calling the Alaska Oral Surgery Group at Alaska Oral Surgery Group Office Phone Number 907-278-5678 to schedule a consultation.

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