Replacing Dentures With Implants

by Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD | Feb 22, 2024

Many people who require full arch or full mouth tooth replacement initially opt for dentures. Offering a less invasive tooth replacement solution than dental implants, dentures have long been the go-to treatment for multiple missing or damaged teeth.

But dentures come with a whole host of drawbacks, and if you’ve given dentures a try but have been struggling with them for various reasons, you’re certainly not alone. Many patients who are tired of dentures wonder about the possibility of switching to dental implants—a more functional and permanent solution for tooth replacement.

Below, we’ll consider some of the common reasons why patients make the switch from dentures to dental implants and what’s involved in the process:

Reasons To Switch From Dentures to Dental Implants

Patients make the switch from dentures to implants for many different reasons. Some of the most common include:

  • Dentures that are chronically uncomfortable
  • Dentures that slip in the mouth
  • Gum irritation
  • Painful removal of dentures (adhesive doesn’t let go)
  • Facial structure changing due to jawbone loss
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Limited diet (no crunchy, chewy, or tough foods)
  • Self-consciousness about appearance, speech, or inability to eat comfortably
  • Dentures have to be continually modified and replaced (not a permanent solution)

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures

In contrast to dentures, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. Their advantages include:

  • Implants don’t slip.
  • Cleaning involves brushing and using a Waterpik, just like natural teeth.
  • Implants preserve and stimulate bone, maintaining facial structure over the long term.
  • Complications with speaking are uncommon and can typically be overcome with practice.  
  • There are no specific dietary restrictions.  Patients with full arch or full mouth implants are advised to avoid the same foods that could damage natural dentition (e.g. ice cubes, jaw breakers, hard beef jerky, etc.).  
  • Your smile is natural and radiant.
  • Implants are a more permanent tooth replacement solution.

Replacing Several Teeth With Dental Implants

A dental implant can replace just one single tooth or a few teeth, but at Doctors Implants we specialize in full arch dental implants.

What Are Full Arch Implants?

Full mouth dental implants replace an entire arch of missing teeth (top, bottom, or both). Typically, just four dental implants are placed into the jawbone to act as tooth roots and anchor a full arch of prosthetic zirconia replacement teeth that are stronger than natural human teeth.  

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

We’ve never turned away a patient due to bone loss, and our leading Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons use advanced techniques to bypass the need for bone grafting in even the most complex of cases.  During your free consultation, you will receive a custom treatment plan.  Afterward, your Patient Advocate will help you find a payment plan that makes sense for your lifestyle.  

What To Expect During the Transition From Dentures to Dental Implants

At Doctors Implants, we replace conventional dentures using our groundbreaking all-in-one dental implant procedure: The 6 Hour Smile. Refined over many years and successfully used to treat thousands of patients, the 6 Hour Smile allows patients to receive dental implants and prosthetic teeth in just a single day. To learn more, book a free consultation with our exceptional team.

Which Is Less Painful, Dentures or Implants?

Traditional dentures are initially less painful than implants but may become more painful on a daily basis over time. With implants, the initial pain associated with the implant procedure dissipates relatively quickly, leaving you with a permanently painless smile that looks and feels more natural.  Doctors Implants’ patients report substantially less pain during implant recovery than they anticipated. Learn more at your free consultation appointment.

Implants are a dental health solution that can successfully replace conventional dentures in almost every case. Book your consultation appointment at Doctors Implants today. We look forward to meeting you!

About the Author

Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD

Dr. Andrew Mueller loves being an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. After completing both dental and then medical school, he did a general surgery residency and an oral/maxillofacial surgery residency (both at Parkland hospital in Dallas, Texas). He has performed countless general anesthetics in the operating room, learning how to safely put patients to sleep and wake them back up.

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