Dental Implants vs. Dentures: What's the difference?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, the choice between dental implants and dentures can be difficult. This post will deeply dive into the differences between these two common forms of tooth replacement.

If you want to replace missing teeth in Elroy, the team at Wojtowicz Dental can help you make a more informed decision. Call (608) 462-8282 to schedule a consultation today.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed directly into a patient's jawbone to support a replacement tooth, mimicking the form and function of a tooth’s roots. Implants are made of titanium because of the metal’s biocompatibility with the human body. Dental implants can last for years with proper maintenance.


Dentures are false teeth that are supported by the gums. They are made from various materials, including plastic, metal, and porcelain. Dentures often need to be replaced after 5-7 years due to changes in the mouth’s structure and general wear and tear.

Cost Comparison

Dental implants are typically more expensive than dentures. The average cost of a single dental implant in the United States is around $3,000. This cost can increase significantly if you need multiple implants or require additional procedures like bone grafting.

Dentures are usually less expensive than dental implants. A complete set of dentures (upper and lower) can cost between $1,000 and $3,000. The exact cost will depend on the materials used and the complexity of the denture.

The Procedures: Dental Implants vs. Dentures

When you opt for dental implants, you can expect a lengthy and involved process. It typically takes several months from start to finish and may involve several surgeries. Dr. Emily will begin by placing the implant in your jawbone. She will then wait for the implant to fuse with the bone, a process that takes several months to complete. Once the implant is securely in place, she will attach the artificial tooth (or teeth) to the implant.

With dentures, you can expect a much simpler and quicker process. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom-fitted set of dentures. You may need to book other appointments as your mouth adjusts to wearing them.

How long will it take to get used to dentures or dental implants?

When you first get dentures or dental implants, it will take some time to get used to them. Your mouth will need to adjust to the new presence of the dentures or implants, and you may experience some discomfort. However, this is normal and should subside after a week or two.

Should I eat food with my implant or dentures?

One of the best things about dental implants is that you can eat normally once your mouth adjusts to the new replacements. Dentures can limit the types of foods you can eat. Finally, if your dentures or implants are new, you may want to avoid eating hard or chewy foods so that you don't damage them.

When should I remove my dental implants or dentures?

Dental implants very rarely need to be removed. However, they are typically removed due to inflammation, failure, or infection. On the other hand, we recommend removing your denture at night. Once you remove them, you should clean them and store them in a denture cleaner overnight.

Book an Appointment Today!

If you're considering dental implants or dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Emily Today. She will help you decide which option is right for you based on your individual needs and situation.