Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

Dental Implants Dentist Ann Arbor, MI

As a dental practice that offers both dental implants and dentures, we’re often asked about the best ways to replace missing teeth. 

The tooth replacement options you explore with our dentists will ultimately depend on your oral health, budget, and personal preference.

For example, our dentists may recommend you for the dental implant procedure if you have sufficient jaw bone density and a healthy immune system.

Continue reading to learn what our Ann Arbor, MI dental implant dentists might recommend for your smile.


Dentures are an oral appliance made to look and function like natural teeth. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, our dentists may recommend a full or partial denture. While a full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth, a partial denture only replaces a few teeth. 

Dentures sit on top of your gums and must be removed before you go to sleep so your gums have a chance to recover. When you’re not wearing your dentures, they’ll need to be submerged in a glass of water or denture cleanser so they don’t dry out, crack, and warp.

We can help you explore the different types of dentures available, including partial, complete, conventional, and immediate dentures. An alternative option to dentures is dental implants, and the two have a lot of significant differences.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) that’s placed in your jaw to later support a crown. Many patients appreciate that dental implants look and function like natural teeth. This means that you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods without worrying about slipping dentures. 

After the dental implant procedure, your jawbone goes through a process known as osseointegration. This is where the jawbone attaches to and grows around the implant because it recognizes it as a suitable tooth root. Take care of your dental implants like you would natural teeth by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily.

Should I Get Dentures or Dental Implants?

While dentures are more affordable than dental implants, they don’t solve the problem of jawbone deterioration. As soon as your body detects a missing tooth, it’ll start to absorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere.

Once this happens, the area of the jaw where the tooth root used to be weakens and deteriorates. Teeth adjacent to the gap will also start to tilt toward the open space. Eventually, the patient may experience facial collapse, which alters the shape of the face making it difficult to wear dentures and has other adverse effects for eating and talking.

The best way to prevent further tooth loss and jawbone deterioration is to ask our dentists if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure. In general, we recommend dental implants whenever possible so patients can avoid long-term health issues caused by missing teeth.

Am I a Candidate for the Dental Implant Procedure?

You’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure if you have healthy gum tissue and sufficient bone density in your jaw to place the implant. For successful osseointegration, there has to be enough jawbone tissue to support the titanium dental implant that’s placed in your jawbone.

Our dental implant dentists will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for the dental implant procedure. Even if you’re not a candidate for dental implants, we can help you explore your other tooth replacement options.

Request an Appointment

Robert J. Stevenson DDS and Carrie Guernsey DDS are proud to offer tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and dentures, to help patients smile with confidence. To request an appointment with one of our Ann Arbor, MI dental implant dentists, call (734) 201-1610.

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This blog post has been updated.