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Dental Implants and Dentures - Finding the Best Option For You

June 14, 2022 / DENTISTRY

If you’re missing one or more teeth, chances are you’ve discussed your tooth replacement options with a dental professional. Replacing these teeth is important. Not only does it improve your appearance and self-confidence, but not replacing missing teeth can impact your health and damage your jaw and other teeth.

There were times in history when missing teeth were replaced with dentures made of ivory, bone, metal, and even wood. Thankfully we have better alternatives these days.

You’ve likely heard all about bridges, crowns, implants, and dentures. There are so many options, and so much information available, it can get overwhelming.

For many, the main decision comes down to dentures or dental implants. Here are the pros and cons of both.


Dentures are removable and can be built to replace a full or partial set of teeth. Dentures are most often used by patients who need to replace a full set of teeth, but partial dentures are still an option chosen by many.


  • Dentures are removable, which can be seen as both a pro and a con. Removing dentures makes them easy to clean, and it makes them a good option for patients with unhealthy jawbones that might not be able to withstand an implant.
  • Dentures are less expensive than implants. Because dentures don’t require a surgical installation, they are the more cost-effective option.


  • Dentures are removable, which means they can move around, and denture wearers rely on adhesive to keep them in place. It can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing when a patients’ dentures slide around when they are speaking or eating.
  • Dentures that are not properly fitted can lead to tooth decay or infection by allowing food and acids to get stuck underneath the denture.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. When you have an implant installed, your dentist will surgically implant a screw-like device right into your jawbone. This implant will act as a firmly rooted post, upon which a crown will be installed to look and function just like your natural tooth.


  • Dental implants are permanent, meaning you’ll never have to worry about them moving around like a denture. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Dental implants look and function like your normal teeth, making them easy to care for through a regular oral hygiene routine that includes regular flossing and twice daily brushing.


  • Dental implants are surgically installed, which can be uncomfortable and time consuming.
  • Dental implants are more expensive than dentures.

In order to be a candidate for dental implant, the jawbone must be healthy and intact.

If you’re missing teeth and are ready to discuss your options, call our team at Yonge Star Dental in Richmond Hill to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Wenyi Yuan would love to see you for a smile consultation. Our office is growing and accepting new patients

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