Partial Dentures VS Implants

Difference Between Partial Dentures and Dental Implants  March 24, 2013 – 07:03 am
Partial Dentures Vs. Implants

Subject Category: Dental and Teeth
Publish Date: Disabled World - Jul 29, 2012 | Updated: Jul 29, 2012

Summary: Explains the differences between partial dentures and dental implants when replacing missing teeth.

Document Detail:

There are myriad considerations your dentist will make, but one of the most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants. While partial dentures remain a good option, you should be aware of the differences between these two methods prior to making your final decision.

Differences Between Partial Dentures and Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are secured into your jawbone and act as a new tooth root.
  • Partial dentures are secured with wings to adjacent teeth.

Key differences between partial dentures and dental implants include:

  • Comfort - dental implants are fixed firmly to the gums, eliminating any risk of slippage. Partial dentures can come lose, slip out of place, or fall out completely
  • Impact on adjacent teeth - partial dentures rely on adjacent teeth for support which can damage your natural teeth. Dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth, eliminating this problem
  • Reliability - dental implants are the strongest, most reliable form of tooth replacement available

Both of these options can restore a seamless appearance to your smile by replacing missing teeth with artificial teeth colored, shaped, and sized to fit precisely into their place. However, only dental implants can provide fully restored strength and function to your smile while preventing jaw shrinkage and collapse. For these reasons, many dentists recommend dental implants as the best option for tooth replacement.

Of course, there is no one solution for every mouth.

During your tooth replacement consultation with an experienced dentist the best option for your smile can be determined.

If you are missing one or more teeth and live in the Sacramento, California area, please visit the website of Advanced Dental Concepts for additional information about all of your tooth replacement options at Topics


  • Partial Dentures - Used when some natural teeth remain. A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This "bridge" is then cemented into place.

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Mini dental implants for dentures

Hello sbornfeldDDS,
thanks for your reply. unfortunately, i can't afford the regular implants plus i think it would be hard on my mom- healing time and pain.
she has about 8 teeth upper and 6 lower left and the dentist said all are loose, infected and need to be removed. she had partials but did not like them as they were stressing her teeth.
my hope is that the mini implants will provide her some additional stability so she can enjoy eating again.
i talked to someone at affordable dentures located in bakersfield, they reccommend the minis to be placed about 6 mos after teeth have been rmoved once the gums have shrunk (?)
by the way, any knowledge of affordable dentures? i like that they specialize in dentures only.

At the risk of

...opening a can of worms, I'll attempt an answer.
If you're wearing full upper and lower dentures now and have been told you have enough bone for replacement of all teeth, you are very lucky. But this is usually very demanding treatment (both for you and the dentists) and often this is best dealt with by prosthodontists for the restorative work. These guys get the big bucks, but trying to do this type of treatment on the cheap can be a big mistake. There are a lot of volume operations out there trying to bang out the work with mini-implants. These are far less expensive to place, but don't have the long-term record of success that traditional implants have

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