implants vs dentures

Dental Implants vs Dentures

For someone who has lost all or most of their teeth the only solutions to replace the missing teeth are typically dentures or implants. Bridges are a third alternative and they are a wonderful solution but do require healthy and strong teeth as the bridges are held by the remaining teeth. If too many teeth have been lost or the remaining ones are inadequate then bridges supported by natural teeth will not give you good long-term success.

Of your remaining options, there are significant differences in fit, function, comfort as well as cost between both traditional dentures and implant options. Hopefully, this dental implants vs. dentures guide will help you decide which is the best option for yourself.

To start, here are the general differences between these tooth replacement options:


Traditional dentures are typically the least expensive and most affordable method of replacing teeth. They can be made to look very esthetic and natural. If you have some remaining teeth, these teeth can be used to help secure and stabilize the denture much better than a full denture. They can often be made fairly quickly, within two to three weeks. (We are fortunate to have an in-house denturist and can, therefore, reduce the time and number of appointments to often one or two weeks).

The biggest drawback of dentures is their comfort and functionality. Unfortunately, dentures can be like having an artificial limb…they can look very natural but they do not always compare with respect to function. Overall they will help by providing areas of the mouth to chew foods, but you may need to avoid certain foods that are very hard, tough or sticky Every person is different because the stability, fit and comfort depends a lot on factors such as the remaining bony ridge, shape of the arch (jaws) etc. Some people can do very well…unfortunately, others may have difficulty with dentures.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial roots that fuse with your jaw to become anchors for future tooth replacement. They serve as a permanent foundation upon which we can build or attach teeth.

If you are missing one or a few teeth, single crowns or bridges can be attached to the implants. These are typically permanent and not removable by the patient.

For those missing all or most of their teeth, implants can be helpful. With implants, there is a large variety of treatment options. The simplest treatment involves places (one or) two implants. An abutment screws on top of the implant and sticks above the gum tissue. A corresponding attachment is placed on the underside of the denture so that when the teeth are in place the two attachments snap together thereby holding the denture in place, reducing movement of the denture. Although the teeth are still removable and in many ways, it is still a denture that sits on top of the gum tissue, the fit and comfort are improved considerably simply by the improved stability of the teeth.

If enough implants are placed it is possible to make permanent, non-removable teeth and get rid of the dentures entirely. The most challenging drawback of implants is probably the cost. There are some other differences as well. Implants do require a surgical step and the process takes a longer time and more appointments. However, despite these drawbacks, the advantages and benefits of dental implants often outweigh these drawbacks, even the additional costs, especially over the long term. 

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening


We are “OPEN”


UPDATE May 22 2020


Dear patients:


The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 


The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.


Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.


For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 


Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.


We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.


Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 


The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 


Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 




Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID