Implant-Retained Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures: Which Is The Best?

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Jonathan G. Campbell, DDS, FAGD
One of the top rated Dentist in Salt Lake City, UT
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Are you considering getting dentures? Maybe you’re wondering if there’s a type that’s best to get.

There are multiple kinds of dentures out there, but in this blog, we’ll compare two types: implant-retained dentures and traditional dentures.

We’ll break down their differences and discuss if one is superior to the other.

Keep reading to find out.

What’s the difference between implant-retained dentures and traditional dentures?

The purpose of both traditional and implant-retained dentures is to replace your teeth and help you regain your smile. In addition, they’ll support your facial muscles and may improve your speech.

But what’s the difference?

Traditional dentures are secured in your mouth with adhesive glue and are removable.

Unfortunately, they can become loose, uncomfortable, or shift around while you eat, talk, or smile.

Sometimes they even fall out, which can be embarrassing.

The movement creates friction, causing sore spots in your mouth.

Implant-retained dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone with dental implants and abutments.

There’s no need for glue! You won’t have to worry about them slipping out of your mouth because they’ll stay in place.

With implant-retained dentures, you can eat all your favorite foods! You don’t have to switch to a soft-food diet.

Traditional dentures make eating uncomfortable- even painful.

Implant-retained and traditional dentures look natural when properly fitted. We’ll customize your denture to perfectly fit your mouth and look the way you’d like.

They also preserve bone structure, which will prevent premature aging and help your oral health.

You’ll look younger, and you won’t be able to stop smiling!

Implant-retained dentures are a long-lasting solution that boost your confidence and significantly improve your quality of life.

How long do dentures last?

Traditional dentures dentures typically last for at least 5 years. With proper maintenance, traditional and implant-retained dentures could last up to 15 years. You should get your denture relined or refitted to increase its lifespan.

How long does it take to get dentures?

To set a traditional denture, it'll take anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months in average.
 It’ll depend on your specific case; whether or not you require any teeth to be extracted, the healing time, and whether or not you need a full denture or partial denture.

Here at Legacy Dental, it usually takes about two to three weeks for us to create traditional dentures.

We usually can make a temporary partial denture (also known as a flipper) that replaces one or a few teeth within 24 hours.

The entire treatment time for implant-retained dentures takes four months, on average.

It may take around two hours for us to place your implants. On average, it takes about 3 months for the posts and bone to heal. And don’t worry, you’ll always leave our office with your smile.

What’s the best type of denture?

We’ll let you be the judge of that! In the end, the choice is yours. It all depends on your wants and needs.

Are you considering getting dentures?

Our dentists in Salt Lake City, UT are happy to help you!

We offer both traditional and implant-retained dentures.

Schedule a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for dentures.


Legacy Dental has been established since 1977 and proudly serves communities throughout the Salt Lake City… opens in a new window to Google Maps… area, including Salt Lake County, Millcreek, East Millcreek, Holladay, Sugarhouse, Murray, Midvale, South Salt Lake, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, and Herriman.

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