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Dentures vs. Implant-Supported Dentures: What’s The Difference?

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If you’re considering getting dentures, you may be wondering which type of dentures you should get.

The answer does depend on your needs and what your dentist feels like would work best for you.

In this blog, we’ll discuss two types of dentures:

Let’s dive in!

What’s a traditional denture?

Dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth.

It restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile normally.

With traditional dentures, your dentist may recommend either a complete or partial restoration… This text opens the Colgate Dental Implants page in a new tab ….

A complete denture replaces all of your teeth in a full dental arch. You may need to use a denture adhesive for improved stability.

A partial denture is used when you’re missing multiple teeth but still have natural teeth remaining. It often includes a thin framework or clasps that attach to your natural teeth.

What’s an implant-supported denture?

An implant-supported denture is similar to traditional dentures in function but is a more permanent tooth replacement solution.

Your dentist will place implant posts into your jawbone that acts as a tooth root. Then, it’ll attach to your dentures.

Depending on how many implants you need (usually ranging between 4-8), your dentist can restore up to an entire arch of teeth.

What’s the difference between dentures vs. implant-supported dentures?

The biggest difference between the two dentures is that traditional dentures are removable, whereas implant-supported dentures are fused directly with your jawbone.

Both allow you to eat and talk normally again, improving your quality of life.


If you’re looking for a more long-lasting solution, implant-supported dentures may be better for you.

Since traditional dentures require adhesives, they can become loose or shift around, causing discomfort.

On the other hand:

Implant-supported dentures are anchored to your jawbone like your natural tooth. This makes your new smile secure and preserves your jawbone health, meaning they won’t slip out of place and prevents your facial features from creating that sunken-in look.

How long do dentures last?

Typically, traditional dentures last for at least five years.

For implant-supported dentures, the implant posts can last a lifetime and the dentures last up to 15 years.

Visit your dentist for routine checkups on your dentures. Getting them refitted as needed ensures your comfort when using them.

Does insurance cover dentures?

If you have a full dental insurance policy, it typically covers or partially covers restorative procedures, like dentures and implant-retained dentures. 

Concerned about costs?

Speak to your dentist about their patient financing and insurance options to find a plan that’ll work best for you.

Looking for denture options in Reston or Ashburn, Virginia?

Having a smile you’re proud of is priceless, and that’s why we’ll work closely with you to find the best restorative options for your needs.

Virginia Dental Solutions is proud to provide high-quality traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures in Reston and Ashburn, VA.

Our dental experts are ready to restore your smile function and appearance.

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