Dentures, partials, or dental implants

Dentures, partials, or dental implants

There are 8 comments on the CW28 Providence story from Feb 23, 2009, titled Dentures, partials, or dental implants. In it, CW28 Providence reports that:

When deciding whether to use a partial, denture, or dental implant, there are three primary factors to consider: the number of teeth missing, the cost, and comfort.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

#1 Mar 2, 2009
Dental implants are certainly expensive, but they are also unequaled in comfort and permanence. You can find out why the cost is high, but dental implants might still be worth it here:

Santee, CA

#2 Mar 6, 2009
This was a GREAT article, Plum .... thank you. I am in the middle of having an overdenture and permanent bridges done. I am so far very glad that I have chosen a dental office that has all of the services I need in one place ... a surgeon for the extractions and implants, a denturist, a general dentist and their own lab. My costs are about 1/2 of what they would have been otherwise. I know because I shopped 2 other dentists before I chose this one. I get wonderful care.
Thanks again.


#3 Jun 2, 2009
There are basically two types of implants. Those that are placed on the jaw bone, but under the gums, and those that fit into the jawbone similar to the root of a natural tooth. Each type offers solid, non–mobile support for replacement teeth which act and feel like natural teeth. Since both types are attached to your jawbone they can provide distinct advantages over traditional methods of replacing missing teeth.
• Implants restore proper chewing function and so you can enjoy foods previously too “Difficult” to eat.
• You feel confident that your replacement teeth won’t move or loosen.
• You regain the closest thing to the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.
• Throw away those sticky adhesives.
• Forget about unsightly partial denture clasps which place damaging pressure on remaining natural teeth.
• Eliminate irritated and painful gums.
• Improve your speech by eliminating or reducing the “Fullness” of full or partial dentures.
• Replace missing teeth with the look and feel of natural teeth without having to “Cut down” healthy teeth.
• Dental implants help stop the progressive bone loss and shrinkage of your jawbone by “Mimicking” the roots of natural teeth.
• Dental implants are clinically proven with a success rate in excess of 90%.

Etyek, Hungary

#4 Jun 4, 2009

Yes, dental implants are not cheap, but there are clinics where one can afford these artificial roots and the teeth (crown) on them. My aunt was in Hungary at the empireclinic, she got swiss implants and german crowns for hungarian prices.. check them on the web, it really is worth

Budapest, Hungary

#6 Jul 4, 2012
Good raw material excellent expertise and low prices are the guarantee to a new smile. Hungary tops the list in Europe for dental tourism. read more on

Magnolia, TX

#7 Feb 21, 2014
When possible, I always recommend dental implants:

Madison, WI

#8 Apr 20, 2014
I would say the choice depends upon what's most important in the person's life. Usually anything (such as partial dentures) is better than wearing full dentures.
If a person is elderly or doesn't expect to live very long, full dentures may be a good choice for them. If a person is set in life and has an understanding partner then they may be able to tolerate wearing full dentures without getting depressed. Some people don't mind wearing them. If a person doesn't mind the disadvantages of wearing removable teeth, that's wonderful (for them). Full dentures are the cheapest route to go.
Many people are delighted when they first get their full dentures but often later realize they made a horrible mistake.
There are hundreds of things people don't realize will change in their lives. I'll list a couple examples:
If a person has to be put to sleep for any surgery or operation, they will have to remove their false teeth. Most folks use denture glue to hold them in and it will be a big hassle taking them out at the hospital and cleaning the glue out of their mouths. If you have any throat procedures performed - such as an upper endoscopy - you will not want to have your mouth full of glue when the doctor works on you.
Denture glue doesn't easily come off your mouth and gums.
You will need to bring your denture container with you. The doctors, nurses and other visitors will all see you without your teeth in.
People who enjoyed participating in active sports may find themselves limiting many of their physical activities to avoid the possibility of their teeth falling out or getting lost. People may find themselves limiting their social activities because of their teeth continually coming loose and concerns about their breath for "close encounters."
Personally I think dental implants are the best option for people who must have all their teeth extracted. Most people can afford dental implants, if they really want them. With a fixed hybrid denture, a person's mouth feels super clean. You just use a water pik briefly and brush your teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush dipped in Listerine. With an implant supported hybrid denture you will feel like you have your own real teeth back :)

Madison, WI

#9 Apr 26, 2014
Don't get dentures if you don't have to. People who have all their teeth extracted and wear full dentures age very rapidly.

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