How to Choose Between Partial Dentures or Implant Supported Dentures?

Choose Implant Supported Dentures or Partial Dentures

While replacing missing teeth was difficult in the past, things have changed. Today, you can choose from a few options to address tooth loss, including partial dentures and implant supported dentures.

Dentures and implants serve the same purposes, such as helping people chew food or improve their speech and supporting their facial muscles. However, there are significant differences between both.

Each tooth replacement option has its own pros and cons, so it’s crucial to evaluate them to make the right choice. Plus, you should consider several factors when picking a solution.

Fortunately, this guide contains all the information you may need to choose between implant supported dentures and partial dentures. Read on!

What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are commonly known as “false teeth,” as they’re pieces designed to replace missing teeth in the upper or lower portion of the mouth.

More often than not, they’re removable. However, there are “fixed partial dentures” that patients can use as a semi-permanent solution to fill gaps of missing teeth.

Often worn when one or more natural teeth are still present, these dentures are made of acrylic resin, or porcelain and fixed with metal clasps or precision attachments. All types of dentures require regular maintenance or denture care.

Removable partial dentures must be removed when you go to sleep. This is essential to allow your gums and jaw to rest from wearing the artificial teeth. Additionally, it can help you maintain good oral health and avoid potential health complications.

If you wear “Fixed partial dentures“, you won’t need to remove them before going to bed. However, you should always clean them properly and take proper care of them, following expert recommendations. 

The Procedure

Are you in need of partial dentures? Visit Shreve Denture Clinic in Leamington. With our in-house denture laboratory, we can make a mould to create a custom piece considering the colour, shape, and size of your jaw and remaining teeth.

A professional denturist will perform an initial fitting once the partial denture is fully designed. That means it’s necessary to check if the piece fits correctly and you feel comfortable using it. 

You should also schedule followup appointments at our local denture clinic to address any issues that may arise or make necessary adjustments.

Pros and Cons of Partial Dentures

Whether you choose a fixed partial denture or the removable option, there will be advantages and disadvantages, including the following:


  • Partial dentures are budget-friendly since they’re cheaper than complete dentures and implants.
  • They’re ideal for people who aren’t eligible for dental bridges.
  • Since they don’t require surgery, partial dentures are an excellent option for those who don’t want to undergo surgical procedures.
  • Unlike traditional dentures, modern options are made of lightweight but durable materials, so they’re comfortable and will last longer.
  • A partial denture can be just a replacement tooth. Therefore, most people find it easy to adapt to them.
  • If you’re missing one or more teeth, partial dentures can give you more confidence by filling those gaps and making them invisible when you eat, smile, speak, or just yawn.
  • Partial dentures can help you maintain healthy bite mechanics and avoid other dental health problems associated with missing teeth, such as jaw or facial pain.
  • In most cases, partial dentures are completed after the initial fitting.


  • Failure to perform regular maintenance to partial dentures, including brushing, soaking, and rinsing, can lead to decreased longevity.
  • A partial denture has a shorter lifespan (five years) than an implant-supported denture.
  • If not fitted properly, partial dentures can cause mouth sores and discomfort.
  • Denture adhesives are required to prevent the piece from dislodging when speaking or chewing.
  • This tooth replacement option could make the adjacent teeth more vulnerable to decay.

What Are Denture Supported Implants?

When it comes to replacing teeth, implant-supported dentures are considered a permanent solution because they’re anchored directly into the jawbone with screw anchors. Sometimes called, an “Overdenture“, these dentures sit on top of posts, surgically installed in your jawbone.

In essence, a denture implant is a titanium post or “metal prosthetic root” that replicates the root of a natural, and anchored down into the jawbone.

Implant supported dentures are commonly used to replace the full arch of teeth. Therefore, many mistakenly assume they’re only suitable for people who have experienced complete tooth loss.

However, you may be eligible for partial denture implants whether you have lost all of your teeth or just a single tooth. 

There are both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures. Fixed options, also known as hybrid dentures, are permanently attached to the dental implants inserted into your jawbone. You cannot remove them at home for cleaning and maintenance, but you should brush them like natural teeth.

The removable implant-supported denture, on the other hand, snaps onto the dental implants, which secures it to your jawbone. However, you can take these pieces out at home for easy cleaning.

The Procedure

As mentioned, this procedure requires that a metal prosthetic root or “post” be implanted into the bone socket and jaw, replicating the root of real teeth.

Once the titanium root is completely fused with the jawbone, which takes between three and four months, an abutment is placed. Sometimes, dentists do this when they implant the post.

Finally, the top of the post is fitted with the replacement tooth or partial denture, attaching the crown to the abutment. As a result, you’ll have a fully functional smile that looks like real teeth!

Pros and Cons of Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures offer many benefits, but there are some drawbacks that you should consider to make an informed decision. These are:


  • Denture implants don’t dislodge when speaking or chewing, so they’re more secure tooth replacement options.
  • After losing a tooth, even if it’s just one, the risk of oral health problems, such as bone loss, gum diseases, and tooth decay, is higher. However, denture implants can improve your dental health.
  • These types of dentures can be maintained and cleaned like natural teeth.
  • Compared to a conventional denture, an implant-supported option will look like natural teeth and be more functional.
  • If given proper care and maintenance, denture implants can last many years and even a lifetime.
  • Missing teeth often cause changes in facial structure, as bone resorption can leave people with a sunken-in look. However, implants hold the bone structure in place.
  • If you wear denture implants, there will be no dietary restrictions.


  • Dental implants are more expensive than partial dentures.
  • Not all patients are eligible for denture implants because the surgical procedure may not be suitable for them.
  • Implant-supported dentures require several months of healing before the treatment plan is complete.
  • Since denture implants require surgery, patients may experience complications, such as excessive bleeding.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Should You Choose?

Both types of dentures offer several benefits to people who have lost teeth. However, one is more suitable than the other in some cases.

A partial denture is a better option for a patient with a weak jaw or who isn’t eligible for surgery, for example due to too much bone loss in the jaw. 

Many also choose this alternative when they’re on a tight budget. However, although they may cost less initially, partial dentures require repairs and eventually need full replacements from time to time.

Implant supported dentures, on the other hand, are ideal for patients with healthy gums who need permanent teeth replacement. Although they’re more expensive, they can last for decades. Most likely a lifetime.

Ideally, you should consider the factors that could affect your eligibility for partial dentures and implant supported dentures in order to make an informed choice, including your needs, whether you have inadequate bone structure or periodontal disease, take blood thinners, or smoke, and others. 

Looking for Quality Tooth Replacement Solutions?

If you’re looking for high-quality tooth replacement solutions, including partial dentures, partial implant-supported dentures, contact Shreve Denture Clinic today.

We have extensive experience in the area and are ready to take care of your oral health!

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly Basden

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD


When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.