Dental Implants vs DenturesGreeley, CO

Damaged and missing teeth can create more than just aesthetic issues. Teeth play an important role in your health and should be replaced as soon as possible when lost or damaged beyond repair. The number one option for replacing a row of teeth is implant-supported dentures. However, dental implants are not for everyone and our staff is here to help find the right treatment for you. Patients missing all their teeth on the upper or lower arch should schedule a consultation with Dr. Rinker to discuss the available options.

Dental Implants vs Dentures

Dentures: Pros and Cons

A traditional denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace a row of teeth. Modern dentures are more realistic than they used to be. The false teeth are fused to an acrylic base which will blend in with your gum tissue. A layer of saliva between the base and gums will create suction to hold the piece in place.


  • Holds the shape of the face
  • Able to eat and speak better than if you had no teeth
  • It is a cost effective solution
  • Can be fitted in about three weeks
  • Surgery not required


  • Are damaged easily and repair costs will add up
  • Bone loss is inevitable since they do not replace the teeth roots
  • If they do not fit properly, they will need to be adjusted or replaced
  • Known to slip around in the mouth and even fall out
  • Are bulky in the mouth making it difficult to smile, eat and speak
  • They are harder to get used to and require an adjustment period
  • Have many food restrictions
  • May require adhesive to stay in place

dental implants vs dentures greeley co

Dental Implants

A denture can also be held in place with dental implants which are tiny metal screws that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone along the arch. The denture is then attached to the implants. You can secure a denture with anywhere from two to eight dental implants. Over a span of three to six months, they fuse with the surrounding bone making them very stable. The more implants you have supporting the denture, the more stable it will be.


  • Over a 95% success rate
  • The posts replace the missing teeth roots which will prevent bone loss
  • Will hold the natural shape of your face
  • More durable and stable than dentures alone
  • The denture will not slip around in the mouth
  • There is now no change of the denture falling out
  • More food options
  • You will be able to speak and smile more naturally
  • The false teeth will feel more natural in the mouth
  • Implants will last a lifetime if cared for properly


  • Will cost significantly more initially
  • It can take up to a year to finish the process
  • At least one surgical procedure it necessary
  • In order for the implants to last a lifetime, they must maintain proper oral hygiene
  • Must be in good health to have the implants placed

Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about which option is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rinker in our Greeley, CO dentist office. You can reach our friendly staff at 970.351.7153 or you can schedule an appointment online.