What is the difference between dentures and dental implants ?  Which type should be chosen for the best results?

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  • Dentures and dental implants are dental treatment that help create a beautiful smile, increase confidence in socialization in everyday life, as well as improve the chewing efficiency.
  • Dental implants and dentures differ in many aspects including cost, aesthetics, strength and durability, chewing efficiency, comfort when wearing, manufacturing and installation processes, as well as the complexity of the procedure.

Dentures and dental implants are one of the innovations that replace lost natural teeth, whether due to age or accidents. They help us chew food more thoroughly, enjoy a wider variety of delicious meals, and increase confidence in social situations.

At the Dental Design Pattaya, we welcome everyone to get to know these two dental treatment to see how dental implants and dentures differ, what are their advantages and disadvantages, and who they are suitable for.

What are dentures?

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Dentures are artificial teeth that are made to replace missing teeth. They vary in price depending on types, numbers, and materials of the dentures. They have a distinctive feature in that they must be taken out and removed, and there are two main types: full dentures and partial dentures.

  • Full-Mouth dentures are dentures that everyone is familiar with. The denture base is made of acrylic that looks like real gum, and it needs to be paired with denture adhesive.
  • Partial dentures are dentures that many people may not have seen. The denture base is made of acrylic and metal, and it can be worn immediately without the need for denture adhesive.

Who is suitable for dentures?

  • Dentures are suitable for people with a typical lifestyle.
    Because wearing dentures requires constant removal and cleaning, it may not be convenient for people who travel frequently.
  • Dentures are suitable for people who don’t need to socialize or use their appearance for work.
    Because dentures can move or come out while using them in daily life, which can make people who wear dentures lack confidence in social situations.
  • Dentures are considered an option for people with lower budgets.

Advantages of dentures

  • Improve chewing efficiency and prevent natural teeth from shifting or moving
  • Cost-effective as the price of dentures varies depending on the material used
  • Easy and quick process as it is less complex than dental implant procedure
  • Patients experience minimal pain or discomfort during the process of getting dentures
  • Dentures can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance
  • Available in various designs and materials to suit different budgets and preferences
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3. Disadvantages of dentures

  • Dentures  may not improve chewing efficiency as much as dental implants.
  • The material of the dentures base may not be as strong and durable as the material of a dental implant base.
  • Dentures can shift or fall out during everyday activities.
  • The appearance of dentures may not be aesthetically pleasing as dental implants.
  • During the initial period, there may be an adjustment period and a need for familiarity.
  • Difficult to use because they require constant insertion and removal.
  • May cause mouth sore and discomfort due to pressure and the thickness of the dentures.

4.Tips for taking care of dentures

Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential for taking care of dentures. Soft-bristled toothbrushes along with soap or dishwashing liquid can be used to thoroughly clean dentures. Dentures should be stored in a container when not in use to avoid twisting or warping. Before going to bed, dentures should be soaked in a container filled with water and covered with a lid.


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What are dental implants?

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It is considered a more permanent dental treatment of modern times because it is an innovation created to perfectly replace missing teeth. The method involves embedding dental implants made of titanium metal into the jawbone to anchor the prosthetic teeth to our gums. There are two major types of dental implants: full-mouth implants and partial implants.

  • Full-Mouth dental implants are a type of dental implant that some people may not be familiar with. It is used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth by embedding 4-8 dental implants per jawbone on one side.
  • Partial dental implants are a commonly seen type of dental prosthesis used to replace some missing teeth. They involve the placement of one dental implant per tooth, or a bridge that may require two dental implants per 3-4 teeth.

1. Who is suitable for dental implants?

  • Dental implants are suitable for people who need to socialize frequently or need to use their appearance for work
    Because they are a dental tool that looks smooth and beautiful like real teeth. People who wear dental implants do not have to worry about their teeth moving or falling out, making them more confident in their daily lives.
  • Dental implants are suitable for people with a lifestyle that requires frequent travel
    They are convenient to use and allow for normal daily activities without the need to remove or clean them like dentures.
  • Dental implants are considered an option for people with high budgets.

2. Advantages of dental implants

  • Helps improve chewing efficiency, while keeping natural teeth from falling or shifting.
  • Exceptionally strong and durable, and can be tightly attached to the gums for a long time.
  • Designed to look beautiful and natural like real teeth, without any movement or slipping during the day.
  • A permanent dental tool that provides comfort and a smooth feeling with natural teeth.
  • No time needed to get used to dental implants because they feel just like regular natural teeth.
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3. Disadvantages of dental implants

  • The cost is relatively high and more painful than getting dentures because it requires surgery to implant the dental implant directly into the jawbone.
  • Must be more cautious in daily life, such as avoiding heavy smoking and eating hard foods, as this can damage the dental implant.
  • The process takes a relatively long time because it is more complex than getting dentures and requires a detailed examination of the gum and jawbone health before starting.
  • There are many conditions that must be met. If the patient’s gum and jawbone are not strong enough, bone grafting may be necessary before the dental implant can be done.
  • People under the age of 18 cannot get dental implants because their jawbone is still growing.

4. Tips for taking care of dental implants

Must avoid heavy smoking and alcohol consumption, as well as eating or biting on hard objects to maintain the condition of your dental implants, prolong their lifespan, and keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and using dental floss.

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Dentures and Dental implants comparison table

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Dental implants


Not expensive



Difficult to use, must be taken in and out.

Easy to use, similar to real teeth.


Doesn’t match with real teeth.

Look beautiful like real teeth.


Not durable, easy to bend.

Durable and strong material.



Chew thoroughly


Not very comfortable because there may be movement and slipping during use.

Comfortable to wear because it is permanently fixed, so there is no movement during use.


Fast and easy.

Difficult and takes some time.

Pain during procedure

No pain and use instantly.

Painful, because there has been a surgical procedure to embed the dental implant.

All of these are the differences between dentures and dental implants, which should help everyone to know which dental treatment is suitable for them. This should also make it easier for everyone to make a decision on what to do. If anyone is interested in checking their dental health, orthodontics, and making dentures or dental implants, they can come and use our services at Dental Design Center Pattaya, with convenient, fast, and safe services for the highest client satisfaction.

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