The Pros and Cons: Traditional Dentures vs. Implant-Supported Options

Choosing the right type of dentures can significantly impact your quality of life and oral health. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, understand the importance of making informed decisions. This comprehensive guide compares traditional dentures with implant-supported options, helping you weigh their pros and cons.

Traditional Dentures: Understanding the Basics

Traditional dentures have been a long-standing solution for missing teeth. They are removable, custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth, and designed to sit on the gums.


  • Cost-Effective: Traditional dentures are generally more affordable upfront than implant-supported options.
  • Non-Invasive: Since no surgery is required, they are a viable option for patients who may not be candidates for dental implants due to health reasons.
  • Adjustability: They can be easily adjusted or replaced as needed.


  • Stability Issues: They may slip or move, causing discomfort and challenges while eating or speaking.
  • Bone Loss: Over time, they can lead to jawbone deterioration, as they do not stimulate the bone.
  • Maintenance: They require daily removal for cleaning and may need adhesive to stay in place.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: A Modern Approach

Implant-supported overdentures, like those offered in our Implant Supported Overdentures service, are anchored onto dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone.


  • Enhanced Stability: They provide superior stability and comfort, reducing the movement experienced with traditional dentures.
  • Jawbone Health: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving facial structure.
  • Natural Function: They offer a more natural biting and chewing experience, improving overall quality of life.


  • Higher Cost: The initial investment is higher due to the surgical procedures and materials involved.
  • Surgical Requirements: Not all patients are candidates for dental implants due to health conditions or insufficient bone density.
  • Recovery Time: The process requires a healing period after implant surgery.

Technology and Precision in Treatment

Utilizing 3D Dental Scanning technology, we ensure precise planning and placement of dental implants, enhancing the success rate and patient comfort.

Oral Health Considerations

Both options require good oral hygiene practices. Regular Dental Exams and Cleaning are essential, regardless of the type of dentures chosen, to maintain overall oral health.

Aesthetic and Functional Benefits

In terms of aesthetics, both traditional dentures and implant-supported options offer significant improvements in appearance. Our Cosmetic Dentistry services ensure that your dentures look natural and complement your facial features.

Making an Informed Choice

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping you make the best decision for your dental health and lifestyle. Whether you choose traditional dentures or implant-supported options, Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett are here to guide you through each step.


  1. Journal of Prosthodontic Research – Comparing traditional and implant-supported dentures.
  2. American Dental Association – Denture care and maintenance.
  3. International Journal of Implant Dentistry – Benefits of implant-supported overdentures.

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