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Dental Implants vs Dentures Philadelphia, PA

Losing your teeth can be stressful and embarrassing, especially if you are missing all of your teeth. However, with the advances in dentistry, fake teeth are more lifelike, looking just like natural teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, your two main options are dental implants and dentures.

Both options will deliver a better quality of life and restore your smile. However, they are different and you should weigh the pros and cons of each option carefully.

Dr. Drew Shulman will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, gums at his Philadelphia dental office. Our dentist in Northeast Philadelphia will review the treatment options with you. He will help you decide which option is best for you.

Philadelphia dentist compares dental implants vs dentures

Learn More About Dentures

Complete dentures have been the standard option for patients missing all their teeth for many years. They are removable teeth replacements that consist of acrylic on a metal framework, and sit snugly over the gums. Dentures can replace missing teeth offering patients many benefits but there are also many cons.

Exploring the pros and cons of dentures


  • They will hold the shape of your face, avoiding the sunken in look typically seen in people who are missing all their teeth
  • Allow the patient to eat and speak better than they could without teeth
  • Thanks to modern dentistry, they will look like natural teeth
  • They are the least expensive option to replace teeth
  • It takes less than six weeks to get a set of full dentures
  • Patients will not need surgery to get dentures


  • They will not replace the tooth root and the patient will slowly suffer from bone loss in the jaw
  • The bone loss will cause the fit of the dentures to change over time and patients will need to replace or adjust them eventually
  • Ill-fitting dentures can cause infections
  • dentures are removable, making them more susceptible to damage
  • Dentures are not an option for single tooth replacement
  • Difficultly biting into certain tough foods making it harder to consume a healthy diet
  • There is an adjustment period with dentures
  • Known to slip around in the mouth, causing slurred speech and can even fall out
  • May require adhesive to stay in place
  • Requires daily care that is time consuming

Learn More About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the number one solution to replace missing teeth, and the next-best option to natural teeth. Patients missing all their teeth have the option to have four to eight implants to anchor a denture in place. Dental implants offer a patient many benefits versus removable dentures. But there are also a few cons that you should consider.

Exploring the pros and cons of dental implants


  • Over a 95% success rate
  • Replaces teeth at the root to prevent bone density loss
  • Will permanently hold the shape of the face, keeping a youthful appearance
  • Few food restrictions because they are more durable than traditional dentures
  • More secure than removable dentures so there is no chance of them slipping around in the mouth or falling out
  • Allow for better speech
  • Look, feel and function just like natural teeth
  • Can last a lifetime if cared for properly
  • Convenient and easier to care for
  • Better for overall and oral health
  • Gives the patient an overall higher self esteem


  • Involves one or more surgical procedures
  • The most expensive option that replaces teeth
  • You can’t have bad oral health or gum disease before getting them
  • Treatment time can take four to nine months, sometimes longer

Patients agree that Dr. Drew Shulman provides strong, high-quality dental implants in Northeast Philadelphia. Restoring your mouth with dental implants versus dentures offers important benefits for your overall wellbeing and quality of life. We will recommend dental implants for patients who are missing teeth if they qualify for them.

Schedule an appointment at our Philadelphia dental office to discuss how teeth implants can improve your life. If you currently wear removable dentures, consider the benefits of switching to dental implants.

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