201 - 8706 Franklin Ave
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Office Hours
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed

hello world!
November 1st, 2021

How To Choose Between Dental Implants or Dentures

There are a few teeth restoration options when you need to replace one or more missing teeth. This article focuses on dental implants or dentures, two of the most common teeth replacement products in Fort McMurray.

Both dentures and implants can:

  • Provide a natural-looking and functional smile
  • Improve speech and support facial muscles
  • Allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again
  • Increase your confidence and boost your self-esteem

Choosing the right option is done in consultation with your dentist who will provide you with as much information as possible and answer all of your questions and concerns. The best teeth replacement treatment for you will depend on the health of your jawbone and remaining teeth, as well as other factors that come into play like price and comfort level.

Without further ado, let’s compare dental implants vs dentures in each of the most important areas: procedure, recovery time, price, and after-care.


Dental implants

The procedure for dental implants is considerably more extensive than dentures. First, patients need to be good candidates to receive dental implants. To qualify, patients need to have a certain amount of jawbone density to support the post - however, dental bone grafting can be done to boost bone density. The procedure then becomes a more extensive process.

Dental implants can take between 6 to 9 months to complete, including:

  • The initial consultation
  • Planning
  • Surgically placing the implants
  • Recovery time
  • Placing the tooth restoration on top of the post

Although it can be time-consuming and invasive, patients are left with a strong set of teeth that looks and functions like their natural smile. When taken care of well, dental implants last a lifetime.


The procedure for dentures in Fort McMurray can take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete, including:

  • The initial consultation
  • Measurements
  • Constructing the preliminary denture
  • Adjustments made
  • Constructing the final set of dentures

The procedure is less time-consuming and invasive than dental implants, making dentures preferable for older adults who don’t want to go through the surgery process.

Recovery Time

Dental Implants

Because it is an oral surgery, dental implants require a long recovery time between implanting the posts and letting the gums heal around them. If bone grafting needs to be done, the recovery time can take longer. Implants are typically done under anesthesia or if the patient requests, a form of dental sedation.


There is virtually no recovery time for dentures unless the patient needs to have teeth extracted. Dentures can be applied regardless of bone density. The waiting time for dentures is due to customizing and constructing the product to fit specifically for the patient.


Dental Implants

The price comparison between dental implants and dentures is quite extensive. A full mouth of dental implants can range between $7,000 and $28,000 per arch, depending on the type of implants and if additional procedures are needed.


Dentures, on the other hand, are more affordable with a price range between $600 and $5,000 for a full set, depending on the type of dentures and if additional procedures are needed

Maintenance and after-care

Dental Implants

Dental implant care is similar to how you would care for natural teeth. Because they are inserted into your jaw bone with the crown firmly on top, you can brush and floss as you would according to a standard dental hygiene routine. Dental implants require less daily maintenance than dentures. If one of the crowns is broken, it can easily be replaced.


Dentures require more care to remain viable. Patients are required to remove them overnight and soak in water or a special cleaning solution. Dentures also need to be cleaned daily by removing them and brushing away food particles. Additionally, dentures need to be re-fitted as your bite changes over time.

In Conclusion

There are pros and cons to both dental implantsh and dentures. Keep in mind that you’re not limited to choosing one or the other. Some patients prefer to have a combination of both to offset the cost of dental implants while benefiting from having a permanent solution. When choosing between the two options, consider your priorities, what you want to accomplish, and the type of investment you’d like to make with your teeth restoration procedure.


Franklin Dental Centre is here to help treat all your dental problems. We are accepting new patients and emergency walk-ins, contact us today to book an appointment!

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on November 1st, 2021

October 20th, 2022
Crowns or Veneers: A Look at Restorative Dentistry

Broken, discoloured, or crooked teeth typically require some form of dental restoration service. When it comes time to repair the damage, choosing the right option can be a bit confusing. Both veneers and crowns may improve the look and function of your teeth; however, dental restoration can quickly become a large expense. Below we’ll take […]

Read More
September 21st, 2022
3 Things You Should Know Before Getting Dentures

Dentures are false teeth complete with gums made out of acrylic-resin and designed to seamlessly replace removed or lost teeth. Available in various different forms from partial to full sets, dentures offer a less expensive alternative to dental implants for patients of all ages.  The restorative dentistry experts at Franklin Dental Care in Fort McMurray […]

Read More
August 24th, 2022
5 Benefits of Family Dental Services in Fort McMurray

In Fort McMurray, family dentistry is one of the most essential dental services that help patients achieve healthy teeth and gums at all stages of life. Family dentists are sometimes referred to as general dentists, but there are key differences between both. While a general dentist focuses on a specific age group, a family dentist […]

Read More
July 21st, 2022
What to Know About Dental Sealant Services in Fort McMurray

Did you know cavities are some of the most common dental health issues today? While the best way to prevent cavities is brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of sugary foods, dental sealant treatments provide an added layer of protection.  Dental sealants are thin coatings applied on the chewing surface of […]

Read More

Ask Dr. Gill
Learn More With Our FAQ’s

Have a question? We are happy to answer them! Take a look at our frequently asked questions or feel free to give us a call at 780.790.0088 
Learn More

Evening & Weekend Appointments Available

© 2022 Franklin Dental Centre | Website Design by iNet Media Ltd.