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Last updated: July 22, 2019.

Conventional Dentures Vs Implant Dentures

Conventional dentures Vs. Implant dentures, can they even compare? No, they can not. Denture implants are the upgrade of a lifetime!


Keep reading to learn why.

Contents of this page:


  1. Most Common Conventional Dentures Problems
  2. From Traditional Dentures to Dentures with Implants - The Benefits of an Upgrade
  3. Types of Implants Available for Any Denture Implants Treatment
  4. What Type of Implants Do I Need for the Treatment?
  5. All On 4 Vs. Mini Implant Dentures

Most Common conventional dentures problems

The only way to get rid of conventional dentures problems is an upgrade to denture implants. Patients that wear now conventional dentures know well all the following problems,

The inability to eat all types of food takes a toll. Not being able to chew appropriately to receive the nutrients you need should be considered a disability because it is! When you wear conventional dentures, you need to be very alert not to unglue the denture while you chew, so you skip most foods and their nutrients.

The constant need to cut your food in tiny pieces, or to eat only soft food or shakes as meal replacements.

The need to use dentures adhesives that taste bad doesn't work and hurt your stomach.

The inability to taste the food's temperature or flavor. Why miss the pleasure of eating?

The fear of intimacy. When you lack teeth, you don't feel like intimating. Most patients avoid smiling. Your personal life is also affected!

The worry to laugh and speak freely without losing your dentures haunts you in every social gathering.

When the food particles or bacteria gets stuck under de palate, then cause bad breath (halitosis)

Denture Slippage and Movement

As we age, the jawbone and its surrounding tissues are continually changing. Over time, these muscles and bones will shrink, which directly affects how our dentures fit into place. If you have had dentures for several years, you may begin to notice a certain amount of movement and slippage of your dentures during your normal daily activities.

The lack of a secure fit can often result in sores appearing in your mouth, caused by these dentures rubbing continuously against your cheeks and gums.

Strange Speech Patterns and Odd Noises
Chewing Problems
Lack of Adhesion

From Traditional Dentures to Dentures With Implants - The benefits of an upgrade

Secure and stable It moves or is always lose
Bite and chew as real teeth Unable to eat most foods
Palateless Denture Acrylic and covered palate
Secured to implants Needs adhesive or glue
Preserves the bone density Contribute to bone degeneration
All On Four Implants Vs Common Dentures

With denture implants, you will feel confident about your daily activities; eating whatever you want, chewing; speaking and laughing with freedom.


No More Glues or adhesives

With denture implants, you can ditch the denture adhesive forever! The Prettau Bridge, the fixed hybrid bridge or the Snap On Dentures impede that the palateless denture moves when you talk or eat. No wiggling, no movement, no slippage.


Permanent Teeth Solution

With the Zirconia Bridge or the fixed hybrid dentures, there will be no need to take your teeth out. You can now speak or laugh with confidence. In the case of the Snap On Dentures, you can remove them yourself with your fingers while you still have a secure lock-in system to hold them in place.


Eat All You Want

The denture implants give the stability you need to chew all types of food.

If you have a secure bite, you can eat all the foods you like; It can be corn on the cob, an apple, nuts, a steak, etc. Ditch soft food or drink shakes for meal replacements!

Also, as your new fixed denture is palate-less, you will be able to taste the flavor and feel the temperature of your food. It is like having your real teeth again!


Get The Smile Of Your Dreams

We can design your new smile, like the one you have always dreamed. We can pick the size, shape, height, and color and finish of your new teeth.

Types Of Implants Available For Any Denture Implants Treatment

The first step is a clinical evaluation and 3D X-rays to see where you have the best bone availability and verify if you are a candidate.


When you want to upgrade from conventional dentures to a solution with dentures with implants, you will need first to have a surgery to insert the implants into the bone.

Any of these types of implants will be needed for restoration, either with removable palateless dentures or a full-arch fixed bridge:

Graphic shows the difference between traditional dentures vs denture implants.
Traditional dentures Vs Denture Implants on bottom arch.
  • Mini dental implants (for people with narrow bone)
  • Regular Size Implants (to restore a missing tooth or for an implant bridge)
  • Dental Implants with a special abutment (for the All On Four, All On Six, or All On Eight)
  • Zygomatic Implants (for people with advanced bone loss; special implants can be set in the zygoma bone or cheekbone)

The dental implants set into your bone during surgery are the support the permanent dentures need to provide bite stability. The palateless denture or full-arch bridge will not slip, wiggle, or move when you talk, eat or laugh.

What Type of Implants Do I Need for the Treatment?

Regular Size Vs Mini Implants placed on upper arch
Regular Size Vs Mini Implants

To know what type of implants you need for a denture implants treatment, it's necessary first to verify your general oral condition.

THE FIRST STEP: A digital evaluation with CAD/CAM technology is ideal to view the bone size and width available.

Also, all the following factors will also be taken into consideration,

  1. Actual Oral Condition - Does the patient has all his teeth missing? Just a few? Or all have severe decay and need extractions?
  2. Bone Condition - How much available bone do we have to place the implants? If the patient is missing all his teeth, how long ago they are missing and verify how much the bone has receded or shrunk.
  3. Additional Treatments Needed - Does the patient need a Sinus Lift or a bone graft? Is the patient currently free from infection?
  4. Aesthetics - What finish the patient wants for his new teeth, it can be high impact acrylic, porcelain fused to titanium or Zirconium.
  5. What type of solution does the patient want? Depending on the bone condition, the patient has two options,
    • Fixed Denture - If the patient wants a fixed solution. Something that stays in, day and night, and can be taken out only by a dentist.
    • Removable Denture - Or the patient wants to remove every night his denture to clean it and clip it back into the implants (or mini-implants)?


A comparison between a regular and a mini implants with diameter sizes.

Regular size Implants for the All On 4 Vs. Mini Dental Implants

Patients with a weak bone condition or bone narrowness will need Snap On Dentures with mini dental implants.

Aging and missing teeth will make our bone shrink and narrow.

The mini dental implants with Snap dentures that clip are the ideal solution for those patients.

The mini implants are not only thinner in diameter, but they are also shorter. Mini's are a good solution for people with a severe bone recession. Especially on the lower jaw.

Ultimately, the final choice depends mostly on your oral and bone condition and not only on your plans and budget. Your oral health and the longevity of your treatment is a priority.

We need to consider these factors:

  1. Your bone condition
  2. Your age
  3. Your budget
  4. Your lifestyle


All the points listed above will help us chose between the All On 4 dental implants (All On 6 or All On 8). Or the Snap-In Dentures (mini implant dentures).

All On 4 Vs. Mini Implant Dentures

All On 4

All-On-4 dental implants is a concept. Four regular size implants (or zygomatic) are surgically placed into the bone.

After four to six months, the titanium posts will bond with the bone. It is the foundation to hold on top a full-arch palateless bridge. The bridge is locked lock into the abutments or jutting piece. This system is what people also call permanent dentures.

This is a treatment completed in two stages. A six-month gap is required to complete the treatment. Due to the waiting period of the Osseointegration, a natural bone reacton where bone and post fuse toigether.

You need 2 trips to Cancun:

First trip (5 complete days in Cancun): 

We will perform any extractions in case you need it. In the same session, we can insert the angled dental implants in your jawbone or mandible. You will also get temporary dentures.

Second trip (10 to 12 complete days in Cancun): We will load those implants with a palateless bridge adapted with housings that we will screw to those posts. We fabricate a hybrid titanium/zirconia bridge at our in-house laboratory.


With the All-On-4 or the All-On-6, we can load a fixed bridge. The bridge is palateless and attached to the abutments of the implants.

The restoration for the All-On-4 can be,

  • A Zirconia Prettau Bridge or a PEEK Ceramage Crystal Ultra- A full-arch Zirconia Superstructure with 12/14 units
  • Fixed Hybrid Bridge- A full bridge that is locked to the abutments of the implants.

Mini Implant Dentures

The Snap-On Dentures are also called mini implant dentures, and they are removable.

The palateless denture "snaps" or clips on and off the head of the mini dental implants set into the bone. The palateless denture is "U shaped." It has O-rings encrusted on the inner base. These "housings" sit over the head and snaps, providing stability to bite and chew any foods.

The Snap On Dentures over minis is immediate load. The treatment is completed in eight days.

In just one session we will do any extractions if necessary. We set the mini dental implants in your jawbone. During the week we perform several wax tests. At the end of the treatment, you will have a palate less denture.

This Snap On Denture oven mini implants comes adapted with inner housings that sit over the head of the minis. There is where the snap effect happens, they clip on and off.

For the complete procedure, we need you 8 complete days in Cancun.

All On 4 Dental Implants Vs Snap On Dentures models.