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Dentures vs Implant-Retained Dentures vs Full Mouth Implant Bridges

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Perth Dental Implant Centre makes every effort to help you keep your natural teeth throughout your lifetime. However, sometimes teeth require extraction due to gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma. Dentures and dental implants offer options to replace all or several missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth with either choice enhances one’s quality of life(1) by providing benefits, such as:

  • Improved speech
  • Improved chewing ability (as well as nutrition and digestion)
  • Improved appearance by supporting facial muscles
  • A more aesthetically pleasing smile

  • In this article, we list the pros and cons to suction dentures, implant-retained dentures and full mouth implant bridges.

    The Pros and Cons of Dentures

    Suction or full dentures offer a reliable way to replace either all or some missing teeth. Dentures have a stigma of being bulky and ill-fitting, however modern dentures of today can be a high-quality and natural-looking prosthetic solution to replacing missing teeth.


  • Less costly than other options
  • Allows for time to heal after recent extractions
  • Non-invasive option with no surgery required
  • Quicker healing times with no surgery
  • Less appointments than with implants
  • Less costly to maintain and repair
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Modern materials allow for a natural appearance
  • No surgery usually required

  • Disadvantages

  • Rely on suction to stay in place
  • Can come loose and impair speech and chewing
  • Appear less natural than implants
  • Require removal at night
  • Require replacements every few years
  • Can prevent eating certain foods
  • Do not preserve jaw bone like dental implants do
  • Require regular removal and thorough cleaning
  • May need denture adhesives for stability
  • Can cause pressure sores and irritation
  • Less biting force than implants
  • The Pros and Cons of Implant-Retained Dentures

    One of the great achievements of modern dentistry is the capability to replace the roots of missing teeth with dental implants. Dentures supported by implants (also known as overdentures) instead of resting directly on the gums offer many advantages for replacing missing teeth.


  • Superior aesthetics from very natural appearance
  • Maximum stability for a secure fit
  • More comfortable than traditional dentures
  • No impairment to the ability to taste food and drinks
  • Superior speech
  • Better nutrition due to an ability to chew food easier
  • Less irritation and sores on gums
  • Superior biting forces
  • Preserves the jaw bone unlike suction dentures
  • Maintains the shape and strength of the jaw unlike suction dentures
  • Longer lifespan due to sustained bone integrity
  • No need for denture adhesives

  • Disadvantages

  • Higher initial cost
  • Requires healthy gums and jaw bone
  • Requires surgery to place implants
  • Requires more time and appointments
  • Still need to be removed at night
  • Options for Implant-Retained Dentures

    Implant-supported dentures clip on to implants placed in the bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

  • Significant improvement in chewing due to increased biting force capability
  • Feel and function closer to natural teeth
  • Helps preserve gum tissue and jaw bone
  • Easy to clean
  • No loss of taste
  • Improve oral health

  • Implant-supported dentures offer these two options:

    Ball Attachment Dentures

    This denture fastens to implants placed in the lower jaw. Typically, two implants hold the denture in place. Some movement occurs, but stability and retention are superior to traditional dentures. Ball attachment dentures have proven high implant and denture survival and success rates, few complications, and high patient satisfaction.(2)

    Milled Titanium Bar Dentures

    A high-grade titanium bar unites all the implants on either the upper or lower jaw. The denture attaches to the bar, which provides superior retention and support for prosthetic teeth. This option is more expensive to manufacture than ball attachment dentures, however it can offer superior strength and stability.

    The Pros and Cons of Full Mouth Implant Bridges

    A popular choice of many people to regain their smile and ability to eat and speak normally after losing all upper or lower teeth is with full mouth implant bridges (also known as All-On-4® dental implants). Four to six precisely placed implants on either the upper or lower jaws support a bridge of teeth.

    Generally, full mouth implant bridges are the preferred solution to replacing missing teeth. They share the same advantages of implant-retained dentures as well as some additional ones.


  • Look, feel and function just like natural teeth
  • Superior stability and strength
  • Cannot come loose, no movement at all
  • Don’t need to be removed at night
  • Offers a more permanent solution to teeth replacement
  • Can replace all missing teeth within 5 days
  • Easy to maintain
  • Less appointments than with implant-retained dentures

  • Disadvantages

  • Higher treatment cost
  • Higher cost to maintain and repair
  • Requires healthy gums and jaw bone
  • Requires surgery to place implants (surgical risks apply)
  • Options for Full Mouth Implant Bridges

    Acrylic Bridge
    Perth Dental Implant Centre uses two implant systems, MIS dental implants and Nobel Biocare’s All-On-4® dental implants. Both systems are TGA-approved and share comparable success rates, however All-On-4® dental implants are a well-recognised brand amongst patients and are the more costly option.

    Zirconia bridge
    Dr David Norcross has adapted his technique to be able to provide implant treatment using both implant systems. Both systems use high grade titanium dental implants attached to teeth, made of one of the following materials:

  • High impact acrylic
  • Monolithic zirconia
  • Zirconia layered porcelain

  • A temporary acrylic bridge gets placed immediately after surgery so the mouth has time to heal. It can then be replaced with a permanent bridge using either titanium reinforced acrylic, or upgraded to a zirconia bridge which lasts longer.

  • Titanium dental implants can last a lifetime with good care and oral hygiene
  • Acrylic bridges need replacing every 2 to 5 years on average
  • Zirconia bridges need replacing every 5 to 15 years on average

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    Book a dental implant consultation

    Dr Dave Norcross - Perth Dental Implant Centre
    Dr. Norcross has 15 years’ experience replacing missing teeth with dental implants and can discuss all options to give you the most natural-looking and best functioning outcome. If your dental implants will be supported by a denture, our resident Prosthetist with 36 years’ experience will work closely with Dr. Norcross to custom design your new denture.

    To book a consultation at your dedicated dental implant clinic, call (08) 9470 3944 for East Victoria Park or (08) 9495 7999 for Kelmscott. You can also book online.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much do dentures cost?

    Our resident Prosthetist, Donagh McDonagh has 36 years’ experience designing high-quality, well-fitting dentures. The price for dentures can vary according to your individual needs and desires.

    Full dentures are made of high impact acrylic and typically need replacing every few years.
    Suction dentures range from $3,500 – $6,000.

    How much do implant-retained dentures cost?

    Dr. Norcross wants you to receive a high quality, affordable, natural-appearing, and functional replacement for your missing teeth. The price for dentures can vary according to your individual needs and desires.

    For some patients, they can achieve greater comfort and function by combining a full suction denture with dental implants on the lower jaw only. After a comprehensive examination, you will receive a treatment plan and quote for all suitable options.

    In some cases, we can even convert your existing lower denture into an implant-retained denture, which saves on total treatment costs.

  • Conversion of a lower denture to an implant-retained denture is priced from $7,000.
  • A full upper denture and lower implant-retained denture on two dental implants is priced from $10,000.
  • An upper implant-retained denture is priced from $15,000.
  • How long do dentures last?

    Suction dentures may need replacing every few years depending on how much bone you lose under the denture. Bone loss is inevitable with full suction dentures, which causes dentures to loosen.

    How long do implant-retained dentures last?

    Implant-supported dentures help to preserve your jaw bone and can last much longer than suction dentures. How long they last, depends on how well they are cared for. While the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime, the actual denture may last between 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

    How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?

    Wearing dentures will feel strange in the beginning. Most people need a few months before feeling accustomed to wearing them. (3) It would be best if you had Dr. Norcross evaluate the fit of your denture yearly.

    What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?

  • Very natural appearance
  • Capable of more biting forces
  • Preserves supporting jaw bone
  • Retention
  • Stability
  • Longer lasting
  • Prevents a hollow cheek and prematurely-aged appearance
  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.



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    How to Choose The Right Dentist for Implants

    How to Choose the Right Dentist for Dental Implants

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    When it comes to dental implant treatment, it’s important to find a professional who you can trust has your best interests at heart. Finding a dentist you feel comfortable with can make getting implants less intimidating.

    Whether you’ve moved to a new area, you’re unhappy with your current dentist or you need someone with reputable dental implant experience, here are 8 things to look for in a dentist and dental clinic.

    1. QIP accredited dentist

    A quick way to check the reputation of a dental practice is to see whether the clinic and its staff are QIP accredited.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre QIP Dental Practice AccreditedQIP (Quality Innovation Performance) works with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to define national standards that dentists should meet, in line with National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

    Assessment for QIP accreditation is voluntary, but it shows that a practice is committed to patient safety and continuous quality improvement, so you’ll know that your dental implant treatment is in safe hands.

    2. Qualifications and experience

    Dr David Norcross Implant Dentistry Qualifications

    Placing dental implants is one of the more complex dental procedures, requiring a high level of expertise. Since standard dental degrees don’t cover dental implants, dentists who offer implant treatments must complete additional training in order to be qualified.

    Dental implants are not a registered specialty field in Australia, meaning anyone with any amount of experience can provide them. That’s why it’s important to check that your dentist has completed the additional training and has adequate experience providing successful implant surgeries, so you can feel confident that you’re in safe hands.

    It’s also worth noting that while many dentists describe themselves as implant dentists, the Australian Dental Association does not recognise this title as a specialty field. All implant dentists are general dentists, unless they hold a specialist registration.

    3. Infection control measures

    Infection control measuresThe coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of infection control measures in all healthcare facilities, but this should always be a priority in dental clinics, especially when oral surgery is being performed.

    As a patient, you need to feel confident that visiting the dentist for check-ups or treatments won’t put your health at risk. It’s the clinic’s responsibility to do everything they can to prevent the transmission of infections and diseases.

    All registered dentists in Australia are legally required to follow mandatory infection control guidelines set by the Dental Board of Australia.
    Unfortunately, many overseas dentists aren’t held to the same high standards, and Australians who head abroad for cheap dental implants are at higher risk of complications from surgery. That’s why the ADA and other health bodies strongly discourage dental tourism, which can work out more expensive and damaging if something goes wrong.

    (Want to learn more about dental tourism? Read our blog: Are Overseas Dental Implants Safe?)

    4. Latest technology

    Cone Beam CT Scans at Perth Dental Implant CentreDental equipment and technology are advancing all the time, and clinics that stay up-to-date with these developments can offer improved results, comfort and safety to their patients.

    If you’re having a more complex treatment such as dental implants, it’s worth checking whether your dentist uses 3D imaging systems and surgical guides that offer a more detailed impressions of the mouth to enable more precise treatment planning. You should also check the quality of dental implant systems and tooth materials used and whether these are backed up by clinical research.

    5. Personalised care

    How to known you've chosen the right dentist

    A good dentist shows genuine care for their patients’ oral health, comfort and safety. Their recommendations should be tailored to your specific needs and work within your budget, not trying to upsell treatments you can’t afford, with comprehensive aftercare helping to make sure you get the best results from your dental implant treatment.

    You should get an idea of your dentist’s personality and chairside manner during your consultation. If you have specific concerns such as dental anxiety, your dentist should be able to offer solutions such as inhalation sedation, sleep dentistry or treatment under general anaesthetic to help you get the care you need.

    6. Answers your questions

    Your dentist should give you all the information you need about what the dental implant procedure involves so you can decide whether it’s right for you.

    They should give you a clear and realistic idea of what to expect during and after the treatment, and be upfront about costs and any complications or side effects that may be involved. They should also be willing to answer questions about dental implant system options and how long tooth materials can last so you’ll be able to make fully informed decisions for yourself.

    7. Transparent pricing and assistance

    Dental implant costs and inclusions vary by the complexity of the treatment, the type of implants used, tooth materials used, additional treatments needed for a successful outcome (like bone grafting or gum lifts) and other factors, but you need to have a good idea of what a treatment will cost before you take the next step. Dental implant treatment is about being able to maintain your new teeth for life, this means replacements, repairs, relines and regular professional cleaning.

    Your dentist should be transparent about pricing and the quote you receive should include all associated costs (including maintenance costs) so you won’t have any surprises later.

    If you need some help financing your treatment, check whether the clinic is a preferred provider for your health fund and what costs can be claimed on private health insurance. You can also ask if they offer interest-free payment plans that can help to make upfront costs easier to manage.

    8. Location

    Finally, you should also check the locations that your dentist operates from, to make sure they’re convenient to visit, and see whether their website includes information about public transport and parking nearby.

    Dental implants in Perth

    If you’re missing one or more teeth and considering dental implants, Perth Dental Implant Centre operates out of three convenient locations in Perth: Kelmscott Dental in Kelmscott, EVP Dental in Victoria Park and Mount Lawley Dental Clinic.

    Dr David Norcross (BChD) has 15 years’ experience in advanced restorable, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Having completed an Advanced Restorative Course at the North of England Dental Academy, a course in Implant Dentistry accredited by the British Academy of Dental Implantology and a Master Clinician in Implant Dentistry Programme gaining certificates from the Global Institute for Dental Education (gIDE) and UCLA.

    Extensive training, skills and passion for implant dentistry, coupled with positive patient outcomes has earned Dr Norcross a favourable reputation as one of Perth’s best dentists placing implants. Read more about Dr Norcross here.

    To find out more about our dental implant treatments, or to book a consultation with Dr David Norcross, call our clinic in Kelmscott on (08) 9495 7999 or East Victoria Park on (08) 9470 3944. You can also book online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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