Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Have you lost one or more of your natural teeth? Adult tooth loss affects millions of people in the United States. To restore your smile to full function and health, you may benefit from a dental prosthesis. To replace missing teeth, you can choose either dentures or dental implants in Rochester MN. Read more to find out which one will best benefit your smile.

Replacing Lost Teeth

You may think replacing a single or even multiple missing teeth isn’t a pressing issue. However, once you lose a tooth a chain reaction begins that can have a negative impact on the health and appearance on your smile. Common issues that can develop as a result of lost teeth include:

  • Misalignment
  • Further tooth loss
  • An aged appearance (sunken cheeks, ptotic chin, facial collapse)
  • Loss of jawbone density

If you have suffered adult tooth loss don’t delay. Contact your local dentist for information on your options for enjoying a whole, beautiful smile again.


Dentures are a dental prosthesis that replaces the visible portion of your teeth. A set of artificial teeth is created, complete with a gum-like base. The prosthesis is held in place with natural suction and the use of adhesives. Dentures require adjustment about every five to ten years. Even patients who have suffered facial collapse or lost jawbone density can receive a set of dentures.

Dental Implants

This dental prosthesis replaces both the root and crown of the tooth, providing a secure replacement that can potentially last for 25 years or more. The implant is inserted directly into the jawbone, so it won’t slip when a patient eats or speaks. However, patients must have adequate jawbone tissue. Otherwise, a bone grafting may be necessary. Dental implants look natural and don’t require adhesives or suction to be held in place. Dental implants can also be used to anchor a set of fixed dentures into place.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and dental implants in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.