dental implants vs dentures

Dental Implants vs Dentures: Understanding your options for missing teeth

At JJS Dentistry, we understand that having missing teeth can significantly affect your confidence and quality of life. Fortunately, there are two popular solutions for replacing missing teeth: dental implants and dentures

If you’ve lost a few (or all) teeth and are looking for your next best option, we have expert advice to help you make an informed decision.

What are dental implants and dentures?

Before diving into which is best, let’s first understand each dental solution.

Dental implants

Implants are a long-term, fixed solution for missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone to replace your tooth root. An abutment is placed on the post, and then a custom-made crown is fitted onto the abutment, resulting in a natural-looking and fully functional tooth replacement.


When you hear ‘dentures,’ you may think of senior citizens and their false teeth. But dentures come in all sorts. They are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures can be partial (replacing a few missing teeth) or complete (replacing all the natural teeth). Aesthetic-wise, dentures consist of a gum-coloured base made of acrylic with artificial teeth attached.

Understanding the benefits and disadvantages of dental implants and dentures

When it comes to deciding which is better, we’re comparing dental implants and dentures in terms of comfort, functionality, appearance and maintenance.

1. Comfort

Dental implants feel more like natural teeth, as they are anchored securely in the jawbone. This eliminates the discomfort and slippage that can sometimes occur with dentures.

Dentures may initially feel awkward, but most patients adjust to them over time.

2. Functionality

Dental implants provide a stronger bite force compared to dentures, allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods without difficulty.

Dentures may limit your food choices, making it challenging to chew hard or sticky foods.

3. Appearance

Both dental implants and dentures can offer a natural-looking appearance. However, dental implants have the advantage of preventing jawbone deterioration, which can cause a sunken facial appearance over time.

Dentures may not provide the same level of support to the facial structure as they sit on top of the gums.

4. Maintenance

Dental implants require similar maintenance to natural teeth, including regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups. 

Dentures, however, require additional cleaning steps, such as soaking overnight in a denture solution and handling with care to prevent breakage.

Things to consider when choosing between dental implants and dentures

There are several factors to think about when deciding how to fill your missing teeth:

1. Cost

Dental implants generally have a higher upfront cost than dentures. However, they are a long-term investment in your oral health, often lasting a lifetime with proper care.

Dentures may have an initial lower cost, but they require periodic adjustments and replacements, potentially leading to long-term expenses.

2. Candidacy

Only some people are suitable candidates for dental implants. Patients must have adequate jawbone density and be in good oral health. 

Dentures are a more accessible option for those who may not qualify for dental implants due to medical conditions, bone loss, or budget constraints.

3. Personal choice

Ultimately, the decision to pick dental implants or dentures will come down to your personal preferences and lifestyle.

Some patients may prioritise the permanence and comfort of dental implants, while others may prefer the non-surgical and removable nature of dentures.

When considering dental implants or dentures, it’s always best to chat with a dental professional to discuss your individual needs and concerns.

At JJS Dentistry, our experienced team will guide you through the decision-making process and recommend the best solution for your oral health and smile.

Digital impressions

Why we use digital impressions at our practice

Digital impressions are more accurate and more dependable than old “putty”. They’re also more comfortable and less of a daunting experience for patients. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how digital impressions work and why we use them. 

What is a digital dental impression?

A dental impression is an accurate mould of an individual’s teeth. Traditionally, this is complete using casting materials to create a negative imprint of the teeth. The imprint is then used to create a replica of the teeth’s shape. Modern advances in technology mean that we can now create virtual impressions of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth using special scanning devices. These digital impressions are highly accurate and can be complete in minutes, with minimum discomfort for the patient.

What does a digital dental impression involve?

You will receive an anaesthetic, and we dust your teeth with special titanium dioxide powder in order to scan. This allows Dr Serfontein to create a powder-free, 3D image of your teeth. We capture the digital impression using an intraoral wand that is inserted into your mouth and moved over the surface of the teeth. Our digital impressions also use a chairside monitor to display the impression image as it is captured. So, you can see the images as they’re captured!

Benefits of Digital Impressions vs Traditional Impressions

Digital impressions mean greater comfort

As a patient, the main benefit of digital impressions is comfort. Traditional impressions can be rather uncomfortable with their sticky putty and large plastic trays. The hard, long, hard sides of the tray extend far back in your mouth, which can cause a gag reflex. In addition, when the putty is removed, it can leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Digital impressions, on the other hand, uses an intraoral scanner slim wand- no putty, trays or gagging. 

The scan itself is complete in just a few minutes. There’s taste and no mess to worry about. The result is a more pleasant and relaxing experience for you. 

Digital impressions equal greater accuracy

Putty impressions create a “negative impression” of the teeth. To see how the teeth really look, the dentist fills the impression  with clay-like material to form the 3D “positive” mould. All that modelling allows for small errors and imperfections that can interfere with your treatment plan. Digital impressions are free from these errors as they rely solely on the images captured during the scan. Since dental treatment is unique to every patient, starting with the most accurate data is essential to achieve good results. 

Easily shareable

Digital impressions are on a computer, so Dr Serfontein can share them with the dental lab or fabricator straight away. Faster retrieval of your data means your dental restorations will arrive quicker.

You’ll be able to start and finish treatment much sooner. Also, keeping those images on the computer lets Dr Serfontein access them easily throughout your treatment, so he can reference them as needed.

Greener alternative

Plastic trays and putty, and plastic used in traditional impressions wind up in the landfill eventually. Digital images are on a computer, so they don’t add to pollution. 

Find out more about our advanced technology 

Digital impressions rely on the most advanced dental technology. This means they’re not available at every practice. As a top dental practice in Cape Town, JJS Dentistry uses digital technology to create customised treatment plans for all patients. In addition, Dr JJ Serfontein has experience treating people from all across the world. 

If you’d like to learn more about digital impressions or how our restorations could improve your oral health or smile, contact our office to request an appointment

How dental implants can drastically improve your life

How dental implants can drastically improve your life

In the popular makeover tv show MooiMaak, Dr JJ Serfontein improves the lives of guests by transforming their unique smiles. One particular participant, Yolande, was over the moon to say goodbye to the gaps in her teeth. The improvement in her teeth and gums also had a positive effect on the beauty of her face. We achieved this amazing look by replacing her missing teeth with dental implants. 

Just like Yolande, you too, can get the smile of your dreams. 

Let’s take a look at how dental implants can enhance your smile and your oral health.

Dental implants instantly enhance your smile 

Having missing teeth can present a lot of problems for someone who loves to show off their smile. If you are self-conscious about the gaps in your teeth, or you tend to hide them in pictures, dental implants can help. A healthy, beautiful smile does more than just alter your appearance; it can truly boost your confidence. 

Dental implants make you look more youthful

Missing teeth can lead to jaw collapse and shrinkage- factors that can alter the lower face and make it look more aged. To fix this issue, we place dental implants into the jaw and these function as brand new tooth roots. The implants prevent the body from absorbing the minerals from the area around a missing tooth, which helps keep the facial structure intact. Dental implants also add support to the lips to ensure plumper lips and more a youthful look in that area.

You can enjoy all your favourite foods

Replacing your teeth with implants can improve your bite force remarkably since implants integrate with your jawbone and help to improve your chewing muscles. After your dental implant procedure, you will need to eat soft foods for a while. However, once you have fully healed from the procedure, you will be able to eat and enjoy all the foods you love. You’ll also be able to reintroduce more nutritious foods back into your diet.

Dental implants allow you to speak properly

Gaps between teeth can also cause lisps. Air is also able to escape when you make sounds, resulting in a whistling sound. Dental implants will stay in place since they connect to your jawbone. Because of this, it will be easier to speak clearly and with confidence. 

Dental implants improve oral health

Did you know that implants can help prevent future tooth loss?

Worn and old jawbones can cause the tooth roots on either side of the weak portion of the jawbone to be less stable, and that means those teeth are a lot more likely to fall out.

Gaps that are too large also create plaque traps, because food and debris have an increased amount of space in order to collect. They begin to develop harmful bacteria that eventually hardens on your teeth and gums. This can easily lead to tooth decay or gum disease. 

Since implants are embedded into your jawbone, the metal post acts as an artificial root, stimulating the bone replacement cycle to help replace worn bone tissue and keep the jawbone healthy and strong. The result is healthier teeth and gums, with a decreased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Check out the amazing results we achieved with this Mooimaak participant! 

One of our top Dentists, Melissa Brink, did a fantastic job restoring Yolande’s smile.

Find out more about dental implants

If you are impressed by the outcomes of Yolande’s smile makeover, contact us to find out how we can help you gain a flashing new smile.

Dr JJ Serfontein and his team have spent years creating outstanding smiles for people in South Africa and across the world. 

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

You must replace teeth that are permanently lost or pulled. Not only is this vital for you to continue to chew and speak normally, but it is crucial for your overall appearance and health. While both implants and dentures are considered satisfactory methods of tooth restoration, dental implants have many benefits that dentures do not.

Below is a short explanation of both dental implants and dentures as restoration devices:

Dental Implants: Either a titanium or zirconium implant is fused to the jawbone and works as the tooth’s root. The implant is then capped with a bridge or crown and presents natural-looking tooth replacement.

Dentures: A detachable piece designed to look like the teeth and gums is used to replace the teeth and neighbouring tissue. You can use a full set of dentures when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures where there are still some real teeth.

Both dental implants and dentures are regularly used in dentistry today. However, dental implants are a better option than dentures in the following ways.

A Permanent, Strong Solution
Dental implants are permanent. The implant is fused to the jawbone so that it stays there like a natural tooth. Dentures are removable devices, and they are not particularly sturdy – they can bend under hot water or break relatively easily. They do not last long – most dentures need to be modified, fixed, or replaced within seven years. Dental implants are firm, durable, and built to last forever. Statistics show that dental implants have a 98% success rate.

Optimal Function and Performance
Both dental implants and dentures work just like regular teeth. However, dentures may slip and affect your speech or eating, which can be awkward or uncomfortable. Dental implants give you more natural chewing and talking motions than dentures because they are fused to the jaw like natural teeth.

Better Hygiene
Your oral hygiene routine doesn’t need to change if you have dental implants – you can floss and brush them. Dentures, however, must be removed for proper cleaning. This is both inefficient and bothersome as it leaves room for error when it comes to cleaning. Since dental implants require no particular cleaning system, they are a better choice for oral hygiene.

Prevent Bone Loss and Gum Erosion
Dentures can cause the gums to disintegrate and become flabby. They also offer no safeguard against jawbone loss. This can eventually lead to your jawbone distorting in shape, which will warp and prematurely age your face. Dental implants are fused into the jawbone, which stops bone loss and the deterioration of both the jawbone and the gums. You can preserve the natural shape of your face and keep your smile with dental implants.

A More Comfortable Experience
Dental implants feel like normal teeth. Most people don’t even notice the implants once they are embedded. On the other hand, dentures can irritate the gums and cause mouth sores from the friction. Dental implants provide a more pleasant experience.

A Natural Smile
Dentures may look fake or unnatural. Conversely, dental implants look perfectly natural and blend with the adjacent teeth. Choosing dental implants will give you all the functionality, aestheticts and comfort of natural teeth.

Due to these advantages, Dr JJ Serfontein prefers dental implants over dentures for tooth restoration.

Would you get a dental implant?

What You Need to Know about Dental Implants

Dental implants can be an incredible opportunity for individuals who do not have a full smile. Adults and seniors who are missing teeth, or need to have teeth extracted, can have them replaced with a fully functional, natural looking dental prosthetic. Through a carefully orchestrated procedure, dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, and a restoration is affixed to the top of the implant. This process is designed to give patients a full smile once again, ensuring proper dental health for a long time.


Dental Implants Can Fuse to the Jaw

The implants posts are screws made from titanium, a metal that is often used for joint replacements due to its ability to fuse with bone. When placed in the jaw and given time to heal, the jaw bone integrates the titanium screw into its structure. Research has found dental implants encourage bone growth in the jaw, which means jaw strength can be restored. Dental implants are resilient to damage and retain strength, for they are inherently tooth root replacements. With a high success rate of long-term functionality, very few individuals face issues with their implants.


Custom and Beautiful Restorations

Restorations are the visible part of the dental implant, fashioned from dental porcelain and made to match a patient’s exact tooth size and shape. The restorations can even be color-matched to ensure true uniformity. With adaptable restorations options, people missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or whole arches of teeth can find a solution. Implant-supported restorations are nearly as strong as real teeth and mimic the way natural teeth look in the light, making them nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the smile.


Living with Dentures? Replace Them

Dental implants offer many benefits, and one of them is the ability to have fixed dentures which do not cover the palate. Many individuals with dentures face using adhesives or suction to keep their dentures in place, but dental implants provide a solid and permanent foundation for them. Unless you or your dentist are cleaning the implant-supported dentures, they do not pop out. Additionally, patients may enjoy a full sense of taste and can smile knowing their restorations are strong and natural looking.


Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Not all jaws are suited for dental implants, but Dr. J. J. Serfontein is highly skilled at formulating custom treatment options to suit your individual needs. If Dental Implants can’t work for you, there are a number of other option available to replace missing teeth.


Implants – A permanent solution

Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred solution to lost teeth, and with the increase in dental trauma cases in South Africa, more and more people are turning away from conventional bridges in favor of a permanent implant. We can’t blame them – the benefits are astounding.

Dental implants are a permanent solution. The implant consists of a titanium anchor which is surgically implanted into your jaw. Once the site has healed and the implant has bonded with the jaw bone, we screw on a synthetic tooth which looks, acts and feels just like a natural tooth.

The implant does more than just replace a missing tooth though. When teeth are lost, you start losing bone mass in the jaw and this has the potential to completely change the look of your face, often making you look much older than you are. Dental implants will also preserve the adjacent bone and gum tissue that is often worn down with conventional dentures and bridgework.

Many people lose teeth in many different ways; sports injuries, accidents, trauma, and decay. Often, these people turn to bridges and crowns to fill the gaps in their smiles. While these work beautifully, a dental implant will give you the most natural experience – both functionally and cosmetically.

If you’re considering dental implants, give our lovely Cape Town Cosmetic practice a call and we’ll give you all the information you need to make the right decision for your smile.

Get back your Smile

Your smile is incredibly important; a great smile can boost your confidence and make a good impression when meeting new people. If you are not happy with your smile, our dentists at Dr JJ Serfontein offers various options to restore your smile using cosmetic dentistry.

Most dental problems can be rectified through using dental veneers or implants. Dental implants offer a solution to a missing tooth or multiple teeth. By implanting a piece of metal that fuses with existing bone, dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth.

Dental veneers are used to alter the appearance of your tooth. They are made of materials that blend in with your natural teeth and can be fit to adjust the size, shape, and colour of your existing teeth.

To learn more about getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of, make an appointment with Dr JJ Serfontein today. We are a dental practice in Cape Town. Call +27 21 424 5172 to learn more.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Cape Town


Teeth Whitening

Once of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Today there are numerous teeth-whitening options available, and determining which will be the best for your smile will depend on the amount of whitening you need and how much you are willing to spend to get it.


Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.

Dental Implants

A permanent alternative to removable dentures for replacing missing teeth. Implants are strong and stable, as they are rooted into the jaw bone. They also look and feel like your natural teeth.


We aim to restore broken, chipped, mishapen, partially decayed or discolored teeth. With dental bonding, a composite material that resembles your natural tooth color is sculpted into place, then shaped and hardened using UV light or laser.


Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth which are weak. It is also used to restore a broken tooth or hold a bridge in place.
If you’re looking for a Cosmetic Dentist in Cape Town, contact our practice today!
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Why you should opt for a smile makeover

A smile is one of a few things that can really attract someone towards you. Having a beautiful smile is nothing short of a gift that can add immeasurable charm to your personality. However, the sad reality is that not everyone is born with a perfect smile. While some people may have perfectly aligned teeth, they may suffer from unattractive elements such as discoloured, chipped or decaying teeth. Thanks to the advancements in dentistry, everyone is now able to have an alluring smile, with a smile makeover as part of cosmetic dental procedures.

A smile makeover is one of the most popular services in the field of dentistry. At Dr JJ Serfontein’s dental practice, we offer a variety of dental procedures that can effectively transform an unattractive smile into a smile that boasts perfection and confidence. The variety of dental procedures that we offer for smile makeovers include:

Composite bonding

Composite bonding is a cosmetic technique in which composite resin is shaped and moulded on your teeth to give the appearance of a straighter, whiter smile. It can be used as a cosmetic solution to chipped teeth, gapped teeth and discolouration in both teeth and fillings.

Tooth implants

Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums, in order to provide bone-like support for the replacement teeth that will be placed onto it.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.

Teeth whitening

Tooth whitening is the process which lightens teeth, helps remove stains, and corrects tooth discoloration.

Of all the above mentioned dental procedures, teeth whitening service is the most common because it brings an immediate change in the overall smile of a person. Yellowing teeth not only look unattractive but also say a lot about the person’s health and hygienic habits. To book your smile makeover, contact a dentist in Cape Town today.

Myths About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular treatment option for missing teeth which has been used for many years. Although this dental procedure is quite common, there are still a few myths circling dental implants. We, at Dr JJ Serfontein’s dental practice, would like to address the common misconceptions about dental implants in this article.

Myth #1: Dental implants take a long time

FALSE! Although implants usually take 2 to 4 months – over the period of 5 appointments – to complete, with the new CEREC system, a replacement tooth can be created within a few hours, shortening the time frame by a few weeks. However, because the implant is fused to the bone, the bone may take a while to heal.

Myth #2: Dental implants are painful

FALSE! With the use of sedation dentistry, most patients find that the dental implant procedure is easier and simpler when compared to other dental procedures. Pain should not be a factor in the decision-making process. It is important to choose the treatment that will give the best result.

Myth #3: Dental implants are not for elderly patients

FALSE! Implants are the best choice for elderly patients, as it holds dentures in place in order to restore the proper function of the teeth.

Myth #4: Dental implants are not suitable for medically compromised patients

FALSE! Dental implants are a treatment option for patients with systemic diseases. However, individuals who are taking drugs for cancer treatment or long term corticosteroids are not eligible to have dental implants.

Myth #5: Dental implants cause allergies and infection in the bone

FALSE! Dental implants are made of medical grade titanium, which is similar to the material used in knee and hip replacements. The titanium is a biocompatible material that integrates to the bone. Although an infection can arise due to operative problems or post operation neglect, it cannot be caused by the implant material. Allergies to titanium are theoretically possible but have not been seen.

To schedule an appointment with an experienced implantologist, contact a dentist in Cape Town today.