Dentures vs implants: What’s the difference?

When you’re missing teeth for whatever reason, it can impact your self-confidence. In addition to this, tooth loss can make it difficult to chew food, which can adversely affect your diet.1 It is for this reason that many people will look into getting dentures or dental implants. But what are the differences between dentures and implants? What pros and cons do you need to consider? 

Dentures are more commonly known as ‘false teeth’; they are sometimes suggested after you lose teeth or have teeth removed to give you the support you need when speaking, eating and chewing.2 Dental implants use titanium screws that are then drilled into the jaw bone to support a crown, bridge or denture.1

It is important to understand the differences between dentures and dental implants before deciding which to choose. The pros and cons of each are discussed below.

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Implants: pros and cons

There are a number of pros and cons to be aware of when it comes to dental implants, which we will go through below.


  • They look like natural teeth
  • Implants replace tooth roots, supporting bone health
  • They can last a lifetime if properly cared for and fuse to your jawbone
  • Provide total stability for eating and speaking


  • The process of getting implants can take as long as a year
  • You will need surgery to get them placed
  • You may be in pain after surgery and need recovery time
  • They are a more expensive option

How long do implants last?

The good thing about dental implants is that they’re seen as a long-term solution and should last at least 10 years but can last a lifetime.3 Good oral hygiene can benefit your overall dental health, as well as the longevity of your implants. The good thing about dental implants is that they can be cared for in a similar way to your natural teeth. You’ll need to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for around 2 minutes each time.4 You may also want to consider regular appointments with a hygienist for professional cleaning.

Dentures: pros and cons 

There are a number of pros and cons to be aware of when it comes to dentures, which we will go through below.


  • They look aesthetically pleasing
  • Are cost-effective
  • You don’t need surgery to have them put in, which is a benefit for nervous patients
  • Keeps your mouth from sagging inwards


  • They will eventually wear down and need to be replaced over time
  • It can be a timely process, including tooth removal, making moulds and fitting them
  • They can potentially come loose, which can make a clacking sound
  • Doesn’t stop the bone from deteriorating

How long do dentures last?

Traditional dentures can last up to five years; however, as with implants, when it comes to the longevity of dentures, one of the most important aspects is how they’re cared for.3

You should clean your dentures as you would clean normal teeth, brushing them normally with toothpaste or soap and water before soaking them, helping you to remove food particles. You can also soak them in denture cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria, such as  Poligrip Pro Guard & Retainer Anti-Bacterial Daily Cleanser, which kills 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria* thanks to our crystal clear technology.2

Make sure to consult your dentist on the best way to clean your dentures.

Alternative treatment options 

There may be reasons why full dentures or single implants aren’t suitable. If that’s the case, there are a range of alternative options available such as:

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth that is fixed in your mouth. A dentist will take an impression of the teeth around the gap from a missing tooth which will be used to support the bridge. Unlike dentures, a dental bridge cannot be removed due to the fact is fixed into place.1

You may have heard about a type of dental bridge called a cantilever bridge. When using a cantilever bridge, it is possible to use one implant with a second tooth attached to replace two adjacent teeth.5

Snap-on Dentures

As the name suggests, these dentures can be put in and removed or ‘snapped’ in place, working with the implants in your jawbone so they can be secure without concern.7

Temporary Dentures (also known as instant or same-day dentures)

Temporary dentures will also help you get used to eating with dentures before you get your normal set of new teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between dentures and implants?

The main differences between the two are the fact that dentures can be removed. Implants, on the other hand, are fixed into place within your jaw using screws and do not rely on other teeth in your mouth to stay in place.1  

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants should last at least 10 years but can last a lifetime..3

How long do dentures last?

Traditional dentures can last up to five years.3


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