Reviewed by Dr. J. Travis Thompson, DDS

Are you considering tooth replacement options? You’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with tooth loss, and choosing the right solution can feel overwhelming. 

Two popular options are dentures and dental implants. Understanding the differences between these options is important for making an informed decision about your oral health.

With this blog, we want to help you navigate this decision with an unbiased comparison of both methods.

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Key Takeaway

All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. All-on-4 uses four to six strategically placed implants. These implants act as anchors for a fixed, non-removable bridge that replicates the look and function of natural teeth.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. They come in various forms.

Types of Dentures

  • Complete dentures: Used when all the upper or lower natural teeth are missing.
  • Partial dentures: Designed to replace one or more missing teeth while the remaining natural teeth are intact. These often attach to the natural teeth using metal frameworks or clasps.
  • Removable dentures: Can be taken out and put back in the mouth at will. They generally require denture adhesives for added stability.
  • Implant-supported dentures: Attached to dental implants, offering more stability compared to traditional dentures.

Benefits of Dentures

  1. Cost-effective: Generally less expensive than implants.
  2. Non-surgical: No surgery is required, making them suitable for patients with certain health conditions. 
  3. Versatile: Various types are available to suit different needs.
  4. Quick solution: Often ready for use after a few dental visits.


  • Regular cleaning and proper care are necessary to maintain your dentures.
  • Over time, gums and bone structure can change, requiring denture adjustments.
  • Some users may experience difficulty eating sticky food or speaking clearly at first.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution. They mimic the structure of natural teeth with:

  • Titanium posts: Surgically implanted into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots.
  • Replacement tooth (prosthetic tooth): A crown, bridge, or denture securely attached to the implant post(s).

Benefits of Dental Implants

  1. Sturdy foundation: Provides a strong and stable base for the replacement tooth.
  2. Natural appearance: Closely mimics real teeth in appearance and function.
  3. Long-term solution: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
  4. Prevents bone loss: Stimulates bone growth, preventing jawbone deterioration.


  • Requires oral surgery, which includes a healing process and potentially bone grafts for those with low bone density.
  • Generally more expensive upfront compared to dentures.
  • The entire procedure, from implant surgery to final crown placement, can take several months.

Dentures vs Implants: A Comparison

Below is a comparison using various factors to help you understand the pros and cons of dentures vs. implants.


  • Dentures: More affordable initially.
  • Implants: Higher upfront cost, but potentially more cost-effective over time due to longevity.


  • Dentures: Non-surgical, suitable for most patients.
  • Implants: Requires oral surgery, which involves a longer healing process.

Comfort and Functionality

  • Dentures: May require adhesives and periodic adjustments. Some individuals report difficulties with eating tough or sticky foods.
  • Implants: Feels more like natural teeth, allowing you to eat all kinds of foods without worry.


  • Dentures: Typically, need to be replaced every 5–10 years and require regular cleaning.
  • Implants: Can last a lifetime with proper care, reducing long-term dental visits.

Oral Health & Maintenance

  • Dentures: Contribute to bone loss over time. Require soaking, cleaning, and potential use of adhesives. They may also need adjustments or replacements over time.
  • Implants: Promote jawbone health and prevent deterioration. Regular dental checkups and proper hygiene are essential.

Best Decision for Your Smile

Both dentures and dental implants offer effective solutions for tooth loss, each with their unique set of advantages and considerations. By understanding the benefits and limitations of each, you are better equipped to make a choice that will improve your long-term oral health and quality of life.

If you would like to discuss your options with one of our surgeons, book a free dental implant consultation. Call (847) 381-0106 or complete our online booking form.

We are excited to help you achieve a beautiful smile!

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