Which are Better Dentures or Dental Implants?

When it comes to addressing missing teeth, there are two main options: dentures and dental implants.

Dentures vs Implants

Dentures can seem like the easier choice from the outside, but they often come with several drawbacks. 

Dentures are only a temporary solution to the problem of missing teeth; as the mouth changes shape over time, dentures slowly lose their natural fit and become uncomfortable and loose.

Unsure of which to go for? Let’s start by identifying which will be best for your oral condition.

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The downside to dentures

Dentures also fail to address the weakening of the jawbone that occurs when teeth are missing. 

Over time, this looseness makes dentures more likely to fall out, which will eventually require replacing.

Dr Ali Rifai is an implant dentist who has successfully placed implants for several years. 

When asked which is better, he commented, ‘ dental implants are certainly a stronger and more durable solution for missing teeth, especially where multiple tooth loss is concerned’.

Are implants better?

Dental implants resolve these problems whilst also being incredibly long-lasting, easy to maintain and undetectable.

One of the significant advantages of dental implants is that, once the healing process is complete, most patients can treat them just like regular teeth, eliminating the need for adhesive, removal or special cleaning.

Treat your implants well, and they could last a lifetime.

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What is the cost of dentures vs implants?

When comparing dental implants and dentures, dentures are significantly less expensive.

Whilst dentures are cheaper, in the long-term, upkeep is generally overlooked; from cleaning solutions and adhesives to repair and all-out replacement, dentures become more and more costly over time.

Dental implants require very little upkeep outside of standard dental care. This makes the cost of implants far more representative than that of dentures.

In the long term, dental implants are more practical and possibly less expensive. 

Instant implants

With implants, a screw is placed into the jawbone, creating a sturdy and durable bond. However, this procedure requires a strong and healthy jawbone to attach to and can be a little invasive for some.

All-on-Four implants solve this as they require no bone grafts or regeneration.

This means the healing time is reduced, and you can leave our implant clinic with new teeth after just one appointment – making them a more popular and affordable solution.


Can a dental implant fail?

Even though our success rate for implantation is 98.2%, there are many reasons why a dental implant might fail. The most common of these are unhealthy gums.

Usually, a dentist will not operate on a severe gum disease patient known as periodontal disease. This is because the implant requires a firm foundation within the jawbone and a healthy gum line to bond correctly.

Some patients may have healthy gums but still not qualify for the procedure due to an insufficient jawbone size.

Without this, the implant will not have enough space to secure itself, leading to failure later. Smoking is universally damaging to a person’s health, and gums are no different.

Smoking restricts the blood flowing to the gums and can cause them to recede. 

Whilst smoking does not guarantee you will be denied treatment, it increases this likelihood and significantly slows down the recovery and healing process.

However, no two mouths are the same, so it is always worth booking a consultation with us to determine if dental implants are right for you.

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. More.

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row. More.


Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws. More.


When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.

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