Sean Abidin, DDS • Vanessa Cao, DDS phone (614) 882-9828

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

A wife and husband embrace outside while smiling with dentures and a dental implant in their mouths

Are you missing teeth and looking into your tooth replacement options? Here, we’ll go over two very common methods for tooth replacement: dentures and dental implants. We’ll also look into what benefits they bring to the table!

Traditional Full & Partial Dentures

Dentures have an acrylic, gum-colored base that mimics the appearance of natural gums. The replacement teeth are embedded into the base to resemble a realistic-looking mouth. Traditional dentures can replace a full or partial arch of teeth and are held in place using an extra-strength denture adhesive. For many patients, dentures are a cost-effective option that fill in any gaps in their smile and provide a youthful-looking and fully-functioning grin. However, they take a bit of extra maintenance to keep them clean and working properly.

Dental Implants

Implants are biocompatible titanium screws that get implanted into the jawbone. They replace a tooth’s root and provide a platform for realistic-looking artificial teeth to attach onto. Because implants fuse with the bone, they are a permanent tooth replacement option that can hold a crown, bridge, or denture in place to give you back a complete smile. Moreover, implants prevent jawbone loss, function like natural teeth, and don’t require special care beyond proper brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

Implant-Supported Dentures

While you might be surprised to see dental implants and dentures in the same header, we’re happy to note that the two aren’t always mutually exclusive! Dentures can be stabilized using dental implants. With the help of four to eight implants and some modifications to the denture, you can simply snap your denture into place on top of dental implants instead of using a dental adhesive. One of the many benefits of implant-supported dentures is that you don’t have to stress about your denture moving throughout the day. Implant-supported dentures won’t slip and slide around, allowing you to enjoy your life without worrying about your dentures!

Restore Your Smile with Dr. Sean Abidin & Dr. Vanessa Cao!

Are you ready to take the plunge and replace those missing teeth? We can determine which tooth replacement option is best for your unique budget, dental needs, and smile goals. Contact our Westerville dental office to schedule your restorative dentistry consultation.

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Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS