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Dentures vs. Dental Implants


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What Are Dentures?


When a person has missing teeth, their oral functions are affected too. Dentures replace these missing teeth along with their oral functions. At , we provide different dentures based on your convenience and needs. Therefore, you do not need to hide that beautiful smile of yours anymore as we have every option to cater to your dental requirements.

Full and Partial Dentures


There are two different types of dentures, namely, partial and full. Partial dentures are placed when a person has only some missing teeth, whereas full dentures are used when they have all of their teeth missing. Full dentures have a colored plastic base that acts as gum tissue to hold both porcelain and plastic teeth. To hold a full denture in the mouth, we attach it to dental implants set in jawbones surgically. A full denture can also be held traditionally by sealing it with the gums.

Partial dentures are made with either a metal or a plastic base. To hold them in the mouth, we use rests and clasps around the natural teeth. The metal base has a traditional design because of the strength and rigidity of metals in general. On the other hand, plastic is more useful for a temporary replacement of lost or missing teeth.

Benefits of Dentures


Dentures are a tried and true tooth replacement option. They are easy for our dentists to create and have placed in your mouth. Dentures replace your missing teeth, allowing you to chew your favorite foods again, and enable you to have an easier time talking, as it can be challenging to pronounce words with missing teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?


A fixed tooth restoration that mimics natural teeth, dental implants offer a good cosmetic and functional solution to missing teeth and will last a lifetime with good care.

Dental implants are embedded into the jaw where they integrate with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This then forms a secure and strong base to affix a replacement tooth, known as a crown.

A dental implant consists of the implant, which is usually made from titanium, a biocompatible metal that has been used in medical applications since the 1950’s, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is inserted into the jawbone, below the gumline, taking the place of a tooth root. The crown is attached to the implant by way of the abutment.

Benefits of Implants


While dental implants do require oral surgery, they are a more permanent tooth replacement option than dentures. Dentures need to be replaced every several years, while dental implants are meant to last a lifetime. Dental implants act like your regular teeth, so there is no special or extra care you need to do for them, aside from your regular brushing and flossing routine.

If you are looking to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, we can help you. Please reach out to us at OHIOSmiles and call our office at (740) 781-0540 to schedule an appointment.
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