Dentures Then, Dentures Today
Tooth loss has been a human affliction for thousands of years, and even within this decade, one fifth of American adults over the age of 65 have lost all of their natural teeth.
Whether the tooth loss is due to advancing age or other causes, dentists have been addressing the issue for many years.
Ancient Dentures and Dentistry
False teeth have been in use Since 700 B.C., when they were made out of animal or human teeth. One of the most famous denture-wearers is George Washington. He had several sets of dentures (not wooden teeth) custom made for him from hippo ivory and human teeth. Gold wires and brass screws were used to hold them together.
Fortunately, real teeth are no longer used as dentures. Today, they are typically made of plastics and acrylic resin, and come in different forms depending on what’s needed.
The Full Denture
A typical full denture is common when none of the natural teeth can be saved. Because gum tissues have to completely heal before dentures can be properly fitted, some patients opt for an immediate full denture instead.
However, because the bone changes shape while the gum tissue is healing, immediate full dentures may not always provide the best fit long-term, and they may irritate the healing gums.
The Partial Denture
When several of the natural teeth are still intact within the jaw, they are used as anchors for partial dentures. Partial dentures can be inserted and removed similarly to retainers. Alternatively, a permanent bridge can be installed.
The Implant-Supported Denture
One issue with removable dentures is that they don’t help prevent the bone loss in the jaws. Permanent options like dental implants, bridges, and implant-supported dentures do a much better job at keeping the bones strong, which preserves the shape of the face. They also make it easier to speak and chew than removable dentures, because there’s no risk of them falling out.
Come Visit Island Family Dental
If you are considering dentures, find out how our dentists can help! It can be difficult to maintain your confidence when you have missing teeth, but we have solutions that will help you feel much better about your smile.