Did you know that one fifth of American adults over sixty-five had lost all of their natural teeth? Dentist have had to deal with this problem for years with varying causes from that of age or other effects.
The history of dentures is a long one. Dentures have existed in some form or another since 700 B.C., made by animal or human teeth. Over the years refined sugar became much more popular and the amount consumed has increased causing more tooth decay. With the need to replace the teeth people were losing dental technology has made great strides.
Can you think of any famous people who had wooden teeth? You guessed it, George Washington. Although his teeth were not made of wood, that was really a myth. With the help of brass screws and gold wires to hold them in place he had human teeth, as well as hippo ivory, used to make several sets of dentures for him.
Full denture is the most common pick when none of the natural teeth are able to be saved. Most people don't like to go without teeth for too long while waiting for the gums to heal. You can put in immediate full dentures, but because of the changes that take place in your mouth during the healing process bone changes shape making the denture not fit comfortably and can possibly cause irritation.
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If you have some of your original teeth still than partial denture is a great option. The teeth still remaining can be used as support for the partial denture and help to keep your jaw bones stronger. These dentures can be put in and removed similarly to retainers or you can have a permanent bridge put in.
As with anything there are some pros and cons to the options when using removable dentures. One of those is that it really does nothing to stop the bone loss in your jaw the happens with losing teeth. Permanent options provide the needed bite pressure that will help keep the jaw strong as well as help to keep the shape of the face. Examples of these are dental implants, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. You also have the added benefit of not worrying about the possibility of your teeth falling out when they are permanent.
Just as your natural teeth need daily cleaning so do dentures to help with plaque and other discoloration that may occur. They have to be brushed and care for just like your gums and palate. You don't want them to dry out so some good options would be to keep them in a denture cleaning solution or water (not hot). You could even use ultrasonic cleaners, however they don't change the need for regular brushing.
Did you know that the alcohol can be found in mouthwash? Though it is used to help fight off germs in your mouth it can also be drying out your mouth. Similar to the effects of an alcoholic drink that can dehydrate our bodies, rolling mouthwash around in our mouth will dry out the mouth. Look for mouthwash with no alcohol.
If you or someone you know maybe in need of dentures. Come talk to us. We would be happy to answer any questions. We know it can be hard to feel confident when you have missing teeth, but this could be the change you are looking for to take back your life again.
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