January 31, 2022
You might have heard President George Washington had a set of wooden dentures to replace his lost teeth. Although there were effective at the time, you don’t have to worry about splinters when using modern prosthetics. Dentures have been a tried-and-proven method of treating significant tooth loss for generations. While they may have had a bad reputation in the past, dentures are more realistic than ever. Here are just a few ways the evolution of dentures has created the functional, beautiful, and comfortable prosthetics you see today.
Dentures Throughout History
Dentures are not a new invention. Archaeologists have found remains of false teeth from the seventh century. The Etruscans created partial dentures from animal or human teeth that were held together using gold wires.
The Japanese created the first modern-looking denture from wood. It relied on the same suction technique used today to hold dentures in place. They even tried their hand at taking impressions using softened beeswax to create a model for the base, which was filled with harder wax. Over the years, the Japanese added human or animal teeth to wooden dentures to make them more realistic.
It wasn’t until 1770 that the first porcelain denture was made. By 1820, high-quality dentures featuring porcelain teeth and 18-carat gold plates were the standard method of replacing lost teeth. It took 30 more years for a hardened, durable rubber to be introduced to the dental field, making dentures more comfortable and affordable.
Acrylic resin and modern plastic materials were introduced during the last century. Continual improvements in materials and technologies allow dentists to create replacement teeth that closely look and feel natural. Not only can they replace the crowns of your teeth, but also the roots. Implant dentures are the only solution to recreate both the roots and crowns, providing a nearly identical replica of your natural smile.
Invest in a High-Quality Denture
From start to finish, the entire denture process uses state-of-the-art methods to create a high-quality prosthetic. Your dentist will use elite technology to take an impression of your mouth. The image integrates with advanced software, which the dental lab will use to design a wax model to fit over your gums. Your dentist will make the necessary adjustments to ensure the correct height, bite registration, aesthetics, and support level for your new smile.
The dental lab will craft your final denture using your color specifications, measurements, and impression. With more durable materials, your denture can last for 5-10 years before needing to be replaced. You’ll enjoy a long-term solution to restore a beautiful, functional smile.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science center. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Earnest offers the latest tooth replacement treatments, including dentures and dental implants. If you’re ready to enjoy a complete smile again, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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