The origins of false teeth/dentures go back to 700BC when Etruscans created dentures from human and animal teeth. After all these years, the concept still exists and has evolved into an effective, comfortable and cosmetically appealable solution to replacing missing teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures are acrylic (plastic), metal or nylon removable false teeth, fitting over your gums and replacing missing teeth.
Why do you need to replace missing teeth?
Failing to replace missing teeth can cause many different dental health problems. These include:
- Increased chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease as the vacant gaps in your teeth allow for this.
- Loss of facial structure – your teeth are responsible for your facial structure. When you do not have sufficient teeth to support it, it will begin to ‘sag’, changing the way you look and potentially leading to loss of self-confidence.
What can dentures do for you?
- Restore confidence in yourself and your smile – restore desire to smile again, chew and kiss with confidence.
- Healthier teeth/ healthier looking teeth.
- No more dietary restrictions – you can enjoy solid foods that might otherwise be difficult to break down.
What is the process behind creating dentures?
Your dentist will take impressions (moulds) of oral tissues that will support the denture. The dental lab will use the impressions to make models of your mouth.
The process starts by taking a series of impressions or moulds of the oral tissues that will support the denture. A dental lab will use these impressions to make models of the patient’s mouth. The dentist and laboratory technician will then slowly start building the dentures on these models and transferring them to the patient’s mouth at each step to ensure proper fit, establish a proper bite, and ensure that the appearance and aesthetics of the denture are desirable. The patient will generally need to be seen by the dentist once per week for about 4 to 5 weeks until the denture is complete. The patient will then need to return occasionally during the first month after the denture is delivered to have adjustments made. This ensures that the denture is the best possible custom fit.
If you would like more information about dentures at Cornerhouse Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.