Unfortunately, our teeth are not as permanent as we would like them to be. Over time, they can succumb to bacteria and die. When teeth are lost, the body suffers in several ways. For instance, digestion is made more difficult when food is not broken down thoroughly, a possible side effect of tooth loss. The jawbone may also lose density as bite force is no longer being transferred by the lost teeth to stimulate the jaw’s bone cells. Thankfully, however, there are solutions to tooth loss. Among the most famous of these solutions are dentures, which have been around for many years. During this time, dentures have undergone numerous changes. To learn more about the evolution of dentures, read the following information from your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Mark Miller.
These dentures were revolutionary in the sense that they belonged to George Washington. Contrary to popular folklore, Washington’s dentures were not made out of wood. Instead, they used a variety of materials that included hippopotamus ivory and human teeth. Historical records reveal that these dentures caused Washington a lot of pain and fit poorly. They were also of substantial weight, giving them a propensity for slipping.
You may still picture these types of dentures when you conjure a mental image of dentures. These dentures from a few years ago were bulky and heavy. They also looked rather fake, and unfortunately, their size and weight contributed to embarrassing slips and discomfort.
Today’s dentures are surprisingly light and sleek. They are designed to fit as accurately as possible into the mouth to ensure their stability and comfort. Because of their lightweight and more accurate fits, today’s dentures are less likely to slide in the mouth. Today’s dentures can also be supported by dental implants, which anchor the dentures in place, eliminating slips permanently.
Are you a victim of tooth loss? Are you in need of dentures? If so, contact your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Miller, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling (505) 596-4479. Also, visit our website to view the smile gallery, print patient forms, and read reviews from our patients. We look forward to treating families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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