Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you have trouble eating chewy or hard foods? Have you been to the dentist in the past six months?
If you said no to either of those first two questions, you may want to consider dentures. If you answered no to the third questions, you may be in the market for dentures or dental implants before too long.
Maybe you are ready to get dentures, but you don’t know where to find them in your part of Oregon. If you live near Canby or Molalla, you can come see us, Pioneer Dental Group in Oregon City.
Short history of false teeth
Throughout the history of dentistry, humans have made frequent improvements to how we have replaced missing teeth.
The Etruscans, who lived in the 7th century in what is now northern Italy, used animal and human teeth to replace teeth that had fallen out.
In the 16th century, wooden dentures were first created in Japan. With time, dentures were created from stone, ivory, and animal horns.
In the 1700s, metal frames were added to hold false teeth carved from animal bones, and later the first porcelain dentures were created. A hardened rubber, known as Vulcanite, was introduced in the 1850s, and in the 20th century, resins and plastics were used for making dentures.
Today’s modern dentures are more realistic and more functional than ever before. If you do need dentures, you will find they are closer to natural teeth than you may have expected.
Why you might want dentures
For many people, dentures are a comfortable, convenient, and affordable way to get back something they lost when they lost their teeth.
Maybe you still have all your teeth, but you know some will need to be removed. Dentures may be a good replacement for you.
If you are debating whether to get dentures, here are some reasons you might want to say yes:
• Dentures are good for your oral health. This is true for multiple reasons. If you have experienced tooth decay, your gums and jawbone may be at risk as well. Removing the decay from your mouth is the first step in solving that issue.
Dentures provide some protection from new infections for your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone. Implant-retained dentures may be one of your best options.
• Dentures add support. If you still have some natural teeth, they may “drift” without the support of neighboring teeth. A partial denture can provide that support to keep your remaining teeth in their proper position.
Dentures can also help the muscles of your face retain their shape. Without teeth, your muscles may sag, leaving you looking older than you are.
• Dentures can help you end your pain. If you have been experiencing toothaches (a sign of tooth decay), you may have teeth that should be removed. If that is the case, dentures can be used to replace those teeth.
• Dentures will help you speak clearly. If you have lost teeth, then you know this affects the way you talk. Dentures can help you speak more naturally like you did when you had all your teeth.
• Dentures can improve your appearance. When you have all your teeth you look better and you feel better when you smile. No one ones this better than someone who is missing multiple teeth. Dentures can restore the look of your smile.
Types of dentures
We discussed some of the improvements that have been made since people started replacing their teeth with animal bones already. We didn’t mention a more recent improvement to dentures, however.
Traditional dentures are held in place with an adhesive. This has worked for many people for decades, but these kinds of dentures don’t provide anything near the chewing power you had when you had all your teeth.
Today, we can offer implant-retained dentures as an alternative. These are much more secure than other dentures, and they go a long way toward restoring your full chewing ability.
Dental implants are placed into your jaw. These are held in place by your bone, just as the roots of your teeth are. This makes them much more stable than dentures held in place with an adhesive.
Our All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants can be used to replace a full arch of your teeth. With this option, we will place either four or six implants into your jaw. Your dentures are then fitted with the implants.
This can give you the appearance of a complete set of teeth when you smile and added power when you take your next bite.
For people who need partial dentures, a dental bridge is another option. This, too, can be retained by a dental implant to restore the appearance and function of your teeth.
Get your smile back
If you’ve been feeling down about your missing teeth, it’s time to fill in that gap. Whether you want modern or traditional dentures, we have options that can restore your appearance and improve your ability to eat more of the foods you enjoy.