When someone mentions dentures, what images spring to mind? Your grandparents’ teeth in a glass of water or comedy clockwork toys perhaps? However, if you have lost some or all of your teeth, you will probably agree that tooth loss is no laughing matter. Having a well-made set of dentures can make a major difference to how you feel. You may be surprised to know that dentures have been in use for far longer than you might imagine, after all tooth decay and oral health problems have affected people since ancient times.
Examples of dentures have been found in Etruscan tombs and Egyptian pyramids, and the American President George Washington owned several pairs. Dentures have been made from wood and bone and even porcelain.
Fortunately for us, technological advances and new materials mean that dentures are more natural looking; light-weight acrylic is used to make dentures that are more wearable than ever before. Here at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham, dentures are still an important aspect of our tooth replacement service for our patients.
Full, immediate or partial dentures
Although we are naturally inclined to associate dentures with the elderly, tooth loss can occur at any age, either through accidents or because of poor oral health. For many patients in Farnham, dentures enable them to carry on enjoying their life. Partial dentures are usually fitted to a metal plate, which clips to your remaining teeth, while full dentures fit over your gums. One relatively recent development is to use a combination of full or partial dentures that are supported by dental implants. This is a very effective solution to tooth loss as the dentures are firmly fixed and supported by the implants. Implants help to reduce the loss of bone from the jaw, which ensures that the dentures continue to fit correctly.
If you have all your teeth removed, you can opt for immediate dentures, which are worn as soon as the original teeth are removed. Here at our practice in Farnham, dentures are made for you by our clinical dental technician Frank Johnson, who can answer any questions that you may have about wearing dentures in his free consultation!
For further information or to book your free denture consultation with clinical dental technician Frank Johnson, call the Welcome team on 01252 713797, email [email protected] or click here to request an appointment online.