Dentures: Complete and Partials
Are you missing a tooth? Are you missing more than one tooth? If you are missing teeth, you are not alone. If you are missing one or more teeth, you need to think about getting those teeth replaced. One way that you can replace your teeth is through the use of dentures - either complete dentures or partial dentures. If you are not sure whether you need complete or partial dentures, let Bryan Hill, DDS tell you more about dentures.
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Dentures - A Brief History
Believe it or not, dentures have been around for a long time. George Washington, otherwise known as the father of our country, had dentures. However, the old tale about Washington’s dentures being made out of wood is just not true. When Washington was sworn in as president, his dentures were made for the occasion. They were made of brass, gold, ivory, and human teeth.
Washington had four sets of dentures in his lifetime because he began losing his teeth by the age of 24. All of Washington’s teeth were gone by the time he was 30. Although some of Washington’s issues with losing teeth were because dental hygiene was scarce back then, there was also a problem with medication back then. Washington was given mercury oxide during his life to fighting malaria and smallpox. Mercury oxide is a poison, and it is known to cause teeth to fall out.
Dentures were actually in use well before Washington. People have used them as a way to replace lost teeth. Dentures are used to replace teeth that have been lost because of illness, accidents, or tooth decay. There are different kinds of dentures, and there is sure to be one that is just right for you.
What Is The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
We use partial dentures to replace some teeth that have been lost, as opposed to all of your teeth. For example, if all of your teeth are missing on one side, or if the same teeth are lost on both sides of your mouth, we can fix it with a partial denture. Partial dentures are usually made of a plastic base with porcelain. We can hold your partial dentures in place through a series of metal brackets. You will be able to move your dentures when you need to.
If you are missing all of your teeth, you need full dentures. Full dentures are made out of a combination of plastic, porcelain, resin, and metal. Each set of full dentures is different, just as different as the person who wears them.
Whether you need full or partial dentures, you can use the dentures to help you replace your missing teeth. This means you can chew food more quickly and eat without worrying about what happened. You may also find you speak more clearly with dentures. Best of all, dentures will keep you from losing bone mass in your jaw, which keeps your bite intact and your remaining teeth in one place. Do you have questions about full or partial dentures? If so, give Bryan Hill, DDS a call at (509) 505-6303.