No one plans on losing their permanent teeth. However, it happens. Whether you have developed gum disease, developed severe tooth decay, or suffered a serious facial injury, tooth loss happens. However, that does not mean that you have to live the rest of your life without them. At Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, we can provide you with tooth replacement options, including partial and full dentures.
Where Do Dentures Come From?
Believe it or not, dentures date back thousands of years. Some have been found dating back as far as 2500 BC. Starting back as far as 700 BC, it was found that the Etruscans used gold wire to attach human or animal teeth inside the mouth. Around the 18th century, dentures were made using human teeth, animal teeth, and carved ivory. George Washington was one of the most famous denture wearers of this time. While it was said he wore wooden teeth, his dentures were made using ivory, human teeth, gold, and other components.
The first porcelain dentures were made in the 1770s. In the 1850s, Vulcanite was used in conjunction with porcelain. Bakelite was used in the 1920s and 30s. Starting in 1938, PMMA or acrylic resin became the main denture base material. It is still a common base material used today.
The Differences Between Partial and Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are very similar in their design and their goal of replacing missing teeth. The biggest difference between the two is that partial dentures replace a section of missing teeth while full dentures replace an entire arch, or both arches if all of your teeth have fallen out or are failing. The partial denture allows you to keep the rest of the healthy teeth in your arch, which allows you to avoid the need for unnecessary extractions.
Both types of dentures have a base that is made to sit directly on your gums. This base is made from an impression of your mouth. Several try-ins are done to ensure that your denture is made to fit perfectly as your bone and gums change while the restoration is being made. Your replacement teeth are placed into the base, which is made to look just like your real gum tissue. These teeth, generally made from porcelain, are designed to look just like real teeth.
Benefits of Partial and Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures help to restore many of the functions of the teeth that you lost. With your denture, you can eat and speak more normally. Today’s dentures also look much more natural, helping to give you back your beautiful smile. Both partial and full dentures help to provide support for your facial tissues, filling out your face. Dentures are also one of the more affordable solutions for replacing your missing teeth.
Drawbacks to Partial and Full Dentures
While partial and full dentures are more realistic and made to feel more comfortable than in years past, there are still some drawbacks. One of the biggest issues is that the teeth can dislodge from your gums and come loose. This can result in shifting, which can cause pain. Your replacement teeth may fall out. Dentures can be tedious to take care of. They also do not restore the functions of your tooth roots. The bone lacks stimulation, which leads to bone resorption. This causes the bone to weaken and change shape. Gradually, you will begin to notice that your denture no longer fits properly. When this happens, it is important to schedule an appointment.
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