Advancements in dental technology have transformed the fit and function of dentures for the better.
The world of dentistry is constantly improving thanks to continual advancements in technology, technique, and patient care. Modern dentures are a fantastic example of how a fairly common form of treatment has changed for the better.
Your dentures today may seem very similar to the set your grandparents had, but in fact, there are a number of differences between them.
Dentures have evolved over time, with significant improvements over the last few decades.
Before diving into the ins and outs of modern dentures, it’s interesting to know a bit about the history behind these oral appliances.
Let’s take a look back at the history of dentures.
Our ancestors first began using false teeth as early as 700 B.C. according to findings by historians. Created from human and animal teeth or even carved bone, our early ancestors used wire and bindings to recreate a false set of teeth. Throughout time up until the 18th century, false teeth and dentures were extremely rudimentary in design and not exactly functional, let alone attractive.
In the 18th century, tooth loss became a very serious and widespread problem due to a lack of preventive care keeping tooth decay at bay. This need for a better solution prompted huge strides forward in denture design, including the use of porcelain to create these fake teeth.
Dentists continued to work toward improving the look and function of dentures with the hopes of creating even more realistic, comfortable solutions for patients with missing teeth. The dentures used by our grandparents were a huge step forward in comparison, and our modern dentures used today are even better.
Modern dentures are more comfortable and functional than they’ve ever been before.
Our modern dentures have three big things going for them:
- They are custom-created for patients.
- They’re made with better materials.
- They fit much more comfortably.
Let’s take a closer look at these advantages.
Your dentist will design your dentures specifically for your smile.
When it comes to dental care a “one size fits all” approach simply doesn’t work. Your smile is unique to you, and not just in terms of your characteristic grin people know you for. Factors like your current oral health and your jawbone structure affect how your dentures will fit.
Additionally, not all dentures even have the same design—there are full, partial, and implant-supported dentures. Full dentures replace an entire set of teeth while partials fill in the gaps left from multiple missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures can be a full or partial set but rely on the stability of implant posts.
Dentists like Dr. Harris will incorporate all of these factors when helping design the perfect set of dentures for you.
Your modern dentures will be made of high-quality, realistic materials.
Modern dentures are exceptionally realistic compared to how they looked in past decades. This has to do with the materials being used as well as the artistic skills of the dentists and lab technicians designing the false teeth.
The gum and structural portion of your dentures will be made of a smooth, strong acrylic material while the false teeth may be made of advanced plastics or porcelain. Color and texture play a big role in realism. Between the skills of your dentist and the lab techs, your dentures will look just like real teeth, mimicking the transparency, depth and the top-to-bottom color fade of natural teeth.
Your dentures will fit comfortably now and in the future.
Advancements in dental imaging technology have greatly benefited the design of dentures. With 3D imaging and full-mouth scanning abilities, your dentist can get a complete picture of your mouth’s structure. This, in turn, allows for a highly precise fit for your dentures. Modern dentures combine the perfect balance between a snug fit and one that’s comfortable, functional, and stable.
Your dentist will also continue to evaluate the fit of your dentures, ensuring that if your mouth structure changes your dentures will also be adjusted to fit. This may mean a new set of dentures in the future.
A combination of regular dental check-ups and a thorough denture hygiene regimen are key to a happy smile.
Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, it’s still important to take oral care just as seriously when you have dentures. The good news is denture care and maintenance is fairly straightforward.
You will need to clean your dentures on a daily basis using a denture brush and ADA-approved denture cleaning products. Whenever your dentures are not being worn, you should store them in a denture cleanser solution rather than leaving them out..
You’ll also need to maintain regular dental appointments. If you have partial dentures and natural teeth, you should continue with biannual dental checkups. If you have full dentures, you should still see your dentist at least every year. Your dentist will ensure your dentures still fit properly and there are no signs of damage or rubbing to the gums.
Please call our office for help right away if you ever feel like your dentures are loose or hurting.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris to learn more about how modern dentures can improve your lifestyle.
If you’re interested in getting dentures for the first time or you’re unhappy with your current set of dentures, Dr. Harris and his team are ready to help.
The first step is to call our office or fill out our online appointment request form. From there we’ll schedule a time for you to come in and speak with Dr. Harris about your questions or concerns about dentures. Before you know it you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful new smile thanks to modern denture technology.