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Discover the Journey to Successful Tooth Replacement

March 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dryoung @ 9:48 pm

Hand holding upper dentureSignificant tooth loss can have devastating consequences for your confidence, quality of life, and general health. Over 40 million Americans rely on dentures to replace their missing teeth. They’ve been used for generations to rebuild beautiful, functional smiles. Nowadays, they closely look and feel more realistic than ever, but dentures weren’t always as comfortable as they are today. The evolution of dentures since over the centuries has paved the way for the next best thing to your real teeth.

Early Dentures in History

Evidence of early dentures can be found during 700 BC. Etruscans used human or animal teeth held together by gold wire. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand up to the pressure of biting and chewing, so they were primarily used for cosmetic reasons. The Ancient Mayans used carved stones, bone, or seashells, which were hammered into the jaw. The Japanese turned to wood until the 19th century.

You might have heard George Washington had a wooden smile, like the Japanese, but his dentures were made of human, horse, and donkey teeth carved in hippopotamus ivory. While they looked better than wooden dentures, the ivory gave off an unpleasant odor and wasn’t very comfortable.

Despite the disadvantages, this was the standard method of treating tooth loss until the 1800s. A silversmith used gold plates with springs and swivels to hold porcelain teeth. This was considered the first modern denture, but porcelain was expensive. A hardened rubber provided a more affordable alternative that could also be molded to fit a person’s gums for a better fit.

Introduction of Modern Dentures

Acrylic resin revolutionized dentistry in the 20th century and is still used today. Modern dentures are carefully crafted using advanced technology to fit your mouth like a glove for exceptional comfort. They are made of durable materials to last for years with the right aftercare. However, there has been another amazing development in dental prosthetics.

In the 1950s, the first dental implant was introduced. The revolutionary procedure replicates the entire structure of a tooth, including the root. This was groundbreaking because it created a nearly identical replica of a real tooth, which can also last for 30 years or longer.

Replace Your Missing Teeth Today

Today, dental implants are the go-to method of treating tooth loss, but traditional dentures still hold commonplace in dentistry. Your dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your preferences to recommend the right denture for you, such as:

  • Partial denture
  • Full denture
  • Implant denture

You won’t have to worry about splinters or odors like your ancestors. You’ll benefit from a tried and proven solution to achieve a smile you’ll be proud to show off.

About Dr. Larry C. Young

Dr. Young earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry before continuing his education in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. He is an award-winning dentist known for his exceptional skill-set in advanced procedures, like dental implants. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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