Dentures are nothing new.
The Father of our Country, George Washington, famously wore them (although they were not made of wood, as many people believe). But dentures go back much, much further than the start of our nation.
Going back to 700 B.C., historians know that the Etruscans (who lived in what is now northern Italy) used human and animal teeth to make dentures. Our dentures are made from more durable materials, and they restore the natural appearance of your smile.
If you are missing several teeth, we want you to have the best teeth replacements possible at Prosthetic Dentistry of Tumwater, WA. Call 360-229-5861 to set up a consultation.
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Traditional dentures made be made of different materials than the ones George Washington wore (hippopotamus ivory with teeth mounted in them). From a functional standpoint, they still work the same way.
These kinds of denture rest outside of your gums. Upper dentures have a plate that helps them stay in place in the roof of your mouth. Lower dentures rest over your gums, although denture adhesives are often necessary to keep them somewhat in place.
From a cosmetic standpoint, traditional dentures can restore your smile. You also can learn to eat a variety of foods with standard dentures. This isn’t the same as eating with a full set of healthy teeth, but it’s certainly better than no teeth at all.
You also have the option of taking advantage of one of the best services that restorative dentistry has to offer: dental implants.
Modern implants act as artificial roots for your replacement teeth. Like the roots of real teeth, implants are embedded in your jawbone. These replacement roots are made of titanium, which your jaw treats essentially the same as real teeth. The bone bonds directly to the implants. This keeps them secure in your mouth, and together, your implants provide a stable and strong support system for your dentures.
Implant-supported dentures do more than just restore your smile. Repeated studies have shown that people implants can bite and chew practically as well as someone with a full set of healthy teeth. That means you can eat anything you want. You won’t need to bother yourself with denture adhesives, and you can trust that your new teeth won’t slide around while you are speaking.
Choose The Right Replacements For You
Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience. That’s true whether your teeth are lost in an unfortunate accident or gradually as a result of long-term oral health problems. When you are missing a row of teeth or all your teeth, everyday activities are more difficult.
Fortunately, you can come to Prosthetic Dentistry of Tumwater. Dr. Rick Jude is a specialist in the replacement and restoration of teeth. In addition to restoring countless smiles with traditional and implant-supported dentures, he has lectured throughout the country about this topic. He also teaches about this field at three different dental schools.
By coming to our office in Tumwater, WA, you can get answers about your teeth replacement questions, so you can choose the option that is best for you. Call 360-229-5861 or contact us online to request a consultation.