Ageing has many challenges and one of them is losing your teeth. None of us likes saying goodbye to our pearly whites. Teeth are lost through grinding, decay, infection, smoking, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related causes. More often than anything, they fall out due to gum disease.
Fortunately, dental researchers are constantly finding ways to improve available techniques and, in the 21st century, the use of new materials and techniques has made dentures more lifelike and easier to wear.
Dentists throughout the country offer dentures and if you live in Farnham, one dentist that offers this invaluable service is Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth. They are used to replace missing teeth and gums. Partial dentures replace just a few teeth, while complete, or full, dentures replace all the teeth.
Dentures Then and Now
Over the years, dentures have become better fitting, more comfortable and more realistic looking, but they still have quite a reputation for problems based on old technology. Dentures in the past did not look very realistic: the gum bits were too pink, the teeth too white or nowhere near the same shape as the wearer’s original teeth. As if that wasn’t enough, dentures could be embarrassingly badly fitting, seeming to have a life of their own in a person’s mouth, not to mention the whistling and speech problems they could also cause.
Fortunately, these days dentures are no longer another problem you just have to grin and bear in old age, but a solution that brings you a healthier mouth.
What Makes Dentures So Much Better These Days?
New improved resins, stains and custom-made artificial teeth make a beautiful, natural smile much more possible to recreate.
But new materials are not all that’s important. Over the decades, dentistry has vastly improved its understanding of the science involved in managing different mouth and jaw shapes, as well as the muscle skills of the patients receiving the dentures.
The methods for making dentures have also advanced. Dentures can now be made with injection moulding techniques that improve accuracy of fit. Also, denture makers are far more skilled in creating dentures that look natural. It is an art in itself.