Dentures of one form or another have been used for many centuries to replace missing natural teeth. The ancient Etruscans and Egyptians fashioned crude versions of false teeth, and over the years everything from animal teeth to wood has been used to create a form of denture.
Thankfully, modern dentures are much more comfortable and realistic in terms of both action and appearance. Tooth loss is traumatic experience and can happen to people of all ages. It can have a devastating impact on both confidence and lifestyle, with activities such as eating out becoming more of a chore than a pleasure, and social life being severely affected if dentures become loose and prone to slipping. This can contribute to social isolation and loneliness.
Dentures can offer the ideal solution. As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits and helping wearers to eat a healthy diet and speak with confidence, realistic false teeth help to ensure our face retains definition and shape, to strengthen the facial muscles, and in the case of partial dentures to prevent other teeth from moving out of position.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, one of the most popular treatment options is to stabilise dentures with dental implants. Implants are replacements for the root portions of missing teeth, and sometimes as few as four implants per jaw can support a full arch of dentures.
When a dentist stabilises dentures using dental implants they don’t just ensure that your new teeth stay where they should; they also help to preserve the health and density of the jaw bone, which means you are unlikely to need your false teeth adjusted.
With dental implants, a dentist can provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. When you first start wearing dentures, they may feel a little strange, but you will quickly get used to them. Start by eating soft foods cut into small pieces and gradually introduce new items until you are back to your regular diet.
You may have to practice speaking clearly when you first get dentures, but most people are usually able to speak as normal fairly quickly. Cleaning your dentures is also important to avoid oral thrush, gum disease, and bad breath: your dentist will advise you.