Living with Dentures

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People think that dentures are only for the elderly. That’s not always the case. According to Colgate, almost 70% of adults between age 35 and 44 have lost one or more teeth and 26% of those over age 74 are missing all of their teeth. There are many reasons besides gum disease and tooth decay that might make it necessary for younger people to need dentures to help perfect their smile.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic teeth that fill gaps in your smile. They are so natural-looking now that other people don’t even notice that you are wearing them. This is because dentures are custom-made to match the look of your other natural teeth. There are a variety of dentures available. If you need the majority of your upper or lower teeth replaced, you could get a full denture. However, if you are only missing a few teeth, you may want to get a partial denture that hooks onto your nearby natural teeth. There are also many types of bridges which are similar to partial dentures. We offer lots of solutions because each patient has different needs.

Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Dentures

Traditional dentures are usually inserted with adhesive glue and are removable, which makes it easy for cleaning. However, you may be interested in implant-supported dentures. Titanium posts are put into your jaw, and your dentures connect to those posts. This gives you a more permanent and secure foundation. Talk to our team if you are interested in learning more about dental implants.

Some Famous Denture Wearers

Dentures have been around for decades, and dental technology has only improved over time. George Washington had only one remaining tooth in 1789 when he became our first president. His dentist used the latest technology of the day to create his false teeth. He had several sets made from various materials including lead, brass, gold, human teeth, ivory and cow teeth. Sad to say, they were held in place with springs so Washington had to remain constantly vigilant to keep his mouth from opening too far or his teeth would pop out. So much for laughing with confidence!

One of the most notable early celebrities that wore dentures is actor Clark Gable. Due to severe gum infection, he had his teeth removed and wore dentures at age 32. Unfortunately denture technology in the 1930s was nothing like it is today and Mr. Gable was plagued with severe halitosis. Denture technology continued to improve over the years and actress Florence Henderson, known for her work in “The Brady Bunch,” proudly wore dentures. She was even a spokesperson for a denture cleaner called Polident.

Are You Looking to Fill the Gaps in Your Teeth?

Everyone should be able to feel confident with their smile. If you think dentures are for you, please schedule an appointment with our experienced team at Leesburg Family Dental. We’re happy to examine your teeth and discuss what options are available for you. We look forward to restoring your smile!

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