For many adults, tooth loss is an unfortunate but inevitable part of growing older. In many cases tooth loss is the result of gum disease or other common health problems such as osteoporosis or poorly controlled diabetes. Whatever the cause of your tooth loss, you may decide that dentures are the most suitable choice to replace them. Dentures can either be full or partial, depending on the number of your teeth that are missing. Partial dentures are designed to stay in place with clips that fit onto your remaining teeth. When you have dentures fitted, this process may be carried out by your dentist after impressions have been taken, or you may see a dental technician who actually makes the dentures.
Although you might imagine that dentures are a relatively new invention, you may be surprised to know that they have actually been discovered by archaeologists in many different parts of the world, the ancient Egyptians and Etruscan cultures made them from combinations of wood and bone in the 4th Century BC while the Japanese developed skilfully carved wooden dentures in the 16th Century. Thankfully the materials used for making dentures are now far more natural looking, a well-made set of dentures from a practice such as Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic will look very natural and restore the appearance of your teeth, as well as preventing sagging and helping you maintain the appearance of your face and mouth.
In some cases if you are having some or all of your teeth removed, you may have your dentures fitted at the same time as the teeth are extracted. This means that you will not have to wait while your gums are healing to have your teeth in place. As the healing process takes place, you will notice that your jaws shrink, this will mean that your dentures will need to be re-lined or a permanent set made once your mouth is fully healed to ensure that they fit correctly. Once your dentures have been fitted, you will have to get into the habit of caring for them and your mouth properly to ensure that you do not end up with additional oral health issues such as bad breath or gum disease.