When you think of dentures, do you picture bulky prosthetic teeth floating in a glass? That mental image is a bit outdated. Today’s dentures are more comfortable and functional than ever before. To learn about the exciting changes that dentures have undergone over the years, read the information below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans.
Early American Dentures
If you think of early American dentures, wooden teeth worn by a certain president may come to mind. However, as it turns out, George Washington never wore wooden teeth. He did, however, wear some very interesting dentures. Of the several dentures that he wore, the set on display at Mount Vernon is made out of hippopotamus ivory and human teeth. These dentures were very heavy and were said to have caused Washington serious pain.
The dentures of a few years past were both bulky and heavy, making them uncomfortable, unconvincing, and more prone to slipping. Unfortunately, these dentures could be painful, and they could often create serious embarrassment.
Modern and Implant-Supported Dentures
Today’s dentures are lighter and sleeker than ever before. They fit well into the mouth, and their lightweight designs increase their stability. In addition, cosmetic advances have yielded very convincing-looking prosthetic teeth, making today’s dentures cosmetically superior to the dentures of the past.
However, even with today’s lightweight dentures, improper fits, discomfort, and embarrassing slips can occur. To remedy these problems, patients can have their dentures supported by dental implants. The stability provided by the dental implants prevents slipping and helps improve the clarity of speech and the comfort of the dentures. Implant-supported dentures can also improve patients’ tasting abilities because suction is no longer required to stabilize the dentures, meaning the palate can remain uncovered.
Schedule a Visit with Your Reno Dentists
Are you in need of dentures to replace your missing teeth? If so, contact your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 775-829-7700. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.