Replacing missing teeth with dentures in Farnham in the 21st century may seem a little old-fashioned, what with dental implants being all the rage these days. However, not everyone can have dental implants, so it’s good to know that dentures have not been left behind in the technology race that seems to have been going on in dentistry. Dentures have taken huge strides forward in terms of the materials used and the way they are made, which make them better fitting and more effective than ever before.
Some dentists, such as Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic, employ their own in-house dental technicians to craft beautifully realistic and well-fitting dentures in Farnham. The history of dentures is fascinating, so let’s take a look at what our forefathers put in their mouths when their teeth had fallen out.
People have been trying to find ways to replace their missing teeth almost since teeth began to fall out. Dentures have been evolving since about 1500BC, with the ancient Egyptians, who threaded human teeth onto gold wire to make a set of usable teeth.
Human and animal teeth threaded together was popular for centuries. They were cheap, which is just as well as they tended to rot. Human teeth were taken from corpses, or sold by the very poor from their own mouths. Porcelain dentures first came on the scene in 1770, but they chipped and cracked easily. Ivory, from elephants and walruses became popular, and in the 1850s the plate moved from being made of ivory to hardened rubber, which had better suction to the gums. Last century, this was replaced by acrylic resin and other plastics. Porcelain also got far more durable.
Today, there are 2 kinds of dentures, a cheaper, but still good, version uses crowns made from 3 layers of different coloured resin to create the depth of look that natural teeth have. These are set into a hard acrylic base, and last between 4–6 years. They make a great spare set.
Dentures can also be handmade, using old photographs and digital imaging to recreate the wearer’s smile. The crowns are fixed to an injection base that creates a natural face shape.