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When Dentures Might Be the Right Choice for You

When Dentures Might Be the Right Choice for You

Almost 41 million Americans wear dentures, including a few celebrities. 

Emma Watson lost a couple of her baby teeth while filming Harry Potter as a 9-year-old and had to wear dentures to hide the gaps.

Florence Henderson, the mom in the Brady Bunch, was a long-time denture wearer and a spokesperson for a national brand of denture cleaner.

Even President Joe Biden seems to have been sporting dentures during his campaign, judging by the obvious slippage of his appliance on more than one occasion.

If dentures are good enough for famous folks, is it time to consider them for yourself?

Dr. James Butler and our expert team at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio take a closer look at dentures, how they’ve improved over the years, and when it might be time for you to consider this effective treatment for yourself.

Dentures through the years

You can trace dentures back to 2500 BCE, when people replaced their lost teeth with whatever seemed handy at the time — chunks of ivory, animal chompers, and even teeth taken from a human cadaver. 

Centuries later, dentists began to fashion fake teeth out of synthetic material, such as rubber and vulcanite. The 20th century ushered in the acrylic dentures most folks recognize today. But no matter what they’re made of, all dentures have the same problem — they tend to slip, slide, and fall out.

Designed to fit snugly over your gums, dentures do their best to grab on and stay put while you talk and chew, but they inevitably shift and make you do tongue gymnastics to keep the appliance in place.

At Innovative Dental Ideas, we do dentures differently.

New, improved dentures

Today’s dentures are made of porcelain, and they look and feel identical to your natural teeth. To avoid the notorious slippage, Dr. Butler often recommends implant-supported dentures that anchor to your jawbone and allow you to eat anything you want with confidence.

To ensure a stable environment, Dr. Butler attaches a small titanium post at strategic points along your jawbone. These are the same posts he uses to secure dental implants. Over time, your bone fuses to the posts, and the combined structure becomes as sturdy as your natural tooth roots.

These posts protrude above the gum line and attach to your custom-designed dentures, so you can chew a piece of steak or bite into an apple without worrying about an embarrassing moment.

Bonus: the titanium posts provide the pressure your jawbone needs to stimulate cell renewal and growth, so it’s a plus for your oral health as well.

When to consider dentures

Whether you choose traditional or implant-supported dentures, both options can drastically improve your oral health and your smile. So, how do you know when it’s time to consider dentures? Obviously, missing teeth is the first criterion, but Dr. Butler often cites the following reasons it may be time to think about dentures:

If you already wear traditional dentures and find they slip too much or limit your ability to eat the foods you love, talk to Dr. Butler about implant-supported dentures, which provide greater stability and a more natural appearance.

If it’s time for you to consider dentures to improve your oral health and enhance your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Butler by calling our friendly staff or requesting an appointment using our online booking tool. A better smile, optimized jaw health, and freedom to chew whatever you want may be closer than you think. 

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