When you think of dentures, you’re probably imagining dentures of the past. You know, the kind that would slip and click when people tried to talk, the kind that looked fake and people would often take out as soon as they got home. The kind that, sadly, some dentists still sell because they are cheap and most people don’t know the difference.
But dentures don’t have to be like that anymore. You may not believe it, but tremendous technological improvements in dentistry allow us to make dentures better than ever. Here are the technologies that have transformed dentures.
Many people think that dental implants are an alternative to dentures, but the truth is that the two technologies are complementary. Dental implants can be used to secure your dentures, making them as secure as your natural teeth. You will be able to eat all your favorite foods and won’t have to worry about your teeth falling out in public.
Better Materials for Teeth
In the past, and even today, many dentures are made with plastic teeth. The same material was used for the base and the teeth, it’s just colored differently. And when porcelain teeth were used, they were fragile and prone to breaking.
But today we have access to advanced ceramics that are both attractive and durable. These denture teeth can look just like natural teeth–the same coloration and translucency. And they are also strong like natural teeth, so you don’t have to worry that eating tough foods will wear down your dentures.
Advances in Aesthetic Understanding
Dentures can look a lot better today too because we’ve reached a better understanding of what makes a smile attractive. In the past, cosmetic dentistry focused on making things perfect, using mathematical ratios to precisely define everything.
But now we understand that much of what makes a smile attractive is its uniqueness, and we differentiate your dentures so they are personal and individual.
Better Techniques for Base
But it’s not just denture teeth that have improved in appearance. We now have access to better manufacturing techniques for the denture base so that it doesn’t just look like flat plastic. Instead, it has texture and depth more like the appearance of natural gum tissue. And we have access to a wider range of colors so you can get dentures that are a better match for your natural gums.
But perhaps the most important discovery, the one that makes FOY Dentures ® so remarkable, is neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry doesn’t look just at the teeth and gums, but considers the entire jaw system as an interrelated whole. It allows us to understand how joints, nerves, and muscles are impacted by your teeth, and how important it is that your dentures restore your jaw to its natural position to restore healthy and comfortable function.
And when we restore your jaw to its natural position, a remarkable thing happens: the sagging and folding skin that makes jowls, deep wrinkles, and turkey neck become tighter and less pronounced. You can look years younger.