February 15, 2017
Presidents Day is coming up soon, and we can’t help wondering what George Washington would think of today’s tooth replacements.
Dental implant-supported dentures are several steps beyond what our first President had available at his time. (And in spite what you may have heard, his false teeth were not made of wood.)
Dental implants have been a huge improvement in restorative dentistry, and today, we are happy that we can provide them at our Boynton Beach, FL, dentist office. If you need dentures or you are ready to upgrade the dentures you already have, contact us.
Now, let’s discuss three reasons that dental implants can make your dentures better.
Let’s revisit George Washington’s life for a moment. According to mountvernon.org, he had poor dental health starting in his twenties.
With tooth decay and tooth loss, he eventually received dentures made of ivory. By the time he became President, he had a set that was made of human teeth place into hippopotamus ivory.
According to his own writings, he found his dentures painful, which is something even modern denture wearers experience.
Part of the reason for this is dentures rest over your gums. Denture adhesives can provide some mild and temporary security, but it’s not like you can eat whatever you want.
Studies have shown that people with dentures can get back up to 25 percent of their original bite force. That’s better than nothing, but it’s nowhere near the power of the bite of a person with all of his or her teeth.
On the other hand, people with dental implants to secure their dentures in place have been able to regain most of their original biting power. As a result, people with dental implants can eat whatever they want.
They don’t worry about their replacement teeth coming loose, and they don’t experience the discomfort that President Washington and many modern denture wearers experience.
If you would like to eat comfortably again, then it may be a good time to call Dr. Rosenblatt at 561-877-3802.
Speak With Confidence
We don’t have any recordings of President Washington, but knowing what we do about modern dentures, we can only assume he has similar issues to today’s denture wearers.
We probably don’t think of any president dealing with his dentures coming loose in the middle of a speech or during a cabinet meeting on important issues. But knowing that Washington had dentures, it’s likely that did happen to him from time to time.
At our dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL, we’ve heard from more than one patient who has felt embarrassed or frustrated when his or her dentures came loose while he or she was talking.
It doesn’t matter if this occurs during a speech in front of a roomful of people or a private conversation. When your teeth slip out of place, it can be discouraging when it interferes with what you are trying to say.
Dental implants are placed directly in your jaw. This lets them serve as an anchor to keep your dentures secure and stable.
Dr. Rosenblatt will be happy to discuss how implants can give you more confidence that you can speak freely without losing your dentures.
Keep Your Jaw Healthy
Jaw health is probably not the first thing you thought about when you decided to get dentures. It’s understandable that you would want your smile to look somewhat normal and that you would want to be able to eat.
Your jaw plays an important role in both of those things. Traditional dentures are made to fit in your mouth. At first, this is usually OK. The dentures are molded to fit your gums, so they feel somewhat comfortable.
With time, however, your jaw begins to shrink. That changes the shape of your mouth, which means your dentures no longer fit as well as they should. This makes them less comfortable and more likely to slip out of position or even fall out.
This is why denture wearers often need to have dentures refitted or replaced from time to time.
Your jaw will shrink because nothing is stimulating your jaw. A person with teeth has roots, which press into your jawbone with every bite and chew. That pressure causes a reaction in which your jawbone creates new bone tissue.
Dental implants can do something similar. Implants are embedded in your jaw. When your dentures are attached to the implants, you are now pushing the implants into your jaw. As a result, your jaw continues to make new bone tissue, which prevents shrinking and the problems that come with it.
If you want your dentures to be more like real teeth replacements, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenblatt. You can call 561-877-3802 or contact us online to make your appointment.