When George Washington took office, he only had one single tooth—a premolar. “He began losing teeth as early as his twenties, and was eventually forced to wear several sets of unsightly and painful dentures.” The dentures he wore were made of several materials: the teeth of horses, donkeys, cows, and humans, all mounted on lead “gums.” There is no evidence to suggest that his teeth, nor those of anyone else in that time, were ever made of wood.

Conventional or Immediate Dentures

Dentistry has come a long way since George’s time in office.  The pain has been virtually eliminated.  The materials used are stronger and healthier.  The can be “conventional” or “immediate”.  A conventional denture must allow for healing of the gingival tissues.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture or “partial” usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.  Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable.  This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Are There Alternatives to Dentures?

Yes, dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult with Dr. Anthony Pasquale at Northwood Family Dental Center about what procedure will be right for you.