Notable people who wore dentures
Dentures can be expensive, even a set of used dentures. The dentures of the late Winston Churchill sold at auction for the sum of $24,000. Many Americans are aware that George Washington wore dentures; however, the supposition that they were made of wood is a bit of a fable. Scientific evidence discovered that the dentures were actually a compilation of materials such as gold, ivory, and animal teeth. It is believed that President Washington started to lose teeth in his early 20s. This also demonstrates the reality that even in the 1700s the look of a smile was quite important. Another notable person who wore dentures was Hollywood leading man, Clark Gable.
We rarely think of people of notoriety wearing dentures, and it can be unglamorous to think of them experiencing the same inconveniences of every other denture wearer. However, the fact is that the drawbacks of wearing dentures are universal. Although modern dentistry has developed remarkable materials to construct dentures, it has failed to eliminate many of the disadvantages that are commonly associated with dentures. Patients who are considering dentures for the replacement of missing teeth should be concerned about some of the drawbacks of wearing dentures.
When the teeth are missing from the jaw, the shape of the jaw and mouth constantly changes. This means that periodically, there will be the added expense of refitting or replacing dentures so they can fit better. Even with denture adhesive, slipping and movement of dentures is always a cause of anxiety or embarrassment. Then there is the pain associated with dentures that do not fit properly or false teeth that are made with cheap materials. Talking and singing can be difficult or unnatural at times, and there are certain foods that you will never attempt to eat in public. Dentures must be removed and cleaned regularly to avoid infections or disease, including bad breath, and cleaning dentures is always time consuming and cumbersome.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement
If the famous people of history had a choice between dentures and dental implants, they probably would make the same choice as many dental patients of today by choosing dental implants over dentures. Dental implants are surgically placed by a cosmetic dentist. They actually perform just like our natural teeth because they are permanently implanted into the jawbone. The crown (the visible part) of the tooth is skillfully crafted and is a perfect match to healthy natural teeth. The process is surgical, and a cosmetic dentist can help determine if dental implants are your ideal option. Once in place, they will last for decades or even a lifetime.
Alternative to dentures in North Carolina
The Ballantyne Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, helps thousands of patients who have lost one tooth or numerous teeth. Some of the patients who are facing a lifetime of wearing uncomfortable and unsightly dentures are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth. In most of these cases, dental implants provide an excellent solution because implants are durable and will often last decades, providing a strong foundation for a beautiful smile. Implants are as durable as natural teeth, allowing patients to eat any food confidently. Call the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry today for a free consultation. Tell them that you want to know more about dental implants as an alternative to dentures.