With continuing advancements in both technology and techniques false teeth have become an irreplaceable staple for our aging population. Although they have been around for centuries their functionality and durability has only dramatically improved in the last few decades. Fake teeth come in two basics types, maxillary which replace the upper teeth, and mandibular which replace the lower. Styles include permanent implanted dentures or the standard removable, full and partial sets are also available.
For centuries dentures were made of wood or precious metals, both having obvious drawbacks and limited functionality. Sometime in the 18th century the first step forward took place with the introduction of ivory teeth that had improved durability. Shortly thereafter came porcelain paste dentures which were another step forward finally culminateing in modern acrylic models.
Complete sets are most often used when there has been severe damage to the majority upper or lower teeth. A full set has the advantage of being highly stable and all options including implantation are available. Until recently it was not uncommon for seniors to have few if any original teeth remaining and a full set of dentures was a substantial quality of life upgrade.
Improved techniques and a desire to save natural teeth have eliminated the practice of removing otherwise health teeth to facilitate the implantation of dentures.
The Cost of False Teeth
Costs will always vary and is usually dependent on configuration and quality of materials used, hence it is very difficult to estimate how much a particular set or procedure will cost. Remember that if you need to have teeth removed the extractions will incur a fee. Models which come with a warranty are more expensive than the basic variety as are models with jaw bone implants. In the United Kingdom a NHS (National Health Service) Dentist will provide the baseline services for a government mandated fee of £204.00 while a private dentist is likely to charge upwards of £500 ($750). In the United States, the cost is likely to exceed $1000 however procedures done in the U.S. use more likely to use advanced materials and equipment.
Modern false teeth are usually made from a model of the patients bite known as a dental impression. Acrylic teeth can be highly customized in terms of shape and color to match a patients existing natural teeth. Once fitted and implanted dentures require regular adjustments and modifications to best results. Due to the complicated nature of this entire process a general dental practitioner will often refer patients to an orthodontist who specializes in dental prosthetics.
Cosmetic Fake Teeth
Using cosmetic false teeth is quick and simple way to improve ones appearance. The return to a feeling of mormalcy usually coinside with an increased sense of self esteem and self worth. Although not a formally recognized specialty by the American Dental Association, cosmetic dentistry is an art form unto itself.
What differentiates cosmetic dentistry from its general counterpart is an eye towards art and beauty and not just functionality. The time and effort put into making the patients dental work usually has added costs as well as the advanced materials generally used.
It is not uncommon for a patient to desire a complete set of cosmetic dentures even though they still have healthy teeth remaining. This request comes from an opinion that the new teeth will look better and be more easily maintained. This practice is not generally accepted amongst ethical dentists as they feel a need to first ‘do no harm’. Also complete sets of implanted teeth can come with a sense of a loss of humanity and unnaturalness, which the patient usually did not bargain for.
Although it is reassuring to know these procedures exist if required it is still the case that prevention is better than the cure.
An Introduction To Dentures
Dentures are replacements for missing or broken natural teeth. Although the current trend is moving into greater attention to detail in regards to aesthetics it is important to remember their true purpose, to facilitate speech and restore chewing functionality. Furthermore, false teeth distribute the force of biting on food to help keep natural teeth in position and maintain the shape of your face.