George Washington’s wooden teeth never were. Apparently, the father of the country’s ivory teeth had natural fractures that worsened over time. Combined with Washington’s fondness for wine, you can see how false teeth made from hippo ivory and bone might start to resemble dark, lined wood. Today’s dentures-wearers don’t have to worry about materials that break down, don’t look natural, or worse yet are downright dangerous (it’s been said parts of Washington’s dentures contained lead). Porcelain dentures in Sterling Heights are sought-after for some of the same qualities that make it the material of choice for enduring ancient bowls and vases: toughness and translucence.
Modern dentures are also made from various types of flexible materials, a departure from the rigid plastics used in dentures of yesteryear.
After examining your mouth and discussing the options, porcelain may be chosen due to its:
- Resemblance to natural enamel, a lifelike appearance due to how this glass-like ceramic reflects light.
- There may be a short adaptation period with your dentures, as you get used to having new teeth. With porcelain, that adaptation may be abbreviated. Since the material feels so similar to natural teeth, before long you’ll forget they’re even in your mouth!
- Hardening porcelain requires a special heating process that also results in considerable strength and durability. If ancient porcelain cookware survives, your dentures are sure to last.
Just because today’s materials are hard to beat, doesn’t mean your new teeth and mouth don’t deserve the best care possible. It’s important to brush the inside of your mouth, including your tongue and gums, every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. By brushing before you put in your dentures, you stimulate the healthy tissue circulation that helps to remove sticky and disease-promoting plaque. Take care of your dentures and maintain visits with Drs. Pepa and Rosner as recommended, and your dentures will stay as strong and look as lovely as the day you got them! Call LaserDentalAssociates.com at 586-257-2081.