Ageing requires getting used to a body that slows down and occasionally has bits that stop working altogether. Part of that is tooth loss, although more these days due to them wearing out than decay. Teeth are also lost through grinding, infection, smoking, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related causes. Whatever the cause, the departure of these vital body parts is not to be sneezed at. Fortunately, dentistry sees continual advances in techniques and materials, and patients see the benefits of more options for replacing missing teeth with ones that more closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and in how they work.
Dentists throughout Scotland offer dentures but some have better ways of making them, so it’s worth finding one that offers really modern techniques and materials. In Edinburgh, dentures are available from dentists such as Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
What are Dentures in Edinburgh?
Dentures replace missing teeth and receding gums. Partial dentures replace just a few teeth, while complete, or full, dentures replace all the teeth. Dentures are removed at night to rest the gums, and for cleaning.
Dentures Then and Now
Dentures have a reputation for not being great, built up over the years when materials weren’t as good as they are today and the biology of the gums and jaw were less well understood. Old school dentures were pretty obviously not real: the gums were too pink, the teeth did not reflect the light properly, and were often too perfect in shape for older people. Along with this, dentures became the butt of many a joke for sliding around in their owners’ mouths, sometimes even popping out, as well as whistling, clicking and creating all sorts of problems with talking.
Nowadays, Edinburgh dentures technology has come on hugely, and they are no longer just another problem people just have to grin and bear in old age, but can be a great solution providing a healthy, problem-free mouth.
It is much more possible to recreate a natural smile with the new improved resins, which are materials used to custom-make artificial teeth for each patient. Technicians have become highly skilled in making false teeth and gums look real.