No matter why you have to have your teeth pulled, you have more options than just traditional dentures. Have you ever heard of dental implants? Dental implants basically replace the bad tooth with an artificial tooth. It’s the same idea as dentures but with dental implants you have the teeth permanently secured into your mouth and you can treat them just as you would your old teeth. Dental implants are typically used to replace single teeth or multiple teeth, if you really wanted you could have your entire mouth done. But typically people will use dental implants for single teeth that need replaced.
Dental implants can be traced back hundreds if not thousands of years ago, back to the Mayans in 600 A.D. Ancient skulls have been found with teeth that have been replaced by other items which were used during that time period as implants. Today, technology has advanced so much we no longer use things such as stones, jade or seashells for our dental implants.
As time went on and dental implants advanced more they have gone from a “one size fits all” design to a more individual design. The dental implants of today can be sized and shaped to fit your individual mouth and space. Each implant has a roughened finish, caused by sandblasting and acid etching — this rough finish helps to increase the surface area that the bone can attach to, forming a better and more secure fit.
The best way to ensure your natural teeth and dental health is practicing proper dental hygiene and healthy eating — however, if you do ever need to have teeth removed you are more options than just old fashioned dentures.