For most people, hearing the words ‘false teeth’ will only make them think of dentures. In fact, false teeth have many, varied uses other than just in sets of dentures. They also have a very interesting history as human beings have long recognised that a full set of teeth, even if some of them are false, is a much better way to live.
Early human beings used to use animal teeth or bones or even small bits of wood or rock in order to replace teeth that had been lost. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that false teeth were able to be produced on something like a mass scale and then their uses began to multiply. Dentists began to mount them on platforms in early versions of what we would now know as dentures.
False teeth are also still used by dentists on individual bases too. They are a vital part of dental implants because it is a false tooth that has to be secured into the implant that has been placed beneath the gum and against the jaw bone. Dental bridges utilise false teeth too but instead of implanting a socket beneath the gum, dental bridges are when a false tooth is attached to the surrounding teeth.
Modern false teeth are extremely adaptable and dentists can adapt them to resemble the surrounding teeth so that the patient has all the aesthetic advantages of such a practice. They are also light weight, which is an important factor in their use in dental bridges and dentures too; no-one wants a set of dentures that is too heavy. Your Swindon dentist will be able to tell you all about the different uses of false teeth.