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Fake Teeth

Fake teeth also known as false teeth or dentures are found to date back to the year, 700 BC. False teeth were carved out of ivory and bone and then held in place with a gold bridgework. With gaps in her smile, Queen Elizabeth I, filled these gaps with cloth. Though it seems that this was a lost practice, fake teeth reappeared in the early 1800's. Soon fake teeth again were hand carved and silk thread was used to tie them into place. As people were losing more and more teeth, there was nothing to tie these fake teeth too, so the invention of dentures was nearing. The wealthy had full sets of fake teeth made from silver, agate, mother of pearl or gold, but these full sets must be removed to eat.

We've come a long way since then. Now most any dentist can provide one fake tooth or a full set of fake teeth that can be left in while eating and only taken out at night for cleaning. When only one fake tooth is made, or up to several fake teeth, this is known as partial dentures. These partial fake teeth will be fastened to the existing teeth. A full set of fake teeth will fit into a patientís mouth and adhere with suction. For those whose dentures do not fit well, they can use a denture cream that will help them adhere better.

Many people seek out fake teeth to help with appearance, speaking, and eating. A beautiful and healthy looking smile will do wonders on how others view you. The appearance of someone with a full set of teeth can build your confidence and even help you to obtain a job. An added benefit of partial fake teeth is that they will keep remaining teeth from movement. If no denture is worn, holding the remaining teeth in place, these teeth can drift and even cause these teeth to become loose and fall out. If you are seeking a full set of teeth, whether a whole set or partial dentures, make an appointment with your dentist to see which will work best for you.