What Dentures Would George Washington Get?

Feb. 20 is Presidents Day. This holiday started as a commemoration of the birthday of our country’s first President, George Washington. He was known for many things, including having false teeth.

This begs the question: If Washington were alive today, what kind of dentures would he have?

We know what we would recommend if he walked into our dentist office in Fredericksburg, VA. It’s the same thing we recommend for anyone looking for teeth replacements — implant-supported dentures.

Drs. Lloyd F. Moss Jr. & Lloyd F. Moss III know that dental implants make a big difference in the benefits you get from having dentures. These are benefits we know our first president and you would appreciate.

To learn more about implant-supported dentures, make an appointment online or call 540-373-2080.


Better Materials, Similar Problems

The website for Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate, includes a page dedicated to his dental health issues.

Many people believe that Washington had wooden teeth. This isn’t actually true. Washington’s oral health problems started in his 20s, and he actually had several sets of dentures during his lifetime.

Various materials were used for different ones. They were made of bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and gold metal wire.

Modern dentures are made of resin and porcelain so they look more natural. Yet, Washington complained of problems that may be familiar to modern denture wearers, such as pain while eating and changes to the appearance of his face.

In the more than 200 years since Washington’s death, dentistry has gone through remarkable changes. One of those changes occurred about 50 years ago with the placement of the first set of dental implants.

That development led to more improvements, which is why implant-supported dentures are our preferred teeth replacement option for all our patients.

Feel free to call 540-373-2080 to schedule a consultation with our dentists if you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA, if you have any questions about dental implants.


Your Jaw And Your Dentures

If you have dentures or know someone with dentures, then you are familiar with the issues that come up. Your dentures can slip out of place when you are speaking and when you are eating.

And if you’ve had your dentures for any significant amount of time, those problems may occur more frequently than they once did.

There’s a reason for that. Without your real teeth, your jawbone is starting to shrink.

This goes back to your roots — or rather, the roots you once had.

Roots act as anchors, holding your natural teeth in place. They also helped to preserve the health of your jaw.

When people with teeth bite or chew, their roots push into their jawbone. The jaw responds to this pressure by making new bone tissue. This new tissue is essential to jaw health since it replaces old tissue that is reabsorbed by the bone.

Without roots, your jawbone does not get the pressure it needs. The end result is your jaw shrinks as the old tissue is reabsorbed because there is no new tissue to replace it.

This causes a chain reaction of sorts. Your jaw shrinks. The shape of your mouth changes. Your dentures start to feel looser, less stable, and less comfortable with time.


Dental Implants Can Protect Your Jaw (And More)

Dental implants are designed to prevent the problems described above.

Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. Like roots, they are anchored into your jawbone. For someone with dentures, a series of implants provides a stable and secure foundation to hold your dentures in place.

This also creates a direct connection between your dentures and your jawbone. This allows you to generate more power in your bite. This makes it much easier to eat practically any food that you want to eat, instead of the foods you are limited to eating with traditional dentures.

This also means your dental implants are pressing into your jawbone like your roots once did. This may not replace bone tissue you’ve already lost, but it can prevent continued bone loss.

With implant-supported dentures, you can have something that George Washington never did. You can have a comfortable, stable, and secure set of dentures that can last the rest of your life with proper care.


How To Get Your Dental Implants

The first step is scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists in Fredericksburg. Dr. Lloyd Moss Jr. and Dr. Lloyd Moss III can examine your mouth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures.

Call 540-373-2080 or contact us online to make your appointment.