Unless you have dentures yourself, it’s likely that your understanding of dentures will be based on what we see of them in the media. Unfortunately, it seems like all we see of dentures in the media is slapstick comedy. Whether they’re represented as gross, ridiculous, or horrifying, there’s one thing that false teeth never are in the media: Realistic.
False Teeth as the Punchline
No matter the genre, medium, or generation, you’ve probably seen dentures featured in comedy.
In Pixar’s Up, 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson finds himself in hand-to-hand combat with Charles Muntz, 92. Since the fight scene is primarily comprised of jokes like Muntz throwing out his back mid-fight and Carl adjusting his cane to better use it as a blunt weapon, it should come as no surprise that a denture joke found its way in. When Muntz asks for Carl’s last words — “spit it out!” he urges — Carl does just that and spits his dentures into Muntz’s face.
Johnny Depp plays the title character in Ed Wood. When Ed wants to get a particularly annoying child off of his front porch, he whips out his partial dentures, thrusting them at the boy, who screams and runs away. “Lost my pearlies in the war,” Ed explains to a stunned Bela Lugosi.
The examples are all over television, too: Tom and Jerry use false teeth as castanets in one episode, and Sophia from Golden Girls once brags about running hers through the dishwasher. There’s even a well-known limerick about an elderly fellow named Keith who misplaces his false teeth and later finds them when he is “bitten beneath.”
The Real Trouble with Dentures
These jokes are all some extreme version of the real problems people have traditionally had with dentures. In the past, it was difficult to find dentures that were comfortable to wear, that looked as attractive as real teeth, that were easy to talk and eat with, and most of all, that would reliably stay in your mouth.
Luckily, dentures have come a long way, and your dentures don’t have to be accompanied by a laugh track! Exit denture comedy; enter the Denture Fountain of Youth®. FOY Dentures use neuromuscular dentistry to provide unmatched comfort, function, and appearance.
A neuromuscular dentist understands how the hard and soft tissues in your mouth work together. Using this understanding, your dentist will be able to measure your jaw and observe your muscles in motion to create a set of dentures that help your jaw keep the optimal position. This will not only make your dentures more comfortable and stable, but will also restore the proper proportions of your face and even reduce the appearance of sagging skin.
Whether it’s your first time getting dentures or you just want a better, more comfortable option, Dr. Paul Hahn and Dr. Adam Hahn of Smile Columbia Dentistry can ensure you have the best possible denture experience.
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