Now that we have reached a century since the bloody conflict of World War I, countries feel like it is time to resolve all the remaining loose ends in an attempt to put history well and firmly in the past. In the US, for example, President Barack Obama last week honored two soldiers that many say were long overdue for recognition. Private Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin had acted valiantly during the war but had not been recognized for their bravery until now, when they were posthumously awarded Medals of Honor.

Meanwhile in Britain, there’s an organization with an even more ambitious goal: to identify as many soldiers as possible who had been lost in the war and organize burials for the families, if any. This organization, the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), is leaning heavily on artifacts with identifying marks to decipher the identities of lost soldiers. That’s why, when they found dentures with letters on them spelling a name, they appealed to the British Dental Association (BDA) for help.

Innovative Dentures (for Their Day)

The BDA examined the dentures, which were an upper denture made of vulcanite with porcelain teeth —  just the kind of denture the US wanted to avoid sending its troops into battle with. The letters on the denture spelled out “Rauhe.” The JCCC suspected this might refer to the civilian dentist or technician who had made the dentures or, if they were really lucky, the soldier who had worn them.

But there was no such luck. Instead, Rauhe was a trademark for a particular innovation that distinguished this denture. To help the denture stay in place, the denture was fitted with a round rubber suction cup, similar to the kind you might use to stick a sign or decoration to a window.

Traditional upper dentures are held in place mostly by suction. Although they were reasonable, vulcanite dentures often didn’t create a good seal with the roof of the mouth, which meant they didn’t get the suction they needed to hold on. The suction cup helped overcome this problem.

Truly Innovative Dentures Today

The suction method of holding dentures in place has its benefits, but also its limitations. If you are looking for the best way to truly secure your dentures, implant dentures work well.

By anchoring your dentures in the bones, implant dentures ensure that your dentures remain in place. They also help you get better bite force than you can get without implants.

If you are interested in dentures that don’t rely on centuries-old technology to stay in your mouth, we can help. Please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC denture dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.