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The Evolution of Dentures

February 18, 2017
Posted By: Nick Schulte, DDS
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Dentures have always been a staple in dentistry for replacing teeth and restoring smiles. Did you know that some of the earliest dentures date back to 700 BC when Etruscans used human and animal teeth to make replacement teeth in Northern Italy?

We've always been creative about how we restore our teeth, and that's never been more clear than in the evolution of dentures.

Early Tooth Decay and Loss

Tooth loss and the need for replacement became more prevalent in the 18th century when sugar entered our diets. In the 1700s, ivory was the material of choice for making dentures. Animal ivory from elephants, walruses, and hippopotamuses was used to fabricate the base of the denture while the teeth were often taken from human corpses.

It was around 1775 that the first porcelain dentures were created; however, they appeared too white in the beginning. It wasn't until the 20th century that acrylic resin and other plastics finally took over as the material of choice for dentures.

Dentures Today

Modern dentures take into consideration your facial structure and skin tone for a natural-looking and esthetically pleasing option for replacing an entire arch of teeth. Many patients feel that their dentures actually remove years from their appearance.

Today's dentures are much more comfortable to wear and can even be supported with dental implants for a more secure and stable fit. A few implants are strategically placed into your bone during surgery, and our doctors customize your denture to snap into these implants for a fit that guarantees there will be no movement or slippage when you talk or eat. Dental implants offer another benefit by keeping your bone healthy. Protecting your bone helps ensure the longevity of your denture.

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