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A Brief History of Dentures

October 31, 2018
Posted By: Center For Progressive Dentistry
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Dentures are an excellent solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. You might be surprised to find that they date back to around 700BC when Etruscans crafted them out of human or animal teeth.

Dentures were on the rise as sugar entered into our diets causing tooth decay and loss. In the 1700's dentures were made of ivory, and even George Washington was a denture wearer, although his were not actually made of wood contrary to popular belief. They were crafted from ivory, human teeth, and animal teeth.

Around the year 1774, the first set of porcelain dentures were made, although porcelain tended to chip so human teeth were still widely used. Finally, in the 20th century, other plastics such as acrylic became the material of choice for dentures. The good news for denture wearers today is that modern appliances look natural as they're designed keeping your skin tone, age, and gender in mind.

Types of Modern Dentures

There are a few different types of dentures available depending on your needs.

  • Partial Dentures: These are an excellent option for patients who still retain a large number of healthy teeth but are missing multiple teeth. A partial uses prosthetic teeth placed on a removable appliance to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, much like a puzzle piece. 
  • Full Dentures: Made of acrylic and thoughtfully designed, these appliances replace either your upper or lower arch of teeth. They rely on secure fit and suction to stay in place.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants can be used to secure a denture, so you no longer have to rely on suction to hold your denture in place. Implants provide stability, so there is no slippage of your denture as you talk or eat.

Are you looking for dentures in Duxbury, MA? Not sure which type would best suit your needs? Contact your team at Center For Progressive Dentistry and schedule a consultation with Dr. David Scardella today.

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