The History of Dentures

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The History of Dentures

With all the advances in cosmetic dentistry, Boca Raton dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian can offer patients a variety of options when it comes to improving a smile or replacing missing teeth. One of the most familiar is, of course, dentures. 

While the materials and tools used to make dentures have changed over the years, the basic concept is the same. It’s a way to replace missing teeth. You can have dentures made that replace all your teeth or that fill in spaces where you have lost teeth. Today’s dentures are made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. 

The First Dentures

You have to love the folks at Dental Products Report, who offer up what they consider to be the fascinating history of dentures. We might not go so far as to call it “fascinating” but there are some interesting tidbits that you might be able to make use of if dental history ever comes up as a topic on trivia night. 

For example, did you know that the first dentures were made more than a thousand years ago? “Dentures trace their roots back to around 700 BC when the Etruscans of ancient, northern Italy made the first false teeth out of human or animal teeth. These were not long-lasting appliances, however. They quickly deteriorated, but were easy enough to produce and remained the standard until the 1700s.”

(We are not going to ask what kind of animal teeth they used! We’re having a hard-enough time with the idea of having someone else’s teeth in your mouth. And can you imagine going a thousand years without any advances in the technology? Some of us can’t wait much more than a single year to update our phones!)

In the 18th century, denture making improved dramatically with the use of ivory obtained from elephants, walrus and even hippos.

If you think dentures might be in your future, contact HAB Dental. We would be happy to discuss the options with you at either or Boynton Beach dental office or, if more convenient, our dental clinic in Boca Raton.

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