Dentures: Know How It All Started

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It is the goal of every dentist to help patients keep their smiles for life. However, due to some factors, some people can still lose their teeth. Although some of the causes of tooth loss are quite inevitable like old age, most can be avoided. Fortunately, with the level of dentistry services that are being offered, it is now possible to regain the structures that were once lost. One restorative option, in the form of dentures, has been serving as the ideal solution for many years.


At Besho Dental Arts by Revolutionary Dental, we offer the traditional type of removable dentures either full or partial and also the fixed type supported by dental implants. Our dentist would consider the condition of the patient as well as their preferences before providing them with the best denture choice.

History of Dentures

Imagine the time when modern dentures were not yet discovered. How did the edentulous patients handle tooth loss? Here is a brief history of how it all started.

  • What made way for the development of dentures was the change in people’s diet. It was in the 18th century when tooth decay became prevalent due to sugar.
  • In northern Italy, Etruscans made false teeth out of real human and animal teeth. These materials remained popular from 700BC until the 1800s even though they deteriorate fast. To bind the teeth together, they used gold wires and bands.
  • The first denture made of wood was recorded in the 16th century from Japan and was used until the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In an attempt to make dentures more durable, continuous experimentations were performed. In the 18th century, human and animal teeth were attached to carved ivory.
  • Probably one of the most famous people who wore dentures was the first president of the United States, George Washington. It was believed that his oral appliance was made from wood. But the truth is, the denture he wore was made with ivory from elephant and hippo, rivets, springs, gold, and real human teeth.
  • The first-ever porcelain denture was made in 1770 by Alexis Duchâteau when he was seeking a more durable material for dentures. Duchâteau then collaborated with a dentist named Nicholas Dubois De Chemant when they created a stronger porcelain denture which was patented in the year 1791.
  • As the years went by, many materials were used like vulcanite, celluloid, and bakelite.
  • It was in 1938 when polymethylmethacrylate or acrylic resin became the ideal material for dentures. With it being non-toxic, hard, translucent, and easily repaired, it is still used today for modern dentures.

Let us help you improve the appearance and form of your smile! Book your appointment with us at Besho Dental Arts by Revolutionary Dental for your Dentures in East Brunswick, NJ. We are located at Brier Hill Court E7, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.