How Have Dentures Evolved?

A white-haired senior couple wearing dentures smiles as they embrace

Since ancient times, humans have created oral devices to treat missing teeth. Today, we want to take a closer look at how advances in dentistry have helped refine dentures through the years.

Early Beginnings

The first record of humans wearing dentures come to us from the Etruscans around 700 BC. At the time, these prosthetic dental devices were made out of human and animal teeth. For centuries after, this was the norm until dentist began to turn to other materials. It wasn’t until 1770 that the first porcelain dentures appeared, invented by Alexis Duchateu.

Sugar Consumption & Tooth Loss

Demand for dentures further increased once humans began consuming more sugar during industrialization. Because a diet high in sugar increases the risk for tooth decay and tooth loss, a higher percentage of the population had missing teeth. Even George Washington, our beloved first president, was afflicted by dental problems. Although many believe he used false wooden teeth, his high-end dentures were actually made from ivory, metal alloys, and human and horse teeth.


As dentistry modernized, so did dentures, and now they are generally made from plastic, acrylic resin, or metal. These versatile materials allow us to custom-create a partial or full set to fit a patient’s mouth. Even better, modern dentures look natural and are comfortable to use when eating and talking. If you or a loved one is missing multiple teeth, this terrific restorative dentistry treatment may be just the ticket!

Restore Your Smile at Toothology Dental!

To determine whether dentures, or another tooth replacement option like dental implants, would be a good fit to restore your smile, schedule a consultation here at our Scottsdale dental office. Our Toothology Dental team will examine your mouth, consider your dental history, and talk about your goals for your oral health. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best! To learn more or to schedule your next visit, contact us today.

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