People have been using a variety of materials for dentures for hundreds of years. Done In One™ Atlanta takes a brief look back into the history of these early forms of dental replacements. Learn about all the materials dentures have been made of (just in case you wanted to know)!
A SHORT HISTORY OF DENTURES
THE FIRST FALSE TEETH
There is some evidence of rudimentary dentures in many different cultures all around the world. In fact, it’s been discovered that ancient Egyptians would take human teeth and gold wire to fill in gaps made by missing teeth. And some ancient tribes in Mexico seem to have replaced lost teeth with those from animals, including wolves.
Japan has the claim to the oldest known pair of complete dentures, believed to have been crafted for the priestess Nakaoka Tei. The replacement teeth were created from a species of tree called Japanese Box, and are shaped similarly to modern dentures. Wood was used as a primary form of tooth replacement in Japan until the 1800s.