What Did Dentures First Look Like?
Remember hearing about George Washington and his wooden choppers? Not his tools for cutting down cherry trees, but his false teeth.
Actually, George’s teeth were made of ivory but were so stained that they appeared to be made out of wood. You might think those were the earliest dentures. In fact, the history of false teeth goes back centuries before President Washington.
Dentures in Ancient Times
The earliest known dentures consisted of human or animal teeth tied together with wires. Examples of such dentures have been found in Egyptian and Mexican archaeological sites. Other ancient peoples use carved stones and shells to replace lost teeth. These early dentures were probably made for cosmetic purposes. The materials they used were not likely to stand up to the pressure placed on teeth during eating.
The earliest surviving set of complete dentures were actually made of wood. They were found in Japan and fate back to the 16th century.
Human and animal teeth continued to be popular materials for dentures until the 20th century in some parts of the world. The difficulty obtaining healthy teeth led dentist to search for other substances.
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