It is believed that the oldest set of dentures were found in Mexico and were estimated to be made around 2500B.C. These dentures may have been made with wolves’ teeth.
Porcelain wasn’t used until Alexis Duchateau and Nicholas Dubois De Chemant crafted a set in 1774 and dentists to this day are using porcelain as the most common substance in replacing teeth. But that’s only half the story, as the need for a base to hold these porcelain teeth has led to many attempts to find the perfect match for porcelain.
Life-Like Dentures needed life-like gums
The goal in all this research was, of course, to help those who had lost their teeth to be able to chew food. The need for life-like replacement teeth was solved when the dentists started using porcelain, but it wasn’t until the discovery of an acrylic resin, that could hold the teeth in place, that the industry had a real opportunity to go for a full natural look.
Before setting the porcelain in the acrylic base, which is still in use today, denture makers tried using vulcanite, which was a hardened rubber substance, aluminum, and celluloid. All these options had several flaws besides not being life-like.
Celluloid, for instance, had an odor and vulcanite was patented which made dentures too expensive. Eventually, the acrylic resin we now use was found. The resin has the same color as natural gums and none of the drawbacks of the other base materials.
Life-like dentures are available at Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental studio thanks to these years of experimentation and commitment of dental professionals through the years. Please call our office if you would like to see how natural our full set of dentures can be.