By Total Dental Care
December 22, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Find out how much you truly know about dentures in Pekin.

While dentures in Pekin have been around for a while, you may be surprised to find out that there is more than meets the eye with this oral prosthetic. In fact, it has a rather long and fascinating life story that any history buff or trivia wiz would love to know.Dentures

Did you know?

  • Around 700 BC the Etruscans made their dentures from human or animal teeth. This way of designing dentures might seem rather primitive but this method actually remained popular until the mid 19th century!
  • We’ve been told since childhood that the dentures of the first US President, George Washington, were made from wood; however, this is purely false! In fact, Washington donned some of the best false teeth at that time including dentures made from hippopotamus ivory and even human teeth.
  • In 1774, Alexis Duchâteau created the first porcelain dentures; however, they weren’t particularly strong. In fact, the porcelain made them more likely to chip and break and the porcelain was so white that it didn’t look natural. Luckily dentures have certainly become more resilient and strong over the centuries.
  • In the 18th century, dentures were sometimes referred to as “Waterloo teeth”. These dentures were designed using real human teeth removed from soldiers who died during the Battle of Waterloo. However, dentists weren’t always the ones that designed these prosthetics. Most early dentures were created by a craftsman, so they didn’t offer the same ideal fit that dentures do today.

From these fun little facts alone we can tell that dentures have certainly come a long way. Now dentures are a reliable and fast way to get back your smile. With the proper care dentures can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

If you’re interested in finding out if dentures are right for you, then call us today to schedule your dental exam and consultation. Let’s get you a full, beautiful smile once more!

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