A Brief History of Dentures – La Cañada Flintridge, CA

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False teeth. Probably most of you would think of your grandparent’s scary-looking dentures. While it is true, did you know that dentures before were not artificial teeth? Some teeth replacement came from animals, and others are real teeth from humans too! As time passes, technology had significantly improved which provided both dentists and patients with more teeth replacement options.

One of the significant breakthroughs in the field of dentistry is dentures. These are oral prosthetic appliances made to replace missing or lost teeth. Wearing dentures comes with many benefits such as an improved smile, enhanced look, and better teeth functionality. For these reasons, we at Flintridge Dental Studio offer Denture Stabilization or Fixed Dentures to restore our patients’ smiles and boost their confidence too!




How did dentures start? Dentures did not just emerge out of the blue; it sure has a story to tell. To know more about dentures and better understand the dental appliance, a brief history would help.

Human teeth as dentures

The Etruscans, way back in 700 BCE were able to create the first known dentures using human or animal teeth. These teeth then were attached to a band of gold and metal pins to replace the missing teeth. However, the wealthy and powerful people were the only ones who can afford the expensive dentures before.

Wooden dentures

The oldest known set of complete dentures were made out of wood from the “Japanese Box” tree. History believed that the Japanese made the prosthesis for their priestess, Nakaoka Tei.

The use of ivory

In the 1700s, hippopotamus, walrus and elephant ivory became a popular material to make dentures and replace full sets of teeth. However, it did not last that long because ivories became stained and emitted foul smell over time. It was also uncomfortable to use and too expensive for many.

Discovery of vulcanite

During the 1840’s and 1850’s, the Goodyear family invented a hardened rubber called vulcanite. It provided an ideal base solution for dentures and way cheaper than other options. Because vulcanite is made of rubber, the material can be easily molded to match a person’s gums and provide a good fit as the material hardens.

Latest technology

Discoveries and innovations continued until today. Dentists were able to develop new techniques, materials, and tools to improve dentures. In the 20th century, dentists used acrylic resin and other types of plastic to provide patients with better teeth replacement options.

Dentures at Flintridge Dental Studio

Denture stabilization and fixed dentures provide patients an opportunity to restore their smile and replace missing teeth without having to worry of slippage or fall-outs. These procedures also offer a natural looking teeth restoration to patients.


If you’re wearing dentures now and you’re not entirely comfortable with them, contact us. We can discuss our Denture Services in La Cañada Flintridge, CA. At Flintridge Dental Studio, we make sure that our patients get the best possible solutions for their missing teeth.