Texarkana, Arkansas
312 Arkansas Blvd
Texarkana, AR 71854
(870) 772-1374

Why the History of Dentures Is More Interesting Than You Might Guess October 12, 2017

Texarkana, Miller
Why the History of Dentures Is More Interesting Than You Might Guess, Texarkana, Arkansas

Dentures have literally been around for over a thousand years. However, the options available centuries ago don’t quite resemble the innovative types your dentist can offer you today.

Still, it’s interesting to learn how this treatment option has developed over time. The history of dentures is a microcosm for the history of dental treatment in general: It’s always been necessary, but it’s also always improving.

What You Should Know About the History of Dentures

Early Days

Most experts agree the 7th-century BCE Etruscans were the first people to make wide use of dentures. They typically made theirs with human or animal teeth, using gold bands to keep them fastened together. By the 5th century BCE, the Romans had begun doing the same.

Dentures Texarkana ARIt wasn’t until the 16th century CE that people began to use wood instead of teeth to make dentures. The Japanese would create an impression in a person’s mouth with soft beeswax, then insert carefully crafted false teeth. Although they first used wood, they would later incorporate more durable materials, like ivory or animal horn. Over the next 200 years, wood and similar materials were used to make dentures throughout the world.

Recent Innovations

The false teeth dentists offer today are usually made with acrylic plastics and metals. This only became common in the 20th century, when improved manufacturing methods facilitated the use of such materials. 

While the false teeth of the past were primarily functional, bearing little resemblance to actual teeth, today’s dentures look and function like a normal set of teeth. They support the jawbone, allow for comfortable chewing, and restore a patient’s smile.


If you need a set of dentures, schedule an appointment at the office of Randall A. Ellis, DDS, offering family dentistry services in the Texarkana, AR, area. This team of professionals will gladly explain the various options you may choose from. Contact them online for more information, or call (870) 772-1374.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Randall A. Ellis DDS
Discover the Fascinating History of Dental Implants, Texarkana, Arkansas
Dental implants are a viable alternative for teeth that are missing or damaged. At the office of Randall A. Ellis, DDS, they use the latest technology to place implants for...read more
The Life Span of Dental Crowns & When to Replace Them, Texarkana, Arkansas
Crowns have been used for years to treat dental issues and improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Randall A. Ellis, DDS in Texarkana, AR, has realized over the years that while ...read more
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? , Texarkana, Arkansas
Accidents can happen. When you injure your mouth or are experiencing severe oral symptoms, it’s important to be able to identify the cause and if it requires immediate medical attent...read more
3 Situations That Call for a Dental Bridge , Texarkana, Arkansas
If you've lost one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge. This tooth prosthetic is designed to fill in the gap left behind by missing teeth, allowing you to eat m...read more