Dentistry may be a modern branch of medical science, but dentures are not. Now scientists are finding evidence that dentures may have been used by ancient man also.
In one of the recent archaeological discoveries made in Mexico, they discovered the skeleton that is 4,500 years old had teeth made of ceramic.Today, dentures or false teeth are made of different materials like rubber, plastic, ceramic, porcelain and also gold.
In the past, there is evidence that false teeth were made out of ivory. Ivory is the closest in resemblance to the human teeth by color and also texture. Also, ivory can last very long.
Evidence of dentures was found in the Roman civilization which dated back to 700 B.C. Having tooth problems is not new, and as long as humans have had teeth, they have had problems. Some reports show that during the Napoleonic wars, soldiers pulled out their teeth using pliers when they were hurting. They used porcelain instead to fill the gap caused by the pulled tooth. Porcelain appears to be the best replacement material in modern dentistry due to its longevity, and also cost effectiveness. In addition, porcelain can be made to look any shade of white. In historic times porcelain teeth were very expensive and out of reach of the common man. It was the choice of the wealthy. One problem with porcelain was that it chipped easily. Also, it looked too white, and could look artificial.
Now dentists have found other alternatives to work with porcelain so that it appears more natural, just like natural teeth.
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