How the Technology of Dentures Has Advanced Over Time

How the Technology of Dentures Has Advanced Over Time

The following post explores the fascinating evolution of dentures throughout history. Starting with past early materials and their limitations to revolutionary advancements in modern denture materials, and digital dentures. Implant-supported dentures have transformed the denture-wearing experience, offering enhanced stability, comfort, and aesthetics. Can you imagine wearing dentures made of materials like animal teeth, human teeth, and ivory? Fortunately, nowadays the development of new materials such as acrylic, resin and nylon have revolutionized denture technology.

Dentures, the time-honored solution to tooth loss, have played a significant role in dental care throughout history. They have witnessed an incredible evolution and have transformed over the ages in what they are crafted with, how they were crafted, and how long they could be worn over time. The evolution of dentures exemplifies the relentless pursuit of enhancing oral health and the quality of life for millions worldwide. 


Dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Etruscans, early dentures were crafted from materials like animal teeth, human teeth, and ivory. While they served a functional purpose, these early dentures were far from perfect, often uncomfortable and prone to damage. Fast forward to the 18th and 19th centuries, where the advent of porcelain dentures marked a remarkable improvement in aesthetics but came with their own set of challenges. 

The 18th and 19th century dentures had a more natural appearance compared to earlier versions but they were fragile and were not adjustable to individual patients. The development of new materials such as acrylic, resin and nylon have revolutionized denture technology. Modern materials have increased durability, comfort and can be tailored to fit the individual. 



The concept of digital dentures, computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies have transformed the denture making process. Digital dentures have been proven to be precise, are produced faster and include customizations that none of the previous dentures were able to have. 

Compared to removable dentures, implant-supported dentures provide greater stability and functionality. They have improved the overall experience of denture wearers in comfortability and chewing abilities. Aesthetically, dentures have improved as well. Gum coloured acrylics and natural-looking teeth shapes and shades have attracted many individuals to choose implant-supported dentures. 


More About Implant-Supported Dentures 

Implant-supported dentures offer unparalleled stability and retention. The dental implants act as sturdy anchors, firmly integrating with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This fusion ensures that the dentures remain securely in place, eliminating concerns about slippage or discomfort during speaking, eating, or laughing. The stability and snug fit of implant-supported dentures lead to enhanced comfort for wearers. Without the need for denture adhesives or frequent adjustments, individuals experience a renewed sense of confidence in their dentures. This newfound comfort allows them to focus on daily activities without worrying about denture-related issues.


As we look back on the evolution of dentures, we stand in awe of the progress made in dental technology. From ancient times to the present, dentures have evolved into sophisticated solutions that offer not just functional teeth replacement but also enhanced aesthetics, comfort, and longevity. Implant supported dentures continue to increase in popularity. This long-term solution for tooth replacement can last many years with proper care and maintenance, making them a cost-effective and reliable option. 


Q: How do I know if I’m a good candidate for denture implants?
A: You are likely eligible for denture implants if you have healthy gums, a healthy jawbone, and you don’t use tobacco. To learn more, read Am I A Good Candidate For Denture Implants?

Q: How long will dental implants take?
A: It will take 2 surgeries and a minimum of 5 months, as you will need time to heal from both surgeries.

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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