Types of Dentures

The denture is one of the most impressive and best-known of all the forms of dental implants with a long history. In the 21st-century, the denture is available in a range of different forms to suit the needs and income-levels of each patient. However, there are many different forms of the denture which have been produced over the years including those developed using human teeth, ivory, and donkey teeth. The evolution of the denture has seen them go through many different stages of looking realistic to economy dentures which are available today, often failing to blend seamlessly into the mouth of the wearer.

Historic dentures

The first record of dentures being used dates back to 700 B.C. by the Etruscans of Northern Italy who pioneered the use of human and animal teeth to aid those who had lost their own teeth. Perhaps the most famous historic wearer of dentures is President George Washington who was known for the wooden false teeth he wore. You may ask, how much truth is there behind the story of Washington’s wooden dentures? The answer to this question is none. In fact, the leader of the Revolutionary Army wore an expensive pair of dentures consisting of hippo ivory, human and donkey teeth formed to fit his mouth perfectly.

Technological advances in the history of dentures came during the Industrial Revolution when the population of the U.K. was exposed to high levels of sugar for the first time. London goldsmith, Claudius Ash is the man credited with developing the forerunner of the modern dentures when he created porcelain teeth implanted on an 18 karat gold plate. In the 19th-century, dentures were made from a form of hardened rubber known as Vulcanite before acrylic resin became the norm from the middle of the 20th-century onwards.

Traditional dental implants

Dentures are some of the most impressive dental implants in the world and have taken on many different forms over the last few decades. A complete set of dentures is one of the best-known forms of these dental accessories which are created after the teeth have been extracted or lost. The complete full denture is usually fitted between eight and 12 weeks after extraction and sit on top of the gums without an anchor to the teeth installed.

Unlike traditional full dentures, a partial denture is created when the patient has a few of their own teeth still in place. The partial denture is created to include a pink base attached to a metal base to allow the denture to blend into the mouth. Usually made from acrylic material, partial dentures are developed to hold the existing teeth in the correct place and are removable for cleaning and maintenance.

There are many different types of dentures on the market to suit the needs of the individual patient. A popular form of denture for those who have last all their teeth is the snap in place version which is anchored to a dental implant inserted into the bone of the jaw.


Dental implants are used to add to the stability of overdentures which are installed when a patient retains many of their original teeth. Removable overdentures are similar to the upper dentures installed by many dental specialists in the upper row of teeth known as upper dentures. The many different forms of dentures on the market make it easy for every patient and dental professional to make the right choice for every patient’s needs.