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False Teeth: Are they the Same as Dentures?

When you think of false teeth, a distant memory of teeth soaking in a glass of water might come to mind. So, yes, ‘false teeth’ is an interchangeable term that can be used to identify many types of modern denture and prosthetic appliances.

Dental technology has come a long way since the initial concept development. Read on and discover the history of false teeth and how the modern denture is helping patients chew easily and without pain, and achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

Medical uses

Modern dentures assist patients with

  • Chewing (masticating) comfortably and effectively
  • Aesthetic and look of real teeth, which can have a positive impact on self esteem and appearance
  • Speech and pronunciation can benefit from correctly fitting dentures.


Historically, the use of false teeth can be dated back to Northern Italy during 7th Century BC 1 where other human or animal teeth were secured using gold.The Romans were also known to have used this method from the 5th Century BC, with wooden dentures being invented by the Japanese during the 16th Century.

The use of wooden dentures also introduced and utilised the use of moulds to create a custom fit for each person. An impression of the mouth was taken using beeswax, then a mould formed and used to carve the false teeth from a block of wood.

Later the technique evolved to include, again, real human teeth or animal teeth and horn and also utilised the concept of adhesion achieved with the use of a wide base that suctioned onto the gum.

The Eastern world didn’t catch on to this highly advanced technique until the latter part of the 18th Century.

Porcelain dentures were first fabricated in France using the well known Wedgwood porcelain paste with the first documented denture technician professionals holding skills in goldsmithing, ivory turning, or surgeons who developed impeccable precision blade skills.

The last evolution of false teeth, before the modern acrylic denture was developed, was the use of sculpted porcelain teeth embedded on a gold or vulcanite (hardened rubber) base.

Plastic and acrylic resin dentures were developed during the 19th Century, a time that saw a reduced number of people requiring dentures as a result of improved dental hygiene and new dental procedures and technology.

Modern denture

Today, we offer a wide variety of dentures and dental prosthetic options to our patients, to assist them in achieving beautiful, comfortable and practical smiles.

Depending on the number of natural teeth missing, we offer digital denture technology to ensure the best possible fit and most natural looking teeth for our patients.

Our modern denture products are also more comfortable, more hygienic and more durable than their predecessors.

Our skilled denture technicians fabricate full dentures, partial dentures, implants, and cosmetic dentures using the latest in digital 3D technology at our laboratories located across Australia.

Learn more about the process we use to create digital dentures using 3D scanning technology by reading our recent post.

If you’re considering dentures for yourself or have any questions regarding dentures, speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians.