prosthetic device constructed to replace missing teeth

Dentures (also known as false teeth) are meant to solve dental problems of humans. They should not be worn overnight.[1] Famous people who wore them for years include George Washington.[2] The history goes back as early as 7th century BC.[3]

False teeth for the upper jaw



Dentures can be made of different materials, such as acrylic, nylon or metal. Depending on the teeth they replace there are different designs.

How they work


Properly fitted dentures help with speech, eating. They may also boost self-confidence. They can also help to prevent the face from sagging over time and may offer protection to the remaining teeth.

There are many types of false teeth available. They include partial dentures and full dentures.

All need fitting so that they match your teeth’s shape, size, and color. The fitting can be done by a specialist called a prosthodontist or by a general dentist, many of whom also fit dentures.


  1. "Ask Denturist Darryl" Denture Health>
  2. Lloyd, John; Mitchinson, John (2006). The Book of General Ignorance. New York: Harmony Books. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-307-39491-0. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  3. Donaldson, J. A. (1980). "The use of gold in dentistry" (PDF). Gold Bulletin. 13 (3): 117–124. doi:10.1007/BF03216551. PMID 11614516. S2CID 137571298.