Those existing teeth increase the stability of the denture, which may be fixed (permanent) or precision (removable).In turn, the presence of the denture keeps other teeth from shifting around, as they would if the missing ones weren't replaced.

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Archaeologists believe the prosthesis, which is made from a string of human teeth and a strip of metal, could date back as far as the 14th century - making them one of the only sets from the Renaissance period to be found.

Writing in a paper published in the journal Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, the authors explain: 'This dental prosthesis provides a unique finding of technologically advanced dentistry in this period.

When teeth decay or fall out, it can affect breathing, eating and general quality of life.

Dentures can replace some or all teeth to restore functionality and aesthetics.

It features 24 hours of battery life and claims to be a 'mini-disco on the move'.

Dear Doctor, I am fifty-five years old and over the years I have lost several teeth, mostly due to decay.

Ivory and wooden dentures were the norm for a long time and it wasn’t until the late 1700s that the first porcelain dentures were made, usually with a metal base.

In the 20th century dentures advanced into what we see today, made from a combination of porcelain with acrylic resin and similar plastics.

Research dating back to the 1960s indicates that partial denture wearers [Figure 2] over the years suffer more decay and gum disease than non-partial denture wearers, all other variables being equal.

The primary reason is that RPDs attach to the remaining teeth and other structures, the gum ridge areas where teeth once were, and the palate on which they rely for retention (to keep them in your mouth).

I've been wearing removable partial dentures for the last twenty years, the plastic “flipper type.” My dentist tells me that the denture is loose and it's affecting the health of my teeth and gums. While removable partial dentures (RPDs) are certainly an alternative, the plastic type are generally more appropriately named temporary or transitional RPDs and they are certainly not the best design for long term use.