Highgrove Dental Care
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  • Dental Office St. Paul MN
  • Dental Office St. Paul MN
  • Dental Office St. Paul MN

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Dr. Jadilyn Grittner and Dr. John Grittner along with our entire team are dedicated to giving you high-quality care without pain or anxiety. Our dental staff is professional, educated, and experienced in helping patients achieve optimum oral health and have the best dental experience ever! Take a moment to learn more about us. We look forward to seeing you at Highgrove Dental Care.

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"Dr. O'Neill is a perfectionist! He knows the latest techniques and has the most updated equipment. He is very thorough in his assessments and is knowledgeable. I highly recommend him. Great, friendly staff. Very professional." - Mary Dunnavan

A Short (but Interesting!) History of Dentures

August 31, 2018
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Posted By: Highgrove Dental Care
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Many people have a negative notion of dentures because of the appearance and function that many of us experienced watching our grandparents struggle with them.

If you are in St. Paul, MN and think dentures might be the tooth replacement option for you, you can count on a great result from Drs. John Grittner and Jadilyn Nguyen Grittner at Highgrove Dental Care.

Dentures have come a long way.

Early Dentures 700 BC

Dentures first made their appearance on the smile scene in about 700 BC when, in Italy, artisans created dentures out of human or animal teeth. This remained the popular choice well into the 1800s, though they deteriorated quickly, especially with rough diets. In the mid-1800s, sugar became much more available, resulting in more tooth decay and tooth loss.

Ivory and Bone Dentures in the 1800s

In the 1800s, dentures made of ivory or bone. Popular ivory choices were from walrus, elephants, and hippos. Of course, this method of denture creation was never sustainable and limited to the wealthy.

Contrary to popular mythology, George Washington’s dentures were not made of wood but ivory. Ivory is prone to staining, so the color may have looked more like wood after regular tea consumption.

Advanced Modern Dentures

Today’s dentures are made of acrylic and plastics. The modern denture-creation procedures have advanced as well. If you can imagine how heavy dentures made of ivory would be, it is not too hard to imagine that today’s dentures are far more comfortable, lightweight, and easier to keep in the mouth.

In recent decades, denture teeth and their appearance have improved dramatically. Our dentists can personalize them with shading and even small imperfections for a more natural result. 

Contact our St. Paul, MN dental office to learn more about dentures and how they can give you your smile back.

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We are excited to welcome Drs. John and Jadilyn Grittner to Highgrove Dental Care.  Please click here for Dr. Terry O’Neill’s retirement and welcome letter.