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Millsaps Crista

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Sets of dentures have actually been discovered dating from the 15th century and probably existed before that time. Carved from bone or ivory, or made up of teeth from dead or living donors, these dentures were uneasy and decayed after extended usage. The very first porcelain dentures were made around 1770 by Alexis Duchateau. In 1791 the first Britishpatent was given to Nicholas Dubois De Chemant, formerly assistant to Duchateau. De Chemant's patent specification stated (in part): "A structure for the function of making of artificial teeth either single double or in rows or in total sets as well as springs for attaching or affixing the same in a more effective and easy manner than any hitherto found which stated teeth may be made from any shade or color, which they will keep for any length of time and will consequently more perfectly resemble the natural teeth." He started offering his dentures in 1792 with the majority of his porcelain paste provided by Wedgwood. Single teeth in porcelain