George Washington’s dentures were “state of the art” for the time period. The denture bases were solid gold. The upper and lower dentures were attached in the back by two springs. The springs “pushed” the upper and lower dentures away from each other – towards the upper and lower jaws. The stern look our first President appears to have on the one dollar bill is actually his facial muscles tensed to work against the springs.
So different than modern day dentures.
I have witnessed so many changes since entering Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1981. The use of technology and changing materials has changed each and every dental procedure I, as a Dentist in Palm Harbor do, EXCEPT denture fabrication. I am not saying I make dentures the way Paul Revere might have, just that the process to make dentures has changed little in the last 35+ years.
The pictures below show what George Washington’s rotten natural teeth might have looked like.
The after smile is with a modern immediate full upper denture.
George Washington’s might have smiled if he had his dentures made in Tampa, Florida.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A