False teeth and dating
He took the oath of office while wearing a special set of dentures made from ivory, brass and gold built for him by dentist John Greenwood.
Washington once wrote that his lips would "bulge" in an unnatural way.
Dentures (also known as ‘plates’, dental prosthetics or ‘false teeth’) are the oldest method used to replace missing teeth.
This page is the start of a section that will tell you all you need to know about getting dentures.
Found on the following pages: Read on for more information on getting dentures generally; including what dentures are and why they are needed, what are the pros and cons of getting dentures and how long they last.
The dentures had metal fasteners, springs to force them open, as well as bolts to keep them together.
See our page on getting used to dentures and denture problems.
After getting dentures fitted, it is still important to keep seeing your dentist for regular check-ups.
Sometimes existing ‘plates’ can be relined as opposed to being replaced altogether.
If the dentures are fine apart from the fitting surface, then relining may be best.