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Not your grandfather’s dentures: Indianapolis patients benefit from natural-looking dentures

Most people have heard stories of George Washington and his “wooden teeth”. History actually identifies these primitive dentures as being made of human and animal teeth, elephant ivory, and lead.

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Wooden teeth can be traced back to before the American Civil War. Considered an extreme luxury at that time, dentures were typically made from a wooden base into which “teeth”, carved from bone or ivory, were inserted. They were designed by craftspeople, not medical professionals, and were poorly-fit and highly uncomfortable.

Charles Goodyear, of the Goodyear Tire Company, is credited with perfecting the use of vulcanite, a soft rubber that could be molded to a patient’s mouth and then hardened. The prosthetic teeth were made from porcelain and the gums were colored to appear more natural.

Dentures remain a viable and affordable option for patients who are missing all or some of their teeth. While the prevalence of complete or partial tooth loss has significantly declined since the 1970s, it is still a common condition, impacting an estimated 40 million Americans. According to national research, nearly 30 percent of adults over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth.


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Dr. Matthew Church, an experienced doctor of dental surgery (DDS) and leader of Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis understands how the loss of teeth can impair a patient’s confidence, ability to eat comfortably or speak clearly, and overall appearance. Our team offers several solutions for patients who are suffering from tooth loss, including dental implants, dental bridges, and full or partial dentures.

Today’s dentures are made from a variety of natural-looking materials and are custom-fitted for maximum comfort.

Washington Street Dentistry serves patients of all ages and stages of life, from Indianapolis and nearby communities such as Lawrence, Anderson, Cumberland, New Palestine, Greenfield, East Indianapolis, and beyond. To help our patients achieve the highest levels of continuity of care and customer service, we provide a complete array of family, pediatric, cosmetic, general, surgical, emergency, and reconstructive dentistry.

More information about dentures and treatment for tooth loss may be obtained by calling our friendly staff at today.

Find out what modern dentures can do for you! Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis can help to restore your smile. Call us today at (317) 333-6788.

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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I started going to Washington Street Dentistry when I moved to Irvington a few years ago. I relocated about an hour away and still make the trip down to see Dr. Church as this is the best dentist I’ve been to. The staff are great and Dr. Church has always done a wonderful job! My visits have always been painless and they always take the time to answer any questions I may have. I would highly recommend them!

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