False teeth and dating
If only a number of teeth are lost then a partial denture can be made to replace the missing teeth and prevent existing teeth from moving position.In some circumstances teeth can be used to support an overdenture.This was an advanced technique for the era; it would not be replicated in the West until the late 18th century.Wooden dentures continued to be used in Japan until the Opening of Japan to the West in the 19th century.
This can also be used with a metal base or metal clips to help make the denture stable and stop it falling out.
Modern dentures can be designed to look and function just like real teeth.
They have improved considerably in both appearance and comfortability in the last decade.
When teeth are lost (from gum disease, decay or an accident) they are often replaced with dentures.
Other alternatives to dentures would be fixed bridges or dental implants.