That would be -- tadaa! -- the Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821, enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 and 2002). You may be relieved to hear that the penalty of a fine and/or one year in the federal pen applies not to your granddad crossing a state line with his dentures but specifically to people who market unlicensed dentures in interstate commerce -- where »unlicensed« means »not manufactured or legally approved by a dentist licensed to practice in the state where the dentures are being sent«. So, no false teeth on the cheap over the Internet.
Some very few US states allow »denturists« to sell dentures to the general public without the involvement of dentists, and denturists have been campaigning to be allowed to do so in other states. Dentists aren't too keen on the idea, insisting that denturists are not properly trained to diagnose (let alone treat) various diseases and complications in the mouths of their patients that would prevent dentures from being properly fitted. Considering that, in the states where it is legal, you can become a denturist after usually a mere two-year degree and a licensing exam, plus possibly an internship with another denturist, they may have a point.
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