The word “dentures” brings up different feelings and images for different people. Some may hear the word and think, “They saved my smile!” while others may hear the word and say, “I hope I never need them.” As a dentist, I find many people have a dated understanding of dentures. Many people picture the ill-fitting dentures of their parents or grandparents. These days, dentures are much different. The technology involved in denture fitting and placement is so advanced, people are much more comfortable wearing dentures. And, we can even place permanent or semi-permanent dentures with the help of dental implants. Here are 5 more things you may not know about dentures.
1. Dentures can be complete, or partial
There are two types of dentures; partial and complete or full. Partial dentures are used to fill in the spaces caused by a few missing teeth. They’re often fastened in the mouth with metal or ‘precision attachments’. Full dentures, on the other hand, are used to replace all teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Full dentures can help a patient maintain the density of their jawbones, speak well, and eat the foods they love. They also help maintain the facial shape, keeping the patient looking younger and healthier.
2. Dentures are more common than you may think
The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry says there will be 37.5 million people who will be wearing full dentures by 2020. This number does not even take into account those wearing partial dentures. If you’ve ever felt embarrassed about wearing dentures or have avoided getting them for fear of feeling alone, don’t worry. Millions of people wear dentures and love how they enhance their lives.
3. Dentures aren’t just for the elderly
Young people with missing teeth may feel very alone. They shouldn’t, losing teeth isn’t tied only to age. People can lose teeth at just about any age. It’s reported 69% of adults between 35 and 44 have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. According to The Biting into Denture Care Survey, which was conducted by Survata, 53 percent of people were 44 years old or younger when they got their first dentures.
4. Good dental hygiene and preventive care really can help you avoid wearing dentures
There is a myriad of reasons why people may lose their teeth. However, good dental hygiene can help prevent having to wear dentures. Good dental hygiene refers to brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and going to a dentist twice a year. These practices can help you prevent gum diseases like gingivitis that contribute to tooth loss. Preventive care means seeing your dentist at least twice a year. This can also help you avoid needing dentures. Dentists can see problems developing early and can intervene, which can save your teeth.
5. Dentures can be permanently placed
With the advancement of technology, we can now help patients who don’t want the worry of their dentures slipping or moving, with All-on-4 Dental Implants. All-on-4 Dental implants are dentures that are permanently affixed to the upper or lower jaw. All-on-4 dental implants, also known as “Teeth-in-a-day,” uses four strategically placed dental implants along the jaw bone. Then, the denture plate is locked into place using the implants as anchors. The benefits of All-on-4 include:
- No more worrying about dentures slipping or shifting
- Implants help with bone regrowth
- Natural-looking smile
Dr. Mann is the doctor you want to see if you are considering dentures. With over 20 years serving Manchester, he has trained extensively with many of today's leading educators in dental implant surgery and restorative techniques. He has advanced training in many surgical techniques, including bone and soft tissue grafting for dental implants, allowing him to treat most patients comprehensively in the comfort of his own dental office.