In a recent Prevention.com survey, it was found that nearly 60% of the participants do not anticipate the need for dentures because they feel that they are practicing good dental hygiene habits. But the truth of the matter is that dentures are now more prevalent than ever. In addition to this, The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry published results from another survey that had focused on the need for dentures here in the US. According to the results, there were 33.6 million adults that needed full dentures or partial dentures in the country in 1991. That number is expected to grow to 37.9 million by 2020.
However, according to Island Dental Associates and Shine Dental Associates, the good news is that you may be able to avoid getting dentures provided you care for your teeth properly at home and visit your dentist twice a year. So how does someone know if dentures might be in their future? Here are the 6 warning signs:
- Eating chewy and/or hard foods is a problem – if you are experiencing this, it may mean that you have cavities, cracked or missing teeth, or gum disease. However, endodontic therapy (root canal) and a crown may help avoid having to have the tooth extracted.
- Gums are bleeding, red, and swollen – from the earliest, milder stages of gingivitis up to the most advanced, severe stages of periodontal disease, these are the key indicators that you have a problem.
- Not visiting your dentist twice a year – visiting the dentist twice a year is crucial to saving your natural teeth, even when you think you don’t need see him or her that often. When it comes to tooth loss, those biannual visits can help prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay the two major causes of tooth loss.
- Teeth have shifted or wide gaps have developed between some of your teeth – when your teeth have shifted or wide gaps are present between your teeth, this is a good indicator bone mass loss resulting from gum disease. Furthermore, teeth that have loosened in their sockets may indicate advanced periodontal disease.
- You have continual toothaches – severe toothaches indicate advanced tooth decay and it is now affecting the nerve in the tooth’s core. If you catch tooth decay in its earlier stages, a simple filling can correct the issue. However, in the more advanced cases, the options are going to be more costly and considerably more invasive.
- You’ve lost some of your teeth already – if you have already lost more than a few teeth, you may be a candidate for getting full dentures or partial dentures. Here’s a statistic to chew on. According to the CDC, nearly 20% of adults 65 years old or older are now wearing full dentures as all of their natural teeth have been lost, removed, or a combination of both.
At Island Dental Associates and Shine Dental Associates can examine your teeth and determine whether or not dentures are in your future. Contact us today and schedule an evaluation and examination.