Dentures? Not me!
If you’ve always figured that dentures are for others, you’re not alone. The truth is, dentures are more prevalent than you might think. Approximately 20 million women age 40 and over wear full or partial dentures, reports a 2009 Fixodent Beauty & Aging Survey. It’s a fact that a surprising 17% of adults age 65 years and older have had all their natural teeth removed, says a 2010 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of US adults needing dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020, per research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Even you might need dentures.
If you have lost more than two or three teeth, you need to dial Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth pronto. Why? You need some sort of prosthesis otherwise the pressure on the remaining teeth will be too great. If you have lost your back teeth and are thinking, ‘I still have my front teeth and they look good, so who cares,’ know that fewer teeth are doing all the work, and there is a greater chance of losing more teeth.
Sometimes dentures are an aesthetic choice. “I have patients who elect to have a denture earlier than they might absolutely need to because of the appearance of their front teeth,” says Dr. Phillips. Does it make a difference? According to Fixodent’s 2009 Beauty & Aging Survey, most female denture wearers (67%) say they smile more often since getting dentures. Even so, opting for dentures deserves careful thought, so consult with Brit Phillips DDS to determine what’s best for you.