If you have an older adult in your life, there’s a good chance they have a set of partial or full dentures. Oral hygiene didn’t always have such as high standards, meaning that more people suffered from tooth decay and gum disease, leaving to their teeth falling out or needing to be pulled.
Just because dentures are strongly correlated with the older generation doesn’t mean that they’re exclusively for people of a certain age. Anyone who has missing teeth can get dentures, as they’re the easiest way to restore your smile.
What Age Groups Have Dentures?
If you asked most people, they’d probably just assume that the biggest group of people with dentures were older adults, perhaps age 65 or older. However, this simply isn’t the case.
A 2015 study completed by research firm Survata surveyed 500 denture wearers on the history of their oral health. Surprisingly, 53 percent of these people got their dentures at age 44 or younger, completely shattering the stereotype that only old people have dentures.
A second study shows that 20 million women over the age of 40, which is about 19 percent, have full or partial dentures.
Why are people so young getting dentures? Statistics show that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth due to tooth decay, a root canal gone wrong, gum disease, or trauma. The risk of tooth loss only increases with age, with 26 percent of people over the age of 74 having lost all of their teeth.
When teeth go missing, you have to do something to replace them, or you’ll have a disfigured smile and may find it difficult to talk or eat. Dentures are simply one of the best ways to cover up these missing spots.
When Should You Get Dentures?
Just because some people do get dentures at an early age, doesn’t mean they’re the right choice for you. If you have only a few missing teeth and are looking for a more permanent solution, dental implants might be the best option. These are basically false teeth that screw into your jaw, acting like a permanent tooth. They are not removable and will stay in place. However, if you lost your teeth due to gum disease or tooth decay, there’s a good chance your jaw won’t be healthy enough to accept the implant.
The need for dentures is only growing, as studies predict that 37.9 million Americans will require dentures by 2020.
If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure whether or not dentures are the right choice for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mann today. He can take a look at your mouth and tell you your best option for getting back that pearly white smile. Contact us today.