Dentures are often associated with the elderly, since seniors have an average of only 18.9 remaining teeth (out of the 32 most adults have), according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. But as many as 20% of people between ages 35 and 44 have severe periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss, and more than 30 million people in America have lost all their teeth in one or both of their jaws. Dentures provide the best solution for many of these suffering from tooth loss at any age. If you’re not sure whether dentures or another procedure, such as other cosmetic dental implants, are the right choice for you, ask a dentist for a consultation. But here are a few basic facts to get you started:
What Types of Dentures Are Available?
Complete dentures give the appearance of a full set of teeth. Before complete dentures are placed, all remaining teeth are removed. Partial dentures fill in missing teeth, typically by attaching false teeth to a gum-colored framework.
How Are Dentures Made and Placed?
Once any necessary tooth extraction has taken place, the space between your jaws is measured and several impressions are taken. A model or pattern is then created for you to try on before a final version is cast. Adjustments can still be made as necessary, so your cosmetic dentist will assess the fit. Scientific literature has reported that cosmetic dental implants are successful as much as 98% of the time.
How Are Dentures Cared For?
Cleaning dentures is an important part of the daily routine for anyone who has dentures. People have long been cleaning their dentures with various homemade solutions, but cleaning dentures is now extremely easy due to overnight products, often effervescent, that clean your dentures while you sleep. For more information see this.