Denture wearers are becoming more common than you think, and the number is only rising. According to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the projected number of U.S. adults needing dentures is increasing from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020. However, just because millions of patients will need dentures doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to need them.
If you carry any of these signs, your chances of needing dentures in Austin will only go up.
YOU SKIP DENTAL VISITS
Visit to the dentist are incredibly important to keeping your teeth going into old age. According to a survey conducted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, only 43 percent of Americans saw a dentist in the last year! That’s a far cry from two visits a year, which is recommended by the American Dental Association. If cavities or periodontal disease develops, it can lead to needing to extract those teeth out later.
If you want to avoid needing dentures, stay committed to biannual visits!
YOU HAVE UNHEALTHY GUMS
While keeping your teeth healthy is important, healthy gums are necessary for teeth to stay in the mouth at all. In fact, gum disease is the cause of 70 percent of tooth loss and affects three out of four people at some point in their lives, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If you notice your gums are tender, swollen, bleeding, or red, you’re likely experiencing the early stages of gum disease.
YOU DON’T ENJOY YOUR CURRENT SMILE
In some cases, dentures may actually be an ideal solution if you don’t like the look of your teeth now. This is especially true for people who don’t like their front or other visible teeth in their smile. Dentures also come in partial form, so you don’t have to give up your natural teeth just to make an improvement.
YOUR TEETH ARE ON THE MOVE
Shifting teeth or gaps between teeth is not a normal occurrence. In fact, it’s a sign of bone loss caused by gum disease. What’s even worse is you may not even notice it’s happening until it’s already too late (another reason to have regular dental visits.) If you need extensive periodontal treatment, you may need to have them removed to stop gum disease in its tracks.
YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY CHEWING FOOD
Cracked teeth, cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth can make it very difficult to chew the foods you’re used to having. What’s even worse is missing teeth increase the risk of shifting teeth, which negatively impacts your bite. If your bite is uneven, you can damage your natural teeth as you chew foods. However, catching the problem early and getting treated can reduce all of these problems; plus it’s much better than settling for an extraction.
Still not sure if you’ll need dentures later in life? Want to stay proactive and prevent the need for them in the first place? Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Austin today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Hector Carlos Tijerina earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. While he offers full and partial dentures if needed, he also performs preventive cleanings, periodontal therapy, and other services to help patients take good care of their smiles for life. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.