Don’t ignore these signs if you want to avoid dentures!
You might think that you’ll never need dentures, but you’d be surprised by the number of Americans who require their use. The American College of Prosthodontists reveals some shocking numbers when it comes to dentures and missing teeth. According to the ACP, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth while another 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Out of the 36 million 23 million are missing their entire set of teeth while 13 million are missing their teeth in one arch. Of all those suffering from edentulism, 90% use dentures, and 15% have dentures made every year.
While dentures are generally needed within the geriatric crowd it turns out that anyone can lose teeth if they disregard the importance of their oral health. If don’t think you need dentures or you’re unsure that you do here are some warning signs to indicate that dentures might be in your future.
5 Warning Signs You Might Need Dentures
- Frequent Tooth Pain – Severe or frequent tooth pain can be an indication you’re suffering from tooth decay that has reached the tooth’s pulp. If the tooth pain has gone untreated for a long period of time there’s a good chance your tooth/teeth cannot be saved.
- Infrequent Dental Visits – If you’ve skipped out on regular dental checkups, dentures might be calling your name sooner than you think. Seeing your dentist regularly is an important step in diagnosing, treating, and preventing any further damage to your teeth and gums. If you don’t want to be a statistic be sure to visit your dentist every 6 months.
- Bleeding and Tender Gums – If you’re experiencing bleeding, tender, swollen, or red gums you might be suffering from periodontal disease. If caught early it can be treated and reversed, but left untreated it can cause tooth loss making you a good candidate for some forms of dentures.
- Gaps, Shifting, or Loose Teeth – Gaps alone don’t indicate the need for dentures, but if you have gaps in your teeth that are getting wider, your teeth are loose, or they are shifting then you are likely suffering from bone loss due to periodontal disease. Bone loss can cause teeth to move, shift, and loosen making tooth extraction necessary.
- Difficulty Chewing Food – If it’s become difficult to chew the foods you love you may be suffering from tooth decay, gum disease, a broken tooth, or any other dental health issues that could result in tooth extraction.
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Whether you need a dentist to ensure you keep your smile healthy or you’re in need of dentures to get your smile back, contact Hospital Dental Group at (860)524-5194 to make an appointment.