Dentures – Will You Need Them? Guidance from Florida Dental Centers in Bradenton, FL
Dentures are for other people, right? It’s true that artificial teeth are usually considered to be the last resort after all options for saving the natural teeth are exhausted. Even so, they might be more common than you think. Consider this: According to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the number of adults who will need dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020. If you’d like to speak with a dentist about dentures or any other aspect of oral care, the dentists at Florida Dental Centers in Bradenton, Florida, will be pleased to offer advice and answer your questions.
As your dentist at Florida Dental Centers in Bradenton, FL, will explain, in most cases (other than trauma) tooth loss does not occur overnight. By practicing good home care and seeing a dentist for periodic checkups, you can substantially reduce the likelihood that you will one day need dentures. Also, keep in mind that if you’ve been lax in either or both of those areas, it’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth.
With that said, some of the signs that you might someday need dentures include:
- Inflamed gums – Classic symptoms of gum disease – which accounts for more than 70 percent of tooth loss – include red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums. The good news is that, when diagnosed early, tooth loss can be prevented through thorough cleaning. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss, which can progress to tooth loss and, eventually, the need for dentures.
- Shifting teeth – When teeth loosen and shift around in the mouth, leaving noticeable gaps, bone loss from gum disease could be the underlying cause. It’s possible that the teeth could be saved through extensive periodontal treatment, but sometimes the teeth must be extracted.
- Missing teeth – When a few teeth are missing, the remaining teeth are required to do more work, which results in a domino effect that increases the chance of losing more teeth. Missing teeth should always be replaced with a dental device in order to alleviate pressure on the remaining natural teeth.
- A self-conscious smile – Sometimes, patients choose dentures for purely aesthetic reasons, especially to improve the appearance of their front teeth when there are no better options available.
Here’s the bottom line: For most people, dentures are not inevitable. Brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly – which are all within your control – can go a long way toward preventing tooth loss.
For further information about dentures, or to schedule an appointment at our office in Bradenton, FL, please contact Florida Dental Centers today.