When tooth loss occurs, oral functions and aesthetics are compromised. Advanced tooth loss can further impact the facial structure, and even a person’s speech. Dentures are one of the most common solutions for adult tooth loss.
Traditional dentures can replace a large set of teeth, or up to an entire arch of teeth, to restore oral strength, functions, and aesthetics. People who suffer tooth loss may feel self-conscious about relying on dentures, but they are not alone. Here, the dentists from Astoria Dental Group, which serves individuals from Queens, NY, Long Island, NY, and NYC, present dentures statistics and tooth loss statistics that highlight the importance of these dental restorations.
How Common Is Tooth Loss?
General dentistry services are meant to promote oral health and preserve the structure of the teeth. Unfortunately, even with good oral hygiene habits, tooth loss still occurs. Tooth loss is especially common as people age. According to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just over a quarter of adults (26%) aged 65 and over suffer from severe tooth loss, which is classified as having eight or fewer teeth. The CDC further reports that around 17 percent of adults aged 65 and over have lost all of their natural teeth.
While severe or total tooth loss is much more common in older individuals, it can happen earlier than most people realize. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that, between the years 2011 and 2016, 1.6 percent of adults aged 35 to 49 had no remaining natural teeth, and 5.6 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 had no remaining natural teeth.
Individuals who have suffered from severe or total tooth loss are ideal candidates for dentures because they are available as partial or complete restorations, meaning they can address widespread tooth loss from multiple areas of the mouth, as well as total tooth loss.
How Many People Wear Dentures?
While there is solid data regarding adult tooth loss, it is difficult to determine exactly how many people wear dentures. Estimates tend to vary from one survey to another. Data may be further compromised by the fact that some people are reluctant to admit that they wear dentures. Finally, some surveys only report the use of complete dentures, even though partial dentures are extremely common. Recently, Statista used data from the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey to calculate that 40.99 million Americans used dentures in 2020.
When Do People Start Wearing Dentures?
People often think of dentures as a solution for older individuals, but many people can benefit from these restorations. As data shows, tooth loss does not just affect individuals who are considered seniors. It is not uncommon for some degree of tooth loss to occur as early as a person’s 30s or 40s. There is no “right” age to start wearing dentures; it all comes down to when tooth loss occurs. When more than one permanent tooth has been lost, dentures can be worn to restore oral function, enhance the smile, and preserve the facial structure.
Get In Touch
If you have suffered adult tooth loss and are interested in learning more about dentures, the team at Astoria Dental Group would be happy to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch, contact our dental practice online or call (718) 278-1123 at your earliest convenience.