The population of the United States is growing, with over 40 million adults over age 65. A common health problem that seniors face is receding gums, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated properly. That's why many older adults wear dentures, in order to restore the function and appearance of their teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. You may require complete dentures when all of your teeth are absent, or partial dentures when some of your natural teeth are still in place. Dentures are removable for cleaning purposes, and also at night to allow your gums to rest and to have normal cleaning and stimulation by your saliva and tongue.
Who needs dentures?
Your gum tissue recedes as you age, which exposes the roots of your teeth. This makes them more susceptible to decay and infection. On average, people receive their first set of dentures in their mid-50s, and almost 50 million Americans wear some type of dentures.
Do dentures hurt?
Dentures might feel unusual in the beginning, but you will adjust to them in a few weeks. Your facial muscles or oral tissues will adapt, and your tongue will learn to keep them in place. Then your dentures should feel very comfortable. It’s not unusual to experience minor mouth irritation or soreness at first, and an increased flow of saliva. These problems will go away as you adjust. You will get used to eating with your dentures in a relatively short time also.
What are the keys to success with dentures?
It is vital to practice good oral care and visit your dentist for regular checkups. If you have any problems or concerns, be sure to consult your dentist so that your experience wearing dentures can be pleasant and you can maintain the best smile possible.
Contact our Daytona Beach dental office today to see if dentures are an option for you.