It is clear that, overall, people are taking better care of their teeth, and, as a result, they’re keeping more of them longer. Edentulism (the condition of not having teeth) has been decreasing by 10% every decade, yet it would still be a mistake to assume that complete dentures are going the way of BetaMax. Why is that?
An Aging Population
Even though there is a clear drop in edentulism, there will still be one major reason why we will need complete dentures well into 2020: an aging population. By 2020 we will have technologies that greatly increase lifespan. As people age, their teeth begin to decay and fall out. This is almost as inevitable as dying – it simply happens to us all.
It is estimated that by 2020 the population of adults in need of one to two complete dentures will increase from 33.6 million (1991) to 37.9 million. In addition to this, the population of adults over the age of 55 is expected to increase by 79%.
But Young People Sometimes Need Them, Too
The elderly are not the only ones looking to rejuvenate their smile with dentures. Younger people with dentures can sometimes feel embarrassed, but sometimes there’s no alternative. If you think you’re too young for dentures, it’s all the more reason to invest in quality dentures that look and function like your natural teeth because they’re secured by dental implants.
Dentures Might Be Right for You
If your teeth are unhealthy, it can be worse for you to hold onto your natural teeth than to get them replaced by attractive, functional dentures that are very natural in appearance. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with a dentist. If you’re looking for a denture dentist in Rockland County, please call (845) 627-7645 for an appointment at B & D Dental Excellence in West Nyack.