Dental prosthesis is among the top dental treatments in Canada today. Of the approximately $12 billion that Canadians spend annually on dental services and treatments, an incredible $80 million is spent on dental implants — and that doesn’t even take spending on dentures into account.
However, many people throughout the country are still skeptical of dentures and aren’t sure if they’re the right choice for replacing missing teeth or not.
Still undecided on whether or not you should get dentures? Find out more about this form of dental prosthesis by reading through this list of the most common FAQs surrounding dentures today:
Q: Who is eligible to get dentures?
A: Everyone! While many people view dentures as a treatment exclusive to seniors, there is no age limit on who can wear dentures. Severe accidents that result in the permanent loss of one’s teeth can happen at any age. In addition, severe tooth decay and disease can mean it’s more affordable to remove the teeth and replace them with dentures than repairing the teeth. Seven out of 10 Canadians will have gum disease at some point in their lives — conditions like these are what lead to dentures.
Q: Why should I care about replacing missing teeth?
A: Having missing teeth is much more than an aesthetic concern — it can be detrimental to your overall oral health, as well. Missing teeth make speaking and chewing a challenge, and can also lead to a weakening of your facial bones. When you choose to get dentures, you can have a more beautiful, healthy smile every day.
Q: Will wearing permanent dentures cause me to lose all my teeth?
A: Not always. For individuals who have only lost one or a few of their teeth, permanent partial dentures are available that fit between the remaining teeth. Whether it’s an implant, crown or bridge, these dentures can look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.