Denture care: an overview for professionals

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Understanding denture care as a professional

Teeth form an intimate part of how we look and feel, and for almost 1 in 5 people in England who rely on either a full or partial denture, dentures do too.1

Patients face challenges at all stages of the denture journey, and must adapt to a number of different prostheses: partial dentures, immediate dentures following tooth extraction and full dentures.2,3

Each patient’s experience will be different. Individual medical, physical and psychological factors, such as oral anatomy, xerostomia, and how the patient adapts to their prosthesis, can affect how their dentures perform.2–6

The number of denture wearers is increasing1,7

  • The number of adults relying on dentures

    1 in 5 adults relied on dentures in 2009

    Many people rely on some form of denture1,8

    Many people rely on a combination of both natural teeth and dentures.1,8

    In addition to the 6% of adults who had no natural teeth, in 2009, another 13% relied on a partial denture.1

    Overall, nearly 1 in 5 adults in England were shown to rely on some form of denture.1

  • The ageing population is getting bigger

    2050 projection – growth in people aged 60 years or older

    The global population is getting older8

    In 2012, 810 million people in the world were aged 60 years or older, representing 11% of the global population.8

    By 2050, this figure is set to increase to 2 billion people aged 60 years or older – amounting to 22% of the global population8

  • The denture population will increase

    Percent edentulous by age, England

    Older people are more likely to need dentures

    There is a direct correlation between age and the likelihood of requiring a denture.1

    The 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey revealed that 33% of those aged 75 and above in England were edentulous. This was the case, however, for only 1% of those aged 45–54.1

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