Impact on Quality of Life

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New denture wearers can face a difficult transition1–5

New denture wearers may have unrealistic expectations for their new dentures,1 and the transition from natural teeth can be traumatic.2

The personal impact of dentures

The transition to dentures can be traumatic

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    Tooth extraction can be traumatic and often results in accelerated bone resorption.2

    32% experienced reduction in bone horizontal dimension ≤3 months after extraction.7

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    Immediate dentures play an important role:

    • Aesthetic, psychological and functional reasons
    • Bandage and protect extraction wounds2
    • Prevent bleeding2

    But the transition can be challenging:

    • Changes in denture fit and comfort2
    • Poor retention2
    • Key challenges facing the new denture wearer:
    • Discomfort
    • The psychological impact of tooth loss, which increases in impact with the number of teeth lost
    • Accepting that removable dentures do not provide the same functional benefit as natural teeth
    • Reduction in quality of life: avoiding particular foods, difficulty relaxing, avoidance of social situations
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    In the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey, those who reported the greatest problems with their dental condition in terms of quality of life were those with a combination of natural teeth and dentures.7

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    Excessive functional forces on natural teeth may cause further mobility and tooth loss.10,11

    Up to 30% of natural teeth abutting dentures demonstrated increased mobility.*8

    • Retentive clasps may be unsuitable or lose retention over time12
    • Retention may become more dependent upon the mucosa and muscular control12

    *In a longitudinal study

Individuals brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste should remove the partial denture first.

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