The American Dental Association (ADA) released some important news: By the age of 50, the majority of the population in the United States has lost 12 permanent teeth. Since the average adult has 32 teeth, this is a significant loss, especially for elderly patients who are more prone to health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
At New Leaf Dental in Brooklyn, NY, we dedicate our lives to ensuring our patients reach and maintain optimal health and wellness. As part of our mission, we want to make sure our patients who are missing teeth – no matter their age or situation – are able to maintain normal behaviors like eating, chewing, and smiling. As a result, we currently offer partials and dentures made with state-of-the-art technology for a comfortable fit and durability.
Partials and dentures are dental appliances made of a row of synthetic teeth and a layer of flexible gum-colored material. They sit along the upper or lower jaw and are used to replace missing teeth so patients can eat and chew without difficulty. Dentures are meant for individuals who are missing all of their teeth, while partials are reserved for those who still have some natural ones remaining.
While traditional partials and dentures are designed to be removed at night, New Leaf Dental in Brooklyn, NY also offers permanent dentures. These are installed directly in the jawbone for maximum comfort and usability. Patients don’t need to remove them and can instead have a full smile at all times.
The teeth are an essential component of the human body, responsible for use being able to eat, chew, and communicate by smiling and speaking. Without them, people often experience low self-confidence and withdraw from social situations.
There are also numerous effects on health when someone is missing teeth. They are more prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. They also experience jawbone thinning because there is less pressure on the bone, and even facial collapse, which is when the soft tissues sink and sag.
With partials and dentures, patients of New Leaf Dental can regain their smiles and enjoy the benefits of oral health and wellness.