According to the American Dental Association, more than 20 million people in North America are missing all of their natural teeth, and more than 100 million are missing from 11 to 15 of their 32 teeth.
It is estimated that 32 million North Americans wear full or partial dentures.
At age 65 men are expected to live another 16 years and women 19 years.
In 1970 the average 60 year old had nine teeth. Today they have 18-24 of their natural 32 teeth.
The earliest form of denture was introduced more than 2000 years ago.
More than 92% of adults agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. More than 85% of men and women feel that an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing.
Only 50% of North Americans are satisfied with their smile.
When asked to consider the importance of a smile, respondents, age 65 and older, reported overwhelmingly (80%) that a smile is very important.
About Precision Dentures
Precision dentures are made with the best and most up to date techniques and materials. They look, fit and function the best. A standard denture is usually made using less expensive materials. The teeth themselves and the pink acrylic that forms the base are manufactured all over the world and some of these materials are fabricated under poor supervision using cheap ingredients.
The acrylics sometimes have dangerous trace components such as cadmium, nickel and various co-polymers as well that often provoke allergic reactions in the denture wearer. These cheaper acrylics are also mixed by hand resulting in improper ratios and a toxic liquid known as free monomer is often present. This is released into the mouth gradually by the denture and again can cause a reaction in the gums.
Standard Dentures vs Precision Dentures
look fake and unnatural
are softer and wear out faster
are often flat and dull so that they don’t chew efficiently
are clumsy and mechanical in function
are less accurate
With precision dentures, more appointments are involved to get precise measurements. Preliminary impressions are taken and instead of using them to make the denture they are used to fabricate special custom impression trays that fit your mouth exactly.
A second, more accurate impression is taken using these trays which details not only the gums, but the surrounding muscles and tissues as well. This ensures a perfect fit. Special wax bites are made to fit your mouth and we use these to measure your bite as well as determining where the teeth should go.
A special measurement called a face-bow transfer is then taken to measure you head and bone structure as well. This records all of the data that is unique to you and transfers it to an intricate apparatus that mimics the characteristics and movement of your jaw to ensure the perfect fit for you.
We work closely with you, often using old photographs to make sure that the look is just right.