Complete Dentures


  • Elders over the age of 65 have on average 18 remaining teeth
  • 25% are completely edentulous

Negative Impacts of Edentulism

  • Difficulty eating
  • Inadequate nutritional intake
  • Dissatisfaction with facial appearance

Dentures Improve Quality of Life

  • Provide support for lips and face
  • Improve appearance
  • Make eating easier


Photos to the right show an elderly man with dentures out (top photo) and dentures in place (bottom photo).

Robert Henry, DMD, MPH
Robert Henry, DMD, MPH
Robert Henry, DMD, MPH


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NCHS Data Brief No. 197, May 2015. Accessed on 9/20/2021