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We live in an era when having a missing tooth will always denote getting a new denture. But apparently, a research in the University of Adelaide showed that such is not the case. The result of such study has great impact for both costs of Cosmetic Dentistry and public health resources as a whole.

The Population of Oral Health in the University’s Australian research center School of Dentistry studied the effect of missing a tooth or teeth on the individual’s quality of life. And surprisingly, losing teeth may not interfere with the person’s life as long as there are some teeth left to do the chewing.

Those who lost some of their teeth but retained the functional parts are technically termed as people with “shortened dental arches”. This means they can still enjoy the usual functions of their teeth. However, a “cutting off point” has to be considered. Once the person exceeds beyond this point, the individual has no choice but to acquire dentures.

On the said Australian research, 434,000 Australians will soon be featured on the Journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. You will find on such post that 434,000 Australian who are considering getting dentures at some point of their lives may not really need these artificial teeth at all.

“Majority of people who lose teeth automatically thinks of securing for bridges, dentures, implants and other corrective tooth replacement”; Dr. Haiping Tan; the lead author of the research stated.

“According to the study we conducted, we learned that losing teeth automatically deprives an individual from enjoying one’s dental functions. It will all depend on many factors including (1) numbers of teeth lost and (2) position of the remaining teeth. Majority of adults have 4 wisdom teeth and 28 adult teeth. However, not getting the perfect number doesn’t mean less oral function.  What is important is that the remaining teeth have the right numbers and correct positions. This offers balance on the front mouth’s cutting teeth and chewing teeth at the back.

“The result of the study is important to the dental patients and dental health system as a whole”, co-author of the research; Professor Peres stated. “This would mean saving on the expense of buying dentures when not needed. Instead, expenses will be focused more on the needed dental care like tooth loss prevention, prosthetic procedures and diagnostic services”, he added.