Research Outline

Denture Wearer Demographics


The goal is to obtain a demographic and pyschographic profile of denture wearers.

Early Findings

General US Denture Figures

  • 15% of the edentulous (toothless) population have dentures made every year.
  • In the geriatric population the ratio of edentulous individuals is 2 to 1. About 23 million are completely edentulous and about 12 million are edentulous in one arch.
  • For adults between the ages of 35-44, 69 percent have lost at least one permanent tooth. "By age 50, Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth (including wisdom teeth). And among adults 65 to 74, 26 percent have lost all their teeth."
  • A 2015 study revealed that 53% of denture wearers obtained their dentures by the age 44 or younger. "A second study shows that 20 million women over the age of 40, which is about 19 percent, have full or partial dentures."

Motivations for Getting Dentures

  • The American Dental Association cites the following reasons for getting dentures:
    • loss of all natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury
    • benefit your appearance and restore your smile
    • fill out the appearance of your face and profile, as without teeth facial muscles can sag
    • eat and speak better than you could without teeth

Education Level Statistics

  • A scientific study conducted in 2007 revealed the education level, gender, and other demographics of those who wear dentures. More recent research papers were not found during our initial research.