Dentures may bring to mind images of elderly people looking for tooth replacement options. Is this type of tooth replacement only available to people of a certain age? Who would be a good candidate for this treatment? Our dentists in North Vancouver explain.
Many people of all ages are missing some or all of their natural teeth for various reasons. If this is the case, full or partial dentures may be the best option for you. You'll be relieved to learn that there are no age restrictions for determining whether or not you'd be a good candidate for dentures. In this article, and although we don't offer dentures at Seymour Dental Centre we want to dispel the belief that dentures are only for older people. We'll look at some of the reasons why people get dentures at a young age and what to expect.
Why would I need dentures at an early age?
Dentures have become increasingly popular as tooth replacement options in recent decades for a variety of reasons. Some people have lost teeth as a result of medical conditions, while others have poor oral health as a result of a poor diet or excessive sugar consumption.
Depending on their circumstances, requirements and individual assessment from their dentist, some patients will opt for dentures over dental implants, which can be more expensive.
Are there any risks for dentures that I should beware of?
Patients in their 30s, 40s, and younger are just as vulnerable to dentures as those in their 70s and older. If you have diseased or decayed teeth, your dentist may prescribe medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed in this case to prevent bacteria from entering your bloodstream through your teeth and gums.
What should I know about getting dentures at an early age?
Dentures are a major procedure regardless of age because tooth extraction is almost always required. The appearance of your face changes over time as the supporting bone structure deteriorates, eventually resulting in a "caved-in" appearance. This change can happen even if you are still a child and are losing your teeth. Dentures can keep your skin healthy and prevent the sallow appearance caused by missing teeth behind your cheek skin. Furthermore, smooth, well-supported cheek skin can make you appear younger for longer.
Regardless of your age, upper dentures should be easier to adjust to than lower dentures.
Regardless of your age when you get dentures, they can help you improve your oral health. Dentures can help you look younger, smile more attractively, and speak more clearly. It may also be more convenient to eat.