You may wonder whether you need to be a certain age to have dentures since many people associate these tooth replacements with older patients. Our dentists at Hanin Dental Surrey explain how we determine if this treatment would work well for you.
For various reasons, many people are missing at least some or all of their natural teeth. They also vary in age. If you are missing one or more teeth, complete or partial dentures may be the best option for you depending on certain criteria. You might be pleased to learn that there's no age restriction when it comes to identifying whether you'd be a good candidate for dentures.
Today, we'll share some reasons many patients choose dentures at an early age and what you can expect.
Why would I need dentures at an early age?
More patients have started to opt for dentures to replace missing teeth over the past few decades, for whichever reasons they may be required. While some have poor oral health due to a poor diet, too many sugary beverages earlier in life, others have medical conditions that have caused tooth loss.
Your dentist will do a needs assessment for your specific case. Some patients decide on dentures over dental implants, which may come in at a higher cost estimate.
Do dentures have any risks that I should beware of?
Getting dentures in your 30s, 40s or at a younger age is no riskier than it would be for older patients. If your teeth have disease or decay, your dentist may recommend medication for an antibiotic prescription to manage bacteria in your teeth and gums that may otherwise end up in your bloodstream.
What else should I know about getting dentures at an early age?
Getting dentures is considered a major dental procedure no matter what age you are, as some teeth will likely need to be extracted. As the structure supporting the bone begins to deteriorate, your facial appearance will transform over time, leading to a "caved-in" appearance.
If you lose teeth at an early age, this change occurs while you are still young. Dentures can help you maintain the appearance of healthy skin and avoid the sallow look that not having teeth behind the skin of your cheeks can cause. Plus, smooth, well-supported skin in your cheeks can help you look younger for longer.
It will likely be easier to adjust to upper dentures than lower ones. However, keep in mind that dentures can help you enjoy better oral health, however old you are when you get them. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can help you maintain a healthy facial structure, an aesthetically pleasing smile and better speech. Plus, you may have an easier time eating.