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Do you have to be a certain age to have dentures?

Dentures may evoke images of elderly people looking for alternatives to missing teeth. Is there a minimum age requirement for this method of replacing teeth? Who would profit from this procedure the most? Our dentists in 100 Mile House explain.

Numerous individuals of all ages are missing some or all of their natural teeth due to a variety of causes. In this case, complete or partial dentures may be your best option. You will be relieved to learn that there are no age restrictions for determining whether you are a suitable candidate for dentures. We will examine some of the reasons why young people get dentures and what to expect.

Why would I need dentures at an early age? 

For a variety of reasons, dentures have grown in popularity as tooth replacement options in recent decades. Some have poor oral health as a result of a poor diet or excessive sugar consumption, while others have lost teeth due to illnesses.

Depending on their circumstances, requirements and individual assessment from their dentist, some patients will opt for dentures over dental implants, as dental implants can be more expensive. 

Are there any risks for dentures that I should beware of?

Denture patients of any age, including those in their thirties, forties, and younger, may experience problems. If your teeth are infected or decayed, your dentist may recommend medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed in this situation to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream through the teeth and gums.

What should I know about getting dentures at an early age?

The face's supporting bone structure deteriorates over time, giving it a "caved-in" appearance. Even young children who are still losing their baby teeth can experience this change. Dentures can help to keep the skin healthy and prevent sallowness caused by tooth loss behind the cheek skin. Smooth and well-supported cheek skin can help you look younger for longer. However, dentures are a significant procedure regardless of your age because tooth extraction is almost always required.

Regardless of your age, upper dentures should be easier to adjust to than lower dentures.

Dentures can improve oral health regardless of your age when you receive them. Dentures can help you appear younger, smile more alluringly, and speak more clearly. Additionally, eating may be more convenient.

Would you like to learn more about dentures and whether you would be a good candidate? Contact your dentist at Valley Dental today. 

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