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Do You Have to be a Certain Age to Have Dentures?

Dentures may conjure images of elderly individuals seeking tooth replacement options. Is this method of tooth replacement restricted to individuals of a certain age? Who would benefit most from this treatment? Our dentists in Vancouver 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? 

In recent decades, dentures have gained popularity as tooth replacement options for a variety of reasons. Some individuals have lost teeth due to medical conditions, while others have poor oral health due to a poor diet or excessive sugar intake.

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 thirties, forties, and younger are equally susceptible to dentures as those in their seventies and older. Your dentist may prescribe medication if you have infected or decayed teeth. In this instance, antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream via the teeth and gums.

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

Regardless of age, dentures are a major procedure because tooth extraction is almost always required. As the supporting bone structure of the face deteriorates with age, the face eventually takes on a "caved-in" appearance. This change can occur even in children who are still losing their baby teeth. Dentures can maintain healthy skin and prevent the sallowness caused by missing teeth behind the cheek skin. Additionally, smooth, well-supported cheek skin can prolong the appearance of youth.

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 make 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 Cambie Village Dental today. We can provide advice and might be able to give you a referral. 

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