If you're considering dentures, you might first picture older patients who are seeking appropriate options to replace missing teeth. But do you need to be a certain age to have these tooth replacements? Our Surrey dentists explain who makes a good candidate.
Many people across a wide range of ages are missing at least some or all of their natural teeth. Reasons for this oral health issue can vary widely, and partial or complete dentures are sometimes the best option for those who find themselves in this situation.
You might be pleased to find out that there is no age restriction you must meet to qualify for dentures. There are some criteria people must meet to be good candidates, though. We'll explore those today and tell you what you can expect if you opt for dentures at an early age.
Why would I need dentures at an early age?
Dentures have become popular tooth replacement options for many people over the past few decades. While some people have medical conditions that lead to tooth loss, others may have poor oral health due to too many sugary beverages earlier in life, or a poor diet.
For whatever reason you might need dentures, your dentist can assess you and make recommendations based on your unique circumstances. Some patients will choose dentures over dental implants, which may come in at a higher cost estimate.
Do dentures have any risks I should be aware of?
While your dentist may recommend medication if you have tooth decay or disease, it's no riskier to get dentures in your 30s, 40s or younger than it is for older patients. If you do have a pre-existing oral health issue, you might be prescribed antibiotics to manage the bacteria in your teeth and gums that might otherwise enter your bloodstream.
What else should I know about getting at an early age?
Getting dentures is considered a major procedure no matter what age you are, since some teeth will probably need to be extracted. As the structure supporting the bone begins to deteriorate, the appearance of your face will change over time, causing a "caved-in" appearance.
If you lose teeth at an early age, this change happens while you are still young. Dentures can help you avoid the sallow look caused by not having teeth behind the skin of your cheeks. Your skin will also look healthier — skin that's smooth and well-supported can help you look younger for longer.
Many patients find it easier to adjust to upper dentures than lower ones. That said, dentures can help you enjoy the benefits of better oral health, however old you are when you get them. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can help you maintain an aesthetically pleasing smile and a healthy facial structure. You may also have an easier time eating.