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

You might wonder whether you should be a certain age to have dentures since many people associate these tooth replacements with older patients. Our Delta and Surrey dentists explain how we'd determine if this treatment is right for you.

For numerous reasons, many people are missing at least some or all of their natural teeth. The ages of these individuals vary. If you find yourself missing one or more teeth, complete or partial dentures may be the best choice for you depending on a number of factors. That said, there's no age restriction when it comes to identifying whether you'd be a good candidate for dentures. 

Today, we'll list some reasons many patients choose dentures t an early age and what you can expect. 

Why would I need dentures at an early age?

Over the past few decades, more patients have begun to choose dentures to replace missing teeth for whichever reasons they may be needed. While some have poor oral health due to too many sugary treats earlier in life or a poor diet today, others have medical conditions that have caused tooth loss. 

Your dentist will complete a needs assessment for your specific case. Some patients opt for dentures over dental implants, which may be estimated at a higher cost. 

Do dentures have any risks that I should know about?

Getting dentures in your 30s, 40s or at a younger age is no riskier than it would be for older patients. If you have tooth decay or disease, your dentist might recommend medication for an antibiotic prescription to manage bacteria in your teeth and gums that can otherwise end up in your bloodstream. 

Anything else I should know about getting dentures at an early age?

No matter what age you are, getting dentures is considered a major dental procedure since some teeth will probably need to be extracted. As the structure supporting the bone starts to deteriorate, your facial appearance will transform over time, causing a "caved-in" appearance. 

If you've lost teeth at an early age, this change happens 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, if the skin in your cheeks is smooth and well-supported, this can help you look younger for longer. 

You'll likely have an easier time adjusting to your upper dentures than your lower ones. However, remember that dentures can help you enjoy better oral health, however old you are when you get them. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can also help you speak better, and maintain an aesthetically pleasing smile and healthy facial structure. Plus, you might have an easier time eating.

Wondering if you might be a good candidate for dentures?  Please contact our Delta and Surrey dentists to book a consultation. We aim to provide all our patients with personalized advice.