While many assume that dentures are for older individuals that have lost many teeth, a greater number of younger patients are discovering that they need replacement teeth, leading many to get dentures. If this news is surprising to you, consider this—as reported by Colgate, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport reports that 69% of adults, ages 35-44 have lost one or more of their permanent teeth, while 26% of those above the age of 74 have lost all of their teeth. Thus, if you’re wondering if you’re too young for dentures, there are more people than you realize with dentures, and they are likely in your age group.
To better understand why a younger patient might need dentures, consider the following:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Tooth decay
- Ectodermal Dysplasia (premature tooth loss)
- Tooth erosion (severe gastrointestinal reflux)
Whatever leads a younger patient to explore the idea of replacement teeth, it’s important to understand that technological advancements and improvements in the way dentures fit are helping many patients get back to their life, with a smile that they are proud of.
What Are My Options?
Understandably so, younger patients might be concerned about the idea of dentures. That’s why it’s important to learn about the different solutions available, as well as the steps necessary for obtaining their new smile. Depending on the cause of a patient’s tooth loss, dentists will likely remove any remaining permanent teeth to prepare the patient for dentures. Following tooth extraction, the patient’s gums will change shape over the course of a few months. To avoid the awkward toothless phase, patients may be fitted for immediate dentures. While they will require a reline as gum tissues change, this allows the patient to continue regular activities while they are waiting on a permanent solution.
Providing ultimate security and stability, implant-supported dentures are a permanent option that is especially appealing to younger patients. As implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, they hold dentures firmly in place against gum tissues.
Our Focus Is Dentures and Teeth Replacement
At ABQ Dentures, you’ll find a modern practice focused on dentures and teeth replacement. If you are a young patient that is missing teeth, we are happy to give you the opportunity to receive the highest quality dentures at the most affordable price. To schedule your consultation, call us today!
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