Am I Too Young For Dentures?

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Today’s dentures are much more comfortable and natural-looking than in the past. There’s still a belief that this tooth replacement is only for older people. Advertisements for dentures typically show patients with white or gray hair. Can someone be too young for dentures? The answer is no! Anyone with missing teeth can benefit from dentures.

Who Needs Dentures?

When you lose teeth, dentists will recommend tooth replacements like dentures. Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Older adults are at an increased risk of decay for a few reasons. The first is that over time, teeth wear down and gums can recede. This makes the roots more vulnerable to decay. Certain medications can also reduce the flow of saliva, which increases the risk of decay.

While older people are more likely to need dentures, younger people can lose teeth, too! Tooth decay and gum disease affect people of all ages. Neglecting oral health routines, skipping the dentist, and not addressing gum disease can lead to tooth loss. A younger person can also lose teeth from dental trauma.

Benefits of Dentures

No matter your age, you can benefit from dentures if you’re missing teeth. Even if you’re missing just a few teeth, it affects what you can eat and how you talk. Dentures restore your chewing function and speech. You can smile with confidence, too! When cared for properly, dentures can last 10-15 years.

Getting Dentures at Helotes Family Dentistry

If you’re missing teeth and want to restore your smile, come visit our Helotes office! We’ll start with a consultation to assess your oral health and discuss your options. Our dentists will take impressions of your gums so the lab can create your dentures. When they send the dentures back to us, you’ll have an initial fitting. We’ll make any adjustments if necessary and tell you how to care for your new dentures. Please contact us if you have any questions or want to start the process!

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