Young People with Dentures

We tend to associate dentures with older folk, but young adults with tooth loss can benefit from them too. A variety of factors cause tooth decay and loss, and there are many reasons for using dentures - also known as false teeth - to ‘fill the gaps’.

What is the youngest age people consider getting dentures?

According to a survey carried out in Australia in 2013, people aged 15 to 24 had an average of teeth missing. The figure rises to an average of three missing teeth for 25 to 44 year olds.1 The same survey revealed that 27% of people were uncomfortable with their dental appearance1.

Even just one missing tooth can affect our looks and confidence. The good news is that dentures for young people can help them manage the cosmetic consequences of losing teeth.

What can lead to the need for dentures?

You might be considering dentures in scenarios ranging from a single lost tooth to the complete removal of all teeth. Situations that can lead to their use include:

  • Tooth extraction due to a dead nerve or tooth decay.
  • Teeth lost through an accident or sporting injury.

Even if just one or two teeth are missing, you may wish to consider speaking to your dentist about dentures. Without them the remaining teeth may move to fill the gaps left, which can affect spacing, bite and general dental symmetry. And naturally, missing teeth can have an impact on your smile too.

What are the benefits of dentures for young people?

Dentures are a cost-effective aesthetic solution when many or all teeth have been lost or extracted.

The benefits of dentures include:3

  • Enhanced social confidence
  • Easier eating
  • Easier speaking
  • Less chance of muscle sag in the face

What types of dentures are there?

There are two main denture types:

  • Complete (or ‘full’) dentures are used when all the teeth are lost. The lifelike artificial teeth are made of acrylic or porcelain and are held together by an acrylic plate. Learn more about complete dentures.4
  • Partial dentures fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth, and generally feature metal clasps that attach to remaining teeth. Learn more about partial dentures.5

Within these two categories there are a number of variations to choose from. Chat to your dentist about the best option for you.

Where can I get support?

Learn about support networks for young denture wearers, online forums and handling social situations on our dentures for people of all ages page. And don’t forget – Polident is here to help, with a range of denture cleansers and denture adhesives to help you smile with confidence.

SOURCES:

1) https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/6af474f8-d358-4f4b-9a28-cbdf0c4fc1b2/ah16-3-14-oral-health.pdf.aspx
2) https://www.nature.com/articles/4813193
3) https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/denture-fitting
4) https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-au/expert-advice/getting-dentures/what-are-dentures/what-are-complete-dentures/
5) https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-au/expert-advice/getting-dentures/what-are-dentures/what-are-partial-dentures/