Young People with Dentures


We tend to associate dentures with older folk, but young adults with tooth loss can benefit from dentures just as much. Any number of factors can cause tooth decay and loss, and there are many reasons for using dentures to fill the gaps.

How young do you have to be to consider dentures?
According to a 2019 survey1, 14% of people aged 18-39 have a denture. Even just one missing tooth can affect our looks and have a huge impact on confidence. The good news is dentures can help young people manage the cosmetic consequences of losing teeth.

What can lead to the need for dentures?

You might consider dentures for scenarios ranging from a single lost tooth to the complete removal of all teeth. Situations that can lead to dentures 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, consider speaking to your dentist about dentures. Without them, your remaining teeth may move to fill the gaps, affecting spacing, bite and general dental symmetry. And naturally, missing teeth can have an impact on your smile too.

The benefits of dentures for young people

Dentures are a cost-effective solution when many or all of your teeth have been lost or extracted. The benefits of dentures include:2

●      Improved social confidence
●      Easier eating
●      Easier speaking
●      Less chance of muscle sag in the face


The two main denture types explained

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

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.3

Partial dentures fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth, and generally feature metal clasps that attach to remaining teeth.4

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.


12019, KANTAR 'Exploring Oral Habits in Australia, with a specific focus on Sensitive teeth and Dentures
2Health Direct
3My Denture Care - What Are Complete Dentures?
4My Denture Care - What Are Partial Dentures?