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Dentures Aren’t Just for Seniors

January 19, 2023

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Smiling woman sitting in chairTooth loss can occur at any age; however, dentures are often attributed to senior citizens. Many young adults worry they will face judgment or embarrassment if they have dentures, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Advancements in technology and materials allow dentures to look and feel more realistic than ever. No one will notice they aren’t your natural teeth. You don’t have to wait for retirement to restore a complete smile. There’s no better time or age than the present to invest in a new set of teeth.

Tooth Loss and Young Adults

You only get one set of permanent teeth. Good oral hygiene habits at home and regular dental care can safeguard your pearly whites; however, tooth loss is still a common problem. 23 million people have lost all their teeth. 

It’s not just an issue that affects the elderly. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, many 20 to 34-year-olds don’t have all their natural teeth. After the age of 35, the number of lost teeth increases. 

Dentures have been used for generations to replace missing teeth in patients of all ages. They are a convenient solution for anyone dealing with extensive tooth loss. 

Benefits of Dentures

No matter your age, dentures are a wise choice because missing teeth are more than an aesthetic issue. You’ll enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Improved Confidence: Your self-esteem likely decreased with every tooth you’ve lost. Replacing them will instantly boost your confidence because your new teeth will be customized to look natural. 
  • Look Younger: Extensive tooth loss can lead to sunken cheeks, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Dentures can take 10 years off of your appearance to turn back the clock. 
  • Better Eating Habits: Tooth loss is linked to nutritional deficiencies. Certain foods can be too difficult to chew if you have lost all or most of your teeth. Dentures restore your ability to eat a variety of foods to keep your body nourished. 
  • More Comfortable Than Before: Denture technology ensures a snug, comfortable fit, so you won’t have to worry about any slipping or irritation with the right care and maintenance. 
  • Improved Speech Clarity: Your teeth play a role in pronunciation. Dentures will prevent slurred speech to make speaking clear and effortless. 
  • Affordable: Many dental insurance plans can offset the cost of dentures to keep your treatment affordable.

Age is just a number when it comes to dentures. Your dentist will create a high-quality prosthetic to invest in the beautiful, functional smile you desire.

About Dr. David Bradley

Besides earning his dental degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Dr. Bradley has completed over 1,300 hours of continuing education in many specialties, including dental implants, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic techniques. He is a member of the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, request an appointment through our website or call (706) 623-6385.