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Are Dentures Only for Older Patients?

May 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cherrichdds @ 10:32 pm
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Dentures are one of the most popular solutions for addressing tooth loss, and the prosthetics have assisted countless generations of patients with missing pearly whites. But one common misconception surrounding them is that they’re just for older patients—but this is far from the truth! It’s true that dentures are often associated with old age, but there’s no age limit on replacing missing teeth; anyone, no matter their age, can and should restore lost teeth, and dentures are a great way to do so. Keep reading to learn more!

When Dentures Are Necessary

Believe it or not, the aging process contributes to tooth loss, and older patients tend to experience tooth loss; however, age is far from the only factor involved! Younger people can lose teeth too, whether it’s from physical trauma, chronically poor hygiene, or some other type of issue.

Dentures are the practical solution for those missing multiple teeth or one or both arches, and they can be utilized by patients young and old alike. A few common reasons for needing dentures include:

  • Severe tooth decay that has caused irreparable damage to teeth
  • Periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease that causes gum recession and can result in tooth loss
  • Poor nutrition that has contributed to lackluster oral health
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) or other physical trauma to teeth
  • Other health conditions such as diabetes

It’s important to note that dentures aren’t always necessary when patients have missing teeth. If a patient is only missing one or a couple of pearly whites, a bridge might also be a recommended option, or even a dental implant if their jawbone density is sufficient. In any case, your provider will need to thoroughly inspect your mouth before you can be cleared and outfitted with dentures.

Advice for Maintaining the Integrity of Your Dentures

Dentures are a convenient, comfortable, non-surgical option that allows patients of all ages and walks of life to regain a fully functional and beautiful smile, and with a little knowledge and proper care, they can serve you well for the foreseeable future. Here are some tips to help you care for them:

  • Follow all oral hygiene guidelines concerning your dentures; brush them and soak them as often as needed, in order to prevent plaque buildup that can contribute to oral health problems.
  • Continue to visit your dentist regularly so that they can inspect your dentures for signs of damage or other issues; for instance, ill-fitting dentures need to be adjusted, or sometimes dentures might also need to be relined.

About the Author

A Corpus Christi native herself, Dr. Cher Rich received her DDS from the University of Texas at Houston Dental School and has taken countless hours of continuing education in a wide range of fields, including restorative dentistry. Her practice in Houston is thrilled to offer dentures as well as many other treatment options to help you and your family maintain healthy, complete smiles. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit, you can contact Dr. Rich through her practice’s website or by phone for further information or assistance: (281) 367-2767.

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