Dental problems affect people young and old. Young adults sometimes neglect their teeth in the hustle and bustle of life or because of dental phobia. They sometimes make poor choices that affect their oral health. Whatever the cause, many young adults find themselves in a miserable situation where their teeth are causing them pain or illness, and they don’t like the way their teeth (or lack of teeth) make them look. In these cases, patients frequently find themselves wondering if they are too young to get dentures.
Dentists like to be conservative when it comes to preserving teeth. Once an adult loses a tooth, it’s not coming back- not naturally anyway, so it’s important to think twice before having teeth extracted. Dentists have many tools and procedures at their disposal that can help to save teeth rather than extracting them.
Having said that, teeth can reach such a damaged state that saving them would require more of an investment in dental work than the patient can afford or cares to undergo because keeping up with the care of the teeth isn’t realistic for them. Why spend lots of money on cosmetic restoration of teeth that you’ll struggle to keep in the long run? In these cases, extraction of the teeth is frequently the better option.
Having dentures is less than ideal for a young man or young woman, but the quality of life with a good denture can be much better than struggling along with missing teeth. When you factor in the pain and illness that can arise as a result of dental disease, dentures can literally be life savers.
Ideally, a young adult considering dentures should plan on getting dental implants as well. Implants will preserve the jaw bone and create more stability in the denture. This will add to your satisfaction with the dentures, even if you decide to get the kind of neuromuscular dentures that Dr. Siegel offers.
If you’re a young adult trying to decide if dentures are right for you, please contact our office in Blue Bell in the Philadelphia area, and we’ll set up an appointment. You can call us at 610-272-0828.
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