Denture Talk: Common Reasons Young People Need Dentures


Dentures can become stigmatized as an old person thing. But in reality, many younger people end up needing dentures to restore their smile.

It makes sense when you think about it. Most people finish having all their permanent teeth come in by their early teens—with wisdom teeth usually erupting in the late teens, early twenties. That leaves decades of life where something can go wrong, and dentures are the only solution.

Over the years, Castle Rock Dental has helped people of all ages receive dentures. There are some common reasons why young people generally need dentures earlier than their peers, which you can see below.

Dental Trauma

Many young people engage in sports and activities that can endanger their teeth. From football to rock climbing, the risk of experiencing dental trauma is fairly high. Also, young people who are not experienced drivers—especially if they visit climates where they need to drive in extreme weather—can suffer dental trauma during a car accident.

If the trauma isn’t too severe—perhaps only some of the front teeth are knocked out or shattered—it is possible that a dental bridge can correct the problem. But for severe dental trauma, sometimes dentures are the only option.

Post-Eating Disorder Struggle

Disordered eating can affect the health of a young person’s teeth, as well as their overall health. Those who have bulimia can suffer the fastest dental damage, as their disorder triggers them to cause regurgitation.

When the young person with bulimia throws up, their teeth are washed in stomach acid, which is highly corrosive. This acid wears down the protective enamel on their teeth, allowing for tooth decay. Also, as many bulimics brush their teeth right after they vomit, their already vulnerable teeth can become even more worn down. Eventually, this can cause the young person to need dentures to replace the heavily-damaged teeth.

Other types of eating disorders—such as anorexia—are also vulnerable to dental issues, as they are not consuming a balanced diet. With something like heavy restriction, especially, teeth can become brittle—and the blood vessels restricted—which can lead to serious tooth loss.

Limited Dental Care Access When Young

How well our teeth are cared for when we were young can have an enormous impact on the health of the teeth throughout adulthood. For people who had limited to no access to dental health care when young—which access can range from lack of teeth cleaning supplies to lack of dental cleaning visits—their teeth may not be very healthy by the time they are able to find the right care.

In these cases, it is not unusual to need extensive dental work to maintain the remaining natural teeth or to simply remove the damaged teeth, allow the gum tissue to heal, and to use dentures instead.

Extensive Tooth Loss From Decay Or Gum Disease

Young people who have had widespread tooth decay can experience extensive tooth loss. Some people are more prone to tooth decay, and if left unchecked, it can cause enough tooth loss that dentures are the only option to affordably recover their smile.

Also, those young people who have suffered from periodontal disease (gum disease) can experience extensive tooth loss as the disease kills the blood vessels keeping the teeth alive.

Teeth Ruined By Acid Reflux

Acid reflux causes some of the stomach acid to come up a person’s esophagus and that acid can make contact with the back of the teeth. Like with the people who have struggled with bulimia, those young people with unmanaged—or poorly managed—acid reflux can have their teeth worn down by the acid.

As it makes the teeth brittle and erodes the enamel, it is far easier for tooth decay to take root and cause widespread tooth loss.

Genetic Dental Issues

There is a variety of genetic dental issues that can cause problems with a young person’s teeth and cause them to need dentures. Some genetic issues can be just a propensity to tooth decay, which can lead to early tooth loss. Other disorders are more well-defined, such as ectodermal dysplasia.

Those who have ectodermal dysplasia generally display a variety of genetic disorders that can affect their nails, hair, glands, skin, and teeth. If the person’s teeth just don’t come in or are very malformed, dentures are an excellent solution.

Consult With Castle Rock Dental Concerning Your Dentures

Depending on your dental needs, dentures may be what you need to revitalize your smile and provide you with greater confidence. However, there may be other options that our dentists can offer you, ranging from a few dental implants to fixed dental bridges.

To start working with our dentists to see if you are a good candidate for dentures or if another option would suit your dental needs better, feel free to contact us today.

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