When you think of dentures, you likely envisage someone older wearing them and though that’s commonly the case, there are plenty of young adults and teens that require them due to sporting accidents, health problems, trauma from assaults or accidents, tooth decay, smoking and recreational drugs. Considering we grow our permanent set of teeth at such a young age, it makes sense that many adults will require false teeth at some point in their lives. We take a look at some of the common reasons people require false teeth and the different dentures for young adults that are available today.

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Dentures for young adults: Common reasons

Dental trauma
Many young people engage in physical activities that can pose a danger to their teeth. High contact sports, facial assaults and accidents can cause a series of teeth injuries, with the most common being cracked teeth, fractured teeth at gum level, and displacement of a tooth. Whilst a professionally made Mouth guard does offer a great deal of protection to the teeth whilst playing sports other injuries can still occur.

Enamel Erosion
Frequent and prolonged acid exposure to teeth can lead to permanent erosive damage. This can occur for many reasons that include acid reflux, eating disorders, dehydration, high usage of Sports/Energy Drinks and high sugar drinks like Cola’s and soda’s Not only do these have an adverse effect on a person’s physical health, they have a catastrophic effect on the teeth. Eating disorders like Bulimia pose the quickest damage Stomach acid is incredibly corrosive to tooth enamel as the constant coating of acid erodes the enamel which can then lead to tooth decay. Anorexia can also contribute to teeth problems, as not consuming a balanced diet can cause the teeth to become brittle and prone to cracking and fractures. 

With the rise in popularity of Sports/Energy drinks, especially being consumed by adolescents and young adults, research has found that their permanent teeth are more prone to acid damage due to the porous quality of their immature tooth enamel resulting in high acid erosion among this age range.

Recreational Drugs
It’s no surprise that drug abuse is bad for your health but they also have a major impact on your teeth. Substances such as Methamphetamines (Meth), Ecstasy (MDMA) Cocaine and Marijuana are the most destructive substances for your mouth and teeth with the effect so extreme they cause severe damage. Their acidic ingredients soften tooth enamel and cause decay in a very short time frame. These drugs stimulate high anxiety levels which cause the users to grind (bruxism) their teeth causing excessive wear. Another effect of these drugs is Dry Mouth which promotes bacteria growth and worsens decay. Users are more likely to experience cravings and will more likely binge on foods high in sugar and are less likely to brush or floss their teeth when high, causing cavities.

Poor dental care
If teeth are not properly cared for, whether it’s a lack of brushing, too much sugar, or a combination of both, it can lead to rapid tooth decay or periodontal disease. If left unchecked and untreated tooth decay can become so severe that the only resolution is to remove the infected tooth. Similarly, advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to tooth loss as the disease can destroy the bone that supports your teeth.

Dentures For Young Adults: What false teeth for young adults are available?

Full /Immediate Dentures
Full/Immediate dentures are a removable appliance designed to replace a full set of teeth. If you’ve experienced substantial tooth loss or a complete loss of teeth, full dentures will likely be advised. Your dentist will be able to assess whether partial dentures are more appropriate, or if the rest of your teeth will need to be removed. If Immediate Dentures are prescribed then a full treatment plan will be discussed in detail at your consultation appointment.

Partial dentures
Partial dentures are a custom appliance designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike full dentures which require suction to attach, partial dentures use a clasp mechanism to attach to the surrounding teeth and can be made from a variety of materials.

Implant retained dentures
Implant retained dentures are a denture that is held in place by dental implants and designed to be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance. Implant retained dentures are commonly used when a patient has trouble keeping their dentures in or if a patient is worried dentures might come loose and if the ultimate replacement for lost teeth allowing the patient to function in their daily lives with utmost confidence. Other than providing additional security, implant-retained dentures are also good for the jawbone. This is because the implants are drilled into the bone like roots of a tooth, which minimises the risk of the bone shrinking.  

Dentures For Teens: Do dentists suggest dentures for teens? Yes, they do!

As a teenager is still developing, a temporary restoration may be advised until such times as a permanent solution can be offered.  In this case, your dentist takes into consideration the oral habits and health of the teeth and gums and may suggest a partial denture. As teens are still growing and developing their Partial Dentures life spam is much smaller than that of an adult.

We understand that this type of treatment can be very sensitive and personal. The team at Pearl Denture Studio are highly trained and skilled to deal with the most sensitive of cases and will help and support you through your treatment journey. We hope you found our article on Dentures for Young Adults. useful and informative.  If you’d like to speak with our Dental a member of our team for more information please drop us a line via our online contact form and one of our lovely team members will get in touch shortly.