30 Jun I’m Young & Need Dentures – Will People Notice?
So you’re young – or youngish – and have been told you need dentures. Perhaps you’re already having troubles with your teeth or maybe they’ve already fallen out. But surely, you think, no one else your age wears dentures or false teeth. Aren’t they something that only older people get? The answer is ‘no, not necessarily’. Plenty of young people do wear dentures – particularly partial dentures. But if their dentures fit well, you may not even know. Likewise, if you wear well-fitted dentures, others may not know either.
Why do young people need dentures?
- Accidents/sporting injuries/work injuries
- Gum disease – leading to tooth loss
- Tooth decay – leading to tooth loss
- Gastric reflux – the acid in the stomach can venture up to the mouth, bathing the teeth in acid and slowly destroying them
- Ectodermal dysplasia – a genetic disorder that can primarily affect teeth, as well as eyes and nails
Why should I wear dentures?
We don’t know how important our teeth are until they’ve gone. Chance are, you know this well and are probably already suffering in several aspects of your life.
Maybe you cover your mouth when you talk. Perhaps you find it difficult to pronounce certain words. Possibly eating is difficult. Dentures can help with many of these issues. They provide you with replacement teeth that look and almost feel like your natural teeth – and help you function normally. Let’s go through this list of benefits in more detail:
- Provide a natural-looking fullness to the face – without your natural teeth, your mouth and lips will fall in. Your face will look noticeably different.
- Give the appearance of natural-looking teeth – not many of us want to have several teeth noticeably missing in our mouth. Dentures give the impression of natural-looking teeth, so your missing teeth won’t draw any unwanted attention.
- Make talking more easier – we use our teeth to help pronounce words. The muscles in our mouth, tongue and lips work with our teeth to make specific sounds. Without our teeth, talking is far trickier.
- Allows you to bite and chew again – conventional dentures, although not as secure as natural teeth or implant dentures, will allow you to eat some foods again. And of course, this is important for your nutritional intake and survival.
There are various denture options available. Here are some of the most common ones:
Full (complete) dentures are for individuals missing all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. They come in a variety of different materials, depending on your budget and requirements. Full conventional dentures sit on the gum line and are held in place by suction, along with help from your tongue and cheeks.
Partial dentures, as the name suggests, are suitable for when you only need a partial replacement. You may have some remaining teeth in your upper or lower jaw but need a denture containing one or several artificial teeth. Like full dentures, they come in various materials, depending on your budget and requirements.
Implant-supported overdentures are considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. They do cost more, as they require one or more dental implants, but they provide optimal security and comfort. (The implant-supported denture attaches to the implant/s via an abutment.) Implant-supported dentures can be partial, for those missing some teeth awful – for those missing all upper or lower teeth.
Dating while wearing dentures
If you’re single and have new dentures, you might be concerned about the prospect of dating. Most of us get anxious at the thought of dating – and it’s understandable that dentures may make you feel a little self-conscious. But these concerns can be put to rest. Let’s look at what could go wrong and how we can fix it:
My dentures smell bad – Bad smelling dentures or bad breath would only be due to poor dental care and oral hygiene. If you brush and clean your dentures properly each day and take good care of your mouth, remaining teeth and gums, there should not be any unpleasant odour. If you feel that bad breath is a problem for you, speak to your dentist or dental prosthetist about this soon. You may require a professional dental cleaning for any of your existing teeth, or there may be ways to improve your oral hygiene.
My dentures are loose – If your dentures are loose, make noises or come unstuck when you bite, chew, talk or laugh, it’s likely that they don’t fit well or are of poor quality. If this is the case and they make you feel self-conscious, you may need a denture reline or possibly a new set of dentures.
I can’t eat with my dentures – Again, if your dentures are of poor quality or do not fit well, you’ll have more trouble eating. But if they fit well and you still have problems eating or talking, it may be time for further action. Dental implants provide a secure, long-term solution for individuals who feel they can’t get enough stability from conventional dentures. Speak to your dental prosthetist to see what options are available to you.
I don’t know what to eat on a date – Depending on the type of denture you have, there will be some dietary limitations. For example, steak or hard vegetables will be off the menu. If you’re new to dentures, it’s best to err on the side of caution, especially if you are feeling self-conscious. A date with someone you may not be the best time to experiment with tricky food. Instead, order soft food such as soups, pasta or fish. Alternatively, go to a noodlebar, go for icecream of meet up for a drink or two.
If you do go out for a meal, eat slowly, enjoy yourself – and focus on your date, not the food! Ask them questions and see what you have in common. Focusing on the other person will help alleviate any anxiety and steer your thoughts back to what your date is about – having a great time and getting to know each other – not worrying about your new teeth.
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