Tooth loss can happen at any age, and you are not alone in your need to have dentures during your 30s. However, you may not have many other people that you know who have gone through the process, which makes it hard to find a support network to get you through the transition. Now that you've made the best choice for your oral health, you can use these three tips to work with your dentist to be sure that you are comfortable with your new set of teeth.
Carefully Consider Your Choices for Dentures
The right type of dentures for you will depend on various factors, such as how many teeth you have already lost and your future prognosis. When you seek dental services, find out which types of dentures are offered. For instance, you may want immediate dentures or a temporary set that you can wear while your mouth heals so that you can go back to work as soon as possible.
Plan for Some Downtime
With any type of tooth extraction, you will typically need a few days to recover. If you are having a full set of teeth extracted, then you may need to plan for some time off of work or school until you heal enough to be comfortable in public. In most cases, you may have some brief pain or facial swelling that should ease up over several days. In any case, rest helps your body heal. If you need to work immediately after the procedure, then try working from home or be careful to rest once your work day is over.
Practice Eating and Speaking at Home
With today's modern denture styles, you should find that you can eventually eat and speak normally without anyone being able to detect that you are wearing dentures. However, you do need to build up your confidence. Once you get your dentures, start by eating soft foods. Then, you can transition to small pieces of cut up food before finally eating like you normally would. You can also grab a friend and practice talking to them until you are reassured that your speech sounds perfectly normal.
After a certain age, most people eventually need some type of tooth replacement. Yet, being the first in your social group can leave you feeling less than confident about your appearance and ability to eat and speak like everyone else. Now that you know how to ease into your new teeth, you can feel more confident.