How to Eat All Foods Again with Dentures
Dentures are a common restoration for replacing missing teeth. They are a removable prosthesis that restores your smile as well as the basic functions of your teeth, including your ability to properly eat. However, it does take some time to get used to wearing your dentures, as well as to get used to eating again. Some adjustments and changes will need to be made. DFW Oral Surgeons is here to help.
Getting Adjusted to Your New Dentures
When you first get your new dentures, there is an adjustment period, as they will take some time to get used to. You may experience some soreness as your jaw and tongue adjust to keeping the dentures in place. To get acclimated to your new dentures, you should stick to a soft food diet. These include such things as scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, ground meats, pasta, soft fruits, smoothies, and more. Make sure that when you chew, you chew equally on both sides of your mouth to keep the pressure even. It is also important to avoid chewing with your front teeth.
Eating Your Favorite Foods Again
As you gain more confidence with your dentures, you can begin to experiment with some of the things that you love to eat. You may find some foods difficult to eat, such as whole apples or corn on the cob. You do not need to give these foods up. You can cut apples into slices and cut corn off the cob. Some patients can eat corn on the cob if they apply denture paste, which is designed to help your dentures remain in place more effectively. Vegetables can be enjoyed steamed or roasted, which softens them to make them easier to chew. Again, make sure to chew evenly on both sides so that the pressure remains even.
What to Stay Away From
Even though dentures can restore your ability to enjoy many of your favorite foods, there some things that you should avoid. Foods that are extremely hard, such as nuts, croutons, hard candies and crispy granola bars. These foods often require additional forces to chew them, which can break your dentures. Sticky foods like taffy, soft caramels, and gummy candies can dislodge your dentures, which can cause embarrassing situations, discomfort and denture sores. We can provide you with a complete list of foods that should be avoided, and provide you with suggestions on what you can enjoy while wearing your dentures so that you can properly care for them.
Another option to consider is trading your dentures in for dental implants. With dental implants, small titanium posts are surgically placed directly into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable roots that then provide support for your replacement teeth. The teeth, made from ceramic, are held securely in place. They will not move around, slip out of place, or fall out. You can enjoy all of the foods you once enjoyed, including many of the ones you might need to avoid with dentures. If you are interested in dental implants, we can discuss your options with you to help find the best solution to meet your needs.
As you build up your confidence with your dentures and make a few adjustments, you will soon find that you will pretty much be able to eat the same diet you once enjoyed. You may also consider trading your dentures for dental implants. If you have any questions or concerns about eating with your dentures, call DFW Oral Surgeons at (972) 539-1491 today.
John C. Shillingburg, DDS
Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Seattle Study Club Established in 2013 by John C. Shillingburg, DDS