Dentures allow people who have some teeth, or all of their teeth, missing to have a full smile again. These removable teeth are custom-fit to the patient’s mouth, and people can either get a full or partial set to best fit their needs. Though dentures help provide the patient with a full smile and functioning teeth again, they can make it hard to eat and chew certain foods after they’re placed. If you have dentures, here are foods you should eat carefully, or avoid altogether, plus how to care for your new teeth properly.
What are Dentures?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. There are a couple of types of dentures that a patient can receive, including partial or complete. Partial ones are used when some natural teeth remain in place. Complete ones replace all of the teeth in the upper part of the mouth, the lower, or both. Either way, they are made to resemble, or in some cases improve, a patient’s natural teeth.
Implant retained dentures are held in place by dental implants and can be removed during sleep or when they need to be cleaned. However, unlike conventional ones that easily slide into place, these partials are secured to fixed titanium posts embedded in the jawbone that emulate natural roots. Implant dentures are much better for patients than the conventional ones because they keep the jawbone consistently working with the vibrations of chewing and eating. Due to this, they help prevent bone recession that normally occurs with missing teeth. They also help evenly distribute chewing forces, which means they work more like your natural teeth.
Colgate explains that they work by fitting a flesh-colored acrylic base over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, the palate, while the lower one looks like a horseshoe to better accommodate your tongue.
Are You a Candidate?
Your dentist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for this procedure. You could be a good candidate if you have experienced significant tooth loss but still have healthy gums and tissue. In most cases, patients who receive them are older in nature, but patients as young as 30 years old have had to get dentures due to tooth loss before.
However, don’t worry if you don’t think dentures are the right fit for you. Other options include dental implants and bridges. Your dentist will talk with you about all your concerns and questions and help you decide what the best option for your condition is.
When you first get dentures, they can take a while to get used to. Some people can feel more comfortable with them in a couple of weeks, but some people can take months before they feel fully used to them. Eventually, your cheeks and tongue will learn how to keep your dentures where they belong.
Food and Dentures
It can be weird eating normally with dentures at first. While you can eat most foods, some foods you should try to avoid with dentures in place. In addition, dentures can make eating taste and feel weird at first. Denture Living reports that it’s not uncommon to:
- Feel that food has lost its flavor. However, but once you get used to your dentures your sense of taste will reappear
- Have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks
- Not be able to eat hard or chewy foods
You should be careful eating when you first get dentures. It’s best to avoid these foods with dentures: gum, nuts, popcorn, sticky candy, apples, carrots, other hard fruits and veggies, and chewy, tough meat. You can resume your normal diet for the most part after a few months, but we suggest avoiding these kinds of foods, however, if you do eat them, to do so carefully to keep your dentures in good condition.
Caring for Your Dentures
Cleaning and caring for your dentures should be done daily. To clean your dentures, remove and rinse them after eating. Then, soak them overnight. Be sure to clean your mouth after removing the dentures, and make sure you rinse the dentures well before placing them back in. Properly caring for your dentures will help keep them clean, help prevent stains, and keep them – and you – looking your best!
Make an Appointment with Niles Family Dentistry
Dentures are a great way to revitalize the look and function of your smile. If you’re missing teeth and think dentures will be a good fit for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Niles and Niles Family Dentistry. Dr. Niles works to bring her patients the best dentistry care to her patients. Whether it’s restoring your smile or if you just need a deep clean, the Niles Family Dentistry team is here for you. To make an appointment, call now: (720)-744-0001.