Will eating with new dentures be difficult?

If you have just received dentures, you will need to practice eating and drinking. Do not expect to eat as efficiently as you did with your natural teeth, even after you become more comfortable with your dentures. Try not to get discouraged, as you will soon be able to eat most of the foods you previously enjoyed again.

First start with drinking water, eating soup and other soft foods such as yogurt and scrambled eggs. In the beginning it's best to avoid raw vegetables, meats, and sticky foods.

It may also be helpful to cut your food into smaller pieces. When biting, avoid using your front teeth. Instead, use your canine teeth (the pointed ones) and the teeth just behind them. Do not pull or tear your food in a forward direction; rather, push back as you bite. Also, when you chew, try to have some food on either side of your mouth. Having a balanced amount of food in your mouth will help stabilize your dentures.

For some patients, eating with new dentures will be difficult. However, most patients are able to adjust and eat with new dentures. It may take up to 2 months to adjust. It is best to start with smaller bites of food at first and to cook the food a little longer. Denture wearers should avoid biting on their front teeth, as this will dislodge the denture. It is also best to eat food on both sides in the back again to help avoid dislodging the denture. The lower denture is generally harder to adjust to. Moving your tongue can dislodge the denture. With time you will learn to position your tongue to minimize movement of your denture.

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.

Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
It is important to know that there is a learning period to adapt to new dentures. This includes learning to eat, speak and function with them.

All aspects of the denture fabrication process contribute to your ability to eat at function well. This includes proper extension of the denture borders, establishing good occlusion and jaw position, positioning of the teeth, taking steps at delivery to minimize sore spots and post-op adjustments.

The patient needs to be aware that all aspects of treatment can be performed with excellence, but it is their responsibility to take the time to accept the dentures and to learn how to function with them.

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