Dentures, like natural teeth, wear down over time. There are many reasons why the teeth on your dentures may begin to feel warped, loose or uncomfortable. Bone changes and changes in your facial structure happen naturally with age. That alone will mean you will have to get new dentures every so often. If you think…
How a Partial Denture Can Restore Chewing Function
Partial dentures are a great option if you still have some regular teeth and want to keep your smile and nice appearance. If you are new to partial dentures, you may be wondering how they will affect your ability to chew. The first thing to keep in mind is that partial dentures take some getting used to. There is an adjustment period, but once you get the hang of it, you will be living as you were with regular teeth.
Chewing with partial dentures
When getting used to new partial dentures, patients must keep in mind that it is normal for them to feel awkward at first. One may also notice the dentures slipping around or sore spots along the gums during the adjustment process. When it comes to restoring chewing function, partial dentures actually support a patient’s continued oral health. Because partial dentures fill the void created by missing teeth, they help restore chewing function. However, when partial dentures are permanently fixed into a patient’s mouth, there may be a longer adjustment period.
Tips to follow
As is common with life changes, partial dentures take time to get used to. Learning to chew especially takes patience and practice. However, for patients new to dentures, there are a few tips and rules to follow that may make it easier when learning to chew. Some of these rules include the following:
- Do not bite with the front teeth. Instead, denture wearers should try to push food to the side of the mouth and chew slowly and carefully
- Food should always be cut into small pieces prior to consumption. This makes it easier for wearers to push food to the side of the mouth instead of the front
- When denture wearers are still getting used to the dentures, it is preferable to stick with soft and liquid foods until gums fully heal
- Avoid foods like taffy, popcorn and other sticky foods that may stick to dentures and damage them
These are good rules to follow for anyone trying to get used to chewing with their dentures. Following these rules will also make it more likely for partial dentures to last a while. Partial dentures are built to last and usually hold up well to an assortment of foods and beverages. However, improperly eating with them or caring for them may cut down on the dentures’ life span. As long as denture wearers are careful while eating and follow the appropriate care steps, dentures can last up to 10 years, allowing wearers to live confidently and comfortably.
Enjoy eating with partial dentures today
Getting used to your dentures does not have to be difficult. As long as you are patient, practice and follow the rules mentioned above, you will be speaking and chewing as though you had your natural teeth. If you have questions about new dentures, do not hesitate to contact a dentist. Your dentist will give you the information you need in order to restore your chewing function.
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