Patients who are considering dentures may have concerns based on outdated impressions of older appliances like their grandparents wore. Fortunately, today’s dentures have made great strides in terms of form, fit and function in comparison to dentures that patients wore just a few decades ago. Modern dentures are custom-designed for a more comfortable fit and also works better.
You may need to alter your diet a bit immediately after you get your dentures as you get used to chewing with the appliance, which will feel slightly different from your natural teeth. After that initial adjustment period, however, you should be able to return to eating most, if not all, of your favorite foods.
Your dentist may give you instructions about which foods you will or will not be able to eat and any alterations that you may need to make (such as cutting food into smaller pieces).
The key to getting the optimum benefit from your new dentures is to have an open line of communication with your dentist about your expectations for the prosthetic. You should have detailed discussions about what to expect at mealtime and be aware of the signs that may indicate a problem. For example, patients may experience some mild discomfort when they first start to wear the dentures, but if any pain while chewing persists, you should check in with your dentist to see if the appliance can be refitted.
In addition to replacing the chewing function of your missing teeth, dentures also restore the aesthetic features of your smile. In this aspect, they outperform dentures of days past, as well. The materials can be tailored to match your biological teeth or improve upon their appearance if desired.
Any questions or concerns about your new dentures, such as what you can and cannot eat, should be discussed with our knowledgeable practice staff. Don’t hesitate to call us or schedule an appointment to discuss your dentures and any problems you’re having with them.