Challenges you will experience with wearing a newly fabricated denture:
Dentures are a replacement for not having teeth versus a replacement of teeth;
subtle difference in terminology that represents a substantial difference in practicality!
- Incising or biting into food using the front teeth of a denture (eating corn off the cob, biting into a sandwich, biting into a hotdog, etc…) will be a challenge for most patients. The upper and/or lower denture will have the tendency to tip and dislodge. Food should be eaten with a fork and knife and chewed equally on both sides of the mouth to help maintain even pressure on the back teeth of the denture(s)
- Lower dentures require the use of muscles to stay in place, a varied difference from an upper denture that is maintained primarily by surface tension and saliva. Anatomic variations of the palate (roof of the mouth) in addition to the amount and quality of saliva you produce will impact how well the upper denture stays in place. These factors vary from person to person and in some cases day to day in the same person due to medications, lifestyle choices, weight loss/gain and other factors. You will need to ACTIVELY train your muscles to stabilize a lower denture. This process also varies from person to person and requires the patient to be mentally prepared to allow enough time to learn how to properly function with a lower denture. This is a learning process and is entirely dependent on the patient’s willingness to learn and overcome the challenges of a denture. “My grandma never had a problem wearing her dentures and she does not need adhesive” does not mean you will initially have the same success without practice! Placing implants to stabilize lower dentures is a tremendous benefit that can truly change the quality of a patient’s life and help mitigate many of the frustrations associated with a lower denture.
- Your chewing efficiency is markedly decreased compared to natural teeth. Chewing steak, peanuts, and other “tough or chewy” foods will be difficult. Patient can overcome these challenges with practice and perseverance.
- Making specific sounds and saying certain words may be awkward at first. You will eventually learn to speak normally utilizing the denture. This also takes practice.
- Sore spots/ulcerations of the gum tissue can occur with virtually any newly made denture. Please call the office to schedule for an adjustment of the denture!
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