How to eat with a new denture!
Practice, Time, and Patience.
Lately I have been spending a lot of time playing baseball with my oldest son. I am teaching him how to pitch and catch a pop-fly one, of the scariest parts of the game. He is wobbly and hesitant to put his body in front of the ball, which is only natural. Remember learning how to catch a pop fly? It’s exhausting, but eventually you get used to it and routine pop ups become easy outs. What is a stressful, exhaustive process easy becomes second nature with practice.
Just like baseball, learning any new skill takes a TON of time and a TON of patience. Learning to eat and speak with dentures is no different. Many people expect their new dentures to function like natural teeth, and unfortunately that just isn’t’ the case. You lose 90% of your chewing power with dentures, so learning to use them takes time. Try not to be discouraged or frustrated, it is a process. Start with a soft diet of fish, chicken, and steamed vegetables and we’ll gradually work you up to things like steak and lettuce.
The process is 99.9% mental, so if you believe you’ll eat steak and lettuce, then guess what?!? You’re going to eat steak and lettuce. We get a god fit with our dentures and promise you’ll eat with them.
Remember they’re different than your normal teeth
When you begin to eat with your new dentures it’s going to feel weird. It will be completely unnatural. Dentures are large pieces of acrylic that your brain perceives as a foreign object. You will have to train your mouth, your body, and most importantly your brain to work with the foreign object; just like a prosthetic arm or leg.
“My mouth feels funny”
When you have your teeth removed and immediate dentures placed there will be swelling and it may feel, for a brief period of time, that you have a hockey puck in your mouth. You’ll feel like you have very little room and you cannot fit food in there. Fear not, this will all feel natural eventually, lean on these tips. When your gums begin to heal and shrink, we will place a soft plastic lining material in the denture that works like a band-aide to cover the wound. As you heal we will replace this ‘soft liner’ until your dentures are completely comfortable and feel one hundred percent natural.
Food tastes different!
With new dentures food may initially seem to have lost it’s flavor. This is likely because your body is still adjusting to the prosthetic. As your body and brain adjust to the new dentures, food will begin to taste normal and be easier to consume. The majority of your taste buds are surprisingly on the roof of your mouth, so a full upper denture covers most of these. With dental implants we can remove the palate allowing you to eat and enjoy food just like you did with your natural teeth.
Small Bites, Soft Food
Don’t jump straight into a giant T-Bone steak or barbecued ribs right after getting your new dentures! Start with soft foods like eggs, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and pasta. Once you have mastered these easy to chew foods introduce more difficult items such as chicken and steak. To keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed take the process of introducing new foods slow, and always remember it is a process.
What if my dentures are rocking?
When you chew with your new dentures, you’ll begin to notice that the opposite side typically rocks or lifts from the jaw bone. If you bite down the middle, the back will pop up! To prevent this from happening we recommend not biting directly in the center of the dentures, but rather, on the sides to keep all of the forces in your mouth at balance. The closer you can get to the back of your mouth, the more success you’ll have with difficult foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers.
Invest in Great Dentures
Putting your hard earned money into a set of McCall Dentures made from the highest quality materials can really make a HUGE impact on your ability to eat again. Economy denture teeth are typically made from a weaker material and are used as a cosmetic bandage during the healing process. Our premium dentures all look and feel like natural teeth. We only use the highest quality materials, and the process is much longer in the laboratory, so we charge a bit more. They make biting into hard to eat foods much easier! These dentures are 5 times denser than traditional dentures, leading to less shrinkage, better fit, and less irritation spots. They’re strong and can withstand the every day wear and tear of chewing!
As you begin your denture experience, you may have days when you feel like progress is lacking. Drop that mindset. It’s going to take a while to learn how to eat corn on the cob again with a full set of dentures. The more you practice, the faster the process will go. It is based largely on muscle memory and mindset, so if you practice every day, with a positive attitude, there isn’t a food in the world you shouldn’t be able to eat with premium dentures. Don’t give up quickly and only choose easy to eat foods. Practice. Practice. Practice. These aren’t your real teeth so you’re going to have have to consistently practice to eat and enjoy the foods you love in the comfort you deserve.
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