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Tips for Eating With New Dentures in Tucker area

Dentist in Tucker, GA provides patients tips for eating with new dentures

New dentures can transform your smile and boost not only your ability to eat and speak properly again after missing several teeth, but also boost your self-confidence and facial appearance. After getting dentures fitted in your mouth for the first time, there is often an adjustment period while you get used to chewing and talking with the appliance in your mouth. Your gums and soft tissues also need to adjust to the dentures as well. Here, Dr. Kyandukhta Kalantari (“Dr. Kay”) from Dentistry at Kennesaw Point in Tucker, GA provides tips for eating with new dentures to make the transition to living with your beautiful new smile as smooth as possible.

How dentures work

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Before jumping into tips on how to eat with new dentures and care for them, it’s first helpful to understand how dentures work. Dentures are removable dental appliances that consist of a gum-colored base that is made of a plastic resin material. This base fits over the bony ridge, called the alveolar ridge, where the patient’s teeth were previously located. Prosthetic teeth are connected to the resin base and are made of a white material that looks and functions like natural teeth.

It can be hard to believe, but to hold dentures in place, all that is really needed is your mouth’s natural suction. They have a tight fit against the bony ride in your mouth, which creates a suction effect that keeps them in place. Upper dentures also receive support from the palate (the roof of the mouth) that helps keep the denture in place.

Because of this, a proper, tight fit is critical for your comfort when you receive new dentures, and if any warping or cracking occurs over time, it is essential to see the dentist to have them adjusted. Otherwise, they can rub against your gums and cause irritation or sores, and they may slip in your mouth or even fall out accidentally at inopportune times.

Tips for eating with new dentures

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When you first get dentures, the sensation of the prosthetic in your mouth can feel strange and it can be difficult to eat food or even say speech sounds properly that you have been saying all your life. But don’t worry! Over time, the nerves and muscles in your mouth become trained to work in harmony with your new dentures, and you will barely even notice that you have them. Small adjustments to their fit over time can also help with making new dentures more comfortable, as they settle in your mouth and become balanced with your oral structures.

During this adjustment period, you can do several things to make eating with your new dentures easier:

  • At first, eat only liquid and soft foods like cooked cereals or porridges, soups, applesauce, puddings, and smoothies
  • Don’t eat extremely hot foods or beverages; this is important because the dentures can impede your ability to sense the temperature because they are somewhat insulating, so you can burn your mouth if you aren’t careful
  • Swallow liquids rapidly after putting them in your mouth to prevent your bottom dentures from becoming loose
  • When you begin eating solid foods again, cut your food into very small pieces to minimize the amount of chewing necessary
  • Chew your food slowly and distribute it equally on both sides of your mouth to help keep your dentures stable while you eat
  • Avoid gulping down your food before chewing it properly because this can cause choking
  • Cook fruits and vegetables before eating them to make them easier to chew, and eat sticky foods such as whole grains with liquids to aid in the chewing process
  • Cook fruits and vegetables before eating them to make them easier to chew, and eat sticky foods such as whole grains with liquids to aid in the chewing process
  • At first, you may wish to avoid red meats or other tough foods and replace them with easier-to-chew foods such as eggs, poultry, legumes, or slow-cooked meats
  • Use a dental adhesive to help keep your dentures in place and prevent slipping while you eat

If you are experiencing other uncomfortable side effects from new dentures, such as irritation in your gums and soft tissues or sores from your dentures rubbing, the following practices can help ease your symptoms:

  • Swish your mouth regularly with warm salt water, which can alleviate pain and reduce bacteria and inflammation
  • Take your dentures out at night to give your mouth a rest
  • See Dr. Kay if you feel that your dentures don’t fit quite properly
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Getting new dentures is an exciting milestone for anyone who has been suffering from missing teeth, and we are here to help you make the transition as seamless as possible so you can get on with your life and enjoying your new smile. To learn more about dentures or other tooth replacement options, or if you have new dentures and have questions about how to live with or care for them, please call us at Existing patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone NumberExisting patients Phone Number678-580-3060 . With two convenient locations in Tucker and Kennesaw, GA, we are ready to serve both new and existing patients and look forward to seeing you smile!

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