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Can You Eat Normally with Dentures?

September 29, 2020 1:56 am

Living with missing teeth doesn’t just impact your smile. It can also negatively affect your ability to speak and to enjoy eating. At Riverstone Dental Care, dentures are one of the restorative procedures we offer. However, we know that patients considering dentures often have questions about how dentures will impact their lifestyle and their ability to eat normally.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are a restorative treatment for missing teeth. Partial dentures are a special device that can replace multiple missing teeth throughout an arch. Full dentures replace the entire upper or lower arch of teeth. They fit snugly over your gums and stay in place during the day with a dental adhesive. In contrast, implant-supported dentures are attached to the gums via dental implants. Implants preclude the need for dental adhesive because they are surgically implanted into the jawbone.

When you first get dentures, it will take a little while to get used to them and you may experience some temporary soreness or discomfort. However, you’ll quickly find that they improve your ability to talk and to chew.

Can Dentures Improve My Quality of Life?

A true solution for missing teeth will fulfill the functions of natural teeth. For example, it will restore your appearance and your ability to speak and eat. Fortunately, custom-fitted dentures that are a good fit (like those you can receive at Riverstone Dental Care!) will reliably allow you to eat normally and enjoy your favorite foods without slippage or discomfort. However, some of our patients report that it can take longer to adjust to eating harder or sticky foods with dentures.

If you’ve given yourself time to adjust to your dentures and find that you still can’t eat normally, call our office. This may be a sign that your dentures need to be adjusted or refitted. If you begin experiencing irritation or pain again after the initial adjustment period, that’s also a sign you should call us.

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To ask our team any questions about dentures or our other tooth replacement options, contact us today!

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