Missing your natural teeth can cause a lot of problems. One of the most significant issues is that it can make eating difficult. Luckily, there are several options to replace your missing teeth. One of the most common options out there are dentures. They can replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of your teeth.
However, in the early days of wearing your dentures, it can be challenging to get used to chewing food. Your mouth may hurt from any recent dental procedures that were done, or your new dentures may feel awkward. The muscles in your mouth are not used to keeping a set of dentures in place, so it will take some time for the muscles to get used to it. You might feel like your mouth is producing too much saliva for a time after you get your dentures.
When you are getting used to your new dentures, you must eat with them. No matter how weird it may feel at first, you will get used to them. One of the number one things that you do not want to do when you get new dentures is to try chewing food without your dentures in your mouth.
Food can get stuck in your throat, which is known as a food bolus or steakhouse syndrome. These pieces of food can block your windpipe or esophagus. You are in danger of choking if your windpipe is blocked. If your esophagus is blocked, it can be very painful. You may not be able to swallow any other food, which may cause drooling. The blockage can either work itself out of your throat or you will need to see a doctor who can clear the blockage.
Since you must wear your dentures to get used to them, you are going to need to learn to eat with them as soon as you get them. Dentists recommend that people start by eating soft foods. These foods can also be cut into small pieces.
You can also soon graduate to soft foods that require you to chew. You can eat cooked pasta, soft eggs that are scrambled or poached, and very soft sandwiches. Crunchy and hard foods will be very uncomfortable to eat when you first get dentures. You will be able to eat these foods eventually, but you will want to stay away from them at the beginning of your denture days.
At McBride Dental, we can help you if you have any issues after getting dentures. If you are not adjusting to eating with your dentures, maybe your dentures need an adjustment. Come in for a visit, and we can help advise you on the best move to make wearing dentures easier for you.