Dentures are an excellent alternative for individuals who have lost teeth due to poor oral hygiene or serious injuries. Dentures can replenish one’s confidence by giving them the beautiful smile they desire. However, because dentures aren’t permanently installed into the gums, understanding how to function with them properly is the key to experiencing and enjoying their full benefit.
Depending on an individual’s needs, there are complete dentures and partial dentures. For individuals who have lost all of their teeth, complete dentures are used for the upper or lower jaw or both. For individuals who have lost a few teeth and have space missing between their remaining teeth, partial dentures can be attached to their natural teeth with metal clasps to fill in the missing spaces.
Dentures are beneficial because they help individuals speak clearly and eat correctly. Without them, it may be hard for individuals to say certain words or eat certain foods. However, learning how to eat with dentures does take some practice.
For individuals who get partial dentures, it may take a while before they’re comfortable chewing regular foods again. For those with full dentures, it’s not uncommon to feel as if they’re eating with a foreign object in their mouth. It’s best for individuals to begin with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Individuals should chew slowly and use both sides of their mouth simultaneously to prevent the dentures from moving. Great examples of soft foods include boiled potatoes, steamed vegetables, and mincemeat.
The more comfortable an individual gets with their dentures, the more they can incorporate other foods into their diet to ensure a nutritious and healthy balance. Foods that require a lot of chewing, such as overcooked meat and undercooked pasta, will be difficult at first and should be added later.
When dentures are initially placed, saying certain words could take some practice. Reading out loud and saying difficult words will help individuals eventually master their pronunciation. For individuals with full dentures, sometimes the upper layer covers the roof of the mouth, which the tongue uses to create “S” sounds. The bottom layer may make speaking difficult since they can move around while one talks. Although it may feel discouraging at first, individuals should constantly find creative ways to practice, such as singing along to a favorite song or talking to babies, pets, and plants.
Sometimes, dentures can slip out of the mouth when an individual laughs, coughs, smiles, bites, or swallows. If this happens frequently, then it’s important to return to the dentist and get them altered. At McBride Dental, we offer one-hour denture repair services.
Although many dentist offices are unable to quickly repair dentures, at McBride Dental we have an on-site denture lab at our facility ready to serve individuals who need a repair or reline. We have complete control over the quality of the final product because we fabricate all of our dentures and partials on-site. If you have broken dentures, cracked dentures, or lost dentures, call our office to schedule an appointment at 760-471-1003.