How will dentures affect my eating?

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Dentures represent a significant change, and accordingly, patients contemplating dentures in Grapevine often have a number of questions and concerns. One issue that patients frequently bring up is eating and chewing. If you’re facing the prospect of dentures, it’s only natural to wonder if you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite foods.

The mechanics of biting and chewing do differ slightly between dentures and biological teeth. Your dentist can teach you how to alter your chewing technique to accommodate your dentures.

To some extent, patients limit their diets immediately after receiving their dentures until they get the hang of the new way to chew. They may need to cut food into smaller pieces or chew on both sides of the mouth at the same time.

Be patient with yourself as you get adjusted to wearing the appliances. Don’t try to delve into crunchy foods like apples right away. You’ll get to those eventually.

It’s best to be as prepared as possible in advance of receiving your dentures. Ask your dentist what you should expect as you get used to your new dentures and what steps you can take to make the adjustment process go more smoothly. Your dentist will be able to offer specific tips that have helped patients in the past.

In addition to developing a plan to adjust your diet, work with your dentist to create a regimen for caring for your dentures. As with eating, maintaining dentures is not exactly the same as the oral hygiene routine you may be accustomed to. It’s important to keep your dentures in good shape so that they’ll do a good job of chewing.

By replacing your missing teeth, dentures will ultimately help to improve your nutrition. You’ll be able to eat a much wider variety of foods than you would if you were to go without a tooth replacement solution. You will need to master a different chewing technique with your dentures, but that effort will be worthwhile in the long run.

If you are looking for tooth replacement options, contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 to learn how we can help.

Complete vs. Partial Denture

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When discussing dentures, there are basically two types. A complete denture is required when it is being used to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch. A partial denture replaces one or a few teeth. A visit to your dentist in Colleyville to discuss dentures, and whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment, may provide the answers you have been looking for to resolve your dental issues.

For many who face the loss of their teeth, a denture can offer much needed relief from the embarrassment and inconvenience of that loss. If you need to fill a gap for one or a couple of missing teeth, a partial denture may be your answer. Basically, a partial denture is a removable appliance that is made to attach to remaining teeth. The teeth in a partial are made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth, and are held in place using metal framework.

If you are facing the loss of all the teeth in either your upper or lower arch, a complete denture will be required. There are essentially two types of complete dentures – a conventional denture is provided after the teeth have been removed and healing has taken place. An immediate denture is put in place immediately after the teeth have been removed. Of course, the advantage of an immediate denture is that you are never without teeth.

However, no matter what type of denture you receive, the bones and gum tissue in your mouth will shrink over time once your original teeth have been removed. An immediate denture might require more dental adjustments than a traditional denture. A traditional denture is fitted generally after the healing process is nearly completed allowing for a more natural fit.

There are other options you may wish to discuss with your dentist such as a bridge or dental implants, but these procedures are considered permanent, and may not be suitable for your needs.

Whether or not you proceed with a denture, the need to eliminate a gap or open space in your gum tissue is critical to keeping your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Eating, smiling and speaking are generally enhanced once your denture is in place as well. Our dentists at Anderson Dentistry will be able to explain all of the benefits you will have and the options available to you with a denture procedure.