Can you eat food with dentures

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you eat food with dentures?” We will also discuss when dentures are recommended, what conditions can be treated with them, and some eating recommendations while you wear dentures.

Can you eat food with dentures?

Yes, you can eat food with dentures. After you get used to wearing and chewing with dentures you will be ready to eat pretty much anything you want! Some foods that can cause some discomfort when chewing or biting, are food that is too hard, or sticky.

So, with dentures, you may need some time to adjust and get used to them, but after that, you will feel that dentures are the perfect replacement for that missing tooth! Do not despair, soon you will be able to eat as you used to.

What are dentures?

A denture is a detachable replacement for missing teeth and nearby tissues. You can find dentures in two different presentations: partial and complete dentures. Their features will be exhibited below.

Type of denturesCharacteristics




Complete dentures

They can be placed in the mouth after 8 to 12 weeks after the removal of the teeth.
Complete dentures can be found in conventional, or immediate presentations.




Partial dentures

Partial dentures are required when one or more natural teeth are still placed in the upper or lower jaw.
It can prevent other teeth from changing their position.
It has a more natural look.

As you can tell, dentures can be used to replace missing teeth and depending on how many there are, you can wear the most appropriate type.

What is the purpose of a denture?

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth so you can still eat whatever you want, and also smile without any worries. Thanks to dentures, people can live their life normally after missing some teeth.

The truth is that nobody wants to miss a tooth, but some events or health issues may make it inevitable. Missing teeth can cause some concerns to people as they can not eat, speak, or even smile like they used to.

So, dentures come with a bunch of benefits for the affected people, that allow them to live normally.

What are dentures made of?

Dentures can be made from only a few materials, such as:

  • Plastic
  • Acrylic resin
  • Porcelain
  • Nylon
  • Metal

The type of material you use will depend on the type of dentures you are getting placed in. Partial dentures commonly are made of metal clips with an acrylic base. Complete dentures might be made of acrylic or nylon. 

For a more natural look, you can either wear resin or porcelain dentures. But as porcelain can be abrasive to the nearby teeth (if used in partial dentures), it is most commonly used for full dentures.

What happens to your teeth when you get dentures?

Although dentures can look like an easy way to get your problems fixed, they can also cause some other issues to your dental health. First of all, although they are used to replace missing teeth, they do not replace the natural functions of teeth.

Dentures are used to simulate the appearance of natural teeth, and that is it! So, it makes sense that people complain about difficulty when chewing or biting, simply dentures were not designed for that!

So, as dentures will be worn out as time passes, a denture replacement should be done every three to five years, so they still provide the most benefits. Research suggests that whenever people get their full natural teeth replaced with dentures, only 10% of the natural function of teeth will be provided!

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What are the benefits of having dentures?

Dentures can provide their wearers with several benefits, such as:

  • Improve your self-esteem, as your smile will be complete, and you will not be uncomfortable about any gaps between your teeth showing.
  • Speaking normally, missing teeth can affect the way you talk, so with dentures, you do not have to worry about it, maybe just during the first weeks.
  • Eating -almost- whatever you want, without any gaps between your teeth, you can enjoy your favorite meals. You need to ask your dentist if some foods are denture-friendly.
  • Dentures will avoid your facial bone structure to change as a result of missing teeth.

What are the disadvantages of dentures?

Even with all the benefits mentioned above, dentures can also have some negative aspects, such as:

  • Some foods should not be eaten with dentures, as they can damage them.
  • Dentures should not be worn during the night.
  • If you do not clean your dentures properly, some bacterial growth can happen and be prejudicial to your health. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can you eat food with dentures?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-dentures

https://www.dentalhealth.org/dentures

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