New dentures can make mealtime tricky. That may get better with time. However, if you have traditional dentures, or those not supported by implants, you may never overcome the challenge of chewing certain foods. Are you avoiding the foods you love because you are afraid of your dentures slipping, or even falling out? Perhaps you cut out sticky and crunchy foods so that you can be more confident and comfortable while you eat.
Although dental technology has come a long way in the past decade when it comes to dentures, there are still many pitfalls that can occur for patients who choose removable dentures, or ones that are not implant-supported. It can be frustrating and uncomfortable for patients if they have ill-fitting or slipping dentures. Sores along the gum lines can exist, and some patients even modify the way they speak once they get dentures.
Choosing implant-supported dentures eliminates these potential drawbacks, especially when it comes to eating. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that looks, feels and functions most like natural teeth. With a dental implant securely fused to your jawbone, your dentures aren’t going anywhere. You can laugh, speak, smile and eat with confidence.
The dietary adjustments that many denture wearers make can be more detrimental than you think. Choosing softer foods often means you are electing a diet rich in carbs and avoiding fibrous fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods are important for optimal nutrition at any stage of life, but especially as you age and encounter more sickness or disease. A high carb diet can also lead to obesity and diabetes. Is your denture option worth that?
To make sure you have every opportunity for a confident smile and healthy body, consider dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants require the same maintenance regime as your natural teeth, without the need for messy adhesive creams or special cleaning. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an esteemed implants dentist who welcomes your questions and concerns regarding tooth replacement.