Rules for a quick adaptation to wearing dentures


Rules for a quick adaptation to wearing dentures

Dentures are an alternative that most edentulous patients turn to as they get older.

The changes that occur with the transition from natural to artificial teeth produce a number of changes in the psyche.

So, for patients who do not have aesthetically pleasing teeth, tooth replacement can have major but beneficial aesthetic, emotional and functional effects.

On the other hand, patients who did not take proper care of their teeth before will still neglect prosthetic work.

Thus, gingival inflammation and other related pathologies will occur.

Because most of us will at some point end up wearing dentures, whether fixed or removable, it is good to follow some rules to ensure the longevity of dentures:

During the fitting period – soft foods

In the first days after the fitting of the prosthesis, it is best to eat soft foods, sauces, puddings, boiled vegetables and soups.

Even if the adaptation of the oral structures with the new dentures is achieved quite quickly, within a few days, it is still preferable to opt for a semi-liquid diet at first, to avoid cheek biting or similar accidents.

During the adaptation period – food at room temperature

The prostheses applied have a heat-insulating role. Therefore, the patient will have problems at first in appreciating the temperature of the food. It is preferable to avoid hot food.

If this rule is not followed, the soft tissues may become scorched, which is extremely unpleasant and has consequences for the quality of the eating process.

Don’t neglect healthy nutrition

To begin with, the taste of food may be slightly altered by wearing prostheses. The patient should therefore be patient until this sensation passes and not neglect healthy nutrition.

New chewing reflexes form with patience

Especially in the case of total denture wearers, it is good that when switching to solid food, it is cut into smaller pieces which will then be distributed evenly across the dental hemiarches.

This avoids tipping followed by denture detachment.

If only one side is eaten, it is possible that in time, in addition to the dentures coming loose, cracks or even fractures may occur.

Some foods may be stickier, such as sweets, bread or dried fruit. It is therefore recommended that the patient always has liquids on hand when eating to help the chewing process, prevent food from sticking and aid swallowing.

Total denture wearers are advised to use an adhesive to prevent the dentures from coming off, especially when eating harder foods or foods that need to be pulled off (e.g. corn on the cob).

Even if the patient is a partial or full denture wearer, he or she could, in theory, eat any type of food he or she wants, but beware of hard foods or foods that may cause them to fall off.

Properly cared for and maintained, the prosthetic work will have increased resistance over time.

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