I have recently been fitted with a new denture. They seem to fit well enough, and my dentist says they are tight against my gums, but I am really having a hard time chewing. Is this something I will just have to get used to?
Greg – Phoenix
Your dentist may have done an excellent job getting your dentures seated snugly over your gum and bone structure. By simple nature, however, chewing capacity is reduced by 50% when natural teeth are replaced with dentures. This does not mean that you have to “get used to” instability.
There is something you can do to heighten your chewing capacity, even if you are interested in keeping your dentures. One of the latest techniques in tooth replacement is called the implant-supported denture. This may help you gain the comfort and confidence you seek.
Implant supported dentures combines a few dental implants, small cylinders that replace teeth roots. These posts become secured in the jaw bone, and provide the necessary support to a full denture. With this treatment, you should find that you can chew a variety of foods, even those that are crunchy or chewy.
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