Your teeth have been extracted and now you’re faced with problematic dentures.
Periodontal disease destroys the bone support of teeth resulting in their loos over a long period of time.
Toxins from the gum disease process force patients to consider the option of removing teeth during advanced stages of periodontal disease.
The gum disease problem gets resolved ending the reign of terror inflicted upon patients who spend many hours in emergency dental care mode.
Making a transition into dentures may be trading one set of problems for another.
Dentures that are problematic will seem as though you have jumped from the frying pan into the skillet.
No one wants to trade one set of problems for another.
The goal of a dentist in the fabrication of dentures is to make them functional where there is a benefit provided in wearing them.
We see patients who are in transition, attempting to adjust to wearing their new dentures.
A major concern that must be addressed is weight loss.
Nutrition can be achieved in the interim on a liquid and/or soft food diet.
Patients are encouraged to take smaller bites while learning to chew with dentures.
The chewing process is found to be more mechanical.
Taste of food may be compromised due to the full coverage of the palate with dentures.
Not every patient will successfully tolerate the transition.
With help and encouragement, dentures can be used to improve the overall ability to chew.
Patients are given expectations before the removal of teeth in order to understand the role of dentures in the replacement of natural teeth.
An exaggerated visualization of the ability to chew is observed watching a cow eating grass.
The cow makes a lateral slide then back to a semi – circle – kind of chewing stroke.
Dentures as stated provide a more mechanical up and down chewing stroke with the tongue securely holding the lower denture in a stable position.
This mechanical motion occurs due to a lack of adequate lower jaw bone.
Patients with adequate lower jaw bone approximate the natural chewing stroke similar to what was experienced before the loss of teeth.
Information in this post speaks to the patient having difficulty adjusting to dentures.
Be thankful if you received your dentures and in short order was able to masticate effectively.
Problematic dentures should not be given up on and can be tolerated as your dentist helps you through the rehabilitation process.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz