Getting dentures is a big life adjustment that can leave you asking questions. Such as ‘when can you eat solid foods after getting dentures?’. This is one of many questions that you may have here at The Dental Institute. Since dentures are such a life-changing procedure, you want to know everything you can before you commit to them. 

Many people go to the dentist where their dental care provider recommends dentures. This is normal and typically happens if someone is missing teeth. Your dentist should only recommend them if they think you are a good candidate for them. 

There are different types of dentures that you can get. Depending on what you get you will need to follow different instructions. Implant dentures are surgically attached to your mouth and are permanently fixed in there . A traditional denture bridges are removable which allows you to clean it. 

Here are some common concerns that happen after getting your dentures and are using them daily.

Sore Spots

Sore Mouth dentures

It is common for you to feel some soreness after your surgery or when using your denture bridge. The good thing is that a good warm salt water rinse can help with typical sores that are not deep. A warm, salt water rinse can be done several times a day. If this does not help after several days, you will want to contact your medical professional.

If your sore spot is open, red, or bleeding, do not do a warm salt water rinse. Be aware of the sore spot and let your medical professional know about your sore spot and what is happening. They will give you instructions on what to do and may have you come into the office. They may want to fix or adjust your appliance. 

Hot Foods 

When you have denture implants, you may experience some sensitivity to extreme temperatures with food. This is normal because you have undergone major surgery with your mouth and teeth. While you may enjoy extremely hot and cold foods, it is best to stay away from them for the moment. 

It usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks for your mouth to feel completely ‘normal’ after you get dentures. Since many comfort foods are hot, it is best to cool them off before eating them. As your mouth and teeth begin to heal, you can start adding some heat or coolness back into your eating routine.

Eating with Dentures

When can you eat solid foods after getting dentures? This is going to vary from person to person and will depend on what was done during the procedure. Again this is going to be more for people who have denture implants instead of a denture bridge. 

Typically we see patients eating normal, or solid foods anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. The more invasive your surgery, or the more work that was done, usually means the longer the recovery period. You can still eat food after getting dentures, but they may be liquid or soft foods to start out with immediately after surgery.

Food Dentures

Cut Your Food 

Once your mouth is feeling a little better, you can start experimenting with different foods that you enjoy eating. Your mouth may still feel a little weird or unusual. This is a completely normal feeling and a common complaint that we get here at The Dental Institute. 

Our recommendation is that you cut your food. This is a great way to start re-introducing solid foods into your diet. You can eat the food you love but without the pain of having to chew big amounts of food.

Soft Foods

When someone is starting off with both denture implants and denture bridges, we highly recommend soft foods. Liquids are a good place to start but they’re not a great option for everyone, especially long term. This is why soft foods are a better choice. 

Soft foods allow you to feel full while not having to use your mouth and teeth as much for chewing. Soups, oatmeal, pudding, and mashed potatoes are all great options for you to eat. This gives you the nutrition and energy that you need while allowing your mouth to heal and recover from surgery.

Eat Pizza 

Of course, we had to highlight the favorite food of many people. Pizza is a great food because it is easy to eat and comes in a variety of different flavors. You may be craving some pizza after you get dentures. This is perfectly normal and there are ways that you can still enjoy pizza after you have dentures and your mouth is getting used to them.

The first thing is to wait for a little bit of time. Do not hop out of the dentist’s chair and go order takeout. Wait until you are off of any pain medication and can tolerate solid food. The next thing is to cut your food into smaller bites. Yes, you will want a fork and knife for eating your slice of pizza. Once you are feeling confident with your dentures then you can eat pizza normally again.

Sides of Your Mouth

Dentures are a good way to keep your mouth supported while providing facial support. It allows you to have your natural face shape and prevents premature aging that happens with major tooth loss. Just know that it is completely natural for the sides of your mouth to feel off, or sore for a little while

Hygiene

hygiene dentures

In terms of long-term denture care, you will want to stay on top of your denture hygiene. If you have a denture bridge, you need to clean it every night. You will also need to clean your teeth and the denture area when you brush your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. 

Good hygiene will prevent rotting and remove any food that stick in your mouth or denture bridge. It also ensures that you will not get infections or further damage from future tooth loss. You can easily keep your dentures looking great which in turn gives you a great smile.

Follow Instructions

Your dentist or prosthodontist will give you instructions on how to take care of your dentures and what you should expect. They may tell you to not eat certain foods after your surgery and what to do with your diet. This is completely normal and it gives you all the information you need about your new dentures.

It is typical for bridge dentures to fade or change colors if they are not taken care of properly. When they are taken care of properly, you should not see any color change in your dentures. It also keeps your mouth happy and healthy. 

Get the Right Products

If you have a denture bridge, you will want to get some different products for it. Typical toothpaste is abrasive and can damage your dentures since they are usually made of plastic or porcelain. Over time a regular toothpaste will damage your denture bridge. This leads to having to get a new denture bridge which can be costly and expensive.

Your dentist should give you instructions on where to get denture cleaning materials. They may have samples of different products that you can use to find out what you like. 

We hope that you have learned something useful to help with your dentures. If you have concerns or are in pain, be sure to contact us. Reach us at (301) 654-7808 during regular business hours.