Eating After Getting New Dentures

Apple with a bite next to it sitting next to a pair of denturesThis is not a recipe, but rather a food preparation tip. Due to weight loss, my lower denture gets loose sometimes, making it impossible to chew coleslaw. I got the idea to put my cabbage through my salad shooter with the shredder attachment. Worked perfectly. Prepare your recipe as it says. I can now eat coleslaw with the shredded cabbage.


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By Linda from Bloomington, IL from Bloomington

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May 11, 2013

I have a full plate on the top and mini implants/partial on the bottom. How do you properly bite into food (sandwich, pizza, etc.) so the top plate stays in place?



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May 13, 20131 found this helpful
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A well fitted upper plate shouldn't need a fixative unless you are trying to eat a raw apple or corn-on-the-cob. If your plate is so loose that you feel you're going to lose it biting something like a sandwich, you probably should talk with your dentist about how loose your plate has become. Sometimes after initial dentures are made gums shrink and the wearer will need a newer set fitted.


It took me a while to get used to my upper plate but after a year I'm managing quite well. I was a little nervous about eating in public at first because I was afraid the plate would pop out but after a few successful meals out I was fine. I can even manage BBQ ribs and chicken.

If I know I am going to have an apple or c-o-t-c, I do use Poligrip. (Fixodent is actually better for serious holding power but the zinc gives me a wicked bad headache!)

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March 13, 2011

I had to have all teeth removed that were left after accident. Also I had dentures put right in. My face is swollen, mouth and gums hurt. I need to find away to eat. Please no more jello or pudding. Oatmeal is running to going. What else is there? Please help!

By Doris from MO


March 13, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Doris, Ugh! So sorry you are having to deal with this. Here's a few ideas:
Cottage Cheese
Cream of Wheat

Make your blender your new best friend and you can puree the following:


Canned veggies
Canned fruit
Canned soup
Canned beans
Cooked rice with chicken or beef broth
Add your favorite spices and seasonings to these items to give your tastebuds a treat.

For that matter, try some jarred baby foods. Hope this helps and hope you heal soon.

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March 13, 20111 found this helpful

Been there, done that, and is no fun, so sorry for you. I ate a lot of yogurt, ice cream, {helped numb my mouth} milkshakes, soup, soggy cereal, mostly life, mashed fruit, (strawberries, melon, applesauce, peaches) cottage cheese, I'm sure I ate more than that but really tired and can't think right now.


Hope this helps. It helps to rinse your mouth with warm salt water, with your teeth in, leave them in as much as possible.

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March 13, 20110 found this helpful

If you go to Babies R Us, or Target, you can buy a baby food mill, you put food in, and (as you press down) you turn a crank and it mills the food to a soft consistency. You can mill whatever you cook, it cleans up easy as can be, and costs about twelve dollars. You can see one on Amazon so you know what you are looking for. I just bought one at Target for a baby gift, they come in colors.

Hopefully you won't need it for long; but it will let you eat some tasty stuff, without hurting your mouth!

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March 13, 20110 found this helpful

First of all, I am so sorry for this to happen to you!

For the facial swelling get a bag of frozen peas to use as an icepack. The peas will break away from each other to mold to your face. I always keep one unopened bag frozen for first aid purposes!


foods you can try: rice with gravy, mashed potatoes, baked potato (mixed really well), scrambled eggs, fried eggs (minced), hash browns (but only microwave them), pastas with sauces/gravy, frozen tamales (there's really nothing to chew there), chili (minced well or blend), meatloaf (cut into really tiny bits), soft cooked meatballs (cut tiny), CHEESECAKE!, soft cooked french toast (lotsa syrup), tuna salad, egg salad. There's a lot you can have, but it has to be soft and tiny since you are NOT chewing.

Best of luck to you!

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

You can eat mac and cheese and use fork to mince it up a bit on the plate. You could also have spaghetti if you break it up into short pieces before cooking and drain carefully. You can then add cooked ground beef and diced onion to this and cook til onions are soft. If you have a crockpot, you can make soup beans and cornbread added to the beans to soften. Also, get a pork/beef roast and cook it up in the crock pot until done. Then cool and pull pieces from it and cut up smaller. Add barbecue sauce and mix good and eat it like that without bread.


You can even cook chicken in water until tender and it'll fall off the bones and remove all fat and break meat into small portions and add a jar of alfredo sauce to it and some frozen broccoli that's been cut up fine and steam cooked til tender. Fresh carrots grated and then steamed in the microwave until tender is very tasty. There are lots of ways to prepare regular foods if it's just mashed or diced into smaller sizes and cooked until tender and still have a variety of food groups.

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March 14, 20111 found this helpful

From reading the posts before me, I can tell that either they've never gone through this or it's been so long ago that they've forgotten. I went through this 5 years ago and can sure sympathize! Most of the things people here are suggesting are good but there are a few that you need to steer clear of till your mouth is totally healed and you've gotten your permanent dentures and gotten used to them.

The good things are:
Mac & Cheese (you can cook it a few extra minutes then you won't have to mash it at all, just swallow it)
Spaghetti is good only if it has no meat in it. Even the tiniest pieces of meat can cause extreme pain!
Soup beans are ok if cooked till very very soft, but no cornbread! The crumbs will hurt!
Mashed potatoes
Scrambled eggs
Cheesecake is good but the crust will negate all the good!
Ice Cream is wonderful for the pain but it has to be plain--no nuts or fruits in it
Milk Shakes
Soup broth, not regular soups
Cream of wheat

Now here's things you should avoid at this point:
Any meats! No matter how small you cut it up or grind it up or mash it, tiny pieces will get in there and cause excruciating pain
Anything with crumbs (same reason) such as cornbread, bread, toast
Baked potatoes or potatoes fixed any way other than mashed
Pasta, unless it's cooked at least 5 minutes longer than called for
Any vegetables other than peas and carrots, and those need to be cooked longer

Basically if you wouldn't feed it to a small infant, don't eat it yourself until you heal. Even with the denture pastes the food particles still find their way in and you'll be in tears from the pain. It gets extremely frustrating because you want all these foods but if you try and eat them tiny tiny bits will get under your dentures and will feel like mountains! It took me about 2 months before I could start eating normally again, and even after 2 months I had to get back into it gradually.

Good luck with yours!

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

Doris, I feel For you.I also have to get all my bottoms out; I had top teeth out few yrs. ago, due to Osteopenia, (the start of Osteoperosis.) I'm wondering what to eat after dentures are made & in between. I'm scared my teeth won't fit, or I won't be able to deal with them or eat things I like. I was thinking protein drinks, smoothie, even with ice -cream, cream soups, pureed veggies, & lots of juice. I'm 51, so I also take a Multi Vitamin. Good Luck. Let's pray for each others success, OK?

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

You can puree any food in the blender and it will taste good and won't be painful. People who have had weight loss surgeries do this. My favorite was cottage cheese.Mac n cheese would work fine, any vegetable, even grilled cheese sandwiches. Good Luck.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

Everyone has good advice. I was wondering if you really need to have your dentures in while your gums are still healing. Most of the foods suggested can be eaten without teeth. And it is amazing what one can eat without teeth. If you have been told to leave your dentures in during the healing process, then that is what you should do. Follow doctors orders and do the best you can. I think your situation is different than most in that your teeth loss was due to an accident. Good luck, Doris.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Walgreen's sells benzocaine, an oral anesthetic for tooth and gum pain. It comes in a small eyedrop-size bottle, and you just need a drop or two. Helps sore gums a lot.

It takes about 6 weeks for the gums to heal enough to be able to eat comfortably, and even then you may need adjustments for the dentures to fit properly.

Canned fruit are also a nice treat.

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Talhloolabelle's link will work if you delete the dot at the end of the link. I just posted this for another question lol. My "all knowing computer wizard son" told me there should never be a dot at the end of a link .

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March 18, 20110 found this helpful

ORZO - that little pasta will be your best friend and this is delicious! Sautee some in a little butter, add a small amount of hot broth. When the broth is gone, add a little more and whatever herbs you like. Continue to add broth every time it soaks into the pasta. This will make it creamy. Test occasionally until you get the consistency you like. You can add more butter if you like. Any leftovers heat well in the microwave the next day as long as you add a couple tablespoons of water to make it creamy again.

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June 14, 20150 found this helpful

I felt the same way, my swelling was so bad I couldn't chew oatmeal. I pulled out my emulsifier blender & drank a quarter of a watermelon. For dinner it was watermelon, blueberries, strawberries & a banana with a fresh sweet potato on the side. If you haven't tried fresh fruit smoothies, try them. Endless varieties that are so beneficial in many aspects of your health.

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April 11, 2016

I got temporary full dentures 4 days ago. This is the first time for me to wear dentures. I could not wear the dentures due to the pain they caused. I am supposed to wear them at least an hour a day for the next two weeks.

I was able to wear them 5 or 6 hours by using SeaBond denture adhesive strips. It seemed to cushion or whatever just enough. Plus it really holds the dentures in place. I was only able to remove them by eating a hot omelette. The dentures quickly and easily released and I could easily get them out without gagging.

But now, I question if I will be able to eat hot foods, like soups, omelettes, etc. when wearing dentures. Obviously not with the Sea bond strips. But is there something that works better as far as making the dentures not hurt and keeping them in place, even when eating hot soup or other hot foods?



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I've had full dentures for about 20 years and the best thing I've found is Fixodent. Not much of a problem with hot stuff, the thing that 'melts' the fixer seems to be chocolate.
I do sometimes need to reapply some days. They do take a while to get used to - I kept saying to myself "No more toothache, yaay!" When you get the permanent ones they will feel better. Good luck.
Marg from England.

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