Well engineered lumps of plastic

I say to the patient that "your new dentures will be well engineered lumps of plastic. They look like teeth but don’t work like teeth - like a prosthetic hand/leg, they will not work like natural teeth. I will make them to the very best technical standard, however I am reliant heavily on you getting used to them. Just like learning to drive a car or learning a difficult new skill (like golf, football, using chopsticks (if they don’t use them)….. the analogies vary for patient to patient ) it takes time to get used to them.” The role of neuromuscular control cannot be over emphasised. The adaptability of humans is incredible.
Managing expectations is 50% of the job with dentures. 50% is technical.

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