But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy steak with dentures–but you have to either make the steak more tender or upgrade your dentures.
You Don’t Have to Chew If It Melts in Your Mouth
Okay, so steak is probably never going to actually melt in your mouth, but it can be made so tender that it practically does. You may have been accustomed to cooking your steak without worrying too much if it’s tough because, hey, your teeth could handle it. But now, it’s worth it to take some extra steps to make your steak extra tender and easy to eat.
Getting steak tender starts with the cut of beef. The tenderloin and top blade steaks are the most tender right off the bat.
Next, cut it against the grain. The long muscle fibers of a steak can be hard to break down with denture teeth, but you can give them a head start by cutting the fibers into smaller pieces.
Tenderize your steak with a hammer. Pounding the steak has the same effect as chewing it, only you get some of the chewing out of the way before the steak goes in your mouth.
Use marinades that can help soften the steak. The best options for this are marinades that include acids like citrus juice or vinegar. If tenderizing is like chewing your steak before you eat it, marinating is like digesting it.
This is all very easy to do at home, but when it comes to going out, it’s hard to gauge how tender a restaurant steak is before you have it. When you visit a restaurant for the the first time, get a taste of someone else’s steak before ordering one for your own.
But more often than not, the problem is really your dentures. If you want to eat steak, you have to have dentures that are up to the challenge.
Not all dentures have quality teeth. Many dentures have plastic teeth, which are just not capable to breaking down tough muscle fibers. Quality dentures have ceramic teeth, which can be sharper and harder, making them ready to take on tough steaks.
Your dentures also have to be securely fastened in your mouth to function properly and break down steak. Traditional dentures just sit on your gums, not really secured in place by anything but suction. Dentures secured by dental implants have good stability for chewing. You can bring a lot of force to bear, breaking down the steak and releasing all those savory juices.
Proper fit goes beyond just seeming to be the right size for your mouth. Properly fitted dentures not only fit in your mouth when static, they fit when your mouth is in motion. This requires a more complex fitting process, but it’s worth it.