Replacing the teeth lost to gum disease, tooth decay or injury with dentures can make it easier to eat and speak, and support the facial muscles to reduce sagging.
A set of full dentures are made of a removable acrylic base (plate) and a set of crafted, natural looking acrylic teeth which fit over your gums. A partial denture is attached to the teeth on either side of a gap.
To fit your denture correctly and to ensure it is as comfortable and stable as possible, your dentist will take an impression and make precise measurements which will then be given to a technician. These measurements will then be used to custom build the perfect size and shape dentures for your mouth. From simple cases to more complicated and advanced private treatments, Monkstown Dental will restore you smile to a more natural and healthy condition.
I was uncomfortable with the idea of wearing dentures- what if they hurt or fell out? But my dentist took the time to explain the process to me and he fit my dentures perfectly. They’re really comfortable, they look great and I can eat a lot of foods that I couldn’t before.
At first, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth gets used to your new dentures. However, if you had any natural teeth removed prior to getting your dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks.
There are two main types of dentures:
Full dentures replace all your teeth after any remaining teeth have been removed and sufficient tissue healing has occurred.
Partial dentures replace only those that are missing.
Though most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly, you should be able to eat normally quite quickly. However, hard or sticky food may take slightly longer to get comfortable with (also, we advise you to avoid chewing gum entirely).
If you experience any difficulty using a small amount of denture adhesive will help stabilise the dentures and help hold them in place making the learning process easier.
Though you are able to wear your dentures at night we prefer that you take them out, clean them and store them properly to give your gums and bone a chance to relax.
You should never wear your dentures for 24 hours straight without performing proper oral hygiene.