Dentures in Letterkenny

What are dentures?

We can now create beautifully natural looking prosthetic teeth. For dentures they are attached to a gum-coloured plastic base that is inserted into the mouth. Sometimes there are metal parts to the denture or a soft liner which will require a unique cleaning routine. Typically dentures are removable, although they can now be stabilised or even anchored in place permanently with dental implants. We will discuss this with you if it is a possibility in your case.

When are dentures necessary?

Many people experience tooth decay, trauma to their teeth through accident, or gum disease through poor dental hygiene. Some people are even genetically predisposed to have weaker teeth and gums. We are all living longer and age plays an important role in tooth loss. Dentures are a popular and cost effective solution to replace missing teeth, whether it is all the teeth in one or both jaws, or partial dentures to replace a number of missing teeth.

What does it involve?

We will take an impression of your mouth and from this we create high precision plaster moulds so that our dental technicians can craft you removable dentures to fit your jawbone. We are experienced in matching your natural colouring too, so soon you will be eating, talking and smiling again with confidence.

Are they comfortable?

If you have been living with missing teeth or, indeed, no teeth at all, it is likely that dentures will bring only relief. They do take a short while to get used to and you will probably always be very aware of them in your mouth, but with some tweaking they can eventually become quite comfortable. If we can look at a solution to stabilise your dentures with implants, or even fix them permanently into place, you might find a quality of life similar to having natural teeth.

Caring for Dentures

Do you still need to put your teeth in a glass?

We all have the image of a pair of false teeth in a glass on the bedside table, but modern advances in the materials used to create dentures and the fit and comfort of the apparel mean you don’t need to spend any more time cleaning your dentures than you would your natural teeth and there’s no need to soak your dentures overnight! By adopting a twice daily routine of brushing, soaking with a specialist denture cleaner, then rinsing, you can keep your dentures clean, fresh and free from bacteria.

For effective cleaning you can follow these quick and simple instructions:

  • Remove your denture from your mouth
  • Use a small-headed toothbrush to remove any food lodged in the awkward corners
  • Soak the denture for just 10 minutes in a specialist cleaner such as Steradent Active Plus
  • Alternatively, if you don’t have time to soak your dentures for 10 minutes, Steradent 3 Minutes can be used to remove daily build up of plaque and bacteria
  • Dentures containing metal parts can be cleaned with a specialist denture cleaner in the same way as regular dentures, but should not be left in the solution for longer than 10 minutes. We will give you specialist advice regarding a care routine if your denture has metal parts or a soft liner.

Who needs Complete Dentures?

You will need complete dentures if you no longer have any remaining natural teeth in either your upper or lower jaw. Damian, our lead dentist at 03 Dental, has many years experience providing complete dentures. He will take his time with you to accurately measure your bite and the size and colour of teeth required. We use a system called Enigma Cosmetic Dentures.

A complete denture refers to a full arch of replacement teeth of either the lower or upper jaw, as opposed to a partial denture which will replace just one or several teeth. It may be that you need a full arch replacing on both jaws because you have not a single natural tooth remaining. This is entirely possible and Damian is experienced with even the most advanced denture requirements.

What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures, as the name suggests, are provided to replace a single tooth or group or segments of missing teeth. Some minor preparation work to the adjoining natural teeth surfaces is normally required. Clasps are used to help retain a partial denture and these can be made from chrome-cobalt alloy or from a plastic tooth-coloured resin for an improved aesthetic appearance.

In more complex cases we can use special attachments that are attached to crowns on the surrounding teeth. These attachments firmly grip the partial denture. Another excellent, although more costly, option is to use implants with special attachments to add stability to a partial denture.

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“Finally! I’ve been a client here for the past 3 years getting a lot of much-needed work done. Damien & Leona make a great team and take great care to make you as comfortable as possible. Today, I got my new crowns and have been beaming a smile since. I honestly did not realise how much of a difference it was going to make to have such precise work done in comparison with what was there before. Good dental care is essential, but if you need any kind of work done I couldn’t recommend this place enough. If you’re wary or anxious about dental appointments, this is the place for you. Thanks a million, folks!”

Ciaran Roarty, LETTERKENNY

“I can’t say enough about 03 Dental Letterkenny Damian and Leona. I feel like shouting from the roof tops for all those that have a phobia like me. I have been to other dentists but by far Letterkenny 03 are the most companionate, caring and professional not to mention the fantastic job they did on my teeth, I had conscious sedation and remember nothing! Very happy to have found my future dentist.”

Kathleen Bryant, LETTERKENNY

Frequently Asked Questions

The base of dentures can be crafted using a combination of acrylic or metallic materials, while the individual teeth are typically made from acrylic, providing a more lifelike appearance.
Dentures offer patients a natural and enhanced smile, often helping to restore facial contours. Designed to resemble natural teeth, they blend seamlessly with your appearance, ensuring no noticeable changes.
Certainly! Yes, there is an adjustment period to eating with dentures. We advise starting with softer, smaller food portions and taking your time while chewing. Utilising both sides of your mouth while eating can help prevent the dentures from moving. With time, you’ll become accustomed to the dentures, making it easier to eat larger and more solid foods.
Dentures are a new addition to your mouth and may require some practice to adjust to them. Initially, pronouncing certain words might be challenging, but with practice and time, it will become easier. Occasionally, you might experience slippage when laughing, coughing, or smiling, but simply biting down gently and swallowing can rectify this. If you need additional guidance, consulting with your dentist will be helpful.
The taste of food is not influenced by your teeth, as taste buds reside on your tongue. When you first get your dentures, you might notice some changes in taste as your mouth adjusts to them. Initially, your dentures may slightly interfere with your taste buds, but you will likely get used to it with time. During the early stages, it’s best to avoid hot food or drinks, as dentures can affect your ability to sense heat.
After receiving your new set of dentures from your dentist, we suggest wearing them consistently, including while sleeping, as your mouth adapts to them. This dedication will prove beneficial in the long term. As you become more comfortable with the dentures, your dentist may recommend removing them at night to promote better oral health and allow your gums to rest. Additionally, proper denture care, treating them as you would natural teeth, is essential to maintaining their quality and longevity.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene remains crucial, even with full dentures. We advise regular brushing of your inner mouth areas each morning and evening. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, and palate (roof of your mouth) with a soft-bristled brush. This practice helps eliminate plaque and stimulates blood flow in your mouth. If you have a partial denture, it’s essential to care for your existing teeth diligently to prevent any additional tooth loss.

Conventional dentures are placed in your mouth after several months of tissue healing following tooth loss or extraction. On the other hand, Immediate Dentures are inserted right after tooth loss or removal. This procedure includes your dentist taking precise impressions and measurements of your mouth. The benefit of Immediate Dentures is that you don’t have to deal with missing teeth during the healing process. However, after tooth loss, bone or gum shrinkage may occur, necessitating reshaping or replacement of your Immediate Dentures to ensure a proper fit.

The initial presence of new dentures in your mouth may feel somewhat unusual, and discomfort might be experienced. Rest assured that this will gradually fade as you become accustomed to the dentures. Your mouth will need time to adapt to the denture, and keeping them in place might be a challenge at first, but with practice, this will improve. Some slight soreness or irritation may also occur, which is a natural part of the denture process and will subside over time. However, if you experience prolonged pain or irritation, it is best to contact your dentist promptly. During dental visits, avoid removing your dentures as your dentist can more easily address any issues by examining them in place within your mouth.

Proper care for your dentures is essential, as they are made from delicate materials and can break if dropped. When cleaning your new dentures, be sure to do so over a full sink of water or a folded towel to prevent any damage in case they slip. When not in your mouth, store your dentures safely in a container of water. Just like natural teeth, it is recommended to brush your dentures daily to remove food, plaque, or debris buildup. While special denture cleaning brushes are available, a normal soft-bristled toothbrush will also do the job effectively. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes, as they can cause long-term damage to the dentures. Additionally, using an effervescent denture cleaner can help remove stains and provide a fresher feeling for your dentures.

Certainly! Over time, all dentures may lose their initial sheen or polish. Fortunately, our dentist can effortlessly restore their appearance through a simple polishing process.

Over time, with extended use, you may require a denture reline due to the natural wearing process or changes in the shape of your mouth. Receding bone or gums can also lead to dentures becoming loose. If you notice any changes in the fit of your dentures, it’s essential to consult a dentist promptly to avoid potential sores, infections, or other health issues.

Regular dental check-ups are highly recommended, and we suggest considering a visit to the dentist every 6 months. Professional teeth cleaning is vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our dedicated team will guide you on the appropriate frequency of visits and provide advice on the long-term care of your dentures.

If you have any questions, please contact us