Dentures are worn to replace your natural teeth. They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic or metal base.
You can either be fitted with a complete denture which replace all your teeth and also gives support to your cheeks and lips, or a partial denture, if you still have some of your own teeth remaining. Partial dentures can be made from acrylic (plastic) or a fine metal framework of chrome cobalt. They are usually held in place by clasps or metal clips, which fit around some of your remaining natural teeth.
With today’s technology dentures can be made to look so natural that people can’t tell who’s wearing them. Your dentist can custom make your dentures to fit your mouth, so they’ll take on the character of your original teeth, leaving your appearance the same as before. The colour of the teeth is carefully selected, either to match your remaining teeth, or simply to look as natural as possible.
Initially a brand new denture may feel a little strange but you will soon learn how to eat, talk and smile as you would with natural teeth.
To make sure that your dentures continue to fit properly it is important that you visit your dentist at least once a year to have them checked. If you have partial dentures you should visit your dentist every six months.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures need cleaning morning and night in the same way as your natural teeth. If you follow this same routine, you can not go far wrong. The general rule is: brush, soak, brush! Pay particular attention to your gums, and any remaining teeth where they meet your dentures as plaque and debris builds up in these areas.
Firstly fill a basin with warm water, so that if you drop them the water will cushion the fall. Brushing a denture with special denture cleaning paste will remove any food particles stuck to it. Soak them using a known brand tablet or powder in luke warm water. If your dentures have got metal parts, do not soak them for more than 10 minutes,
Merrion Dentistry can be relied upon to provide the best of dental care for you, and is located in South Dublin, Ireland – close to Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Blackrock, Mount Merrion, Foxrock, Booterstown, Donnybrook, Clonskeagh, Sandyford, Dun Laoghaire. Dentist located on level 1 of Stillorgan Shopping Centre.