Kevin Doran at work making a denture

Frequently Asked Questions

Dentures is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

A C.D.T. is a registered health care provider. Who can make and fit full and partial dentures to the public.

A Dental Technician is qualified to make dental prosthesis in a laboratory. They cannot provide treatment to patients. If you have had dentures made directly to you by a technician and are unhappy, you are entitled to your money back. You should also contact the Dental Council of Ireland ( / Tel: 01 6762069).

It usually takes 4-5 visits to make new dentures. However in some cases we can accommodate emergencies.

Generally yes, but it will depend on why the denture is no longer fitting correctly and how much your gums have changed.

This is when the part of the denture that is in contact with your gums is given another layer. If your gums have receded it can help make dentures fit snugly again. without having to make new dentures.

In some cases a reline may not be enough to correct a denture fitment problem. In these cases a rebase may help as it creates a new foundation for your denture.

This is similar to a tooth implant, but in this case metal posts are inserted in the gums to hold a denture in place. Additional benefits of implants include slowing the rate that bone changes, absorbing force and reducing pressure on the gums.

If possible dentures should be rinsed after every meal. If you are using denture cleaning tablets only soak them in it for 10-20mins, then remove and put in water. If dentures are left dry too long they may warp. It is not advised to use toothpaste on your denture as it is very abrasive.

Yes, it is advised to remove all dentures at night. This allows your gums to recover from the strain of wearing a denture. It also allows your saliva to clean areas not accessible while the dentures are in place.

It is advised to change your dentures every 5-10 years. This is due to gum shrinkage and your dentures no longer fitting properly. In some cases it may be possible to reline your old dentures.

Dentures can subtly change your appearance by adding extra lip support, increasing the length of teeth, changing colour of teeth etc…

However if you are happy with the appearance of your current set of dentures we can do our best to match the appearance.

We show our patients a mock up of the denture before it’s finished so changes can be made if necessary.

It can take some time to get used to new dentures and if your old dentures were very worn the new ones may feel different when eating.

You may speak differently at first when trying new dentures however this wont last long as you get used to the new dentures your speech will improve.

If the new dentures cause sore spots or mouth ulcers you should remove the dentures rince your mouth with warm salty water and wear your old dentures if needed. Come back into us and we will ease the denture for you.

Hopefully you won’t need denture adhesive, however it is not always possible to achieve suction or grip on dentures due to gums shrinking.

If denture adhesive is needed only use a small amount as too much can be difficult to clean off and may irritate gums. Always clean adhesive away from your gums and dentures when you take them out at night time.