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Dentures are the least expensive way to replace missing teeth. They are often used when a person is missing multiple teeth (partial denture) or as a temporary measure when you need to have a tooth extracted (immediate denture).

Partial Dentures

Dentures need to be taken in and out for cleaning and unlike other methods of replacing teeth such as bridges or implants cover some of the palate – this can take a little bit of getting used to. The good news is that new types of dentures are more retentive and kinder to the remaining teeth than the old fashioned acrylic ones.

The different types of dentures:

Acrylic –these are the commonest type of dentures and usually give quite an aesthetic result. As they are made of acrylic (a type of plastic) they are more likely to break than other types of dentures and are also less retentive. They often have to be bulky and cover the roof or floor of your mouth for strength which can take a bit of getting used to. Acrylic partial dentures may be deleterious to your existing teeth especially in the lower jaw (theoretically they are not recommended to replace lower teeth) as they rest on the gums and skin of your mouth.

Metal-Frame – these are made from acrylic in a metal framework. For this reason they are much stronger and less bulky than acrylic dentures making them more comfortable and less prone to breakage. They rest on the teeth rather than gums and thus are less likely to damage your existing teeth. They also tend to be more retentive as they are held in by clips. On the downside they are more expensive and difficult to repair than acrylic partials and the metal clips can be unsightly.

Flexidentures- these are a great step forward in denture technology. They are almost unbreakable and far more comfortable than acrylic dentures. Like metal frame dentures they do not have to cover as much of the palate as acrylic dentures but are held in by clips which are almost invisible and are therefore very unlikely to fall out during use. Their main disadvantage is in the unlikely event of breakage they are almost impossible to repair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions people ask before visiting the dentist.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a chronic infection that is most often caused by the build up of dental plaque. Gum disease rarely shows symptoms before it is well advanced. It is an infection that can wreak havoc on your teeth and your overall health. While there are many factors involved in the development of gum disease, the most common cause is the build up of dental plaque.

Should I floss every day?

If you want to keep your teeth and body healthy, yes. Brushing your teeth twice daily and cleaning between your teeth and below the gum line with floss not only dislodges the food stuck there at dinner, it also helps protect against gum disease as well as more serious health problems.

Should I go to the dentist when I am pregnant?

Getting a dental check-up during pregnancy is safe. We recommend you have your teeth cleaned and get procedures like cavity fillings done before your baby is born. Our dentists can also help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing. Make sure you tell our appointment booking team and your dentist when you arrive that you are pregnant. In the last trimester, we don’t do anything that can stress you, lying back can be uncomfortable, so for those reasons it’s better not to do anything in the last 3 months. But if something urgent has to be done and you are in the last trimester let us know immediately.

Is tooth whitening safe?

The active ingredient in home and dentist’s office tooth-whitening bleaches is carbamide peroxide, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide in your mouth. Studies show that this chemical does not raise your risk for oral cancer, which had been an early concern. However, it can temporarily make teeth more sensitive for up to 78 percent of people who have their pearly whites lightened. Your teeth become sensitive because the hydrogen peroxide in whiteners soaks through the protective outer coating of enamel and into the softer layer of dentin underneath, irritating the nerve-rich dental pulp at the core. Microscopic cracks and leaks along dental fillings increase your odds for tooth sensitivity. Up to 40 percent of people who use whitening trays also experience temporary gum irritation as well. It goes away in a few days or at most in a week or so. Don’t use tooth-whitening bleaches more often than recommended. Research shows that these products do wear away microscopic amounts of tooth enamel, which could increase tooth sensitivity and in rare cases, even tooth decay.

How often should I go to the dentist?

People with good healthy teeth and little risk or history of cavities or gum disease are usually able to see their dentist either once or twice a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more depending on past history, the state of their teeth and their dental hygiene routine.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

It is recommended twice a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit three or four times a year, or more depending on past history, the state of their teeth and their dental hygiene routine.

When should my child be checked by a dentist?

It is recommended that your child should have their first check-up after two years of age.

Should I go to the dentist when I am sick?

Don’t go to the dentist if you are sick! Phone your GP to discuss your symptoms if you feel unwell. They may give you advice over the phone or arrange to see you in person. Wait until you are feeling better before scheduling your dental appointment.

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Friday 8.30am-3.00pm.


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Inverell, Bishopstown Rd, Bishopstown, Cork

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