Dentures have been a popular option for people who want to replace their missing teeth. But dentures can break and denture repairs are not always easy. So, what do you do when your denture breaks? This blog post will discuss what you should do if your denture breaks so that it doesn’t become an expensive problem!
If you have a digital denture, you’re in luck, because the dentists at Digital Denture + Implants have your denture information digitally stored in their system. This means that you will simply need to call your dentist and request another pair of dentures. In only a short amount of time, a new denture that is an exact replica of the first, will be fabricated. Problem solved!
However, not all dentures are fabricated using digital technology. Not to mention, there are a lot of things in life that can cause your dentures to break, including:
- General wear and tear (this is the most common reason why dentures break)
- Being dropped on hard surfaces
- Biting down on dentures to keep them in place
- Progressive bone loss
When you have dentures, it helps to be prepared in advance for damaged dentures. The best way to combat denture damage is by properly caring for your dentures and visiting your dentist as soon as possible when you notice problems with their fit and/or function.
Things NOT To Do When Your Dentures Break
We are going to start with what you should not do when your dentures break because this is also where most people start. When your dentures break, it is normal to panic and then attempt to fix them yourself. However, you should NEVER attempt to fix your dentures yourself.
This is because many people try to glue their dentures back together. For starters, most adhesives are not safe for use in the mouth and using these adhesives to fix your dentures can pose a serious threat to your health. Other types of adhesives may melt the plastic, or otherwise damage your denture even more. Finally, certain adhesives expand and can create a ridge, which can cause mouth irritation and disrupt the fit of your dentures.
Instead, Do This
When your denture breaks, your first step should always be to call your dentist. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, your dentist may be able to quickly and effectively fix a broken denture. Even if it takes more time to get your denture fixed, at least you know it will be done right.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend using a denture repair kit for a temporary repair until you can be seen. These are usually available at drug stores and can help fix cracks in dentures. However, be sure to only use kits that are made for dental work and that have been approved by the FDA. It is also important to note that these kits are meant to be temporary fixes only and you will still need to visit your dentist for permanent repairs.
We hope these denture repair tips have helped you. If not, feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to provide more specific help! We can also upgrade your denture to a digital denture in order to make any future denture repairs go much smoother. Remember that dentures are an investment in your oral health, so it’s worth doing what you can to keep them healthy.