Patients worried about what to do if their dentures become broken or damaged could have them repaired at Pearl Dental Clinic.
Damage is most commonly caused by dropping the dentures when they are being inserted or removed and living without a denture may prove difficult for people who have become accustomed to the aesthetics that dentures provide.
In addition, excessive pressure on dentures caused by everyday wear and tear cold result in them becoming increasingly prone to breakages. Moreover, people who grind their teeth could put their dentures under excessive strain that could ultimately result in denture fracture.
Can all broken dentures be repaired?
Depending on the extent of the damage, dentures can often be repaired. Firstly our dentist will assess your broken denture to see if your denture can be repaired. Normally if a denture is cracked into two/three pieces, it can usually be repaired. However if a denture has broken into many pieces, it may not be possible to repair the denture.
If the denture can’t be repaired, we can usually make a new immediate denture on the same day so that you will not be left without teeth.
If the denture can be repaired, the dentist will ask the lab technician to repair the denture on-site on the same day in most cases. The lab technician will then clean the denture and flow a special resin into the denture crack area in a bid to re-join the broken parts back together. This process usually takes around 1 hour to do.
Stains caused by coloured foods, alcohol consumption or smoking, are also able to be eradicated with specialised cleaning materials that will not remove the gloss of the dentures.
Replacement teeth can be added to a denture where they have become chipped or broken. Also if another tooth needs to be added to a current denture following infection or tooth loss, this usually can be carried out on the same day by our experienced denture technicians.
Those who have worn the same dentures for a number of years may be advised to seek a replacement denture especially if they have been broken on a number of previous occasions. A remake of the denture is often recommended when individuals have had teeth added to their dentures several times before and the dentures have become uncomfortable as a result.
If dentures become broken due to everyday wear and tear, your Pearl Dental Clinic practitioner recommends keeping all the pieces together until an appointment is booked. This can often make the repair a quicker and simpler experience, as well as prevent the need to attempt ineffective at-home restoration.
Why shouldn’t I do the denture repair myself?
Although there are a wide range of denture repair kits available to individuals who wear the fixtures on an everyday basis, it is vital to attend an appointment with a dental professional to ensure the problem does not worsen.
The over-the-counter solutions may seem more convenient for people but trying to fix dentures independently could damage the often expensive denture beyond repair.
Can dentures be repaired if they become loose?
In short, yes dentures can be relined if they become loose to improve their retention. Sometimes where a denture is comfortable but becoming loose, patients may decide to keep the denture rather than replace it. The denture retention can be improved by carrying out a denture reline procedure usually in less than 2 hours at the clinic.
An alternative to denture reline for remake of a comfortable denture is to use a copy denture technique where many of the features of the previous comfortable denture are copied into the design of a new denture.
How do I ensure my dentures do not break?
Taking increased care when handling dentures is vital to ensuring they are not accidentally broken. Standing over a sink of water during removal or insertion could be a useful tip for people worried about the cost of repairs.
Also its worth having a special denture care box for your denture and keeping your denture in that box when its not being worn. This keeps the denture safe and also hygienic.
Individuals who find that their dentures have broken for whatever reason, should contact Pearl Dental Clinic as soon as possible and let the receptionist know that they wish to have a denture repair carried out and specify if they wish to have the repair carried out on the same day.
Our Practice is open seven days a week from 8am till 11pm. You can book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists by calling 0208 547 9997 or emailing us for further information or to arrange a consultation.