Dentures may look tough, but they’re actually vulnerable to damage when not properly cared for. If your dentures break, it’s important to know what you need to do get them repaired quickly and effectively.
Why do dentures break?
Dentures break for a number of reasons. Dentures are made from acrylic or metal (or a combination of the two). They will wear out over time and need to be replaced every few years. Wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly is not only uncomfortable, it can also lead to damage of your dentures. Cleaning your dentures with harsh chemicals can also wear down the acrylic and make them susceptible to cracks or other damage.
What should I do if my dentures break?
Don’t panic. Call your dentist immediately. Explain to your dentist the type of damage: a crack, missing tooth or teeth, a chip in the acrylic, etc. Your dentist will determine what repairs are needed. While you may wish to try and repair your dentures at home, this is unadvisable. Poorly repaired dentures may not fit correctly, or become damaged again.
Why is it important to get dentures repaired quickly?
You’ll want to get your dentures repaired as soon as possible. Wearing damaged dentures can cause pain and, if left unresolved for too long, can even cause more severe oral problems. Wearing damaged dentures, or not wearing your dentures at all because of damage, can also affect your self-confidence. For your physical and mental well-being, it is strongly recommended to treat your broken or damaged dentures as a dental emergency.
How can I take better care of my dentures in the future?
You can reduce the risk of damaging your dentures by taking good care of them. Proper care will also keep your dentures clean and looking great. Here are a few tips for proper denture care:
- Handle your dentures with care. Do not bend or squeeze them.
- Remove and rinse dentures after meals.
- Brush your dentures daily. Avoid abrasive cleaners and toothpaste. Use a soft bristle brush to clean the dentures.
- Brush and clean your gums, tongue and palate.
- Rinse your dentures in water, or a mild denture solution, overnight. (Do NOT wear your dentures at night while you are sleeping)
These tips plus regular dental checkups will keep your dentures looking and feeling great. At Creating Smiles Dental, we have an In-Office Dental Lab, which allows us to provide faster denture services. This means, if an emergency arises, we can possibly provide same day repairs for your dentures. If you have a broken denture or require other denture-related services, please contact our office today!