When your dentures break, it can cause a major disruption to your life. After all, you use your dentures for everything from eating to smiling and speaking. You'll want your dentures repaired quickly and with the highest quality. In this article, we're going to discuss everything you need to know about denture repair.

How Do I Find Denture Repair Near Me?

When dentures break, you'll want to find a prosthodontist that you can trust as soon as possible. A prosthodontist, like Dr. Tyler in the Stuart area, is a dentist that specializes in dental prosthetics, which includes dentures and prosthodontics.

 

Common Causes For Denture Repair

  • Fractures: Tiny cracks or breaks in dentures can weaken them and cause an uncomfortable fit. Fractures happen as a result of force applied while chewing or from an impact, like dropping your dentures.
  • Worn or Thin Dentures: Time can weaken dentures and cause them to break or become thin. Over time, the fit can change from natural wear and tear. Acidic food and drinks can contribute to the breakdown of dentures.
  • Broken Piece: Sometimes a tooth will break from the dentures or a piece of the acrylic can come off. The metal clasp is also an area that sometimes needs repair.

 

How Are Repairs Made To Dentures?

The type of repair will depend on what kind of damage is done. If parts are broken off or missing, they may be able to make a new part using a mold of the original denture. Broken parts can be repaired by gluing the pieces together and adding another layer of acrylic resin. They may decide to strengthen the dentures further by reinforcing the break with a piece of metal. Only a qualified prosthodontist will be able to know for sure what needs to be done in each individual situation.

 

How Long Does Denture Repair Take?

In most cases, denture repair can be completed within the same day, but it depends highly on the individual situation.

 

What Can I Do In The Meantime?

If you can't get to the dentist right away for denture repair, you can purchase a denture repair kit as a temporary solution. These are available at most drugstores. Be sure to check the label on the repair kit to make sure it is FDA approved and follow all directions carefully. This is only a temporary solution and in some cases may do further damage, so only use these kits if you are unable to see a prosthodontist within a reasonable time frame. You will still need to see a professional to assess and correct the damage as soon as possible. Do not use superglue on your dentures. It won't bond well with the acrylic material, may damage them further and could cause gum inflammation.

 

How Can I Care For My Dentures To Prevent Breaks?

  • Handle your dentures carefully: Try to avoid any situation which in which you could accidentally drop your dentures. Place a towel on the counter before you set your dentures down, so they don't slide off and onto the floor.
  • Watch for changes in fit: If your dentures aren't fitting correctly, you need to see a prosthodontist right away. Not only can a poor fit cause sores and pain, but it could be putting pressure on areas that would make it prone to breakage.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners or acidic food: These can wear the acrylic and cause a slow breakdown of the material.

 

It's important that you take any broken dentures to a professional for repair instead of trying to do it yourself. The repair must be done correctly or it could cause further problems and an uncomfortable fit. Dr. Tyler is an experienced prosthodontist that can help with any dentures problems. Contact us with questions to set an appointment with our friendly staff.