A: That’s a good question. That usually falls into the category where folks are cleaning their dentures and they drop it. Or, they put it in their purse or their pocket for some reason and it breaks or chips. Occasionally you can also lose a tooth on a denture. So, the best thing to do on that is actually come see me or your regular dentist.
There are some folks that will try and glue the denture back together. If they do it incorrectly—we have to make a whole new denture starting from square one.
If you come see me, I can piece it together correctly and make sure it fits the way it’s supposed to. I can then make a copy of that and get it repaired for you a lot faster—usually in a few days.
Whether you’ve had dentures for years, or your relatively new to using dentures, this is probably a question you’ve asked yourself. After all, you spent a lot of money on your dentures, so you hope to get your money’s worth out of them right?
Broken or otherwise damaged dentures are a critical denture emergency that can seriously impede your daily activities. It affects eating, speaking, and the obvious— leaving you without your teeth. Dentures are too expensive for most people to have a backup on hand, so when they break it can be a huge problem, and possibly a costly one.
If your dentures crack, chip, or incur some other kind of damage you should call us or your regular dentist. It is not something you want to try and repair on your own as you can cause irreparable damage. We’ll be happy to examine the damaged dentures and see what your most favorable options are. A denture emergency doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience or excessively costly. We can make sure to provide you with a proper, clean and safe solution that will get you back to your normal life ASAP.
So, let’s take a look at what you need to do in a situation where your dentures have become damaged.
If Your Dentures Get Damaged
The first thing you need to do in a denture emergency is don’t panic! Yes, it’s a huge inconvenience and can kill your mood. However, most times when patients panic—that’s when costly mistakes happen. So, remain calm and just read on to handle your dental emergency like a pro.
In terms of severity, the worst issue you can have in terms of damaged dentures is a prosthesis fracture. This is when the denture breaks in half, leaving the prosthesis unusable. Typically, it is the top denture that this happens to the most. However, the bottom can also suffer a fracture as well.
A broken denture, unfortunately, impairs your everyday activities severely— eating, chewing, swallowing, etc. Aesthetically, a denture that has broken in half is a blow to your self-image as it temporarily ruins your smile. To add insult to injury, it always seems to happen at the most inopportune time.
We have so many patients who experience this while on a date, making a sales presentation, or out with friends. Whatever the circumstances surrounding the denture emergency—you’ll want to get it fixed quickly and correctly.
What Can You Do?
Examine The Damage: The first thing you need to do is determine what exactly happened. In some cases, you might be able to fix your dentures yourself. But in many cases, the damage needs a dentist to repair it.
It all depends on how they have broken. Dentures can break in several ways:
- A piece of the pink acrylic breaks off
- A tooth on the prosthesis cracks or falls out
- The entire denture breaks in half
If the denture breaks in half, we’ll save you the read— that’s an automatic visit to the dentist—there’s nothing you can do. It requires special tools, adhesives, and a prosthodontist skilled in denture repair.
Call Us Or Your Dentist: If you’ve got a damaged denture; whether you can temporarily fix it or not—the first call should be your dentist. Explain what happened to your dentures, the damage you can see, and take the next available booking. If it’s after hours or they have no reasonable availability—call us and we’ll get you in ASAP.
Emergency Repair: If a tooth on the denture has cracked, broken, fallen out, or the pink acrylic has— you may be able to muster a temporary fix. The keyword here is temporary— under no circumstances should this be considered a permanent or even semi-permanent fix. It is strictly a repair that prevents further damage until your appointment with your dentist.
Head to your local Walgreens or CVS, you are looking for a denture repair kit. Be sure the kit you are purchasing clearly indicates it’s for dental work. Properly labeled kits are designed to temporarily fix a denture emergency. They will contain a bonding material and some also include some fake teeth—mainly for an aesthetic fix.
The Best Cure For A Denture Emergency Is Prevention
You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your dentures. You want to take the utmost care of them as they take care of you. Dentures may seem exceptionally durable and strong, and no doubt, they are—to a point though.
As with any medical prosthesis, dentures have their limitations in terms of force exerted on them and wear. You want to be proactive and diligently careful when handling and caring for them. The teeth on dentures, if not careful, can chip, or even break off the base.
Speaking of the base, it too can be damaged from breakage or chipping as well. If any part of your dentures break to any degree—minimizing further damage is crucial. If you can mitigate the chance of further damage you increase the chance of an easier repair. Naturally, sometimes the situation is out of your hands due to extenuating circumstances. However, most denture damage is caused by accidents that didn’t have to happen. All it takes is a bit of caution and being proactive.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Dentures
You can reduce your odds of a dental emergency with some simple care tips for your dentures. If you follow these basic tips, you’ll be less likely to have any issues.
- Always Rinse Dentures After Eating—Food can often get lodged underneath your dentures. Small particles are often hard to detect until it poses a problem. Rinsing after each meal will dislodge any particles that may be lurking underneath.
- Handle your dentures carefully— Regarding cracked dentures, the number one cause for breakage is dentures being dropped. Be careful when handling your dentures, take special note not to bend the clasps by accident. It’s best to lay a towel on the counter and fill up the sink with water a bit when handling your dentures. This could soften the blow if you drop them—it might even prevent damage altogether.
- Brush Your Dentures Daily— Just because they’re not real teeth doesn’t mean you should be lax with oral care. Letting buildup accumulate on your dentures can be damaging— brush daily and save yourself a headache.
- Soak Your Dentures Every Night— Keeping your dentures moist and clean helps them last longer. There are many over-the-counter soaking solutions to keep your dentures clean and free of bacteria. This is something you must be vigilant about for health reasons as well.
Did Your Dentures Get Damaged?
We hope you never experience the unfortunate events that lead to a denture emergency. However, if you do, we are here to help you with convenient hours. You can even book online if you need assistance quickly. Contact us today!